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Weekly Digest: Lorelle in San Francisco Talking Blogging and WordPress, Offerring Blog Resources, Beating a Plagiarist, and More

This week finds me in San Francisco starting a spring and summer of public appearances and conferences. I’m getting really geared up for WordCamp Dallas on March 29-30, 2008, and Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference in Chicago in May. I hear both of these are filling up fast, so get your registration in immediately.

I took time out to help Liz Strauss with a guest post while she’s on a business trip, and had some fun releasing my alter-evil twin, Lorraine, to talk about what you need to do to maximize your social networking when you get up close and personal at a blog conference.

This week also finds WordPress.com having trouble releasing future posts. The developers are working so hard on the WordPress 2.5 release on Monday, so they haven’t gotten to this new bug on WordPress.com. I expect it to be fixed soon. What does this mean for me? It means that future posts I’d written to be released while I’m working in San Francisco go unreleased unless I make an appearance and re-publish them.

Ain’t blogging fun. :D

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The last issue of my weekly digest was Weekly Digest: Writing About Writing, Working on Books, Lots of Speaking Gigs, and Blog Struggles is a Success if you want to catch up.

What’s Happening with Lorelle on WordPress

Here’s the latest blog posts on .

Blog Struggles Series

Blog StrugglesMy ongoing series on Blog Struggles continues to go strong. Many loved the kitty porn picture I published last week featuring the now recovered Holiday yawning while sleeping on his back in my knitting yarn.

So far, the series includes:

Lorelle’s News

Guest Blogging With Liz Strauss: With Liz away this week in Austin for SxSW, I took over her blog for the day with Reviewing Your Face to Face Networking Techniques, a Lorraine style post with tips on why you should attend conferences and get “in the face” of everyone you meet.

Talking Romance with the Romance Writers of America in San Francisco: It was so much fun speaking at the Romance Writers of America San Francisco Chapter’s special event on Web Publishing for Authors on Saturday. I met so many wonderful writers and learned a lot about how the romance writing industry works. We talked a lot about how to maximize your blog with social networking and marketing techniques to help sell books and increase your marketability by leveraging the skills you exhibit on your blog.

WordCamp Dallas: I’m one of the fantastic team of speakers at WordCamp Dallas on March 29-30, 2008. Registration is required so sign up fast. The line up includes some top multimedia, WordPress Plugin and Theme experts, and other top bloggers and industry leaders.

Alliance for Distance Education Summit: I will be among the key speakers in the Alliance for Distance Education in California in Pasadena on April 2-5, 2008. I’m really looking forward to meeting other educational professionals committed to integration of web technologies into the classroom. The summit is open to the public and educational professionals, teachers, and leaders, so get your reservation in soon.

Interview on Blogger Talks: An interview I did recently with Blogger Talks is out: The Lorelle Story: An Interview with Lorelle VanFossen. It covers some of my web history, predictions on the future of the web and blogging, and a plea for new web technologies to make the web an easier place to blog and network.

Download Squad: The interview with Grant and Christina of the Download Squad’s Squadcast should be out soon. We had a great time talking about blogging, especially how to break down the stagnancy on the web by finding the passion in your blogging again. If you want the latest in hot computer technology information and news, check out their blog and podcast.

SOBCon 2008: SOBCon: Be There for the Business of Blogging! I will be there, will you? The Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference is one of the hottest events for bloggers. The best of the best gather and I’m so honored to be one of the lucky ones. It’s in Chicago on May 2 – 4, 2008. There is limited space available so register fast.

Blogger and Podcaster Magazine: Blogger and Podcaster Magazine will feature me as a regular columnist this year. The most recent article discusses finding your blog purpose and client base, and the next one covers time and financial blog management. Get your issue in stores now or subscribe. There are some very hot articles on blogging and podcasting. They are improving their website and I’ll be recording podcast versions of my articles so you can hear as well as read me.

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

Blogging Tips - book cover, copyright Lorelle VanFossenMy book, Blogging Tips – What bloggers won’t tell you about blogging, is selling fast, as people prepare for a price increase coming in May. Get your copy now before the price goes up.

