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Weekly Digest: Recovering from WordCamp, Lots of Interviews, CNet Calls, Two Months of Guest Bloggers, and Too Much More

Well, after writing about how to create this Weekly Digest Post here, and announcing that the next issue would be skipped, returning after WordCamp 2007, I didn’t anticipate being so from civilization on my way up the California and Oregon coast. Without Internet or cell phone access! ARGH! So we’re back on schedule with my […]

Happy Taggiversary to Technorati

Technorati’s second birthday is today, so kudos and salutes should abound in celebration. To honor their birthday, they are releasing new and updated Tag Pages, part of their constant striving to become better and more reliable as a social networking service and specialized search engine. Technorati revolutionized the blogosphere and the web by taking full […]

Writing Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles on Your Blog

If it bleeds, it leads. Punchy. Catchy. Attention-getting. Insightful. Instructive. Incentive. Luring. Fishing. Bait. Hook. These are all terms used to describe an effectively written title or headline for an article. The words chosen must provide a powerful incentive to make the reader want to read. To make them want to buy the magazine, newspaper, […]

One Year Anniversary Review: WordPress Tips, Tricks and Techniques

This is a blog about WordPress and I’ve written a lot about how to use WordPress from every angle. Part of the challenge of writing about WordPress over the past year has been the issue of writing about WordPress, the full version program where you can do just about anything you want, and writing about […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Blogging and Blogging Tips

This is a blog about blogging, as well as WordPress, and over the past year I’ve written plenty about blogging. When I began this blog, Lorelle on WordPress, was meant to be about WordPress. All about WordPress. I quickly found out that you cannot use WordPress without blogging, so the two fit together. I’ve written […]

Edublogs.org – Providing Free Blogs to Educators and Students

Edublogs.org was one of the first WordPress.com style blogs based upon the multi-user blogging program, WordPressMU. Recently, it was announced that Edublogs.org now has almost 17,000 bloggers signed on, an amazing number. Edublogs is a free blogging service for teachers, researchers, librarians and other educational professionals. It creates an interesting blogging community, all blogging about […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Accessibility and Usability

In “Usability Isn’t Expensive. It’s Practical. Usability is Useful.”, I explained the differences, and similarities between accessibility and usability: Accessibility is the development of a website or blog to be accessible to everyone. This means that the design must meet web standards and pass a range of validation tests in order to be compliant with […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Tags, Tagging, and Categories

This past year was proclaimed by many as the Year of the Tag as Technorati’s tag services and features roared onto our blogs. By December of 2005, there was barely a blog without some form of tags on display. Panic turned from not getting into Google fast enough to not showing up fast enough on […]

One Year Anniversary Review: WordPress For Beginners

One of the first things I did as a documentation volunteer for WordPress was to help create the popular WordPress Lessons on the WordPress Codex. I believe it is critically important that users get hands-on, step-by-step basic instructions for using the most elementary aspects of WordPress. After all, WordPress is easy-to-use and is proud of […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Choosing a WordPress Theme

One of the slick features with all WordPress and WordPress.com blogs is the ability to change the look of your blog in seconds. This feature was added in WordPress 1.5 in the beginning of 2005 and continues to be one of the most fascinating and exciting features WordPress has to offer. With WordPress, you can […]

One Year Anniversary Blog Self-Review

One year. Wow! When Donncha asked me to lend my WordPress assault skills to the then named WordPressMU, the backbone upon which WordPress.com is built, I have to be honest. I didn’t have the time, energy, or enthusiasm to tackle another WordPress project. Like that ever stopped me. ;-) I only took a few minutes […]

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 […]

Writing With Post Excerpts and Feed Excerpts in Mind

I recently described how to change full post displays to excerpts on multi-post views of your WordPress Theme. If you use post excerpts on your WordPress or WordPress.com blog and excerpts in your feeds, you need to think about writing with excerpts in mind. An excerpt is one of two things. First, it is the […]

Tags and Tagging in WordPress

One of most popular posts I wrote is on A Tagging Bookmarklet for WordPress and WordPress.com Users, which offers a step-by-step process of how to create the tags and signature you find at the bottom of every post that I write. I’d like to clear up a little confusion about tags in WordPress.com for you. […]

What Influenced Your Blogging Platform Choice?

Earlier this year, Any Wibbles released “Anatomy and Structure of TypePad, WordPress, Blogger, and Movable Type Blog”, an interesting comparison between the different blogging tools and/or platforms. While the review doesn’t cover some of the new features, it does give a clear outline of the differences in process and methodology, as well as customizability, in […]

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