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Blogging Rants: Tangential Blogging Can Lose Readers

Over the past couple months in my travels, I’ve been interviewing a lot of old and newly found family members on their life and family history for my own needs and my new family history blog I’ll be starting soon. Today, I heard an interesting family story that I want to share with you. When […]

TechCrunch: Review of Online, Web-based Feed Readers

Techcrunch offers “The State of Online Feed Readers”, a look and review at what is available for reading feeds, the features available, and which ones score best. Researching these nine readers further underscores the extremely competitive atmosphere surrounding this industry’s development. On a feature-set basis only, two companies stood out: Rojo and Bloglines. Google Reader […]

When was the last time you read your own blog?

By Greg Balanko-Dickson Often forgotten when writing for your blog is getting the word out and promoting it. Phil Gerbyshak (via Make It Great!) makes five points and states you should: Post Often. Join a Blog Network. Sign your posts in the blog network Comment on other's blogs using your URL and a valid email. […]

What Do Young Readers Want?

Poynter Online recently brought my attention to Readers Don’t Want Gimmicks, We Want News by Taylor Somerville, an article written by a young person on a panel recently exploring how to bring young people’s attention to reading newspapers. Young newspaper readers are no different than older people who enjoy newspapers (aside from being better-looking). We […]

Big Brother, Government, Corporations, and Perverts May Be Reading Your Blog

Business Week brought up an interesting point recently in Big Brother Is Reading Your Blog and I thought I’d ask you want you think about this and if it worries you. It’s not just the prospect of predators and swindlers that has the social-network set alarmed. University officials and campus cops are scouring blogs and […]

MSIE 7 Beta 2 Released – Are You Ready?

“Get To Work on IE7 Beta 2 Preview” from Robin’s Blog gives a very candid review of what it takes to use the upcoming new Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2. The amount of effort to get it installed made me really reconsider the value, though. After downloading the software and running the exe file […]

Read Brian Bailey’s Building a Better Blog Now

Wow! Leaving It Behind’s Brian Bailey wrote “Building a Better Blog” and I applaud it. Do not underestimate the power of Google as you raise your site’s traffic. As you’re content grows and your posts are linked to or commented on, search engines will bring more and more visitors. Google in particular seems to highly […]

Visualizing the Spread of News Across the Internet

Stephen VanDyke’s Hammer of Truth article, “How News Travels on the Internet” is a great visual look at how news may travel around the Internet. While this was published early in 2004, and there are plenty of new sources for news today, the point of how news travels on the Internet still holds. His visual […]

Writing a Blog and Engaging Readers

By Special Guest Greg Balanko-Dickson – Remote Control CEO I have been writing online since 1998 I can tell you that blogging transformed the way people interact with a website. But there is far more to it than just technology, it is about: Solving a Problem, Your Readers Do Not Care About You Know Who […]

WordPress School: Forgetting the Post or Page Title

In the last tutorial in Lorelle’s WordPress School I talked about WordPress addresses and URLs. In this tutorial, I want to cover what happens when a post or Page title is forgotten and left blank, and how that impacts the web page address. This discussion includes your first glance at the WordPress database. We all […]

WordPress School: Addresses and URLs

Someday someone will write a book about the complexities of website addresses, permalinks, pretty permalinks, nonces, preview links, conditional links, and all of the other linky link links that WordPress uses. Until that authoritative text book is written, you are stuck with my weak explanations. As you move through the various assignments in In Lorelle’s […]

WordPress School: Visual and Text Editors

In this assignment in Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course we are going to explore the Text and Visual Editors in WordPress. WordPress features the two editors on all posts and Pages. The Visual Editor is the WYSIWYMG editor for writing content. This means it is the What You See Is What You Might Get […]

WordPress School: Images

In the previous Lorelle’s WordPress School tutorial we covered preparing images for uploading to WordPress. Today’s lesson is on how to upload and embed the images in posts and Pages. As a reminder, the sequence and data required for uploading an image to WordPress is: Using the Media Uploader in a post or Page, the […]

WordPress School: Week 4

In Lorelle’s WordPress School free online course last week, we covered: WordPress School – Lists WordPress School: The Second Post WordPress School: Headings WordPress School: Terms – Administration Screens WordPress School: Contact Page WordPress School: Image Preparation This week, the 4th in this year-long series, we continue with the Article Series on your test site. […]

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. […]

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