The Anonymous Widower

Mutual Blogging

A reader of this blog, who used to be an old Artemis professional, is currently working on a large project, where there are a large number of sub-contractors and a difficult public relations problem with those, who live locally to the project.

They asked me, if a blog could solve some of his problems.

So here goes!

I would suggest, he starts a simple blog, probably using WordPress, as it is generally easily managed by an individual with average computer skills.

  • Only a tight group of individuals would be allowed to add posts to the blog.
  • Posts would be limited to so many a week.
  • Anybody would be allowed to comment, but under a set of behavioural rules and moderation, If the project is controversial, you don’t want the blog to become the focus of discontent.
  • I believe that with a difficult project, it could be a place for constructive discussion.
  • Hopefully, each post would generate comments and discussion, that improved the original post.
  • The blog would also point on its home page to useful sites concerned with the subject of the blog.
  • There would be a contact form.

If you were having a blog like this for say a public infrastructure project like Crossrail, it could be public, but a project like perhaps trialling a new treatment for a controversial-to-some illness like HIV-Aids, might be password-protected.

I think on balance most project blogs would be public.

If a system like WordPress is used, all of what I said is possible. And a lot more too!

North of me, they are electrifying the Gospel Oak to Barking Line and there has been a bit of controversy over noisy piling in the middle of the night.

A simple post apologising for the noise and giving locations may have eased the problems. You might even get comments to the blog from those overlooking the piling, which show the details of the engineering and the generated noise.

You can never be sure, the way that such a blog will develop.

But I’m sure it will work, to improve the smooth running of a project.

May 18, 2016 Posted by | Computing, World | , , | Leave a comment

Repeated Spam

When I cleaned out the spam in my blog, a few minutes ago, one of the most common bits of spam, I found was on this post about US sailors being drunk.

It was for various lawyers in Texas, who were offering their services for offences like drunk driving. As the chance, I’d get done for drunk driving in Texas, as much less than hell freezing over, someone is wasting their time and money.

February 2, 2013 Posted by | Computing | , , , | 2 Comments

How To Unfollow This Blog

I’ve put this post in the blog, as someone wanted to unsubscribe. Or unfollow in WordPress terminology.

Firstly, if you subscribed to the blog, you are the only one who can unsubscribe, as that is one of the rules WordPress sets down. I can’t do it.

They do offer advice on how to unsubscribe in their forums.

Go here.

I’ve found the simplest way to unsubscribe is to login to WordPress and open any post in the blog from which you want to unsubscribe.

You should see a toolbar with the name of the blog followed by Following at the top of the web page. If you put your mouse over Following it should change to Unfollow.  Just click Unfollow to unsubscribe from the blog.

Let me know if you have any problems and feel free to comment here.

December 22, 2012 Posted by | Computing | , | Leave a comment

How To Deal With Annoying Bloggers – Iranian Style

This terrible story of the death of Sattar Beheshti, a blogger from Iran, shows the regime in its true colours.

November 9, 2012 Posted by | Computing, News | , , | Leave a comment

Getting Fed Up With Spurious Likes

I’m getting rather fed up with people saying they like pages in my blog because they’re hoping that will get more traffic to their blog, which in many cases, I am not interested in.

It never used to happen, but now if I publish a small page, it will get several likes immediately.

If people like a page, they should say so in a comment.

May 6, 2012 Posted by | Computing | | 2 Comments

Spam in Blogs

Every morning, I empty the spam out of my blog.  usually, it’s a dozen or so messages and I’ve commemted about it before.

It seems to have changed since that last comment, in that now a lot seems to be trying to sell me virus protection programs, with a rather verbose script, that only deserves one action; to be trashed.

You’d think people had better things to do with their time.

Especially, as the spam filter used by WordPress seems to be as reliable and accurate as an SAS-trained marksman.

February 8, 2012 Posted by | Computing | , , | Leave a comment

30 Pieces of Spam

This morning the blog had thirty inappropriate comments, that all linked to stes, I would only endorse with large amounts of crinkly blue notes in a brown paper parcel.

As ever the WordPress spam filter trapped them all. And I have just despatched them to cyber-oblivion.

December 10, 2011 Posted by | Computing | , | Leave a comment

Clearing Out The Spam

Every morning, I spend a minute or so emptying the spam from this blog. Today it was all about acne. I’m sure that this complaint doesn’t bother, the people who read my posts.

It looks like from the pattern, that it has been added manually.  So as I delete it all, it must be the world’s most unrewarding job.  And probably worst paid too!

I should say, though that the spam filter in WordPress finds it all and quarantines it. So emptying it, is just two clicks and it doesn’t really matter, if I don’t do it that often.

November 24, 2011 Posted by | Computing | , | Leave a comment

You Wouldn’t Want To Mess With Mary

I was alerted to this blog post by The Times this morning.

It’s all sensible advice and we need more Marys to come forward to give the crooks a good kicking.

July 23, 2011 Posted by | Computing, News | , | 2 Comments

Ed Milliband Ignores The Internet

According to one of my favourite columnists, Sathnam Sangera, Small Brain wants to introduce new media rules.  But what is he going to do about the increasing power of the Internet? Probably nothing! Although many would like all Internet-connected computers to have a government spy system in them!  As Sathnam says, in a few years time, there won’t be too many journalists.

But let’s hope there are lots of entertaining columnists and bloggers.

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Computing, News | , , , | Leave a comment

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