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Blog Challenge: The WordPress Treasure Hunt Continues

For those catching up or who may have forgotten, the WordPress Treasure Hunt Blogging Challenge continues! I’ve gotten a few emails from people who feel the hunt is overwhelming. I call that judging a book before you even see the cover! Some who have done it did it in a short time and tell me […]

Blogging Challenge: WordPress Treasure Hunt

Whether or not you are a fan of WordPress, this weeks’ Blogging Challenge should be great fun. This week, I’m sending you on a treasure hunt. Search the web for the best articles on the following WordPress-related topics. Below is a list of 100 WordPress-related topics. Your blogging challenge is to either post your answers […]

Blog Challenge: Where Do You Consistently Find Inspiration?

In response to a post on Pennwriters Area 6 HQ on Inspiration and Dedication: Creative Resources, I wrote: …And yet, I find incredible inspiration in the little things, the things that inspired writers for thousands of years. A moment shared. A conversation overheard. A glance down a new street. A journey. A unroutine routine event. […]

Blog Challenge: Whatcha Reading?

I recently finished rereading all the books, one after another, by two of my favorite authors, Alan Dean Foster and Terry Pratchett. I read the whole Discworld series in order, then the Humanx Commonwealth by Foster in “chronological” order. It was wonderful to submerse myself in other worlds for extended periods of time, putting off […]

Blog Challenge: Teach a Blogging Technique

This week, your blog challenge is to become a teacher. Specifically, a teacher who teaches about blogging. There is a lot more to blogging than rattling on about blog content, copyright theft, comment spam, and WordPress, though I know I tend to do a lot of that lately. So it’s up to you to tackle […]

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 […]

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. […]

Blogging Challenge: Should All Business Professionals Blog?

The Learning Circuits Blog posted a “big question” for the month of October which asks people to respond to the question “should all learning professionals be blogging?” A lot of educators and others have responded, adding up to 26 at last count, all examining the issue thoroughly. It got me thinking about whether all professionals […]

Blog Exercises: Weekly Link Roundups

Many bloggers publish weekly or monthly link roundups, highlights of some of the interesting sites they’ve found on the web. Most use a variety of automation techniques to generate this link list, bookmarking the web pages to a bookmarking program that helps them generate this list and release it once a week. It’s a lazy […]

Happy Holidays and Onward!

We survived the Mayan Calendar. We’ve survived planets lining up. We’ve survived attacks on our person, our community, our faith, and our country. Just another year. As we charge forward this coming year, here are some things to look forward to here on Lorelle on WordPress and on my other sites, and many things to […]

WordCamp 2008 San Francisco – Great Fun. Pictures Don’t Lie.

WordCamp 2008 brought WordPress fans from around the world to San Francisco. I am always stunned by the lengths so many people take to travel so far for WordPress. Their passion and dedication is to be applauded as every one brings their unique perspective to a WordPress event and the WordPress Community. And they bring […]

Blogging Resources and Sources to Help You Blog

As a blogger and professional editorial and technical writer, I have collected a variety of online resources and references to help me write, blog, and work. The following are a list of Internet resources, sources, references, guides, and tools that help me with my basic blog writing research and publishing. I use these resources to […]

Blog Struggles: Why Should Your Blog Have a Focus

Why should your blog be a focused, narrow niched blog? Because: It establishes you as an expert. It creates a consistent flow of information and content. The blog and you become a source for information, not just a link. Increased incoming referrer links and increased likelihood of being blogged about, not just linked to. Like […]

Blog Struggles: The Search for Blog Content

The first topic I want to cover in this new series on Blog Struggles, discussing the trials and tribulations of blogging, is about the issue of finding content for your blog. Finding content. I have a problem right off the top with that phrase. Blog content can be found anywhere, but saying you have to […]