Archive for August, 2007
Darren Rowse has put up a post showing off some great plugins for WordPress to deal with comments. Comment management has been criticized heavily in the blogosphere due to spam, and the ability to follow conversations that occur in the comment area.
He focuses on plugins like Better Comments Manager, Comment Relish, Subscribe to Comments, WP Comment Moderation Notifier and Threaded Comments.
Some great plugins listed, so check out Darren’s original post over on Problogger.net.
I didn’t see the episode released on July 5th, but the recent episode, released on August 19th found its way in front of me, and low and behold, Matt Craven is the host of the show. You all might remember Matt as the original publisher of the Blog Herald. I am very excited to see him back online. I have to admit to thinking that the editors at the Blog Herald had made a mistake in their author system before listening to the podcast.
Check out the Blog Herald Podcast.
Over on WordPress.com they have added another new and cool feature recently with their Theme Preview system. This is way better than those small little thumbnails we are expected to use to figure out if a theme is worthy of our time or not.
Here is the text from the WordPress.com blog posting:
I know you want to check out some of those new themes on WordPress.com to see just how much they might make your blog shine, but you donâ€™t want to activate any for fear your readers will get on your case about switching themes all the time.
â€¦ You have really obnoxious readers, donâ€™t you?
Well no need to worry any longer. You can now preview any WordPress.com theme from your blogâ€™s Presentation admin screen just by clicking on the themeâ€™s thumbnail. Your blog will load on the fly using the new theme without actually activating that theme for realies. Even better, you can click around most anywhere in your blog to see how your posts, pages, categories and everything else look.
Now… when will WordPress.org software be able to do this for me?
There aren’t as many Movable Type users as their once were, but with their latest release, the tides could shift in their favor once again. The new Movable Type 4.0 has some great new additions, and some people are saying that it slightly one-ups WordPress, especially when you look at how great Movable Type handles multiple blogs, and its new administration panel looks slick.
Darren was able to talk with Anil Dash about the new version, here is a snippet from that:
What will MT users upgrading to 4.0 notice the most about the new version?
Right off the top, the new user interface puts things like statistics on your comment and posting activity front and center. So youâ€™ve got the ability to judge your blogâ€™s success immediately, and then you can filter those views or get an XML feed of whatâ€™s going on with your block with just a click. Of course, things like editing and revising entries are a lot easier, too, with an all-new rich text editor and asset management and niceties like automatic saving of drafts and automatic conversion of curly quotes from MS Word.
Competition will help the blogging software market, so I look forward to Movable Type’s renewed presence in that arena, especially their open source version coming later this year.
When I first heard about this plugin and Firefox extention combination, I didn’t give it much thought. I didn’t think that something like this could be created. I took another look at it when LifeSpy, one of Bloggy Network’s sites, mentioned it, and now I am happy to report that I think this is pretty darn cool.
OneClick allows you to add themes and plugins by clicking on them. Here is what the plugin author has to say:
OneClick is a WordPress Plugin+Firefox Extension combo which will change the way you look at wordpress forever. It reduces the effort needed to install a plugin or a theme for wordpress to just one simple click. Itâ€™s excellent for admins, non-techies, people with restrictive firewalls, and just about anyone who uses wordpress and installs plugins and themes.
This is the kind of system that Automattic should get behind as it could help revolutionize how easy it is to install both themes and plugins, increasing WordPress’ popularity.
If you are using this system, let me know what you think of it. Is OneClick the easiest and fastest way to add plugins and themes? It has come a long way since I last talked about it.
I found this on RajDash.com.
There are two contests currently running that will help bloggers get a new logo for their blogs, so if you are looking to revamp your image, or just get your first real logo, then you will want to check these out.
Randa Clay Design
Randa is offering 2 prizes: a free custom blog logo and header, and a free blog review. The rules state how you can enter. Itâ€™s pretty easy – either add Randa Clay Design to your blogroll or subscribe to the siteâ€™s feed. There is no restriction about type of blog. While youâ€™re there, read Randaâ€™s article 4 reasons your blog needs a blog logo.
