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Anticipated Video Games to Look Out for in 2011

I am very much into video games. I always have been, since I was a child and my dad would frequently bring me to an arcade where I developed some pretty amazing skills at air hockey and Virtua Fighter, which I’m still rather fantastic at today. Recently, I’ve been playing a whole lot of Fallout 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops on the PlayStation 3.

Quite a few highly-anticipated video games will be released throughout 2011. Here are a few that gamers have been excited about for some time now.

Little Big Planet 2

Little Big Planet 2 Join Sackboy in a completely new platforming adventure spread across 50 levels.

Some time has passed since the events of the original game and its PSP sequel and Craftworld is in trouble. An evil device, force, thingy known as “The Negativitron” is threatening to suck up everyone and everything, including Sackboy, into the void. Only an intervention by a rebel organization known as “The Alliance” saves our hero. And with that Sackboy decides to lend his creative platforming powers to the cause. Along the way he’ll discover new abilities, gadgets, gameplay rules and innovative tools to get the job done.

Little Big Planet 2 is a puzzle-platforming game for PlayStation 3 with a new built-in functionality allowing players to create advanced content, including full-fledged games of all sorts, which can be shared with others within the Little Big Planet online network. The third game in the Little Big Planet franchise, the tool set within Little Big Planet 2 provides players with the ability to easily change the mapping of objects in-game, add abilities and non-player AI characters, create cut scenes, link levels and more. Additional features include backwards compatibility with content created with the original Little Big Planet game, a 50 level deep Story Mode and all new platforming gadgets.

Little Big Planet 2 will be released January 18, 2011
Available for the PlayStation 3 in standard edition ($57.99) and collector’s edition ($79.99)

Dead Space 2

Dead Space 2 Engineer Isaac Clarke returns for another bloodcurdling adventure in the sequel to the critically acclaimed Dead Space. After waking from a coma on a massive space city known as “The Sprawl,” the lone survivor of a horrific alien infestation finds himself confronting a catastrophic new nightmare. Battling dementia, hunted by the government, and haunted by visions of his dead girlfriend, Isaac will do whatever it takes to save himself and dominate the gruesome onslaught. With an arsenal of tools to dismember Necromorphs and new determination, an engineer will bring the terror to space.

Dead Space 2 is a third-person horror survival game in which players must battle an alien infestation straight out of a nightmare. The follow-up game to 2008’s original Dead Space, in this new release, players explore a whole new terrifying game environment and battle the Necromorph abominations utilizing new weapons and tools such as the powerful javelin gun and a new space suit with built-in booster rockets. Additional game features include improved telekinesis powers and online multiplayer functionality.

Dead Space 2 will be released January 25, 2011
Available for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ($57.99)

Portal 2

Portal 2 Portal 2 draws from the award-winning formula of innovative gameplay, story, and music that earned the original Portal over 70 industry accolades and created a cult following. The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion who guided them through the original game. The game’s two-player cooperative mode features its own entirely separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters. This new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals. Success will require them to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively.

Portal will be released April 19, 2011
Available for the PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ($54.99)

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception A search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands” propels fortune hunter Nathan Drake on a trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert. When the terrible secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake’s quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance and forces him to confront his deepest fears.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception features an interactive cinematic experience that blurs the lines between games and Hollywood films and an epic single player campaign with evolved signature Uncharted gameplay. In addition to a single player campaign, it also features a new breed of Action Adventure Multiplayer that brings the exciting cinematic elements of the single-player campaign into multiplayer. The game also supports stereoscopic 3D gameplay.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will be released November 1, 2011
Available for the PlayStation 3 ($59.99)

Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3 Gears of War 3 is the spectacular conclusion to one of the most memorable and celebrated sagas in videogames. Developed by Epic Games exclusively for Xbox 360, Gears of War 3 plunges players into a harrowing tale of hope, survival and brotherhood. In Gears of War 3, players fight on as Marcus Fenix, the grizzled war hero and leader of Delta Squad. Eighteen months after the fall of the last human city, the war against the Locust rages on. Meanwhile, deep beneath the surface, a fearsome new threat is infecting the planet from within. With survivors scattered and civilizations in ruins, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they fight to save the human race. The Gears of War series is one of the most popular franchises in Xbox history, with more than 12 million games sold worldwide, an upcoming film, New York Times best-selling novels and more.

