It’s been a week and a half of fabulous guest bloggers bringing some color and excitement to Lorelle on WordPress. Wow! And some babble about WordPress Themes with link spam and vulnerabilities that must be addressed, and blog scrapers stealing content from WordPress.com Blogs. And one of my guest bloggers begins a series on the art of personal blogging.
And I’ve been blogging on the Blog Herald about the logistics and process of being a guest blogger and having guest bloggers on your blog. A lot is going on in Lorelle on WordPress World.
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What’s Happening with Lorelle on WordPress
Celebrating Blogging and WordPress: While many think having guest bloggers is a chance to take a vacation, I have to tell you that my two months of celebrating blogging and WordPress with guest bloggers is hard work. It’s exciting, and I’ve had more fun with this than I have in a long time with my blog, but it is challenging. I’m not sure yet if the hard work is the coordination and logistics, or the fact that these brilliant bloggers are setting my mind on fire with all kinds of great blogging ideas and topics I will be bringing you in the future.
I am so honored and humbled by the wealth of information these great bloggers are sharing with me and my readers. Thanks to all. So far, the list includes:
Professional business and life coach, Greg Balanko-Dickson, is familiar to many of you here as he has been the only guest blogger to date on Lorelle on WordPress. He’s making waves again with Top 10 List: Just Say No To SEO, If I was to start writing & blogging today I would…, Observations on The Economics of the Blogosphere, and How to Avoid Mental Gymnastics While Writing Your Blog. If you are thinking of turning your blog into a business, check out his online workshops and programs.
Engtech of Internet Duct Tape brought us the news of Sandbox Theme for WordPress Design Competition and Sandbox Design Competition Winners. I’m looking forward to more from this rabble rouser of WordPress, WordPress.com, and web technology. Trust me, WordPress and WordPress.com is better because of Engtech. Doubt me? Check out the amazing Akismet Auntie-Spam Greasemonkey Script for WordPress and Firefox Users. Digging through comment spam was never easier.
Jan of Circular Communication shared Why A Link Post Should Be Like Mingling at a Party, a wonderful look at the community formed by linking.
Daniel Brusilovsky of Apple Universe is a high school sophomore whose created a bit of a sensation with his podcasts and blog on Apple and computer technology. He’s introducing us to podcasting in What is Podcasting? and Issues of Podcasting.
John Pozadzides of One Man’s Blog video taped WordCamp and has started sharing the videos, announcing me to the world with Lorelle Live at WordCamp 2007, my presentation on Kicking Ass Content Connections. You can also see a slideshow of my program notes. He also shared the brilliant Why Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is Still Important, a great look at SEO and why it still matters, even though so many are ho-hum about it today. It still counts.
My long time friend, Michael Hampton, of Homeland Stupidity and the powerful comment and referrer spam bouncer, Bad Behavior, whom I have featured many times, gives us a poke in our complacency with Battling Referrer Spam.
Another dear friend, Abhijit Nadgouda, who started out on WordPress.com and has now moved into the “big time” with a full version, brings his unique perspective I so value to Why Blog?, adding a unique point of view with the “because effect”. A software engineer, I think he’s more of a philosopher, so I’m looking forward to hearing more.
Another fellow WordPress.com blogger, J.T Dabbagian of JTDabbagian.com, has been making quite the name for himself with recent popular blog posts on web and WordPress technology. Working on his Masters in Communications Studies, he helped many think about how this blogging process works in Planning your entry: A basic How-to on brainstorming.
Pelf Nyok is still finding her “label”, even though she’s been blogging a while. Sometimes she considers herself a personal blogger, but is willing to tackle some tough technical subjects. Her joy of life is found in every blog post, so it’s delightful to have her blogging here with Almost two years now and what have I learned from blogging? and I’m looking forward to more.
I’ve posted only a few posts over this past week, letting the others shine on my blog. However, two bits of WordPress news were critical to share with my readers.
Are You Risking Your Blog With an Unofficial or Vulnerable WordPress Theme really attracted a lot of thanks and heat. While there is a lot that can be said about this issue, this point made on the Web Talk Forums by einsteinsboi really summed it up:
Thanks for the heads up. I only get themes from the WordPress Theme Viewer for that very reason, I don’t want to get a theme full of backlinks and ads and other stuff that I don’t know about. Unless I know the source is a trusted source, I won’t use the theme. It does help if you know how to go through the code and clean it up, but I don’t plan to spend time doing that unless the theme is exceptionally good.
It isn’t that the WordPress Theme Viewer is the “best” or better than any other provider of WordPress Themes. They’ve gone public with their determination to clean up the nuisance Themes, and are putting terms and checks into place to make sure the Themes are as clean as possible in response to an overwhelming demand from the WordPress Community to not allow spammy Themes on WordPress “official” sites. Hopefully, other Theme providers will make their policies public and live up to their promises for spam-free and ad-free blogs.
