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Blog Challenge: Changing the World in 30 Seconds

A year ago, I asked my readers to make a list of 30 things they could do in 30 seconds or less to change the world. This week’s blogging challenge is another challenge to write such a list. Blog a list of 30 things you can do in 30 seconds each to change the world. […]

30 Things You Can Do to Change the World in 30 Seconds

Part of the reason so many people blog is to help change the world. So I’m starting a new competition. The reward? Convincing people to change the world in 30 seconds or less. The task? I challenge all bloggers to blog about 30 things that can be done to change the world in 30 seconds. […]

Blog Struggles: I Just Need Two Seconds of Your Time

How often have you been asked for “two seconds of your time” in purpose, email, or chat? I’m asked every day for those precious two seconds, and every day I struggle to say no. My day begins at five in the morning. I used to make time for exercise but more and more my work […]

Start the Stopwatch: You Have 50 Milliseconds to Make a Good First Impression

According to research reported on in Nature.com, “Potential readers can make snap decisions in just 50 milliseconds”. And I thought you had 30 seconds or less to make a good impression. I guess web users make snap judgments faster. Like the look of our website? Whatever the answer (and hopefully it was yes), the chances […]

Blog Exercises: Emergency Drafts

I write my blog posts as far in advance as possible, using the future posts/scheduling feature of WordPress to set my posts to release over time, automating the process of self-publishing on my site and giving me time to live my life rather than be tied to my site. I rely heavily on my Editorial […]

Blog Exercises: How Many Words in a Link?

How many words should you put into a link? Is there a rule? There isn’t a rule but there are good standards and practices. These state that two words should be the minimum, and only enough words to compel someone to click through to the linked source. The words must also imply the link’s destination […]

Blog Exercises: Clean Up Your Most Popular Posts

“It’s dated 2008. It must be useless.” This was the response to an article I tweeted out recently. Yes, the article was dated 2008. Did that mean it wasn’t a valid, timely, and invaluable resource? It was, but that’s not the point. Some people equate old with useless. With the aging population gaining the majority […]

Update WordPress Now: WordPress 3.4.2 Released

WordPress 3.4.2 Maintenance and Security Release arrived today, and it’s time to update. This is both a maintenance and security release, therefore it is mandatory, not optional. Recently, I wrote about keeping WordPress updated for security reasons, and I’m singing the same song again. Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Use the automatic, one-click update feature. In […]

Blog Challenge: Write a Travel Post

I travel pretty much full-time, living on the road, sleeping in motor homes, trailers, tents, hotels, and other odd places. I started traveling extensively when I was a teenager, turning it into a full-time life in 1996. I have lots of travel stories I share on Taking Your Camera on the Road, and this week, […]

Weekly Digest: Quarter Through Two Months of Guest Blogging Partying, Guest Blogging Article Series, and More Guest Bloggers!

There has been a lot going on this week, but I’m so excited about the fabulous guest bloggers partying on my blog during the two months of celebrations, it’s all I want to talk about! This is the Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress. To subscribe to the Weekly Digest category of Lorelle on WordPress, […]

Speed Blogging: What is Getting In Your Blog’s Way

Blog Chalk Talk offers “Daily Blogging Tip: Practice Blogging Quickly”, an interesting challenge to see what is getting in the way of your blogging efforts. Start a timer. Give yourself, say, 10 minutes. Go! See how much you can write, how fast you can edit, how quickly you can find and insert a relevant photo, […]

Blog Challenge: Have Blogs Changed the World?

I recently posted a blogging challenge on changing the world in 30 seconds and it got me thinking about how blogs have had such an amazing impact on the world today. While many think about blogs as offering examples of freedom of speech, allowing those who have long not been heard to shout their message […]

Blog Challenge: What Have You Learned This Year?

Last year, I asked my readers to blog about “100 Things You Learned This Year You Didn’t Know Last Year”, and I’ll ask again. Your blogging challenge this week is to blog about 50 things you learned this year that you didn’t know last year. Hey, that’s less than one a week. You must have […]

Blogging Challenge: Describe Sound

“Diamonds dipped in caramel.” That’s the lovely description of singer Ella Fitzgerald as described in a recent NPR’s All Things Considered program called “Vocal Impressions: Hearing Voices”. Several years ago, I had that last, long, wonderful father-and-daughter time as we went to look at colleges in the Northeast and decide which one had the most […]

Are You Happy With Your Internet Provider?

In the UK, BBC News reports that free broadband users are “less happy” and not satisfied with their Internet suppliers. “Free” broadband deals have resulted in a downturn in customer satisfaction levels, a report has said. According to the uSwitch Customer Satisfaction Report, most providers fail to match rising customer numbers with improved services and […]