Saturday, December 13, 2008

Finally...

... there has been another update on the status of BlogRolling! Better yet, the news is very good.
the end of the ‘rolling drought is near!

So says their update site.

Stay Tuned!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Update on the Non Update

Well, Thursday has come and long gone and there has still not been and update at BlogRolling HQ. I'm not sure when they'll be releasing the Beta version of BlogRolling 2.0, but I'm getting quite anxious. I assume they are as well... and perhaps inundated with questions about it's release. I chose to not be one of those people and am just waiting. And waiting...

As a heads up, I'm not sure what we'll all have to do when this is released. I'm not sure even what will happen with the current versions of our beloved BlogRoll. Just in case, I have saved an html version of it and if all else fails the posts on this site contain everything that has gone through here over the course it it's existance. I may take it apon myself some time to collect them all, just to see the total number if nothing else.

Anyway, it's very likely we'll all have to reinstall the code on our blogs. As soon as I get it, if that is what happens, I'll be sure to let you all know that it's there and what we have to do, if anything.

Remember though, it'll be a Beta release. Things may not be perfect... but then again, what is?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

BlogRolling 2.0 Thursday?

So, just on the heels of my last post comes an update from BlogRolling HQ:
Whither Blogrolling 2.0?

Thursday is a big day at Blogrolling HQ. Thursday marks the end of our second development cycle (or “sprint” for the Agilists out there).

If everything looks good, we will quickly be in a position to launch a beta of Blogrolling 2.0 fairly quickly. If not, we might need one more cycle of iteration to get it ready for limited public use.

The team is doing awesome work and I’m really looking forward to being able to share it with you. You can count on another update sometime on Thursday.


Anyone else excited?

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Recruitment Post

To anyone who is not yet part of this collection of ours, join us. Post a comment to let me know that you're out there and you're in(when the list is up and running). The only qualifiers (if that's what you want to call it) is that you(r blog is) are in Newfoundland and Labrador or are(is) from Newfoundland and Labrador... as noted above.

To those already in the list, let any friends or family who may not know this place exist in on the secret. There's hundreds missing from here I'm sure.

To those who were part of this list before and want back in, post a comment and voila; it'll happen.

To everyone; Have a great day!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

NL's SpicyPage



In effort to promote this blog, your blogs and our province in general I joined a new (to me) service called "SpiceyPage". I started playing around in there today and realized that you can create groups as well as get people to vote on your site... so I went ahead and did that. If you're interested in that kind of thing, join me eh!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

To-Do List

As I anxiously await BlogRolling 2.0 to be released (and yes, they are only working on that version so it seems and not fixing the original version) I guess I should keep track of my To-Do List for the blog.... and I guess fill you folks in as well... should you be checking in.
  • Roll Cleanup, removing inactive and broken link blogs, which I'll have to wait until the release of the new system before I can do.
  • Designate and arrange space(s) for the 'Blog of the Week' initiative.
  • Announce details of an upcoming contest which I hope to turn into a fairly regular thing.
  • Continue promoting this blog in hopes it helps get traffic to your blog.
  • Create buttons for blog and roll promotion on other peoples blogs.
  • And continue to take all your suggestions on what else we can do around these parts!
I'll keep everyone posted on both the progress of the above list and the status of BlogRolling 2, or if you can't wait for my updates on that you could always refer to here:

Until next time, I'm outta here. As you can see, I've got work to do!

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

YES WE HAVE!

While we wait for the roll to come back and the new initiatives to kick in, I wanted to share this wonderful video with you all. It was created as a celebration of Newfoundland & Labrador's new HAVE status within Canada! Check it out!




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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Not so much an Update

Well, there was another update regarding the status of Blogrolling, but unfortunately there wasn't much said. What I do gather from things is that we will not be able to do much until version 2 is released. I guess they'll scrap any development on V1 and concentrate fully on the upgrade. I assume this is a smart thing to do. Let's all hope it comes back soon! I'm achin' to get our ideas on the go but I want to clean up the roll first. In the meantime, I'll keep you all posted on the progress.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Coming Soon - Blog of the Week!

Well, it's been over a week since BlogRolling has updated their status page. I've been checking daily, anxious to have the service back so that we can progress with our community here. In the meantime, while I have no new news to share with regards to it starting back up again, I wanted to let you in on what the plan is for the previously mentioned 'Blog of the Week'.

Each week (on a not yet determined day), one blog from the roll will be randomly selected and designated as the 'Blog of the Week'. With that prestigious title will come a few perks including (but perhaps not limited to) one post about blog (on the not yet determined day) that will feature information about the blog (like a mini review) and a link to the site. In addition to this post (which will be archived forever and listed on the right hand side) we will have a section here on this blog dedicated to the 'Blog of the Week'. In this block, I will be posting an 'Ad' for the site (which essentially will be a 125x125 clickable screenshot of the blog) and directly below it will be a RSS feed listing the latest entries for said blog. This will stay there for 1 week, until a new blog becomes the chosen one.