Gears of War 3 will be released during Q4 of 2011.
Available for Xbox 360 ($59.99)

Rock Band 3 Full Setlist Released

Rock Band 3 The setlist for the upcoming Rock Band 3 is the most diverse collection of music to make it to the game thus far. The reason this collection is so diverse and the people behind the game had so much more leeway with what could be in the game is because of the addition of a playable keyboard and of course, the standard guitar, bass and drums will also be there.

Rock Band 3 will be released on October 26th, but you can pre-order it now from Amazon. It will be available for the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS.

Here’s a list of all the music that you’ll be able to rock out to once you get the game.

2000s:

  • Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”
  • At the Drive-In – “One Armed Scissor”
  • Avenged Sevenfold – “The Beast & the Harlot”
  • Dover – “King George”
  • The Bronx – “False Alarm”
  • The Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1”
  • HIM – “Killing Loneliness”
  • Hypernove – “Viva la Resistance”
  • Ida Maria – “Oh My God”
  • Juanes – “Me Enamora”
  • Metric – “Combat Baby”
  • Paramore – “Misery Business”
  • Phoenix – “Lasso”
  • Poni Hoax – “Antibodies”
  • Pretty Girls Make Graves – “Something Bigger, Something Brighter”
  • Queens of the Stone Age – “No One Knows”
  • The Ravonettes – “Last Dance”
  • Rilo Kiley – “Portions for Foxes”
  • Riverboat Gamblers – “Don’t Bury Me…I’m Still Not Dead”
  • Slipknot – “Before I Forget”
  • The Sounds – “Living in America”
  • Tegan and Sara – “The Con”
  • Them Crooked Vultures – “Dead End Friends”
  • Tokio Hotel – “Humanoid”
  • The Vines – “Get Free”
  • The White Stripes – “The Hardest Button to Button”

1990s:

  • Faith No More – “Midlife Crisis”
  • Filter – “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
  • Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
  • Mana – “Oye Mi Amor”
  • Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”
  • The Muffs – “Outer Space”
  • Phish – “Llama”
  • Primus – “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver”
  • Rammstein – “Du Hast”
  • Smash Mouth – “Walkin’ On the Sun”
  • Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
  • Stone Temple Pilots – “Plush”
  • Swingin’ Utters – “This Bastard’s Life”

1980s:

  • Anthrax – “Caught in a Mosh”
  • Big Country – “In a Big Country”
  • The Cure – “Just Like Heaven”
  • Def Leppard – “Foolin'”
  • Devo – “Whip It”
  • Dio – “Rainbow in the Dark”
  • Dire Straits – “Walk of Life”
  • Echo & the Bunnymen – “The Killing Moon”
  • Huey Lewis and the News – “The Power of Love”
  • INXS – “Need You Tonight”
  • J. Geils Band – “Centerfold”
  • Joan Jett – “I Love Rock N’ Roll”
  • Night Ranger – “Sister Christian”
  • Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train”
  • The Police – “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”
  • Roxette – “The Look”
  • The Smiths – “Stop Me if You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”
  • Tears for Fears – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
  • Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again”

1970s:

  • The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster”
  • Blondie – “Heart of Glass”
  • Bob Marley – Get Up, Stand Up”
  • Chicago – “25 or 6 to 4”
  • Deep Purple – “Smoke on the Water”
  • Doobie Brothers – “China Grove”
  • Elton John – “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
  • Foreigner – “Cold As Ice”
  • Golden Earring – “Radar Love”
  • John Lennon – “Imagine”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Ramones – “I Wanna Be Sedated”
  • Steve Miller Band – “Fly Like an Eagle”
  • T.Rex – “20th Century Boy”
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “I Need to Know”
  • War – “Low Rider”
  • Warren Zevon – “Werewolves of London”
  • Yes – “Roundabout”

