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Help Spread the Word – Writing for the Web Class

Articles about blogging tipsThere is still room available in my Writing for the Web course at Clark College Corporate and Continuing Education in Vancouver, Washington, just across the river from Portland, Oregon.

This professional development course runs from June 11 – 27, 2013 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM – Noon. The class size is limited so there are only a few seats left. The deadline for registration is Monday.

If you are new to the web and WordPress, this is an ideal class to begin with as it covers the core essentials you need to know about WordPress.

The course will cover the core tips, techniques, and forms for writing on the web. Learn how to share your thoughts, experiences, and expertise on the web through a website/blog and social media.

Participants will set up a site and learn the basics of how to manage and organize content in WordPress.

Participants will learn about how to write for and share on the web, how to write articles, stories, memoirs, and marketing material for businesses. It covers a variety of web writing styles, personas, content organization and management, guest blogging, research, SEO, editorial calendars, copyright, community building and networking, how to comment, journaling, citizen journalism, and a wide variety of web publishing forms. We will also covering how to turn your blog into a book and build an audience and fan club in the process.

This is an ideal class for anyone with a website who wants to know how to improve their content and share better on the web. Perfect for journalists, family historians, storytellers, business owners, employees, bloggers, authors, and anyone with a story or expertise to share with the world.

I’ve covered many of the tips for web writing in my Blog Exercises as an example of some of the material covered in the class.

For more information, check out the listing for the Writing for the Web course course at Clark College Corporate and Continuing Education. You may register on the web, in person, or by calling (360) 992-2939.


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Blog Exercises: I Thought You Would Appreciate This Gratuitous Picture

Orangutan chewing on finger, portrait, photography copyright Brent and Lorelle VAnFossen.

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For many years it was thought that every post published on a blog had to feature a gratuitous image, some photograph that would lure people to click through and read the article. The myth perpetuated itself, which myths tend to do, and many still publish content with gratuitous imagery.

A gratuitous image is one that might complement the content but often has little to do with it. If the article is inspiring, an inspiring image would be chosen. If the author wished to motivate the reader, some motivating picture would be scrounged up. If the article’s purpose was to build a relationship with the reader, pet pictures, family photographs, and images of togetherness might be chosen. Or some sexy woman (or man) in a position believed by many to be sexy might be featured on the prime real estate and have nothing to do with the content at all.

There is nothing wrong with this method of hooking potential readers with a flash of flesh or inspired imagery. There is also nothing good about it. Let’s look at the reasons to use and not use gratuitous imagery.

If a reader is a fan already, they are there for a reason. Keep that reason going and let nothing get in their way.

If someone is searching for your content, is it the imagery or the content that drives them to your spot on the web? Search results do not currently show images unless someone is searching for images. If the content is found on social media channels, is it the words or the images that generate the click-throughs to your site?

Ask yourself why you are using such images. They take time to find, time that might be spent writing the next post or promoting yourself and your ideas across social media. How much of your time is spent finding these images? Is it really time well spent?
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Blog Exercises: Under the Hood Spring Cleaning

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.One of my students in my Portland Community College WordPress class reminded me that clutter is clutter, no matter where you find it.

Peter Smith reminds us that too many WordPress Themes is a waste of resources. Today, I feature his post to remind us all to clean up our sites under the hood.

I had about 15 to 20 themes installed at anytime. Granted there is no need to have so many themes on self-hosted site. Should not use up server resources like this. This also could be said for WordPress plugins…

When using WordPress, we tend to use only one WordPress Theme, switching to a new one when we make a site design change, something most people do every couple years or so. After all, we worked hard to find the design we wanted, maybe tweaked with it. We’re not switching Themes daily, so why do we have dozens of WordPress Themes installed doing nothing?

Peter is right. While having all these WordPress Theme files on our web server doesn’t do any harm, they don’t slow down the site or impact our visitor’s experience, but they impact our own experience. They take up file storage space and distract us with their clutter.

