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WordCamp Portland: How Has WordPress Changed Your Life?

The agenda of speakers for WordCamp Portland is out and I’m the keynote speaker. And I need your help. I will be talking about how WordPress is changing lives, not just from the blogging experience but truly changing your life from stem to stern. WordPress and WordPress.com free blogs give a voice to those who […]

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 […]

The Sharing and Caring of the WordPress Community Shines

In Why Giving Away Your Code is Not Dangerous, Abhijit Nadgouda of ifacethoughts looks at the issue of “sharing” and Open Source from an interesting perspective: Imagine you run a transport service, ferrying passengers to destinations they want. A part of your job is to follow maps, find out new routes and build your knowledge […]

WordPress.com Marketplace and The Theme Debate

Last week, Matt Mullenweg made public his idea on creating a WordPress.com Marketplace to add more options to WordPress.com bloggers for a fee, especially meeting the demands of so many for more, more, and more. Among the proposals under consideration, and I stress that, since this is not a done deal but an idea, is […]

New Article Series – Blog Struggles

Over the next few months, I will be publishing an ongoing series, which includes and continues from much of what I started in my book, “Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging”. I’ve been blogging since 1994, though it barely had a name back then, online journaling is what it soon became. Along […]

The Art of Smilies in WordPress Blogs

I recently ;-) ran across a blog :D that was stuffed with 8O . You know, those yellow smiling faces :) that grin, wink, blink and snarl at you from many blog posts? They are called emoticons by their proper term, but also known as smilies or smileys. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t, […]

Protecting Your WordPress Blog

I’ve written extensively about the choices you have in responding to negative comments and bloggers. You can respond or ignore, but never retaliate. However, a few months ago, Darren Rowse of Problogger was the victim of a spammer and hacker and it made me want to jump up and hit back, as I’m sure it […]

Understanding The WordPress Post Title and Post Slug

Please note this article is from 2007. WordPress has come a long way to protect the links to your posts and Pages no matter how many times you change the post slug or post title. There are still some instances when the canonical url feature of WordPress doesn’t work and the old link to the […]

Ways to Build and Retain Your Podcast Audience

By Douglas Bell My friend Daniel Brusilovsky has posted a couple of articles here at Lorelle on WordPress about some of the technical details of creating a podcast, such as What is Podcasting? and Starting Your Podcast, and Lorelle has asked me to post an article or two to go a little more “in depth” […]

WordPress.com Blog Bling: Blogroll and Sidebar Bling

I’ve covered adding blog bling to your WordPress.com blog in the form of graphics and photographs, lines and smilies, fonts, blockquotes, social bookmark links. Now it’s time to add some blog bling to your WordPress.com blogroll and sidebar. The sidebar area of your blog is typically the canvas for the most blog bling. Sidebar blog […]

Please Don’t Use Google To Research References

I’m a huge fan of Information Wants To Be Free, a wonderful blog for librarians by Meridith Wolfwater. I’ll be writing more about her blog later, but I wanted to point out a great article called Whatever you do, don’t use Google. After we teach our students how to distinguish between authoritative and unauthoritative resources, […]

Truths and Consequences of Blogs That Stand Out

I wrote recently asking you all about what makes a blog stand out from the crowd, and some interesting comments came up. I think that some of these are worth discussing. Looks Count Looks count in everything. Don’t try to tell me that they don’t. If look don’t count, then the entertainment, fashion, clothing, hair, […]

Searching for Blogs and Blogging Resources on DMOZ-Google Open Directory

While I wasn’t looking, it appears DMOZ, the “largest human-edited directory on the web” is now in the hands of Google. Still, it’s a fascinating place to explore and search for all kinds of information and resources in a directory catalog form rather than just searching. Like a phone book, your search begins by categorized […]

Brag on Bloggers: Pam Blackstone, teacher, writer and photographer

I’m a fan of Pam Blackstone and her blog Random Bytes just celebrated “100 Posts and Counting”. With publication of the previous article, Random Bytes reached the 100 post milestone — a feat that seemed inconceivable when I started this blog. It’s hard to believe I’ve had that much to say. When I started blogging, […]

Digital Fingerprints Help Track Blog Content Theft

In an attempt to help bloggers track down content theft and copyright violations, MaxPower.ca has created the Digital Fingerprint Detecting Content Theft WordPress Plugin for full version WordPress blogs. The plugin injects a “digital fingerprint” manually into your posts which is seen only in your feeds, not in the post itself. Install and activate the […]

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