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Blog Exercises: You Shouldn’t Have Started with a Question If You Didn’t Want it Answered

In the movie, Big Fish, the son tries to describe to his father how little he knows him. Will Bloom: You know about icebergs, dad? Senior Ed Bloom: Do I? I saw an iceberg once. They were hauling it down to Texas for drinking water. They didn’t count on there being an elephant frozen inside. […]

Question: What Will You Not Blog About?

In What Will You Not Blog About? on the Blog Herald, I asked readers to tell me what line they will not cross when it comes to blog content. What will you NOT blog about. The responses have been very interesting. A few bloggers take a no-holds-barred approach, blogging on everything and anything they want. […]

Asking a Key Question About Your Blog Brand

Last week, I posted an example from my book, Blogging Tips, What Blogger’s Won’t Tell You About Blogging, called Blog Branding and Identity. Last week, Liz Strauss of Successful and Outstanding Bloggers asked a very important question about blog identity and branding: When you talk to your friends, what do you talk most about? Check […]

Looking for WordPress Support and Help: Ask the Right Questions

Are you new to WordPress.com or WordPress? Need help for your WordPress blog? Sulz guest blogs on Engtech’s blog about how to use the WordPress.com forums, a must read for all WordPress and WordPress.com users. As a volunteer providing free support for WordPress.com in the Support Forums, every now and then it’s hard not to […]

The Question: What Do You Love and Hate About a Website?

BCC News’ Newsnight is having second thoughts on their web design recently and asked a very important question: Web designers should ALWAYS remember: just because it can be done, doesn’t mean it should be done.” Stung by that challenge we’ve resolved to enter a period of rationalization. Let us know what you love and hate, […]

Genealogy Blog: Who, What, Where, and How Questions for the Plan

While traveling recently in a small Class C motor home through Oregon, digging into our family’s history, my mother and I spent a lot of time digging into the who, what, where, how, and everything else we needed to consider to put together our family history and genealogy blog. We ended up with pages and […]

How to Handle Tough Questions (and Comments) from an Audience

Tim of Mother Tongue Annoyances offers “How to Handle Tough Questions from an Audience”, an excellent perspective that all bloggers with open comments should read. Please don’t get me wrong—whatever skills I possess in this department today have come to me only through the bitter pain of seemingly countless public speaking events or classroom training […]

20 Answers to the Question: What Does It Take to Blog?

MJ of the Desert Day by Day blog left an interesting comment on my article about women bloggers: I will be 44 tomorrow and have no background in computer or technology of any kind. It is my limited understanding that those bloggers that do(yourself included) orbit in a Internet universe separate from the countless numbers […]

Blogger or Newzblogger? Good Question

Ad Age’s article, “A Blogger is Just a Writer With a Cooler Name”, echoes an earlier post on this site about the differences, and similarities, between writers and bloggers, but sums it up by admitting: And it occurred to me that there is no such thing as blogging. There is no such thing as a […]

WordPress School: Paragraphs and Line Breaks

The previous assignment in Lorelle’s WordPress School covered the visual and text editors in WordPress. In this assignment, I’d like to focus on making paragraphs within both editors. A paragraph in HTML is a container holding contextual content, the written word. The HTML of a paragraph opens and closes with the paragraph tag. If we […]

WordPress School: Visual and Text Editors

In this assignment in Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course we are going to explore the Text and Visual Editors in WordPress. WordPress features the two editors on all posts and Pages. The Visual Editor is the WYSIWYMG editor for writing content. This means it is the What You See Is What You Might Get […]

WordPress School: Images

In the previous Lorelle’s WordPress School tutorial we covered preparing images for uploading to WordPress. Today’s lesson is on how to upload and embed the images in posts and Pages. As a reminder, the sequence and data required for uploading an image to WordPress is: Using the Media Uploader in a post or Page, the […]

Web Writing HTML Entities Cheat Sheet

Over the years I’ve copied and saved HTML Character Entities that I use on a regular basis, and I thought I’d share my cheat sheet. These are important to me as a technical web publisher specializing in writing blogging and WordPress tutorials, so I’ve explained why and how I use them in the table below. […]

WordPress School: Contact Page

In Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course we are going to take a break from the article series and work on your next Page in WordPress. Save the second post in the article series as draft. We’ll come back to it. As a reminder, WordPress Pages are content elements that exist outside of the reverse […]

WordPress School: Headings

Many people will tell you that the images you use in a published post are the most important visual elements on a web page. Don’t believe them. It is an HTML content tag that is often overlooked that is the most powerful visual element on a web page: the heading. At this point in Lorelle’s […]

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