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Blogging Resources and Sources to Help You Blog

As a blogger and professional editorial and technical writer, I have collected a variety of online resources and references to help me write, blog, and work. The following are a list of Internet resources, sources, references, guides, and tools that help me with my basic blog writing research and publishing. I use these resources to […]

The Real Hidden Value of Old Post Traffic

Since creating my Weekly Digest, I’m forced to look through my blog stats on a regular basis, something I’ve been loath to do for many years. Most of it doesn’t interest me as I’ve been doing this too long to worry over the micro-statistics, but I’ve been watching an interesting trend that has now turned […]

Blog Struggles: Surviving Offline Downtime

I travel a lot as part of my work and there are many times when access to the Internet just isn’t possible. Currently, our temporary residence in Oregon is on a farm over 30 minutes from “civilization”. The farm has satellite Internet, so snow, big storms, freezing fog, power outage, or a glitch in the […]

Honoring the Hard Working Blue Collar Bloggers

While a lot of people rant on about the A-List and Z-List of bloggers, Tony Hung of Deep Jive Interests offers “A List Types Refuse to Acknowledge Blogging’s Blue Collar Class”: But with the rhetoric once again reaching shrill levels, …there’s one thing that Jeff Jarvis, Jason Calacanis, or any other A-list blogger fails to […]

Digg This Feature on WordPress.com Blogs

One of the consistently most requested add-on features for WordPress.com bloggers has been adding a Digg This style button to their blogs. It’s now here. There are great step-by-step illustrated instructions on the WordPress.com FAQ called “How Do I Digg”, but basically they are: Register with Digg. Publish your post. Search Digg to find if […]

WordPress Plugins Battling Evil

I hate to admit it, but there is evil on the web. And it is often aimed directly at bloggers. Comment Spam WordPress Plugins One of my greatest fears on Lorelle on WordPress is that Akismet will go off-line or suddenly stop working. If their servers go down, it’s nightmare hell for Lorelle. The number […]

The Number One Flaw in WordPress: Comments

I’m sure that your “number one flaw” or lacking feature in WordPress might be different from mine, but this is one that really bothers me. I think the solution is simple. So the question is: Why hasn’t something been done to fix this flaw? The flaw? Comments. Comments are critical to blogs. They are the […]

Growth of Online Medical Social Networks, Support Groups, and Communities

DailyStrength: Online Support Groups and Aggregate Treatment Info from TechCrunch is an interesting article about a new social network which is a forum/support group for people with health and life issues and concerns. DailyStrength is a new social network that provides a space for people with a wide variety of medical, psychological and life conditions […]

Age Discrimination a Factor for Bloggers?

Writers Write Blog reports on an age discrimination lawsuit brought by the writers and editors of the Dallas Morning News: The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, said Belo terminated the employees in October 2004 as part of a workforce reduction program. They included writers, editors […]

Bloggers Who Contribute to the World Benefit the World

Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion writes in “Blogosphere Leaders and Losers” on how leadership tells, even in blogging: If there’s something that most of these folks have in common it’s this – they are critical, but they’re also really nice and willing to learn. They always contribute to the discussion in a positive way. They […]

ProBlogger Asks Which Bloggers Would You Love to Meet?

ProBlogger Darren Rowse asks “Which Bloggers Would You Love to Meet?” and stirs up some interesting responses. The lists of who most people would like to meet are sometimes surprising, and gives you insights into who some of the top (and most mysterious ;-) ) bloggers are out there. Check it out and add to […]

The Bitacle Battle of Blogs

UPDATE: Many years have passed since this article was published. Recently, Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today took a look back at the lessons learned from Bitacle and the battle so many bloggers fought against them. Google now works to prevent and stop such abuse. While the Bitacle model still works, because so many spoke out […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Blogging About Bloggers

I’ve had fun over the past year blogging about bloggers. The first batch of bloggers I blogged about were the first bloggers on WordPress.com, followed by bloggers blogging about Hurricane Katrina, which was of special interest to me since I was in its direct path. A fun article on bloggers blogging about unusual topics was […]

Celebrity Blogs: Which Celebrities are Blogging?

A while ago I wrote about celebrity bloggers. That article continues to attract attention and that got me thinking. Who Do You Think is a Celebrity Blogger? When I wrote that article, to me, a celebrity was a movie star, famous in-the-news person. Someone with “fans”. I wanted to highlight the famous celebrities who blogged, […]

What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content

Having been the target of copyright thieves, and working with writers, authors, and photographers on copyright protection and laws for over 25 years, I thought I’d talk a little about what to do when someone steals your content. First, you noticed that I didn’t say “if” someone steals your content. That was on purpose. With […]

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