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Weekly Digest: Lorelle in Oklahoma with Family, Heading to WordCamp Dallas, WordPress 2.5, SOBCON, and More News

For the first time in almost two years, the VanFossen clan came together in one place – well, at least our arm of the VanFossen family. VanFossen Family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2008 photograph copyright Lorelle VanFossen

The convenience of coming to WordCamp Dallas enabled my husband and I to make a stop first in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to spend time with family first. In a few days, my husband is back to Oregon and I’m heading to Dallas for the almost sold out WordCamp event!

It is great to be back with family, especially to see how the kids have grown and to peak under the blankets at the new addition to the VanFossen/Quidatano branch of the family that popped out during our absense.

WordCamp Dallas 2008I’ve just checked in with the organizers of WordCamp Dallas and they say that the registration is filling fast. Better get registered now as it is going to be a powerful event. I can’t wait to see old faces and meet new ones. I think I’m more excited about hearing some of the other speakers than doing my own. It’s really going to be a great WordPress and blogging event. Hope to see you there.

Live near Pasadena? I’ll be there April 2 for the Alliance for Distance Education in California talking to educators on blog technology and the social web. I think there are only a couple spots open.

I hope to see you in Chicago in May for the exciting Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference. The theme is “Biz School for Bloggers” and we’re going to be presenting the best of the best in the business of blogging. Liz Strauss just announced that the special price of USD $350 is ending April 1. And Chris Garrett, BlogCatalog, and Authority Blogger is offering a $2,000 consulting prize package as part of the SOBCon promotion. So many exciting things are coming together for this very special event, my favorite of the whole year. You’re going to regret missing this special event.

So help spread the word that I’m coming to Dallas, Pasadena, and Chicago and make plans yourself to attend. Hugs for everyone!

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Lorelle’s News

WordCamp Dallas Next Weekend: WordCamp Dallas is March 29-30, 2008 and registration is filling fast. I’m a few hours drive away and eager to meet all the great people attending. The line up of speakers is tremendous and includes some top multimedia, WordPress Plugin and Theme experts, and other top bloggers and industry leaders.

ADEC SummitAlliance for Distance Education Summit: I’m really looking forward to the Alliance for Distance Education in California summit on April 2-5, 2008, in Pasadena. It will cover integration of web technologies into the classroom and distance education. The summit is open to the public and educational professionals, teachers, and leaders. I just checked with the officials and there are only a few slots open. If you wish to attend, even for a day, register now as I believe it might be sold out.

SOBCon 2008SOBCon 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.

Talking Blogging (and Win My Book) with Rachelle Chase: If you don’t have a copy of my book yet, Rachelle Chase, one of my co-speakers at the San Francisco event asked readers to share their thoughts on blogging to win a copy of my book and they had some great things to say. I’ll soon share some of my thoughts on their thoughts here, so stay tuned.

Interview on Blogger Talks: An interview I did recently with Blogger Talks is out: The Lorelle Story: An Interview with Lorelle VanFossen. It covers some of my web history, predictions on the future of the web and blogging, and a plea for new web technologies to make the web an easier place to blog and network.

Blogger and Podcaster MagazineBlogger and Podcaster Magazine: Blogger and Podcaster Magazine will feature me as a regular columnist this year. Get your issue in stores now, online, or subscribe. There are some very hot articles on blogging and podcasting. They are improving their website and I’ll be recording podcast versions of my articles so you can hear as well as read me.

Guest Blogging With Liz Strauss: Don’t forget to catch my recent guest blog post for Liz Strauss, Reviewing Your Face to Face Networking Techniques, a Lorraine style post with tips on why you should attend conferences and get “in the face” of everyone you meet.

What’s Happening with Lorelle on WordPress

Here’s the latest blog posts on .

Blog Struggles Series

Blog StrugglesI will soon be releasing more in my ongoing series on Blog Struggles. So far, the series includes:

Get The Book – Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging

Blogging Tips - book cover, copyright Lorelle VanFossenMy book, Blogging Tips – What bloggers won’t tell you about blogging, is selling fast, as people prepare for a price increase coming in May. Get your copy now before the price goes up.

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:

Nice Things Said About Lorelle

Siege Curmudgeon wrote a gratitude blog post featuring a thank you to me for writing about bloggers helping bloggers and how important that is for this blogger and all bloggers. We have to stop once in a while and remind each other that this is about “us” and we are all part of a family of communicators around the world, not just alone shouting on a street corner.

Baikong created “My Top 10 Best Women Bloggers with Influence” and included me among some fascinating female bloggers. What an honor!

Inspired by 45n5’s Top 100 Make Money Online Blogs, WPThemesGallery has created the Top 40 WordPress-oriented blog resources. Currently, I’m at number 5 according to their chart. This is also similar to Top 25 Blogs About Blogging by Daily Blogging Tips.

Blasts From the Past

Here are some blasts from the past especially for bloggers. I wrote a series of articles that addressed the issues of making your blog posts “fancy” with some fun content area HTML tips and tricks:

Blog Herald Columns

Blog Herald LogoI’ve written some blog challenges on the Blog Herald recently, trying to get bloggers to start thinking about how they are blogging and why. The response has been interesting as people are starting to evaluate the deeper meaning of their blogging, too.

Come visit my work there and the other regular contributors covering fascinating blogging issues and news, and subscribe to the .

Recent articles on the included:

I write every week about WordPress in my weekly WordPress Wednesday News reports and recent issues covered:

Blasts from the Past of Blog Herald Posts

I’ve been writing for the for a year now, and here are some of the articles I’ve covered dealing with comments and comment spam.

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  1. Posted March 24, 2008 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, had no idea you had an Oklahoma connection! We’re based in Oklahoma City, but have lived in Tulsa (pretty city) …. anyway, looking forward to meeting you in person at WordCamp in Dallas.

  2. Posted March 25, 2008 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to WordCamp, can’t wait to see you there!

  3. Posted March 28, 2008 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Fun to get caught up on you via this post.

    The assistant principle of my high school was MR. Van Fossen! He wore the “black hat” for the school administration, but I suspect he was a good guy at heart.

    Keep creating…a story worth repeating,

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