1960s:

  • Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations (Live)”
  • David Bowie – “Space Oddity”
  • The Doors – “Break on Through (To the Other Side)”
  • James Brown – “I Got You (I Feel Good”) – Alternate Studio Version
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Crosstown Traffic”
  • The Who – “I Can See for Miles”

If you pre-order Rock Band 3 from any of the following retailers, you’ll also receive some extra bonuses.

Amazon:
If you reserve your copy of the game through Amazon for either PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii you will receive access to the exlusive Guild X79 in-game guitar. If you reserve your copy of the game for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, for a limited time only, you will receive $10 off a future video game purchase.

Best Buy:
If you reserve your copy of the game through Best Buy for either PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii you will receive access to the exclusive Ovation D2010 in-game guitar and will also receive 500 bonus Rewards Zone points.

GameStop:
If you reserve your copy of the game through GameStop for either PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 you will receive three downloadable Rock Band songs at launch:

  • “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads
  • “My Own Summer” by Deftones
  • “Blue Monday” by New Order

Walmart:
If you reserve your copy of the game through Walmart for either PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii you will receive a $10 eGift card for a limited time.

Meninos Tampon Flash Drive — Simple and Different Indeed

tampon flash drive

After all the years of companies trying to come up with shocking, totally out there products, I do not frequently come across something that makes me think “Wow, did they really do that?” But that’s exactly what I did when I came across the tampon flash drive from Meninos, an online retailer that reminds me, in a lot of ways, of ThinkGeek when it comes to simple products like t-shirts, mugs and yes, tech gadgets like flash drives that are utterly hilarious and not really compatible with everyone’s taste level.

Sadly, there is no definitive price on the tampon flash drive, which has to be horrible for sales because I know I’m not one to go ahead and email a company about a product they have failed to make openly available. I did immediately think that I needed this product when I first saw it though because, what can I say, I really like weird things that start some even weirder conversations. Not to mention that I also run a website called Menstrual Poetry. This tampon flash drive would be hilarious and I would love it, but what about you? Would you carry this flash drive around with you and undoubtedly collect very weird stares from people who catch a glimpse of it?

Blogging is Activism — 6 Blogging Events to Get Involved In

Bloggers Unite As technology has continued to advance, ways in which people become involved in the causes they care about has also evolved. Thousands upon thousands of people continue to organize and attend rallies, protests, public speaking events and other types of events to raise awareness about something they deeply care about, but technology, social media and blogging have opened up new doors for even more people to get involved. Bloggers Unite is a community of people who care. It is a website that facilitates blogging events that happen across the blogosphere and asks people to write about a particular subject in order to raise awareness and to help make a difference in the world. Bloggers Unite has become one of the best resources for people to create and manage a campaign of their own, regardless of what it is or how big or small it is.

Here is a list of six upcoming blogging events from August to December that you, as a blogger and as a voice, can take part of in order to help make a difference in the world. As we know, the voice of one blogger can soon reach the computer screens of millions.

