Wellington freshman participate in Walk a Mile event at Century Park

first_imgWalk a Mile Crusader Way students raise awareness against sexual assault, violence and sexism against women.Sumner Newscow report — In an effort to raise awareness about sexism and discrimination, Karla Defore’s Crusader Way/Civics freshman students held the first annual Wellington “Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” event on May 14. The event was held on the Century Park walking path.Wellington freshmen participated in the award-winning Walk A Mile In Her Shoes which is noted as the International men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence – which especially rings true concerning what is happening at Baylor University. Each year, participation increases with the number of men, women and their families raise awareness.Here are pictures from Sumner Newscow photographer Amber Schmitz of the Wellington event. The full gallery can be found here.Walk a Mile was enjoyed by students of all ages.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

LVR need tie-breaker to capture Bomber Baseball Invitational

first_imgLVR opened the tournament with a tough 7-6 loss to Mount Baker Wild. The loss was the first of the season for LVR after the Heritage City squad opened undefeated in 10 games against American competition.However, the Bombers roared back with three consecutive wins over Selkirk of Kimberley (13-3), Vulcan (13-3) and Mount Boucherie 13-5.The decision over Boucherie forced the three-way tie, setting up the tie-breaker — decided by runs for and against, calculated with only the teams tied.Mount Boucherie had a 4 and – 8 for a total of -4; Mount Baker had a 1 and – 4 for a total of – 3, and L. V. Rogers had a 8 and -1 for a total of 7.EXTRA INNINGS: Sunday, Bomber Austin Tambellini signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Hill College in Hillsbourough Texas, for the 2015 – 2016 school year. The L.V. Rogers Bombers bounced back from an early loss to capture the Bombers High School Baseball Tournament Saturday at Butler Park in Trail.The Bombers won the tournament on a tie-breaker after three teams — LVR, Mount Boucherie of Kelowna and Cranbrook’s Mount Baker — finished in a three-way tie with 3-1 records.last_img read more

The UEFA Nations League explained

first_img0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann’s France face Germany in their inaugural UEFA Nations League match © AFP / Jewel SAMADPARIS, France, Sep 4 – A heavyweight showdown in Munich between the last two World Cup winners, France and Germany, sets the ball rolling on Thursday as the inaugural UEFA Nations League gets under way.The new tournament sees the 55 European national teams split into four divisions, taking promotion and relegation to international football while also offering an alternative route to the 2020 European Championship, without replacing the qualifiers themselves. AFP Sport tells you everything you need to know about the competition:– Fewer meaningless friendlies –The creation of the competition stems from the desire to replace meaningless friendly matches with more competitive games.When Germany last hosted France, in a friendly last November, the number of emtpy seats in Cologne was striking and suggested that the appetite for such games was waning.Meanwhile, smaller nations find it difficult to arrange friendly games, so UEFA believe they have come up with the perfect solution.They are using their own coefficient to split their 55 member nations into four leagues, with the top 12 sides all in League A. The next 12 are in League B, followed by 15 in League C and the bottom 16 in League D.Each group contains three or four teams, with everyone playing each other home and away between September and November this year.– Final four –The winners of the four groups in League A will go through to the finals from June 5-9 next year. Semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final will all be played, with the host country to be decided in December from among the finalist teams.So there is a title and a trophy up for grabs, but also promotion and relegation with future Nations Leagues in mind.The team finishing bottom of each group in Leagues A, B and C will be relegated, and replaced by those finishing top of the groups in Leagues B, C and D.– Euro 2020 places up for grabs –There will still be qualifiers for the 24-team Euro 2020. They will take place from March to November, 2019, with a draw to be held this coming December.However, that will no longer be the only means of qualifying for that competition.Twenty teams will make it to Euro 2020 from qualifying, with the top two in each of the 10 groups advancing. The remaining four places will be decided in March 2020, in the Nations League play-offs.Each of the four leagues (A, B, C and D) will hold play-offs which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the respective group winners, with semi-finals and a final being played.However, if a group winner has already qualified via the classic route, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. And if a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league.All of which means that one place at Euro 2020 will go to a team from League D, comprised of the continent’s traditional minnows.Meanwhile, teams will still be free to play friendly matches when the opportunity arises, hence why Scotland and Belgium meet in Glasgow this Friday, for example.– UEFA Nations League draw –League AGroup 1: Germany, France, NetherlandsGroup 2: Belgium, Iceland, SwitzerlandGroup 3: Italy, Poland, PortugalGroup 4: Croatia, England, SpainLeague BGroup 1: Czech Republic, Slovakia, UkraineGroup 2: Russia, Sweden, TurkeyGroup 3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern IrelandGroup 4: Denmark, Republic of Ireland, WalesLeague CGroup 1: Albania, Israel, ScotlandGroup 2: Estonia, Finland, Greece, HungaryGroup 3: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Norway, SloveniaGroup 4: Lithuania, Montenegro, Romania, SerbiaLeague DGroup 1: Andorra, Georgia, Kazakhstan, LatviaGroup 2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San MarinoGroup 3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Kosovo, MaltaGroup 4: Armenia, Macedonia, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Unwanted pups which almost died to be retrained as ‘Assistance Dogs’

