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Presentation: Blog Your Passion

The following are the presentations notes for my workshop called “Blogging Your Passion” at Making it in Changing Times in 2015.

In 2010 I was in Chicago for SOBCon, the Successful Online Business Conference, and I had an amazing encounter with a woman on the crowded downtown streets:

…I was storming away from the last pharmacy towards the subway when I heard a woman ranting in the crowd ahead of me. She was carrying on with great lucidity about the lunacy of our government, calling upon the great names of commerce, security, and our welfare system sitting on high in the offices which dictate our lives. I have to admit I was impressed with her eloquence and agreed with her points, then the crowd ahead of me parted and I found the orator.

She was clean, fairly nicely dressed in casual clothes, dark colored tennis shoes on her feet next to a big overflowing shopping bag. Her dish water blond head was lifted high, hair dancing around her lined face as she threw her arms in the air with the fierce determination to punctuate her points – to a telephone pole.

It was a normal power pole found in the old parts of Chicago. Dark wood coated with centuries of creosote, wires running up its sides to connect with the real web that powers and connects our lives together. I wondered if she had some special powers to send her magnificent points through the wires, across the city to the power and communication centers, then branch out through other cities, across the country, up and down and across more poles, until it reached the offices of those who need to hear what she had to say. A part of me hoped they were listening.

Still, it isn’t every day you see someone conversing with such passion, determination, and classy style with a telephone pole. I was impressed.

Then I was terrified. This was me! This is what blogging feels like. It’s me talking to the telephone pole. I’m blathering on to the great virtual nothing, connected by wires both physical and virtual, hoping someone turns their head in my direction. Honestly, I might as well be talking to a telephone pole.

Every day I push out many articles and news bits on my passion, helping others to learn how to share their thoughts and feelings and skills with the masses, hoping to connect through the virtual power poles to their offices, homes, and mobile devices, to find some connection, to reach through the wires and say, “Hey, what I have to say matters. What I have to say counts. What I have to say is something…well, you might need to hear. I know it will help. I know it will make a difference. I know that you will learn and blog better…at least I think you will…” Really, why do I bother.

Frozen in place watching the woman continue her impassioned speech on the flaws in health care, social welfare, the inability to protect its citizens from the greed and control of corporations, the crowd swirling around me, feet cemented to the sidewalk, a rock in the river, my entire thinking process shifted off its axis.

She is the modern day Don Quixote, tilting at telephone poles. I’m the modern day version tilting at virtual telephone poles. Or am I? Seriously, I’m going to have to think about this some more, because somehow, this woman has changed how I think about what I do.

Do you feel like no one is listening? Do you feel like you are tilting at telephone poles?

As I prepared my presentation on “Blogging Your Passion” for Making it in Changing Times, a conference for authors in the modern age, this woman stool beside me in my mind. She represented all of my energy, passion, confidence, courage, fears, self-doubts, and the work I do every day, pushing out these posts into the ethereal world across one telephone pole after another.

Blogging is About Finding the Connections

Blogging and social media is not new. We’ve been doing it for centuries – millennia. Even before we found words, we found ways to convey messages to each other. From these grunts and finger pointing came stories of adventure, trouble, joy, and celebration, passing from person to person, often traveling thousands of miles, words shifting in the wind like the whisper game, turning a minor accomplishment into a hero’s tale. At least with blogging, we can usually trace a story back to its source and do some snoops fact checking. Read More »

WordPress and Blogging Community Course in Forest Grove, Oregon

WordPress Educational Programs and Classes badge.Attention all on the west side of Portland and around the Portland Metro area. Beginning February 18 through April 8, 2015, I’m honored to be teaching an 8-week community WordPress and blogging class in Forest Grove, Oregon, on Wednesdays from 6:30-9PM at the Forest Grove Senior Center. I rarely present community-based WordPress courses in the Portland area very often, so this is a great opportunity to learn WordPress and blogging basics at your pace with an experienced instructor.

Home to the beautiful and historic Pacific University, I will be teaching a thorough overview of the WordPress publishing platform for individuals seeking to create websites for personal or professional use.

The course covers the basics of WordPress usage, features, installation, content management, site configuration, and social media integration as well as an introduction to site customization, WordPress Themes, and Plugins. I customize community-based classes like this based on the needs of the students.

Students working together on a WordPress project in class.The course is open to anyone. The course is ideal for writers and authors, genealogists, small business owners, personal bloggers, and those wishing to share their thoughts and skills with the world. Prior web publishing experience is not required. Familiarity with web browsers (Firefox and Chrome) and email is highly recommended. A laptop is required. Free WIFI will be available.

