Blogging the French Revolution

One of the popular geeky topics over the past decade has been to compare the Internet to the printing press. The printing press brought about a massive cultural revolution affecting all aspects of life, such as government, religion, and literature.

It took a long time for this change to take effect and this month we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote, the second most published book in the world, which Janet Murray traces to the invention of the printing press and hails as the beginning of the European novel in her book Hamlet on the Holodeck.

Lake Wobegon, CTY

It is a bright and beautiful day out. The sky is clear and everyone squints against the sunlight bouncing off the newly fallen snow as they bundle their jackets up against the cold. If this were Minnesota, I would half expect to hear Garrison Keiller voicing droning on a monologue about a quirky neighbor of mine. I, of course, would never expect to be viewed as the quirky one.

But this is Connecticut, not Minnesota, yet the gathering of the neighbors fits so well with the tag line of Lake Wobegon. This morning, Miranda is taking the Plus test. The Plus test is administered every year by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. It is a ritual for us since Mairead took her first test five years ago. It is a test for those children that are ‘above average’, to use Garrison’s words.

Click exchanges

First there was Blog Explosion. Then, BlogClicker. Crystal suggested Wolfsurfer, and now there is Blogazoo. (If you found this through WolfSurfer, please leave a comment.)

Online Organizing

During 2004, I ran a couple websites that attempted to organize what I considered to be important information online. Continue reading to share some current thoughts on this.

How long does it take for you to write a blog entry?

Over on Ryze, Linda Bohrnerud asks how long it takes people to write articles. She writes for a business blog and talks working on two articles for over a week. John Williams responds that it is a bit like asking "how long is a piece of string". My first reaction was to think of Abraham Lincoln’s famous line. When asked how long a man’s legs should be, Lincoln responded, “long enough to reach the ground”. Probably the same applies to how long it should take to write an article. Long enough to make your point.

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