Check your Theme list on your site. Go to Appearance > Themes. How many do you have listed? How old are they? Clean house and remove the ones you aren’t using. You can always reinstall them at a later date for testing, but the testing is done. Get rid of them.

What about your WordPress Plugins? As Peter also mentioned, do we need all those, especially the WordPress Plugins installed over a year or more ago? What about five years ago? Eight? When moving my site from its old host to the amazing WPEngine hosting service, hosting all WordPress all the time, I found I’d had dozens of WordPress Plugins, some left over from the earliest days of WordPress Plugin development. It was time for them to go, leaving me with only a few precious Plugins I can’t blog without on that site.

How many do you have installed and deactivated, or activated and not using or using to full advantage? Clean those out by uninstalling the ones you don’t use or thought were good ideas that weren’t.

Do you have images you’ve uploaded but never used? Consider going through your Media Library and looking for images to delete giving yourself a little more space to upload more.

What about draft posts? Take a few minutes to go through these and clean these out as well. If they are ready to publish, use these for emergency draft posts or schedule them for a future release date. If they are ideas that went no where and never will, trash them.

In April, the Blog Exercise was to clean up the clutter that may give poor first impression to visitors and readers on the front of your site. Today, it’s time clean things up under the hood.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Your blog exercise today is to dig into the back end of your site and clean out the clutter.

It doesn’t seem like much. I’ve found that I feel better when I clean out the clutter around me, even that hidden from the public behind the closet door – you know the one. The one you’ve created that resembles that closet seen in television sitcoms where the unwitting person opens the door and all the tribbles fly out and bury the guy…you know the one. We all have them. It’s time to slowly open the door and clean up the dead tribbles on your own site. For your own protection.

Start cleaning!

SPOILER: By the end of June, I will be publishing the first six months of Blog Exercises as an ebook, the first half of what will become the final book at the end of the year. Stay tuned for news!

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.


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Blog Exercises: If You Had a Dream Speech

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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day out on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat and injustice, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification,” one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.

Martin Luther King

We’ve all heard these famous words, this poetic speech that moved a nation and changed the world. Today, while there is still hate and prejudice in our world, many of his dreams have come true.

Do you have a dream speech?

What would your dream speech be if you were to write a dream speech?

The most powerful thing about Martin Luther King’s dream was that it was attainable. The US Bill of Rights stated that all men are created equal. The government wasn’t practicing it. That’s easy. Practice what you preach.

Mississippi is still a hot bed of heat and injustice, but it is more representative now of how we can all get along than some other states in the union. King’s children live in a nation where they can get a college education, hold any job, and not be judged by their skin but their character – as long as they aren’t in an area where profiling is practiced. It isn’t perfect but it is improving all the time.

As for state governors free from prejudice – we’re getting closer. Prejudice has shifted from blacks to “immigrants,” so prejudice survives in different forms. George Wallace, identified as the racist governor in King’s speech, famous for his “Segregation now!” speech in 1963, changed his mind about his racist ways and spent the rest of his life fighting for the rights of blacks to vote and hold office until his death in 1998. Government leaders and the people who vote for them are changing their attitudes about racism every year, so yes, things are improving and we’re getting closer to King’s dream.

Pie-in-the-sky wild dreams are great, but rarely do they inspire as much as achievable tasks with personal relevancy. How would your dream speech change under those guidelines?

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Your blog exercise today is to write a dream speech.

We all have dreams. Some are big, some are little, some are for us individually, some are for the whole world. What’s yours?

Your blog is a place where you are free to have your say, to share with the world your thoughts, feelings, stories, and expertise. It’s your soap box. Use it.

Some of us have many dreams. I ask you to choose only one dream for this exercise. One soap box to stand on and ask the world to join you in this dream.

Wish to blog about this? Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

SNEAK PREVIEW: I’ll be putting all these blog exercises together in a rough draft ebook by the end of the month or first part of July and make it available for download. Stay tuned for news and details on getting a free copy!

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.