  • Women’s Equality Day — August 26, 2010
    On August 26th, 1920, the 19th Amendment was signed into the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. However, even after the Amendment was signed, some states refused to officially go on record in favor of the Amendment until as late as 1984. August 26th is a day that gives us the opportunity to recognize the struggle women faced when it came to being given the right to vote, as well as the ways in which women continue to struggle to have their equality recognized all over the world.
    » Join the Women’s Equality Day blogging event
  • International Literacy Day — September 8, 2010
    September 8th was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17th, 1965 and was first celebrated in 1966. International Literacy Day aims to highlight the importance of literacy to people, communities and to the world. Approximately 774 million adults (1 in 5) lack minimum literacy skills; two-thirds of those people are women. September 8th is a day to remind the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.
    » Join the International Literacy Day blogging event
  • World Suicide Prevention Day — September 10, 2010
    On average, almost 3,000 people commit suicide every day. The International Association for Suicide prevention has been sponsored by the World Health Organization and others to advocate for the prevention of suicidal behavior, provision of adequate treatment and follow-up care for people who attempted suicide, as well as responsible reporting of suicides in the media. September 10th is a day to raise awareness of what must be done on a global and local level to prevent suicide.
    » Join the World Suicide Prevention Day blogging event
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women — November 25, 2010
    At least 1 in 3 women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime; the abuser is usually someone known to her. Violence against women continues to persist as one of the most heinous, systematic and prevalent human rights abuses in the world. It is a threat to all women, and an obstacle to all out efforts for development, peace and gender equality in all societies. The UN General Assembly designated November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and on that day governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities on the day to raise public awareness of the problem.
    » Join the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women blogging event
  • World AIDS Day — December 1, 2010
    HIV/AIDS has been a global epidemic for more than 27 years. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published national HIV incidence that showed much higher numbers than previous estimates. Individuals and organizations will recognize World AIDS Day on December 1st and this year’s theme is leadership–from all sectors, including government, but also leaders among individuals and families, communities, non-profits and other organizations.
    » Join the World AIDS Day blogging event
  • Human Rights Day — December 10, 2010
    Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted on December 10th, 1948. UDHR set down the basic principles at the very heart of the human rights movement and has enabled remarkable progress in human rights, inspiring international human rights standards, laws and institutions that have improved the lives of many around the world.
    » Join the Human Rights Day blogging event

5 Podcasts You Should be Listening to

There are countless podcasts making their presence known on the internet. Regardless of your interests, you can find a podcast (or 50) that you can quickly become addicted to and like your favorite television show, not be able to miss an episode of. Podcasts bring back the love of radio, where we pay more attention to the words people have to say than the pictures we’re seeing on a screen. But radio isn’t cool anymore, now that it has become a giant business of deception and the people have always been more entertaining than the hired hands telling the people what they want to listen to.

The question is–what podcasts do you listen to? What are the top-rated podcasts that have claimed the attention and hearts of those who have been listening to it since its inception and what podcasts should you be listening to that perhaps the rest of the internet world hasn’t caught on to yet?

Here are 5 podcasts that are entertaining, thought-provoking and just plain awesome. You’re bound to find one that fits well.

This American Life

This American Life

This American Life is the most popular podcast in the country. It garners more than a half million downloads per episode and includes much of the same content heard on the This American Life public radio show that is broadcast on more than 500 stations.

This American Life is comprised of an array on non-fiction stories, investigative journalism, fiction, essays and experimental story telling. This American Life helped to launch the literary careers of David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell and David Rakoff.

Muckmakers

Muckmakers

Muckmakers is a blog dedicated to exposing corrupt politicians, businessmen, religious leaders, celebrities, or other public figures in the most brutally honest manner possible. It was created to inform the public of what is going on right under their noses and hopefully inspire and motivate people to want to do something about it.

The Muckmakers podcast has the same premise as the blog, where the two creators of the site can expand a little more on their thoughts and generally talk about what’s going on in the world. If you’re interested in politics and have a passion for analyzing everything from politics, religion and current events or just have a love of hearing about hot button debate issues, check it out.

WireTap

WireTap

WireTap is a Canadian public radio show from Jonathan Goldstein, former This American Life producer. Like Jerry Seinfeld and Woody Allen, Goldstein takes an alter ego approach full of self-deprecating humor with the weekly installments of WireTap. In addition to discussing the minutiae of daily life, WireTap also features short stories.

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast features both well-known and up-and-coming authors who read short stories they have picked by their favorite authors. The New Yorker Fiction Podcast is a great find for anyone who needs that literary pick-me-up.

