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Blog Challenge: Describe Your Computer Setup – Then and Now

This week’s blog challenge is to blog about your computer setup as it was “then” in the early days of your computer life, and how it is now, in your modern technology life. What computer tools are you dependent upon for your blog that surround you on your desk? Do you podcast? What do you […]

Blogging on the Edge: Blogging NOT From My Computer

Recently, some trauma in the drama in my life had me staying with family for a few days, separated from my best friend: my laptop. They had two computers connected with DSL to the net, and I had time to get some work done while waiting for the dust to settle, so I figured this […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Internet, Web, and Computer Tips and Tricks

WordPress, WordPress.com, and blogging aren’t the only subjects I’ve covered over the past year. Yet, the other topics were all related. Under the category of Web Wise, I included information and resources to help your blogging, but more specifically, with information you should know about being online, browsers, and computers in general. I’ve written a […]

Firefox 2.0 Alpha Coming to a Computer Near You Soon

The news is out. According to PC Pro, Firefox 2.0 Alpha is due next month. The move from version 1.5 to 2.0 for WordPress was not as big a jump as most consumers thought it would be, even though some of the improvements were tremendous, they were underneath the hood more than on the surface. […]

Computers and Discount Travel and Christmas Shopping, These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I’m barely home from a mad dash cross country trip driving across the United States from Seattle back to Alabama in a small motor home, and I have to turn around and fly back to Seattle next week, so I’m busy rushing about doing last minute holiday shopping and cleaning up. In the middle of […]

Family Holiday Time – Would You Fix My Computer?

It never fails to happen. I show up to any family event, holidays or not, and I’m asked to take a look at the computer. A recent trip to Seattle resulted in just that kind of request from my mother. She is famous for being a clean freak, panicking at the thought of not enough […]

Computer Models – How New Words Become Part of the Language

In an interesting post, New Scientist’s Mark Buchanan reports on “How New Words Become Part of the Language”. Since words are an important part of blogging, understanding where words come from, how they developed, and how they are used, and to use them appropriately, is critical to a successful blog. When unwanted email first came […]

Kim Komando – Computer and Geek Starlet

I adore Kim Komando. I’m sure there are tons of guys out there who lust after her, but I adore what she’s done to the computer world. Haven’t heard of Kim Komando? Have you been living under a rock? She’s blonde, thin, pretty, and geeky. For women, she should be our idol. She is showing […]

Fast Computer Crash Recovery with WordPress

As if we haven’t had enough trouble running from all the hurricanes smashing into the US Gulf Coast where we are temporarily living, I’ve been battling a summer of computer crashes. In one month, I had five computer crashes between two computers. My laptop finally returned from the manufacturer, delayed by Hurricane Katrina. They put […]

Clark College Students Want to Interview You

Students in my Clark College WordPress class are required to interview a WordPress professional and member of the WordPress Community as part of their assignments for our student managed site, ClarkWP Magazine. Would you like to be an interview subject? Here are the qualifications. You must use WordPress actively as part of your business. The […]

WordPress For Writers

I will be speaking this year at several workshops and conferences on the subject of “WordPress for Writers.” The workshop covers the basic elements of WordPress content structure and organization, then adds the complexities of a site for writers and authors. This is one of a series of articles on WordPress for Writers and Authors. […]

Blog Exercises: How to Create a Blogger Identity

A rebroadcast of “How Much Does Your Name Matter?” from Freakonomics Radio looked at the impact of a name on society, perception, prejudice, and ability to succeed. Indeed, there is some evidence that a name can influence how a child performs in school and even her career opportunities. There’s also the fact that different groups […]

Blog Exercises: Making Notifications and Alerts Work for You

In the blog exercise on eliminating noisy distractions from your computer, mobile phone, and other areas around your working environment, I wanted you to remove the things that interfere with your blogging time and space, with your creative energies. I wanted you to identify what is getting in your way that you might not be […]

Blog Exercises: Eliminate Distracting Notifications and Alerts

I don’t know how it happened but my new smartphone decided to change my notification settings and now my day is punctuated constantly with peeps, gongs, pings, and beeps. Such noises might not be blogging related, nor appropriate for these blogging exercises – they are alerts to the business of blogging and tremendous distractions. These […]

Blog Exercises: Intentional Blogging

One of the things I work with in teaching writing for the web and blogging is to blog intentionally. I call it “content with intent.” Content with Intent From the very first of these Blog Exercises I’ve preached content with intent, blogging with every intention filled with purpose, goals, and incentive. Specifically self-incentive, a self-motivated […]

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