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Blog Exercise: Take Yourself on a Bloggy Vacation

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Writer’s block is a tool — use it. When asked why you haven’t produced anything lately, just say, “I’m blocked.” Since most people think that writing is some mystical process where characters “talk to you” and you can hear their voices in your head, being blocked is the perfect cover for when you just don’t feel like working.
Colson Whitehead, author/educator

I rarely have blogger’s block, the equivalent of writer’s block for bloggers. In fact, my problems is usually that I have too much to write about and can’t choose which one to prioritize. Yet, there are times when I just don’t feel like working. It isn’t that I’m not inspired. I just need some selfish time, time away from what I’m doing. I find that time is actually healing, giving me fresh insight for when I return.

There are authors and writers who’ve truly suffered from writer’s block. Often it is self-doubt, stress, pressure, and anxiety getting in their way rather than their imagination going on vacation. Sometimes vacation is what the imagination needs, which is the subject of this blog exercise.

I find myself the most inspired when I travel, when I leave the confines of my day-to-day life and push my comfort zone around. I don’t have to get on a plane. I don’t have to spend much money. I can drive to a park I’ve never been to and take a walk through it, visit a tourist location in town and play tourist, or camp in my back yard.

Disruption shakes up conventional thought. Find ways this summer to disrupt your thinking, your process, your habits, your norms.

As you plan your summer vacation, find ways to push around those comfort zones to stretch yourself – and your blog.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Your blog exercise today is multi-fold. Begin to stretch your bloggy parameters by planning an outing this week. It may be for a few minutes to a couple hours, or possibly overnight. You don’t have to go far and it doesn’t have to cost much.

For me, I’ve planned to head into the Chinatown District in Portland, Oregon, to visit a friend who owns a restaurant there. I asked him to teach me how to play Chinese Chess months ago. Everything has gotten in the way, so this week I’m going to make time in my busy schedule to eat their glorious food and spend an hour or two learning a game I’ve never played. For those few precious hours, I will be transported to China, eating home-cooked native food and drinking luscious Chinese tea and learn to play a complicated board game.
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Blog Exercises: Page and Post Abuse

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.If you are on WordPress, you are familiar with the concept of Pages and Posts. If you are on another Content Management System (CMS), it is likely you have similar content with a different name.

In WordPress, Pages, with a capital P, are pseudo-static web pages on your site. They exist outside of the reverse chronological order of posts, and are not typically tagged or categorized. Navigation to Pages is found from the main navigation areas. I went into depth explaining Pages in “WordPress Pages: Exploring the Pseudo-Static Pages of WordPress” if these are new to you.

Posts, with a lowercase p, are your “blog” content, so to speak. They are web pages presented typically in reverse chronological order. They are grouped by categories and tags. Navigation to posts are on multiple post pageviews such as the Front, categories, tags, and through category lists in key navigation areas. Posts are typically not featured as direct links except in lists of recent posts or most popular posts.

When it comes to choosing which content to place where, I explain to students and clients that Pages are timeless and posts are timely.

Pages are placeholders for your timeless content, content you require for your site such as About, Contact, Policies, Events, Resources, and similar content. It is content you reference from other web pages on your site that needs to stand aside. Pages answer questions and guide visitors to the right information.

Posts are articles, news, information, tutorials, tips, commentary, and timely information for your readers. It is the flow of content that feeds your audience. Posts entertain, inform, and educate.

Example of using Pages in main menu - out of control navigation.While the concept seems simple enough to explain, many novice and experienced bloggers and web publishers get confused and abuse posts and Pages.

If you think of your site as a book, it makes sense to make every web page a Page as in page of a book. As Pages require key placement within the navigation areas, Page lists may get cumbersome as they become giant tables of content with Pages, subPages, and sub-subPages. It’s a mess.
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Blog Exercises: May Summary

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.Is is June already? Where did May go?

If you joined us for these Blog Exercises in the month of May, we were a pretty busy lot.

