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Archive for April, 2007

WordPress.com Adds Clouds and Drop Downs

If you are a fan of drop down lists or category “tag clouds” WordPress.com now has options for both.

Using two new widgets added to WordPress.com you can now customize your blog and maybe even save a fair amount of sidebar space. I am not really a fan of either system. I think tag clouds look messy, especially in a sidebar, and drop down lists are not quick and easy to navigate with.

Still, if you are a fan, then you’ll be happy. Check out the WordPress.com blog for more details.

Categories: WordPress News

Semantic Web Markup for Blogs

Over on Pearsonified you will find a great little guide to making your blog coded better. He goes over the title tag and how headers should be used.

You’d think that as a result of open-source development practices, blog architectures would be pretty close to perfection in areas like Web standards and maximum SEO impact.

You’d be wrong.

A long, but enjoyable article. If you are into search engine optimization, or just looking to improve your blog, this article should be bookmarked.

Categories: General

WordPress.com Get’s Random

Matt Mullenweg has added his random redirect tool to WordPress.com blogs, and so if you are interested in offering people the ability to randomly float around your blog on WordPress.com, you now can.

Try adding ?random to the end of your WordPress.com URL and it will redirect you to a random post on your blog.

You can link to that address like any other, either in your post or a widget.

Check it out on the WordPress.com blog.

Categories: WordPress News

WordPress.com Get’s Random

Matt Mullenweg has added his random redirect tool to WordPress.com blogs, and so if you are interested in offering people the ability to randomly float around your blog on WordPress.com, you now can.

Try adding ?random to the end of your WordPress.com URL and it will redirect you to a random post on your blog.

You can link to that address like any other, either in your post or a widget.

Check it out on the WordPress.com blog.

Categories: WordPress News

Blog Growth Peaking?

Over on BusinessWeek’s Blogspotting has posted some interesting details, it seems like the growth of new active blogs has slowed over the last few months, and they are going as far as to say that we are peaking, at least in the English speaking world.

Here’s his answer: “The number of new posts per day that Technorati is tracking is indeed increasing, from about 1.3 million posts per day to about 1.5 million postings per day.”

However, there has been slight decrease in the number of English-language posts.

The number of daily English language posts dropped to 495,000 in March from 507,000 in October.

In other words, in October 2006, 39% of blog posts were in English. In March 2007, only 33% were in in English.

In his email Sifry says “My conclusion is that we’re still seeing growth in the blogosphere, but that the growth is slowing.”

Check out the full post, and let me know what you think this means for the blogosphere in general.

Categories: Blog Statistics

WordPress Theme Generator

Over on yvoschaap.com, a really neat little project has been created that allows people with no coding knowledge to create their own semi-custom theme.

Here is the description text on the project:

This online generator will create your own unique WordPress Theme. Without need for any HTML, JS, PHP, or CSS knowledge.

Change the colors, settings, layout, preview live, click “save” and download your unique WordPress theme zip-file. Extract, upload, set, and you are done!

I think the live feature, allowing you to see the changes, as well as upload your own header images and whatnot is great. I highly recommend playing with this, but don’t blame me if you waste a whole day.

Categories: WordPress Themes

Multimedia Overload: Asking for Help

As a blogger, and technology geek, I find myself having a hard time keeping up with everything going on in the blogging and technology world, and even more so thanks to the great distribution models like RSS.

In Bloglines, I have thousands of feeds I read daily, and hundreds more that I skip over. In Democracy Player, I subscribe to tons of videocasts and in iTunes, at least twenty podcasts. I am obsessed with shows like GeekBrief.TV, and InDigital, but at the end of the day, I feel completely wiped.

I am suffering from being inundated with all the media that is out there, and how easy it is to get. So really I was wondering is if anyone had some great work flow tips for someone like me.

Do I get rid of all my subscriptions and start over? How can I manage it better and still keep up on all the latest news? If anyone has any tips, tricks or suggestions, please let me know, as I am always looking for ways to increase the information I can take in, without feeling overloaded.

Categories: General

Worth Giving Another Tool a Try?

I have been thinking about this for a while. Ever since Habari has released its developer release, which is not really a blogging platform ready for prime time just yet, I have been wondering if there is something else out there that I should be trying out. Is there a tool, be it old or new that people like better than WordPress?

Leave a comment, and let me know what I should try, and at the end of the week, I will put together the top three tools mentioned, and give them each a real go, and compare them to WordPress. While my opinion might be a bit biased, but I am not one to hold punches, and so if I find something better than WordPress, I will let you know. If I don’t find something I like better than WordPress, please don’t give me the “he’s a WordPress groupie” song and dance as I will attempt to be as objective as a non-objective human being can be.

The things I am looking for in a blogging package includes the following, easy to install, easy to admin, easy to expand, reasonable community size and support, and a great workflow, so if you know something that might fit the bill, please comment.

Categories: Blogging Tools

Looking for Local Bloggers

Bloggy Network is looking for some new people to add to its ranks, specifically bloggers that want to talk about the cities they live in. Local bloggers in major US cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Houston can contact us at local[at]bloggynetwork.com.

Again, we are looking for local bloggers from major US cities, so if you want to blog about the city you live in, and get paid for it, please drop us a line.

Categories: BloggingPro News

RSS in Plain English

If you have ever had trouble explaining why someone should get into RSS, or even if you’ve been on the fence about trying the technology, the folks at CommonCraft have released a video that explains RSS in plain english.

There are two types of Internet users, those that use RSS and those that don’t. This video is for the people who could save time using RSS, but don’t know where to start.

We made this video for our friends (and yours) that haven’t yet felt the power of our friend the RSS reader. We want to convert people… if you know someone who would love RSS and hasn’t yet tried it, point them here for 3.5 minutes of RSS in Plain English.

Categories: Feed Tools

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