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Blog Challenge: Write A Biographical Post

We all know people who have changed our lives. Some we know well and intimately, like good friends and family. Others, we know only through their existence on the planet, fame, fortune, or infamy. Yet, their lives influenced our thoughts, decisions, and feelings about ourselves and the world around us. Writing a biography is different […]

Speed Blogging: What is Getting In Your Blog’s Way

Blog Chalk Talk offers “Daily Blogging Tip: Practice Blogging Quickly”, an interesting challenge to see what is getting in the way of your blogging efforts. Start a timer. Give yourself, say, 10 minutes. Go! See how much you can write, how fast you can edit, how quickly you can find and insert a relevant photo, […]

2007 Year of the Widget

Newsweek saluted 2007 as the Year of the Widget (print version): …thanks to widgets, taking multiple steps to track down headlines in one place and then check your e-mail in another may seem woefully outdated this time next year. These mini-applications—also called “gadgets”—are simple bits of code, easily dragged onto a desktop or pasted into […]

Blog Challenge: What Have You Learned This Year?

Last year, I asked my readers to blog about “100 Things You Learned This Year You Didn’t Know Last Year”, and I’ll ask again. Your blogging challenge this week is to blog about 50 things you learned this year that you didn’t know last year. Hey, that’s less than one a week. You must have […]

Blogging Challenge: Describe Sound

“Diamonds dipped in caramel.” That’s the lovely description of singer Ella Fitzgerald as described in a recent NPR’s All Things Considered program called “Vocal Impressions: Hearing Voices”. Several years ago, I had that last, long, wonderful father-and-daughter time as we went to look at colleges in the Northeast and decide which one had the most […]

Blog Challenge: Changing the World in 30 Seconds

A year ago, I asked my readers to make a list of 30 things they could do in 30 seconds or less to change the world. This week’s blogging challenge is another challenge to write such a list. Blog a list of 30 things you can do in 30 seconds each to change the world. […]

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 […]

Blogging Challenge: Sneak Peek for Next Week

I’ve been hinting for weeks that a very fun Blog Challenge will be coming your way and next week is the week! Each week I release a blogging challenge for all bloggers, using WordPress and otherwise. The challenges are designed to help you blog. They get you thinking about how blogs work, how you blog, […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Blogger’s Rights and the Risks of Blogging

The issues of protection for bloggers, bloggers rights, and copyright protection for web content is still an evolving issue. As more people find freedom of expression in blogging, other people seem to find more excuses to stop or control not just what they say but how they say it. There is even a guidebook for […]

Blogs That Stand Out

Recently, someone complimented this blog, saying “among all the blogs I’ve looked at this is one that really stood out”. I loved the compliment, but it also got me thinking. What makes a blog stand out from the blogging crowd for you? What is it about a blog that makes it stand out from the […]

Developing New Ways of Thinking about Blogging

In a recent story on NPR called Back Pain Treatments Can Be Tailor-Made, a comment caught my attention. Years ago, doctors recommended that patients go to bed and stay there in order to heal. That’s absolutely not the recommendation today. In fact, not moving at all could be the worst medicine. Fishman likens the process […]

France May Legalize File Sharing

Like me, many bloggers have taken advantage of the fun of file sharing, downloading, uploading, and exchanging files for personal use (not copyright violations – though some would like you to think that), so I was thrilled with the news that France Might Legalize P2P File Sharing by Techwhack: While countries like United States are […]

Accessibility Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

Eyes Apart: Living with strabismus, a blog by Lois, who suffers with Strabismus which causes one or both eyes to not point in the same direction at the same time. She has written a lovely article about my main site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, highlighting the fact that producing a website that meets […]

The Power of the Link

Search engines honor links to your site highly as part of their search engine page rank system. This gives special powers to links that you need to understand. Links can go to a specific post or article on a website or blog, or to the main page of the site or blog. Links work in […]

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