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Maria Langer: Celebrating Eight Years Blogging

We make jokes about Renaissance men, but I’d like to introduce you to a Renaissance woman in the truest sense of the reference. Maria Langer is a lot of things, in addition to a dear friend. Even before we were on a first name basis, she was a mentor and inspiration to me. In honor […]

Celebrate Twestival and Water Around the World

On Thursday, February 12, 2009, I will be joining my fellow Portland, Oregon, blogging, social media, and Twitter fans in the Portland Twestival, part of the international fundraising and social conciousness-raising for water sustainability with 175 plus communities around the world participating in Twestival. I describe it more in “Twestivals in 175+ Cities Around the […]

Celebrating Two Years: A Month of WordPress Tips

As part of my two month-long party celebrating the two year anniversary of WordPress.com and this blog with guest bloggers, we’re just finishing up month one of non-stop blogging about blogging, and tomorrow begins a whole month of non-stop WordPress tips. To help get you in the mood, here are some of the tips for […]

Weekly Digest: Celebrating Two Years of Lorelle on WordPress.com With Guest Bloggers and Memories

Instead of my normal weekly digest, I’m going to do two things this week. First, I want to celebrate all of the wonderful guest bloggers who have honored this blog over the past month with their fabulous posts about blogging, and those who will be making a repeat performance or joining us for the first […]

Two Months of Celebrating Blogging and WordPress

At the amazing WordCamp 2007 conference a couple weeks ago, I realized that I’d been staying a bit too exclusive for my personal tastes with this blog. What started out as a test site for WordPress.com has turned into a entity of its own. To celebrate the two year anniversary of WordPress.com and Lorelle on […]

Celebrity Blogs: Which Celebrities are Blogging?

A while ago I wrote about celebrity bloggers. That article continues to attract attention and that got me thinking. Who Do You Think is a Celebrity Blogger? When I wrote that article, to me, a celebrity was a movie star, famous in-the-news person. Someone with “fans”. I wanted to highlight the famous celebrities who blogged, […]

Whose Blogging? Celebrity Blogs on the Rise

Britney Spears announced the birth of her baby boy on her website. Wil Wheaton, of Star Trek Next Generation fame, has one of the most popular celebrity blogs online, sharing personal thoughts, writing, opinions, and looks at the Hollywood world. Barbra Streisand rarely spares words as she offers opinions and views on the war with […]

Celebrity Blog for Hope

I’ve started looking around at all the ways people are blogging. Today I found out that celebrities are being asked to Blog for Hope with Yahoo. Blog for Hope is a 30-day blogging event provided by Yahoo and the American Cancer Society. The list of participating bloggers includes: Senator Hillary Clinton; Tom Green, Actor/Comedian; Sam […]

WordPress For Writers: WordPress Author Sites

In this part of my series on WordPress For Writers, I’ll cover the basic things to consider when using WordPress on site promoting the work of writers and authors. For more on the subject, see other articles in the WordPress for Writers and Authors series. This article assumes you have some basic familiarity with WordPress […]

WordPress For Writers

I will be speaking this year at several workshops and conferences on the subject of “WordPress for Writers.” The workshop covers the basic elements of WordPress content structure and organization, then adds the complexities of a site for writers and authors. This is one of a series of articles on WordPress for Writers and Authors. […]

Blog Exercises: Why We Dig

In the October issue of The Christian Science Monitor, I found this from John Yemma, Monitor Editor: Why we dig, and what we may find Sometimes a portal opens into the world of legend. A stone is rolled away from an Egyptian tomb revealing a 3,300 year old Pharaoh’s power and wealth. A Roman city […]

Blog Exercises: If You Wouldn’t Do It In Public, Would You Do It Online?

If you wouldn’t do it in public, would you do it online? Unfortunately for many, the answer is a resounding YES! However, most of us have some…whatever you call it…oh, yeah, class, ethics, moral fiber, manners – etiquette. I’m not the Dear Abby of social norms, but I’m first in line to tell you that […]

Annual Thanksgiving Orphan Party

You’re invited to the VanFossen Annual Thanksgiving Orphan Party Saturday, November 30, 2013 For many years we’ve gathered together anyone missing home, left out of Thanksgiving celebrations, or eager for more social during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. You are invited to join the craziness. It starts around 2PM. We eat about 6PM, if things go […]

Blog Exercises: Mashups

One of my favorite odd-ball mashups is the movie Moulin Rouge! Released in 2001, the movie features Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, and an outstanding cast of top notch actors singing their way through a Bollywood-style production set in a 1899 France cabaret. There are few original songs in the film. Instead they used pop songs […]

Blog Exercises: August Summary

August is done, and so is the summer for most of the world north of the equator. Summer is on its way down under. This is the end of eight months of celebrating the 10th Anniversary of WordPress with a year of non-stop blogging about blogging, focused on using WordPress as your publishing platform. In […]

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