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Blog Exercises: Ingredients of a Professional Site

Two questions on the same day triggered this blog exercise. I was asked by a student in my WordPress class recently what defined a “professional blog.” I told him it was one that met all the criteria for a well-designed, well-formed site that met web standards. This is a good definition, but lacked specifics. A […]

Blog Exercises: When Your Site Design Owns You

Yesterday a long-time client called me up in tears saying, “I can’t do this any more. My site design owns me, I don’t own it. It’s too confusing. It’s too much work!” Several years ago, she’d chosen a Magazine-style WordPress Theme. The structure was based upon the standard magazine-style, sticky posts for the slider/carousel at […]

Blog Exercises: Timey Whimey Tangents

As I was saying yesterday…was it yesterday? No, it was the day before. I was at the college yesterday. I have no life on college days. It’s all college all the day. So it must have been the day before. It was sunny and hot. I don’t like heat. Don’t have the system for it. […]

Blog Exercises: Blog Your Hobby

The following blog exercise is inspired by Janet Williams of Janet’s Notebook and her post on “Unique British post boxes: share your hobby.” Who would have thought that an article on UK post boxes would bring post box enthusiasts and historians out of the woodwork to her blog? My interaction with Ruby brings me to […]

The Future of Blogging – With a Glimpse Backwards

In “What’s next for blogging: I try to predict the future” by Yesterday’s news, the author, a Creative and Professional Writing Major at Bemidji State University in Minnestoa, used fantastic visuals to take us on a journey through the development of blogging and the blogging industry for a class on blogs and wikis. She makes […]

Blog Exercises: Weather Reports

February is a month of dramatic weather for many parts of the world. Sometimes January is fierce, and February slows the season down or speeds it up with floods, snows, rains, and sudden bursts of warm temperatures, creating a false Spring, fooling trees and flowers. Sometimes January was the lamb and February brings devastation from […]

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 […]

Prove It: What Makes You Trust a Website?

What makes you trust this site? What makes you trust me? What makes you trust any website you visit? What is it about the site that earns your trust? I’ve asked this question at most of the conferences and keynotes I’ve given over the past seven years: What makes you not trust a website? The […]

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, […]

How to Report Abuse to WordPress.com

By Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today NOTE:: The following article is a guide on how to report copyright issues, complaints, spam blogs, and other abuse issues to WordPress.com. Issues regarding sites using the self hosted version of WordPress require reporting directly to the site owner as they have nothing to do with WordPress nor WordPress.com. […]

The Cyclical Nature of Blog Stats

In 2006, I completed a year long informal study on several of my blogs about the best times and days for me to publish content on my blogs and published what I learned in When is the Best Time and Day to Post on Your Blog? My conclusions were that Mondays and Tuesdays were the […]

Understanding The WordPress Post Title and Post Slug

While writing and editing your blog post before publishing, does the post title change during the process? Mine do. I’ll come up with some title appropriate to the post during the draft process, then while editing the post in the WordPress Write Post panel, I’ll reconsider the words in my post and the title, editing […]

Why Writing a Link Post Should Be Like Planning a Party

By Jan of Circular Communication In my first post about link posts – Why A Link Post Should Be Like Mingling at a Party – I played the guest introducing other guests to each other. However, you are in fact the host of the party when you are writing a link post and thus much […]

Weekly Digest: WordCamp, Interviews, 070707, Content Theft, and The Usual

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week features more guest blogging on Problogger, interviews, a little content theft, traveling to WordCamp, and more of the usual blog babble. To subscribe to the Weekly Digest category of Lorelle on WordPress, you can subscribe by the Weekly Digest feed or by email with the Weekly […]

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