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WordPress.com Blog Bling

Starting tomorrow now, stand back and be amazed as your imagination will be assaulted with all of the blog bling fun you can add to your blog.

In this week long series, I will cover easy to difficult techniques for adding graphic images, icons, badges, colorful and large fonts, beautiful blockquotes, lines, shapes, icon covered blogrolls, WordPress Widget wonders, and a variety of blog bling bling to your WordPress.com blog.

WordPress.com Blog Bling

Also, beginning February 1, I’m dedicating the whole month to WordPress Plugins. I’ll be talking about some of my favorites and some of your favorite WordPress Plugins. I’ll be talking to WordPress Plugin authors about how to write, promote, and distribute their WordPress Plugins, and cover a wide variety of different types of WordPress Plugins to add to your WordPress blogs.

So stay tuned for a very exciting February!


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21 Comments

  1. Posted January 28, 2007 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Sounds interesting. Looking forward the the postings.

  2. Posted January 28, 2007 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait :)

  3. Posted January 28, 2007 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to it!

    Btw, you can name this series the “Pimp My Blog” series. Hehe :D

  4. Nora
    Posted January 28, 2007 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I hate to point this out, but: http://neosmart.net/blog/2007/the-stupidity-of-multipart-articles

    I was just reading that yesterday… what a coincidence ;)

  5. Posted January 28, 2007 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even when that opinion doesn’t measure up to facts. Fact is, article series have been around for several hundred years, also known as “serials”. They are very popular and excellent for building an audience. That’s not an opinion but fact.

    Thanks.

  6. Posted January 28, 2007 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to this. It should make a great resource for the wordpress.com support forum regulars.

  7. Posted January 28, 2007 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    engtech, I will want to know how you create the asides and the fabulous feed digest, so please let me know. Those are other great WordPress.com blings that I haven’t had time to figure out. You’re becoming at expert at WordPress.com blog blings. ;-)

  8. Posted January 28, 2007 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to those posts!!

  9. Posted January 28, 2007 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to it.

    Also, would you please consider changing your RSS feeds from summary to full text? I grab your feed on my handheld computer and read it on the bus each morning. With summary, all I get is a few lines.

    Thanks for considering!

    Scott B

  10. Posted January 28, 2007 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait for your serial… Just be sure to give us cliff hangers for the coming post in the series. BTW, I think multipart articles are great!

  11. Posted January 28, 2007 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    hopefully, what you cover will be applicable to standalone wordpress installs and not limited to wordpress.com

  12. Posted January 28, 2007 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    sounds great!

  13. Posted January 28, 2007 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff here. Pls let us know. I do not want to be left alone without any bling ;)

  14. Posted January 28, 2007 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    The asides are my del.icio.us “daily link post” with custom CSS. I will write a tutorial.

    The digest is done by running a perl script on the Exported XML database (same way I do my site map and my tag cloud). I’m planning on releasing it to the public at some point once I’ve cleaned it up enough that it doesn’t look like a complete hack.

  15. Posted January 28, 2007 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Everything I’ve done on my blog is from Andy saying “hey, did you know you could do this with CSS?” and then experimenting.

  16. Posted January 28, 2007 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    we’re waiting for more plugins for wordpress 2.1!

  17. Posted January 28, 2007 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Papa:

    That’s a good question.

    Yes, the blog bling I will showcase here can be done in any blog, including WordPress.com and the full version of WordPress. But if you are using the full version of WordPress, why bother?

    The same things can be done with CSS, which is another series coming up very soon. CSS won’t work with WordPress.com blogs, which makes adding blog bling very challenging, and in some cases, not possible.

    For a look at some CSS bling (tip, tricks, gallery, and styles) that can be done on full version WordPress blogs, check out my series on CSS Experiments. The instructions are in the page source code for all to use, borrow, and experiment with themselves.

  18. KennyP
    Posted January 29, 2007 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    It’s so great, I’ll be here all the time

  19. Posted February 20, 2007 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    can u tell me all of the smilies??

  20. Posted July 22, 2007 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this interesting post, I have been experimenting with ways of adding 3rd party widgets to my Facebook profile. Check out my blog for a cool piece of Facebook bling.


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