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Blog Exercises: Become Your Own Fan Blogger

Fan blogging is one of the most challenging types of blogging. Fan blogging is blogging about a celebrity, television show, movie, sports team, sports player, criminals, or other groupie subject. Today’s blog exercise examines the art of fan blogging and how to learn from fan blogging to create your own fan club around your blog. […]

Blog Exercises: How Much Does Your Blog Cost?

How much does your blog cost? It should be a simple question. Do you have an answer? The costs associated with a blog are the costs associated with any website. There is the cost of the domain name, if you choose to have a custom name. In general, it is about USD $15 a year, […]

Blog Exercises: Taking a Risk With What You Blog About

In 2006, I spent three months thrashing, not sleeping at night, agonizing over what I had written and desired to publish. I knew it would be received with resistance at the least, revenge at the worst. I had already tested the waters and found out that the subject could get me in very hot water […]

What You Most Need to Know About WordPress

At the recent WordCamp Portland 2012, I was asked by several attendees to cover the basics of WordPress and we came up with What You Most Need to Know About WordPress. Here are the “notes” from that unconference presentation. The Difference Between Categories and Tags I hear this question at WordCamps, from readers, students, and […]

Why Do You Blog and What Keeps You Blogging?

After the first year of teaching the world’s first full-credit college course on WordPress, I’ve rediscovered a lot of reasons why people blog and what keeps them blogging – and what gets in their way. I’m working on an article series on this and I need your help. Why do you blog? What keeps you […]

Stories of Our Journeys: The First Step Begins With You

One of the projects I am most proud of being a part of is the brand new Stories of Our Journeys produced by Bitwire Media as part of the Making My Life Network. Working with the incredible Kym Huynh, Stories of Our Journeys is a dream come true. Two years ago, Kym and I talked […]

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 […]

Tracking Yourself and Your Blog Brand Across the Online Social World

A while ago I ran across the Yahoo Pipes Social Media Fire Hose, a script written with Yahoo Pipes by Joseph Kingsley. If you want to track yourself, your blog, your brand, or any keyword or phrase across the web, especially by social media sites, this is the tool for you. The Yahoo Pipes Social […]

How to Remove WordPress.com Ads From Your WordPress.com Blog

Matt Mullenweg has just announced that you can go “ad-free” on your WordPress.com blog. While you may have never noticed, those who are not logged into WordPress.com will see ads on blogs across the WordPress.com network. two years ago, WordPress.com started experimenting with Google ads to help support the cost of the experimental and state-of-the-art […]

My Comment Count is Bigger Than Your Comment Count!

With the push towards a successful blog being defined by its comments, a new WordPress Plugin has appeared that may push the comment frenzy even more. PlanetOzh has created the Liz Strauss Comment Counter by Ozh WordPress Plugin which honors the popular blog conversation expert, Liz Strauss. If you want to brag about your blog’s […]

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 […]

What You Need To Know About WordCamp Dallas

I and a couple hundred other WordPress and blogging enthusiasts are gathering outside of Dallas, Texas, for a foot stomping and roaring great time this Saturday and Sunday. You better be there. These are some things you will need to know about WordCamp Dallas. 1. Register Now or Never Registration is required. There will be […]

Can You Sell Your Blog?

In How to Buy or Sell a Blog, I gave you a list of articles I’ve found about buying and selling your blog, but I wanted to take this conversation even further. What would it take to make your blog be worth buying? In Selling Your Blog: What Are Buyers Looking For and Selling Your […]

What Did You Learn Last Year? Do You Look Back?

Again, I am honored by my dear friend, Edrei Zahari of Footsteps in the Mirror, who continues to take on my blog challenge asking what you have learned this year. He wrote about what he learned in 2006 and continues the tradition with What Have You Learnt In 2007?. I think it’s a brilliant idea […]

Weekly Digest: Back on the Farm, Improving Your Blog Series, WordPress Podcast Reporter, and More

While the world is rushing around doing holiday activities, I’m in panic mode to finish up some major projects and working very long hours – in between feeding animals and doing farm work. Had a lovely adventure with one of the mini-donkeys, Rocko, who got lose and I found him wandering around in front of […]