Tuesday, April 27, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/27/2010

  • Rachel Toor recap's George Orwell's essay on "Politics and the English Language, notiingl: "In bad writing, Orwell continues, 'The passive voice is wherever possible used in preference to the active, and noun constructions are used instead of gerunds ('by examination' of instead of 'by examining').'"

    She then surmises: "Most writers know they should avoid the use of the passive voice. Few do. Sometimes it's more expedient to say that the bomb was dropped, or that the war ended, rather doing the work of assigning blame or awarding credit. I know the arguments for the use of the passive voice in science and agree that at times it's appropriate. Often, however, I think it's a result of conventions that are wrong and outdated."

    tags: writing, education, English


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Monday, April 26, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/26/2010


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Friday, April 23, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/23/2010

  • "Your 'Archived' Ning Network will not allow new posting or uploading, it will only be a copy of your Ning Network as of April 2010, so that it is available to all your members, preserved on the web, searchable, shareable, and fully readable" (What's the catch? ¶1),

    tags: archives, free, Ning, web capture

  • "You can export your members' profile information at any time from the Manage Members page This will generate a comma-separated (CSV) text file that you can open using a program like Excel. It'll contain information about your members, including their name on your Ning Network, a link to their profile page, their email address, the date they joined, their birthday, and their answers to all of the profile questions on your Ning Network."

    tags: backups, members, Ning, profiles, personal information, SNSs


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Friday, April 16, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/16/2010


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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/14/2010


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/13/2010


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Friday, April 09, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/09/2010


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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Quick Study of Blog Feed Stat's

When the ClustrMaps widget on the Writing Studio Blog started getting blotchy in locations other than Japan, I started wondering how all the blots came to be. Some, I knew, represented sources of comment spam that began showing up recently even though I've kept that blog out of Blogger listings (Settings: Basic: Add your blog to...: No!) since its inception. 


So today I took a look at FeedBurner Feed Stat[']s for both the blog headline feed and the blog post feed that I'd redirected through FeedBurner, respectively: 
  • Headlines: February 25, 2007
  • Posts: January 15, 2009


A difference discernible in spite of the disparate ages of the redirected feeds is in how the feeds get used. The Headlines go to FeedBurner Email subscriptions, and, although there also is a "Get Mailed: Posts" from FeedBurner gadget in the blog sidebar, too, the Posts, by and large, go into feed readers and aggregators – over the past seven to 30 days, mainly to Mozilla Compatible Agents (5-10), Google FeedCatcher (2-3), and PubSub (2 [unchanged]). 


Also over the past seven to thirty days, but for neither feed, have there been any hits (clicks on the feeds) from either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer browsers. Most hits have been from Firefox browsers; next most, from other Mozilla driven browsers.


The remainder of this post lists other findings as well as sources of this information, to which you may not have access (except in parallel locales relevant to your own FeedBurner feeds). 

The Writing Studio Blog: Headlines

Current

33 subscribers

Last Seven Days: Wednesday, March 31 – Tuesday, April 06

28 subscribers (on average)

"This number provides a general understanding of the size of your subscriber base over a time period" (FeedBurner Help, What is a Subscriber? How does FeedBurner tally them? How does it look?).

Last 30 Days: Monday, March 08 – Tuesday, April 06

28 subscribers (on average)


  • including 27 email subscriptions

All Time: Sunday, February 25, 2007 – Tuesday, April 6, 2010

  • since adding Post Feed Redirect URL to blog Site Feed settings
  • jumped from two to almost 30 in April 2008

18 subscribers (on average)


  • 18 email subscriptions
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Source: The Writing Studio Blog: Headlines – Analyze (Google FeedBurner)


The Writing Studio Blog: Posts

Current

55 subscribers

  • more than doubles average for Last Seven Days (below)
  • almost triples average for Last 30 Days (below)

Last Seven Days: Wednesday, March 31 – Tuesday, April 06

24 subscribers (on average)

  • including one email subscription

1 reach (on average)

"At any given time, you can expect that a certain percentage of this subscriber base is actively engaging with your content and this “Reach” measurement provides this additional insight." (FeedBurner Help, What is Reach?, What does it tell you?).

Last 30 Days: Monday, March 08 – Tuesday, April 06

19 subscribers (on average)

  • including one email subscription

1 reach (on average) 

All Time: Friday, January 15, 2010 – Tuesday, April 6, 2010

  • since adding Post Feed Redirect URL to blog Site Feed settings

16 subscribers (on average) 


  • zero email subscriptions

0 reach (on average) 

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Source: The Writing Studio Blog: Posts – Analyze (Google FeedBurner)

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/08/2010


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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/07/2010


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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Thursday, April 01, 2010

PABeaufaitBookmarks 04/01/2010


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