Shalom from Israel! I’m in Tel Aviv for WordCamp Israel on October 25, 2007, which was a resounding success, and catching up with good friends and good food.
This is the Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress. To subscribe to the Weekly Digest category of Lorelle on WordPress, you can subscribe by the Weekly Digest feed or by email with the Weekly Digest Email Subscription to stay up to date on what is happening in Lorelle’s world of WordPress and blogging.
The last issue of my weekly digest was Weekly Digest: Lorelle in Israel for WordCamp Israel, Blog Struggles Article Series, Blog Disclaimers, and More.
What’s Happening with Lorelle on WordPress
While I’ve been in meetings and having fun in Israel, my blog has still been working for me:
- Lorelle in Blogger and Podcaster Magazine: I’m in the October, November, and December (I think) issue of Blogger and Podcaster Magazine – yes, in print – so get your copy online or on new stands now.
- WordPress 2.3 Tag News: I’ve put together some news, tips, and list of WordPress Plugins for the new tag feature in WordPress.
- WordPress Tip: Finding Future Post Permalinks: If you are working on an article series on your blog, or need to know the URL of a post that hasn’t published yet, especially if you are using the future posts feature, I give you the tips to track that URL down so you can include in posts which haven’t published “yet”.
- Point and Counterpoint in Mistakes Beginner Bloggers Make: Two bloggers took on the task of coming up with lists of the most common mistakes bloggers make and then debating the issue. I add my own debate to the dialog, a fantastic example of how the conversation continues across blogs.
- Blog Challenge: Write A Biographical Post: Challenging you to try writing about someone else on your blog.
- New Article Series – Blog Struggles: In this new ongoing series, I share with you some of the intimate thoughts, internal debates, conflicts, and challenges I have faced over the past 14+ years of blogging. So far, the series includes:
- Blog Struggles: The Search for Blog Content: We put so much energy into “finding” blog content that we often forget the best source for good blog content: from within us. I offer tips and techniques for pulling content from your head.
- Blog Struggles: Ideas and Drafts: We come up with such great ideas and then what? We jot them down, make lists, start post drafts, and they sit there staring at us, as we procrastinate over what to do with all these ideas and how to keep them in check. I offer tips on how to best keep track of your ideas and drafts.
- Blog Struggles: The Blog Focus: As part one in a sub-series of posts on Blog Struggles, I look at the issue of the blog focus, your blog’s ability to turn you from a blogger into an expert.
- Blog Struggles: Why Should Your Blog Have a Focus: Your blog doesn’t have to have a focus, but if it does, these are the reasons, and benefits, of why it should.
- Blog Struggles: Finding Your Blog Focus: Continues the Blog Focus theme and offers tips for finding your blog’s focus and direction.
- Blog Struggles: Changing Your Blog’s Focus: Once you find your blog focus, how do you change your blog? Or should you start a new blog? I cover the tips you need to know to redirect your blog.
Lorelle at WordCamp Israel: WordCamp Israel in Tel Aviv (English) was fantastic. More than 200 people showed up, and even though the schedule quickly dropped behind, WordPress fans stayed through the whole day, determined to learn more about how WordPress works and how to make WordPress work for them. I met the most incredible people and will be talking more about this soon. Fan-tas-tic! What incredible energy and determination to get their voices hear on subjects that literally cover the map!
Photos of the event have been uploaded to Flickr if you want a peak at the fun.
Some other coverage of WordCamp Israel and my participation includes:
- וורדקאמפ 2007 הוכתר כהצלחה – wordcamp
- פוסט פוסט וורדקמפ
- וורדקמפ 2007 – כן ולא
- ורדקמפ 2007
- WordPress Garage – WordCamp Israel overview
- 2007 תם ונשלם וורדקאמפ
- Wordcamp Israel has started
- Just Jennifer – WordPress Israel 2007
- Just Jennifer – WordCamp2007Israel – Part 1
- Just Jennifer – WordCamp2007Israel – Part 3
- Blonde 2.0 – WordCamp Israel, Lorelle, and Conversational Blogging
- Niv Calderon – Wordcamp 2007: The Conclusion
- AnswerLinking while WordCamping.