first_imgThree little unwanted pups who were left close to death are to be retrained as assistance dogs.The trio were handed into the Donegal Animals in Need charity in need if vital need of lifesaving care.The three dogs, which are Labrador/German Shepherd-cross sisters, were suffering from a range of problems. They were given veterinary care but it was feared that they would not make it.A spokesperson for Donegal Animals in Need said “Nine week old Charlotte (was Lulu), Coco and Chantelle, three Labrador/German Shepherd-cross sisters, were riddled with roundworms and two of them became very sick, ending up in the vets on drips, fighting for their lives.“They had such a heavy burden of parasites that as the worms came away, so did part of their intestines, leaving lesions in the intestine which in turn became infected.“Charlotte and Chantelle were in a critical condition but thanks to the outstanding care of the veterinary staff they are both now on the mend, although at times it seemed they wouldn’t make it.” The three pups are now eating special food and will join their sister Coco back at their foster home where they can recuperate.And the DAIN spokesperson added that the dogs are to play a very special part in peoples’ lives in the months and years to come.“We have brilliant news for their future – all three girls have been booked to be trained as Assistance Dogs – their breed mix being ideal for the job.“But for now they will be taking it easy while they recover as their fosterer gives a huge sigh of relief.”Unwanted pups which almost died to be retrained as ‘Assistance Dogs’ was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animals in needassistance dogsdogsdonegalRESCUEDretrainedlast_img read more

Building blocks of hope

first_imgThe eye-catching container house is a model of sustainability and eco-friendly technology.(Image: Dennis Guichard) The cheerful lounge area is a shared space, as is the kitchen, scullery, dining room and homework area. A garden on the lounge container provides extra insulation.(Images: New Jerusalem)MEDIA CONTACTS • 4d and a Architects+27 11 880 4754 Janine ErasmusThe New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand, Gauteng, combines sustainability with aesthetics through the inspired installation of 28 shipping containers that serve as accommodation for 24 of its children.New Jerusalem is something of a trailblazer in sustainability, and saw the opening of its first green house in February 2012. That building consists of the 28 creatively arranged 12m by 6m containers, and is touted as Africa’s first eco-friendly children’s home.The container home was designed by Johannesburg-based 4d and a Architects. To get the best use of the containers, the design team of Sean Wall and Mia Anfield put together an innovative plan that involved some containers standing on their ends, others with portholes or floor-to-ceiling windows installed in their walls, and all fitting together in a double-storey structure that works efficiently.“It was quite a challenge because it was the first time we’d worked with containers,” says Wall. “We were inspired by American architect and artist Adam Kalkin, who had more experience in this than we did, and we contacted him through Adrienne [Feldner-Busztin]. He came out to South Africa pro bono and gave us some very useful tips.”Feldner-Busztin is a fundraiser for the home.Then it was a matter of finding equivalent local products to those used in Kalkin’s container home, and working out the right configuration for the containers.“We could have just stacked some containers on top of each other, but we wanted to incorporate architectural features – we wanted a wow factor,” says Wall.According to New Jerusalem, the house is just the first of several eco-friendly installations on the cards. Plans for the others are finished and have been approved by the Johannesburg city council.“Now we just have to raise some funds,” says businesswoman and advocate Anna Mojapelo, New Jerusalem’s co-founder together with her sister Phina, a social worker.The first building was funded partly through the efforts of Wall who, with a cycling partner, competed on behalf of the home in the eight-day Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race and raised about R80 000 (US$9 000).“We plan to establish an office, a chapel and a resource centre,” says Mojapelo, “with a library, computer room, and study area for the children.”There are also another two houses in New Jerusalem’s future expansion.Pride and dignityThe new building is home to two families of 12 children, each with a house mother. Boys sleep downstairs and girls are upstairs.It incorporates the old brick house, which was in dire need of a revamp and which is now the kitchen, scullery and dining room. These are shared, as are the lounge, homework area and laundry.The simply appointed but comfortable bedrooms are designed for two, four or eight children, and each young occupant has his or her own bed and cupboard.According to New Jerusalem, since moving into the new facility the children have gained in confidence, pride, sense of dignity, and self-esteem.Going with containersContainers were the preferred resource for various reasons. They offered a substantial savings compared to building houses from brick and mortar – 25% of the cost of building the traditional way, according to World Architecture News.“We were aiming for sustainability and low maintenance,” says Wall. “And it’s an ideal way to educate the kids about these matters.”The speed of construction was another factor – much of the preparation was done at the container depot, leaving the laying of foundations and about six months’ work to be done on-site, and that was only because of delays getting some donated goods to the site.Because the containers are recycled the house is kind to the environment too. New Jerusalem says that many interior fittings and finishings were donated by companies who themselves manufacture eco-friendly products or run their companies on green principles.With its many windows and openings, the house can operate with minimal use of artificial lighting during the day. The building also features solar heating and lighting panels, wooden sun screens, steel roofing for temperature regulation, infrared heaters, a roof garden which helps with insulation, rainwater tanks, recycled carpet tiles, and a device to convert black water to grey water for irrigation.“The wonderful thing about solar lighting is that even when there is a power failure the green house still has light, which means the kids can do their homework at any time,” says Mojapelo. “It is a light house.”And the eco-friendly features are kind to the budget too. “They have reduced our monthly electricity bill quite a lot,” she says.Looking after the most vulnerableNew Jerusalem was established in 2000 by the Mojapelo sisters, who serve as the organisation’s CEO and COO respectively. They started off by opening their own home to a needy child, and today some 80 orphaned and previously neglected or abused youngsters are in their care.New Jerusalem provides shelter to children from infanthood to 16 years of age. Besides its function as an orphanage, New Jerusalem also sees to the education of its young charges, as well as children from the community, through a crèche and preschool as well as aftercare.It celebrated its official opening only in 2012.The home has received funding from the Department of Social Development, and in 2009 built a Montessori preschool on the premises, thanks to support from a Dutch organisation called Orange Babies.“But we needed a master plan for the home, one that takes the future into account,” says Wall. “That has now been drawn up and is ready to go.”last_img read more

