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The great Facebook experiment, plus the Wordbook plug-in

OK, so I decided it was high time I tested the waters with Facebook. Many of you will know my stance on social networks being a time-suck that I cannot justify in my life as it stands, but I’ve heard enough well-reasoned contrary viewpoints that I’ve decided to give it a try for a month and see how it goes.

So, make me feel wanted – friend requests to Paul Graham Raven, please! 🙂

Actually, my motives are two-fold – this evening I’ve been upgrading my install of WordPress to the latest iteration (always a lengthy and slightly nerve-wracking process, no matter how many times I do it without a hitch), and while I was waiting for the backups to download, I discovered Wordbook – a plug-in that will allegedly feed my VCTB posts directly into my Facebook profile.

This is a feature that I would have liked to have for MySpazz, but their API is locked up tighter than an emo-kid’s trousers, so little chance of that. But Wordbook promises to let me keep Facebook updated without having to actually, you know, update Facebook. Sounds like a plan. I’m a lazy bugger.

So, the plugin is activated and the accounts are set up – I guess we’re about to discover whether it works or not.

That said, there will probably be no more content apart from links here for a few days – I’ve written three articles and four CD reviews over the last two days, and the thought of writing anything more makes me want to cry …

Check … check, one-two, yeah …

Well, how about that – VCTB rides again. Looking at my sitemeter stats, it appears the server started working again at around about midday today … which is odd, because mine host is still moshing away in Germany. This is why I’m just a blogger, and not a fully fledged webgeek, I guess.

But hey – the site’s back again! You have no idea how much I was pining in its absence.

Actually, having said that, if you’re a regular reader you probably do know. I’ve considered professional help, but I’m worried that regular therapy would just cut into my blogging time.

So, back to business. Thanks to everyone who emailed with good wishes and light-hearted mockery, BTW.

The ‘tips’ meme

OK, so here’s one of those memes that doesn’t involve you answering the sort of personal questions that the population of MySpace seem to find so incredibly important, and it promises to send some links back to you if you complete it.

These things remind me of chain-letters, to be honest, only without the veiled threat of gypsy magic or voodoo curses. But I’m going to do it anyway, because I was tagged by Chip, and he’s been a loyal reader here for ages – despite the fact that I have no idea what it is that he finds worth reading amongst the waffle and sf-nal pontification. Selah. So …

-Start Copy-

It’s very simple. When this is passed on to you, copy the whole thing, skim the list and put a * star beside those that you like. (Check out especially the * starred ones.)

Add the next number (1. 2. 3. 4. 5., etc.) and write your own blogging tip for other bloggers. Try to make your tip general.

After that, tag 10 other people. Link love some friends!

Just think- if 10 people start this, the 10 people pass it onto another 10 people, you have 100 links already!

1. Look, read, and learn. ***
http://www.neonscent.com

2. Be, EXCELLENT to each other. ***
http://www.bushmackel.com

3. Don’t let money change ya! ***
http://www.therandomforest.info

4. Always reply to your comments. **
http://chattiekat.com

5. Link liberally — it keeps you and your friends afloat in the Sea of Technorati. *
-http://chipsquips.com

6. Don’t give up – persistence is fertile.
-http://www.velcro-city.co.uk

-End Copy-

OK, so the challenge for me is picking out ten people who I think care enough about blogging as an end in itself to take part in this … so, let’s try Gareth Powell, the SF Signal crew, Tobias Buckell, Jeremy Tolbert, Jason Stoddard, Paul Gilster, Sven Johnson, Jonathan McCalmont, Niall Harrison and Jamais Cascio.

I’ve made a quite deliberate effort to keep that list down to people who I read regularly, and who don’t blog for a living, but who do it because it’s a way of enabling their main job, or engaging with a community around a creative career.

Tally ho!

Gareth Powell launches ‘Friday Flash Fiction’ meme

Rising star of UK science fiction Gareth L. Powell has started a blogging meme – every Friday he’s going to post a piece of flash fiction (under 1000 words) on his blog, and he invites you to do the same.

I think I’ll have a go at this – deadlines are a great motivator, and I could do with a reason to kick my arse into fictional gear.

But never fear – no matter how fierce the competition, FPB will not lay down and die! Sure, there’s a place for free fiction before the weekend, but there’s also a place for some random hippy to blather on about his week after posting a photo of a houseplant …

Futurismic rides again

Yes indeed, after a weekend of hard graft and staring at screens for hours on end, we’ve managed to get Futurismic back on its feet, as promised.

If you were subscribed to the old feed, some neat trickery should ensure that the new one reaches you automagically. If you weren’t subscribed to Futurismic’s RSS feed before, maybe you should consider becoming so?

It’s not just a paying market for short sf stories, but a fast-paced blog delivering bite-sized chunks of news that connect to science fiction, as well as a soon-to-be-revived non-fiction section with regular columns on the more down-to-earth aspects of futurist speculation.

We’re still working on the site theme, however, so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t look the same next time you click through.