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Weekly Digest: Lorelle Recovers From WordCamp Israel, Sicks, Tackles WordPress.com Marketplace, Content Thieves, and Kicks Blogging Ass

I’m back in the states after an amazingly successful WordCamp Israel conference, and catching up with good friends and good food, arriving back in time for another keynote presentation in Seattle, then crashing down into sick. Cold/Flu/Cough/Yuck.

On the good side, there are a lot of fun and exciting things happening in my life and blog world, including articles published in Blogger and Podcaster Magazine, interviews, more conferences and workshops scheduled for next year, new clients, great ideas for blog posts and article series, and more energy and enthusiasm than I’ve felt in a long time about what I do on the web.

And here’s a sneak preview you need to know. On Monday, I’m publishing the “script” of my notes from my program on WordPress Tips presented at WordCamp Israel. It is stuffed with tons of tips for WordPress and power users. You heard it here first!

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The last issue of my weekly digest was Weekly Digest: Lorelle Recovers From WordCamp Israel, Sicks, Tackles WordPress.com Marketplace, Content Thieves, and Kicks Blogging Ass.

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’s News

Jet Lag and Sickies: Jet Lag hit with a vengeance, quickly followed by a flu/cold/sick of the nasty kind. Part of the travel experience I hate as I go around the world exposing myself to everyone’s germs. :D I’m slowly moving and getting back into the grind of things after too many drugs and long days glued to the bed or the bathroom, so my apologies for getting behind in responding to emails, comments, and these Weekly Digests. I’ve been home less than 24 hours in the past five six weeks, and still on the road, so forgive me.

Business Women’s Conference in Seattle: Two days after arriving back from Israel, I drove from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle to be the keynote speaker at a regional business women’s conference, covering the basics of blogging as a communications and income producing tool for businesses and individuals. It was great fun and I made it through without falling on my jet lagged face.

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.

Lorelle on the WordPress Podcast: I’ve been asked to be a regular on the reporting on WordPress.com news. So expect to hear my voice over the air waves again soon!

Lorelle at WordCamp 2007: John Pozadizes, the filmmaker behind the videos taken at WordCamp 2007, says that Kicking Ass Content Connections has been viewed 60,000 times so far. And the number keeps growing. Amazing!

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!

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, December’s issue on blog writing tips and how to improve your blog writing skills.

Winner of Blogger’s Choice Awards: won third place in very good company in the Blogger’s Choice Awards in the bloggers blogging about blogging category.

Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging

Blogging Tips - book cover, copyright Lorelle VanFossen“Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging” continues to sell well, so we are keeping the book priced at the lower price through the holidays, so if you want to give the book as a holiday gift to a favorite or future blogger, get your order in now.

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 from SplashPress or the new Blog Herald Bookstore.

For more information on the book, see the original announcement and a recent update with reviews and other information, as well as the Blogging Tips Book official page.

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.

Evil raises its head again as my recent article on a new scraping and spamming technique emerges, and What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content continues to help many whose blog content is stolen.

The WordPress.com Marketplace and The Theme Debate also brought a lot of discussion and attention as many were intrigued, outraged, and excited about the thought of WordPress.com offering a marketplace for the sale of WordPress items, including Themes.

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:

Nice Things Said About Lorelle

25 Super Sites To Wile Away Your Time, Productively includes Lorelle on WordPress in the list, but I’m among some very excellent company. It’s a great list of whose who and what’s what on the web.

I made another list recently. WPThemesGallery included me in their “Top 40 Blogs About WordPress”, but it’s just a list set by some sort of ranking system. In response, Blogigs wrote: “Maybe they do fall into the WordPress category, but when it comes to pure information about WordPress, I would rate Lorelle as the best. Her blogs oozes information about WordPress and noting else.” Wow! It pays to specialize with a very narrow niche. :D Thanks for inclusion on the lists and thanks for the kind words!

One Quart Low asks “Do Blogging Styles Matter?”, referencing my article, Blog Struggles: Taking The Moral High Blogging Ground, with:

One of my favorite bloggers, Lorelle VanFossen, today delves into some subject matter that too often we don’t tend to explore, but belongs, or at least should rise to some level of personal consciousness…In the end, it’s personal choice that will ultimately be the determining factor in whether or not to write controversially or “colorfully.”

