Category: Blogs

Wot no spam?

It was reported last week that there had been a substantial drop in the level of spam on the net since last August and a precipitous drop since Christmas, which a Symantec analyst put...

WordPress v Drupal

The other day I saw a post on my WordPress admin screen entitled WordPress and Drupal: Convergence? which presented a slideshow of why WordPress was supposedly going to overtake Drupal. I use WordPress for...

Web stats spam

It’s been a long time since anyone I know posted a list of the phrases people put into search engines to get to their site. In my case, the most common phrase is simply...

What part of this is a privilege?

Black Women are Perceived as a Threat (from Womanist Musings) I wrote about the relationship of Muslims to “white privilege” here last May as part of a carnival organised by Brooke of Rolling Ruminations,...

Why I still blog

Last week, Umar Lee posted his parting message to the Muslim blogging community, after his blog had been offline for some weeks. His reasoning was twofold: one is that all the best blogs (Sunni...

WordPress permalink tip

For anyone setting up a new self-hosted WordPress blog (not on wordpress.com or any similar hosting service), here’s a tip on getting your permalinks set up and getting rid of the queries in the...

Stephen Fry might quit Twitter

It’s been reported that, after a bit of a tiff with a couple of his online followers, the comedian Stephen Fry is thinking of giving up on Twitter (more here). This all makes me...

What’s the use of Twitter?

Last Wednesday, the Guardian had a feature from “inside Twitter HQ” based on interviews with the founders of the service. The article gave potted histories of the founders, two of whom were formerly involved...

Ungrateful bloggers! (And credit where it’s due)

Is WordPress A Thankless Community? | Weblog Tools Collection Are you using third-party WordPress plugins and themes without having sent the author a thank-you note or donated money? I have to say that, in...

Don’t tell me what to write

Zaid Shakir recently wrote a reply to some guy who had ridiculed him by calling him a “Muslim rock star” for writing about the death of Michael Jackson when, supposedly, Cynthia McKinney was being...

MySpace cuts jobs as it loses out to Facebook

MySpace is forced to slash workforce as social network users flock to Facebook | Technology | The Guardian So, why is MySpace losing out? Has anyone been on any MySpace sites lately? The inconsistent...

Anonymous netizens should clean up their act

Letters: Time for moderation in the blogosphere | Technology | The Guardian A letter from yesterday’s Guardian in response to the scandal over the unmasking of the “Night Jack” police blogger by the Times...

Guardian on comment links and spam

Yesterday’s Guardian Technology supplement had an interesting article on comment spam and the use of the “nofollow” feature to discourage it. My own view on this is that the value of “nofollow” is limited...

“White privilege” blog carnival is up

Brooke has finally posted her blog carnival on “White privilege and the Ummah”, with my contribution as well as posts from Safiyya of Shalom 2 Salaam, Safiya of Outlines, Ginny, Fairuza/Sabiwabi, Bin Gregory, Nzingha,...

Where’s my sense of humour?

OK, so we’ve all seen that the person formerly known as Umm Zaid has dispensed some of her “pearls of wisdom” - a list of stereotypical blog topics that, supposedly, are all we Muslim...