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The Art of the Fan-Based Blog: Competition Means Collaboration

By DB Ferguson of the No Fact Zone The first and most important step before even starting a fan blog is to find out the dynamics of your fandom as it currently exists online. Is there an official site? Are there message boards out there dedicated to your subject? Are there already other fan sites? […]

Introducing the Art of the Fan-Based Blog Article Series

I’m a Trekkie. For the uninformed, this means I’m nuts about Star Trek. To misquote Eddie Izzard (I’m a fan of his, too), I’m not a wacko, obsessed Trekkie. I’m an executive Trekkie. The high class, normal type of fan. This means that while I love reading Star Trek related blogs, websites and fan forums, […]

The Real Benefits of Sponsoring a WordCamp

Roxanne Darling, the organizer of Podcamp and WordCamp Hawaii, October 24, 2008, is encouraging everyone to help make this Podcamp and WordCamp a success and supporting their sponsors by blogging about them. While you should blog about them and support sponsors of WordCamp and WordPress Events, there is a bigger benefit to being a WordCamp […]

WordCamp Portland: How WordPress Changes Lives

When I was asked to speak on how WordPress changes lives at WordCamp Portland in September of 2008, I was faced with a dilemma. While WordPress does change lives, blogging changes more lives. How do I connect the dots between WordPress and the life changing experience of blogging? I didn’t realize that the WordPress Community […]

See You in Las Vegas at Blog World Expo

I’m going to be joining everyone in the blogosphere at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas this weekend, September 20-21, 2008. Not going to be there? You are missing out on what could be a record breaking event. I will be there with Woopra, Layered Tech, and WordPress. I’ve peeked at the Conference Schedule and […]

Blog Struggles: When Is Your Blog Focus Too Narrow?

As I struggled to determine my blog’s focus, I debated like many about the definition of “narrow”. After all, how narrow is narrow in your niche? After years of personal debate on this issue, I came up with this answer: Your blog focus is too narrow when you run out of things to write about. […]

A Clear Blog Purpose Will Make or Break Your Blog

Blogging Bits offers “A Beginner’s Teeny Weeny Guide to Blogging”, a simple step-by-step resource list of articles from around the blogosphere covering a variety of blog tips and techniques. The list includes: Setup Promotion Monetization Miscellaneous good practices The comments include other recommendations that are worth tracking, too.

Why is Your Blog Unsuccessful?

Vandelay Design offers “Common Reasons a Website is Unsuccessful”, ten basic bits of advice for websites and blogs to determine their success or failure. The list includes: Lack of a Purpose Lack of Focus on the User Little or No Significant Content Poor Marketing Strategy Bad Choice of Niche or Industry Infrequent Updates Lack of […]

Learning from the Voices of WordCamp Dallas

Charles Stricklin, the host of WordCamp Dallas 2008 and The WordPress Podcast has released The Voices of WordCamp Dallas, a collection of quick interviews and questions I asked during the event. I was so amazed at how open everyone was, willing to share their thoughts on WordPress, WordCamp, blogging, and the magic of the web […]

SOBCon 2008: FuelMyBlog Pre-Conference Meetup Friends

Tonight was the first event of the Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon) in Chicago at the pre-conference meetup hosted by FuelMyBlog. It was a great opportunity to socialize with many of the return participants to SOBCon, but also to meet new people. It is clear that SOBCon is going to be the event of […]

The Challenges of Creating an Interactive Blog

By Rachelle Chase Last week, I used my Sex Lounge Finding Derek Contest – an online contest where hunky guys competed to be the hero of my book – to show the importance of interactive web sites. I focused on the why and how to make your site interactive. This time, I’d like to get […]

Blog Challenge: Unusual Blog Subjects

This week’s blog challenge is: What’s the most unusual subject for a blog you’ve found? There are a lot of bloggers out there, but who have you found blogging about the most unusual subjects? Please do not list yourself. Let’s celebrate the diversity of others in blogging. So much of the time we spend studying […]

5 Tips about Surviving on the Road with Lorelle

Hi! It’s Liz Strauss. I’m hijacking Lorelle’s blog while she’s off in Pasadena being brilliant again. Lorelle and I were together at WordCamp Dallas. While we were there, I learned and confirmed a few things that I’d like to share. I got home from WordCamp Dallas 2008 on Tuesday afternoon, and I’m still recovering. The […]

Weekly Digest: WordCamp Dallas, Pasadena Education and Blogging, and More On the Road Blogging and Talking

This week’s Weekly Digest is going to be a quick one, which I’m sure many will appreciate. I’m in Texas for WordCamp Dallas all weekend and so thrilled be surrounded by everyone talking about WordPress and blogging. I’m in heaven! Live near Pasadena? I’ll be there April 2 for the Alliance for Distance Education in […]

WordPress 2.5 New Automatic Plugin Upgrade Problems

I just published WordPress 2.5 Plugins Beware: Automatic Plugin Upgrade Problems on the Blog Herald and recommend that you check it out before using the new Automatic Plugin Upgrade feature in the just released Release Candidate 1 for WordPress 2.5 for beta-testers only. The issue with the new Automatic Plugin Upgrade feature is explained by […]

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