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Is Google Making Us Stupid?
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The title “Is Google Making Us Stupid” intrigued me.

Nicolas Carr authored this post which implies we may be dealing with a population of people whose reading habits, both online and off, are changing.

Our audience might be so preoccupied, comprehension of what is written on the page could elude them.

Nicolas admits it’s happening to him,

…Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy….

He then goes on to add,

The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.

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To reinforce what he’s saying, Nicolas references a study conducted by the University College, London which published an article titled, Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future.

Part of their findings state,

The picture that emerges from internet research is that most visitors to scholarly sites view only a few pages, many of which do not even contain real content, and in any case do not stop long enough to do any real reading. This is either a symptom of a really worrying malaise – failure at the library terminal – or maybe a sign that a whole new form of online reading behaviour is beginning to emerge, one based on skimming titles, contents pages and abstracts: we call this `power browsing’. We urgently need to understand the root causes of this phenomenon.

Although the University College, London is wanting to understand the “why” of this phenomenon, as bloggers we should be asking, “Will this, or should this, change the way we blog?”

I’m thinking it might.

If we’re aware our visitors may not be stopping long enough to read our posts, finding a way to capture their attention should be of utmost concern.

What say you?

Today’s Assignment

Do you find the internet has changed the way you read?

Thinking abut your surfing habits, what captures your attention long enough to actually read a post?

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It was January of 2008 when I started the “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW) series in which I would hunt for new blogs and showcase one each week. Over the past 19 months I added some not so new, well worth the mention blogs, as well.

As I look at the list of the 93 blogs and contemplate where I want blogging to take me, I’ve decided it’s time I pass the NBOTW torch onto another blogger.

The commitment to this assignment can be time consuming, however, for me it has always been rewarding.

The criteria I used was a blog was approximately under 4 months old, had compelling content, and was a blog the BWAB community members would enjoy. Many of those chosen have continued on to become popular bloggers, whereas some of the authors have gone on hiatus and/or sadly closed down their sites.

As I pass the torch, I’m including the complete list for one last time. Please note, the “Featured Blogs” page will remain active in my header.

In the order in which they were showcased, they are:

