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Happy Anniversary WordPress: The Beginnings

On August 16, 2005, Lorelle on WordPress became blog ID number 72 on the brand new WordPress.com. The first post was appropriately titled “Lorelle on WordPress” to introduce the site. Looking back, it’s amazing how true to form that I’ve kept the mission of this site all these years later as proposed in the first […]

A Day of Healing and Suffering at the Clackamas Mall

“I feel greedy.” We stood in the cold outside the Clackamas Mall, arms wrapped around each other, watching the crowd expand to release individuals and couples to step forward and place their candles on the memorial stage. The faces of the two deceased smiled over the mournful group gathered before them. The photographs were snapshots […]

Happy Birthday, Matt Mullenweg

As I prepared my annual public “Happy Birthday, Matt” post for Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress (with a lot of other amazing people), I spotted the birthday greeting by Jane Wells of the WordPress Foundation. She thanks Matt for all the ways her life has been changed since meeting him, a perfect way to say […]

Tips for Blogging September 11 Ten Years Later

Over the past few weeks I’ve listened, read, watched, and pondered a quilt of stories around the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, as the world celebrates/honors/remembers the event 10 years later. There are first hand stories of those who were in the buildings, rescuing people or escaping; stories by watchers, waiters, victims, […]

Blogs Offer Communication, Information, and Connections During Disasters

Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today just called me from Northern Louisiana to report that he and his family have survived the evacuation from their home in Shreveport, Louisiana, though Hurricane Gustav appears to have done more damage where they evacuated to rather than where they left from. Jonathan and I were both victims of Hurricane […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Blockquotes and Quotes

Have you had enough blog bling? No? This part of the blog bling series covers how to add emphasis to your blockquotes and quotes in your WordPress.com blogs. So far, the WordPress.com Blog Bling series has covered adding graphic images, lines and smilies, social bookmarking links, and font bling. The techniques covered in this section […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Hurricane Katrina

Two weeks after my first post on WordPress.com, Hurricane Katrina sent us running for our lives away from the Gulf Coast of the United States. We had just come back after running from Hurricane Dennis a couple weeks before, so we had an idea of what we were up against. Having just ran, sat through, […]

Blogging Rants: Tangential Blogging Can Lose Readers

Over the past couple months in my travels, I’ve been interviewing a lot of old and newly found family members on their life and family history for my own needs and my new family history blog I’ll be starting soon. Today, I heard an interesting family story that I want to share with you. When […]

First Winner of the Interview Contest Coming Soon

Due to the overwhelming challenges of living in the path of destruction from Hurricane Katrina, and the rest that followed, the first winner of the 15 Minutes of Fame – Interviewing WordPress.com users contest will be announced this week. There is still time to get on the list for a chance to be interviewed by […]

The Blog Rumor Heard Around the World – Blaming Katrina

Living in the path of Hurricane Katrina, I’ve heard tons of people in the first few weeks after Hurricane Katrina’s destruction try to find justification, reasons, and excuses for why it happened here and to them. I’ve heard a lot that is it god’s revenge for [fill in the blank]. One friend said it was […]

Blogging Katrina Upclose and Personal

The news is everywhere. You can’t get away from it. Visual scenes of death, destruction, and survivors. Hurricane Katrina left a mess. But the visual picture isn’t the whole picture. Jacob Appelbaum’s wordpress.com blog is documenting his hand’s on stories of Hurricane Katrina upclose and personal. A traveling photographer working with NGO and non-profit groups, […]

Visual Impact of Hurricane Katrina

Some of you may know that we are also among the millions of refugees/evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. We’ve been in Atlanta for over a week now, waiting for the electricity and water to be turned on and the roads to be cleaned up back in Mobile, Alabama. Where we are staying, we have had no […]

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