The course is typically $550 for an 8 week program, but to benefit and support the Forest Grove Senior Center, it is available for a special price of $300.

You may register at the Forest Grove Senior Center in person, or via PayPal on my Classes and Workshops page.

I’ve been teaching WordPress for eleven years, and web publishing since 1993. I also teach a full-credit WordPress course at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, as part of their Web Development and Web Design degree programs.

The course is limited due to space, creating an intimate learning experience. Register immediately to reserve your spot.

NOTE: This is an in-person class, not Lorelle’s WordPress School year-long project.

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Welcome to Lorelle’s WordPress School

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.I was one of the first asked to write and publish a text book on WordPress. I worked with the BIG NAME text book publishing company for months to create a structure and outline for WordPress users. As a long-time WordPress user, WordPress Codex contributor and editor, WordPress support forums volunteer, developer, designer, and WordPress breaker and fixer, I understood well the needs of WordPress users. They didn’t. They wanted a formulaic book that followed the tried and true conventions of the Dummy-style books, starting with defining WordPress, installing WordPress, customizing the site, and barely touching how to publish with WordPress.

With the ease of web hosts offering one-click installation of WordPress, WordPress Themes offering instant customizable design options, and WordPress Plugins to add functionality, what’s left?

The publishing.

The constant feeding of the site content. The decisions about where to put the content and why, and how best to serve the readers by helping them find the information they need fast and easy. With so much emphasis on the design in the old-fashioned focus on pre-1999 HTML and web design and not on the actual usage and functionality of content management, we couldn’t find a compromise. I felt like I was trying to shove a round WordPress into an unimaginative square hole publishing company.

I wanted to focus on the publishing aspect of WordPress first. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to install WordPress or sign up for, pick a WordPress Theme, and bang! You have a website. Then what?

Why start the book there? Anyone can have a WordPress site up and running in minutes, then what? I wanted to start in the middle, where the sweet, juicy flavor is found. Teach them how to fish, and all that. The rest is just paint, surface stuff. The more the user gets past their fears of publishing online and to the joy of not just having their say but sharing their say with others around the world, the more likely they will keep blogging and sharing their stories, and be willing to learn more about how WordPress works. Then they can decorate the house. Read More »

Making It In Changing Times Writers Conference

I will be speaking on “Blogging Your Passion” at the Making it in Changing Times conference January 31, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. Produced by author Jessica Page Morrell, this day-long conference is designed to kick your writing and publishing butt in the new world of publishing.

The conference features:

  • Cathy Lamb, best-selling New York Times novelist will be speaking about Your Authentic, Doable, Full-of-Heart Writing Life
  • Jessica Page Morrell, editor, author, and teacher of writing workshops around the Pacific Northwest will be speaking about being brave on the page and writing with intensity to improve the quality of a scene
  • Marian Pierce, award-winning editorial writer and yoga practitioner will be presenting a short Yoga for Writers session
  • Adam O’Conner Rodriguez, PSU teacher of copyediting and publishing, senior editor of Hawthorne Books, and author, poet, and writer speaking on the insider’s view of the submission process for book publishing
  • Elissa Wald, editorial writer and contributor to Huffington Post, and author of numerous books, short stories, essays, and anthologies, speaking on how to hook readers and keep them engaged online

I will be speaking about blogging your passion, about opening your heart and mind to the possibilities within your self and your site. I’ll be offering tips on how to create a direct relationship with your readers, build your online community, and do so easily and efficiently. As with most of my talks, I will be focusing on WordPress, something I am more than passionate about.

If you are a writer, publisher, author, or exploring these options in the future, this is an ideal workshop for you. There are limited seats available, so register now at Making it in Changing Times for this unique writing and publishing conference.

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WordPress Publishing Checklist

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.The following is a brief summary of the workflow to publishing content in WordPress. Print this out to remind yourself of each step in the process. Consider this your checklist to review before publishing every post until you become accustomed to the process. This is your guide to the WordPress publishing process.

This guideline is also available as a free PDF file in long form (1.2M PDF) and short checklist (70k PDF).