Kink On Tap

Kink On Tap

Kink On Tap is a thoughtful, well thought out and captivating podcast that brings up topics like sexuality, society, culture, feminism and queer issues and activism. The two hosts of the podcast have weekly guests where they speak in-depth about issues the guest is intimately involved with.

Mark Zuckerberg Interviewed by Diane Sawyer as Site Reaches 500 Million Users

Mark Zuckerberg Diane Sawyer interview

Facebook has reached 500 million users, making it the most popular social website on the internet (by a long shot.) To celebrate the tremendous milestone, not only will Facebook launch Facebook Stories, a website within Facebook that will sort user-submitted stories and feature them for all to see, but Facebook CEO, infamously camera shy Mark Zuckerberg, also sat down for an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.

Sawyer asked Zuckerberg about the recent lawsuit pending in the Supreme Court of Allegany County, New York, that claims Zuckerberg had signed a contract to sign over 84% of ownership over Facebook. Here’s what he had to say about what has already been called a pretty ridiculous lawsuit across the board:

Facebook has also had a great deal of problems with users when it comes to privacy. People are running into confusion when it comes to what they are sharing and who they are sharing it with. Zuckerberg also addressed that.

You can watch the entire exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer and Mark Zuckerberg here.

The Price of the Amazon Kindle Drops to $189

Kindle

It seems as if Barnes & Noble and Amazon may have a price war going on. Barnes & Noble recently released a WiFi-only Nook for $149 while slashing the price of the full-featured WiFi + 3G Nook to just $199.

Amazon caught wind of the new price-adjustment of the Nook and acted accordingly–by dropping the price of the Amazon Kindle e-reader from $259 to $189, undercutting the Nook by $10 and reclaiming their position as the most affordable e-reader on the market.

According to Consumer Reports, the Amazon Kindle is not just the most affordable e-reader, it also ranks the highest in terms of performance, readability and portability, beating out nine other competitor e-readers including the Barnes & Noble Nook, the Apple iPad, Sony’s Daily Edition and Touch Edition, among others.

With the $70 price drop, will you be going out and purchasing a Kindle?

Xbox Auctioning Off One-of-a-Kind Consoles for Charity to Mark 1 Million Sold

Kim Kardashian Xbox To celebrate the milestone of selling 1 million Xbox 360 consoles across Australia and New Zealand, Xbox is auctioning off one-of-a-kind consoles painted with some favorite–and not-so favorite–celebrities from TV, sports, music, radio, fashion and those who just so happen to be celebrities for a reason we still can’t figure out.

The money raised from the auction will go to the David Peachey Foundation, founded in 2004 by former rugby league international David Peachey. The foundation provides educational scholarships and overseas exchange opportunities for school students in Australia, allocates sporting grants to talented indigenous youth, support youth through mentoring and cultural immersion camps and delivers education, health and sports programs in regional and remote indigenous communities throughout Australia.

Some of this week’s featured consoles going up for auction include Russell Crowe, Kelly Rowland and a pretty awesome looking Halo console, and upcoming auctions include Slash, Elle MacPherson, Jamie Oliver and Kim Kardashian, who has been tweeting and posting about her console as much as she can!

Will you be bidding for a one-of-a-kind Xbox console for a cause?

Happy Pi Day, Geeks!

Today is March 14th, a date geeks and math enthusiasts around the world know as Pi Day.

Google Pi Day Sure, most of us know that Pi= 3.1415926535… but you can brush up on your pi facts by learning more about pi, send friends Pi Day greetings, and keep up with what people around the world are doing to celebrate Pi Day by checking out Google Trends. Even Google is celebrating Pi Day by changing their Google Doodle of the day (seen to the right). You can also feel free to call all of your friends and family members and sing some Pi Day songs to those you know will appreciate them (and your singing voice, of course.)

pi and cherry pie earrings There is anything but a short in awesomely geeky novelty items for every Pi lover out there to go nuts over–like these Pi and pie earrings ($7.50) from Etsy user nerdgoddess. These are made from polymer clay, glaze and wire and are water-resistant, rather than waterproof, so while you may be able to wear them while it’s drizzling during a summer afternoon, you cannot take them into the shower or swimming without ruining them. They are sure to relay the message to each and every single person you come into contact with that you don’t need to present them with your Official Geek Card, because you have something better–and it’s dangling from your earlobes.