Lorelle at WordCamp 2007: John Pozadizes, the filmmaker behind the videos taken at WordCamp 2007, says that my program, Kicking Ass Content Connection, has been viewed over 54,000 times so far. WOW! For a conference of about 400 people, that’s an amazing reach. Wow!
Podcast Interview with Kfir Pravda: I did a wonderful podcast interview with Kfir Pravda of Media, Technology, and Rebel Filmmaking which will be out soon. We sat in his studio in Ra’anna, Israel, and had a great time talking about blog conversation, WordPress, tips, techniques, business blogging, and everything. Thanks for a wonderful day, Kfir!
American Business Women’s Association Regional Conference in Seattle SOLD OUT: The regional conference is sold out and features me as keynote speaker in Seattle on November 3, 2007. The response was so great, they are working to add a full workshop in the early Spring next year as a scholarship fundraiser for working women who want to further their education. Exciting stuff.
Blogger and Podcaster Magazine: The current issue of Blogger and Podcaster Magazine features an article I’ve written on the mistakes and overlooked tips that I’ve found some veteran and top notch bloggers overlook, helping you to learn how to do these invaluable things on your blog to help your SEO, accessibility and web standards, and increase your readership and traffic. Next month’s issue is on creating a blogging editorial calendar to help you find, build, and plan your blog’s content, with another one coming in a future issue on blog writing tips and how to improve your blog writing skills.
Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging
I will be traveling extensively for the next couple months on behalf of my popular book, “Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging”, and the orders are coming in faster than ever. Amazing.
If you will be attending one of the events, workshops, and programs where I’m speaking, you can buy your own copy and save some postage and handling. If you want your own copy now, you can order it still at the introductory price, you can order it from SplashPress or the new Blog Herald Bookstore.
Most Popular Articles on Lorelle on WordPress
The topic of tags in the new version of WordPress, and the article I wrote on WordPress 2.3 Tag News, and many other articles on tags and categories, are getting a lot of attention lately as people try to figure this tag thing out.
I’m very thrilled that my article series on Blog Struggles: The Blog Focus, just one of the many posts I’ll be writing on Blog Struggles over the next year, is getting a lot of attention as people really are ready to clean up their blog act and get more focused, now that they see the value in having a blog focus and niche.
The most popular posts on Lorelle on WordPress these past few weeks were:
- WordPress 2.3 Tag News
- Tags and Tagging in WordPress
- Buttons, Bows and Badges for Your Blog
- Tags Are Not Categories – Got It?
- Blogging Tips
- Free Photos for Your Blog
- Kubrick and K2 WordPress Themes: Collection
- How to Know When to Stop Blogging
- Traffic Trolls – Creating Controversy to Increase Blog Traffic
- Blog Struggles: Finding Your Blog Focus
- Point and Counterpoint in Mistakes Beginner Bloggers Make
- Designing a WordPress Theme From Scratch
- Do Business Blogs Need Help Pages?
- HTML, CSS, PHP, and More Cheat Sheets
- Buttons, Bows and Badges for Your Blog
- CSS Bar Graphs and Charts
- Adding RSS Feeds to WordPress
- What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content
- Blog Struggles: The Blog Focus
- Blog Struggles: Why Should Your Blog Have a Focus
Nice Things Said About Lorelle
I was incredibly humbled by the number of people at WordCamp Israel familiar with my blog. Yes, I was there as the “celebrity blogger” (their words, not mine) but still! When you blog in English and are attending a forum or conference in another language, where many of the attendee are blogging in their language, it’s odd to think your blog is known. I was very humbled and loved talking to everyone about WordPress and blogging. Much thanks to all for letting me part of the program.
The beautiful Blonde 2.0 blogged about my talk at WordCamp Israel and I agree with her points totally.
LingaLinga asks, “Do you know Lorelle?”, saying kind things about the work I’ve done to help bloggers on WordPress.com. Thank you! I do my best.
