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Adding a Signature To Personalize Your Blog Post

Chaos Laboratory has developed the LiveSig WordPress Plugin to automatically insert a graphic signature at the bottom of your posts. According to the author, they were inspired by my signature at the bottom of my posts and wanted to come up with a way to add that automatically. They found MyLiveSignature, a free graphic signature […]

Blog Exercises: Make a List of Everything on Your Site

Today’s blog exercise will require a little time, magnifier, and a score card. Well, maybe not one of those items. I want you to grab a piece of paper and load up the front page of your site in a browser. Zoom in so you can really see it up close and personal. Start counting. […]

Blog Exercises: When Your Site Design Owns You

Yesterday a long-time client called me up in tears saying, “I can’t do this any more. My site design owns me, I don’t own it. It’s too confusing. It’s too much work!” Several years ago, she’d chosen a Magazine-style WordPress Theme. The structure was based upon the standard magazine-style, sticky posts for the slider/carousel at […]

The Art of the Fan-Based Blog: Copyrights for You and Your Content Sources

By DB Ferguson of the No Fact Zone I know I just recommended aggregating news stories from sources outside of your blog in my series on The Art of the Fan-Based Blog, and that search engines were your friend. They are. However, I cannot stress this enough, be extremely mindful of every single word or […]

Protecting Your Content on WordPress.com

By Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today Users of the self-hosted version of WordPress have always had a lot of tools for protecting their site and their feeds. They have always had a variety of plugins for protecting content, including anti-scraping, content theft detection and much more. Even the ability to edit themes and the core […]

7 Ways to Find Your Muse

by engtech of Internet Duct Tape I never have trouble finding something to write about. A bigger problem for me is finding something inspiring enough that I’ll make the time to write about it. When my muse is hiding she’s often found: In my morning shower In my first cup of coffee In my morning […]

Writing with Single Lines Not Double in Your Blog Posts

If you are a poet, quoting poetry, write out an address, recipe, or need to create a block of text featuring single lines not double lines between each line, here’s how. By default, WordPress and most blogging programs turn every line into a paragraph. When you hit the ENTER or RETURN button on your keyboard, […]

If You Sign Your Blog Comments, You Are a Dork

I was recently at a meeting with a lot of bloggers and I overheard a group of them spouting off about “stupid people who leave stupid-style comments on their blogs”. There was a lot of talk about the idiotic things people leave on blog comments like “Wow, this is so useful”, which you would think […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Show Off Your Blog Bling

I’ve spent the last week covering how to blog bling your WordPress.com blog in the form of graphics and photographs, lines and smilies, fonts, blockquotes, social bookmark links, blogroll bling and sidebar widgets, podcasts, audio, and video, signatures, signoffs, and writing code. Now it is your turn to show off. Here is a list of […]

Adding Video and Podcasting Bling to Your WordPress.com Blogs

We’ve mostly focused on static visual things you can do to dress up your WordPress.com with Blog Bling. Let’s take a look at how to add video, podcasting, audio files, and more to your WordPress.com blogs. There are videos and podcast files found around the web that you can provide access to via your WordPress […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Signatures and Writing Code

Wow! If you wanted some WordPress.com blog bling bling, we’ve covered a lot, haven’t we? I’ve shown you how to add graphics and photographs and video, lines and smilies, fonts, blockquotes, social bookmark links, blogroll bling and sidebar widgets, and…have I forgotten anything? Ah, yes. How to display code bling in your WordPress.com blogs, and […]

Editing Your Blog Comments

I’ve written a lot about comments, how to handle them, respond to them, and some guidelines for posting comments. One aspect of comments rarely covered indepth is the issue of editing your comments. Not “your” comments left on other blogs, but the comments you receive on your blog. As a general rule, you can judge […]

A Tagging Bookmarklet for WordPress and WordPress.com Users

I get a lot of questions about the tags I use at the bottom of most of my posts. I used to feature two sets of tags, one for Technorati tags and the other as navigation tags to search my site. Up until recently, these were created from a text file I kept open all […]

WordPress School: Sharing WordPress Links

In Lorelle’s WordPress School many participants are active in our WordPress School Google+ Community and eager to share links to their work on their test site for others in the group to review their work and help them or support and encourage them. Or just to brag and show off, which we enjoy as well. […]

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. […]