Eating Well On $1 A Day

Jeffery, the owner of the blog Grocery Coupon Guide made a bet with his sister that he could, through judicious use of sales and coupons, eat healthily on $1 a day for a month. And he did. With $2.92 to spare. The retail value of his purchases? $597.96. Here’s his grocery list for the month: […] Moves to NYT

Via the NYT’s Media Decoder:  The New York Times To Host Political Polling Site FiveThirtyEight. Mr. Silver, a statistical wizard, became a media star during the last presidential election season for his political projections based on dissections of polling data. He retains all rights to FiveThirtyEight and will continue to run it himself, but “under […]

Steve Jobs Does not Heart Blogs

Via Reuters:  Apple’s Jobs speaks out on missing iPhone and the danger of blogs. Two quick thoughts: 1)  The man continues to come across as quite the control freak. 2)  I can understand going after Gizmodo.  (I am not sure, by the way, that Gizmodo is really emblematic of blogging, per se). Full disclosure:  I […]

Why I Hate Facebook

There have been a slew of articles in recent days by various people explaining why they’re leaving Facebook and you should, too. While most of them center on Facebook’s ever-shifting privacy policy, which basically mean that anything you’ve ever shared with Facebook is fair game for them to sell to anyone they choose, my frustration […]

A (Re-) Introduction

Greetings to the readers of OTB.  My name is Steven Taylor and I will be joining the regular stable of bloggers here at the site.  I have been blogging at my own site, PoliBlog, for seven years starting a few weeks after James started this site—indeed, his foray into the then new world of blogging […]

WordPress 3.0 Guide

TechnoSailor‘s Aaron Brazell has published the long-awaited “10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 3.0” post.  The author of the recently-released The WordPress Bible — and, full disclosure, someone who has done extensive development work for me — is a true WordPress insider and his “10 Things You Need to Know” posts on each […]

Customize Your Blog Reading

Like many of us, Jim Henley reads blogs through a feed reader. Now, he’s working on customizing his reading experience by creating some “edited feeds” via Yahoo Pipes that eliminates recurring posts that he doesn’t like: Open-Thread-Free Eschaton, Outside the Beltway — Substantive (no caption contests or music videos), and Poliblogger Gringofied (no Latin American […]

Blogging and Strategic Thinking

Thomas Barnett reflects on how blogging has made him a better strategic thinker: With the blog, I can now attach my first-impression analysis to the formal citation, with both hot-linked to the full article and stored in a content management system — the blog — that I can instantly access and search from anywhere in […]

Al Weisel, Blogger ‘Jon Swift’, Dead at 46

The author and movie critic Al Weisel, best known in the blogosphere as the faux conservative satirist Jon Swift, died recently.  The tragic news, and the even more tragic circumstances, was broken by his mother on the comment section of his defunct blog: I don’t know how else to tell you all who love this […]

Blogger Kings

Repeating the fallacy of Plato’s Republic, in which the great philosopher explained why society should be governed by people exactly like Plato, Ross Douthat uses the occasion of Mickey Kaus’ Senate candidacy to argue that “more pundits and policy wonks” should “throw their hats into the political ring.” We’ve reached a point in American life […]

Senator Mickey Kaus?

Mickey Kaus, who was blogging before there was a blogosphere, has taken steps to run against California Democrat Barbra Boxer for the U.S. Senate. Pioneering political blogger Mickey Kaus took out papers filed to run for U.S. Senate in California, he told LA Weekly. The Venice resident said he’ll run this year against Barbara Boxer […]

Atlantic Redesign: The Medium is the Message

Since hiring Andrew Sullivan and a slew of other already-established bloggers a couple years back, the Atlantic Monthly website has gone through quite a few design changes.  But last week’s total reorganization of the site into a series of channels, subsuming all the blogs except Andrew’s into what amounts to collections of links to archives, […]

Hot Air Sold to Salem Communications

Michelle Malkin’s Hot Air, one of the very most popular conservative blogs, has been acquired by Salem Communications, Mediaite‘s Colby Hall reports: CPAC hasn’t even officially started and already its making news. Mediaite has learned that leading center-right web site Hot Air has been acquired by Salem Communications for an undisclosed sum. Sources close to […]

Bush: Miss Me Yet?

