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Weekly Digest: End of Two Months of Guest Bloggers, More WordPress Tips, and Heading to Reno, Israel, and Seattle

This weekend is the last of the two month celebration of the two year anniversary of and this blog. For the past two months, I’ve opened this blog up to guest bloggers from around the blogosphere, sharing their thoughts and expertise on blogging and WordPress tips and techniques. It has been amazing. I’ve learned so much and hopefully, you’ve learned a lot, too.

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Last week’s issue of my weekly digest was Weekly Digest: WordPress Tips Month, Grateful to Guest Bloggers, WordPress 2.3.

What’s Happening with Lorelle on WordPress 2 year anniversary partyCelebrating Blogging and WordPress: Our two month party is coming to an end this weekend, after a month of WordPress Tips by myself and some of the best of the best in WordPress. I’ve been so honored and humbled by my guest bloggers, and all of the supportive readers leaving comments, asking questions, and making my guests feel welcome and at home on my blog. Our blog. That’s what I’m feeling. It’s been a great party and I have so many new friends, I really feel blessed. Thank you to all.

Here are some of the great WordPress tips we’ve offered throughout September:

The guest bloggers have been putting on their best party outfits and bringing forward the best of their best for you and me, and we’re having a great time. I hate seeing this two month long party comes to an end.

Besides you, the party goers so far include:

Greg Balanko-Dickson, The Remote control CEO

Edrei Zahari of Footsteps in the Mirror

Engtech of Internet Duct Tape

Jan of Circular Communication

Daniel Brusilovsky of Apple Universe

John Pozadzides of One Man’s Blog

Michael Hampton of Homeland Stupidity and Bad Behavior

Abhijit Nadgouda of ifacethoughts

J.T Dabbagian of

Pelf Nyok of pelf-ism is contagious

Dawud Miracle of

Douglas Bell of, PreviewCast, and phpBB Weekly

Phil Gerbyshak, the Make It Great! Guy

Tony D. Clark of Success from the Nest

Otto of Nothing to See Here

Mohsin at Blogging Bits

There have been a few little bits of news and information not related to the two month celebration:

Lorelle’s News

Lorelle at WordCamp Israel: It’s official. I’m heading to Israel after the Reno conference to participate in WordCamp Israel on October 25, 2007 in Tel Aviv (English). It’s so exciting. If you live in the Middle East, specifically in Israel, or nearby, get signed up fast. The conference will be in English and Hebrew and will be a powerful WordPress and blogging experience for all.

Lorelle in Reno in October: The Conservative Leadership Conference is hosting “RIGHTOBERFEST” in Reno, Nevada, October 11-13 and I’m one of the workshop leaders. I’m scheduled to present two programs, one on WordPress and another on blogging tips. There is limited seating, so get your registration in as soon as possible for this huge event which will bring together bloggers, political commentators, and politicians from around the United States.

WordPress Podcast: I was invited to participate in two episodes of the WordPress Podcast with Charles Stricklin and Aaron Brazell and both podcasts have been released. Episode 29: Lorelle and WordPress 2.3 covered the upcoming release of WordPress 2.3, news from, my book, and a lot of WordPress news and tips. Episode 30: Weblog Tools Collection Plugin Competition Winners covered the winners of the Weblog Tools Collection 2007 Plugin Competition, and more news about WordPress 2.3. It was great fun and if you are missing out on the WordPress Podcast, you are missing some great WordPress news, tips, and tricks!

Douglas Bell and Lorelle on PreviewCast: The interview I did two weeks ago on PreviewCast with Douglas Bell is out. PreviewCast #044: What Podcasters Won’t Tell You About Blogging. We discussed blogging tips, my start with Lorelle on WordPress, personal blogging, how advertising changes blogs, family history and genealogy, and my new book. Douglas and I had so much fun, we lost track of time. Thank goodness, he finally paid attention. We could have gone on forever, it was so much fun.

American Business Women’s Association Regional Conference in Seattle: November 3, 2007, will see me in Seattle as the keynote speaker for the regional meeting of the American Business Women’s Associations regional chapters. I’ll be talking about blogging, specifically about working on the web with a blog to support your business through social interaction, networking, search engines, and reputation-building. If you are interested in attending, let me know. There are a few tickets left for this dinner event, but the response has been so great, they are working on a fundraising event open to the public featuring me babbling about how to blog, possibly for the early Spring.

Blogger and Podcaster Magazine: The current issue of Blogger and Podcaster Magazine features an article I’ve written on the mistakes and overlooked tips that I’ve found some veteran and top notch bloggers overlook, helping you to learn how to do these invaluable things on your blog to help your SEO, accessibility and web standards, and increase your readership and traffic. Next month, I’m writing an article on creating a blogging editorial calendar to help you find, build, and plan your blog’s content, with another one coming in a future issue on blog writing tips and how to improve your blog writing skills.

Problems with Taking Your Camera on the Road: The web host from hell and I are in major dispute over the “quick-and-easy” termination of services and transfer of my main sites. Unfortunately, these people don’t know their heads from their…fill in the blank. So yes, I know there are problems with my main site and genealogy site. Hopefully, this will be resolved soon without legal action. Currently, and are up and running, but the games my former host is playing weary me, and so expect anything until this two month ordeal is finally resolved.

Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging

Blogging Tips - book cover, copyright Lorelle VanFossenI will be traveling extensively for the next couple months on behalf of my popular book, “Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging”, and the orders are coming in faster than ever. Amazing.

If you will be attending one of the events, workshops, and programs where I’m speaking, you can buy your own copy and save some postage and handling. If you want your own copy now, you can order it still at the introductory price, you can order it 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.

Most Popular Articles on Lorelle on WordPress

The most popular posts on Lorelle on WordPress these past few weeks were:

Blasts From the Past

This issue, I thought I’d reach back into the nine months of blogging on the to see what blasts from the past I’ve written there to tickle your fancy:

Blog Herald Columns

I finished my article series for the on converting your newsletter into a blog, a great look at how to think through the process of turning a newsletter from a small business, individual, or organization into a blog, saving time and money, and involving more members.

Converting a Newsletter Into a Blog Series

Other articles on the included:

  • What Does It Really Take to Blog? asks the question about what it really takes to blog and how to answer the question.
  • Are You Blogging What You Should Be Blogging? tackles a very important issue in blogging: Are you blogging about what you should be blogging? Are you writing topics that encourage your passion for blogging, or blogging about what think you should or are told to blog about.
  • Are You Helping the Searchers Find Your Blog? tackles an issue that is near and dear to my heart: Writing with keywords. If you aren’t helping those who are searching find your blog by writing with keyword-rich content, then why bother?
  • List Links: Can’t I Google For These Myself? was written in response to a commenter who asked why I published a list of links to technical articles in a recent blog post. He said, “Why bother? Can’t I Google these for myself?” Good question, and I and my readers ask themselves the same question.

Some recent weekly WordPress Wednesday News reports included:

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    Posted October 2, 2007 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Your blog is very nice. Could you tell me how you have done it?
    Im looking for good way to work with wordpress.

  2. Posted October 2, 2007 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    How it’s done? Um, read my blog? It’s a blog, which means I have no control over any aspect of the blog except for a few sidebar widgets, what I put into the post content area, and the “look”. I cannot add WordPress Plugins, customize the template files, or dig into the core programming. What you see is really what there is. The rest is just good writing.

    But my blog is stuffed with tons of tips and techniques to help answer that question. Enjoy.

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