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The Freedom in Freedom of Speech

Before and after WordCamp Whistler 2009 in Whistler, BC, Canada, I took advantage of the good graces and lovely home of Glenda Watson Hyatt of Do It Myself Blog (@GlendaWH) and her husband, Darrell Hyatt of Enabling Abilities to Appear in Vancouver, British Columbia. Spending time with Glenda and Darrell is filled with laughter and […]

Duke DesRochers: Future Social Media Renaissance Man

In this modern world where entertainment has many fronts, movies, network television, cable television, and the web, The Food Network is among many entertainment companies trying to notch it up and take advantage of online social media to find The Next Food Network Star. My cousin, Duke DesRochers, has entered the contest, and as far […]

Blog Challenge: What Are Your Most Favorite Blog Post Failures

This week’s blog challenge is: Brag about your favorite unpopular posts. On your blog, write a post about your favorite published but unpopular posts, blog posts you thought should have gotten more attention than your blog statistics report. Tell us why you think these are worthwhile posts and why you think they didn’t get the […]

When a Comment Requires the Honest Truth

Maybe it was one of those days. Maybe it was something in the air. Today, I had six comments that required the honest truth as a response. Not the tempered, kinder and gentler response but the hard cold truth. The kind of truth you have to give knowing that some can’t take it. Not all […]

WordCamp Israel WordPress Tips Talk

The following are my tips and recommendations to help you get the most out of WordPress, be it on WordPress.com or the full version of WordPress as presented to hundreds of WordPress fans at WordCamp Israel (English) recently. This is a fleshed-out version of my program notes outline, with links to more tips and recommendations […]

Spinning Spammers Steal Our Blog Content

Last week, an article I wrote for the Blog Herald, Blogging Outside of Your Community By Not Blogging in Your Native Tongue, caught the attention of more than just the readers. It caught the attention of the staff of the Blog Herald by attracting a very unusual trackback from a new kind of copyright violating […]

WordPress Themes: The Ignored Footer

Have you looked lately at the average WordPress Theme footer? That little bit of color and text at the bottom of a WordPress Theme? Lately, it seems that the only time it gets any attention is when people are looking for design credit, embedded links and ads, and other nasties. Sometimes I think the web […]

WordPress.com Tip: Get Your Own WordPress.com Email

No, WordPress.com isn’t offering email services – yet. But there is a way you can create an email address that matches your WordPress.com blog. If I’ve commented on your blog recently, have you noticed the email I’m using in the form? lorelleonwordpress@gmail.com If your WordPress.com blog’s title or domain name hasn’t been taken by Gmail, […]

Liz Strauss Guides Lorelle on a Quest To Find Her Passion

When Liz Strauss called me to warn me she was going to make me the “star” of a story as part of Joanna’s Thematic Links Post Writing Challenge, using the post titles of all the bloggers who participated in a story, I was a little nervous. The result is delightful and fun: Liz’s Thematic Links […]

Blog Challenge: Describe Blogging

I’ve heard a lot of people make jokes about trying to describe blogging to their mother, grandmother, father, and even to co-workers and bosses. Even a best friend’s eyes glaze over when that slogging, logging, grogging, flogging, whatchamacallit – oh, yes, B-L-O-G-Ging thing comes up in conversation. This week, your blogging challenge is to describe […]

If You Sign Your Blog Comments, You Are a Dork

I was recently at a meeting with a lot of bloggers and I overheard a group of them spouting off about “stupid people who leave stupid-style comments on their blogs”. There was a lot of talk about the idiotic things people leave on blog comments like “Wow, this is so useful”, which you would think […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Blockquotes and Quotes

Have you had enough blog bling? No? This part of the blog bling series covers how to add emphasis to your blockquotes and quotes in your WordPress.com blogs. So far, the WordPress.com Blog Bling series has covered adding graphic images, lines and smilies, social bookmarking links, and font bling. The techniques covered in this section […]

Things I Want Gone from the Web in 2007

Here are a few things I want gone from the web in 2007 – and forever – along with a few things I want you to do to make the web a better place in 2007. Kill All Popup Windows In every shape and form. Out-of-control Advertising Web pages, specifically blogs, are now looking more […]

Blogging Challenge: Should All Business Professionals Blog?

The Learning Circuits Blog posted a “big question” for the month of October which asks people to respond to the question “should all learning professionals be blogging?” A lot of educators and others have responded, adding up to 26 at last count, all examining the issue thoroughly. It got me thinking about whether all professionals […]

Applaud Those Who Warn You: Your Blog’s Content Is Being Stolen

I’ve seen a huge jump in the number of bloggers stunned that they, little blogs on the blogosphere map, are having their content stolen and abused through their feeds. Over and over they say the same thing: “I thought only the top bloggers got their content stolen.” BULL. The joke about size doesn’t matter applies […]

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