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Weekly Digest: Floods, Harp Guitars, WordPress 2.4 News, and Improving Your Blog Tips

I’ve been back for a week and already have been snowed, hailed, rained, frozen, and flooded. The electricity held but the Internet was down most of four days, so I got a lot of behind the scenes work done, as well as unpacking. I’m playing catch up as fast and furious as I can amidst all the busy holiday activities.

I’m really looking forward this weekend to the John Doan holiday concert in Salem. John is a friend of ours and one of the most entertaining storytellers and performers, specializing in the harp guitar, and we’re really looking forward to celebrating the holidays with he and his wife this year. I recently wrote about John on the in Three Lessons That Will Change Your Blog.

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The last issue of my weekly digest was Weekly Digest: Lorelle Recovers on the Road, Reports on Conspiracy Theories, With More Challenges and Struggles.

What’s Happening with Lorelle on WordPress

Here’s the latest blog posts on .

Lorelle’s News

Improving Your Blog Tips on the Blog Herald: The series I started this past week on the Blog Herald, Improving Your Blog Tips, is getting a lot of attention and getting people thinking about what they need to do to improve their blogs.

Lorelle on ProBlogger: I recently published Readers Versus Visitors: Whose Needs Are You Meeting, an article that looks at how to not let your interpretation of your blog stats, or assumptions about your blog readers and visitors, get in the way of serving and meeting the needs of your visitors and readers.

I Need Your Blog Conference Expertise and Help: On the Blog Herald, in Which Blogging Conference Would You Go To?, I’m asking readers to help me create a big list of all the blog conferences around the world coming up next year, including why we must go and what benefit these conferences offer. Help add your favorite to the list.

Blogger and Podcaster Magazine: This month’s issue is on creating a blogging editorial calendar to help you find, build, and plan your blog’s content. The last issue of Blogger and Podcaster Magazine featured 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. December’s issue on blog writing tips and how to improve your blog writing skills. I’m working on January’s issue right now, but expect to see me as a regular on this hot new magazine next year!

Among the Must-Read Blogs: Damien Riley published a “Must-Read Blogs This Season” which included me, but also a lot of other interesting blogs worth checking into.

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

Blogging Tips - book cover, copyright Lorelle VanFossenIt appears my book, “Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging” is a hot item for giving to your favorite blogger during the holiday season. Sales have kicked up and I’m barely able to keep up. I’m still sending out autographed copies at the introductory price – while supplies last (sigh) – so get your order in soon before I run out before the holidays. You can order a copy from SplashPress or the new Blog Herald Bookstore. If you would like to order multiple copies, please email me first as that requires special handling.

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

From the response to Staying on Track with WordPress 2.4 News , a lot of people are very excited and looking forward to the next version of WordPress. I’m very excited about the improvements to the administrative interface, something that has needed help for a long time.

I was also surprised to see so many interested in this week’s Blog Challenge: Write a Political Post. There have been some interesting blog posts from those who accepted the challenge.

The most popular posts on Lorelle on WordPress the past week were:

Blasts From the Past

Here are some blasts from the past I’ve written that still are interesting today:

Blog Herald Columns

Recent articles on the included:

  • I started a new series on the that covers the basic tips I redundantly give my web consultant clients that should know better, but don’t. So far, the ongoing series includes:
  • When Your Blog Forces You To Keep Your Commitments got a lot of people thinking about how a personal commitment to a project can be enhanced by incorporating a blog. I heard an interview on NPR with a Seattle journalist who used a blog to keep his commitment to learn how to cook as he cooked a meal for each weekend’s football team, using a recipe and information about the Seattle Seahawk’s opponent’s city.
  • Which Blogging Conference Would You Go To? invites you to help me create a calendar list of the “must attend” blogging conferences next year.
  • What Makes Bloggers Want to Link to You? Do you think you know or do you really know? I list the tips you need to know that make bloggers really want to link to your blog content, and to your blog.

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 December 11, 2007 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    How I gonna get your book as I am in Malaysia?

  2. Posted December 12, 2007 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    @Aizat:

    The same way the rest of the people in Malaysia get it. Order it. :D I send a lot of books overseas, especially to the Philiphines and Malaysia. It’s so exciting to see so many bloggers from those areas.

  3. sciencegto
    Posted January 25, 2009 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    How many weeks usually the book will arrive?

    • Posted January 25, 2009 at 3:18 am | Permalink

      My book? Depends upon where it is going. If it is within the United States, it can be from 3 days to 2-3 weeks. Depends upon how the US Post Office is handling media mail at the time of shipping. If sent internationally, it can be 3 days to 6 weeks. It depends upon all the mail services and how they handle the process. Is that what you are asking about?

  4. Posted March 29, 2010 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    without a timely topic with meaningful content, a blog is worthless.


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