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WordPress and Blogging Events: January 2007

The following are upcoming events related to WordPress and Blogging, as well as some interesting web technologies conferences and events. Unless otherwise listed ($$$), these events are free or very inexpensive. For more information on these events, contact the hosts. For more information on WordPress and blogging events in general, check out my WordPress Events […]

Blog Challenge: Have Blogs Changed the World?

I recently posted a blogging challenge on changing the world in 30 seconds and it got me thinking about how blogs have had such an amazing impact on the world today. While many think about blogs as offering examples of freedom of speech, allowing those who have long not been heard to shout their message […]

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taking multiple steps to track down headlines in one place and then check your e-mail in another may seem woefully outdated this time next year.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 […]

Pew Survey of Bloggers: Who is Blogging

There’s been a lot of talk a while ago about the Pew’s survey of bloggers, and here are some of the interesting comments I found on the subject recently. Buzz Machine’s “Who the hell are we, anyway?” brought up the issue of blogging verses journalism. …someone you’d know plopped down in a chair in front […]

Stelzner’s Top 10 Blogs for Writers

Michael Stelzner’s Writing White Papers offers “Top 10 Blogs for Writers – 2006″, a great list of some outstanding blogs dedicated to the art of writing. Related Articles What Are Keywords? Website Development – Keywords Help You Write Your Blog Touching the Spirit When Blogging How to Write Like a Wanker Judging Blogs by their […]

Blog Battles Over Gallaudet University Presidents

There’s an interesting blogger-meets-journalist-meets-political ballyhoo going on over the ongoing debates and protests against Jane Fernandes, the woman chosen to be the next president of Gallaudet University, reports NPR’s Melissa Block. To understand why it keeps growing, NPR’s Joseph Shapiro says it helps to see the protest as a bloggers’ revolution: JOSEPH SHAPIRO, reporter: Ricky […]

Are Blogs Now News Sources? Google Thinks So

According to Micro Persuasion, Google has added Google Blog Search to the Google News search bar links. Hmmm, that’s interesting. Blogs as “news” or “news resources” is still a hotly debatable point. Most blogs merely rehash the news with opinions and conjecture. A few actually report the news though, which challenges the fine line between […]

Brag on Bloggers: Pam Blackstone, teacher, writer and photographer

I’m a fan of Pam Blackstone and her blog Random Bytes just celebrated “100 Posts and Counting”. With publication of the previous article, Random Bytes reached the 100 post milestone — a feat that seemed inconceivable when I started this blog. It’s hard to believe I’ve had that much to say. When I started blogging, […]

Writing Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles on Your Blog

If it bleeds, it leads. Punchy. Catchy. Attention-getting. Insightful. Instructive. Incentive. Luring. Fishing. Bait. Hook. These are all terms used to describe an effectively written title or headline for an article. The words chosen must provide a powerful incentive to make the reader want to read. To make them want to buy the magazine, newspaper, […]

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 […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Blogging and Blogging Tips

This is a blog about blogging, as well as WordPress, and over the past year I’ve written plenty about blogging. When I began this blog, Lorelle on WordPress, was meant to be about WordPress. All about WordPress. I quickly found out that you cannot use WordPress without blogging, so the two fit together. I’ve written […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Blog Writing

Writing up the one year anniversary review of articles I’ve written about searching and search engines, I ran across this interesting bit I wrote in “How Google Ranks Websites”: Spelling is still important. Not that Google’s patented page ranking process includes a spell checker – words that are not recognized get dumped. If misspelled keywords […]

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, […]

Palestinians versus Israel – Israel versus Gaza – and the beat goes on

Having recently moved from Israel back to the United States, and considering a return soon, recent fireworks events in the area are drawing my eye. Few blogs were available writing about the subject during our five year stay in Israel during the Intifada, especially those with an “inside” perspective on either side. Now blogging is […]

Writing on the Web is Like Writing on Paper But The Rules Change

My buddy, Abhijit Nadgouda @ iface has written a fabulous article, “From Paper To Web”, which tackles an issue I’ve dealt with myself and many clients: Going from paper to the web. I don’t want to elaborate on the debates or dos and don’ts, but the technical aspects of a newspaper journalist moving to online […]

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