  1. Natasha’s World by Natasha
  2. NezSez by Nez
  3. David by David Lano
  4. Three Weddings by Debbie Yost
  5. Bizlift Blog by Sterling Okura
  6. In My Heels by JEMi
  7. Admnistrative Arts by Jodith
  8. The Growing Life by Clay Collins
  9. Plain Talk – Ordinary Wisdom by Pat
  10. Creative Journey Cafe by Mark Penta
  11. Yes To Me by Akemi Gaines
  12. Kitchen Table Medicine by Dr. Nicole Sundene
  13. Success Soul by Shilpan
  14. Between Us Girls by Lori
  15. Golden Zen by Harmony and Ginger
  16. Life’s Little Inspirations by Wendi
  17. Be by David
  18. Happy Dogs Make Happy Humans by Kaye Swafford and Krystal
  19. On Simplicity by Sara
  20. Work Happy Now by Karl Staib
  21. Forced Green by Linda
  22. Abundance Blog by Marelisa
  23. MomGrind by Vered
  24. The Jungle Of Life by Lance
  25. Dr. by Dr. Cason
  26. Urban Pather’s Lair by Urban Panther
  27. Urbane Panther’s Den by Urbane Lion
  28. Rajaie Talks by Rajaie
  29. Tender Loving Elder Care by Linda Abbit
  30. Our Best Version by Ari Koinumra
  31. Writer Dad by Sean Platt
  32. Pun Intended by Bamboo Forest & Flying Llama Fish
  33. Blogger’s Lab by Sunil Pathak
  34. Avani by Avani
  35. Loving Pulse by Davina
  36. Motivate Thyself by Eric Hamm
  37. Blogger Dad by Blogger Dad
  38. Deeper Issues by Dot
  39. Exit 78 by Mike Goad
  40. Ribeezie by Ricardo
  41. Teach My Children Well by Dave Fowler
  42. Think Maya by Maya
  43. She-Power by Kelly Rigby
  44. Let’s Live Forever by Robin Birch
  45. Passing Thru by Betsy and Pete
  46. Face To The Sun by Grace
  47. Cath by Catherine Lawson
  48. Thinking Out Loud by Natural
  49. Hunter by Hunter
  50. Someday Syndrome by Alex Fayle
  51. Sources of Insight by J.D. Meier
  52. Jannie by Jannie
  53. All Is Within by Sharon
  54. October5 by Ryan and Sarah
  55. Be 4 Success by Neil
  56. Wisdom and Life by Miguel de Luis Espinosa
  57. Attraction Mind Map by Evelyn Lim
  58. PZ’s Money Makeover 2.0 website & free book from Paul Zilizer
  59. I Profit On Purpose by Mary Anne Fisher
  60. Patricia’s Wisdom by Patricia
  61. Spiritual Journey of A LightWorker by Patricia Singleton
  62. Porsidan by Jay Schrver
  63. The Ever Changing Thought by Scott Carver
  64. Pink Ink by Jewel
  65. Ulla Henning’s Weblog by Ulla
  66. Notes From the Voices by Jacqueline
  67. Communicate Value by Christine
  68. The Book Chook by Susan
  69. Matthew Dryden by Matthew Dryden
  70. Urban Monk by Albert
  71. Florida Mortgage Blog by Kevin Sandridge
  72. Balanced Immune Health by Craig Maltby
  73. The Journey Within by Netra
  74. Awaiting The Crown by Sarah
  75. Over Coffee by Barb Hartsook
  76. Barbara by Barbara Ling
  77. No Wordz – Photo Blog by Caroline
  78. Standing Still Photo blog by Tammy
  79. Travelin Local by Lisa
  80. Tumblemoose Writing Services by George
  81. I Hate My Message Board by Tracy
  82. Anti Social Development by Kim Woodbridge
  83. My Pursuit Of Happiness by Chania Girl
  84. Anxiety, Panic & Health by Mike Nichols
  85. Real Delia by Delia
  86. by AJ Kumar
  87. Think Like A Black Belt by Lori Hoeck
  88. Hope Springs Internal by Dani
  89. WpBlogHost by John Hoff
  90. Numb Nuggets by Chris
  91. Sharing The Journey by Janice
  92. A Beautiful Distraction by Karen Chaffee
  93. Joy Discovered by Jody

To those bloggers who faithfully visit this site and whose names were not listed, you are not forgotten. For me, you are just a click away. 🙂

Today’s Assignment

Would you like to carry the torch?

If so, do you have any questions or concerns?

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P.S. As I pass the torch, this will also be the end to my Wednesday’s posts. (However, that’s subject to change)

Claiming the joy within post

When I spotted this blogger in the comment section of Lance’s “Jungle of Life” blog, her comments were always so positive, I was drawn to read more of her writings.

Right from the start her philosophy on life caught my attention.

In her “About” page she writes,

…I love a nice clean kitchen. I love spending time by myself. I love the sound of laughter. I love the challenge of learning something new. I love hand written letters….

She’s my kind of gal as I love those things, too.

Digging through her archives, I found this post that truly moved me. It’s titled Living Your Truth

You are joyful, because you are being authentic, because you are taking responsibility for your life and because you are in service to something greater than your self. When you are living your truth, you are growing, you are empowered and you are a light to others.

You are empowered – when you’re living your truth. That’s a powerful statement, isn’t it?

When showcasing bloggers, it often easier to let them explain why they started their blog, and for this weeks selection, I’ll do just that.

On her Joy Discovered page (also the name of her blog), Jody Sloane writes,

I started this blog in March 2009. My intention is to share information and inspiration that relates to joy and living a joyful life. Joy is inside every one of us! We just have to claim it! Once we access our joy, it will shine through us and color our world. It’s a beautiful thing! I want to share my thoughts and discoveries on joy, as well as encourage you to make small changes in your life that will help you cultivate your own bliss.

After reading that, how could you not be inspired to read and subscribe to Joy Discovered?

Please join me in welcoming Jody to the Blogging Without A Blog community.

Welcome Jody.

It’s a honor to showcase your work and to read your writings.

Enjoy your reign.

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