It looks like the line between ‘Press’
and ‘Bloggers’ at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week
has become even more blurred as the organisers of the show have given out
‘Blogger’ badge holders as well
as their normal ‘Press’ ones. It also looks like the blogger crowd also
have their own exclusive
break room for writing up their
blog entries and grabbing snacks, just like the press crowd.
It is interesting to see how much the
blogging community has grown over the past 10 years. The fact that organisers
of these large shows and conferences are starting to recognise the value
that they bring by getting their messages ‘out there’ also shows that company
executives are finally starting to understand the blogs true value.
If your running or planning to upgrade
to BlogSphere V3 then you may want to make use of the Technorati integration
by displaying entries categories as links to Technorati and then the next
logical step is to claim your blog on Technorati so you can make use of
some of their advanced features.
Technorati claim process can make use
of BlogSphere’s built-in MetaWebLog API support to quickly determine of
you own the blog or not. Before beginning the claim process on Technorati
you will need to make sure your BlogSpghere configuration document has
a username and password set in the interfaces section.
Once the BlogSphere configuration is
complete go to Technorati and either log into your existign account or
create a new one. When you are logged in go to your account profile and
click on the ‘Blogs’ tab and enter the url of your blog into the ‘BlogURL’
field and then click OK. Technorati will then detect that your blog
has the MetaWebLog API enabled and will enter it’s Quick Claim mode and
ask for the username and password. This is the username and password from
above, not your Lotus Notes username or password.
Once Technorati has verified the username
and password you will be able to enter in some extra details and tags for
your blog and then save it to your account.
Looking for some fancy widgets for your
blog then check out WidgetBox.
There is a large selection of widgets that you can place directly into
your blog postings or on your sidebar in whatever blog software your using.