WordPress.com Blogs Feeds Scraped was an announcement to the WordPress.com (and WordPress) community about a couple of scrapers taking WordPress.com blog posts and using it as their own, with ads on it (which WordPress.com blogs are not allowed), in China and elsewhere. With a community response, these scrapers can be shut down if we all work together.
Exciting Lorelle on WordPress News
Behind the scenes there are some exciting things happening with me and my blogging, as well as books, programs, and other special events. I’ll have more news on these coming soon.
Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging
The reviews have been coming in fast, so fast, I can barely keep up. I’ll be updating the official page for Blogging Tips in the next few days with all the new reviews and kind words.
To order your own copy of the limited first printed edition with a reduced introductory price, order from SplashPress or the new Blog Herald Bookstore. For more information on the book, see the original announcement and a recent update with reviews and other information, as well as the Blogging Tips Book official page. Coming soon will be an ebook version and an audio version. Stay tuned!
Interviews, Features, and Guest Blogging
Stephen Danko of Steve’s Genealogy Blog asks “Who is Lorelle VanFossen?” trying to answer the question people in the Genealogy world and elsewhere are asking about me. I had no idea anyone was asking. I’ve been here all the time.😀 He’s done a great job giving a rough bio and summary of what I do, including a review of my Family History blog. Thanks, Stephen. And if you are looking for great genealogy news and resources, check out Steve’s Genealogy Blog. I’m a huge fan!
Other recent interviews and features include:
- CNet News – Please don’t steal this Web content
- PreviewCast #040: Let’s See Them Rub Two Blogs Together!
- Blogger Talk – Interview with Lorelle VanFossen, that Woman on WordPress
- Bloggers Talk – Blogging Tips: Please, Define Expert
- Blogging Relationships – a Virtual Interview With Liz Strauss and Lorelle
- Blog World Expo – Lorelle VanFossen blogging content is about the connections
- Personal Observatory – WordCamp Tips on Blogging From Lorelle
- Climb to the Stars – WordCamp 2007: Lorelle VanFossen, Kicking Ass Content Connections
- Breaking Eggs and Making Omlettes – WordCamp 2007, Day 1
- Wordcamp 2007: Comments are Content
- Lorelle VanFossen is Speaking?
- Repeat Penguin – WordCamp 2007 – 395 Attendees, 17 Speakers, 2 Days and 1 Men’s Room
- LBnuke – Wordcamp 2007
- Forever Digital – WordCamp 2007 – Day 1
- Lorelle on WordPress on Adii
- Daily Blog Tips Interview With Lorelle VanFossen
- One Blog A Day – Lorelle on WordPress
- Dawud Miracle – Lorelle VanFossen Had Made Every Blogging Mistake
Most Popular Articles on Lorelle on WordPress
However, there was a battle for most popular between postive thinking and talking about evil. Are You Risking Your Blog With an Unofficial or Vulnerable WordPress Theme and WordPress.com Blogs Feeds Scraped got a lot of attention as the issue of Theme security flaws and vulnerabilities were mixed with the sensitive subject of “sponsored” WordPress Themes, as well as the nasties of having your blog content stolen. Hopefully, people will consider themselves warned and will do something about protecting their blogs when security warnings and issues come out, and WordPress Theme and Plugin authors will work harder to maintaining updates and security fixes so WordPress users don’t have to worry.
On the positive side, a lot of personal bloggers got a burst of energy and reinforcement as long time personal blogger, Edrei Zahari, shared his blogging experiences and expertise in Bringing Personal Blogging To Light and Writing The Picture of a Personal Blog.
The most popular posts on Lorelle on WordPress these past few weeks were:
- Are You Risking Your Blog With an Unofficial or Vulnerable WordPress Theme
- WordPress.com Blogs Feeds Scraped
- The Bitacle Battle of Blogs
- What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content
- Writing The Picture of a Personal Blog
- Bringing Personal Blogging To Light
- Sandbox Design Competition Winners
- Lorelle Live at WordCamp 2007
- Why A Link Post Should Be Like Mingling
- Sandbox Theme for WordPress Design Competition
- Finding Stolen Content and Copyright Information
- Blogging Tips
- Two Months of Celebrating Blogging and WordPress
Linking To and From Lorelle on WordPress
Gaje Master Blogging reported on why excerpts are important, especially when it comes to handling duplicate or supplemental content on your WordPress blog, pointing towards my article on how to change multi-post page views from full content to excerpts, Display Post Excerpts Only in WordPress.
In The Components Of A Successful Blog by Search Engine Optimization Journal, the author used a quote from my article, Blog Success: It’s the Linkable Content, Folks, to make an important point:
If you’re not in it for the long haul, your blog won’t be successful. There are tons of abandoned blogs out there just screaming for attention. Do you want yours to be one of them?
If you want to be one of the screaming masses, putting all your attention into getting attention and not generating content worth paying attention to, then you are on the wrong blog track.
