My last word on "I and the Bird"

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: My last word on "I and the Bird"
From: "Russell Woodford" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 16:05:19 +1100 (EST)
A couple of points ...

I don't think we need frequent reminders from bloggers that their site has
been updated - this is what blogging is about, isn't it?  Keeping an
online journal about something suggests that it will be updated fairly

"I and the Bird" is different - it's technically more a "Mashup", or if
you like, a Blog Aggregator, more like a club newletter than a personal
journal.  I do think it is appropriate to send a reminder when it is
updated, but Laurie makes a valid suggestion that it would be good to have
a very short sumnmary in the Subject line. e.g. I and the Bird 64 - Iowa
Caucuses Edition

Thanks to Duncan for keeping this going.  Blogging is an incredibly
competitive activity, with significant benefits for those who can attract
many visitors.  A lot of bloggers are after revenue through ads, but there
are plenty, fortunately, who are supporting a cause and just want to
spread the word.  That's how I see "I and the Bird", whether or not its
authors receive a few dollars from running ads.  Good luck to them!

Thanks everyone - let's remember to make Subject lines informative - and
to keep it nice!!


Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

PS While we're talking about revenue from websites, a while ago I put an
ad from a bookstore on the birding-aus website (few people visit the site
so you probably won't have noticed). It's a search box for a popular
online bookstore.  If anyone follows this link, finds a book and buys it,
I get a small percentage of the sale. I thought I should be clear and open
about this - although I still haven't accumulated the  sum of $50 that
people in my industry have to declare in gift receipts!

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