Monday Maintenance: Putting You On The Map – Needs Feedback

by on March 1, 2011


Wow, it seems an eon again since I last wrote a Maintenance Mondays post, telling you what technical gremlins were befalling the Pot and what we were doing to shoo them away. While I don’t have gremlins to report – and it’s not, y’know, Monday – there are a few actually interesting site maintenance things I’d like to bring to your attention. All of them should be of some interest to everyone, but I’d especially like you bloggers out there to pay attention to at least the first two items on the list.

Links/blogroll – I’ve finally revamped the links page. It’s still a little messy but it’s a whole lot better than it used to be. It’s now split into categories with links to all the individual categories at the top of the page: clicking on a link will take you down to the category. It’s aimed so that anyone coming to look for a specific topic can find resources just for that. As a result, some blogs are listed in multiple places as they fit multiple categories.

  • As a general question to everyone out there - what do you think about it, and do you have any further ideas for its improvement (other than adding categories for games other than WoW, which is already on the to-do list)?
  • Question to bloggers specifically – check the blogroll to see that you’re on there and in the right place. If for some reason I’ve missed you or you want to be in different/more/less categories, please either leave a comment to this post or contact us using the contact form. Happy to correct mistakes!

Community map – where we are around the world? – This is an idea from Larisa and Syl who thought we should get it running here at the Pot. Basically, a map pinpointing where all the bloggers are around the world. I think it’s a great idea. It doesn’t have to be game specific – in fact, it shouldn’t be game-specific. It’s for all bloggers to get ‘on the map’ if they want to. I’m currently looking into websites that would allow me to create such a map – unfortunately Frappr shut down so I’m looking for other options. What I’d like from you is:

  • If you’re a blogger I need to know where you live. Mwhahahha. No really, only so I can add you to the map and I don’t need all the details. Just your country, (and if you’re in the US your state), and preferably city as well as a lot of maps seem to want to place markers on specific cities. If you blog by your real name I’d suggest also submitting a psydonym. Sorry non-bloggers – I’m currently only adding bloggers to the map to see how it goes. I mgiht, later, add non-blogger readers as well if there’s a way to differentiate between bloggers/non-bloggers, and if the map’s not already crazy-full.
  • Do you prefer a map that shows our country or our city in that country? I don’t think any harm will come of a city-specific map (you all know I live in Edinburgh and I haven’t had bouquets of flowers turn up yet. Well, once, but that was Hugh’s initiative) but if you’re really uncomfortable with that idea and want us to try to find a country-focused map to use (if such a thing exists), let us know. (ideas for sites that do this kind mapping thing, like Frappr used to do, also welcome).

Ads – watch this space. No 100% promise yet but there should be something actually happening with the leaderboard ad space soon (which normally sits above the articles, but today is broken on the main page. GREMLINS!). If it goes through it’ll be for something that looks really cool. And that I’ll have more details on later. Yeah, I know, I’m teasing.

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Rebecca Judd March 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm

As an aside to the map thing – bear in mind I’m still looking for options to create this map so whether I need city or simply country info is yet to be seen. But I’m taking info from now as the sooner I start getting info in from you guys, the sooner I can populate the map once I’ve got it. I’m hoping I can find a map service that suits the community’s preferences on city/country (and again, suggestions welcome) but we might just have to go with what’s out there…

For anyone on twitter – feel free to use the hashtag #mmomap to get into the conversation about this. Folks not on twitter – looking forward to hearing your thoughts here or by contact form :)

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Hugh Hancock March 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’d much prefer cities. Let’s face it, in a city of 300,000 or more people you’re still pretty anonymous, and it’s just more granular info. Plus, it’d help people more if they’re planning to meet up with other bloggers to know there’s a bunch of them in Miami, say, rather than a bunch of them in Florida, or even worse, the US as a whole!

