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Fall 2013 WordPress College Courses

Registration is now open for the two WordPress college courses I teach at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and Portland Community College at Rock Creek in Beaverton, just west of Portland, Oregon. See Classes and Workshops for details. I’ve been working with Robert Hughes of the Computer Technology Department at Clark College for almost two […]

WPEngine Offers Special Discount for WordPress Hosting and WordCamp San Francisco

Rarely will you find me promoting anything commercial here on my site, but I have to give a big round of applause about my incredible, life-saving and life-changing experience working with the amazing team at WPEngine web hosting. I’ll tell the full story later, and it’s one of love, hate, passion, murder, and espionage, but […]

Live Streaming SOBCon Colorado

As many of you know, I’m a proud SOB. If you don’t know what that is by now, and you’ve been doing this for a while, I’m so sorry for you, as you are missing out on one of the most exciting honors in the blogging industry. For those new to blogging, an SOB is […]

WordPress 2.7 Available Now

Mark Jaquith has just announced that WordPress 2.7 is now live and ready for download. The official announcement is now out and confirms the news. This version of WordPress is named “Coltrane” for famed jazz Saxophonist, John Coltrane, a favorite of sax playing, WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg. There are a lot of new features and […]

Live Up To The Expectations of Your Readers

In The Perils of Problogging, Stellify makes some very good points in the issue of having ads on your blog and the business of blogging. However, I want to point out a beautiful statement: If you call yourself a writer because you are a blogger, then live up to the expectations of your readers. More […]

How Not to Tick People Off and Keep Them Coming Back For More

In Real Lawyers Have Blogs’ article, “Best Blogs Send Audience Away”, the issue of what makes a good blog good is covered from an interesting angle: Some of the best blogs are what Buzz Bruggeman describes as intelligence agents. They post what they believe would be of interest to their target audience… LexBlog still gets […]

Define Blogging Success

This post from Evolver on WordPress.com stopped me in my tracks. If this Blog does not succeed, then I must hang my head and shake my fist. Cause dammit, I am done with toying with this Blogging shit once and for all. While the author of Evolver admits to being both an optimist and pessimist, […]

Tags Are Not Categories – Got It?

Tags are Not Categories by Carthik Sharma agrees with my opinion that categories are not the same as tags, and he makes a good point. Categories organize, hierarchically. Tags need not. Tags provide meta-information, Categories need not. Tags cross-connect, Categories do not. By cross connect, I mean, when you go looking for posts tagged with […]

The 12 Biggest Problems With Your Blogs

Sedition.com’s “The 12 biggest problems with your blog” is a brilliant summary of the most commonly found problems, and distractions, on many blogs. Here are some highlights that had me dancing around the room so much, they bear some repeating: 12) The banner graphic. Regular visitors don’t need 18% of the page space taken up […]

How is Blogging Like Stand-up Comedy

Eddie Dickey at Lending a Voice brought up an interesting point that I just had to talk about. It struck me recently how blogging/podcasting seems at times to be like stand up comedy. Back in ‘92 I took a course at the New School in NYC in stand-up comedy. And the final was an appearance […]

I FOUND YOU – ONLINE SPELL CHECKER!

Firefox Spell Check Firefox now features spell check by default in their Internet browser. Misspelled words are highlighted with a red wavy underline, similar to word processing programs. Right click on the highlighted word and choose from the correct spelling in the right click menu. It’s not perfect, and the misspelled word isn’t recognized until […]

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