Aug 02 2007

Weekly Update 2nd August

Published by at 11:52 pm under Aussosphere,weekly updates

1. New blogs debuting in the Top 100 Australian Blogs

2. New blogs on the Australian Blogs Community

My Opinions are Important
SEO Blog
Semantically Driven (Updated URL)

Reminder: Anybody who would like to add (or update) the Aussie blogs from Bumpzee to their blogroll can find an A to Z list and a downunder version (Z to A). Snoskred keeps these updated weekly.

3. Aussie Blog Post of the Week

Blogpost of the week goes to Rodney Olsen. In his post entitled “Thumbs Up!” Rodney writes:

Want to highlight someone making a positive difference?

Is there a blogger who deserves a pat on the back or simply something that has you feeling thankful this week?

The blogosphere can sometimes be a pretty negative place so I reckon it’s great to make a habit of accentuating the positive.

I want to link to a number of bloggers who are writing positive posts each week.

It would be ironic if Rodney’s first “thumbs up” was in fact his own blog post! Well done on your initiative Rodney, I hope it “swims” :)

4. Spotlight on an Aussie Blogs Community Blog (Bumpzee)

This week’s spotlight goes to Jen at Semantically Driven. Jen doesn’t know this, but she’s been hovering just outside the Top 100 blogs for a few weeks now. And she’s just taken the bold step of moving from Typepad to her own domain. Regular readers here would know that I sympathise entirely with her having to start building up a Technorati ranking all over again. Jen writes

We had a talk, my blog and I, and we decided that it deserved its own domain name, that it had been far too long living with Typepad’s name.

I like Jen’s (or Jaycee as she is also known) writing style, and she blogs about an eclectic range of subjects. If you link to Jen, I’m sure it would mean a lot to her if you update the link to her new URL :)

5. Other News on the Aussosphere

Ed at Tomato has a great list of 70 Melbourne Food Bloggers. In a great show of comraderie and absence of competition, Ed has provided a comprehensive list and contemplates

As a microcosm of the whole Australian blogging community food bloggers are overrepresented, especially in Melbourne.


Megan at ImaginIf (featured last week) has hosted a Carnival of Australia, with lots of wonderful Australian posts. Looks like I’ll be hosting one in around 4 weeks, but I’ll post about that separately.


Laurel has posted about the “2web and the Digital Gender Divide“, which makes for an interesting read.


SmartCompany has written about “Web 2.0’s Bold Pioneers” with the following bold Aussie Startups highlighted – Minti, Booking Angel, Tangler, Red Bubble, Perth Norg, 3eep, Remember the Milk and Scouta.


Anyone interested in bargains, can find dLook’s August discount coupons neatly summarised in one place (on the dLook News Blog).


Mitchell Harper (ex dropped by today to mention he’s started a new website entitled Sydney Stuff, which highlights upcoming events in Sydney and lets visitors vote on popular items.


Snoskred has written a great post entitled “Blog wrap ups made simple and easy“, which has great ideas for anyone who publishes a periodical round up.


Snos usually includes the unusual search terms that drive people to her blog each week. Because I write fairly “sedate” content, I don’t tend to get any big surprises with search terms, but today I noticed “What am I?” (which I googled and found I ranked at #2).

I dunno, I give up – what are you? :)


6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Weekly Update 2nd August”

  1. Snoskredon 03 Aug 2007 at 12:24 am

    Ok, the community lists have now been updated. 😉

    I’m with you on the starting from scratch, it can be pure evil. I think it’s the number one message to give to new bloggers these days – start as you mean to go on.. :)


  2. Megan over at Imaginifon 03 Aug 2007 at 7:33 am

    Hey Meg
    you’re locked in for the Carnival of Australia on the 29th of August. After All for Women have hostessed, submissions for your edition will be emailed directly to you.
    The day before the Carnival, I will email you html code, and text, of all blogs submitted through the Carnival home page. This is helpful to ensure that you don’t overlook a submission in the swarms of posts that are forwarded.

    And thanks for highlighting the Carnival of Australia.

    That’s great news about Jen’s hovering. Go Jen go.

    You take care and stay safe

  3. Megon 03 Aug 2007 at 9:58 am

    @ Snos – absolutely spot on about getting it right from the start, of course it’s the chicken and egg problem, if you haven’t got a clue about what you’re doing then WordPress and Blogger are an ideal platform to cut your teeth, and by the time you do, it’s all a big drama.

    @ Megan – cool, thanks. I’ll be on the look out :)

  4. jenon 03 Aug 2007 at 11:42 am

    Oh my goodness, I had no idea I’d been hovering just outside the top 100. What an honour. Thanks for the writeup. Yes, it is a good idea to get your own domain name sooner rather than later. I’ve been blogging about moving domains and what it’s meant I had to do.

  5. Megon 03 Aug 2007 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Jen

    I’m sure you’ll get back there – just a matter of time :)

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