Archive for June, 2007
Blogging Pro is looking to talk to those out there that are amazing bloggers. We want to interview people that work really hard at blogging, and don’t feel like they get the attention they deserve.
I sometimes feel like even with all the work that I have done, that I don’t get the exposure or recognition that comes with all the hard work I have done, and so I know there are others out there. Work for a blog network, or two, or more? Working full time at blogging, but no one knows who you are?
Contact me via the contact form on Blogging Pro, and tell me your story. If you are selected, we can arrange an audio, e-mail, or IM interview which will then be posted on Blogging Pro, a great way to get a bit of attention in the blogging community.
This is not for the Darren Rowse’s of the world but for the unsung heroes in the blogosphere.
It looks like the WordCamp schedule is live, and it is amazing. I won’t be able to head out west to enjoy the event, but Bloggy Network is working on having someone report from the field for us.
People like Om Malik, Jeremy Wright, and Lorelle Van Fossen will be speaking on a variety of topics over the course of the two days. The schedule is very good, and well worth the wait.
Check it out on the WordCamp site and let me know if you are impressed with the schedule and its speakers.
The folks over at Performancing have released another theme called Photopress. This time attempting to capitalize on the lack of great themes for photobloggers.
Have you ever wanted to display your pictures in a photoblog without sidebar uglification? Well, that was the motivation behind Photopress; a one column WordPress theme specifically designed for photoblogs. With Photopress you can display large 640px width images without any clutter; perfect for the 640Ã—480 landscape standard.
If you want your photos to be front and center on your photo blog, with little interference from your WordPress theme, then Photopress is the theme for you.
Check it out over at Themes.Performancing.com.
Since I last wrote about WPZipper they have added themes to their tool, and improved the interface one hundred times over.
They have added some interesting AJAX’y interface elements which makes adding and removing both themes and plugins a snap. They have also added a user system, in case you want to keep that great custom WordPress install.
I am very impressed with what they have done. I still have my reservations about trusting them to generate full WordPress installations, which I think a blog of their own could help improve, but color me impressed over their site.
Fadtastic has put up a great post on twenty-five things you can do to improve your site today.
It is nicely categorized into Usability/Accessibility, Search Engine Optimisation – SEO, Design/Development Process, Content, Off-Site. They make mention of titles, whitespace, and images.
Here is a sample tip:
Strengthen keywords: Probably the quickest thing you can do. Highlight some keywords and phrases and add a strong tag (bold) around them. This shouldnâ€™t be overused but can provide some positive results if used sparingly.
I love these types of posts. There are always a bunch of things that I already know, but most of them include one or two things I didn’t know, and can help me improve my blogging. Check out the list at Fadtastic.
So a friend of mine from Sweden made an interesting but valid point about the American dollar being weak: it is making him less money for the same amount of work. Thord Daniel Hedengren wrote on 901am about the problem in a post entitled “Get that dollar under control, please”
I lost equivalent of a grand (perhaps more when you read this, or less, depending on how the dollar moves compared to the Swedish crown) recently, just due to the dollar being down. That sucks.
The blogosphere is paying in dollars, but being a non-American blogger suddenly pays less. Will that change?
He is having the same issue that I am. I am Canadian, and our dollar is doing better and better against the U.S. dollar, and before I got my current job, I would have been happy to see our economy doing so well, but with my pay being in American dollars, the conversion to my local currency is creating a situation where I am getting less pay for the same amount of work.
There are some things that could be done, but they all mean charging more in the mind of an American employer for providing the same service. I could switch it so that I am paid in my currency, but as the U.S. dollar does worse, this will mean that their out of pocket expense to me would increase, and what if suddenly my local currency plummeted? Well, they’d be laughing to the bank.
While I haven’t lost as much in the conversion as Thord, I still notice the effect that the shifting exchange rates have. One month I can afford more groceries, and the next less.
It brings up some problems, that with my limited understanding of the global economy, I don’t have a good answer for. I just know that sometimes it pays better to be paid in the currency of another country, and other times in your own.
I also have to note that the U.S. dollar is still worth more than a Canadian one, so I am still bringing in more than if I set my rate in Canadian dollars at the same level as I am getting in American ones.
Lorelle has taken up the cause against multiple page posts. Newspapers online have been doing this for a while. I always just click their print version button to get it all in one nice, neat package with no advertising.
Bloggers don’t give me this same option, and most of the time, I only get through page one, jump to the last page, and then leave. So if you have a six page article you put up. I doubt I will ever read more than page one and page six, unless it is amazing.
