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WordPress and Blogging Workshop in Forest Grove, Oregon

On Friday, October 10, 2014, from 1-5PM I will be presenting a WordPress and Blogging Workshop in Forest Grove, Oregon, at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center as a fundraiser for the center and part of the Writers in the Grove group. The price for this 4 hour event is $30 ($5 discount with […]

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 […]

Check Out the New Media Manager in WordPress

WordPress.com users were greeted with a new Media Manager over the weekend. This is the new media uploader coming in WordPress 3.5 when it releases December 5, 2012. For most of us, this is a long-awaited, dream come true. The clunky WordPress Image Uploader is gone, replaced with one more visual and easy-to-use. The announcement […]

WordPress 3.1: Features, Tutorials, and Pure Joy

WordPress 3.1 is now out. YEAH!!! It’s named after one of our personal favorite jazz musicians, Django Reinhardt. My sneak preview of WordPress 3.1, one of the most eagerly and long awaited versions, barely did the new features justice. The WordCast team and I gathered up all of our research and dug deep into Trac […]

Help and Tips for Windows Live Spaces Bloggers: Modules, Albums, Widgets, and Lists

I’ve been reading about a lot of the challenges facing Windows Live Spaces bloggers transitioning to WordPress.com. I feel for you all. You’ve done great work on your Windows Live Spaces blogs and now Microsoft is ending the program. Fortunately, instead of just shutting things down, they are giving bloggers six months to change and […]

Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers to WordPress.com

I just posted news on WordCast about the WordPress.com and Microsoft Windows Live Spaces migration which brings Windows Live Spaces bloggers to WordPress.com. See Updated News Below I’m thrilled about this huge endeavor, and offer up my blog tips to Windows Live Spaces bloggers. I’m also excited about what this means for the WordPress Community. The number tossed […]

Dreams Can Come True: Meeting Alan Dean Foster

I’m in Arizona after a very exciting and busy series of conferences, including the very successful WordCamp Netherlands, WordCamp Phoenix, and PodCamp Arizona, visiting family living near one of my favorite authors in the world, Alan Dean Foster. During WordCamp Phoenix and PodCampAZ, I shared with my audience that I was too excited to just […]

Time to Break WordPress This Summer

In Want to Break and Remake WordPress? on the Blog Herald, I summarized this year’s WordPress/Google Summer of Code, an exciting annual project that brings together the top WordPress Community experts with college students from around the world dedicated to making and breaking WordPress so we all benefit. When I read the cute announcement by […]

Web Design for God’s Audience: Learning from Church Web Development

Part of my joy in being an advocate for WordPress is showcasing how WordPress is used around the world. In a fascinating discussion with Darren Hoyt, Interviews with Church Designers looks at web design and WordPress blogs from a unique perspective: Christian churches, specifically American Christian churches. Like me, Darren admits he didn’t understand the […]

Top 10 List: Just Say No To SEO

By Greg Balanko-Dickson Courtesy Tadeusz Szewczyk of onReact.com by way of GoogleBlogoscoped, ProBlogger tipped me off to Tadeusz post titled 10 Steps to Success on the ’Net Without SEO: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as we know and detest it is obsolete in this day and age. When some while ago Philipp asked me to write […]

Video, Music, Podcasts, Audio, and Multimedia WordPress Plugins

We used to be happy with words and pictures. Now we have to add lots of noise and moving pictures to our WordPress blogs. The visual and audible web is here today, and videos, podcasts, music, and all types of multimedia are flooding the Internet bands. Bloggers are leading the way by hosting and showcasing […]

WordPress Plugins for Images, Photographs, and Graphics

Photographs and graphic images are an integral part of our blogs today. We want to show people what our words often can’t. Besides, pictures are fun to look at. WordPress offers fairly simple image uploading and the automatic creation of thumbnails, but there are a lot more you can do with your images with WordPress […]

Blogging Challenge: Travel Blog – Adventure in Your Back Yard

Your Blogging Challenge this week is to take a high adventure. To fill up water bottles, and pack your backpack full of film, digital cards, batteries, note pads, pens and pencils, snacks, digital recorders, and your camera, and head off into the wilds of your back yard. That’s right. You are off on a travel […]

Happy Birthday, WordPress.com

Apologizes to all for wishing a belated birthday wish, so let’s make this a loud one. HAPPY ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY, WORDPRESS.COM! One year ago WordPress.com was released out to walk among the bloggers. Matt Mullenweg, Ryan Boren, and Donncha O’Caoimh (among many others) did what many thought couldn’t be done and wouldn’t work. They broke […]

Genealogy Blog: What’s the Difference Between a Genealogy Blog and a Normal Blog?

I’ve just started my article series on building a genealogy blog, which includes all aspects of blog building and development, and I wanted to explain the differences and similarities between a normal blog and a genealogy blog. There are many types of blog models. A blog model is not just about the style of writing […]

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