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Brief Updates from MBHQ

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed.

The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of course if you already have an account you can still login to ensure your comments are attributed to you, but those who don’t can now post a comment without any long term commitment. Also, on the right you can see some of the recent comments so you’ll always know what the active discussions are. This was the most requested thing we’ve heard from people since our last redesign and we’re excited to see where it leads.

The next change is also something that was heavily requested, and that is a change to the ADS on the sites. You’ll immediately notice fewer of them, but what might not be as obvious is those smaller square ones to the right are specific to this city only and are being sold for a flat rate for a period of time rather than a confusing CPM/traffic/network model. Depending on the city, these range from $7-$175 for a full week. If you purchase one, during that time your ad will be the only one in that spot and will show on every page. We set these up both to make it easier for smaller local businesses to get their ads on our site, and also to help us bring in ads that relate better to our local audiences. Also, keeping these sites online is expensive and every little bit helps.

There are a bunch of other things we changed but we’ll leave those to you to investigate and take advantage of. Hope you like it, and we look forward to seeing you in the comments!!

Love,
The folks at MBHQ

howdy, melbourne!

howdy melbourne. i’d say “g’day, mate” but i am sure you get tired of americans trying to imitate paul hogan or acting like they just stepped out of a foster’s commerical.

my name is james, and aside from an annoying habit of not using capital letters, i am one of the esteemed authors on the atlanta metblog from good ole’ atlanta, georgia, usa.

the question of course presents itself, why is this guy posting here, on the MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA metblog?

well it’s a good one and i will answer it. i’ll be boarding a plane tomorrow and heading your way (well geelong, actually, but i have to fly to melbourne) and will be hanging arond victoria for a couple of weeks doing some work.

in the spirit of cooperation and to give me something to do, i’ll be dropping a few posts here and there on your blog and giving you my perspective on what i see.

any suggestions while i am with you?

Come Blog With Us

moar.gifWriting for Metblogs has the potential to be the most rewarding experience in your entire life. It’ll make you rich, famous, good looking, will help you lose weight, make your clothes fit better, and get you a super good deal on a new car. It will make you the most well known person on the entire planet. Yes, each and every one of you. Really.

OK maybe not. Actually those are all lies, but it’s fun at least. The truth is Metblogs is the largest network of locally focused blogs on the web, covering almost 60 cities around the world and we’re looking to add a few new bloggers/writters/authors to this fine site. If you wanna know more about us check out this wikipedia entry but it’s kinda boring so I won’t waste time repeating it all here again. If you wanna write for us, here’s the scoop:

  • All author positions are volunteer. That means you don’t get paid.
  • You must live in (or very near) the city you plan to write about.
  • Anything you post must relate to the city somehow. That means you shouldn’t post a movie review, but talking about going to see a movie at a local theater is fine.
  • There’s no requirement for how much you can or should write, but we ask that if we set you up as an author you make about 3 posts a week.
  • You can post about things you love, you can post about things you hate. It’s entirely up to you

Additionally, because of our global network, there’s plenty of options for things you write to be read by people all over the world. Interested? Want more details? Post a comment and we’ll be in touch!

Introducing The Hub

hub.metblogs

If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

The New Site

Melbourne Metblogs SignWelcome to the redesigned site. After many months of hard work by Jason & Sean, the new redesign is finished. Other than the frontend look, we have switched from the very very slow Movable Type platform to the faster WordPress platform. To comment on a post, you will require an account which you can create within a few seconds. There’s a lot more features that we are still going over and a few bugs that are still in the system (my pictures have disappeared :( ) but all in all, it’s a change for the better. Give us a few days to go back to “business as usual” while we all adjust.

Update, Day 2: Feeds are back baby! Welcome feed readers.

So is it…

Melburnians or Melbournians?

I’ve always thought Melburnians was the right way to spell it, until someone corrected me over lunch yesterday. It was a good lunch, full of debate.

So which is correct? If Melbournians is right, I’d have a lot of spelling errors to rectify!

Happy Birthday Buddha!

07%20Buddha%20Day%20Logo%20email.jpgneomien has dropped into the ether of the net…..

Not quite, I’ve been working hard at putting a little birthday party together!

It’s going to be huge……have a look at the program.

There’s an Interfaith Prayer Ceremony at 1pm on Saturday 19th, a Baby Blessing Ceremony at 2pm on Saturday 19th, a huge World Peace Blessing Ceremony at 10am on Sunday 20th at a special Buddha’s Stage in the centre of the Square.

Vegetarian delights on the River Terrace and a free program of events in BMW Edge called The Ch’an of Tea, Flower and Music.

Check out the participative art installation The Bodhi Tree – Field of Enlightenment and the kids Ch’an Tea Ceremony and art exhibition Friends from afar at ArtPlay.

phew!

Where else but in Melbourne…………….
2007 Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival

Funny news reporting

Headline: Traffic smooth after peanut butter spill.

Punchline: “Police spokesman Senior Constable Leigh Wadeson told ABC
radio he did not know whether the peanut butter was crunchy or
smooth.”

That’s in today’s top 10 articles on The Age. Only reason I’m there (I normally like the dead-tree edition of the newspaper) is because of John’s interesting post about how the learner lost his $110k Mercedes. Yes, read the comments, they’re fun.

Virginia Tech shootings

Metroblogging DC is covering the events which occurred yesterday at Virigina Tech University. The last I heard from Channel 9’s news was that there are at least 9 Australians studying at the University. I hope all is well.

I wonder, if the Universities in Australia have a contingency plan for such incidents. I can’t imagine what I would do if confronted …

Its a very very sad day.

Mass Apologies

I’m going to go ahead and apologize on behalf of the blog for being unposty so far this week. I figure most of us are on holiday, prancing around in the fine weather or writing media reports (guess which I’m doing!). I’d love to have something to say that doesn’t have to do with the Walter Reed media scandal in Washington, but I just don’t at the moment.

As part of a democratic process, anyone who has a life this week want to recommend something for the blog? Send me an email if you’ve got an idea you just have to see blogged. Because, clearly, a blog reference is the most any of us can hope to achieve these days. Keep strivin’, guys.

For my part, I have to go back to writing something that involves the phrase “ontological security.” As part of my commitment to you readers, I pledge never to discuss this again. That’s how much I care about your brains not melting from boredom.

Too late!

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