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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 […]

The Power of Words: Online Lessons on Writing

The staff of The Providence Journal offers The Power of Words, a series of online lessons on the craft of newspaper writing. Whether you are a journalist, writing for a newspaper, or a blogger, you can benefit from this delightful and educational learn-to-write series. Here are some recent highlights from their lessons: ` Edward Fitzpatrick: […]

WordPress Anniversary: Comment Spam Lessons

It’s hard to believe that I’ve learned much from comment spammers over the years. I’ve learned that they are among the most hated folks in the world, yet you have to respect them as well. As I look back on ten years of blogging with WordPress on this 10th Anniversary year, I realized that comment […]

Liz Strauss: The Secret to Writing a Successful and Outstanding Blog Ebook

When Liz Strauss stood before WordCamp Dallas and said she had 60,317 comments on her blog, the audience was staggered. Even Matt Mullenweg was impressed. Everyone was impressed and wanted to know her secret. Now you can get the secret behind online community building from Liz Strauss. After several years of research and writing, Liz […]

Blog Resources for English Language and Blog Writing

I blog in English and it behooves me to get it write – okay, at least once in a while. The challenges I face as a writer are not just generating ideas but finding the write way to convey those ideas. I frequently need to check the spelling or definition of words I come up […]

Not Just Another “Top Lessons for Bloggers”

There are days when I swear I’m going to throw a knife through my computer screen if I read another boring and redundant “top 12 ways to succeed in blogging” post. And then you run across something very special. 9 Lessons for Would-be Bloggers by Joshua Porter from Bokardo caught my attention because of the […]

Learning Lessons from The Planet Blog

I spotted a press release titled “The Planet Spins into the Blogosphere” and had to check it out. It is an announcement that The Planet web hosting service, claiming to host “more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 2.8 million Web sites worldwide”, has started its first corporate blog on a free WordPress.com blog […]

Weekly Digest: More Blogging Tips Book Reviews, Lorelle on WordPress in Top 5 Blogs About Blogging, Blog Writing Contests, and More

The Weekly Digest from Lorelle on WordPress this week features more wonderful reviews and recommendations of my new book – the orders are overwhelming! There are also some blogging contests with my book as the reward. If you are interested in the book, I’ve got more details on what it’s about and how to order. […]

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, […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Blog Writing

Writing up the one year anniversary review of articles I’ve written about searching and search engines, I ran across this interesting bit I wrote in “How Google Ranks Websites”: Spelling is still important. Not that Google’s patented page ranking process includes a spell checker – words that are not recognized get dumped. If misspelled keywords […]

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 […]

WordPress School: Excerpts

If you are following along with Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course you’ve been writing posts as part of the article series assignments and other assignments. Go to the front page of your site in the Twenty-Eleven WordPress Theme and take a look. Do you see long posts, one after another, and have to scroll, […]

The Most Common Tiny Mistakes Made When Setting Up a WordPress Site

I’ve just finished five years of teaching non-stop college and community education workshops and programs on WordPress for beginners, novices, experts, web designers, web developers, web programmers, and those who think they know everything but still realize they have a lot to learn. I love that last group as they are willing to learn and […]

WordPress School: HTML and CSS References and Resources

In “9 Truths That Computer Programmers Know That Most People Don’t” by Macleod Sawyer, he quotes Ben Cherry and adds the following after: “Under the hood, most critical software you use every day (like Mac OS X, or Facebook) contains a terrifying number of hacks and shortcuts that happen to barely fit together into a […]

WordPress School: HTML and CSS Parent-Child Relationship

So far in this mini-series on HTML and CSS for Lorelle’s WordPress School, we’ve covered the basics and gave you a test HTML file to experiment with, explored the basics of HTML tags, inline styles with CSS, HTML embedded styles where the styles are removed from the HTML and placed in a <style> HTML tag […]