Cognito ergo blog

It isn’t just the old media that’s falling for (or being battered by) the charms of the blog – academia is too. Jim McClellan in the Guardian Online section looks at some successful academic blogs, and academic bloggers, who believe blogging can be beneficial to the “developing and sharing ideas, both with academic peers and general readers” – and how some universities are already thinking of ways to close the gates against those general ‘barbarians’ storming the ivory towers. Pete …

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Slugger appeal latest…

Our appeal for sponsors to help cover at least some of the core time spent in keeping Slugger running smoothly is coming on slowly but with some promising possibilities in the pipeline. As I’ve mentioned before we’ve managed to reduce the costs of the site by moving the server to a cheaper host in the US. However, if you like what we do and are keen to help us keep the site well fed, we are always to receive donations …

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On the commerical uses of blogging

Interesting comment from one time head of internet consultancy nua.ie, Gerry McGovern on some of the commerical uses and misuses of blogging. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

Blogs: the modern moveable type…

The Belfast Telegraph has the story of the demise of one Dan Rather, whose long career in the media may have ended at the hands of a powerful network of blogs. Tony Blankley welcomes the outcome and weighs the benefits and drawbacks of this particular blog revolution. According to Andrew Sullivan, the US election is fast becoming a war between new and old media. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the …

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Money’s too tight to mention….

We’ve had a rough summer of it, but it seems that things are getting back to normal on Slugger. What I think it has highlighted is the difficulty of keeping up a site that at least aspires towards professional values on a zero budget.The move from the UK to the US server means that the technological costs have plummeted. Even low level clicks on the Google ads should now work in tandem with these substantially lower costs. The real question …

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Slugger coming back to health…

Finally we are coming back to something approaching normality. As someone put it just before the London server went down Slugger was as unsettled as Wayne Rooney just before he joined Man U. Well Wayne has made his move and so has Slugger. We are now hosted on a nice new Unix server somewhere in New York.You’ll notice that we are currently without our archives. This was a first casulty in the crash. We do have records of them, but …

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Slugger: writers wanted…

The last year has seen major increases in Slugger’s readership, from 7-800 hundred visitors a day to something approaching 3000. Whilst in the next year we expect to see that growth curve continue, we also need to consider various ways to maintain Slugger as more of a self sustaining online magazine as well as a generally civil space for online dialogue. To that end we are looking to expand the both the blogging team and the number of one off …

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