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Archive for September, 2007

Are You Blogging What You Should Be Blogging?

Making sure you stay on topic with your own blog can be quite easy, but when you are looking to get paid for blogging, sometimes you think “any job will do”, but Lorelle goes over her own experiences blogging outside her comfort zone at The Blog Herald.

I took a fresh look at it and cringed. While I knew my readers might be interested in the subject, this wasn’t something I was interested in. It just wasn’t important to me. Others had said much wiser and saner things than I could add to the conversation. I had a hard time finding the value I could give to the post to make it work publishing. It just wasn’t “me” nor my blog, no matter how interesting it was. It wasn’t right.

I selected the whole thing and deleted it.

Some of the most successful bloggers I have ever met are the ones that have stuck to the subjects they truly enjoyed. Your passion, or disdain for a subject comes out in your writing, and that can interest your readers, or make them avoid your blog. Besides, writing about what you love is more fun. Check out Lorelle’s full post on The Blog Herald.

Categories: Blogging Tips

People Are Trying to Help You: Are You Listening?

Ahmed Bilal from Performancing has put up a great post reminding bloggers that we not only have to be distributors of great ideas, but we also have to listen to a variety of different people, as they might just be trying to help us reach that next level in our blogging.

A bit from the article:

As bloggers our job is to talk – we talk to our readers, we talk to advertisers, we talk to our employees, we talk smack with competitors – it’s pretty much a full-time talking job, blogging.

However, in all this talking we need to find the time to be quiet and listen to the people around us – to learn what they want, to learn from their suggestions, criticisms and support, and to spot ideas in what they do and say. Listening to others (and more importantly, to the right people) gives you the kind of knowledge few people can hope to attain, and with that comes the ability to do make a genuine difference in your own life and that of others.

He then goes on to talk about who we should be listening to with examples like readers, advertisers, and competition.

For more details on listening well to improve your blogging, check out the post on Performancing.

Categories: Blogging Tips

WordPress 2.3 Released

Matt has put up the release post for WordPress 2.3 and the flood of downloads will now begin. WordPress 2.3 brings some great additions to the publishing software, and is thought of as a great new release.

Here is a snippet from the release post:

I’m thrilled to announce that Version 2.3 “Dexter” of WordPress is now ready for the world. This release includes native tagging support, plugin update notification, URL handling improvements, and much more. This release is named for the great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon.

I love the codename of Dexter, mind you I have never heard his music.

Check out all the new features and functionality at WordPress.org and get your copy of WordPress 2.3.

Categories: WordPress News

WordPress.com Adds Tags

With a new version of the WordPress.org software coming out tomorrow, WordPress.com users might have been feeling left behind, but no longer, as WordPress.com now includes tagging support.

While the folks over at WordPress.com have admitted that they have used tags and categories interchangeable over on their hosted blog system, they have since given in to the masses and agreed that tags and categories are not really the same thing and have added the same tagging system we can expect in the WordPress 2.3 releasing coming out tomorrow.

They end the post with this quote:

This is just the first step, we have some pretty exciting tag-related things coming in the future, so stay tuned.

Check out the full post, and start speculating on what they mean by “exciting tag-related things”.

Categories: WordPress News

Preparing for WordPress 2.3: Launching Tomorrow

Over on WordPress.org’s development blog, a list of things you can do to prepare for the launch of WordPress 2.3 is up.

It reminds you to back up your blog, check your plugins, and reading up on how to add tags to your WordPress themes.

I am pretty excited about this new release, and I really hope the upgrade goes smoothly for everyone. Check out the full development blog posting and get preparing. The release of WordPress 2.3 should be sometime tomorrow.

Categories: WordPress News

WordPress Plugin Wanted: Digg Effect Alternate Image

So, I was just talking to a friend of mine, and he was complaining how he has to put his images on a photo hosting site like Flickr to be able to help withstand the Digg effect.

I said to him that we need a plugin that would allow us to create alternate locations for images and make it so that if a person comes from Digg or Reddit, it pulls the image from Flickr, otherwise just show the locally hosted image.

This could potentially save people a fair bit of bandwidth, especially if they have caching issues and the like.

Has this already been made? If not, if someone makes it, I will promote it here.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

Thirteen “Lesser Known” Helpful WordPress Plugins

Over on Colloquium there is a list of some great plugins that I think people should be using. I didn’t write the list, but I have to admit that over ninety percent of what is listed are plugins I either use, want to use, or think are great.

There are zillions of WordPress plugins available, with many new ones released each day. Some are well known and almost universally employed, e.g., Akismet, Google Sitemap Generator.

Things listed include a feed copyrighter plugin, and something to truncate super long links in comments. Definitely worth checking out.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

Thirteen “Lesser Known” Helpful WordPress Plugins

Over on Colloquium there is a list of some great plugins that I think people should be using. I didn’t write the list, but I have to admit that over ninety percent of what is listed are plugins I either use, want to use, or think are great.

There are zillions of WordPress plugins available, with many new ones released each day. Some are well known and almost universally employed, e.g., Akismet, Google Sitemap Generator.

Things listed include a feed copyrighter plugin, and something to truncate super long links in comments. Definitely worth checking out.

Categories: WordPress Plugins

AdSense Payouts in Euros?

Make Easy Money With Google And AdSense is one of my favorite sites for reading about AdSense and Google projects in general, and with the Canadian and American dollar hitting parity, I really appreciated their latest post entitled “Google Should Switch To Euros“.

I have posted about the implications in a weak American currency before and so I have to admit, I would enjoy seeing Google switch their AdSense payouts to a currency that converts better to Canadian dollars, and is more stable.

Here is a bit from the article:

If you’re a US publisher then this probably doesn’t mean too much to you, but it definitely affects those of us on the outside, as Google’s US-denominated payments are worth less and less to us once they’re converted over. On the flipside, however, non-US advertisers should see their AdWords costs decrease because the conversion to US dollars for bid prices will be cheaper.

Now if only Google would switch to Euros as its base currency for advertising transactions. The exchange rate is much better…

Has the shift in the value of the American dollar effected you? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear some kindred spirits feeling the pressure due to the online economy being so cemented in the US greenback.

Categories: Advertising, Blogging Sense

WordPress Visual Editor – Do you Use It?

Weblog Tools Collection asks the question “do we use the WordPress visual editor?”

I know that myself, and many other people I know, are just like Mark and Jim from WTC in that right after installing WordPress, we turn it off.

Why do we turn it off? Well, mostly because it doesn’t work as effectively as doing things by hand for people that understand how to make text bold and add in image code.

I enjoy seeing that the HTML code is being properly formatted, and that nothing extra is being added. I love controlling how my text is presented, and I feel that the visual editor hinders me in that respect.

The flip side though is that people without any understanding of HTML tags and whatnot love the editor, as it gives them an interface more like the ever prevalent Microsoft Word.

Where do you stand? Is the WordPress visual editor on or off on your installations?

Categories: WordPress Tips

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