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Blogging Rants: Tangential Blogging Can Lose Readers

Over the past couple months in my travels, I’ve been interviewing a lot of old and newly found family members on their life and family history for my own needs and my new family history blog I’ll be starting soon. Today, I heard an interesting family story that I want to share with you. When […]

TechCrunch: Review of Online, Web-based Feed Readers

Techcrunch offers “The State of Online Feed Readers”, a look and review at what is available for reading feeds, the features available, and which ones score best. Researching these nine readers further underscores the extremely competitive atmosphere surrounding this industry’s development. On a feature-set basis only, two companies stood out: Rojo and Bloglines. Google Reader […]

When was the last time you read your own blog?

By Greg Balanko-Dickson Often forgotten when writing for your blog is getting the word out and promoting it. Phil Gerbyshak (via Make It Great!) makes five points and states you should: Post Often. Join a Blog Network. Sign your posts in the blog network Comment on other's blogs using your URL and a valid email. […]

What Do Young Readers Want?

Poynter Online recently brought my attention to Readers Don’t Want Gimmicks, We Want News by Taylor Somerville, an article written by a young person on a panel recently exploring how to bring young people’s attention to reading newspapers. Young newspaper readers are no different than older people who enjoy newspapers (aside from being better-looking). We […]

Big Brother, Government, Corporations, and Perverts May Be Reading Your Blog

Business Week brought up an interesting point recently in Big Brother Is Reading Your Blog and I thought I’d ask you want you think about this and if it worries you. It’s not just the prospect of predators and swindlers that has the social-network set alarmed. University officials and campus cops are scouring blogs and […]

MSIE 7 Beta 2 Released – Are You Ready?

“Get To Work on IE7 Beta 2 Preview” from Robin’s Blog gives a very candid review of what it takes to use the upcoming new Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2. The amount of effort to get it installed made me really reconsider the value, though. After downloading the software and running the exe file […]

Read Brian Bailey’s Building a Better Blog Now

Wow! Leaving It Behind’s Brian Bailey wrote “Building a Better Blog” and I applaud it. Do not underestimate the power of Google as you raise your site’s traffic. As you’re content grows and your posts are linked to or commented on, search engines will bring more and more visitors. Google in particular seems to highly […]

Visualizing the Spread of News Across the Internet

Stephen VanDyke’s Hammer of Truth article, “How News Travels on the Internet” is a great visual look at how news may travel around the Internet. While this was published early in 2004, and there are plenty of new sources for news today, the point of how news travels on the Internet still holds. His visual […]

Writing a Blog and Engaging Readers

By Special Guest Greg Balanko-Dickson – Remote Control CEO I have been writing online since 1998 I can tell you that blogging transformed the way people interact with a website. But there is far more to it than just technology, it is about: Solving a Problem, Your Readers Do Not Care About You Know Who […]

Clark College Students Want to Interview You

Students in my Clark College WordPress class are required to interview a WordPress professional and member of the WordPress Community as part of their assignments for our student managed site, ClarkWP Magazine. Would you like to be an interview subject? Here are the qualifications. You must use WordPress actively as part of your business. The […]

WordPress For Writers: WordPress Author Sites

In this part of my series on WordPress For Writers, I’ll cover the basic things to consider when using WordPress on site promoting the work of writers and authors. For more on the subject, see other articles in the WordPress for Writers and Authors series. This article assumes you have some basic familiarity with WordPress […]

WordPress For Writers

I will be speaking this year at several workshops and conferences on the subject of “WordPress for Writers.” The workshop covers the basic elements of WordPress content structure and organization, then adds the complexities of a site for writers and authors. This is one of a series of articles on WordPress for Writers and Authors. […]

Blog Exercises: Why We Dig

In the October issue of The Christian Science Monitor, I found this from John Yemma, Monitor Editor: Why we dig, and what we may find Sometimes a portal opens into the world of legend. A stone is rolled away from an Egyptian tomb revealing a 3,300 year old Pharaoh’s power and wealth. A Roman city […]

Blog Exercises: Where You Came From

Inspired by these blog exercises, Janet Williams of Janet’s Notebook has been taking her readers on a journey back through time and space, exploring her family’s Chinese heritage from her little corner of the south of England. Her “Letters from China” have evolved from a few posts to an entire series, and eventually, I hope, […]

Blog Exercises: How to Create a Blogger Identity

A rebroadcast of “How Much Does Your Name Matter?” from Freakonomics Radio looked at the impact of a name on society, perception, prejudice, and ability to succeed. Indeed, there is some evidence that a name can influence how a child performs in school and even her career opportunities. There’s also the fact that different groups […]

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