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Syl March 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Great to see this was taken up! =)
Personally I don’t mind so much, for me the country would be alright as I live in a small place, but I can see why this creates issues for other countries. As long as it’s basically a world map view and not dissected into clusters or something, all works imo.  :)
Oh and for those wondering where this all came from (shameless self-promotion!):
Great to see this was taken up! =)
Personally I don’t mind so much, for me the country would be alright as I live in a small place, but I can see why this creates issues for other countries. As long as it’s basically a world map view and not dissected into clusters or something, all works imo. :)
Oh and for those wondering where this all came from (shameless self-promotion, I know!):
- http://raging-monkeys.blogspot.com/2011/02/absolute-zero.html
A united blogosphere sounds great to me.

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Syl March 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Somehow I managed to not only double-post half my text, but also cut the second part out…oh well:
Nice job on the blogroll guys, looks much better now. I like the overall layout of the Pot much better than before, a lot of effective changes made. GJ! =)

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Rebecca Judd March 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

@Hugh – that’s a good point. I know there are at least two other bloggers in Edinburgh besides us but I haven’t run into them yet, and just knowing it makes me keep thinking I so should organise a knees up. Although when said as a Nanny Ogg reference that sounds so wrong…

@Syl – aye, good point – I should’ve linked your original post where this idea was born :D The only thing I’m slightly worried withi s that a world map is quite large to fit on a page, and scrolling across it for miles on end might not be the most practical use of time. Not sure. Maybe it depends on the map tool we go with (wish frappr was still around :S). What do you think?

Thanks for the layout compliments btw! We much prefer it too, glad you guys all had some sensible ideas.

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Jamin March 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Jamin and Feignheart are from.. The UK!
Down in Essex :)
As the obvious states I have a vote for city specific :)
Sent in a message as well,
- Jamin
(P.S.

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Shintar March 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Shintar the troll resides in Reading, England.
I’ve only been living here for a little over a year though, originally I’m from Vienna, Austria. Not sure whether that would be worth putting on a map, but I certainly identify as both a German-speaking and a UK blogger!

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Nube March 2, 2011 at 1:55 am

Please count me in. Borders are just in our Heads.
Name: Nube
Blog: The Lonely Pally (lonelynube.blogspot.com)
Location: Chiapas (State), México. Tuxtla Gutiérrez (City)
It is a fabulous idea.

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Good Morning Azeroth March 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I’d love to be included, even if my blogging is sporadic and infrequent.  I’m still around!
Name: GMAzeroth (Or Good Morning Azeroth)
Blog: Good Morning Azeroth (http://goodmorningazeroth.blogspot.com)
Location: Asheville, NC, USA

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Saga March 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

This sounds great, and I think it’d be really awesome.
I’d love to be on the map as well :)
Name: Saga
Blog: Spellbound (http://spellbound.nu)
Location: Sweden (Gothenburg if you have to choose a city – that’s not my actual location but I live in a town with like 5000 people so I rather list Gothenburg which is my closest “big” city *lol*)

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Jasyla March 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Name: Jasyla
Blog: Cannot be Tamed (http://www.cannotbetamed.com)
Location: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

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Zinn March 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Zinn resides in Sweden, currently in the city of Norrköping :)

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Zinn March 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

And I forgot that my blog link won’t show in the comment, so here it is;
jinxedthought.blogspot.com

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Oestrus March 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I would love to be included in this, as well.  You can find me @ http://thestoriesofo.wordpress.com and I current reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which is in the United States.
 
:)

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Beruthiel March 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

name: Beruthiel
site: Falling Leaves and Wings (http://www.fallingleavesandwings.wordpress.com)
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

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Malevica March 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I like this idea, it’s always interesting to find out where my favourite bloggers hang out.
Name: Malevica
Blog: Type “H” for Heals (http://typehforheals.com)
Location: Hampshire, UK

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狼與辛香貓的魔獸人生。 March 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

No this is not Chinese farmer spam.
We are a couple from Taiwan who are pretty new to the blogosphere.
For those who like looking at what seems to be meaningless characters, we blog in Traditional Chinese, please enjoy :)
http://wolfcatofdawn.blogspot.com/
Name:狼宇&閻貓   or (skywalkertw & candyjosehp)
City,Country: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Ama March 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Name: Ama
Blog: Specced for Drama (http://speccedfordrama.blogspot.com)
Location: Madison, WI, USA

