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How NOT to Comment on Comments

I’ve had a few comments on comments, and even discussed mean spirited comments, and now it’s time for a basic tutorial in how NOT to comment on comments. I’m not talking about comment spam comments. I talking about a tutorial on the technique of commenting in the comments on blogs and how to get a […]

Site Under Construction: Things Left Undone

In the early days of web design, working with Taking Your Camera on the Road, I kept frequent “Under Construction” signs on many areas of my site as I poked and prodded its development. The Under Construction signs were to indicate that I was changing the look or feel of the web page’s design, or […]

Blog Challenge: Who Is Linking To You?

This week’s blogging challenge is who is linking to you? We don’t need to know the specifics, but I’d like to know how many sites are linking to your blog and if you found some surprises in the process of discovering who is linking to you. To find out who is linking to your blog, […]

Do I Need to Ask Permission to Put a Blog in My Blogroll?

I’ve been asked a lot recently about asking permission first to include a blog in a blogroll. I found this an interesting question since it never occurred to me that permission would be required. After all, isn’t inclusion in a blogroll a compliment? What is a Blogroll? A blogroll, sometimes called a “sidebar links list” […]

Creating Attention Getting Linkable Content

Internet Vibes offers “How to Create Content That Will Get You Loads of Links” by David Callan is an easy-to-read article with tips on how to get people to link to your blog and your blog’s content. When one is looking for links, the focus changes from your prospective clients out there to fellow bloggers […]

Don’t Buy a Yearbook – Preserve High School Online

Yahoo News’ “Web generation preserves memories online” is a peek at the future of online memories. John Shin refuses to buy a copy of his high school yearbook. Instead, he’s turning to the Internet to preserve and share memories of his sophomore year. The 15-year-old has posted a collection of school-related photos and videos, as […]

Site Referral from Email Accounts

I’m getting a lot of site referrals in the last two days from Gmail and Yahoo Email and Chat accounts as well as others. The referral links look something like this: http://us.f353.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?action=welco… http://by113w.bay113.mail.live.com/mail/ApplicationMain_11.00… http://us.f372.mail.yahoo.com/ym/ShowLetter?MsgId=9992_… http://mail.multimedian.co.uk/rmail.395… http://mail.google.com/mail/?view=page&name=gp&ver=34… If this was random and I’d only had one or two hits from these referrers, then I wouldn’t bring […]

New Interface and Administration Panels Coming for WordPress.com

NOTE AND UPDATE: The following post was written in 2006 and is no longer valid. The Shuttle Project did not last long after this announcement. While their intentions were good, Happy Cog Studios is overseeing the research and development of the new WordPress Administrative Panels due for inclusion in the WordPress 2.4 release. Matt Mullenweg […]

The Committee to Protect Bloggers – Risking Your Life for Your Words

Abhijit Nadgouda of iface, someone I don’t know personally but consider a friend, recently introduced me to The Committee To Protect Bloggers, a part of Civiblog, a multi-blog hosting service acting under “an international initiative with the aim of giving voice to individuals and organizations involved in global civil society.” I’ve written about a lot […]

Rules of Smart and Successful Web Development and Web Design

20 Rules of Smart and Successful Web Development and Web Design is getting a lot at attention. It is also deserving of that attention. It’s worth a read, if just for the references and resources listed. Here are some highlights I really enjoyed. Respect your visitors. Don’t try to force your visitors to read the […]

WordPress Themes – Do You Want Someone Messing Around With Your Theme?

There is a lot of excitement over the new trend in WordPress Themes which allows some form of customization by the user. This is enhanced by the new WordPress Widgets, the ability to accessorize and change your sidebar in some WordPress Themes on WordPress.com and with a WordPress Plugin for full version WordPress blogs. This […]

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 […]

Best Websites for Writers from Writer’s Digest

Writer’s Digest released their “Best Websites for Writers” which is a great resource for the serious writer or person who wants to learn more about writing and writing skills. Here are a few highlighted websites from their list. Absolute Write – Freeland Work and Guidelines Author Mania – Fiction craft building Bartleby – Quotes and […]

Blogging Tips – Hundreds of Resources for Finding Content for Your Blog

Blogging is great fun. It’s exciting. You start out with great ideas, full of motivation and inspiration. After a while, though, you run out of steam. The muse isn’t so amused any more and you start hunting for content, things to write about. There are two aspects of finding content for your blog. First, it […]

Comment Spammers Getting Smarter – But Not Smart Enough

I don’t know if you have been noticing any changes in the comment spam caught on WordPress.com blogs by Akismet recently, so I thought I’d bring it to your attention since this blog is getting hammered by comment spammers, with few getting through, thank goodness. Here are a few examples of some recent comment spam […]

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