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Brief Updates from MBHQ

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed.

The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of course if you already have an account you can still login to ensure your comments are attributed to you, but those who don’t can now post a comment without any long term commitment. Also, on the right you can see some of the recent comments so you’ll always know what the active discussions are. This was the most requested thing we’ve heard from people since our last redesign and we’re excited to see where it leads.

The next change is also something that was heavily requested, and that is a change to the ADS on the sites. You’ll immediately notice fewer of them, but what might not be as obvious is those smaller square ones to the right are specific to this city only and are being sold for a flat rate for a period of time rather than a confusing CPM/traffic/network model. Depending on the city, these range from $7-$175 for a full week. If you purchase one, during that time your ad will be the only one in that spot and will show on every page. We set these up both to make it easier for smaller local businesses to get their ads on our site, and also to help us bring in ads that relate better to our local audiences. Also, keeping these sites online is expensive and every little bit helps.

There are a bunch of other things we changed but we’ll leave those to you to investigate and take advantage of. Hope you like it, and we look forward to seeing you in the comments!!

Love,
The folks at MBHQ

Come Blog With Us

moar.gifWriting for Metblogs has the potential to be the most rewarding experience in your entire life. It’ll make you rich, famous, good looking, will help you lose weight, make your clothes fit better, and get you a super good deal on a new car. It will make you the most well known person on the entire planet. Yes, each and every one of you. Really.

OK maybe not. Actually those are all lies, but it’s fun at least. The truth is Metblogs is the largest network of locally focused blogs on the web, covering almost 60 cities around the world and we’re looking to add a few new bloggers/writters/authors to this fine site. If you wanna know more about us check out this wikipedia entry but it’s kinda boring so I won’t waste time repeating it all here again. If you wanna write for us, here’s the scoop:

  • All author positions are volunteer. That means you don’t get paid.
  • You must live in (or very near) the city you plan to write about.
  • Anything you post must relate to the city somehow. That means you shouldn’t post a movie review, but talking about going to see a movie at a local theater is fine.
  • There’s no requirement for how much you can or should write, but we ask that if we set you up as an author you make about 3 posts a week.
  • You can post about things you love, you can post about things you hate. It’s entirely up to you

Additionally, because of our global network, there’s plenty of options for things you write to be read by people all over the world. Interested? Want more details? Post a comment and we’ll be in touch!

Introducing The Hub

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If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

Arizona’s Gifts to the World – César Chávez

This week, Metroblogging sites around the globe are offering up gifts their city has given the world. There is a lot Arizona and the valley has gifted the world. Presented here are our choices:

César Chávez

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Cesar Chavez – Credit: “[Cesar Chavez, half-length portrait, facing left].” Circa 1966. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

César Estrada Chávez was born in Yuma , Arizona (near the California and Mexico border) in 1927. He was the co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association which later joined with Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee to create the United Farm Workers union. Chavez was a leading voice for migrant farm workers. He was a complicated man in complicated times. yet, the efforts of his work led to changes in the working conditions of agricultural workers.

Otaku Madness

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No fan boy wardrobe is complete without one of these. Sweet!

MetroBlogging Store – Shop Global/Wear Local

Do you Helio?

On any Helio phone under the “Surf Helio” option you will now find Metroblogging along with the likes of The Onion, Slate, Yahoo! and Maxim. Helio is clearly focused on providing quality content for their users, and we’re excited that they’ve added Metroblogging as a part of that experience.

Graz makes 50

To find out all about Graz, Austria you could visit the Graz FAQ hosted by the Graz tourist board. Or you could read MetroBlogging Graz.

Thailand Coup – Radio and TV cut but the feed remains…

[12:43] Side note, guess the Army isn’t smart enough to block the Internet yet…. since they already killed the radio & tv stations… lets see how long it takes for them to figure it out….

– Bonafide, MetroBlogging Thailand

Metboards Live

I wanna ride

My work place is only 20 minutes away and I try not to feel guilty when I drive to and from work. If I had a bus system in my neighborhood, I would definitely use this form of public transportation. But if I lived near Baseline with all the crimes that are going on around there (check out the crime locations at azcentral), I would think twice about even going outside my door being the paranoid person that I am. Chris, I’m sure your co-worker might also be worried for your safety as well, under the circumstances.

As for the map, I was looking at the Baseline Killer’s crime locations and was curious maybe there was a copycat killer or another killer altogether since there was a major division between locations where the crimes were committed.

To be continued…

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