Time was spent on blog policies and security at the start of the month. I gave you assignments with tips on how to protect yourself by owning your own site and content, developing a strong comments policy, and to create a backup inventory of posts for those “just in case” moments we all experience.

We worked hard on our sites for content structure, organization, and content styles. I gave you tips on how to write poetry and recipes, develop your vocabulary, write paragraph lengths appropriate to web reading, quoting and citations, and more editing exercises.

Here’s the summary of the blog exercises for the month of May. Did you miss any?

I’m planning to have an ebook collection of the first six months of these blog exercises ready at the end of June, if summer plans cooperate. Stay tuned for news so you can get your free copy.

Coming up are more blog exercises dealing with policies, content management and strategies, images and multimedia, podcasting, design, and more WordPress tips and techniques as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of WordPress and the 7th Anniversary of this site and WordPress.com.

We’re almost to the six month marker. There is still more exciting blog exercises to come this year!


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Blog Exercises: Making Lists

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.Got a list?

Today’s blog exercise is a technical one. We’re looking at making lists in your blog posts.

You would think that something like a bullet or numbered list would be simple. No discussion or training involved. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as you would think.

In the blog exercise on making a weekly link roundup, these could have been done in a list, but let’s go further with our lists.

There are many kinds of lists.

  1. Bullet Lists: Automatically generated by using the <ul> HTML tag around list items (<li>), a bullet list is a simple unordered list. It may just be a list of words or sentences. It could be a list of titles or links to web pages or sites. It could be a defined list such as this, with a bold face introductory term to give the reader a clue as to what is to follow.
  2. Numbered Lists: Numbered lists are automatically created with the <ol> HTML tag around list items (<li>), numbers identifying the ordered list. The numbers could count items or be the steps for instructions.
  3. Heading Lists: Heading lists are lists created with HTML headings such as <h2>. These often feature numbers counting down the steps or items in the list, the numbers added manually. The specifics are in paragraphs, often with images, explaining the examples or steps involved in the process. The article is usually titled 12 Tips for Better Blogging or How to Repair Your Car in 6 Easy Steps.

From here, there are many variations on a theme. Some people use graphics to indicate the each number in the step order. Others get even more creative.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Your blog exercise today is to play around with lists.

Write an article feature the X number of steps in a process. Show your readers how to do something step-by-step.

Publish an article feature a list of items or links you recommend.

Take time to make your list correctly with proper HTML. Search engines love it and you will score better on their scorecards for the effort.

Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

Would you like to join us and work on these Blog Exercises on your own site? This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles, and you may jump in at any time.


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Blog Exercises: Building Blogger Relationships

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.During many of these Blog Exercises I’ve talked about the power of linking across the web, especially with bloggers. This blog exercise is dedicated to helping you make the connection you want and need come true.

Do you have a blogging mentor, a blogger you wish to get to know better, feel a connection with, want to learn more from? Today’s blog exercise is to become that blogger’s new best friend.

This is not the time to turn into a stalker, and best friend is a lot to ask. Your challenge is to become visible to that person, let them know that you know they exist, and that you are proud of their work and participation on the web, and how they give so much of themselves to others, including yourself.

Blog about them. Learn as much as you can about who they are, what they do, and how they do it, and brag on them on your site. Share how their online work has influenced you and your site. Compliment the content they’ve published, the stands they’ve taken, the lives they’ve changed, including your own.

The links to the posts they’ve written will generate trackbacks, an invitation to visit your post about them, to which they should leave a comment thanking you for your kindness and attention.

At this point, you may have their email address. Send a polite private note thanking them for their comment and again telling them, in very few words, how you appreciate what they do and how you are influenced by their work.

If you do not hear back from them, leave it. You’ve done your bloggy etiquette for the month. You’ve said thank you and that’s enough.

If they do respond, see how far the conversation goes. Remember, bloggers are busy. They have full lives, often one or two “day” jobs in addition to friends, family, hobbies, and blogging.
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Blog Exercises: FAQs

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.A FAQ is a web page featuring “Frequently Asked Questions.” Does your site need a FAQ?

