Archives for January 2005

Lifetime Achievement Awards- Shouldn’t you be Older to Win One

Something just doesn’t seem right. There should be a rule requiring more TOS, time of service for this.

What are Your Favorite Blogs?

From the mailbag:

Dear Jack,

I really enjoy reading your blog. I find your thoughts to be anything but random and enjoy your comments on life. You seem to have a good sense of humor and I am curious to learn if you have any favorite blogs and how do you get so many people to link to you.



Dear Steve,

I do have a number of favorites. Some I find to be very funny, some I find to be consistently intriguing because they stimulate me intellectually or have similar interests. I don’t have enough time to really go through the blogosphere the way I want to, so there are probably some other blogs that I would really enjoy.

Here are some of my current favorites Rishon Rishon,Treppenwitz, The Shmata Queen, Bloghead and The Monkey Cage.

As for generating more links to your blog there are a couple basic ways to make that happen. The first is to continually produce excellent content. It can be niche, it can be general, it can be news, special interest or humor, but it must be excellent or as close to it as possible. People want to link to things that are of interest to them, so the definition of excellent is subjective.

Another way to generate links is to ask people to link or blogroll you. I ignore about a third of the requests that come in as I like to be more judicious in who I am connected to. Not to mention I try not to blogroll anyone that I do not read semi-regularly.

The other thing that you must do is get out there and get noticed. If you truly want to be linked you must market your blog.

Hope this helps,


Study: Smoking Harms Women More Than Men

” AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Cigarette smoking is more harmful to women than to men, cutting more than a decade off female smokers’ life expectancy but much less for their male peers, Dutch government research suggested Monday.”

Not to mention how unattractive it is.

U.S. students say press freedoms go too far

I found this article to be troubling, especially this:

“The survey of 112,003 students finds that 36% believe newspapers should get “government approval” of stories before publishing; ”

Aren’t they learning anything. Have they heard of Peter Zenger, do they know the history of prior restraint and the problems it can cause.

A Comment about Comments

gearHi folks,

I wanted to comment on the comments here because I was asked via email if I read all of the comments. The answer is yes, I do. I may not always respond, but I will read all of them.