Please note the following:

  • Access to the various features via the WordPress Administration Screens is presented in a series of hovers or clicks such as Settings > General > Tagline, where Settings is the first admin menu item, General is the second, and Tagline is a section found on the resulting screen. In general, the first word in the series is a hover not a click. Repeating the sequence out loud helps to recall where things are in the Admin Screens.
  • The WordPress and interface changes more often than many of us prefer in an attempt to improve and evolve. If the image in this guide doesn’t match, follow the names and descriptions of the process. That rarely changes.
  • The backend interface of WordPress is called the Administration Panels or Screens and commonly referred to as the backend, admin, admin panels, admin screens, interface, and dashboard. It is only accessible when the user is logged in. Within the Admin Screens are various screens or panels. Many book and site authors refer incorrectly to this complete area as the Dashboard, however the Dashboard is one of many screens on the interface. The Dashboard screen is simply a modular welcome screen that holds information related to the overall activity of your site including the stats.
  • Corner of the WordPress Administration Screen for posts.The names of WordPress menus change from time to time. There are also many names for the various parts and pieces of WordPress. When possible, alternative names are offered in this guide. Please note the official spelling of posts is with a small “p” and WordPress Pages with a capital “P” to differentiate WordPress Pages from web pages in general.
  • This guide adheres to the US and international laws for web accessibility, ensuring all web pages are accessible to everyone regardless of how they access the site through desktop computers to mobile or television devices, or their disability. While the law applies to commercial (any site that sells something or earns money), non-profit, and government agencies, the steps to make your site accessible are few and a good habit to learn. It also makes your site easier to use and read, more search engine friendly, and improves your SEO.
  • This process is for publishing via the Administration Screens. You may be using a third-party publishing program or tool or WordPress Theme that permits publishing from the front end of the site, or using the new Editor that is developing, a responsive interface as an alternative to what they are now calling the “Classic” interface. I will be focusing on using the Classic interface, but the process continues to be the same.
  • Links to additional information and tutorials come from verified and qualified sources, including my college students’ project, ClarkWP Magazine, their own student-run online magazine writing legacy content to teach themselves and future students how to use WordPress.
  • While this list may intimidate you, so did learning to drive a car. Just as a vehicle has many levers, buttons, wheels, and pedals, this process will quickly become second nature. If you leave your site for a while, this guide will provide a refresher course.

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WordPress Vancouver Social Meetup Sunday, Nov 16

WordPress EventsThe next WordPress Social Meetup in Vancouver, Washington, is this Sunday, November 16 at 4-7PM. Reserve your spot now on the WordPress PDX Meetup page. We will be getting our social WordPress on in the the Parkway Plaza Building near the Vancouver Mall, a quick hop for those crossing I-205 from Portland or up I-5 following the signs to the Vancouver Mall, and in the eastern heart of Vancouver.

Confused about the difference between and Think one is better than the other, or that only a specific type of user or business can use one over the other? We’ll spend the opening section of the social meetup to talk about the difference and how to choose the right one for your needs or those of your client. The rest of the time will be spent working together to help you with your WordPress questions, issues, and the things you wish to learn on how to use WordPress.

There will be snacks and goodies for those that bring, so bring something fun to share with the group. Please bring your own water/coffee/tea mugs to use (we love being green) and non-alcoholic drinks. Hot water will be available.

Reserve your calendar now for Next month’s meeting. The meeting is Sunday, December 14, and it is a holiday social event. There will be time for learning and sharing, but let’s make this a fun holiday event and a chance to share in the WordPress holiday spirit. There will be hot spiced cider, cookies, and inoffensive holiday tunes in the background. Anyone for “Aunt Lena got run over by a reindeer” for a sing-a-long.

The beautiful facility is in the basement floor of the Parkway Plaza Bldg on the east side of Vancouver by the Vancouver Mall off I-205 and Highway 500. Free WIFI, electrical outlets, presentation area, etc., available. It’s cozy and luxurious. It also is a security building, so please be there by 4PM to get in the door easily. After that, call the number on the sign at the door for access.

8100 NE Parkway Dr, Vancouver, WA 98662
Map and Directions

In 2015 we have topics on basics of a Child Theme, WordPress Plugin favorites, Social Media integration, how to tweak a WordPress Theme with a Child Theme (basic HTML and CSS for the uninitiated – we will need initiated folks to help others!), and more WordPress joy to celebrate.

Appreciation goes to Jolene Wright of Vancouver Hypnosis (recently graduated WordPress student at Clark) for the free use of the facilities.

See you there!

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Bye-Bye Facebook: Changes in the World of Social Media

Copyblogger is saying good-bye to its Facebook page and account. According to Erika Napoletano, brought in by Brian Clark to clean up and reengerize their Facebook page:

See, Copyblogger’s main focus is serving its audience. And if that audience wasn’t engaging on Facebook, then there was no real reason for us to pour energy into it. That’s energy we can put into other areas — ones you appreciate more.