Most sites do not need a FAQ Page. Yours might. How do you know if your website needs a FAQ?

If your site offers products and services, a FAQ may be necessary to answer frequently asked questions about the products, services, warranties, guarantees, shipping rates and policies, and other answers to other customer service questions.

The key is that if your site offers customer service, it needs a FAQ to cover the typical questions people need to know.

A FAQ page is typically created as a single page with headings featuring the questions and the text below it answer each question.

If the FAQ questions are more than 5-7, consider adding a FAQ table of contents with jump links to the answers. It is a simple list of links to each question. The visitor clicks on the link to jump down to the spot with the answer on the page. My article on the HTML link tag features an example of jump links in a list.

Answers to the question should be concise. It may also feature links to more information such as reference articles on your site.

FAQ Pages are created as Pages not posts on a WordPress site as it is a timeless resource on your site. From posts, products, services, and other web pages that provide customer information and support, include a link to your FAQ page for more information.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Does your site require a FAQ?

Today’s blog exercise is to give this serious consideration. Are you selling products and services? Are you asked the same questions over and over again about your site and work? Could customers and readers be better served by providing a single page listing the answers to their most common questions?

Your site might not need one, but you should give it some thought.

If you are a website builder, designer, developer, or sales person, consider adding a FAQ for your customer’s site.

Blog about this? Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task and your FAQ page and learn from how you put it together.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.


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Happy Birthday, WordPress!

Today is the 10th Anniversary of that famous moment when Matt Mullenweg reached out to the world, and Mike Little replied, and WordPress was born. A blog post that changed the world.

Matt Mullenweg asks readers about making a new publishing platform, Mike Little response, and WordPress is born.

Happy Birthday, WordPress!

WordPress 10th anniversary birthday balloons.

I’m off to celebrate with the Portland WordPress Meetup Group of Oregon. Cake?


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Blog Exercises: Memorial Moments

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.Today, the United States celebrates Memorial Day (not the movie).

The day is dedicated to remembering those who died while serving in the United States military services. Originally known as “Decoration Day,” the holiday started after the American Civil War (1861-1865). While the dates are debated, the first Memorial Day observance as a holiday was in 1864, 149 years ago. If that year is considered official, next year will be the 150th Anniversary of the first Memorial Day celebrated in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. The official recognition of the holiday came with a Congressional Act in 1967.

There are memorial days honoring soldiers in every country and region at different times of the year. It is important to remember.

Living in Israel for so long, the Jewish tradition – command – to remember is absolute. We must survive to testify the truth, to tell the story, to preserve the past so we dare not repeat it. On the walls of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, are the words “always remember, never forget,” a mantra that many recall on Memorial Day.

There are many layers and perspectives on a day honoring war, soldiers, military acts and forces, and the winners and losers as we defend ourselves, protect our borders, protect others, and control the world around us.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Today’s blog exercise is based upon memorials.

Whether or not you’ve been personally touched by war and the military, find a way to blog about honoring those who fight on our behalf, for whatever reasons.

You might be inclined to rant about military action. That’s okay. You may have been in war or served in the military and wish to share your own experiences. You may have been directly involved with the military and loss in the military. All voices, opinions, and stories are welcome as you take on this subject on your site.

Take care to remember that everyone has an opinion. Don’t let that hold you back. You have a right to share your own story, your own perspective on Memorial Day, be it the day of your country’s holiday or not.

Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.

SPOILER: By the end of June, I will be publishing the first six months of Blog Exercises as an ebook, the first half of what will become the final book at the end of the year. Stay tuned for news!

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles. You are welcome to join us at any point in this year-long exercise.


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Blog Exercises: Emergency Drafts

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.I write my blog posts as far in advance as possible, using the future posts/scheduling feature of WordPress to set my posts to release over time, automating the process of self-publishing on my site and giving me time to live my life rather than be tied to my site.

