New Blogger, New Blog

Hi folks! A couple of announcements:

First, we’re pleased to announce that Laurie DiPadova-Stocks has agreed to blog with us for awhile; Dr. Stocks is Executive Director at the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University, and is an expert in many, many things, among them public policy.  We’re looking forward to reading her views; her appearance at BCC opens up whole new fields where we can pontificate meaninglessly!

Second, there’s a new blog in town!  The Bloggernacle Times is a massive effort, spanning the spectrum of the Bloggernacle to bring weekly updates on who’s who and what’s what in the mormon blogosphere.  You may recognize a few faces from around here and elsewhere.  It’s an interesting project because it is the closest thing to a true periodical the Bloggernacle has yet to see.

Welcome to LDS and to BT!


  1. I’m pleased to hear of the addition of Dr. DiPadova-Stocks to BCC. I’ve read some of her writings and found them very interesting.

  2. Welcome Laurie — I found your first comment here very insightful — looking forward to hearing more of what you have to say.

  3. Gee, and I’m still trying to get a linkback …. ;)

  4. Stephen, those with hyphenated names go to the front of the line. If it makes you feel any better, I linked your blog.

  5. I can only imagine the future rivalries: The Bloggernacle Post? Not to mention those skanky tabloids like The Bloggernacle Enquirer.

  6. If I understand right, the Bloggernacle Times will post only on Mondays? That seems a bit odd. One of the factors I like most about blogs is the spontaneity and continuity of reactions or meditations on particular topics, as they are happening. On Tuesday I might have a rant/kvetch to offer that will quickly turn stale for me just a few days later. But at the moment the feeling and its accompanying thoughts were fresh and ready-to-go.

    I’ll still follow whatever is said over there though. I’m always interested in the ‘Nacle’s group efforts.

  7. Danithew,

    BT will be for the most part a weekly, but we’ll also report news and events as they happen. It’s more of a newspaper than a blog, I think, with the emphasis on reporting.

  8. An alternate pathway is to see BT as more of a weekly periodical than a newspaper, aiming more for reflection and analysis than up-to-the-minute reporting. I think a “once per week” format give contributors the luxury of time, which should lead to better quality posts than we are able to achieve on our own daily blogs.

  9. Looks like a nice place. I like the logo. How do you people earn a living and do all this blogging, too? My internet time has really tanked since I’ve joined the ranks of the employed. I barely have time to keep up with my own blog, and here Dave is with three!

  10. Ann, Dave’s got more than three. I’ve got a few more, too. It’s an illness.

  11. I should post this at BT, but since we’re here…

    Any plans for email subscriptions? Does TypePad support this?

  12. Bryce, I don’t think so. But we do have an RSS feed…

  13. Would you please explain what an ‘RSS feed’ is and what does ‘LOL’ mean? Thanks.

  14. Excellent questions, M :)

    RSS is short for Rich Site Summary, a data format for news and content syndication, in which headlines and links to the actual content are made available to Web sites. After the site creates an RSS file of its content, the content can be read with a standard Web browser or by specialized RSS viewers such as bloglines ( The advantage is that with a site like Bloglines you can subscribe to many blogs or sites with an RSS feed, and immediately see what sites have new content, all in one place. I use bloglines — it’s easy to set up and very handy — saves a lot of surfing time. The only problem with it is that you’ll only see new posts, not new comments.

    LOL means “laughing out loud.” Here is a definitive list of internet abbreviations, but the most common are BTW (by the way), LOL, ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing), IMHO/IMO (in my humble opinion/in my opinion), BRB (be right back), and FWIW (for what it’s worth).

  15. I should also point out that you can subscribe to more than just blogs: for example, the NY Times has an RSS feed for its headlines, as do most news sites.

  16. I don’t know very much about RSS, but I thought it stood for Really Simple Syndication. It turns out that Steve and I are both right. You can read about RSS at:
    (That’s probably more information than anyone’s looking for. Steve’s explanation is simple and clear.)