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

My blogging resources article series will continue next week. The response has been overwhelming to this series and I’m very excited about sharing the resources I use to help me blog. I’m looking forward to seeing your lists, too.

The most popular posts on Lorelle on WordPress the past few weeks were:

Nice Things Said About Lorelle

Donna of What’s Past is Prologue cited Blogging Resources and Sources to Help You Blog as a good resource for genealogy bloggers. Well, Donna, stay tuned. I’ve got more to help with your genealogy research coming. :D

Second Wind writes up a nice recommendation about saying:

She is very methodical and clear in her composition, and there are some pretty cool gadgets and design features in the blog itself (what about that graphical article signature? Is that cool or what?).

But the real juice is in the tons of articles ranging from technical to more philosophical and content-related issues.

Way to go, Lorelle, I can only imagine the amount of work you put into your blog, and that´s why I must recommend it to any WordPress enthusiast out there.

And this is why I keep doing what I do. Thank you for the kind words.

Specky Boy offers “63 Essential WordPress Hacks, Tutorials, Help Files and Cheats” and includes some of my articles on different sites, including the , the online manual for WordPress Users. You all know that I’ve written a ton of the articles on the WordPress Codex, right? Sometimes, even I forget how many.

Andrew Pavelski writes about how to write timeless content and cites Lorelle on WordPress as an example. This is something I’m very proud of and he makes some really good points about what defines timeless content on your blog.

I’m seeing more and more posts like this from The Adventures of Mauser Girl and Pinoy Tech Blog that speak of the overwhelming ugly that smacks your blog from comment spammers and content scrapers – the ugly of splogs on the web. We’re hit by mean commenters and junk commenters on our blogs, then slapped by those who steal our content, leaving us frustrated. We feel like we are spending more time dealing with the ugly than with the positive aspects of blogging. I will be talking more about this and how to maintain perspective over the next few months. Thanks for the reminder!

Another of the reasons I keep doing what I do is when I can do this: Cue the Trumpets by Lamb and Frog. I quoted Amber in an article in the Blog Herald on Are You a Writer Who Knits or a Knitter Who Writes? and rocked her world. I’m still smiling at her response. Thank you, Amber, for giving me such wonderful inspiration. It’s people like you that help me do my job better.

Blasts From the Past

Here are some blasts from the past I’ve written that still are interesting today and might be useful to you:

Blog Herald Columns

Blog Herald LogoI’ve had a lot of fun with some of the articles I’ve written on the Blog Herald lately, including a checklist to help you prepare for the upcoming release of WordPress. A lot of the regular contributors are covering some other fascinating blogging issues and news, so go check them out and subscribe to the .

Recent articles on the included:

  • WordPress Upgrade Preparation Checklist covers some basics and beyond you may need to do to prepare your WordPress blog for upgrading to WordPress 2.5 next week.
  • Are You a Writer Who Knits or a Knitter Who Writes? A lot of people are struggling with answering the question of whether or not you are one thing or the other while doing both things. It’s an interesting look at how we label ourselves.
  • Breaking Trust: How Not To Link to a Plagiarist reports on an uncomfortable experience I had uncovering a wonderful article, and how I almost published a story about it – before I found out that I was referencing a plagiarist, not the original author. The article includes clues and tips on how to help you determine if you are reading an original or copy.
  • Banging the Pots and Pans on Your Blog offers tips and suggestions on publicizing your blog posts and blog, making some noise in the process.
  • What Are Your Blog Resources? This is an announcement about next week’s series on blog resources, specifically sharing the resources and sources I use to help me blog.
  • FireFox Bravely Battles On in the Browser Wars takes a look at how FireFox is doing in the browser wars and how some sites are finding FireFox surpassing the individual Internet Explorer versions for the first time.
  • Thou Shall Not Blog takes a look at the reasons many can’t blog by order of work, government or religion.

Some recent weekly WordPress Wednesday News reports included:

Blasts from the Past of Blog Herald Posts

I’ve been writing for the for a year now, and here are some of the articles I’ve covered dealing with comments and comment spam.

Lorelle’s Linkworthy Links


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