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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Another successful p3

"Pijemy Po Polsku" just keeps getting better and better.

Last night's edition was an absolute blast - at least for me. This time Becca from "Boo" joined the beatroot and Gustav in the fun at Tortilla Factory. By the end of the evening, much delicious Polish lager had been imbibed, we had annoyed the local Poles with our raucous laughter, and there had been several heated discussions over topics such as: whether the US-led war in Afghanistan was justified or not, whether democracy can be imposed on a country from outside, and whether much of terrorism in the West can be traced back to the West's own self-esteem issues. Later, a very interesting fellow from Iran and his Polish girlfriend joined in the discussion, and agreed to consider writing for the upcoming "collective blog" - which I think would give it a particularly interesting perspective. Excellent.

A few decisions were also made including:

a. That a collective blog is a darn good idea. And we're down for it. The collective blog remains unnamed, but it was decided:

b. That the name should be simple and easy to search. If someone is looking for a blog about Poland in English, our blog should be listed at the top;

c. That the site should be 100% free of all advertising. This is something we'll be doing because we enjoy it - not because we're going to become rich and famous from it, 'cause we won't;

d. That the site will preferably not be blogger-hosted. There are several other free-of-charge blogging websites - but a quick perusal of them shows they are something less than cool. TypePad - a paid platform - was discussed. It has several useful features, but, yes, you have to pay. This is something which will require further discussion;

e. And finally, that I have been designated the secretary of these meetings, meaning you can check back here after every p3 for reports, if you happen to miss one.


Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Just curious, what is the prevailing logic behind not wanting it to be blogger hosted?

11/06/2005 02:50:00 PM  

Blogger Becca said...

Nice round-up Mr. Secretary. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the heated discussions and look forward to those which will surely follow...

My reason for not wanting another blogger blog is that it would be cool to try out another system, and make use of other features such as grouping posts by category.

Maybe we need a 'name the blog' competition.

11/06/2005 06:56:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Yes, and there was also some discussion about "blogger code" messing up the regular HTML code. For instance, if you open a "blogger" blog first in your browser, and then open a new tab, the "blogger" blog will give you the "blogger" tab icon unless you refresh the page. Does that make any sense?

But some of the other free ones are just crap, and I imagine we'd have that problem with just about any system - including MoveableType.

I've been investigating Wordpress - but it seems necessary to download some software.

As far as the "name the blog" contest goes, that's a great idea. We'd have to come up with a prize though.

11/06/2005 07:28:00 PM  

Blogger Becca said...

Wouldn't the satisfaction of having a blog named after your proposal be enough? ;)

11/06/2005 07:53:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Good point - That's enough for me.

11/06/2005 08:36:00 PM  

Blogger beatroot said...

Wow! Did we agree all that?

I do remember heated debates about...something, and I do remember the Kurdish/Iranian fella with his perfectly english speaking 20 yr old girlfriend coming over because of the heated debate...

I am against blogger too...because I already have one of those...

So, we'll have to do it again then...hic!

11/07/2005 03:48:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

It's officially a tradition!

11/07/2005 05:43:00 PM  

Blogger Michael Farris said...

If showing up high in google is a concern, what about a thrilling name like
"Blog about Poland in English"?

AFAIK (haven't checked) there isn't one already and even is kind of culturally appropriate in a place where people still name stores creative things like Vegetables or Grocery Store ....

11/08/2005 03:44:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Thanks Michael. I'll add that one to the list.

11/08/2005 03:50:00 PM  

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