Category Archives: Blogging and the Internet

The Ninth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert — LIVE!

photo by Lotus Carroll of Lotus Carroll Welcome to the The 2014 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert! It is my honor to be with you here for the eighth year of this concert. Thank you for keeping this blogging tradition … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Christmahanukwanzaakah Past

Oh great, all weekend my Facebook feed was filled with your damn Chrismahanukwanzakah trees and decorations and menorahs, and your obnoxious kids singing in their school choirs, posing as clean-cut, as if we didn’t know they spend the rest of … Continue reading

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The Ninth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert

It is time for the announcement of the Ninth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert, all new, all exciting for 2014! Nine years!  Can you believe it? Here are the past blockbuster concerts — 2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012 2013 This year’s concert will … Continue reading

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If There Were “Links” in Real Conversations

Tom’s Coffee Shop, near Columbia University. This morning. I am sitting with my two old college buddies, Barry and Rob. Just like we used to do in the past. Neil: It’s so great to sit down with you both in … Continue reading

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Internet Thoughts #1 — How to Respond to Stupidity

We all are apt to say stupid or contentious things at some part of our internet lives. What should be the best policy for dealing with it? What makes the internet a better place? Let’s come up an example. I … Continue reading

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Find Your Tribes

Last weekend’s blogging conference was colored by the Gaza conflict that played out on my hotel TV at night.   It put me on edge.   The social media lingo used at the conference suddenly seemed more militaristic than intended.  Words … Continue reading

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Singing Cabaret

I’m not big on crowds.  My experiences with conferences tend to revolve around hanging with one or two people who I strongly connect with for one reason or another.   This year, at BlogHer, that person was JC, the Animated … Continue reading

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BlogHer ’14

First the positive.   The sessions were interesting.  The Voices of the Year reading was one of the best yet.   Standing ovation good.   This year honored 10 years of BlogHer, and the atmosphere was celebratory.  There was a … Continue reading

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20 Minutes on IM #4: With Jana

Tonight, on Facebook messenger, with Jana of Jana’s Thinking Place. Neil Ok, you ready? Jana Ready ::clears throat:: Neil Ok, preamble… this will all go on record…. unless you politely tell me to strike something…. Jana OK. Neil We will … Continue reading

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A Better Facebook Targeted Ad

 “Facebook will now use personal information gathered from your activities elsewhere on the Web to more precisely target advertisements on the social network” – — said the news today, and everyone I know went into panic mode, rushing to opt out … Continue reading

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