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My Communicamp Experience: Why Open Conferences Are Danger Zones for ADHDers

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

comcampToday, I walked out of Community Media Workshop's Communicamp open conference. It wasn't for lack of wanting to stay in my seat and spend the day with the cognescenti of the Windy City's media and blogging worlds. But how do you remain at an event where the rules of the road seem almost aimed at making someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder--like me--feel as out of place as possible? Here's why open conference don't work for ADHDers...and how to change that.
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Son of Chitown Daily News to Debut in November

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

When the Chicago blogosphere's star local news site, Chitown Daily News, suddenly folded in early September due to dwindling finances, editor Geoff Dougherty promised to return "within eight weeks" with a new, more sustainable local news site. True to his word, this week in Crain's Chicago Business, Dougherty announced the upcoming debut of Chicago Current...a monthly print publication with a companion website. Huh?
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Vegetarian Gumbo Zombie Attack!

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

Husband-and-wife food bloggers Kelly Reis and Jason Waclawik video their meatless kitchen adventures every week at The Vegetarian Librarian. Just in time for Halloween 2009, on this week's show some unexpectedly undead guests arrive to sample the duo's vegetarian/vegan gumbo.
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Are News Exclusives the Meatball Sundaes of Web-Based Media?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

RIAlogoLast week, local dining-industry PR shop Restaurant Intelligence Agency wrote a blog post telling clients to concentrate on exclusive media pitches or risk being blackballed by angry reporters. As long as three years ago, however, media watchers began warning that exclusives can actually do more harm than good in a highly interactive, Web 2.0 media world. Who's right?
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Media Versus the Machine: The Southwest Observer

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

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Every day on the Internet, the Southwest Observer faces off against Chicago's machine mentality. Can an independent community journalism website aimed at some of the most parochial neighborhoods in the Windy City find success? Editor Mike Fielding is on a mission to find the answer.
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An Interview with Journalist Blogger Laura Washington

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

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In Chicago, the idea of journalists blogging for free is a controversial one at best. Some journalists scoff at the suggestion that they give their words away for free. However, Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington does just that--and in the process shows why blogging is key to the future of journalism. Enter: The Washington Report.

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Who Should Defend the Copyright of Content Network Bloggers?

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

I've decided to call it quits as a Huffington Post Chicago blogger. A charter blogger at that--I was among those personally invited to scribe for the site shortly before its August 2008 Windy City debut. But after fourteen months, nonstop theft of my content by spam sites has left me weary and wanting out. It's not just a HuffPost issue, either. As print media interests across the country continue to launch blog content networks, why don't their resident bloggers receive the same vigorous infringement defense as newspaper and magazine writers?

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New Study Says Under-35s Love to Twitter after Sex

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

twittertrojanA new report from consumer electronics site, Retrevo (@retrevo), promoters of last February's savvy DTV converter box coupon exchange program, finds that 36% of Twitter and Facebook users under the age of 35 like to post updates immediately after sex. Yes, Retrevo is using its so-called "Social Media Addiction Study" as a marketing ploy. But I have a feeling the findings will have many readers nodding in agreement. If embarrassingly so.

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FTC's Material Disclosure Equals Best Practice for Bloggers

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

Last November, the Federal Trade Commission caused a group heart attack among bloggers and online advertisers when the agency announced its intention to regulate online endorsements. As the new rules debut this month, however, the only bloggers with cause to fear are the ones who consider their viewers purely as a means to a financial end, rather than as a community of real people worthy of respect.
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The (Second) City Vegetable

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Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

Shannon Fitzgerald is no stranger to her kitchen. An unyielding addiction to the foodie blogs of others led this on-again-off-again Chicagoan to launch her own--and a vegetarian blog at that. Amid a sea of omnivorous Chitown food & drink blogs, The City Vegetable celebrates its first birthday in the Second City.

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