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Today brings some great news. I have decided to share my new blog with everyone. I’ve been working on it for awhile now but haven’t spread the word about it yet. Although it’s not completely done, it’s usable and already filled with a few weeks of content.
So…What Is It About?
As everyone knows, I love photography. Therefore, I decided to start a daily photoblog. I think it will be a great way for me to share my photos with even more people. The other reason I started it is because I have accumulated a ton of photos since I have been traveling a lot more. It’s hard to squeeze them all into blog posts here on this blog.
As far as the domain name goes, I chose to go with my name because I wanted to make it a portfolio. Instead of spending time making an actual portfolio, I figured it would be much more beneficial to just go with a blog.
I haven’t decided yet if I am going to include any written posts on the blog. My guess is probably not…
It’s not everyday that I decide to write a blog review, especially one to call out the fact that a certain blog is one of the most offensive sites I have ever seen. Yeah the blog I am righting about just makes me say “wow.” I know the blogosphere is open to everyone, but some people just shouldn’t be allowed to blog. The point of the blogosphere is to share information with the world, not rant about how things that suck.
The Blog I’m Talking About
The blog I am referring to is Probably Sucks. The blog is focused on all things that apparently suck. How motivational huh? One of the recent posts is entitled “16 Ways To Upset or Hurt An Emo.” Talk about a great way to talk about others. In this post, the writer mentions things such as:
- Take away their laptop
- Break their iPod
- Take away their razorblades
The last one I mentioned was the most offensive to me. He basically states that emo’s love to cut themselves and taking away their razors would piss them off. Pretty offensive if I say so myself. What a great way to send out the message that it’s okay to be yourself.
Hey everyone, I just wanted to make a quick post today to announce that I have added a new Blog Directory to Life of Justin. I got sick of having a million bookmarks to various blogs, so instead I decided to add a directory that is organized by categories.
I think it will be a great addition to the site and will help everyone get a little more traffic. Plus it offers my readers some cool blogs they can go check out (not that you should leave mine, lol).
Where Is It?
I currently have a link in my footer to the directory. Once I fill the directory up with more blogs, I will find a place to put a larger link so it can be found easier. I just figured I would wait awhile until more blogs get listed.
Can I Add My Site?
Well of course. To add a blog, simply go to the Add URL page and fill in your information. The links are free, but I encourage a link back to my site if possible. I currently have it set to require a reciprocal link for blogs under a Pagerank 0.
As many of you know, I wrote a post awhile back entitled This Blog Is Now DoFollow. In this post, I talked about how I decided to make all of my comment links DoFollow to give back to my readers. I’d like to share my experience along with the changes I have decided to make. First up, the bad things:
Bad Thing #1: Large Increase In Comment Spam
Believe it or not, my comment spam has grown to the point of being a hassle. I have to moderate all of my posts before I can approve them. Even Akismet does not pick these up and there is a reason why. The reason?
The comments are made by real people, not bots. I have tried implementing the simple math plugin along with a simple captcha but neither of these worked because every comment passed.
Here are a few of the comments I am talking about:
- “Great Blog”
- “Useful content indeed, will be back”
- “Great posts I like it”
- “Love it”
The main reason I can tell these are spam is because the people didn’t even bother to read my post. Some of the comments I deleted were totally irrelevant to the post itself. I even had one person paste the same comment on three different posts!
For anyone unfamiliar with Darren Rowse, two of his blogs (Problogger and Digital Photography School) are some of the most popular ones in the world. He was one of the first bloggers to actually make a full-time living from blogging. He shares a ton of his tips and ideas on his blogs to …