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First Highlights of Blogathon Bloggers

For those of you blogging non-stop for 24 hours for the Blogathon and aching and whining, know that there are many of us reading your blogs during the same 24 hours. And my butt is numb and my back is killing me. You are not alone. I’ve been poking at a lot of the blogs […]

What Are Your Favorite Articles from Lorelle on WordPress?

I will be on the road again – actually I’m still on the road and have been constantly since March, but will be out of Internet range for most of the next week. Future posts are still not working, so while there are wonderful things you should be reading here, I don’t trust them to […]

Random WordPress Plugins: Rotating Banners, Header Art, Images, Quotes, and Content on Your Blog

Some people like to have their header art or banners change with every page reload, making their site look different on each page visit. Some people want to showcase their artwork or photography by having a image change randomly as a visitor moves through the site. Others want to feature posts from the past or […]

Blog Navigation WordPress Plugins: Related, Recent, Most Popular Posts and More

As part of this month long series about WordPress Plugins, I’ve been digging deep to find some great WordPress Plugins to help you increase the navigation of your WordPress blog. Navigational tools include showcasing recent posts, related posts, most popular posts, posts by category, breadcrumbs, tags, and so much more. I’ve come up with some […]

Customizable Post Listings WordPress Plugin

Alert: The Customizable Post Listings Plugin has been updated and now works for WordPress 2.3 and above. It includes almost 36 techniques for displaying post content and comment information and over 50 percent-substitution template tags for customizing the results. Get your updated version today! Customizable Post Listings WordPress Plugin by coffee2code is one of my […]

Blog Challenge: How Do You Blog?

The Blog Herald’s “How I Blog” is a fascinating series on how bloggers blog. Each article highlights how each blogger works on their blog in their own fashion, from how they come up with content to the technology and hardware that is part of their blogging process. Your Blogging Challenge this week is: How Do […]

Creating Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles

In part one of this two part series on “everything you could possibly want to know about titles and headlines on your blog”, I wrote about how to write effective, attention-getting headlines and titles, and in this part, I’m going to give you more than you might ever want to know about how to maximize […]

One Year Anniversary Review: The Power of the Link

<a href=”https://lorelle.wordpress.com/&#8221; title=”Lorelle on WordPress” rel=”tag bookmark”>Lorelle on WordPress</a> Nestled inside of that simple HTML link is the power that makes the web the web. Like the spokes of a spider web, links connect each part and piece with another part and piece, making the part critical to the whole. You followed a link to […]

A Blogging Tool is Not Much More than a Content Management System in Disguise

In an article by Bill Machrone in PC Magazine called “I Blog/Do Not Blog”, he explains that the type of program used to blog is little different from any Content Management System (CMS) like those used to run CNN, PCMag, and other corporate sites. A surprising number of people don’t realize that blogging software is […]

WordPress Tips and Tricks for Template Files

Tips Apply to WordPress 1.5+ We looked customizing the WordPress Administration Panels and many other WordPress Tips. This one looks at some tips and tricks for WordPress template files and style sheets. The template files in WordPress are found within your WordPress Themes. They are the building blocks which come together to create the structure […]

WordPress School: Blavatars

About a month ago in Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course you added a Gravatar image to your WordPress.com test site. A Gravatar image and profile is linked to your email address and displays on any WordPress (and many other services) site in the world when you use that email address to comment. Another visual […]

WordPress School: About Page

Now that we’ve covered the basics of posts and Pages, it’s time to cull from the information in your Site Master Plan to create your first page: About. By default, WordPress automatically generates an About Page called “About.” Some web hosting services have chosen to rename this “Sample Page” or “Example Page” for their one-click […]

Blog Exercises: Time Management for Professional Bloggers

My friend, timethief, has done it again with “12 Time Management Tips for Top Blogging Performance,” the inspiration for this blog exercise. Scheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. […]

Blog Exercises: Mashups

One of my favorite odd-ball mashups is the movie Moulin Rouge! Released in 2001, the movie features Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, and an outstanding cast of top notch actors singing their way through a Bollywood-style production set in a 1899 France cabaret. There are few original songs in the film. Instead they used pop songs […]

Blog Exercises: 5,127 Tries

In his native UK, Sir James Dyson is known as much for his quirky looking, superior-functioning vacuum cleaners as for his long embattled path to commercial success. He gave Brits their first bagless vacuum in 1993 after 13 tough years tinkering in the tool shed. He slogged through 5,127 prototypes, a couple of lawsuits and […]