Friday, January 18, 2008

Eurekak, flacks and .... Aidan.

A few new blogs for you this week: The first is Eurekak!, a themed blog that collects moments of dodgy inspiration (that's one there, that picture). It might go like this: One night, in the throes of drunkenness, you have an idea and are immediately convinced it's genius. You frantically write a few key words on your arm with a ball-point pen, chuckling at your own ineffable brilliance, before passing out. In the cold light of day, however, your idea doesn't seem so brilliant. All you can do, really, is take a photograph of your arm and send it, along with the whole sordid tale, to the shadowy Dr. Whom, who will post it on his wall of shame and you can thenceforth pretend the whole thing never happened.

HackFlack is a blog about PR and media matters, written by Chris Marritt, a former hack (journo) who is now a flack (PR professional). I've always liked the word flack, and use it whenever I can, but people over here don't seem familiar with it. Flack! It's kind of fun to say.

Thirdly, Eye on Manchester is now, which is similar in focus but with more of a portfolio setup. Several people emailed to tell me they saw the recent Guardian Tech section article about regional blogging which mentioned this blog and Aidan's. In case anyone missed it, you can read it here.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Welcome back, number 43

In among this week's crop of new blogs, some of you might recognise an old friend. The 43 was a beautifully written blog based on writer Geoff's musings while riding on the number 43 bus. It captured our hearts and won the blog of the year award at the first Manchester Blog Awards 2 years ago. And then, Geoff stopped writing. But now he's back with 40three, a brand new wordpress blog that's subtitled "Faith, Philosophy and Life:"

"It’s been nearly a year but I have finally decided to get back into the world of blogging! Some of you may remember my previous blogging adventure, from which this blog takes its name (to give the whole thing a pleasing sense of continuity) but not its theme. I doubt this present jaunt will be as sensitive, amusing, or fortunate in stumbling across a friendly award, but it may well satisfy my current appetite to write," he says.

Then there's a new blog called How do you do? which bills itself as "Lifestyle Guides for the 21st Century of Time." Jolly Roger has helpfully given us instructions on how to be a human - and, rather enterprisingly, is already flogging t-shirts and mugs with the blog's name on. Goodness. Upcoming topics include how to be a temp and how to be a gay... Oh, I can't wait to read that one. (via Manchester is Online, Sarah from the MEN's blog formerly known as The Mancunian Way.)
UPDATE: Have now read the promised post on how to be gay, and will be removing this blog from the blogroll and any links to it, as it's unbelievably offensive.

Also in the business of helping people - at least made up ones - is Dear Kitty... It's a fictional agony aunt column, updated every Friday.

Photoblog words fail has some nice snaps up. That's one of them up there. (Thanks to northernights for the tip. He has just posted an excellent round-up of Manc musicbloggers' Best of 2007 lists, btw.)

In the sports category, United Road is "concerned, as the name suggests, with Manchester United, primarily with the political and business stuff that swirls around off the pitch, rather than doings on it." Has an interesting post on there about XFM's commentary on Man U games, and the station in general.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Manchester WordPress User Group

Loads of people have been telling me for ages how elegant and versatile WordPress is, but despite the best intentions I haven't gotten too far in exploring it - I'm one of those people stubbornly hanging on to Blogger because they know it well and have three years' worth of blog posts invested in it.

If you're one of the enlightened, you'll want to know about the brand-new Manchester WordPress User Group. Its first ever meeting is on Wednesday January 16 2008, from 5.30pm to around 7.30pm at MDDA’s offices.

They say: "Are you a blogger, designer or developer who uses the WordPress blogging platform? If so, why not come along to the first meeting of the Manchester WordPress User Group.The meeting will feature two talks – one on designing for WordPress and the other on security tips. The rest of the evening will be given over to ‘show and tell’ knowledge sharing and networking." Free, refreshments included. Full details here.