Pi guy If you’re looking for a gift for a math enthusiast or just have a thing for all things plush, Etsy user Kim Payne has the perfect solution–a Pi Guy ($6.00). This guy is made of cotton fabric with a green crackle print and has embroidered eyes and mouth and polyester stuffing. If green isn’t your style, take a look at the many other Pi Guys available of differing colors and prints.

Pi notecards Don’t forget to spread the word about Pi Day, or just send a lovely message, letter, thank you, words of encouragement and so on to a friend using these utterly awesome Pi notecards ($8.00) from Etsy user ziggybaby. The stamps used to make these notecards were carved from linoleum and were inked onto archival quality cardstock, so you are getting a completely handmade, straight from the heart of a fellow geek item when you get these notecards. I especially love how when you open these notecards, the first 17 decimal places of pi is stamped along the bottom.

You can effortlessly search Etsy for all pi-related items to satisfy your pi-loving, geeky soul and enjoy your Pi Day!

Blogging Schedules: It May Never be “Good Enough”, but that’s Okay

update your blog

The blogosphere is made up of countless blogs on an exuberant amount of different topics. There is literally about 500 different blogs that appeal to every one person. That is how big the blogosphere is. While there are so, so many different things people bring up, explore, dissect and discuss on their blogs, when you cut through all the clever wording used to describe what a particular blog is all about what type of content you would expect to find there, there are mainly two different types of blogs–those used to detail, rant and rave about one’s life and blogs built and written by and for corporations. As more and more people start opening up and divulging just about everything that goes through their heads to their prospective audiences and as more corporations seek to identify and connect with their consumers, the line between these two, seemingly separate blog types continues to blur where we, the blog readers, see our favorite blogs writing about and being sponsored by corporations. Before the most recent FTC guidelines have been put into place, most of the time, blog readers did not know when we, bloggers, were just sharing information or were being compensated in some way for what we wrote about products and businesses.

As this already very thin line continues to blur, people who began blogging to divulge, rant, rave and detail their lives on the internet are evolving their blogs into their businesses and in some, albeit rare cases, a person’s blog makes up their entire of the bulk of their household income. While most people put the emphasis of being compensated for blog posts, advertisements and the like on mommybloggers, this trend has and will continue amongst any and all blogs with a significant audience that is deemed a “target audience” by consumers.

Woman Tribune started out as a business-like blog. It was not created merely to divulge about my life, although I have done just that on several occasions and will undoubtedly continue to do so as long as Woman Tribune is up and running, but it was created more-so to provide information and to explore and discuss information that is important and significant in the lives of women everywhere. To put it bluntly, Woman Tribune was created as a business, rather than something fun to do in my down time and because of that, Woman Tribune has always operated with a business-like platform. One of the major things to keep in mind when creating a blog with the purpose of it being a business in mind is that it must always contain recent information. While I do my best to post about relevant, interesting and varied topics, if I let Woman Tribune sit for a few days with no content going up after a number of days, it is pretty much the equivalent of committing blogosphere suicide. It starts to become irrelevant, something easy to gloss over and it becomes forgettable. So obviously, knowing that not only is content king in the blogging world, but frequent content is also king and something that must be kept in mind to sustain your blogging/business, the thought of blogging schedules is guaranteed to come up in your mind at least, oh, about 150 times. A day.

