My total bad….it’s like finding out you’ve been calling the coolest kid in school the old nickname his mom used to call him that he hates and won’t answer to. (And then correcting it by ending the sentence with a preposition.) My favorite blogger, name corrected below, noted (generously by hyperlinking to me AND calling this blog “great” which is just beyond classy) that his site no longer has the .net attached at the end. So from now forward no more net. This mistake offers endless joy for my students, who live under my ruthless intolerance of incorrect proper names or any factual errors.

So yes, kids, my total, humiliating bad.

See below:

10,000 Words is working without a “NET”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A quick check of recent Technorati backlinks (and more specifically the great blog Old Dog, New Media) revealed that many people were referring to the blog as “10,,” rather than its actual title of “10,000 Words.” It quickly became apparent that the problem was that the old logo incorporated “.NET” into the name.

This was initially done for branding purposes and to differentiate between this site and But thanks to readers like you who have spread the word about this nifty little blog, the time has come for 10,000 Words to grow up and lose the “.net.”

Here’s the comment I posted on the blog:

Pam Says:  

Thank you for the clarification. This is particularly excellent because I’m ruthless with students about any incorrect proper names or factual errors and, well, here I’ve done the unthinkable. I’m hoping that because it wasn’t just me and that it was listed with the net as its prior name, that I won’t get too much grief. I will be sure to alert my students to my error and your kind reference to it for maximum smug prof humiliation.
So totally my bad, as the kids say.
(Your blog is the absolute greatest with — or without — a net.)


Here’s my contribution to Stuff Journalists Like,  a great post on 10,, sparked by:

“Stuff Journalists Like

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I was checking up on Stuff White People Like, the hilarious blog that spawned the equally thought-provoking Stuff Educated Black People Like, when I realized nobody has accounted for the journalists of the world. So here it is, Stuff Journalists Like:”

I added a few:

50. Not doing math 51. Coffee 52. Seeing our name on Page One above the fold in the news box 53. Attaboys 54. Being marginalized 55. Bitching about being marginalized without really BEING marginalized 56. When shitty editors get theirs 57. Lots of inches 58. Hating TV reporters 59. Dating TV reporters 60. The Billy Goat Tavern 61. The local news bar 62. Knowing that what we do is deeply important 63. Complaining about how what we do is deeply important and utterly unappreciated 64. Stickin’ it to The Man 65. Praying to become The Man 66. Regretting not going to law school 67. Regretting not getting their MBA 68. Dreading actually having to get a real job 69. Bitching about how journalism has become a real job 70. Wishing it was like it used to be

Stuff Journalists Like


Just What are They Teaching Future Journalists?

asked 10,

Friday, December 26, 2008

One of the biggest complaints about modern journalism schools is aren’t equipping the next wave of journalists with the skills they need to compete in today’s newsrooms. So what are they teaching students? The online course description for several J-schools were run through Wordle. Here are the results.

10, rocks.

I’ve been looking for a New Media glossary that’s up to date, clear, relevant, easily accessible and visually yummy. Here it is:

media noviceMonday, December 01, 2008
As a new media newbie, it can be a bit daunting to be thrust into a world of acronyms and technical jargon. 10,000 Words is easing the transition by providing the definition for many common terms and concepts as they relate to journalism and new media.

The following set of definitions is available for download and distribution via PDF and the embedded document below.