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Lyraat March 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Name: Lyraat
Blog: Lyraat’s WoW Reprieve (http://lyraat.wordpress.com)
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Kurn March 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Sure, why not? :)
Blogger: Kurn (of Kurn’s Corner – http://kurn.apotheosis-now.com)
City, Province (Country): Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
 

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Adgamorix March 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Blogger – Adgamorix of Divine Plea (http://paladindivineplea.blogspot.com)
City – Anchorage
State – Alaska
Country – US

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Gronthe March 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I’ve talked many times about where I blog from, but for this list’s sake, here you go:

Name:  Gronthe
Blog Name:  http://deuwowlity.blogspot.com/
Country:  United States
State:  Nevada
City:  Las Vegas

Everyone’s invited to my place for the map launch party!!!!

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Titleist March 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Ferocious Inspiration
Name: Titleist
Country: USA
State: Michigan
City: Kalamazoo
My co-author, Gordrin, hails from Minnesota.

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Tobold March 2, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Tobold
Belgium

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Keeva March 3, 2011 at 12:22 am

Keeva from http://treebarkjacket.com/
Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
 
Aussie Aussie Aussie!

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latusthegoat March 3, 2011 at 5:23 am

toronto, canada

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Copra March 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

Aye, Bullcopra comes from Iittala, Finland

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Copra March 3, 2011 at 9:01 am

Oh, just a thought… could there be a virtual map of the blogosphere, too, in which your position would be based on the influence or connections with other bloggers…?

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Syl March 3, 2011 at 9:46 am

@Copra
That sounds a bit too much like a ‘popularity list’ to me. I assume you mean something similar to the social network maps Facebook has, personally I’m no fan of such tools. First of all how do you measure what ‘influence’ a blogger has and what exactly does it mean? etc..
I’d rather have people decide for themselves which blogs are worth reading, rather than looking at such maps. they send out the wrong message imo – but thats my opinion. :)

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Jen March 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

Name: Jen
Blog: http://www.storiesofwow.com
Location: Bucharest, Romania

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Angelya March 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

If there’s maps involved, count me in :D
Name: Angelya
Blog: Revive & Rejuvenate http://reviveandrejuvenate.blogspot.com
Location: Brisbane, Australia :)

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Zahia March 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

Name : Zahia
Blog : One More Alt (http://onemorealt.com)
Location : Châlons-en-Champagne, France
 
As for the tool to create the map, I’m pretty sure google map can do this.

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Rezznul March 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

Also, now I have “Maps” by the “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” rolling in my brain with all the mention of maps. =D
Name: Rezznul
Blog: http://rednoobdiaries.wordpress.com
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Saz March 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

A map you say? I’m in!
Name: Saz
Blog: World of Saz (http://serenitysaz.blogspot.com/)
Location: Michigan – Upper Peninsula (stick a pin anywhere in Michigan but the mitten!)
 
About the new links page:
Firstly, I dig it! Secondly, the gremlins seem to be causing a few issues.
- All of your links seem to bounce to the proper areas save for the class specific ones. Death Knights work fine but anything after that doesn’t seem to want to cooperate.
- The Mage links seem a bit lonesome away from their other class subtopics.
If it’s been mentioned already, feel free to disregard this information : )
One last thing about the links page: Could you possibly add ‘World of Saz’ under the ‘General Musings’ section, and if you see fit, under the ‘Shaman Blogs’ section as well? I’d appreciate it!
 
Keep up the great work!

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Ambermist March 3, 2011 at 11:44 am

This is a neat idea, and I’m a sucker for maps.
Ambermist
Tastes Like Battle Chicken
Columbia, SC  US

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theanorak March 3, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Name: Ano (theanorak)
blog: http://www.mysteriousbuttons.com
location: London, UK
 

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Pathak March 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Name: Pathak, primarily, but when posting on other blogs, the name changes to one of my WoW characters that matches the class of the type I’m talking about.  So you might see stuff from Colerejuste, Anion, Fidgette, Misnomer, Blackthorn, etc.
Blog: http://pathakmalygos.blogspot.com/
Location: Brisbane, Australia

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Kaelynn March 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Name: Kae
Blog: http://shadesofkae.com
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota US

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Rebecca March 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

w00t! Thanks for the uptake on this folks – glad to see it’s generally an idea everyone likes (nice one Syl, Larisa!).
Keep the info coming. I’m taking notes and will likely start making this a reality tomorrow. So long as we don’t have any technical hiccups (which I’m not ruling out) we should have this thing going somewhere between now and mid-next week.