When I’m teaching clients, students, and in workshops about social media, for years I’ve been saying that you need to play in the sandbox where your audience plays. If they aren’t playing on Facebook, don’t play in Facebook. If they aren’t on Twitter, why bother? If they are on Reddit, be brave and go forth because that is where you will meet future friends and business prospects.

As Liz Strauss has explained beautifully over and over again, it’s about the relationship not the selling that makes good business.

To quote Napoletano again:

It’s not our job to tell our audience where we live. It’s to grow communities where they live.

For the highly successful “Copyblogger, their community lives on their site and wants to stay on their site, or thrive on the social media channels that work for them like their Google+ Community and Twitter.

While this is true for many sites and online identities for a long time, maybe it is a sign that social media is changing again.

The Changing Tone of Social Media

When social media began to gain a foothold in our consciousness, it was about sharing and broadcasting. It was about communication, instant or slightly delayed interaction with people around the world, free of barriers such as time and borders.

We build communities around our sites, enhanced by the social media interactions, but the main action was still on our sites, our sandboxes, the place where we could take a thought and expand it through our community, our fans, and have intellectual intercourse. Social media was jewelry to sparkle and charm, decorations to our beautifully clothed content. Read More »

You’re Invited: Vancouver WordPress Social Meetup October 19

WordPress EventsThe last WordPress Social Meetup in Vancouver, Washington, was such a success, we’re going forward with these monthly meetings.

Vancouver, Washington, is just a few minutes from downtown Portland, and our next meeting is this Sunday, October 19, from 4-7PM.

Please arrive by 4:15PM to be allowed into the building. It is normally closed on weekends and we’ll have someone staying by to let you in.

These events are part of the WordPress PDX Meetup, so go there to register for the event and subscribe to keep updated on all the Portland area events.

This month’s topic for the beginning intro is WordPress basics. Bring your questions about the basics of WordPress and your questions will be answered in the first hour as a group, then the rest of the time we will all help you with whatever WordPress issue you need help with.

These meetings are designed to be social times, bringing WordPress users together in an informal setting to learn more about WordPress from each other. There will be a 20-30 minute presentation on a WordPress feature then the rest is your time to work on and get the help you need for your WordPress projects and sites, and socialize.

All levels are welcome. Bring your questions and problems. We’re all here to help, even students. This is an ideal place to get extra tutoring and help with assignments.

At the last meetup, we helped several people understand what WordPress is and how to use it for their business, resolved some header art issues, found a WordPress Plugin causing conflicts with another, helped a couple people redesign their site, and helped others better understand how to get their content from other sources on their site. Everyone pitched in, so if one person didn’t have the answer, another one did.

People brought baked and bought goodies to share as well as some favorite recipes – and we’d love a repeat of the fabulous food, and we are always willing to be introduced to new snack or baked goods!

The beautiful facility is in the basement floor of the Parkway Plaza Bldg on the east side of Vancouver by the Vancouver Mall off I-205 and Highway 500. Free WIFI, electrical outlets, presentation area, etc., available.

8100 NE Parkway Dr, Vancouver, WA 98662
Map and Directions

The next WordPress Social Meetups are:

  • Nov 16 – vs
  • Dec 14 – Social Work and Play (no official presentation but a good reason to celebrate the season!)

In 2015 we have topics on basics of a Child Theme, WordPress Plugin favorites, Social Media integration, and more on the basics of WordPress. Please bring cups and water bottles. Water, tea, and coffee available. Snacks welcome.

Appreciation goes to Jolene Wright of Vancouver Hypnosis (recently graduated WordPress student at Clark) for the free use of the facilities.

NOTE: We are working on putting together a similar WordPress Meetup in Beaverton. If you are interested in helping, please let me know in the comments below.

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WordPress and Blogging Workshop in Forest Grove, Oregon

WordPress EventsOn Friday, October 10, 2014, from 1-5PM I will be presenting a WordPress and Blogging Workshop in Forest Grove, Oregon, at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center as a fundraiser for the center and part of the Writers in the Grove group. The price for this 4 hour event is $30 ($5 discount with non-perishable food donation).

The program is designed to help the novice to WordPress and web publishing create their own free site and set up the site for personal or business use. Participates learn how to write articles, add images and video, create galleries, how to link and cite sources, social media integration, and site organization and basic management.

