Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Twitter vs Facebook, blogrolls vs following, adsense vs commonsense

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

Lewis Carroll

This post is just an excuse to blog on some miscellaneous items and quote from a favourite poem.

Twitter vs. Facebook
I've been trying out Twitter for the past couple of weeks and it seems to work well as a facility for quick shots.  Maybe the last thing I need though is another application to sign on to.  It would probably work better if I was a Blackberry guy.  I still need lots of hints, or so it seems, and I am thankful for those.  Once ski season is over, I will expend some effort on who I want to follow.  Right now I am happy with the mini-me aspect of it.

Twitter calls the posts tweets.  But if I use Blogger to blog, does that not mean I use Twitter to twit?  I know, probably not original but I like it.

What I haven't made sense of is Facebook.  It just doesn't work for what I want to use the Internet for.  It might be an age thing because my daughters can't go an hour without signing on to it.

Blog rolls versus Following
I have been following a few blogs that I selected for various reasons.  Mostly for what I see as their excellent work in their field of interest.  I haven't maintained a conventional blogroll because I tend to go to Progressive Bloggers and other aggregators so I can get a diversity of view points and catch some of the interesting newer blogs that pop up.  I like to think this prevents me from falling into a reading rut.

But after considering an interesting request and keeping with my proclivity to try different things, I have set up my take on a blogroll: Blogroll Shinny.  If a nascent (or established for that matter) blogger would like to be added just send an email to and I will add youto the list so you can try out your best moves.  Just like the real shinny, there aren't any rules except you have to show respect to others and no bad language (Sorry Canadian Cynic.  As much as I like your blog, it is a guilty pleasure.  My daughters read this blog.  And some day my mum might too.)

But don't expect too much fame from this.  Based on my traffic, I doubt if it will be a path to blogging glory.  But then surely that is not fame is not why any sane person would blog.
Update: Or leave the url in the comments. - CV

As I mentioned above, I like to try different things.  You may recall, I set up the ads as an experiment in fund raising for the following causes: Liberal leadership campaign debts, the Liberal Party and other causes.  Well, as a form of progress report, yesterday it was 3 months since the ads went up and the results for the first quarter are $1.18.  At that rate I am not in danger of exceeding any contribution limits by this method.  I guess it will have to continue to come from little old me.

Back to serious posts.  Upcoming, Ignatieff and Iraq.
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1 comment:

Partisan Hobo said...

Woo hoo! First one on the shinny list. That either makes me a team captain or a nerd :) Thanks for the addition, at any rate. When I first started reading blogs a few months ago, I discovered Google is most unhelpful locating new and interesting blogs. So, I found one or two blogs that I really liked and started working my way through their blog rolls. That would be how I found your blog (sorry, I can't remember who linked to you or I'd give credit where credit is due). I try to keep my own blogroll updated with stuff I really do read in case some other lone ranger is out their looking for reading material, too.