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Saniel March 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Ooh…I’ll get in on this.

Saniel
Primal Precision (http://primalprecision.blogspot.com)
Thornton, CO, US

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Cozmo March 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Cozmo
GTFOOTF http:www.gtfootf.com
Pueblo, CO. USA

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Morynne March 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Name: Morynne
Blog: Marks-365 (marks-365.com)
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
I think this is a great project! I’m looking forward to seeing the map.

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elkagorasa March 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm

This will be interesting…
Elkagorasa
Folsom, CA, US
 

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Jed March 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm

This sounds like a fun time:
Name: Jed
Blog: Jed’s Corner of Wow Shenanigans( http://jedsguildinfo.blogspot.com)
Location: Chicago, IL USA

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Jed March 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Apparently I am link challenged. : /  http://jedsguildinfo.blogspot.com without the parenthesis will happily take you to where you want to go. =D

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Elfindale March 4, 2011 at 3:56 am

I love it! Count me in.
Name: Elfindale
Blog: Elfi’s World (http://worldofelfi.wordpress.com)
Location:  Springfield, MO  USA

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Hoppe March 4, 2011 at 9:36 am

I like the idea, here my german blog ;)

Name: Göttliche  Aegis
URL: http://goettliche-aegis.blogspot.com/
Country: Germany
State: Nordrhein.Westfalen
City:  Emmerich am Rhein

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Chadrassa/Cleeyah March 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Oooooh, shiny map! I second the suggestion of Google Maps.
Blog Name: In Character
URL: http://www.in-character.de
Country: Germany
State: Hessen
City: Kassel

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Rebecca March 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Right, getting crackin’ with the map! If anyone wants me to add their toon/server/main game to their entry, give me those details too.

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Michelinea March 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I really like this idea. Glad I stumbled across it this morning.
Blog name: Wow, Am I Lost?
URL: http://wowdker.blogspot.com/
Country: United States
State: New Hampshire
City: Manchester

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Rebecca Judd March 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Ok, I’ve been working through the list here and those that’ve pinged us via twitter and email, and I’d say I’m about 2/3 through now. I’m pausing for the weekend (drunkenness and Kinect related flailing is about to ensue) but will get back on with this on Monday.

Want to say a quick, big welcome to the new bloggers who’ve said hi and pitched in too – welcome to the blogosphere :) If your blog’s not on the blogroll and it should be, let me know by sending us an email (contact form does work, just a tad ugly for now).

Meanwhile, still accepting blogger map info entries :) Keep them coming! And if you feel like spreading the word feel free to do so -  huge thanks to those bloggers who’ve already posted in their own space.

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Doone March 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I did not see TR Redskies on any list :(
IL, USA

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Kallixta March 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Blog name: Kallixta’s Notes
URL: http://kallixta.blogspot.com/
Country: United States
State: Michigan
City: Detroit

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Anslym March 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Name: Anslym
Blog: Bag Overflow
URL: Bagoverflow.wordpress.com
Country: Canada
Province: Ontario
City: Toronto

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Gnomeaggedon March 6, 2011 at 2:07 am

Gnomeaggedon in a ivory tower only accessible via the arcane arts…
Blog name: Armaggedon’s Coming!
URL: http://gnomeaggedon.net
Country: Australia
State: Victoria
City: Melbourne
Squidly… out the back of Gnome’s tower in a lean-to
 
 

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Eccentrica March 6, 2011 at 6:34 am

Gnome!  Thank heavens.  I was getting concerned.  Now write something.  Please.