The workshop will help you overcome your fears about online publishing, too.

If you have something to share with the world, be it your memoirs and stories, experiences, expertise, family history, or writing, this is an ideal workshop to help you get started.

Bring a wifi-enabled laptop or tablet and an idea for your site. We will put your idea into action with this hands-on workshop. If you do not have a laptop, extras may be available, but you are welcome to come and learn and to share a laptop with others.

To register, contact the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center at 503-357-2021. Here is the address and map to the center.

If you live and work in the PDX area, please help to spread the word. This is a fundraiser to help support the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center, a center that provides free and discounted meals to hundreds on the west side of Portland, and a variety of free and low cost events and activities for the community.

Writers in the Grove is a writers workshop group offering a variety of free writing workshops and educational events and activities in the Forest Grove area. The group meets Mondays at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center from 9-11AM to work on creative writing and poetry skills, as well as at the Forest Grove Library on weekends. Check with the library for dates and times.

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Research on the WordPress, Web Development, and Web Design Job Market

Pie Chart featuring WordPress compared to other CMS publishing platforms by Open Source CMS.In 2012 and 2013, I did extensive research for the grant program to develop and rewrite the Web Developer degree program at Clark College. This research included an analysis of current and future job opportunities for students graduating with that degree with a solid understanding of WordPress.

Now that the program has completed its first official year at Clark College, I can proudly share some of my research as it relates to the job market with an emphasis on WordPress expertise.

If you are considering a job or starting a business in web design, development, web writing, and WordPress, this research data may influence your decisions.

Web development is a growing industry. US News Money reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 21.7% employment growth for web developers through 2020, resulting a placement in the 9th spot in their Best Jobs of 2013 Report. In 2011, the median salary of $77,990 was expected to increase as web development moves from do-it-yourself and self-taught to college educated and trained professionals.

A Workforce representative reported that multi-skilled web designers are in demand and high on recruiters’ jobs lists.

With the national unemployment rate for Web designers at just 3 percent, demand for their skills in animation, graphics, social media, apps design and video is at an all-time high, says one staffing firm executive.

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What Does WordPress, iThemes, Goodwill, Home Depot, and Target Have in Common? Your Identity and Security.

WordPress logo with padlock transparent over the logo.We received a new credit card in the mail today to replace our old one AGAIN. An “unsuccessful attempt” to access our secure security data happened and this is a precaution the bank is taking to protect us. I have no other information so I’m left wondering.

Yesterday I received an email supposedly from Home Depot about the cyber attack compromise of their consumer records. The Home Depot security compromise is larger than Target’s security theft last year, yet only a blip on the news among redundant, critical news stories on the personal lives of US football players.

Long before we know about events like these, our credit card information is sold via sophisticated, easy-to-use carder sites and could result in $3 billion in illegal purchases in what is now being reported as part of an inside job. While I shop at Home Depot frequently (what homeowner doesn’t?), I don’t have a credit card, shopper’s card, or any other personal information registered with Home Depot to my knowledge, but somehow they found my personal email address to warn me, or someone did. I didn’t click the link. I’m that paranoid.

According to various news reports, Home Depot credit card purchases gives the company access to your information, thus access to my personal email. Still…I’m always nervous about unsolicited emails from branded services and companies. You never know if this is legit or a phishing scam, so I type in their direct site address and look for information on whether or not this is real and applicable to me.

The local Goodwill stores around the Portland, Oregon, area are some of the best in the country I’ve found. Clean, boutique-style with lovely items well displayed and sorted. Moving from an RV of 280 square feet into a huge house, most of our furniture and household items come from there as we are now among the house poor. A malware security breach this spring made me paranoid, but so far Goodwill stores in my state are not affected.

Two minutes after that, a spoof and phishing email came in from “Google Gmail” alerting me to an out-of-date Gmail service. It looked real, but a closer look revealed the spammy email and the embedded link was to a scam/spam/spoof/malware site not Google or Gmail.

Google Gmail phishing scam email.

This one was obvious. Gmail would not send out such an email. Still, I have to be on my guard and paranoid every time I access my email accounts.

Once again this is more time out of my busy day I have to spend checking to see if my privacy, security, online identity, and credit card information is at risk. Read More »

WordPress Social Meetup in Vancouver, Washington, This Weekend

WordPress EventsWe’re putting together a WordPress Social Meetup in Vancouver, Washington, just a few minutes from downtown Portland, on Sundays from 4-7, and the first one is this Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014!