It is worth thinking about however.

I’ve often said, write as though you were going to be reading your posts over your cereal and coffee in the next morning’s daily paper. Don’t write anything you may regret down the road. Although blogging is an easy thing in terms of getting your message out there, it becomes much more difficult to retrieve something after you’ve hit the send, post or publish button. You may be able to erase it from your system, but it may already be circulating and being saved on someone else’s.

Justin Tadlock was suffering this week with “Blogging Exhaustion”, when all the work involved in blogging, and your life, overwhelms you. In his well-done post, he recommends that you do as he has had to, and take a break in order to recover so you can keep on blogging: “I promise you, your blog will be there when you return. Your readers will understand if you need to take a few days off.” He also recommended my article on writing future posts to keep your blog going, even when you can’t for a while.

I’m still very humbled by all the wonderful things said about my participation in WordCamp Israel, and I’m still catching up with all the blog posts in Hebrew, French, and English. Wow! It was so wonderful to be a part of something so special and exciting.

Being a Blogger interviewed Ishmeet, a 18-year-old blogger of Dead End, in “You can make better friends via blogs than you could in real life”, and among his favorite blogs he reads is mine. Wow! Oh, and my buddy, Engtech of Internet Duct Tape. I like it when I’m in good company.

Speaking of Engtech, he has been working lately on improving his powerful (and one of my favorites) Akismet Auntie Spam Firefox Greasemonkey Script which makes processing Akismet caught comment spam much easier and faster. Engtech recently reported on the challenges and lessons he’s learning about running this powerful Javascript while testing my blog to determine why and how my huge volume of comment spam crashes my browser. He points out some flaws in Akismet and WordPress, and promptly gets a response from a WordPress developer that this is a known flaw and they acknowledge they will fix this in the next versions. Wow! Engtech, thank you and I’m so proud of you!

I am continually humbled by the power of blogging, and especially so when one of my blog challenges inspired this incredible writing by Eve Garden God’s Rebecca Shannon. As I was also humbled when BeyondBehaviors changed their blog focus as a result of my Blog Struggles series, Finding Your Blog Focus. Thank you all for reminding me why I keep doing this.

Blasts From the Past

Here are some blasts from the past I’ve written to tickle your fancy:

Blog Herald Columns

Recent articles on the included:

Some recent weekly WordPress Wednesday News reports included:

Lorelle’s Linkworthy Links

As I crawled through the web recently, I ran across some interesting posts and articles you should check out:


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5 Comments

  1. Posted November 17, 2007 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Lorelle: Thanks for mentioning BeyondBehaviors. Sounds like you had a great time in Israel!

  2. Posted November 17, 2007 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Okay, now seriously, this is going to be the biggest and the loudest “OH MY GOD!” in my entire life! Lorelle mentioned me in one of her posts. Okay, I must be dreaming.

    Yes, you are one of my favorite writers. Though I don’t leave comments in here but I do make a point to read everything you write about the blog struggles etc. And I’m just overawed by the fact that you cared to mention such a small person like me in your post. Thank you, thank you very much.

  3. Posted November 18, 2007 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle, thanks for the details on your role and the general blogging world (i.e. how WordPress fits with the whole big picture) ~ as we go along this new adventure, I am sure there will be lots to learn on my part. I am trying to get up to speed and get stories out as much as possible. Keep on writing and evangelizing!!! /Ami (this is about the message from my post on Word-Camp Israel – come read my blog at: http://israeltomorrow.blogspot.com)

  4. Posted November 18, 2007 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle – it was so great having you here at WordCamp Israel, and I’m really sorry you ended up sick from the whole thing. I can’t wait to hear your podcast with Kfir – I wish he would release it already! Anyways, refuah sheleimah and hope to see you back here next year for WordCamp Israel 2008!

  5. Posted November 18, 2007 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    It’s early, and I find this weekly digest in my in box, and I begin reading, and I’m stunned by the amount of content I want to follow up on. Feels like it will take me weeks – this is really amazing. So, I’ll save this digest in my inbox and try to digest it a bite at a time. For a new blogger like myself, it’s a Thanksgiving Feast. . . Kelly


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