Blogname:  Eccentrica Jones
URL: http://eccentricajones.blogspot.com
Country: Canada
Province: Ontario
City: Ottawa

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Solitudeone March 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Here’s mine:

Name: Solitudeone
URL:  http://moonkinjourneys.blogspot.com
Location: North Carolina, USA

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Copra March 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

@Syl
Actually what I have in mind is the kind of map I saw somewhere year or two ago, picturing the blogosphere as a world map: the biggest influencing blog being the biggest, ones connecting to this as countries and so on. Not actually a FB influence map… I must try to dig up the one somewhere, it was fun.
 
C out

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Maerdred March 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Name: Maerdred
Blog: http://treebound.net/blog
Country: USA
State: New Hampshire
City: Nashua

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Rebecca Judd March 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

@Saz – just got to your comment. Thanks for the feedback on the links page! I’ve fixed the class specific links – was a case of the wrong case. I mean, character case. (I’ll be here all week…). The mage section was in the wrong place – while I was arranging the link sections it had disappeared and got itself lost, not also fixed. And you’re now on the blogroll – thanks for the heads up, and halloa there!

*goes back to working down the map list* More feedback on links page also welcome, btw – including anyone saying “oi why aren’t I on the blogroll?”

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Dinaer March 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Count me in!
Name: Dinaer
Blog:  Forever A Noob
Country: USA
Location:  Orlando, Florida

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Nefernet March 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

The map is a great idea. The bloging community feels like a global village.
I blog from France, from an insignificant village south of Paris. I blog in English. Let’s do this like the others.
Blog name : Krasus Kronicles
URL : http://krasuskronicles.wordpress.com/
Country : France
City : Near Paris
For the mapping option, here are some APIs from Google you could use :
http://code.google.com/intl/fr/apis/visualization/documentation/gallery.html
You should check that one especially : http://code.google.com/intl/fr/apis/visualization/documentation/gallery/geomap.html
I really don’t know what is you level in programming, webmapping or anything, but in case you know how to use R, here is a link you could find useful too : http://www.r-bloggers.com/opendata-r-google-easy-maps/
Sorry for posting those very technical links, if you don’t think they are too ugly have their place here, just delete them and keep the links somewhere else. :) It’s just that in work with mapping systems every days and saw that tool around and thought you might be interested. If you need help, feel free to send me an email.

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Cynwise March 9, 2011 at 3:00 am

Cynwise, of Cynwise’s Battlefield Manual (http://cynwise.wordpress.com), resides in a small town outside Newport News, Virginia, and enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

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Gazimoff March 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I am late. But you should know that the person responsible for Mana Obscura resides in Basingstoke, United Kingdom. He also feasts on pancakes.

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Melyanna March 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Name: Melyanna
Blog: http://dreamydruid.com
Country: USA
City: Washington, DC

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Mhorgrim March 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Mhorgrim here.
Please add me to the map as wella s the Blog Roll thanks.
Currently reside in Bisbee AZ
Blog is therustyblade.blogspot.com

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Oz March 15, 2011 at 8:24 am

Great idea!  Please add me to the ever-expanding map project!
 
Name: Oz
Blog: http://wowgeek.wordpress.com
Country : United States
City: New Orleans

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Rebecca Judd March 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Updated as of 15th :) Let me know if anything needs fixing, or if you’re not on the map yet and want to be :)

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Jezi-Mel March 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I think this is a fantastic idea!
Name: Mel
WoW Char/known in wow as: Jezi
Blog: http://ssbjezi.blogspot.com/
(mostly wow related and wow focused but I take pics of almost all games I play)
Country: US
City/State: Columbus, OH
 
(Input)
I think yes cities would be a fun idea, of course I understand the privacy idea.. but still cool to see if you have any fellow bloggers around you :D

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Shannon Bolin July 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

If it’s not too late, I’d like to get My World of Whoa in on this. I’m in Reno, Nevada, US.

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dragonray August 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

Please add me :)

dragonray @ Kyneton, Victoria, Australia :D

azerothianlife.wordpress.com

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Laeleiweyn April 15, 2012 at 12:03 am

If this is still happening, I would love if you added me. :)

Laeleiweyn
World of Lae (http://laeleiweyn.blogspot.com/)
Norway (can’t add city, sorry)

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Hugh Hancock April 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm

The Blogger Map keeps slipping down my to-do list, but it should get done by the end of the month, promise!

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