Thursday, September 20, 2012
The affects of the hack could be felt through multiple Howard County blogs.
HoCo Well and Wise reported they were hacked recently, which caused Google to alert readers that the site may contain malware Thursday morning, the affects of which spread to other Howard County blogs. A user attempting to access HoCo Well and Wise was met with a warning saying the site contains malware and "your computer might catch a virus if you visit this site." Sharon Sopp, a spokesperson for Howard County General Hospital, which runs the blog in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Howard County Library, said the cause of the problem was bad code in the blog, which was removed on Thursday. Jill Smith, the web and multimedia manager for HCGH, wrote in an email that although the problem has been fixed it may take up to 24 …
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Have something to say? Patch.com is adding a platform for local bloggers on May 4.
Beginning May 4, Savage-Guilford Patch will be making room for local bloggers on the site. We're looking for bloggers who can riff on various topics, share their personality and engage our readers in discussions. Patch is more than a news site—it's an online conversation about your community. Then we want to hear from you. This isn't a reporting job. It's blogging. You write what you want to say when you want to say it. Do it on your schedule, whether that's posting multiple entries per day or a couple times a month. Patch won't own what you post, so you can repost your entries to your other blogs. Much like The Huffington Post has done, Patch is providing local bloggers an online platform to have their words seen by a larger audience. Be …
Saturday, April 23, 2011
What are the influential voices in your neighborhood saying? Look no further.
Here’s a roundup of what the best bloggers in our area are writing about. Perhaps there is no better piece that describes the heart and soul of the late Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor, William Donald Schaefer, than the beautiful 1984 Esquire story by Richard Ben Cramer. In honor of Schaefer’s death, the story was reprinted by the magazine this week and tweeted across the internet. It documents in tight narrative the mayor who remade Baltimore with his big personality, temper tantrums and all. Blogger Erin Sullivan, an artist and mother in Carroll County, writes about seeing the beauty and art in every day life as she and her husband raise their baby daughter, Leilani. In a recent post, she runs several photos of the idyllic Mount …
Monday, April 18, 2011
Here is a look at some of the quirkiest, most touching and thought-provoking blog posts in our region.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Lisa Rossi
Monday, April 18, 2011
A brazen mid-day robbery at Columbia’s mall has people talking about whether linking more public transit to Columbia from Baltimore and D.C. could make such incidents more frequent, writes Columbia’s Sarah Husain on her blog, Sarahsays.com. Sarah argues against this idea. “I get that there's a stigma around people who use public transit,” she writes. “But we need to remember that they are just that – people. Just like in any town, there are a whole lot of law-abiding people and a small element of people who commit crimes.” If you are in the mood to relive your college years, you should visit Retriever Believers, a blog where several UMBC students post about their daily lives. Contributors confess to taking midday naps, blowing tests, and, …
Friday, March 25, 2011
In the span of days, more than 40 people have donated a total of more than $1,700 after seeing a blog post urging them to get involved with helping end homelessness in the area.
"More than a blogger." That's what Tom Coale wanted to be in 2011. Coale, a 29-year-old Ellicott City/Dorsey's Search resident who is a lawyer by day, has helmed the HoCo Rising blog for two years, commenting on and linking to news in Howard County and beyond, debating and discussing the issues he sees as important. The term "blogger" is still sometimes laden with stereotype and stigma, and often unfairly so, at that. Blogs have long since developed beyond the negative descriptors. They fill niches and serve communities – whether those communities are defined by boundary lines on maps or are extended via the truly worldwide nature of the World Wide Web. Bloggers need not just react with words. They can respond with actions. Coale wanted …
Monday, February 28, 2011
Three pioneers of the local blogosphere discussed what it looks like and where it’s going during workshop on Wednesday.
Some people call Jessica Newburn a curator. But it’s not a museum she’s running. She’s part of the brains and brawn behind HocoBlogs, an online collection of more than 200 blogs authored by people in and around Howard County. HocoBlogs was highlighted at a Wednesday panel discussion sponsored by the Howard Technology Council entitled "Local Blogging: A New Media Voice in the Community." Contributors to HocoBlogs address topics from finding a good hangover, nail polish, restaurant or cigar to buying green real estate. Panelist Dennis Lane, who authors Tales of Two Cities—a blog dedicated to issues around Ellicott City and Columbia—said finding a blog niche was one way to attract an audience. He pointed to Howard County photographer David …
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Frank Hecker's four-part history on the county council shows life exists in some old arguments.
The latest data from the Census was released yesterday and it shows, yet again, that a growing, young and diverse population inhabits Howard County. Employment rates are down 2 percent since 2000, but the median family income is higher, even after inflation. Considering the youthful population, and the "bubble" that seems to preserve the county's status as a premier model for societal cooperation, the existential question looms for the maturing generation: How did we get to this point? Local blogger Frank Hecker has done a lot of the legwork for young people like myself, who yearn for some perspective from which we can compare whether our current days are truly as bright (or as gloomy) as many people claim. Hecker recently published a four…
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
'Sarah Says' she sees too few women talking about Howard County issues.
Earlier this week, Columbia Patch Editor David Greisman and I went to the HocoBlogs Party at the Pure Wine Café in Ellicott City. Chatting with the local bloggers and blog-readers put me in the mood to delve into the local blogosphere yet again. What I have returned with is a provocative conversation of sorts that is a signature benefit of new media. On Nov. 23, blogger Sarah Says took a look into the gender gap in blogs specifically about Howard County. She noted that while the total number of blogs within the county is even, men dominate the "community" or "politics" blogs in the county. "Gender disparity in blogging is nothing new, and nothing specific to Howard County. Technorati's annual 'State of the Blogosphere' reports that roughly…
Monday, November 22, 2010
What role does Rec & Parks have in stimulating the local economy?
In a change of pace, this week I encourage readers to take a look at a few Savage-specific blog posts from our online community. First off, I'd like to bring to your attention to an inquiry from HowChow about the Whatchamacallit café in the middle of Savage Mill. As a newcomer to the area, I don't notice such developments as being new because, to me, everything is new. Needless to say, HowChow can expect a write up on the café in the near future. In the meantime, we will have to settle for the Whatchamacallit experience from Tales of Two Cities. Finally, HoCo Politico expressed some distaste for the unanimous decision by the Howard County Recreation & Parks advisory board against supporting a plan for additional zip lines in Savage. At the…
Monday, November 15, 2010
A war (of words) is brewing over civility in Howard.
New blogger Hoco Matt made a splash Monday with a dual-intentioned post about order and civility in Howard County, and more specifically, how efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay may mean less putting-green-like neighborhood lawns. Matt opens with a reflection of his experience in New Mexico and how the pure lack of water requires constant restrictions, and then he goes on to tie in the Chesapeake Bay as a similar (but less dry) resource prone to exploitation. I find this post particularly appealing because this past summer I was part of the News21 reporting team at the University of Maryland that covered every aspect of issues involving the Chesapeake–from the algae, to the sewage, to the watermen. Having a meta-Maryland experience like …