South Africa spends billions on mining towns

first_img1 July 2015South Africa has allocated R18-billion for distressed mining communities across the country. Headed by the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) in charge of revitalising mining communities, projects being undertaken include housing and wellness.“Overall R18-billion has been dedicated to ongoing work in distressed mining communities, benefitting the following provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West,” President Jacob Zuma said on 30 June.“The bulk of this funding is from [the] government, with mining companies contributing approximately a third of the funding.”Zuma appointed the IMC shortly after the Marikana tragedy, in which over 44 people lost their lives during labour unrest at the Lonmin mine in North West in 2012. Its mandate is to oversee the implementation of integrated and sustainable human settlements, improve living and working conditions of mine workers and determine the development path of mining towns and the historic labour-sending areas.“The fundamental mandate of the IMC is to change the face of mining in South Africa working with business, labour and other sectors.”South Africa had undertaken a socio-economic diagnostic study of the 15 prioritised mining towns and 12 prioritised labour-sending areas to get a better understanding of the extent of the challenges in each town and to determine the most appropriate actions to address these.“In changing the face of mining, we are also drawing lessons from other countries,” Zuma said. He spoke about the Australia-Africa Partnership Facility, saying the country was benchmarking the policy and regulatory system governing the mining sectors in Australia, Chile, South Africa, and Zambia.HousingRegarding housing, the Department of Human Settlements was implementing about 66 public sector housing projects in the 15 prioritised mining towns. In the 2014/15, financial year more than R419-million was spent from the ring-fenced budget for upgrading informal settlements in prioritised mining towns in Limpopo, Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West.“Overall over 7 000 units have been delivered in the mining towns.” For this financial year about R1-billion had been ring-fenced, which would deliver about 19 000 new houses.Two of the housing projects were in Marikana, where about 500 houses would be built on land donated by Lonmin.In addition to the ring-fenced human settlement grant funding, the department’s housing agencies have contributed over R1-billion to integrated human settlements in mining towns. This includes 17 341 loans of R239-million for incremental housing from the Rural Housing Loan Fund; R673-million delivering 3 405 mortgage and social housing units from the National Housing Finance Corporation; bridging loans of R95.6-million for 1 177 affordable houses and R36-million for 4 546 subsidy units from Nurcha’s Construction Finance and Programme Management.Zuma said the government embraced partnerships.“We understand that when working together, we can achieve much more that leads to a greater impact than when working in isolation,” he said, adding that stakeholders in business, labour and the government had actively supported and participated in formulating the government’s strategic approach for accommodating mineworkers in decent housing and living conditions in mining towns.Creating jobsTurning to socio-economic conditions, Zuma said that, led by the Department of Trade and Industry, the departments of Co-operative Governance, Traditional Affairs, Rural Development and Land Reform and Small Business Development were facilitating large and small scale industrial projects in the 15 mining towns.These were critical in creating business and employment opportunities. In addition, Trade and Industry is helping selected municipalities and regions to develop and implement regional industrial development plans.These include interventions in Bojanala and the Greater Tubatse local municipalities for the establishment of a platinum group metals special economic zone (SEZ).Feasibility studies, business plans and the appointment of a project management unit have been completed and the SEZ designation and land acquisition is being finalised.Others include the establishment of an agri-hub in Bojanala, Madibeng and Marikana for agriculture production and a processing facility, as well as the Vulindlela Industrial Park Revitalisation in King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality, in Eastern Cape.These projects, which include a multi-sectoral business park, will promote sustainable manufacturing investments into the region.Health careOn the wellbeing of the miners, the Department of Health, together with the departments of Labour and Mineral Resources, is working towards the alignment of the industry’s occupational health and safety policy.The goal is to build an enhanced social protection system, as well as reorganise the compensation system and access to benefits for former and current mineworkers.