How to promote a weblog: In the future, when people ask me how one should get their weblog on the map, I’m going to point them to Steve Rubel and his weblog, Micro Persuasion. He’s already getting great publicity for his blog. His focus is the intersection of blogging and the practice of public relations. Coming next week: Steve interviews me.
Clever: I’ve never blogged an arts & crafts idea before, however, I couldn’t pass this one up. I noticed the 40″ x 30″ (or 30″ x 40″ if you turn it vertically) piece displayed here (click to enlarge) the other day in the office of Kerri Davis, a graphic designer at Hammock Publishing. Kerri, who has two young daughters, had created the work as a year-end gift for the director of a pre-school program one of them attends. The quilt patch-like 4″ squares were cut out from art-work the children have produced (you know, the kind found on the refrigerator of every parent and grandparent). By mounting (with a “glue stick – the archival, purple kind” and roller) the squares on the art board in such a neat way, Kerri has elevated refrigerator art into a piece that can be proudly and permanently displayed for years to come.
One step back and two steps side-ways: A couple of times during the life of this weblog (here and here), I’ve scrtached my head over a technology I truly don’t get (as a user): approaches that offer a PDF-based (or PDF-like) adaptation of a print publication, so-called “e-editions” of a newspaper or magazine. (Those earlier posts detail why I’m perplexed by them.)
In an article on Slate.com earlier this week, Jack Shafer reviews the concept and some of the players in this arena and echoes some of the doubts I raised in my earlier posts.
For a sense of how poorly the facsimile of a broadsheet newspaper translates onto a computer screen, imagine reading a newspaper through a six-pane colonial window in which five of the panes have been blacked out. I haven’t had this sort of tunnel vision while reading since the last time I endured newspaper microfilm at the city library. (I feel the same way, only less so, about the Webified magazines in the Zinio format.)
Great things to do when you visit Nashville: A couple years ago, I blogged a a story in the NY Times about visiting Nashville and requested home-folks add their suggestions. Several good recommendations can be found in that post’s comments.
Today, the NY Times profiles Nashville in its “36 hour” feature in which writer Taylor Holliday (is that name for real?) suggests what I concur would be an awesome weekend trip itinerary. (Okay, I would add another day to eat at Martha’s, Pancake Pantry and Prince’s Hot Chicken, but missing those will give you a reason to come back.)
Do what’s on this list and the rexblog’s Nashville readers (all two of them) guarantee you’ll have a great time.
Long before Nashville became Music City, it was known as the Athens of the South, its aspirations exemplified by the construction of a replica of the Parthenon for Tennessee’s centennial in 1896. That Athens became the country music capital hasn’t always sat well with its citizens, who are right when they say there is more to Nashville than country. But most would acknowledge that if you have only a weekend, rootsy music of all types is what the city does best. Don’t expect the country you hear on the radio; mainstream stars rarely play at home. Instead, expect real-deal crooners, soulful singer-songwriters, A-list session players and bluegrass virtuosos.
Again, you can’t go wrong if you follow the exact suggestions of writer Taylor Holliday (if the link is behind a pay-wall, it’s worth paying the archive fee if you’re planning a trip), but I’m sure that Nashvillians who read this will want to add their own suggestions via comments.
Keep hope alive: According to E&P, “Journalism legend Gene Roberts is heading a group of some of the nation’s most powerful media leaders in an effort to save the industry’s two top journalism reviews (Columbia Journalism Review and American Journalism Review)through an unprecedented circulation and fundraising drive.” (via mediabistro.com)