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Monthly Archives: January 2006

Robin’s Blog – Blogging Tips to Help You Learn about Web Page Design and Development

I’m a big fan of Robin’s Blog aka Take My Advice – I’m Not Using It!. Based upon a series of classes at the Regional Occupational Program’s Web Page Design Program in Pleasant Hill, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area, Robin Wood offers students excellent information on web design, web development, and web technologies, […]

The Attack of the Spam-Bots from Hell

After a couple of years of fairly simple, easy-to-kill comment spam bots, it appears that the web is under assault by a particularly vicious new criminal spam-bot. A friend of mine claims that in order to figure something out, outwit or beat something, you have to be 6% smarter. Well, folks, this new spam-bot appears […]

New Features for WordPress.com: New Themes, Import, Video Links, and Some Privacy Protection

The developers of WordPressMU and WordPress.com have been working overtime lately and there are a few new features for WordPress.com users to play with. One of the most popular requests from WordPress.com users is how to import their old blogs into WordPress.com. Well, there are now three import features for Blogger, Moveable Type, and Typepad […]

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 […]

Investigating the Connections Between Blogging Styles and Traffic Stats

Mister Snitch takes a look at “Blogging Styles and Traffic Stats” to find a correlation between the two. Just as there are different styles of investing, there are different approaches to traffic generation. Aside from the occasional, reclusive J.D.Salingers, most writers want to be read as widely as possible. Some bloggers literally will do anything […]

A Study on the Art of a Well-Designed Weblog

Lars Holst offers a Well-Designed Weblogs Introduction as: A subjective and non-scientific selection of usable and readable weblogs that are defined as having an aesthetically pleasing design that has been accomplished through the use of stylesheets rather than layout tables, font tags, and inline images. Well, for a subjective and non-scientific approach, I have to […]

Unique Blogroll – Periodic Table of Blogs

I love it when people do something different, especially parodies, and this is a wonderful thing. It hits my nerd-adoration button. Humbug’s Periodic Table of Blogs is a novel way of displaying a blogroll. It is done in the form of the Periodic Table of Elements, except that the elements have been replaced with blogs […]

The Debate Against Anonymous Bloggers

From The Aardvark Speaks’ archives, “Why I’m against anonymous blogs” is a well written justification of why you shouldn’t blog anonymously. My experience from UseNet was that people who didn’t post with their real names either thought they were cool, or they just wanted to provoke the regular group members and start flame wars. It’s […]

The 12 Biggest Problems With Your Blogs

Sedition.com’s “The 12 biggest problems with your blog” is a brilliant summary of the most commonly found problems, and distractions, on many blogs. Here are some highlights that had me dancing around the room so much, they bear some repeating: 12) The banner graphic. Regular visitors don’t need 18% of the page space taken up […]

Some Interesting Analysis on the Blogosphere

In an interesting summation, Caslon Analytics reports on blog statistics and demographics which may help you get a perspective on what is going on with the Blogosphere. Here are some highlights: Wired News noted claims that in January 2002 alone some 41,000 people created new blogs using Blogger and that there are now more than […]

Spam: Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages in Emails, Comments, and Everywhere

No Colour Hat SEO Blog’s article, “Email, Spam, and Unsolicited Junk” is part of a series of an indepth look at spam email and comment spam, and other unsolicited junk that plagues us on the Internet and in our lives. SPAM stands for Stupid Pointless Annoying Messages and sometime referred to the meaning of an […]

Websites Pushing WordPress Beyond Its Limits

I spent a LOT of time totally pushing WordPress to its limits to create my main site, so I can really respect the efforts of others to push, pull,and tweak WordPress to new limits to develop their own sites. 9Rules’ Building 9Rules post explains what they did to create their innovative membership blog. …So, at […]

Start the Stopwatch: You Have 50 Milliseconds to Make a Good First Impression

According to research reported on in Nature.com, “Potential readers can make snap decisions in just 50 milliseconds”. And I thought you had 30 seconds or less to make a good impression. I guess web users make snap judgments faster. Like the look of our website? Whatever the answer (and hopefully it was yes), the chances […]

The Power of Words: Online Lessons on Writing

The staff of The Providence Journal offers The Power of Words, a series of online lessons on the craft of newspaper writing. Whether you are a journalist, writing for a newspaper, or a blogger, you can benefit from this delightful and educational learn-to-write series. Here are some recent highlights from their lessons: ` Edward Fitzpatrick: […]

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 […]