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Blog Exercises: What Story Should I Share?

One of the challenges of family history blogging and many other narrative forms of blogging is to decide what story to tell and how to tell it on your blog. The same applies to the life story or tale you wish to share on your site. Let me take the example of one of my […]

What You Most Need to Know About WordPress

At the recent WordCamp Portland 2012, I was asked by several attendees to cover the basics of WordPress and we came up with What You Most Need to Know About WordPress. Here are the “notes” from that unconference presentation. The Difference Between Categories and Tags I hear this question at WordCamps, from readers, students, and […]

WordCamp Videos Published from WordCamps Dallas and San Francisco

John Pozadzides of One Man’s Blog has been putting together the final videos from WordCamp San Francisco 2009 and WordCamp Dallas. So far he’s released: WordCamp Dallas 2009: Cali Lewis – Building A Vibrant Community WordCamp Dallas 2009: The WordCamp Panel Discussion WordCamp San Francisco 2009: Chris Pirillo – Community WebVisions WordCamp San Francisco 2009: […]

What Are Those Unknown Characters in My Blog Comments?

Little squares, boxes, lines, and funky symbols are often found in blog comments. A friend new to blogging called me about these wanting to know if her blog had been hacked or her computer had a virus. “It looks like alien writing from Star Trek!” Those strange symbols and characters in your blog comments are […]

The Sharing and Caring of the WordPress Community Shines

In Why Giving Away Your Code is Not Dangerous, Abhijit Nadgouda of ifacethoughts looks at the issue of “sharing” and Open Source from an interesting perspective: Imagine you run a transport service, ferrying passengers to destinations they want. A part of your job is to follow maps, find out new routes and build your knowledge […]

Copyright and Translation: Help Your Community Yourself

It is my copyright policy to not permit literal translation of my content into another language without permission. And in general, I rarely give permission. Whoa! Does this sound like it goes against Lorelle’s policy of open, transparent, fair, and equal communication and breaking down the language barriers? Nope. It is within my policies. Translation […]

Are Tags Working For You?

I asked this question on the Blog Herald: Are Tags Working? After Pam of Grassroots Science (Alaska) reminded me recently about the flaws in tags, the lack of consistency and control, I’m asking you again. Are tags working for you and your blog? With the advent of tags built into WordPress 2.3, a whole new […]

Weekly Digest: Introduction, ProBlogger, Blue Collar Bloggers, PayPerPost, and More

Welcome to the first Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress, a one-stop buffet of tips, tricks, and techniques on WordPress and blogging. I’m so busy lately I can barely keep up with myself. So I decided to keep track of myself with a weekly summary digest of all that myself has been doing. Mad cow […]

Blog Herald Brags About Lorelle

Many long time readers here know that when it comes to the fame spotlight, I’m easily embarrassed when it touches my feet. When it smashes in my face, I’m really humbled. So it is with some trepidation, but part of my job, to let you know that my work is being bragged about on the […]

Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin for Dummies

NOTE: Since WordPress 2.1, the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin has had some major problems and the author has decided to stop support, especially now that WordPress 2.3 has tagging built-in. Much thanks, appreciation, and honors goes to author Christine Davis, who gave so much time and energy to supporting one of the most powerful […]

Translation and Multilingual WordPress Plugins

The world of the web has become a global village. We are now a click away from Russia, Australia, Germany, Israel, Kenya, and the Antarctic. Learning to work in a virtual global village can be challenging but there are many WordPress Plugins that will help you get your message across, no matter what language you […]

What Are Your Favorite WordPress Plugins?

Yesterday, I showcased a ton of your posts about your favorite WordPress Plugins, the ones you feel you can’t live without on your WordPress blogs. Scanning through all those favorite WordPress Plugins lists, I found that a lot of you chose the same top favorite WordPress Plugins. The top plugins listed most frequently by you, […]

Free Photos for Your Blog

I’ve been collecting a variety of resources for free photographs to use on your website and blog. These images are, for the most part, free to use, but may have copyright and usage restrictions. Some may require registration, use only on non-commercial sites, and/or a link back to the source. Others may require more. Check […]

WordPress Help in Your Language

WordPress in Your Language from the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress, offers extensive information on WordPress source files, Themes, translation files, and support. I recently highlighted some of the amazing variety of languages available for WordPress users and I thought I’d take a look around at the various international support and help sites […]

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, […]

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