“The Department of Mineral Resources is employing mine accident and occupational diseases prevention mechanisms through improved mine inspections, audits, investigations and monitoring of occupational exposure levels,” Zuma said.Enforcement and inspections have been beefed up through 40 regional medical inspectors, analysis of annual medical reports from the mines’ provision of standards on workplace exposures, implementing inspection and audit tools for occupational health services, promotion of occupational health in the mining industry, and reviewing research relevant to occupational medicine in the mining industry.Furthermore, the departments of Mineral Resources and of Health are employing strategic interventions to promote healthy and safe working conditions. These include ensuring the reduction in falls of ground accidents by 20% annually; actively promoting awareness of the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB; preventing personal over-exposure to silica dust; and promoting active linkage of dust exposure to medical surveillance.The Department of Health has established one-stop service centres to bring health and compensation services to former and current mine workers in the mining towns and in labour-sending areas.There are centres in Mthatha in Eastern Cape as well as Carletonville in Gauteng. More one-stop service centres will be established in other provinces, beginning in Kuruman in Northern Cape and Burgersfort in Limpopo.The state will also set up mobile units in neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and Swaziland during the 2015/16 fiscal year.Operation PhakisaZuma said he was making good on his promise in his State of the Nation Address to launch a mining version of Operation Phakisa, the integrated delivery system in the health and oceans economy sectors.It would be discussed when the National Consultative Forum on the Mining Sector met later this year.“To date, the Presidency has engaged in more than 15 consultative meetings with the [chief executives] of mining companies, representatives of civil society and national office bearers of labour unions and there is overwhelming support for the Phakisa process.”His government was determined, working together with other stakeholders, to steer the mining industry towards increased investment, growth and transformation while being mindful of the social, environmental and health impacts on people in mining towns and labour-sending areas.“The migrant labour system has been the backbone of the mining industry in South Africa and continues to have an enduring impact on both mining towns and rural labour-sending areas,” he said, urging all stakeholders and communities to work with the government to try to revitalise the mining sector.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Bopanna bats for wheelchair tennis

first_imgBengaluru, Nov 29 (PTI) Tennis doubles player Rohan Bopanna today said that wheelchair tennis was already a big sport in the world, which is reflected in top players like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic sharing the same locker-rooms with top wheelchair players. “Roger Federer, Djokovic and top wheelchair players – all of them share the same locker-rooms. There is no difference between wheelchair tennis players and the straight players,” he said. “Thats where it shows, how big the sport already is, and million and millions of people are already watching it and supporting it,” he added. Bopanna said holding the All India Tennis Association ranking wheelchair tennis tournament shows interest in this sport. “Holding the wheelchair tennis tournament is a fantastic initiative and big step, which shows the interest people have in it,” he said. Asked what sort of support he would give to promote wheelchair tennis, Bopanna said he would share details of wheelchair tournaments held in different parts of the world. “I am always with them, no matter what support they need. As I am travelling a lot, it will be easier for me to share the details which will be of great help for improving the sport in India,” he said. Earlier, Bopanna announced Indias first AITA ranking Wheelchair Tennis Tournament – tabebuia – which will be played from December 2 to 4 at Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association. The cash prize is Rs 2.5 lakh and the organisers have raised Rs 14 lakh from various sources including the corporate and individual donors, Sunil Jain, Founder Trustee of Astha, a part of Wheelchair Tennis, said. As many as 40 wheelchair tennis players will participate in the tournament, he said. Jain said the organisers would love to hold an International Tennis Federation tournament with the cooperation of AITA and KSLTA. PTI BDN PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Catch Up on the Latest Google Updates and Other Marketing Stories of the Week

