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Blogging Challenge: Top 10 Keywords for Your Blog

The next blogging challenge in the ongoing series of Lorelle on WordPress Blogging Challenges is on keywords and search engine optimization (SEO). List your top 10 keywords for your blog. Part One – List Your Top 10 Keywords for Your Blog This is a two-fold exercise. First, off the top of your head, write down […]

Blogging Challenge: Blog About What You Know

The first of the Lorelle on WordPress Blogging Challenge challenges is to blog about what you know. Ah, now, before you jump to conclusions, let’s discuss the specific blogging challenge ahead of you. It is a fact that most people write best when they write about what they know, rather than something they know nothing […]

Introducing Lorelle’s Blogging Challenges

Calling all fans of Lorelle on WordPress and blogging! I’m starting a new series of competition-oriented tasks to motivate you through a summer filled with inspired blogging. It’s called the Lorelle on WordPress Blogging Challenge. And I’m counting on you to help spread the word. Each week, give or take, I will be posting a […]

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: How Much Crap Is In Your Blogging Bag?

You might blog from home or an office, but if you take your blogging on the road, how much crap is in your blogging bag? While the stuff you carry around with you to do your blogging may or may not have much to actually do with your blogging, this week’s blogging challenge is to […]

Blog Challenge: Describe Blogging

I’ve heard a lot of people make jokes about trying to describe blogging to their mother, grandmother, father, and even to co-workers and bosses. Even a best friend’s eyes glaze over when that slogging, logging, grogging, flogging, whatchamacallit – oh, yes, B-L-O-G-Ging thing comes up in conversation. This week, your blogging challenge is to describe […]

Blog Challenge: Personal Blogging – Tell Us a Story

Here’s another Blogging Challenge for you this week. There are all types of blogs from highly technical to wildly biased political. This week, I want to focus on the personal blog. A personal blog is more of a diary or journal, a collection of personal writing about a person’s life, be it day-to-day stories or […]

Blog Exercises: Intentional Blogging

One of the things I work with in teaching writing for the web and blogging is to blog intentionally. I call it “content with intent.” Content with Intent From the very first of these Blog Exercises I’ve preached content with intent, blogging with every intention filled with purpose, goals, and incentive. Specifically self-incentive, a self-motivated […]

Blog Exercises: Taking Inventory on What Keeps You Blogging

The recent major desktop computer crash has left me reeling. I thought I had all my data backed up. For the most part, I did. What I didn’t have backed up was my programs. Getting back up to speed fast, I’ve had to prioritize the programs I had download and install. Yes, download. Who gets […]

Blog Exercises: Blogging Loss and Grief

Loss is a part of life. This year, I’ve lost friends, family, and pets, and some days the sadness permeates everything. Other days, we laugh and smile. As with all things, in time, the balance between sunshine and dark shifts the scale towards sunshine. Grief is often best when shared, at least during the earliest […]

Blog Exercises: What Are Your Reasons For Blogging

We all have our reasons for blogging. Having our say, sharing our experience, teaching, learning, creative outlet, money, reputation, because they told you to…all of these are good reasons to blog, but to keep blogging you need something more. In this blog exercise, I want you to consider the more. It is the answer to […]

Blog Exercises: Speed Blogging with CoLT

I’d like to introduce you to the work horse I use for speed blogging. It’s a web browser add-on for Firefox called CoLT. It stands for Copy Link Text. I will be offering a variety of web browser tips and tools to make blogging faster and easier throughout these Blog Exercises, and of all of […]

Blog Exercises: Schedule Blogging Time

When do you blog best? I do my best blogging between 8AM and 1PM, then in the evening between 8PM and 11:30PM. When is your best time for creative thought, writing, and blogging? I blog professionally in addition to teaching, training, and public speaking on blogging, WordPress, and social media, so blogging is my life. […]

Blog Exercises: Blogging with the Seasons

Gardeners are ruled by the seasons, changing crops and growing methods so food and flowers are grown year around in some areas. Chefs love to use the freshest foods, thus are ruled by the results of gardeners and influenced by the seasons. Outdoor enthusiasts are often ruled by the season, shifting from running in summer […]

Blog Exercises: The Don’ts of Blogging

Did you know there is a Blogger’s Code of Conduct? It’s on Wikipedia. Initiated by Tim O’Reilly, it is as follows: Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog. Label your tolerance level for abusive comments. Consider eliminating anonymous comments. Don’t feed the trolls. Take the […]