Logo Design Works
To apply for the Logo Design Works free blog logo campaign, your blog has to meet certain criteria, including being at least six months old and being about any of these topics: design, small business, marketing, SEO, blogging, freelancing, productivity and related topics. If you are accepted, you will get to work with a designer via email. All LDW is asking in return is either a blogroll link (after you are accepted) or a brief review with a link. Links are to their home page.
Lorelle has asked an interesting question on the Blog Herald, and I wanted to take a second to answer it here, as my comment might be a bit too long for a comment form.
First off, I want to mention that I started my professional blogging career off with a bang by guest blogging for Darren Rowse. I probably would not have gotten noticed if it wasn’t for him.
Here is a piece from Lorelle’s post:
In addition to being a web consultant, Iâ€™m a writer. Iâ€™m a professional writer. That means I get paid for writing. My blogs help me make money through my writing and reputation. So why would I want to give my work away for free?
When the benefit of good will exceeds the return on the investment.
And really, that is what happened to me. I gave freely of my time, hoping that Darren would notice his need for assistance in growing his blogs, and what really ended up happening was that someone else noticed me and thought that I was a perfect fit for his blog network.
Really, in the end, the only time you should pay guest bloggers, is once their “guest” stint is done. If you want them to stay beyond that initial guest blogging stage, and have them as a constant and consistent writer, you should pay them their dues, no matter how high profile you or your blog is.
As a side note, I have to admit, I am always excited to see what guest bloggers have to say.
A great post from Lorelle, definitely worth checking out if you have ever thought about guest blogging or looking for guest bloggers.
Matt has released the July stats for WordPress.com and the site just keeps on growing with no signs of slowing down.
- 133 thousand blogs were created.
- 143 thousand new users joined.
- 1 million file uploads.
- 2 million posts and 764 thousand new pages.
- 2.8 million comments.
- 19 million spam comments blocked.
- 2.4 million logins. (Thatâ€™s about a login a second.)
- 281 million pageviews on WordPress.com, and another 95 million on self-hosted blogs. (375 million pageviews total.)
With these kinds of stats, I am surprised that more companies are not trying to find ways to “buy” the service from Automattic. The numbers have grown so large now that they are pretty much meaningless to me. Kudos to the folks making WordPress.com work, and all the people that use the service.
The mystery is over, and so many people are annoyed. It is like finding out how a magic trick is performed: it loses its magic. Fake Steve Jobs is Daniel Lyons of Forbes.
He writes a post giving congrats to Brad Stone from the New York Times as he was the one who figured it out.
Well it had to happen. Honestly I canâ€™t believe itâ€™s taken this long. But as you may have heard, Iâ€™ve been busted by a newspaper reporter. My cover has been blown. Guy named Brad Stone, who works for the New York Times. Have you heard of him? Well, tip of the hat to you, Brad Stone. You did the sleuthing. You put the pieces of the puzzle together. You went through my trash, hacked into my computer, and put listening devices in my home. Now youâ€™ve ruined the mystery of Fake Steve, robbing thousands of people around the world of their sense of childlike wonder. Hope you feel good about yourself, you mangina. One bright side is that at least I was busted by the Times and not Valleywag. I really, really enjoyed seeing those guys keep guessing wrong. For six months Dr. Evil and Mr. Bigglesworth put their big brains together and couldnâ€™t come up with the answer. Guy from the Times did it in a week. So much for the trope about smarty-pants bloggers disrupting old media. Brilliant. My only regret is that we didnâ€™t get a chance to see Bigglesworth take a few more swings and misses.
Will people still follow the site now that they know who it is?
LifeSpy has linked an interesting little Firefox plugin tool called Shareaholic.
The Shareaholic extension for Firefox makes it easy for you to submit the web page youâ€™re viewing to digg, del.icio.us, facebook, google bookmarks, reddit and stumbleupon. If you prefer, you can also e-mail the web page to a friend.
What a great idea! I wonder though what the social networking and bookmarking sites will think of this tool? Check it out and let me know what you think of it.