I should note as well that any of my blogs on the list will not be taking part in this promotion. I feel that doing that would be a conflict of interests and besides, writing a review of your own blog is not an easy task... so I'm not gonna do it. I should also note that once a blog is listed, it will not be eligible for the blog of the week for at least 1 year. We have tonnes of blogs to cover and I want to give as equal coverage to as many as possible. The whole purpose of this venture is provide more exposure the blogs on the roll and I definitely think that this is one way that could help that.

What'dya think?

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Monday, October 27, 2008

The future of the BlogRoll

While we wait for the Blogroll to be functional again, I would like to open things up for discussion on how to improve on what we have going here. It's an interesting community that we've built and I think there are ways we could further reach out to one another.

One thing that I have in mind is to create a 'Blog of the Week' column on this site. Before the space was only used to discuss the comings and goings of blogs on the roll. I feel I should at least spend some time discussing those who stick around. I'm not exactly sure what this column will entail, but it's an idea and something that'll blossom on it's own I'm sure. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to post a comment.

That goes for any ideas you have on how we can expand. Let me know what you think!

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

BR Update

It's been a week or so since BlogRolling was hacked causing them to have to shut down their service. Since then the team at BR has been working feverishly to get things back in order. According to yesterdays update, they still have not completed that and say it could take a couple of weeks.

Here's an excerpt from the update:

Behind the scenes, we’ve got a couple of parallel projects underway.

a) bringing back affected services safely and responsibly. We want to ensure that your data is safe, so we’re doing an extensive review of the affected services, making slight adjustments here and there, and restoring individual services. This won’t be a quick process, so don’t expect to see full functionality restored in the next few days. It may be up to a few weeks before basic services are fully restored. I realize how much this sucks, but we want to make sure that we don’t affect the overall security of the system and the basic dependability of core roll serving. Like I said earlier, we’re committed to keeping the lights on, but they will be dimmed for a little while.


The "B" of that update is that they are also working on an updated version of the software... which is interesting and exciting enough, but I just would like the old service back for now. It's missed... and I'm sure it is by many people.

I'll keep you updated as I find out new information. Stay tuned.


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Monday, October 20, 2008

Blogrolling Down

Just wanted to let everyone know that the Blogrolling software is down. According to the site they are using for updates, the blogs are listing but they will not be updated.

I can't edit or do anything with the roll until they get that resolved... just as a heads up.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Newbies

It's been a while since I had a chance to update this place, but here are some newbies to the list.

St. John’s Real Estate Guy
http://www.larryhann.com/blogs/larry_hann/default.aspx

Thoughts from Home
http://thoughtsfromhome.wordpress.com/

A Scattering
http://www.ascattering.blogspot.com/

MoneyGrubbingLawyer
http://moneygrubbinglawyer.com/

Ryan Cleary's Campaign
http://www.ryanclearyndp.ca/blog

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Blog Surge

There's been a influx in add requests as of late and I'm wondering where the traffic is coming from. Did somebody post about the roll on your blog? Speakin' of which; you should!

Anyway, here's the newbies. Enjoy...

The Remarkable Trait of a Lowly Toiler
http://remarkabletoiler.blogspot.com/

Photography of Newfoundland and Labrador
http://www.atlanticshore.blogspot.com/

Newfoundland Nook & Cranny
http://nfldnookandcranny.blogspot.com/

Canadian Politico
http://canadianpolitico.blogspot.com/

Truth to Power
http://www.accesstoinfo.blogspot.com/

St. John's Real Estate Online
http://www.stjohnsrealestateonline.com/

Service Industry Meltdowns in St. John's, NL
http://downrightcranky.blogspot.com/

Sweet Treats
http://sweettreatsdani.blogspot.com/

life as i know it...
http://skylarkd.blogspot.com/

Finding Home - Journeys of a Half-Newfoundlander
http://half-newfoundlander.blogspot.com/


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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Still More Out There

People still write me with new blogs out there that are not on the roll... including these four new additions! Check em out!

Newfoundland Sea Kayaking
http://www.newfoundlandseakayaking.blogspot.com/

Gas and Oil
http://www.gasandoil.blogspot.com/

The Cameron Inquiry: An Unofficial Blog
http://www.cameroninquiry.ca/

Age Related Macular Degeneration Support
http://www.amdsupport.ca/

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Gone Bye-Bye

I haven't done one of these since October and I had some time so... the following blogs have been unlisted from the roll. I went back 6 months and removed blogs that have not been updated since the end of July of later. I also removed dead links and blogs which are open to invited readers only, as per normal. Anyway, the details are below and if any of the blog owners which to be re-listed, just email me.

Our new total is 133 active blogs. These have gone bye-bye...

a life in the day of me
http://toastertester.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: April 3rd 2007

A million monkeys typing
http://www.douglasjohnston.net/weblog/
Last Updated: July 7th 2007

A New Writer
http://anewwriter.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: Never. No Posts here.