As usual, Lorelle is right on the money about the factors against multiple page posts:
Paged post links also add clutter to the page, along with the social bookmarking icons, post meta data section, advertising, and all the other clutter on a page. Why add more clutter for something that doesnâ€™t function well in the first place?
I have been frustrated for years about the dividing up of post content and articles across multiple pages. Arenâ€™t you tired of it? Itâ€™s old thinking in a new world.
Blogs are about communicating and interaction. They are about creating and maintaining relationships with your audience. If you are doing anything that interferes with their ability to read your blog posts and access your blog, you are just putting barriers up between your content and your readers.
If you do it, and think its a great idea, I’d love to know why. Leave a comment if you love them or hate them.
We love to watch properties that Bloggy Network used to own. We keep an eye on theme, and enjoy seeing them doing well.
Splashpress Media bought EatonWeb, a great web directory, and has recently relaunched it.
Here are some details from their post on the Performancing:
In our view, a blogâ€™s strength is not its only virtue. We also set out to measure a blogâ€™s dynamic momentum over time. Healthy blogs should either maintain or grow their measured strength over time.
The cool thing about EatonWeb is that it organizes blog categories by strength and momentum. This is great information to have on several levels. For one, it provides blog owners with weekly feedback on their blogâ€™s progress, and allows a blog owner to set concrete goals. Additionally, it gives blog buyers, sellers and advertisers detailed information to help evaluate the overall value of a blog.
By separating out strength and momentum, EatonWeb also provides the â€œlittle guyâ€ a chance to stand out in the Momentum section of the directory. Whereas it might be difficult to compete on the level of pure strength, the little guy has more room for growth.
Keep up the great work guys, and check out EatonWeb if you haven’t already.
I love this post over on A Fool’s Wisdom, which basically is a great post thanking WordPress community leaders. I really think the WordPress community at large should highlight, thank and congratulate the creators, fixers, and documenters of WordPress.
Thanks again to everyone that has contributed to WordPress.
Oh, and they estimate that the WordPress code itself is worth around a million USD.
If nothing else, SixApart has to be happy at the amount of attention their latest news is getting. They recently released a very beta version of Movable Type 4, and also let the world know they are going to be releasing a GPL version of Movable Type, which will be an open source project.
Everyone is ranting and raving over the beta of Movable Type 4. I am really excited to see them updating the administration panel design and functions, despite the problems some people are having with it currently.
Thereâ€™s a lot of history between MT users and SixApart. Although Movable Type was never an open source platform, prior to the release of MT 3.0 many treated MT as if it was open source. The decision to enforce licensing with the release of MT 3.0 caused widespread outrage in 2004 (including rather vocally from myself) and in many ways was a tipping point that delivered WordPress from relative obscurity to being the popular blogging CMS it is today.
Dash said that commercially SixApart had no choice other than to enforce licensing at the time. However SixApart in 2007 is a thriving company with a broad suite of popular products, including TypePad, Vox and LiveJournal, and today can afford to give back to the blogging community.
From Carthik’s Wordlog where the title is MovableType: 3 Years Too Late?:
I still clearly remember the day Mena announced the new pricing structure for MovableType. A day later, I wrote up a post on how to move from Movable Type to WordPress. Then, the exodus began – with famous users, like Mark Pilgrim, Molly, and so many others shifting to WordPress. Those were busy days on the #wordpress IRC channel. The number of opinion-leading bloggers who used MT started declining, and most of the new bloggers who came after chose WordPress. While there is no reliable count of the number of WordPress Vs. Movable Type users, I dare say more folks use WordPress than MT.
I think the whole argument about time is a great one. So many people are going to be “once bitten, twice shy”, in that they won’t be moving back to Movable Type. There won’t be a mass return that compensates in any large way for the mass exodus of 2004.
Jonathan Snook also chimes in on the new beta of Movable Type 4:
Unfortunately, I didn’t really feel like much get added besides a new interface and better registration. Many of the more interesting features, like being able to clone a blog, are being handled by plugins, many of which were already available for MT3.
Spam protection seems unchanged. I fear how much spam wouldn’t be caught by it in comparison to what I have now.
It’s also still Perl at its core. This is one area that I think turns off developers. Not that PHP is a dream to program in but more people know PHP than Perl.
And if you want another great review roundup, check out Lisa’s blog, which I found from Matt Mullenweg’s blog.