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Hard News: The Short and Long of It

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  • 3410,

    I started listening as a high school kid in '91 or '92

    Me too.

    Me too. That's half our lives.

    threaded conversations

    Please, no. My day is confusing enough already.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    Lance's post just made me go all 'really? You're complaining about that? REALLY?'

    In some cases, yeah. Especially the complaint about the '.net address. What's that about??

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    It would be nice if the Radio podcasts were a little more prominent, and, yes, I'm being entirely self-interested. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12073 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Yes, I'm with Craig on that one, it should have its own spot on the sidebar for those of us who only ever visit System.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7412 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Lyth,

    If you use Firefox as a browser (and why anyone would use IE is beyond me), you increase or decrease text size on web pages (and emails and docs and everything) by holding down control (or apple on a mac) and rolling your scroll wheel. Try it once and you will wonder how you lived without it.

    Holy. Hell.

    I know I use only about 1% of software features, but how did I miss that? Go Firefox!

    Wellington • Since Apr 2009 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    It would be nice if the Radio podcasts were a little more prominent, and, yes, I'm being entirely self-interested. :)

    You're right though. The mock-up Matt's done for me makes them more prominent.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Ok, ok. I'll let the threading go. :-)

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1878 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Bilbrough,

    There seems to be a class system evolving in blogging. Are you are real blogger or a journalist or a part-timer, or someone who just enjoys writing. Do you do this for money or personal gratification or both? It would be great if everyone who enjoyed blogging could get paid for it.

    Web 2.0 for me, was/is intrinsically egalitarian. The technology is there for anyone to use.The content and the blog's value is up to its audience and the numbers of people reading it, and the own benefit that the blogger gets from publishing.

    I blog at advertising.scoop.co.nz, and for a time I thought a lot of myself and said its not really a blog its more an article. But it isn't up to me to say what it is - it is up to my audience. Not that I had one for my last post.

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    As a near-luddite I was amused that Lance had problems with having to make yet another tedious click to get to some feature. Clicking a mouse button is one of the least arduous exertions we can make (Stephen Hawking, et al excepted) so if that's the level of his complaints he must hate having to get out of bed, walk anywhere and don';t get him started on the hassle of all that diaphragm-heaving just to keep breathing.

    I don't use many of the features available - never set up an RSS feed in my life - but I really enjoy dropping in to PAS tio see what wonderful articles have been added and what all the PAS-people have been discussing. I was thrilled when I discovered PAS after years of just reading the posts & never dropping 'behind the curtain' where we can log-in and post and read comments.

    Needless to say, I am another who 'followed' Russell from bFM's Hard News to PA and eventually to PAS.

    We are a varied and lively community and I like it like that.

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 572 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    Lance Wiggs does not read PAS because it is too difficult for him, since it does not conform to his expectation of what a blog should be in form and content. If I were him, I would have kept this opinion to myself, since it shows a remarkable inability to adapt.

    He has failed to realise that PAS is not a blog but a community of blogs (it says so on the label) and a lot more besides, so it is not the same as one man and his dog giving their opinions on Wordpress.

    And, for all his praise of Wordpress, he still managed to muck up the link to Whaleoil.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    PA posts are "far too long for the internet media"

    What, do they have ADD or something?

    There's a place for short posts, and a place for long ones. But either way, the length of a post should be determined by what you have to say, not by arbitrary restrictions based on the short attention span of business consultants.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1668 posts Report Reply

  • Jamie,

    I find the RSS feed to be basically completely useless, since there isn't a feed for just Hard News - I have to get all of it. It's less work to load the website manually now and then to check for a new post than it is to mark all the other posts read.

    Waitakere • Since Jul 2009 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Don't take away the long posts on PA. I really like the way several subjects can create a sort of thematic feel and I think it also helps broaden the general conversation with threads meandering off on tangents, finding esoteric links and ambling back again.

    One subject posts and the attendant one note comments day after day after day would be so depressing (glares at Kiwiblog).

    Re Twitter, I agree it's a superb communication tool and the more I use it the more it reminds me of the better aspects of the early days of Usenet with many disparate contributors on a load of subjects creating a kind of meta-conversation. What I've found is that my friends who love Facebook and live on it don't tend to like Twitter whereas I find Twitter works perfectly for me and rarely jump into Facebook. And no one on Twitter asks me what sort of beer I am.

    It's @peterdarlington by the way, for anyone on here that I haven't managed to track down yet.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Just looked at Analytics for Wednesday: 20,000 page impressions!

    Thank you Clayton Weatherston and Don Brash.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    There's a place for short posts, and a place for long ones. But either way, the length of a post should be determined by what you have to say, not by arbitrary restrictions based on the short attention span of business consultants.

    Precisely.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2239 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson,

    Russell, I don't tweet or Facebook or MySpace cos I can't be bothered. But I do religiously follow Hard News. That's because I've been listening to you since you started on BFM and I have followed you to PA. I have shortcut straight into Hard News and have no problem with clicking from there to the comments. The site is easy to use and is successful and popular because of what you all have to say. Fine tune if you like but PA like the content the way it is I suspect.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 273 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Thank you Clayton Weatherston and Don Brash.

    Ummm, really...

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2239 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Pfft to edit button - what's done is deno. Neevr loko bcka.

    gobfrey shrdlu

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    There's a place for short posts, and a place for long ones. But either way, the length of a post should be determined by what you have to say, not by arbitrary restrictions based on the short attention span of business consultants.

    In keeping with National Poetry Day: There's a reason why The Illiad, Dante's Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost are very long, and 'There once was a girl from Nantucket' is... not.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12073 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    I find complaints about the length of posts on PAS ridiculous. PAS is not just another blogsite, thank god. It's okay to be different.

    And for all that I sometimes wonder about the zeal of WordPress afficiandos (it's content platform, not a religion)

    Agree. I'm not on Wordpress and my shabby little blog does just fine.

    Yorke of The Atatu • Since Feb 2009 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    You're right though. The mock-up Matt's done for me makes them more prominent.

    Point out Matt so I don't sexually harass or otherwise harangue him at the Christmas party.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12073 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    In keeping with National Poetry Day: There's a reason why The Illiad, Dante's Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost are very long, and 'There once was a girl from Nantucket' is... not.

    Let's not get carried away there big guy. Best single poem in the Italian language, Carducci's M'illumino d'immenso. It's out of copyright, so I'm going to reprint here in its entirety:

    M'illumino d'immenso.

    You could fit a whole tweet about what you had for lunch on top of that one.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7412 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    There's a place for short posts, and a place for long ones. But either way, the length of a post should be determined by what you have to say, not by arbitrary restrictions based on the short attention span of business consultants.

    Too long, didn't read.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    M'illumino d'immenso.

    Which Harry Potter spell was that one?

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Jannene Allwood,

    I'm another long time reader of PA. I found it when I was living in Australia in the 90's and it's been the blog I've read the for the longest period. I read this blog because of the content and for me everything else is window dressing. Long, detailed and well researched articles are hard to find in today's world where brevity seems to be the order of the day.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 3 posts Report Reply

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