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Google Updates Topics: Originally published Jul 1, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Just because you’re on summer vacation (or dreaming about it) doesn’t mean the internet marketing world is slowing down any. Nope! Bloggers are blogging, Google’s making announcements left and right, and Twitter’s working on raking in the big bucks.Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, good thing you’re here — this post will point you towards those stories and more, all from the internet marketing world this past week. Happy reading, and as always, share your favorite stories from this past week in the comments!Google+ For Tablets, Google+ Events, and Google Now Roll OutWe reported on the updates that came out of the Google I/O Conference on June 27. Two of the updates involved Google+, which of course had some marketers already rolling their eyes. But don’t write them off as insignificant yet! Google+ for tablets indicates that Google+ is becoming more and more accessible, and Google+ Events indicates that Google does, in fact, understand one of the primary uses of its rival social network. Both of these updates mean that people could migrate towards spending more of their minutes on Google+. The third update, Google Now, will allow Google to make suggestions based on mobile and search history. Creepy? Maybe. Useful? Definitely.Twitter Generating the Majority of Its Ad Revenue From MobileSpeaking of mobile, this story comes to us from MarketingLand, who reported that, according to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter’s mobile ad revenue is off the charts. The platform only launched mobile ads in April, but in three short months, the change has been huge. Let’s not forget that 60% of Twitter’s users are using it on a mobile device.Make Your Story 22 Times More MemorableThis story comes to us from MarketingProfs, who suggest that storytelling is key to making your facts more memorable. They cite a quote from cognitive psychologist Jonah Butler, who says that a fact wrapped in a story is 22 times more memorable than a pronouncement of a fact. This should reinforce a statement that’s been pronounced to death by marketers, including us: content is king. Content tells stories. Content is memorable.How to Infuse Your Writing With NostalgiaThe folks over at Copyblogger whipped up an excellent piece on a strategy to ensure the content you produce isn’t catering only to the present moment. Timeless writing, or writing that’ll envoke feelings of nostalgia or other emotion, lasts longer and is more memorable. As inbound marketers, we talk all the time about the importance of content, but it’s rare we delve further in and talk about the quality of the writing within the content.SEO, Digital Marketing and the World of Indie FilmsThis story from MarketingPilgrim brings together two things you might not imagine go together: search engine optimization and independent filmmaking. The piece transcribes an interview with One World Studios founder Zack Coffman, who knows a thing or two about both. We think this piece is well worth the read as an interesting case study, and should serve as a gentle reminder that there’s no industry exempt from the necessity of utilizing inbound marketing techniques in their digital strategy.What inbound marketing tales did you stumble upon this week?Image credit: anda (:last_img read more

What the Heck Is Blogging? A Sneak Peek Into Marketing’s Newest Pastime [Infographic]

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Oct 2, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Business Blogging I’m still not entirely convinced people know what I do. I get questions all the time like, “Wait … so you just write all day?” Or, “Is that a full-time job?” Or, my personal favorite, “Is that even a real job?”I get lots of questions because the reality is most people really aren’t sure what the heck a blogger does in this wide world of professions. And I’m just one type of blogger — a business blogger — but there’s way more questions about the world of blogging than those that revolve around day-to-day responsibilities. How many people read blogs? If you write for a business’ blog, what kind of business metrics can you drive? If you’re a full-time blogger, how much money can you make? These are just a few of the questions that most people wonder about.Lucky for us, Ignite Social will answer your most burning questions about blogging in the infographic below and even give you eight quick tips to help you up your blogging game. So go on, read it! And if you love it, don’t forget to “Pin It” to your favorite marketing-related board.SaveSaveImage credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com  Topics:last_img read more

