As Steve Benson notes, Brewer vetoed SB 1062 not because she opposes discrimination against gays but because it would have cost the state of Arizona hundreds of millions of dollars just when the state economy is poised to grow faster than the national average.
I Don’t Read Your Blog Anymore Because… This post is in response to a message asking where my "Top 10 Advice to Bloggers from an Avid Follower" went. I removed that post when I found a much better one over at addicted2decorating and a Facebook thread “I lose interest in a blog when ____.”
- Bloggers sharing too much personal information. *TMI blogs that used to be DIY blogs.
- Pop Up Ads. I just posted a new pop up YouTube like ad from a blog that I just couldn’t believe on my FB page. See below:
- Music on Blogs. *This doesn’t bother me because I have mute on all the time now.
- Automatically Playing Video Ads *These started showing up on my blog through Mad Ads Media and I immediately wrote the company asking for them to be taken off. Also HUGE post soon on Mad Ads Media.
- Sponsored Posts
- Disorganized Blogs
- Excessive Religion *I’ve stopped following one blog that posted every Sunday, “Shhhhhh…. we’re praying”. If it’s a personal journey blog fine, but I follow DIY and fashion blogs.
- Slow Loading Pages *I can think of 3 right off the top of my head that I’ve given up on. Then again, they mostly post roundups now anyway.
- Negative Attitudes, Complaining and Whining. *Guilty as charged - when I look at 400 blogs and see people stealing my content or my friends’ content I get irritable.
I’d add my personal pet peeves about blogs and bloggers (certainly not all - I have lots of friends who are bloggers):
- Too many authors and guest posters. A blog can lose it’s voice and personality really quickly. I’ve seen this happen to one of my favorite blogs.
- Bloggers that have just started out and think they are hot stuff because they’ve posted one or two great posts that have been picked up by craft gossip and craftzine. The whole voice of the blog changes and you feel like the blogger thinks we should be thanking them for their genius DIYs.
- Bloggers who do not give credit to other bloggers for ideas.
- Bloggers who do not give credit for the growth of their blog to sites like craft gossip, craftzine etc… for featuring their blogs - because otherwise people would never have heard about their blogs. They should watch the award shows and see how the winners thank the people who got them on the podium.
- Blogs posting what they think their audience wants to read and not what they really like. I’ve seen so many bloggers just lose the passion to blog because they got sucked into posting for views and not for themselves. Many bloggers have written about this.
- Too many huge roundups (50 to 100) just taken from Pinterest and thrown together on a blog. Not curated roundups just a bunch of stuff thrown together because people like to pin roundups.
- Blogs that don’t fix their links when they change their name or just change their links. I’ve had to spend too much time fixing links on this blog it’s ridiculous.
- Corporate DIY blogs that have an enormous staff that just take what everyone else makes and then do the same craft but maybe photograph it better. Another homogenization of DIYs.
One thing you might not know about Fresh Air is that many of our team members have been with the show since the beginning—or practically the beginning, over 30 years ago. One of our engineers, Joyce Lieberman, is one of those people.
"I began working with Terry Gross several years after she started doing her show at WHYY when it was a three-hour, local, live program. I engineered many of them. In 1987 Fresh Air went national on NPR as a live, one-hour, popular culture show. I was selected to be the primary engineer driving the program.
To get ready for a national stage Danny Miller, the Executive Producer, and I went to NPR to get ideas for production, directing and engineering. Then I worked with other engineers to build the room, select the equipment and install everything. Now I am the Radio Engineering Supervisor for WHYY-FM in Philadelphia. I take care of lots of the equipment and systems and drive the show if needed.
In this photo I’m at the Amek Angela console in the Fresh Air Control Room in 1990. We moved into a new building in 2000 so the Fresh Air Control Room is different now.”
How she got started:
"I was a volunteer at WHYY when there were mostly volunteers doing programs. I joined a group at WUHY, which is what WHYY was called then, called Radio Free Women. Then I decided to get some engineer training. I went to Philadelphia Wireless Technical Institute, and then the station got a Minority Training Grant from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting to hire a woman in TV and Radio. I got the job and was trained in every job at the station. I was asked to join the staff after the year and a half training was over."