Part of the WordPress PDX Meetup, we’re excited to be one of the first to offer a social meetup rather than a formal presentation meetup.

These meetings are designed to be social times, bringing WordPress users together in an informal setting to learn more about WordPress from each other. There will be a 20-30 minute presentation on a WordPress feature then the rest is your time to work on and get the help you need for your WordPress projects and sites, and socialize.

All levels are welcome. Bring your questions and problems. We’re all here to help each other.

The facility is in the basement floor of the Parkway Plaza Bldg on the east side of Vancouver by the Vancouver Mall off I-205 and Highway 500. Free WIFI, electrical outlets, presentation area, etc., available.

8100 NE Parkway Dr, Vancouver, WA 98662

Follow the signs to the meeting.

Facility for WordPress Social Meetup in Vancouver.

Dates and Topics: Sundays from 4-7, typically the day before the WordPress PDX Meetup on Monday.

  • Sept 28 – WordPress Q&A
  • Oct 19 – WordPress Basics
  • Nov 16 – vs
  • Dec 14 – Social Work and Play (no official presentation)

In 2015 we have topics on basics of a Child Theme, WordPress Plugin favorites, Social Media integration, and more on the basics of WordPress. Please bring cups and water bottles. Water, tea, and coffee available. Snacks are possible.

Appreciation goes to Jolene Wright of Vancouver Hypnosis (recently graduated WordPress student at Clark) for the free use of the facilities.

Hope to see you there! And thanks for helping to spread the word.

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What is Your Favorite Article on Lorelle on WordPress?

I’ve been asked to put together a best-of collection of Lorelle on WordPress articles in an ebook. Do you have a favorite?

I’m looking for articles that you’ve bookmarked and returned back to over the years to help you with WordPress and blogging, or articles that helped you understand and embrace a WordPress or blogging concept that changed your work and publishing.

Check all that apply in the poll below.

If you would like to visit the articles listed in the poll, here is the list:

Thank you!

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The Web is All About The Writing

Blog writing tips and articlesReading “7 Things You Need to Know about SEO in 2014” from Compete Pulse, I was fascinating to read that “size matters:”

Most blog posts range between 400 and 600 words, but the ideal length for highest ranking is actually around 1,500.

Many still believe that a successful website is one that offers the information the customer needs and nothing more. Or that the ideal post length should be short, 200-450 words.

It’s not. It’s about the words. It’s about the words it takes to make your point and answer the question.

In spite of my 2007 article, “Blogging Is About Writing,” on Darren Rowse’s Problogger, I still hear that blogging isn’t about writing. Learning how to write for the web isn’t as important as learning HTML, PHP, WordPress, SEO, web analytics, JavaScript, and serious coding.

After four years researching and fighting for a Writing for the Web course at Clark College and other schools around the globe, the first class was held this past Spring with good success, and push back from the students who believed that designing and developing for the web had nothing to do with learning how to write on the web.

It’s time to revisit this discussion and explain that blogging and web publishing, from the perspective of the designer and developer to the business owner, is one of the most critical aspects of our industry, and a skill that needs to rise to the top of your skill set and resume. If you can’t write in today’s web world, you are lost and losing out.

Let’s look at all we do on the web and how it relates to the written word. Read More »

Two WordPress College Classes Offered at Clark College This Fall

WordPress NewsThe WordPress I CTEC 160 courses at Clark College are about to close and there are still seats open in the Monday/Wednesday classes.

This fall there are two times to choose from. Days from 1-3:30PM and evenings from 6:30-9PM.

The 5-credit course covers the basics of WordPress, from content to design. Much of the classwork is done online in this fast-paced 12-week class includes creating your own test site and testing environment on and the self-hosted version of WordPress, guest blogging, working on a multiple contributor site, and managing client content.

This is a unique opportunity to not only dive deeply into WordPress as a user, client, designer, and developer, but also to learn from one of the world’s top WordPress trainers with 11 years of WordPress design, development, and training experience.

Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, honors Oregon Columbia River counties with no out-of state resident tuition, and lodging facilities are available for those traveling from greater distance.

This class is a fundamental and required part of the Web Design (CGT), Web Development (CGT), Server (CGT), Computer Support, and an elective for many other degree programs including English, Journalism, Business, marketing, and many more.

If you are a non-credit student, please tell registration clearly when you register.

To register, you may use the Quick Step Registration Form and include a note that you are a credit/non-credit student. Or visit Clark College and register at the registration office.

Registration for these two courses is ending very soon. We’ve only a few more days left, so register now.

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