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Blog Challenge: Testing Your Blog’s Accessibility

I’ve talked a lot over the years about how important it is to design your website or blog to be accessible. There is a growing number of bloggers and blog readers who are reading your blog right now with a screen reader which reads your blog to them, or some other magnification or screen customization […]

Weekly Digest: Back on the Farm, Improving Your Blog Series, WordPress Podcast Reporter, and More

While the world is rushing around doing holiday activities, I’m in panic mode to finish up some major projects and working very long hours – in between feeding animals and doing farm work. Had a lovely adventure with one of the mini-donkeys, Rocko, who got lose and I found him wandering around in front of […]

Weekly Digest: Floods, Harp Guitars, WordPress 2.4 News, and Improving Your Blog Tips

I’ve been back for a week and already have been snowed, hailed, rained, frozen, and flooded. The electricity held but the Internet was down most of four days, so I got a lot of behind the scenes work done, as well as unpacking. I’m playing catch up as fast and furious as I can amidst […]

Blog Struggles: When Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation Interferes With Your Blogging

Discussing the challenges associated with blogging, a participant in a program I presented recently told me about how she tends to obsess over punctuation. My friends tell me I need to read that book, Eat, Shoots, and Leaves about punctuation. I’m obsessed with commas and ellipses. I love using them. I like how they sound […]

Lessons from a Bookstore on Blog Writing

Some Writing Tips that I learned at the Book Store Tonight from A Day in the Life of a Systems Buster is a wonderful look at how to learn how to write. 1. Don’t bother practice writing in an isolated journal if I plan on publishing my work. Journals are great for self-reflection and personal […]

A Blog Anniversary: Learning From Your Past Mistakes

eMom’s Wendy Piersall write an endearing post recent, “The Top 10 Blogging Mistakes I Made in My First Year”. In it, she admits her failures and the things she should have done differently. Here’s one I love: I blogged 7 days a week When I first started, I hadn’t found my rhythm – nor did […]

Put Some Personality Into Your Blog

In Blue Sky Resumes Blog article, “Put Some Personality Into Your Resume – Please!”, I loved the following description: Today I’m writing a resume for a young man who’s applying for a job within his existing company. I have his old resume in front of me and I’m reviewing the worksheets he completed. The difference […]

Writing Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles on Your Blog

If it bleeds, it leads. Punchy. Catchy. Attention-getting. Insightful. Instructive. Incentive. Luring. Fishing. Bait. Hook. These are all terms used to describe an effectively written title or headline for an article. The words chosen must provide a powerful incentive to make the reader want to read. To make them want to buy the magazine, newspaper, […]

Improving Your SEO Standards with WordPress.com Blogs

Yes, I know. Whine, whine. You can’t choose or tweak your own WordPress.com Theme. Heard it. Been there. Done that. Suffer for it, myself. While WordPress and most WordPress Themes come SEO ready out of the box, WordPress.com users can still use web standards and accessibility standards and SEO practices in your WordPress.com blog to […]

The 12 Biggest Problems With Your Blogs

Sedition.com’s “The 12 biggest problems with your blog” is a brilliant summary of the most commonly found problems, and distractions, on many blogs. Here are some highlights that had me dancing around the room so much, they bear some repeating: 12) The banner graphic. Regular visitors don’t need 18% of the page space taken up […]

How Easy is Your Writing to Understand?

In a very valid post, Communication Nation asks “How Easy is Your Writing to Understand”? Are your written messages easy to read and understand? One way to know is to look at how often people respond positively to your requests; or whether they respond at all. Do people read your messages? Or do they skim […]

Weekly Digest: Blogging on Blogging, Speaking at SOBCon and WordCamp Dallas, and More on Blogging

This week has been a busy one as I prepare for two intensive blogging article series coming up in the next couple of months. I doing a lot of research and I’ll give you a hint. One is about personal blogging and the other is about blog writing. Stay tuned for more hints. 😀 I’m […]

Weekly Digest: End of Year Rush, Lorraine is Bad, Awards, and Kicking Blogging But – As Usual

I had last week’s Weekly Digest of “Lorelle World” ready to go, but life stepped in with a lot of snow and too many distractions. My apologies. So this week, you get three-for-one. 😀 I decided to have a little fun these past few weeks with the types of articles I published here and on […]

Weekly Digest: Guest Blogging on Problogger, WordPress Plugins, Getting Naked, and Relationships

Welcome to the third Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress, a one-stop buffet of tips, tricks, and techniques on WordPress and blogging. If you missed the last two, check out last week’s edition and the previous week. For information on how to subscribe to this weekly digests of the events and activities in Lorelle on […]

The Best Bloggers Edit

In Writing Words vs. Writing Software of Signal vs. Noise, contributor Matt writes about the things he learned by studying writing and how they apply to software. He found some excellent points on writing, rewriting, and editing I felt were worth sharing: I was reading some quotes the other day about the importance of rewriting… […]