"We use Google Reader to demonstrate how RSS and RSS feed readers can be a powerful journalism tool. RSS feeds and feed readers can allow journalists to easily monitor a lot of disparate news sources."
"Overall, it appears the main UK architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) titles are becoming increasingly switched-on to social media. It remains to be seen whether their readership follows suit, and, if so, how quickly they do so."
"Biggest doesn’t always have to be best, as the Shortformblog and Big Fat Story prove: both sites pages show current news very briefly and clearly laid out. ... Musebin is another proof for the theory that brief doesn’t have to mean bad. Users give one-line music news and reviews about the up-to-date LPs."
"I want to look beyond just creating 'a' blog, and share some strategies and tactics for creating a 'great' blog."
Alfred Hermida: "What makes a blog a “blog” are the social and cultural practices that have developed alongside this new web-based delivery system. In other words, the technology and history of blogs has resulted in certain generic conventions, much like the evolution of print led to a set of conventions."
"In the following 13 steps, we'll walk you through how we identify top blogs on any topic, how we quickly figure out what their most popular recent posts have been about, how we incorporate their blog archives into our knowledge about the field and how we find where else they are participating in conversation around the web..."
"Where do these meandering, senseless rants [in online comment threads] come from? Trolls, people who say just about anything to get a rise out of others. ... So, here's a new community rule: Do not 'feed' the trolls. We encourage community members to report abuse by trolls. But we also ask that you not engage with trolls in the comment threads. Reacting to their provocations is exactly what they want. If we see you feeding a troll, we will remove both the troll's comments and your responses. "
Some good tips on effective blogging, compiled by Farhad Manjoo of Slate.com.