Blogging schedules are tricky. Every “professional blogger” or “internet/blog marketer, “interblog marketer” if you will, repeatedly states in just about every five posts for about five years straight to post on your blog as many times as you’d like, but around the same time every day in order to set your readers on a schedule and give them something to look forward to. This is all well and good, in theory, but can become quite a mess in no time and without any effort.

Firstly, trying to get my readers on some sort of “schedule” of when to expect my new posts seems a little weird to me. A little like parenting and why would I start treating my readers like my children when most of them already have children of their own? To add to this, because most of my readers do have children of their own, that means that while they probably love, and even fantasize, about the thought of having some semblance of a schedule, in reality, that is really not given to most parents. Adding to that, for a blogger to be available at around the same, exact time every day in order to update their blog makes it sound like they are lacking a life, which then again may be why they make the money and can be considered interblog marketers in the first place. Just sayin’…

I have always been a night owl; there is just something about the dark and the quiet that really jump-starts my mojo and really puts me to work. I tip a significant hat to the night time as being a key factor in my web design/development talents and for putting my natural knack for the English language to work as a writer early. I have been on the internet, designing and developing websites, writing (mostly) bad poetry and blogging since I was 13 years old. That is an entire decade of this stuff and for the longest time, I honestly had no idea what I was doing, but it worked and I built a name for myself in the political and feminist blogging worlds early. I thought I had some sort of an idea of what I was doing, but as I founded Woman Tribune and found myself enthralled with this new “blogging business” everyone jumped on the bandwagon of over the course of the past few years, I realized that in order to treat this business like a legitimate business, I was going to have to adapt to some business hours. This is exactly where my blogging schedule goes a bit haywire. Because I am a night owl, I am very often up all night (it’s 5:11am here right now and I have not yet been to bed. You obviously get the picture.) and because of this, I am usually not awake during “business hours,” ie: 9am to 5pm. A lot other bloggers have come out quite frequently to say that they too are night owls or suffer from insomnia and in order to still operate under the disguise, for lack of a better word, of being awake during normal business hours, they simply schedule their blog posts that they have written in advance, to publish throughout the day. I could do this if my WordPress did not consistently refuse to publish scheduled posts, therefore making me believe that my installation of WordPress has developed some sort of technological personality and I am just not ready for my content management system to start taking over my life, and then of course, the world.

Just a few days ago I had stayed up all night and got so, completely tired, but wanted to force myself to stay up all day and “work,” also known as write blog posts which is very much work in my life, this website technically being my business regardless of how much I enjoy doing it, but something dawned on me–something that should have dawned on me quite a while ago. I created Woman Tribune in order to provide information to women and to explore and open discussion about the topics that interest me, and collectively other women around the world. If I stay up all night and sleep all day, yet still provide this same service, then I have essentially fulfilled my obligation. If Woman Tribune has become even the least bit important, or a daily stop on women’s blog hopping and internet stays throughout the day, then it technically should not matter when new posts hit the home page.

When small potatoes bloggers, and yes I do very much consider myself small potatoes, I do not have an ego in the least when it comes to my “online personality,” see the blogs of corporations or really, really big potatoes bloggers updating several times a day it is because most of them have a staff of writers. Most of them have pre-written posts to publish throughout the day to make themselves look more professional, again for lack of a better word, than they really are. Bloggers who have created their own websites and who are the sole bloggers on their websites cannot catch up to the amount of volume being presented on professional and corporate-backed blogs and it is about time that we stop trying to. We don’t have teams or staff, we just have ourselves and if people are still logging onto our websites, then it must be enough and it must be okay.

Do you keep to a blogging schedule? Do you think having a blogging schedule or posting at the same time every day is important?

While I and Woman Tribune, essentially is a “small potatoes” blog, I am very interested in its continued expansion and if any women out there are interested in contributing guest posts or weekly/daily columns to Woman Tribune, please feel free to contact me directly at holly[at]womantribune[dot]com to contribute your awesome blogging talents. I’m sure we could work something out and you would be in pretty good company because for the most part, I kick ass. Again, just sayin’…