I rely heavily on my Editorial Calendar to keep me on schedule for upcoming posts, but I do something more to protect me when emergencies happen and I need a backup plan to publish on my site in a timely manner.

I usually have 10-30 blog posts in draft form. They are ready to go and set as Drafts in WordPress. All I have to do is hit publish and they are released to the world.

I don’t need these often, as I work so far ahead, but when I do, I love that they are there. I’ve used mine when I’ve been sick and unable to sit at the computer and compose new thoughts. I’ve used them when a family emergency called me away from my work and my site had to continue forward. I turn to my inventory often when on the road and time just won’t let me create new content.

The articles are not timely in the sense that they are associated with a specific date or topical event. They do not refer to dates or reference material that could be considered out-dated if I wrote it in 2006 and released it in 2013. The articles are usually basic tips, techniques, or editorial content that will help readers no matter when they are released.
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Blog Exercises: What Are You Missing?

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.Frogs redefine my thoughts about amphibians annually.

As a child, spring was for tadpoles and summers were for frogs in the swamps, ponds, and ditches around my country ranch in the Pacific Northwest. Moving to Oregon’s Coastal Mountain range west of Portland, my winters are spent driving up the foothills like a crazy person, avoiding patches of ice and hopping frogs as they propel themselves across the road in the evening and through the night.

This year no frogs. I haven’t swerved my car once this winter for frogs crossing the road, only the rare bit of suspect black ice. Is it because it hasn’t been cold enough long enough, or just not cold and wet enough? I don’t know.

Copyright Brent VanFossen - Red-legged Frog under leaf in Olympic National Park.

Red-legged frog in the Olympic National Park, photography by Brent VanFossen.

Yesterday, I did a quick swerve around a small tree frog on the road. That’s when I realized it was the first frog of the year. It’s May, late Spring and early Summer here. Where are the frogs of January and February? Were they crossing the road when I wasn’t on it, or has the extreme dry weather this winter changed their habitat and habits?

Thinking about this single frog and all the frogs I missed this year, I thought about what I was missing on my blog or from my blog. Such thoughts are dominoes in my mind. What is gone that once was a regular part of my life blogging? Is the loss a good thing or bad?

When I started blogging long before blogging was a word, even before online journaling, it was hard work to get content up on the web. By 2003 and WordPress, it became easier and faster, and I became more productive. As WordPress improved, leaping forward after 2006 with WordPress.com, I was really rocking. It became so easy to publish, I forgot about how hard it used to be.

When things get easier, sometimes we take it for granted. Such productivity is one thing I was missing as work and life got in the way of multiple posts a day. This year is my year to increase my writing and publishing productivity with these Blog Exercises.

So what else is missing?
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Blog Exercise: Inspired by Photography

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.We are all inspired by photography, a picture that motivates and inspires, that moves us, sometimes to the point of changing our perspective on a subject or on our life.

With all of the power found in photography, over the next few weeks I will be offering Blog Exercises with the emphasis on getting you behind the camera and showcasing your photography on your blog.

In this first exercise, you are to dig through your archives to find a photograph to publish on your site that truly changed your life.

It could have changed your mind, your perspective, or the path of your life.

It might be very personal. It might not. It’s your photograph and your story. Share it with your readers.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Here are the specifics of the blog exercise today.

Go through all those images in your file cabinet, scrapbooks, or digital files and find a single image that you feel represented a change in your life.

It could be the image itself, a moment captured once viewed that changed your life. It could be an image representative of a moment when your life changed.

Tell us the story behind the image and how it changed your life.

Before you publish the story and photograph, including a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants in these blog exercises can check out your blog exercise task and ooh and awwww over your picture and story. You don’t need to explain the why and incentive behind the post, so let the link be enough if you wish.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles. Come join the fun!

SPOILER: By the end of June, I will be publishing the first six months of Blog Exercises as an ebook, the first half of what will become the final book at the end of the year. Stay tuned for news!


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