Minnesota Public Radio’s Bob Collins saw this billboard as he “whizzed past it on I-35 in Wyoming last week on the way back from Wrenshall.” He’s rather bemused at the reception his blog post on this has gotten: FoxNews asked me to be on today to talk about the billboard. I declined, noting I don’t […]

Cheering for the Laundry

It seems that some liberal bloggers who used to complain about the Bush administration are being intellectually honest and also complaining when the Obama administration does the same thing.  BooMan, for one, doesn’t like it. What brought people together into progressive blogging communities and networks was related to policy (the invasion of Iraq, torture, illegal […]

Andrew Sullivan’s Alter Ego

Scott Payne has an extensive interview with Patrick Appel, who, we have recently learned, is much more than Andrew Sullivan’s assistant. Along with Chris Bodenner, Patrick does most of the pick-and-shovel work of blogging, reading through hundreds of blog posts, articles, and reader submissions and even writing up draft posts for Andrew to edit and […]

Twitter Not Just About Lunch

Norm Geras remains baffled at the Twitter phenomenon.  Responding to a column by Nicholas Lezard, Norm asks: (1) Why would I want to record my daily activities for other people to follow? (2) Why would I want to follow the detailed doings of anyone else over the course of a day, and another day, and […]

Brevity is the Soul of Wit

Heebie-Geebie offers some sage advice on story-telling and blogging: First, cut way more details than you want to. Cut almost everything. Cut so much that you’re staying ahead of the person listening. Only fill in extra details if they’re still fascinated and you’re going back to flesh out the situation. Second, if your audience isn’t […]

I Got Nothin’

The combination of a busy day at the office and a slow news day on the domestic policy front have rather limited my blogging today.   Norman Geras knows the feeling: If you’re a blogger and you’re honest, then you’ll admit to the fact that you’re often looking for connections. ‘Connections?’ you ask. Connections. On a […]

Evolution of Blogging

Scott Payne has an interesting interview with Kevin Drum on the evolution of the blogosphere since the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth circa 2002.    I joined the fray about six months later and think he’s dead on. A couple of excerpts: But the political blogosphere did have a bit more of a clubby feel […]

Andrew Sullivan Goes Off-Grid

Andrew Sullivan has been blogging nearly ten years now and notes “it’s grueling month after month being responsible for up to 300 posts a week.”  So he’s taking a month off to avoid burn-out. Which is fine, of course.  Sully is as prolific as any blogger out there.  Indeed, Jim Henley argues, he likely blogs […]

Financing the Life of the Mind

Russell Jacoby laments that it has become almost impossible for intellectuals to sustain themselves without institutional backing: Yes, a few souls manage to hustle and do quite nicely, for instance, Christopher Hitchens. Yes, a few magazines like the “New Yorker” pay a living wage, but for most to survive, if not flourish, requires a working […]

You Know You Got it When You’re Going Insane

Norm Geras (who just celebrated his 6th blogging anniversary) points us to this hilariously annoying SPIEGEL interview with Wired editor Chris Anderson: SPIEGEL: Mr. Anderson, let’s talk about the future of journalism. Anderson: This is going to be a very annoying interview. I don’t use the word journalism. SPIEGEL: Okay, how about newspapers? They are […]

The Biggest Obstacle to Blogging

Megan McArdle reports that she has had a fourth bicycle stolen since moving to DC, all of them locked, all of them at her home, the most recent inside a stockade fence.  In frustration, she observes, “I think I’m done with bike commuting. I’d rather just hand out $100 bills to random people on the […]

Iraq War Casualty Predictions

Tim Lambert linked some prewar Iraq War casualty predictions collected by John Hawkins in early 2003: If we go into Iraq, how many casualties do you expect to see (on the side of the US and our allies) John Hawkins: “Probably 300 or less” Charles Johnson:“Very few” Henry Hanks: “Less than 200” Laurence Simon: “A […]

Fisking JFK

Political blogging is, by its nature, slave to the zeitgeist. If it happened more than two hours ago, it’s old news. And if it happened more than 24 hours ago, you’d better have some sage reflections to make the waiting worth the while. Heedless of this, Brian Moore is getting around to fisking the speeches […]

Hilzoy Retires

Since I check Memeorandum before Google Reader most mornings, I saw Hilzoy‘s post “Bare-Faced Go-Away Bird” there first.  I glanced at it before going on to other posts but resolved to write something snarky about how it was quite likely that it was the first time the phrase “I’m going to Rwanda this weekend, on […]

