I am in the process of House Cleaning the blog and have made some modifications. There is a new page added –
– it has all the links to texture resources and the free plugins that I have come across. It also has links to alternative photography processes and other Media Literacy resources, including those from my (old) teacher’s web-pages.
You will notice that the arrangement on the main blog page has been modified with different elements moved to footers or the sidebar. I do have some concerns with the set-up, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
One of the problems I have is I tend to think like a teacher. I want to share and organize lots of resources. As a consequence, I created an extended set of (blog roll) links covering a range of categories. My frustration comes from not being able to split up these links into separate footers. It is either just one category or all of them. That is why I created the extra page to reduce categories of links.
Now wearing my Media Literacy hat, and keeping in mind I am a polite older Canadian, I have some blogging etiquette question and a small (sorry) rant. Some of the blogs in my list are no longer being updated with new posts. There is no indication if or when they may become active again. What is a reasonable time to keep the link ? Should the links be kept on a separate page ? I know that some bloggers’ posting becomes more infrequent over time; I am now slowly getting my Media Literacy blog into a more active state. So much of social media depends on immediacy, interactive response and the exchange of ideas/information, that anything that become static or sporadically active gets lost in the ocean of ever-growing data.
We all like followers and getting likes & comments. It is part of the feedback in this form Social media that re-enforces community, community and self-esteem. However, my Media Literacy analysis-radar has noticed the appearance of an old ghost in a new form, the dreaded Phantom Referrers ( See: Doc WordPress vs. The Phantom Referrers! ). I have noticed I have gotten a number of likes and a few followers who are not, really people/fellow bloggers. When you check their profile or their blog what you find is a marketing page of some form. A few go as far as to actually do posts on their services or products. Others just re-direct you to commercial sites.
It is a clever marketing ploy, in that they get free links on your blog through the likes and the My Community list. It also extends their presence for search engines. The likes are not checked for spam so they are safe. They are Phantoms who hide in plain sight. I do not see a method of removing them without going to WordPress support and notifying them of the situation. Technically, they are not really breaking the rules, just taking advantage of the set-up to spread themselves across the internet . I am tempted to do another Phantom Referrer Pulp/Gothic Tale incorporating some of these blogs, but that would just give them more free advertising.
Note: No actual physical housework was done in the creation of this post. Perhaps tomorrow.