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Weekly Digest: Book Contests, Blogging Big and Small, and More

There have been a few contests that will be coming up soon featuring my book, “Blogging Tips – What bloggers won’t tell you about blogging”, as prizes, so stay tuned for announcements on these. I’m also going to be heading off for a three day vacation – a real non-working vacation – next week. Wish me no-working luck. Haven’t been on a no-working vacation in years. Many years.

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The last issue of my weekly digest was Weekly Digest: Writing About Writing, Working on Books, Lots of Speaking Gigs, and Blog Struggles is a Success if you want to catch up.

What’s Happening with Lorelle on WordPress

Here’s the latest blog posts on .

Blog Struggles Series

Blog StrugglesMy ongoing series on Blog Struggles continues to go strong. People are really identifying with my stories of some of the struggles I’ve had over 14 years of blogging. So far, the series includes:

Lorelle’s News

Edublogs Magazine: At the bottom of this week’s Weekly Digest, I’ve now added a section covering my participation on the including articles I and others have written. It’s an exciting project and I’m eager to help bring together blogging professionals with leaders in education, especially online and distance learning experts to help teachers improve their teaching skills with web and computer technologies.

Download Squad: The interview with Download Squad should be out soon. We had a great time talking about blogging, especially how to break down the stagnancy on the web by finding the passion in your blogging again. If you want the latest in hot computer technology information and news, check out their blog and podcast.

Alliance for Distance Education Summit: I will be among the key speakers in the Alliance for Distance Education in California in Pasadena on April 2-5, 2008. Now that I’m part of the Edublogs Network, I’m really looking forward to meeting other educational professionals committed to integration of web technologies into the classroom. The summit is open to the public and educational professionals, teachers, and leaders, so get your reservation in soon.

SOBCon 2008: SOBCon: Be There for the Business of Blogging! I will be there, will you? The Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference is one of the hottest events for bloggers. The best of the best gather and I’m so honored to be one of the lucky ones. It’s in Chicago on May 2 – 4, 2008. There is limited space available so register fast.

WordCamp Dallas: I’m one of the fantastic team of speakers at WordCamp Dallas on March 29-30, 2008. Registration is required so sign up fast. The line up includes some top multimedia, WordPress Plugin and Theme experts, and other top bloggers and industry leaders.

Blogger and Podcaster Magazine: Blogger and Podcaster Magazine will feature me as a regular columnist this year. The next article coming out soon will be on the business of blogging, part of a series. Get your issue in stores now! I’ll also be recording podcast versions of my articles so you can hear as well as read me.

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

Blogging Tips - book cover, copyright Lorelle VanFossenNews That Could Be News is holding a contest soon and a signed copy of my book, “Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging”, is one of the prizes!

The demand for my book continues to be high, so we’ve decided to extend the lower price a little longer, but stay tuned for a price increase. Get your book while the cheaper copies last. 😀

You can order a copy from SplashPress or the new Blog Herald Bookstore. If you would like to order multiple copies, please email me first as that requires special handling.

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 the past few weeks were:

Blasts From the Past

Here are some blasts from the past I’ve written that still are interesting today and might be useful to you:

Blog Herald Columns

Recent articles on the included:

  • Using Abbreviations May Hurt Your Blog takes a look at an often overlooked and forgotten HTML tag acronym and the issue of whether or not your use of acronyms instead of full terms hurts or helps your blog get found by searchers.
  • Are You Just Another WordPress Blog? There are still a lot of WordPress blogs out on the web with the default tagline still in place. I offer tips on changing your blog’s tagline in WordPress.
  • The True Consequences of Blogging Anonymously takes an honest look at the consequences of blogging anonymously, whether to protect your employment or life.
  • Consistently Blogging Consistently shares a personal story of mine about a delightful but inconsistent foreign language teacher and offers a comparison to blogs which also feature inconsistent and rambling content.
  • I Hate What I Blog About shares the stunning comment someone told me at a conference recently, and looks at the issue of really hating what you blog about, and why that’s not a good thing and how to get back to the love.
  • Edublogs Campus: Bringing Blogs to Schools is my take on a new way to help schools connect teachers with students and parents. Edublogs Campus is based upon WordPressMU and allows schools to replace their website with blogging software that allows each class, student, teacher, or whoever to have their own blogs. Just think what your school experience would have been like if your school newspaper was a blog?
  • The Art of the Weekend Blogger takes a look at a long-time tradition of a professional writing becoming one by working on the weekend. Many bloggers and writers have full-time jobs during the week, so their only time to blog is the weekend. I offer some tips to help the weekend blogger blog better.

Some recent weekly WordPress Wednesday News reports included:

Blasts from the Past of Blog Herald Posts

I’ve been writing for the for a year now, and I thought I’d highlight some of the more interesting posts I’ve published there.

Lorelle’s Linkworthy Links

As I crawled through the web recently, I ran across some interesting posts and articles you should check out:

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  1. Posted February 3, 2008 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Hey Lorelle,

    Love the blog (long time reader)! FYI, your link to Edublogs magazine is reversed. It’s directing to rather than


    Jason Heath

  2. Posted February 3, 2008 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    @ jsh177:

    ARGH! Thank you. It’s fixed now.

  3. Posted February 10, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    You have a great blog, you now have another regular reader here. Thanks and keep it going.

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