All Things Newfoundland
http://allthingsnewfoundland.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: May 17th 2007

AngryDalty
http://www.angrydalty.com/

This is not really a blog. More a Website

AnnieLand
http://archandrea.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: July 22, 2007

Art In Newfoundland
http://artinnl.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: June 18th, 2007

bishop's falls to buchans
http://cariboujaunt.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: July 9th, 2007

Bradreid.com
http://www.bradreid.com/
Last Updated: April 9, 2007

Breaking into the Academy
http://mkbabd.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: June 07, 2007

Brian's Cube dot com
http://www.brianscube.com/
Last Updated: June 20th, 2007

Campaign Trail: CBC.ca/NL Election Blog
http://www.cbc.ca/nlvotes2007/campaigntrail/
Last Updated: October 24, 2007 (Time sensitive topic of course)

Civilization & My Discontents
http://civilizationandmydiscontents.blogspot.com/
Open to invited readers only

dennis rice.ca
http://dennisrice.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: April 07, 2007

Fighting Newfoundlander
http://blog.myspace.com/fightingnewfoundlander
Last Updated: Apr 06 2007

Graham Case
http://www.grahamcase.com/
This is a broken link

How Did I get here?
http://howdidigethere.wordpress.com/
This blog has been deleted

Hug Me Kiss Me
http://www.hugmekissme.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: July 03 2007

Just Me
http://www.jaymcgrath.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: May 09 2007

La Belle Dame sans Merci
http://streel.livejournal.com/

Last Updated in 2006. Should have been gone long ago.

Lexy Valentine Adventures
http://lexyvalentine.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: April 6, 2007

Life as i know it...
http://skylarkd.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: May 30, 2007

Newfiegirl
http://newfiegirl.blogsome.com
Last Updated: July 25, 2006

Pastor Doodah's Pulpit
http://pastor-doodah.blogspot.com/
Page Not Found

Rant and Roar Blog
http://www.rantandroar.ca/blog/blog.html
Last Updated: June 20, 2007

Renaming Things
http://renamingthings.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: March 25, 2007

Responsible Government League
http://responsiblegovernmentleague.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: June 01, 2007

Rick Mercer's Blog
http://rickmercer.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: January 30, 2007

Ryan Woodford - Digital Revolutionary
http://www.ryanwoodford.com/
This is a broken link

Seastrands Studio
http://seastrands.wordpress.com/
Last Updated: May 3, 2007

Snow and Mosquitos
http://firedonkey.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: April 21, 2007

Some Shockin' Good
http://shockingood.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: July 20, 2007

Soundslikecrickets
http://soundslikecrickets.blogspot.com/
This blog indicates it'll no longer be updated.

Standing on a Soapbox With Nothing to Say
http://bluestarscollide.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: April 13, 2007

Sure B'y
http://sureby.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: March 08, 2007

The Cricket Debacle
http://notsoblind.livejournal.com/
Last Updated: April 06, 2007

The Knotical Times
http://knoticaltimes.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: July 11, 2007

The Unofficial blog of the Commons
http://thecommons-sense.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: April 18, 2007

This Is A Blog
http://kevinwoolridge.blogspot.com/
Last Updated: March 19, 2007

V for Victory
http://www.vforvictory.blogspot.com/

Last Updated: February 4, 2007

You Again?
http://youagain.wordpress.com/
Last Updated: March 6, 2007

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Newbies and News

Before getting to the Newbies, I just wanted to let everyone know that earlier this week, I set the blog to be a random ordered list instead of the newest posts on top option. I did this because the update feature is still not working and some blogs are not bumping to the top. The 'NEW POST' tag is still on the updated blogs which work, but they will not bump to the top and every time the roll is refreshed, a new order should be present. I'm not sure how long I'll keep it this way, but it's good like that for now.

So, let's get to the new additions:

The Prelinger Phile
http://prelingerphile.blogspot.com/

REDEFiNE iT
http://redefineit.blogspot.com/

Bigger Pants
http://biggerpants.blogspot.com/

Have fun!

I'll be doing one of my clean ups again today as well. Stay tuned...

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Long Time No Update

Sorry about the lengthly span between updates, but I've been massively busy as of late. Anyway, just a couple of things to share. First of all, I found a pinging service that appears to work for some on getting your blog bumped to the top of the list. It's free and it's found here. Give that a shot and see if it helps. It does for most of my blogs and I hope it does for you too.

Secondly, there are a few new blogs that I've just added (see below) so have a visit eh?

Comical Hell Sin
http://mcanagram.blogspot.com/

Anti-Entertainment
http://antientertainment.blogspot.com/

Million Dollar Journey
http://www.milliondollarjourney.com/

Kayaking Dreamin'
http://www.kayakingdreamin.blogspot.com/

Newfoundcare
http://newfoundcare.squarespace.com/

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