The View From Her delivers some excellent grammatical advice for bloggers.
Good advice for bloggers from RightWingNews. My personal favorite:
17) Even if you only have 7 people reading, work like you have 7000 readers. Because if you don't work hard when you have almost no readers, you're never going to get to 7000
Bloggers -- those Internet-based writers without rules -- are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly done. More than 300 bloggers came to town Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term "the mainstream media."
By the way, since when was the term "mainstream media" coined by the blogosphere?
(Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit)
Apparently the blogosphere isn't mainstream enough for John Kerry:
The Democratic Party will likely assist the MSM in their attack on blogs, not because most blogs are pro-Republican but because blogs are not as consistently liberal as the MSM. John Kerry, for example, is calling for the government to do something to protect the MSM. As he said in a recent speech:
The mainstream media, over the course of the last year, did a pretty good job of discerning. But there's a subculture and a sub-media that talks and keeps things going for entertainment purposes rather than for the flow of information. And that has a profound impact and undermines what we call the mainstream media of the country. And so the decision-making ability of the American electorate has been profoundly impacted as a consequence of that. The question is, what are we going to do about it?
The Republicans will, I hope, realize that on average their interests are served by protecting blogs. But the Democrats and the MSM will still use the courts and regulatory agencies to attack bloggers, and if the Democrats ever retake the Presidency and Congress expect 'media reform' to become a top priority.
The truly funny thing is, Monsigneur Kerry still doesn't understand why he lost the largest-participated Presidential election in US history. It has nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction or whether or not Saddam was connected to 9/11. It has everything to do with his fundamental lack of connection with and understanding of real (read: red state) America and the lack of trust real America has in Kerry. Kerry's use of exit poll statistics to explain his defeat demonstrates both his fundamental short-comings as well as the inherent bias of the mainstream media:
There has been," he said, "a profound and negative change in the relationship of America's media with the American people. . . . If 77 percent of the people who voted for George Bush on Election Day believed weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq--as they did--and 77 percent of the people who voted for him believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11--as they did--then something has happened in the way in which we are talking to each other and who is arbitrating the truth in American politics. . . . When fear is dominating the discussion and when there are false choices presented and there is no arbitrator, we have a problem.
First, the question of whether or not WMD were found in Iraq has been answered unequivocally, "yes". Perhaps not in the number and scope as some expected, but WMD (primarily, chemical weapons) were found nonetheless. Just because JF'nK's Mainstream Meida misled, buried the truth, and outright lied doesn't mean that we have to believe them. Herein lies the true need for independent voices and the fundamental importance of the First Amendment. "Truth" should be arbitrated by one source, and one source alone: the individual; not John Kerry, not the MSM, not one's teachers/professors/parents/friends. When we allow others to "arbitrate" the presentation of information and to determine the veracity of that information, then we have taken the first step to tyranny. Fortunately, the Blogosphere has become the 21st-century version of that independent voice and outlet of information.
Second, the question of whether or not Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11 is a perfect example of misleading by the MSM. The REAL question - whether or not Saddam Hussein had ties to al Qaeda - has been proven, again, unequivocally true. THIS question is the only one that matters with respect to the Bush Doctrine. Hussein was himself a terrorist, and aided and harbored international terrorists. To us in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, that truth is all that matters. Whether or not Saddam had ties to the particular al Qaeda cell that carried out the 9/11 atrocity is irrelevant. (For those just catching up with the times: we're not still after that particular cell; they're all DEAD.) So, the reports that Saddam had no connection to the 9/11 cell are irrelevant. However, the MSM have taken those reports, and used them to imply that no connection at all existed between Saddam and al Qaeda. Fortunately, again, the Blogosphere acted (along with talk radio - the other bane of liberals' existence) as that independent voice and outlet of information.
The truly ironic thing is, the Blogosphere is still primarily underground. As Kerry pointed out, 80% of Americans still get their news from television (for my less-astute readers, television is part of the "Mainstream Media"). Kerry lost the election by three and a half MILLION popular votes. Not even the bloggers believe they had that kind of impact. The Electoral Vote was on the verge of a crushing landslide. The conservatives have consolidated the Midwest and the South, and are on the verge of a breakthrough in the Rust Belt and Upper Midwest. This electoral shift is due to the liberals (that is, the rag-tag conglomeration of extremists that now control the Democrat Party) being fundamentally out-of-synch with Mainstream America. Until Kerry and his Merry Band of Liberals figure out this truth, it won't matter what they try to do to the Blogosphere; they will continue their electoral spiral downward.
But in the meantime, just call me Poor Richard.