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Blog Exercises: The Content Project Form

In these year-long Blog Exercises dealing with editorial or content calendars, we’re working on exploring all the dates you can add to your calendar, including adding seasonal post content and other date-sensitive blog posts and articles. In this exercise, we’re going to create a content project form. The goal of a content project form is […]

CSS Development Tools, Forms, Layouts, and More

If you are a WordPress Theme designer, or want to dig into your WordPress Theme’s design, check out Blog Oh Blog’s “Rapid CSS Development Tools” article with a list of CSS tools that help make coding and designing easier. The article include forms, layouts, frameworks, optimizers, and more. For more CSS and web design tools, […]

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 […]

Unworthy Again: Nominated for Performancing Awards

On the list of things I’m not worthy of are two award nominations from Peformancing: Most Influential Blogger Award and Best Writing and Blogging Award. It’s a reader’s choice poll, so you can vote for your favorites. I’m in good company, but also intimidated by the company I’m in. They are MUCH better than me […]

Microformats and WordPress Themes

By Otto of Nothing to See Here Question: What are Microformats? The short answer: Microformats are a way to make your web pages readable by more than just people. The idea is that you put special forms of HTML in your page, around the stuff you already have in your page. This special code lets […]

More Information and Resources on Copyright Than You Can Imagine

Smashing Magazine offers “Copyright Explained: I May Copy It, Right?”, a mind staggering collection of more than you could ever imagine or want to know on copyrights, especially as it pertains to bloggers. I’m honored that they included my article, What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content, in their list. They’ve also included […]

WordPress Plugins for Blog Layout, Formating, and CSS Designs

If you want to change the look of your WordPress Theme, you can edit the Theme’s stylesheet. There are a variety of tools to help you. I’ve featured a lot of them in this Month of WordPress Plugins series, including: WordPress Plugins for Images, Photographs, and Graphics WordPress Plugins That Play With Paper and Documents […]

Contact Form WordPress Plugins

As noted in Subscribe, Email Mailing List, Blog Update Alerts, and Newsletter WordPress Plugins and WordPress Plugins for Comments from the month long series of WordPress Plugins, there are a lot of ways for you to keep in contact with your blog’s readers. There are also different ways for them to get in contact with […]

Nightmare Forms Made Pretty

A List Apart’s Nick Rigby offers “Prettier Accessible Forms”, a great tutorial on making a solid basic form in HTML and CSS. I’ve tried to create a form-styling solution that is both accessible and portable (in the sense that I can move the code from one project to the next). Floats have often provided a […]

What Influenced Your Blogging Platform Choice?

Earlier this year, Any Wibbles released “Anatomy and Structure of TypePad, WordPress, Blogger, and Movable Type Blog”, an interesting comparison between the different blogging tools and/or platforms. While the review doesn’t cover some of the new features, it does give a clear outline of the differences in process and methodology, as well as customizability, in […]

Printing Your Blog Out in Book Form

I’ve written about turning your blog into a book, now it’s time to talk about printing your blog out as a book. Ah! Something a little different. A List Apart’s tutorial, “Printing a Book with CSS: Boom!”, takes you step-by-step through the process of taking your pretty web page design and printing out your blog […]

JPG, PNG, or GIF – When and How to Use Different Web Graphic Formats

While it isn’t pretty and a bit rude, this tutorial on when and how to use internet image formats via email or web page is helpful for learning about which image or graphic format to choose. For a basic understanding, and visual examples, of the differences between GIF, JPEG, and PNG, it does the job. […]

Reporting on Your Blog: Get Information Online, Fast, and Accurate

Al Tompkins reports on Poynter Online about “How to Get Online and Get Information Fast” with tips and techniques you can use for your blog posts, stories and articles. He tracks a news story he was a part of it step-by-step through the process of how he and his team found information on a nearby […]

Research: Tips for Surfing the Net for Information on a Deadline

Surfing the Net on Deadline – Staci D. Kramer’s Tips for Reporters, Editors and News Directors is a great checklist and how-to steps for bloggers as well as reporters. Here are some highlights: * Rule #1: Troubleshoot your software when you aren’t on deadline. * Build — and maintain — a bookmark file for your […]

Firefox Blogging Extension – Performancing

A new Firefox extension called Performancing for Firefox from Performancing.com is an interesting method of posting to your blog, including your WordPress or WordPress.com blog. I decided I would take it for a spin to see if it offered any improvements over the WordPress Write Post panel and functions. To install it, just install the […]

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