I’m always so delighted when people get the help they need on my blog here. That’s the whole purpose of it. I don’t need thanks nor recognition, but when it comes from delightful sources such as the article by Reviews And Ramblings Around The Blogsphere! in Creating WordPress Blog-My Experience, written by someone to whom English is not a native language, delights me to no end. Simple thanks, that’s the best kind.
How do you overcome blogger’s block?, by Pelf on Interesting Observations, offers a solution for overcoming blogger’s block, the inability to come up with anything original to blog about: Accept a Blog Challenge from Lorelle. Thanks for the promotion, Pelf, and it’s true. You’ve got to challenge your blogging spirit to stay on top of the game.
Danielle of Modern Musings wrote Transferred Thinkers and Delayed Awards Ceremony, her version of the popular meme and bloggers award to truly honor those bloggers who really think before they blog. I was honored with this last February, and it was delightful to be honored by Danielle as one she considers a thinking blogger. Thanks!
Blasts From the Past
This issue, I thought I’d reach back into the nine months of blogging on the Blog Herald to see what blasts from the past I’ve written there to tickle your fancy:
- Usability Isn’t Expensive. It’s Practical. Usability is Useful.
- WordPress.com Widgets – Customizing Your WordPress.com Theme Sidebar
- Breaking the Limits of Customizable WordPress Themes
- Thank a Blogger Today
- Which WordPress Widgets Would You Want?
- Keywords Versus Tags
- Are Tags Working For You?
Blog Herald Columns
Recent articles on the Blog Herald included:
- Are You Blogging Through Rose-Colored Glasses?: What is your perspective when you blog? We all blog with a point of view, thorugh rose-colored glasses if you will, so what is yours. Do you know?
- Bloggers Who Blame Don’t Change Things: If you are going to rant and rave on your blog, stop blaming and start being an activist for change.
- What Do I Blog About?: One of the most requested search terms on the Blog Herald, and elsewhere, is “what do I blog about”. I offer a ton of tips and techniques to help you come up with things to blog about.
- Tips for Staying Writely Motivated on Your Blog: Staying motivated with your blog writing can be challenging, so I offer tips and techniques for staying on the write track.
- Does Your Blog Still Offer Popup Comments?: Popup anything is out of date and hated, so why are you still offering popup comments on the old style blogs?
Some recent weekly WordPress Wednesday News reports included:
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamps in Israel, Argentina, Australia, and Germany, Tons of WordPress Plugin News and Updates, Beta Security Release Announced, and More
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamps in Israel and Melbourne, Tag Troubles, Cell Blogging, WP-Cache and Comment troubles, and More
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamp Israel Full, Tag Frustration, Security Tips and Plugins, Drupal, wPhone, WP-Cache, Akismet, and Mailing Lists
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.3 Released, Plugin Trouble, International WordCamps and Regional Meetups, Edublogs 100,000, and More News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.3 Released, WordPress Podcast, International WordCamps
Lorelle’s Linkworthy Links
As I crawled through the web recently, I ran across some interesting posts and articles you should check out:
- Update on the Target accessibility lawsuit from 456 Berea Street
- The resurrection of downloadable Web fonts from 456 Berea Street
- Open Source Fonts from iface thoughts
- Sometimes Not So Important Matters from iface thoughts
- 30 Usability Issues To Be Aware Of from Smashing Magazine
- How Much Are The Top Blogs Worth? from Bloggers Blog
This is the Weekly Digest of Lorelle on WordPress.
Subscribe to Lorelle on WordPress Weekly Digest Weekly Digest Email Subscription
Subscribe to Lorelle on WordPress Via Feedburner Email Subscription
Copyright Protected and Reserved – If you are reading this post outside of your feed reader or Lorelle on WordPress, the usage of this content is a violation of copyright and the DMCA. Please report it immediately so action can be taken against them. If you are using this content illegally, and you know who you are, consider this a cease and desist order.
Lorelle VanFossen is a member of WordPress, WordPress.com, the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging.