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March 28th, 2008 · 16 Comments

I’ve been busy working on a number of projects (film and web based) for the last few weeks which is why I’ve not had a chance to write anything. Let’s also factor in something of a nightmare regarding my living arrangements (won’t bore you with the details but it involved a brief period living in a cardboard box with a tramp called Eric) and a severe case of blogstipation. It all adds up to the longest period I’ve not updated the site in 18 months. Sorry about that 😳

Whilst wading through my RSS feeds, a couple of things jumped out.

Google Robots.txt Generator – Now forget about how useful this tool will be to folks who are scared to play around with their robots.txt file, the key point here is that after years of evading the question Google have finally confirmed that the Googlebot is a boy!

We all know how friendly Googlebot is. And like all benevolent robots, he listens to us and respects our wishes about parts of our site that we don’t want crawled. We can just give him a robots.txt file explaining what we want, and he’ll happily comply.

Google Privacy Policy Template – Big G recently changed their AdSense policy so that you now how to include a privacy policy on your website if you want to run their ads. The ever brilliant Tim Nash of SEO Nottinghamshire fame has come up with a cut and paste policy for you to use. Huzzah!

I’m going to spend the weekend wading through the rest of the 700+ unread posts. In the meanwhile if someone could either invent another 24 hours in a day or point me in the direction of a time management guru, I’d be very grateful…

One thing I did notice whilst looking through Google Reader is that I’m not the only one who hasn’t been posting as regularly as they used to. A number of other sites I read haven’t been keeping to their regular posting schedule and more than one have announced that they’re calling it a day.

Do you think that people are moving away from posting every day? Are folks running out of things to say? Has the blogging bubble burst?

Tags: General

16 responses so far ↓

  • Blog Bloke // Mar 31, 2008 at 5:11 am

    We’ve missed you man and welcome back. So sorry to hear about your nightmare. Next time call me and I’ll be happy to lend you my sofa.

    Cheers!

    …BB

  • Tim Nash // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Nice to see you back, hopefully living arrangements have been solved and you are back in accommodation with running water!

    Also thanks for the link, need to really emphasis the I am not a lawyer aspect so people making lots of money (or hope to) with Adsense should get their privacy documents checked by a qualified professional if in doubt if they charge by the minute that probably indicates legal profession.

  • Mike // Apr 1, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Eric was quite a nice chap, actually. I kinda miss him. There’s something comforting about the smell of stale sweat and Special Brew…. 😉

    Nice disclaimer, by the way, Tim. Mind you I don’t know just how rigorously Big G will enforce the privacy policy. I think it’s more a case of covering their own arse so that they can be seen to be doing the right thing.

  • Guy Cohen // Apr 2, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Good to hear again from you. And nice to know that everything’s getting fine with you.

  • Salmon // Apr 8, 2008 at 1:15 am

    I think that daily blogging is becoming less and less frequent. But I don’t think it’s related to running out of things to say.

  • KG Lew // Apr 8, 2008 at 6:26 am

    SInce when has google been implementing this policy? I see tons of websites running adsense without them…

  • Mike // Apr 8, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Guy – Everything is fine. Just don’t have any time available for blogging at the moment :(

    Salmon – I think the shift has come about as blogging has matured over the last 18-24 months. Although it’s been around for longer, I think there was a real explosion in popularity 2-3 years ago and a lot of the folks who jumped on board back then have recognised that it’s no longer necessary to post every day.

    KG Lew – They implemented it around 6 weeks ago although you’ve got another 4 weeks or so before running AdSense without a privacy policy contravenes their TOS.

    Thanks all for taking the time out to leave a comment. Sorry it took me so long to reply!

  • MWD // Apr 9, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Once again history repeats itself. A new thing (here: blogging) appears, people go mad about it. Holy cow, I can write and people will read it! I have to write about …. ehm… dunno… I assume out of the millions of blogs created, maybe 5% has real substance and content. The rest, while I am sure their owners think what they write is important, is wither a duplicate or just plain boring. As it turns out, you need to have something to say to be successful! Just posting about your everyday life, or your kitty, or whatever, while interesting to you and maybe some of your friends and random weirdos on the net will not be recognized. As a result, it will not be rewarding enough to continue after the “hype” and excitement is gone.
    Natural selection imho.

  • Mike // Apr 11, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Yeah there’s definitely a case of natural selection here but, I guess, it’s also reader expectation levels too.

    People had much lower expectation levels of blogs say 3 years ago whereas today they expect -demand – to be entertained/educated/enlightened.

  • rob // May 4, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Mike (or should I say number 48..;) ) sorry to hear about the living arrangement thing, hope you’ve managed to sort it all to a satisfactory outcome. Having moved very recently myself I know all too well the pita that is uprooting onself; having knowhere to ‘report’ onself must have been a big big PITA.Meantime, I hope the film goes well for you guys :)

  • rob // May 4, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    oops ‘report ‘should have read ‘repot’ 😀

  • Mike // May 7, 2008 at 11:22 am

    The problem is, Rob, that people are asking for obscene amounts of money for sub-standard accommodation. I really can’t believe the front of some of these landlords.

    I want to stay in the same area (NW London) but it’s looking more likely that I’ll move out into the sticks and commute into town which is a bugger.

    Everything is going well with the zombie movie.The trailer should be online later this week and we’re off to Cannes in a couple of weeks to promote it so fingers crossed!!

    Hope you’re suitably repotted 😀

  • zohai // May 22, 2008 at 3:27 am

    LOL! Googlebot is a boy? Darn. I was hoping it’s a she crawling through our websites like GLaDOS from portal XD

  • Earn Cash // May 26, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Did google been implementing this policy? I really lost of it…

  • Nursery Furniture // Jun 18, 2008 at 3:42 am

    I read about this in some blogs. Google seems on to work on this policy. Nice info here. Thanks

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