Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Excellence in San Francisco Local Blogging: The Richmond District Blog, Haighteration, Tenderblog, and The Tens

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Just wanted to note the excellence of these relatively new San Francisco-area local blogs. AFAIK, they weren’t around a couple of years ago, yet they’ve all matured into awesome sites* already.

From West to East:

The Richmond District Blog

Haighteration (Lower Haight)

Tenderblog (The Tenderloin)

The Tens  (The Tenderloin)

From Tenderblog, with news from this AM:

Most of the people behind these websites have full-time jobs and/or school schedules, right? (And, AFAIK, they’re far more click-ish, than clique-ish so that’s A Good Thing.)

So, what’s stopping YOU from doing the same in YOUR AREA?

Why is there no “Sunset District Blog” that’s of the caliber of the Richmond District Blog? Where’s a BayView / Hunters Point Blog? Where’s my Marina / Cow Hollow Blog with frequent postings?* (Of course the Mission has Mission Mission, the doyenne of area local blogs, but there’s still lots of unscrutinized territory out there.)

It’s not too late to get going – less than $1 a month for your URL and $3.88 a month for unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage on a server that’s RAIDed-up six ways to Sunday. Or get started at WordPress.com for just nothing per month. Or even the Tumblr (“the easiest way to blog’) – it’s free as well, right?

You have been informed – it’s still totally wide open.

Carpe Diem

Get going.

*I’m sure I’m missing some good efforts from people. Tell me, send me a URL and I’ll take a look at your joint.

WordPress WordCamp 2009 in San Francisco a Huge Success

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

UCSF‘s Mission Bay campus was all filled up yesterday with attentive youths, Genius Bar geniuses, and Laughing Squid’s Scott Beale, so that can mean only one thing – it must have been yet another one-day WordCamp from WordPress

As always, the focus is “on how to be a better blogger, on the development and future of WordPress, and other topics of interest.” Just read the WordCamp Report for the deets:

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But, What Does WordPress Mean To You? That’s something to ponder as you…

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Get free help from WP geniuses, such as Brian Colinger, for instance.

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Or peruse the Job Board:

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Or proactively look for work with your name card.

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Or nosh on Southern BBQ complete with ham-hocked collard greens

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And steer clear of the WordPress bully boys, with their tattoos and their flashing gang signs. There was lots of stuff to do.

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Plus, attendees got American Apparel T-shirts. All this could have been yours for just $25. What a bargain.

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See you next year!

Win $60K in the Murphy-Goode Sonoma Wine Country Job Pageant

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

[Commenter "Hugh" approves not this post. Works for Kendall Jackson he does, or Jackson Family Wines, the outfit that has an ownership interest in, wait for it, Murphy Goode. Hugh's email address is xxx.xxx@kjmail.com. A note to all you public relations people - you're better off just ignoring this little blog.]

Hey writers! How does this “wine country dream job” sound to you?

“‘A Really Goode Job’ will pay $10,000 a month for a six-month contract that includes private housing in the heart of wine country: Healdsburg, California. The application process begins in San Francisco at 11:30 a.m. April 28 at 120 Market Street near the Hyatt Regency.”

Send in your one-minute video (just like when you tried to get on Survivor) to see if you make the cut. The top 50 contestants (just like Miss America) will get winnowed down (just like American Idle) until you win win win!

Who will win this crown? Oops, hat. Who will win the right to become a spokesmodel, to live on Maggie’s Farm and sing the praises of the juice of the grape?

via e.t.

And when you start your gig (please let’s not call it a job) try not to use the word passionate when describing anything having to do with winemaking. It’s been done.

See you at the Reeg!

Murphy-Goode Winery Offers Some Economic Relief

“REALLY GOODE JOB” Pays $10,000 per month for wine country gig

 In these tumultuous economic times, finding a good job is really tough.  The Murphy-Goode Winery has a “Really Goode Job” for the right person.  The Sonoma County winery is looking for an outgoing, web-savvy, articulate communicator to tell the story of the great mountain vines and artisan winemakers of California, tasting the “goode” stuff and experiencing the unique Sonoma wine country.

“A Really Goode Job” will pay $10,000 a month for a six-month contract that includes private housing in the heart of wine country: Healdsburg, California.

Throughout the course of the job the successful applicant will learn about viticulture, winemaking, Sonoma County and Murphy-Goode wines.  He or she will prepare and post dispatches on their experiences though social media tools such as Facebook, blogs, internet videos and Twitter as well as traditional media.

The application process begins in San Francisco at 11:30 a.m. April 28 at 120 Market Street near the Hyatt Regency.  Visitors who arrive at the “A Really Goode Job’s” purple and white kiosk between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. will meet the boss, receive job tips and get a 24-hour head start in the application process by being provided with a code that will give them immediate access to the www.areallygoodejob.com web site.

On April 29 the website for job applicants will open to the public at large.  All applicants are required to complete an employment application and upload a one-minute video, demonstrating their special qualifications for the position.  (Videos more than one minute in length will not be viewed.)  Applications close on June 5, 2009 at 11 pm Pacific Time.

Murphy-Goode Winery will then select 50 candidates and from there narrow the list down to the top ten who will be interviewed from June 27 to July 1.  The person chosen for the job will be announced on July 9 and begin work on August 1.  All applicants must be at least 21 years old.

Murphy-Goode is a family-owned winery located in the heart of California’s Alexander Valley. Though laid-back and unpretentious, winemaker Dave Ready, Jr. takes immense pride in his craft, resulting in wines of the best possible quality at appropriate prices. The winery motto is: “We take our wines seriously. Ourselves….not so much.”

Visitors to the wine country are encouraged to learn more about Murphy-Goode at its brand new tasting room located at 20 Matheson Street, off the Healdsburg Square, in Healdsburg, California.

Sonoma County, located on the northern coast of California, has 13 approved American Viticultural Areas and over 450 wineries. Winemaking and grape-growing is vital to the area’s economic and cultural life. In 2006, the Sonoma County grape harvest amounted to over 185,000 tons, exceeding neighboring Napa County’s harvest by over 30 percent. The most common grape varieties planted are Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir, though the area is also known for its Merlot and Zinfandel.