Blogging is Hard

Bernard Finel has been trying this blogging thing for a while and finds that it’s harder than it looks.  He notes that even very short posts require quite a bit of effort. Even short posts take me forever. Not writing the text, per se, but I think most posts are useful if you include a […]

FTC to Monitor Blogs

Here we go again:  The government is looking to get into the business of regulating blogs, reports AP’s Deborah Yao. Savvy consumers often go online for independent consumer reviews of products and services, scouring through comments from everyday Joes and Janes to help them find a gem or shun a lemon. What some fail to […]

UK Court: Blogger Anonymity Not a Right

A British judge has ruled against a blogger who sought an injunction against having his secret identity published in the Times. Thousands of bloggers who operate behind the cloak of anonymity have no right to keep their identities secret, the High Court ruled yesterday.  In a landmark decision, Mr Justice Eady refused to grant an […]

The Blogger and the Damage Done

Ed Whelan realizes the error of his ways: On reflection, I now realize that, completely apart from any debate over our respective rights and completely apart from our competing views on the merits of pseudonymous blogging, I have been uncharitable in my conduct towards the blogger who has used the pseudonym Publius. Earlier this evening, […]

Outing Anonymous Bloggers

National Review‘s Ed Whelan has outed The Blogger Formerly Known as Publius, revealing his name and employer despite being informed by TBFKAP that he had a “variety of private, family, and professional reasons” for wishing to keep his identity private. While I generally find the practice of revealing people’s secrets to the public distasteful, there […]

Blogging Vacations

Andrew Sullivan is back from vacation and writes, As for me, it is hard to describe the experience of the long-distance blogger who takes a short rest for a while. A few will know – Mickey, Glenn, and Josh come to mind. Your brain feels like an arm after it’s liberated from resting against a […]

Ezra Klein to WaPo

The Washington Post company continues its consolidation of the media universe with the hire of Ezra Klein.   Politico’s Michael Calderone breaks the news: The American Prospect’s Ezra Klein, one of the top bloggers on politics and policy, is heading to the Washington Post. Rumors about Klein’s upcoming move spread on Wednesday night during a reception […]

Bloggers For Hire

There are nearly as many people making their living as bloggers than as lawyers — and more than as computer programmers or firefighters.  At least according to a report by Mark Penn (with E. Kinney Zalesne) in today’s WSJ. The best studies we can find say we are a nation of over 20 million bloggers, […]

Will Twitter Kill the Blogging Star?

Rand Fishking and Darren Rowse have noted a remarkable decline in the social nature of blogs, most notably the culture of inter-linking, and think Twitter and other social media outlets may be partly to blame. In 2006, a popular blog post or piece of content would generate a remarkable amount of blogging activity. It wasn’t […]

Cowen and Singer Solve World Poverty

This exchange between Peter Singer and Tyler Cowen on BloggingHeadsTV is priceless. Singer has written a book, The Life You Can Save, that argues from a very Leftist perspective that those of us in the West enjoying a decent life should give much more to the poor. Cowen, arguing from a Libertarian Right perspective, agrees […]

This Blogging Life

Kevin Drum confesses, “I like articles that have a clear takeaway which I can excerpt and comment on. If there isn’t one, I sometimes put the piece aside and then never get back to it. Bad blogger.” Au contraire. This quality has made Kevin one of the best bloggers out there for more than six […]

Kindle Blogging

Glenn Reyolds reports, “So it’s not easy, but you can blog from a Kindle.” Good to know. But wasn’t the fact that new tools made quickly self-publishing one’s thoughts on the Internet easy the impetus behind blogging? Who wants non-easy blogging tools? Photo by Flickr user thelastaerie under Creative Commons license.

Six Years Blogging

Steven Taylor’s PoliBlog turned six recently and, as he notes, OTB recently (on January 31st, to be precise) did so as well. The blogging landscape has changed markedly in the intervening period, with many of the top blogs of early 2003 long gone and quite a few relative newcomers having taken over the top rungs.  […]

Blogging Making Comeback Over Microblogging?

Steve Rubel points to what I hope is a trend. Interesting discussion overnight between my friends Robert Scoble and MIke Arrington over whether Robert’s personal brand diminished because of his love for Friendfeed. How refreshing and retro that this conversation is actually taking place via blogs instead of just on Twitter and Friendfeed, where I […]