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Blog Resources for English Language and Blog Writing

I blog in English and it behooves me to get it write – okay, at least once in a while. The challenges I face as a writer are not just generating ideas but finding the write way to convey those ideas. I frequently need to check the spelling or definition of words I come up […]

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 […]

Blogging in More Than One Language

Do you blog in more than one language? One of the problems for multi-language bloggers is the issue of switching between languages as they blog. To ease the frustration, there is a powerful WordPress Plugin called Gengo available. Gengo is for blogging in multiple languages. It does not translate posts and users see nothing on […]

Language Contest on WordPress.com

WordPress developers are opening the door to foreign languages even more by highlighting them in the WordPress Blogs of the Day list with a new “Language Filters” most popular languages featured on WordPress.com list. The WordPress Blogs of the Day (BOTD) is the source of the top blogs on WordPress.com lists found on the front […]

Translation – How Do You Know Which Language is Which to Translate

I have a question, or maybe even a challenge for you. I recently found a trackback on my site in a non-English language and I wanted to read it. This happens more frequently than you may imagine, but most of the time I am familiar enough with the language, like Spanish or French, to get […]

Writing With Culture – The Insidious Pull of Pop Language

Writers Write’s “The Insidious Pull of Pop Language” talks about the invasion of pop culture words and phrases and their impact on writing. William Grimes of The New York Times discusses Leslie’ Savan’s new book, Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Language in Your Life, the Media, Business, Politics, and, Like, Whatever (Knopf). Savan is horrified by […]

Computer Models – How New Words Become Part of the Language

In an interesting post, New Scientist’s Mark Buchanan reports on “How New Words Become Part of the Language”. Since words are an important part of blogging, understanding where words come from, how they developed, and how they are used, and to use them appropriately, is critical to a successful blog. When unwanted email first came […]

Website Development – International Standards and Languages

While the majority of web pages are in English, moves by the UN and other international groups are working hard to change that. As more and more people speaking a variety of languages gain access to the Internet, foreign language and international issues will become more and more critical to the web page designer. There […]

WordPress in Your Language

Did you know that WordPress comes in at least 36 languages? WordPress is available in most of the popular languages, but it is also in Basque, Serbian, Welsh, Hebrew, Icelandic, Korean, Indonesian, Catalan, and Turkish. WordPress may be available in your language, and you can find help and installation information in the WordPress Codex on […]

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: 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 […]

Blog Exercises: Current Events September

It’s time to blog the news and current events for September in our Blog Exercises. This month, I want you to dig deeper into the news, targeting your specific industry and niche. With several months of blogging the news once a month under your belt, you should have set up some good resources in your […]

Blog Exercises: September Random Editing Day

It is September and the number is now up to 9 posts to edit on our monthly Random Editing Day exercises. Each month in the Blog Exercises series, I challenge you to edit random published posts on your blog, adding one for every month of the year. This month is nine posts. You can do […]

Blog Exercises: The Outsider

During a writer’s convention this weekend, someone familiar with my site and these Blog Exercises asked me why I was handing our all this information to help others blog better, use WordPress better, and migrate their site from personal to professional. I had a pat answer then, but today, I have another. …Assumptions like these […]

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