Whenever I am asked about some of the high and low points of blogging I can hardly think of the negatives. I get to write, share my knowledge, open up topics for discussion, inform, learn, create and network with some amazingly talented and selfless people.
On the other hand, maybe once a month, I’ll be reminded of the negatives. Folks hiding behind their computers and fake names, simply with nothing nice to say. Sometimes I’ll unapprove a comment, but more often then not I’ll let it be published as such is the life of a blogger.
Now that we have that out of the way, it’s on to this morning’s link fest:
John shared this article with me a few weeks ago about trolls, those whose main purpose each day is to troll the internet making others feel about as big as an ant. Poking, prodding, insulting, and generally trying to get under your skin and when that happens, they feel they’ve won.
On a similar note, Pete Quily sent this book review by Guy Kawasaki my way and I have to say, it’s pretty brilliant (and will probably help a few people out).
Now for more shiny happy things that make us smile. In the spirit of social media for a change, both Gus and Raul did a charity roundup yesterday, highlighting some great people working to raise funds for even greater causes.
By way of TechCrunch I came across BackType. It’s a new way to track comments, almost Twitter-style.
A while back Kris started a website to help share some of his knowledge about Vancouver when it comes to great locations for photoshoot. Public spaces, green spaces, the best spots to go when it’s pouring rain etc. You can sign up for a free account (he just celebrated the 200th user) and add some of your favourites as well, creating a useful resource for professional and amateur photographers alike.
Finally, Votermedia has been holding weekly surveys to award Vancouver bloggers who cover the topics of the day and I have been voted into the top spot for two weeks running. 100% of the credit goes to all my readers even though I am not a political blog (except for the occasional follow up on the Parks Board). I hope to address this in an upcoming interview I am conducting with the founder of Votermedia, Mark Latham.