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Weekly Digest: Lorelle in Chicago at Conference, One of the Top 5 and 8, and Bloggers Becoming Customer Service Reps – NOT

The from this week features news about me traveling to Chicago for the SOBCon07, the Successful and Outstanding Blogger Conference May 11-12, 2007, with some of the hottest folks in blog building and interactivity on the planet presenting programs. I’ve also got news on some other hot topics about WordPress and blogging, as well as more “stuff” I’ve been up to lately.

Exciting Lorelle on WordPress News

Successful and Outstanding Blogger Conference in Chicago Next Week: As mentioned, I’m in Chicago for the next week as part of the SOBCon07, the Successful and Outstanding Blogger Conference, which I featured in Lorelle in Chicago Next Week and in my initial announcement of the conference. I also reviewed it in the Blog Herald with The Relationship Conference: Building Blogs Through Interaction article series. I’m looking forward to meeting all the great bloggers and speakers and will have a lot to report on next week.

WordCamp 2007 will be July 21-22 in San Francisco: There is an “unofficial page but the new official site is at and Matt says it will be at the same place as last year, the Swedish American Hall on Market Street, and that there may be a small fee for attendees, probably to help cover costs of the hall and event. This is the second annual meeting and WordPress users will be attending from all over the world, possibly even me. The turnout is expected to be at least double, if not triple, from last year’s event, so make sure you make arrangements as soon as possible.

One of the Eight Must Read Blogs for Pro Bloggers: Advertising and Blogging by Sponsored Reviews listed the “8 Must Read Blogs for Pro Bloggers” and included yours truly in the list of eight. I’m in great company with, Copyblogger,, Shoemoney,, Pronet Advertising, and Such a fantastic crowd of “must-be-in-your-feed-reader” list for little narrow-niche-me to be in. I’m really honored.

And much thanks goes to Rod Templeton and his “My Top 5 Required Feeds” where he says:

When you think of the WordPress community, there are probably not many who hadn’t heard of Lorelle. She’s an evangelist for WordPress in the same way that Robert Scoble was for Microsoft. And like the Scobleizer, she’s written about the things that she loves about WordPress, and also about the things that make her mad. Like her plugin series where she mentioned that she loves WordPress plugin designers, but sometimes she’d like to slap them upside the head. A better rep for the WordPress community would be hard to find.

Blush and much thanks!

What’s Happening with Lorelle on WordPress

This past week’s articles from included:

Most Popular Articles on Lorelle on WordPress

New Arrivals and Dispatches on Lorelle on WordPress

Essential Keystrokes – List of Favorite WordPress Resources and Healthy Web Design’s Ultimate WordPress Resource Guide both listed this blog as their first source for WordPress news and tips. Wow. Thanks.

Liz Strauss offers the SOB Business Cafe, a frequent listing of the best posts from those honored by her Successful and Outstanding Blogger (SOB) Award, and this week, she included Promoting Your Wares to Bloggers.

Stop Content TheftBlogHer’s Virginia DeBolt offered “What can you do if your blog content is stolen?”, featuring What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content and other related articles of mine on this issue. With the massive attention recently from Lifehacker’s coverage of that article, I’m thrilled that the word is getting out that everything on the net isn’t free. We work hard on our articles, videos, music, podcasts, photographs, images, and designs. We want the rewards that come with that hard work. If we want to make them free to use and abuse, we will, but ask first. Let’s bring some common courtesy as well as common sense back to the free-for-all-web-thinking.

My article on Are You Uncategorized? brought a lot of happy responses including from Storyteller’s World, Red Flog (German to English Translation), Blog News Watch, and many others who realized that they hadn’t been categorizing their post, or at least not categorizing them well. Have you?

Consumer Thoughts featured my popular post, How Not to Comment on Comments and added some great insights on how not to comment on blog comments, describing posts written about Burger King and a pizza place and how people commented on the post as if the author actually knew how to solve their problems or answer their questions when the post was just an editorial commentary. On Guinness World Book of Records and Other Blog Score Cards, an article I wrote a long time ago about the new rise in blog contests and competitions, I constantly get comments from people who want my help submitting some stupid human trick of theirs to Guinness World Record Book. How would I know how to do that? Huh? We bloggers know a lot, but we certainly don’t handle customer service requests for other companies.

The most popular destinations and recommendation from this blog elsewhere included:

Blog Herald Columns

This week, my daily columns on the Blog Herald include my weekly WordPress news from the past few weeks:

This week’s articles included:

Lorelle’s Linkworthy Links

Some of the fascinating bits and pieces I uncovered during the past week as I search for blogging and WordPress news include:

Blasts From the Past

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  1. Posted May 11, 2007 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    And thank you very, very much for mentioning the post. Very much appreciated.

  2. Posted May 11, 2007 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Back when my blog was new I had a question about wordpress. I posted the question on my blog and you were kind enough to stop in and leave a comment and a solution – to someone you didn’t know and hadn’t heard of. For that I am forever grateful and you will always be #1 wordpress resource.

  3. Posted May 11, 2007 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Char, thank you for your kind words. It really means a lot!

  4. Posted May 14, 2007 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    Hi i looking for wordpress for my new website. Thanx for more links of this.R.Rgds

  5. Posted May 14, 2007 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    You got it right, Lorelle…you are the first resource for WordPress. And now more than ever. SOBCon was great. I loved meeting you.

  6. Posted May 14, 2007 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Ah, shucks. I loved talking to you and look forward to more. Wasn’t that an amazing conference?

  7. Posted May 14, 2007 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle, i’ll second Dawud! Was great meeting you! Can’t wait for sobcon08 🙂
    I’d love to attend the wordcamp too, though it’s a little far from Montreal, will have to look into that a little more

    Take care

  8. Posted May 16, 2007 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, thanks – over and over – for being such a doll. I can’t wait to see where we go next…

  9. Posted June 3, 2007 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    well. done. that’s really fantastic! good job buddy…waiting for just put what the people searching for..good luck!

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