Sharon B’s MindTracks presents “Blogging First Steps” for a class she is teaching, and wasn’t I surprised to find several of my posts included in the class notes: Starting With a Purpose and a Plan, Are You Blogging Your Passion or Blogging to Blog?, and Do You Get to The Point or Ramble to the Point In Your Blog?. When my material is used to educate others about how blogging and WordPress works, it makes it all worthwhile! Thank you.
From the article on CNet about content theft, which has now been published on ZDNet and the New York Times (who knew!), I’ve gotten a lot of trackbacks from some very interesting articles on the issue of content theft.
One that really touched my heart was a conversion by JBot Mania:
I am going to redo ALL of them where I quote the entirety of a source. I will see what the site’s commons license states and if I can’t find one, I’ll use Lorelle’s suggestion above. Before, without a guideline, I erred on the greedy side. I’m an information monger, an addict even. And now that will stop. I’m sure that the four of you out there reading this will appreciate it.
So if you want to support your sources in the truest sense, then drive people to THEIR site. Don’t plagiarize and think a blockquote will make it better.
Here are a few more:
- Thinking Out Loud – Steal not this unreadable blog
- I’m Not Welcome To The Website That Copies My Content
- So what should you publish? A confession and a solution
- Copyright and Plagiarism on Blogs by Dipping into the Blogpond (a great look at Australian Copyright)
- Letters Home to You – Please help me get Google to pull their ads from a blogging thief
- Is Adsense Or Vista To Be Blamed For – Walker News
- I Have Been Violated! — My Life With IT
- Stuff for Writers – How to deal with Plagiarists
- Erudite – Stealing content and DMCA
- Terry Heath – Is Copying Right or is There a Copyright
Of course, writing is my passion. And blogging lends immediacy to writing – one reason I’m so passionate about blogging.
There is something special for a writer having that immediacy to writing. It turns you from just a writer to a published writer with a click of a blogging button. Very satisfying!
Here are just a few of the sites linking to and from Lorelle on WordPress:
- Blog Security – Top 10 Vulnerable WordPress Themes
- Blog Security – Common WordPress template flaws
- Google Report Spam
- Webmaster Tools Report Spam Form
- Letters Home to You – Has Anyone Stolen Your Writing Lately?
- Letters Home to You – Please Help Me Get Google to Pull Their Ads from a Blogging Thief
- Onnoot – Templatesbrowser.com puts link spam in WordPress Themes
- Report on WordPress Support Forum of users finding a ton of advertising links and spam links
- Blog Security – WordPress Theme Scanner
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.2.2, Competitions End, WordPress Theme Vulnerabilities, and More WordPress News
Blasts From the Past
- Blog, Online Magazine, and Ezine: What’s the Difference?
- How Do You Create Screencasts for Your Blog?
- Social Networking Safety
- Yahoo! Pipes: Better Feed Mixer
- Building a Web 2.0 Library Website
- Web Zero: Building Relationships With Your Blog
- Are Adsense Ads Sucking On Your Blog?
Blog Herald Columns
In honor of the two months of guest bloggers on Lorelle on WordPress, I’m sharing the lessons I’m learning with the guest blogging experience on the Blog Herald in a series called Learning the Art of Guest Blogging:
- Learning the Art of Guest Blogging
- The Art of Guest Blogging: How Do I Help Guest Bloggers Blog? takes a look at the questions to consider when hosting guest bloggers or becoming a guest blogger.
- The Art of Blogging: How Does Guest Blogging Work? covers the logistics of guest blogging from the guest blogger and host’s perspective.
- The Art of Guest Blogging: What Do Guest Bloggers Need to Know About Your Blog to Guest Blog – As a frequent guest blogger, I used my experiences to layout some information a guest blogger needs to know before and during the guest blogging experience.
- The Art of Guest Blogging: Preparing Your Blog – If you guest blog, be prepared for visitors. Is your blog ready for visitors?
- The Art of Guest Blogging: What Do I Blog About? – When I guest blog, the best thing a fellow blogger can do is cut down my options for the subjects they want me to blog about on their blog. This article helps hosts and guest bloggers understand more about how to make it easier for the guest blogger by helping them decide what to blog about.
The last few issues of the WordPress Wednesday News I release each week on the Blog Herald were:
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.2.2, Competitions End, WordPress Theme Vulnerabilities, and More WordPress News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamp Recovery, Stats Plugin Updated, Edublogs is Two, WordPress.com Will Be, and More WordPress News
- WordPress Wednesday News: WordCamp, WordCamp, WordCamp, WordPress Theme Viewer, and Even More WordCamp News
Lorelle’s Linkworthy Links
- Navigating The Five Stages Of Blogging Fatigue
- How To Better Structure Your Blogging
- Buckets and Chunks: An Exercise in Writing Everything Down
- 8 Essential Strategies to Saying No
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