Should You Delete That? A Guide to Moderating Blog Comments

first_img Blogging Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack If you’re looking for a post that gives you the green light to delete those annoying comments you get on your blog, good news: This is the post for you.While some of the comments that make your blood boil will still be gracing your blog (see the section titled “Don’t Delete Even Though You Want To”), this post will explain which types of comments should be immediately deleted, and which ones you’re justified in deleting when you’re on the fence.Alright, ready to dive into the scary world of blog comments? Me too. Well, as ready as one can ever be.Definitely Delete1) Rude, Crude, and Offensive ContentEven if you didn’t write the rude, crude, or offensive content, you’re still responsible for ensuring it doesn’t live on your site. A couple years ago, we got an email from a blog reader who had stumbled upon an old post that was still receiving comments. She was writing to let us know that someone had left some unsavory content in the comments section, and that she thought we’d like to know — that was a truly appreciated email, because we didn’t want our site to harbor that kind of nastiness. Work hard to keep the filth off your site and rely on your community to help you monitor.Tip: You can try to pre-empt some of this by setting up commenter guidelines. Check out what the New York Times does — they go into a lot of detail on this page about how they deal with comments, and what they expect out of their commenters.2) Blatant SpamOf course, you should also get rid of obvious spam comments. You can use Akismet to block a lot of the spammy comments, but some will still get through. If you’re not sure what blatant spam looks like, here’s an example:And another:3) Secret SpamOoooh, what’s secret spam?!It’s a term I just made up to explain spam comments that, to the untrained eye, look like they might be legitimate. But they’re not. They’re spam written by someone with marginally more initiative than your garden-variety spam commenters. Here’s an example:Because the post on which the comment appeared was about brides, the comment kind of makes contextual sense. Except that it’s devoid of any actual content, and there’s anchor text pointing another website in a useless ploy to get inbound links. Other ways to identify secret spam include:Poor grammar (though this isn’t always an identifier … which you know if you’ve read any comments section, ever)Off-topic commentsOff-topic comments that find ways to weave in mentions of keywords that are only marginally related to the articleSometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between secret spam and someone who just doesn’t know how to leave coherent comments, though — so you’ll have to use good judgment here. Which leads us to our next section … the gray area! (Who doesn’t love some confusing gray area?)Maybe Delete4) TrollersTrollers are people who leave comments on posts to try to get a rise out of either the author, or other commenters. The best practice for dealing with trolls comes down to one easy-to-remember phrase: Don’t feed the trolls. This means the more you engage with trolls, the bigger and stronger they become — that’s what they want! To get a rise out of you.So while some people would say you should definitely delete troll comments, sometimes this can incite trolls to get more aggressive with their commenting. As such, the best thing you can do with trolls is to just ignore their comments, unless it ventures into the rude, crude, or offensive bucket we discussed earlier.5) Another LanguageIf you’re getting comments in other languages, it’s hard to tell whether you should keep or delete the comment … because you can’t read it. If the comment looks like spam — the biggest hallmark would be links — go ahead and delete it. But it’s a good idea to plop the text into Google Translate to see whether the comment does contribute to the conversation. Who knows — you may have more international readers than you suspected!6) The Sales PitchSome comments are clearly someone in Marketing or Sales trying to get either leads, or an inbound link. Now, you may think these should be deleted because they’re completely self-serving, but sometimes, it’s just a commenter that’s trying to contribute who doesn’t know commenting etiquette. Consider the difference between this hypothetical comment:Check out http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-long-should-your-blog-posts-be-faqAnd this real comment:You see how that second comment is actually helping someone out, and it doesn’t seem like a Sales or Marketing pitch? Well technically, that first hypothetical comment could have been doing the same thing. It just seemed really spammy-looking. If you’re about to delete a comment because it seems like someone’s simply shilling their own products or content, take a second to assess whether they’re just out of tune with commenting etiquette. They might actually have something helpful to contribute that simply isn’t presented properly.Don’t Delete Even Though You Want ToRemember earlier, when I talked about the comments that make your blood boil? Yeah, sometimes you have to keep those.I know, life’s unfair.When a commenter is argumentative — either with you or another commenter — it can make you feel a little tense or even infuriated. But healthy discussion (healthy is the operative word there) is what makes your blog an interesting place to comment. Don’t delete the dissenters, even if you think they’re wrong. Best-case scenario: They are wrong, and other commenters chime in to make it clear. Worst-case scenario: They’re right, and you now have a comments section where smart people can actually hang out and teach other things.Not too shabby either way, eh? Originally published Jan 3, 2014 11:32:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics:last_img read more