Archive for the ‘Blogging Tools’ Category
Paul Stamatiou has switched his site from WordPress to Jekyll. In this extensive review he features a step-by-step how to switch from WordPress to Jekyll, a new static generator. Paul mentions also some interesting details and reasons why his traffic dwindled and how this had a massive impact on his earnings.
What is Jekyll
Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory (representing the raw form of a website), runs it through Textile or Markdown and Liquid converters, and spits out a complete, static website suitable for serving with Apache or your favorite web server.
Find out more about Jekyll at Github and read Paul’s excellent write-up here.
It’s happened to virtually every blogger at least once. As you lie awake at night, preparing to drift off to sleep, you come up with a great idea for a blog post or a change to your site and promise to remember it.
However, when you go to actually flesh out the idea the next morning or other opportunity, it’s gone. Unable to remember what the great idea was, only that you had one, you’re forced to start over and try to come up with something new.
The truth is that ideas are often times fleeting things. Much like the air we breathe, ideas drift from place to place, often coming and going at will. However, also like air, we don’t give them much thought or care until we find ourselves cut off from our supply, suffocating and struggling to breathe.
Previously we talked about how to generate new ideas and never run out, but how do you make sure the ideas you create are available when you’re ready?
After all, having all the ideas in the world is meaningless if they’re all gone when you sit down to get things done. This makes holding onto your inspiration that much more important. Read More
In an age where everyone wants to be first, many bloggers are sacrificing elegance for speed in a vain attempt to break the news before their rivals get a chance to analyze the story.
While bloggers should always attempt to break a story (as doing so can result in a massive amount of traffic), bloggers should also try to make sure their post is presentable to the world, lest they hear rebukes from their readers in the comment section.
Since many bloggers are pressed for time (especially those of you who write upon multiple blogs), here are 4 things you should do before hitting the “Publish” button on your blog. Read More
In an age where everyone and their grandmother is tweeting or Facebooking, many bloggers take for granted that both of these social networks will “always be there” in the future (despite the infrequent fail whales).
However if Facebook or Twitter went off line or (worse) decided to kick you off of their respective networks, you will probably find it very difficult to access your data (such as images, text. etc.), let alone secure it.
While it’s always good to backup your blog (even if you choose service hosting over self hosting), you might also want to consider backing up your social data as well (just in case you need to make a speedy exit).
For those of you seeking ways to back up your data on Facebook and Twitter, here are a few resources that will help you sleep easier at night just in case you encounter the eternal fail whale. Read More
It’s been about a month since I posted free social media icon sources (last time I offered some fun niche blog social media icon options), and with a new school year starting, I though it might be a good time to search for some creative social media icon sets that can give your blog some back to school flair.Â Check out the options below!
1. Puzzle Social Network Icon Set
What grade school student doesn’t love puzzles?
2. Sewn Badge Icon Set
This set reminds me of badges on Cub Scouts uniforms!
3. Moleskin Icon Set
For the discerning student, only a moleskin notebook will do.Â Are moleskin icons right for your blog?
4. Color-stroked Free Hand Icon Set
This is one of my favorite hand-drawn icon sets.Â I wish my doodles looked this good, and I love the crumpled paper.
5. Hand Drawn Social Media Icon Set
Here is another option if you like the hand drawn style.Â This one offers consistent square shapes with simpler designs drawn on grid paper.
What do you think?Â Will any of these social media icon sets give your blog the bling it needs?
Follow the link to read more about back to school and blogging basics on Performancing.
Ever since Automattic (the company behind WordPress) debuted VaultPress, there has been intense discussion (online and off) by self hosted bloggers over how much one should pay to secure their blog data.
Some users have even boasted that they back up their data to their email account or home computer, two choices that should NEVER be options (feel free to ask why in the comment section below).
Since everyone’s budget is different, here are 3 inexpensive ways to back up your blog without breaking the bank. Read More
Despite the abundance of tweet buttons from various companies across the blogosphere, Twitter is possibly launching an official button this week, which could spell the end for companies like TweetMeme (a service the Blog Herald uses) in the not so distant future.
Twitter is launching an official Tweet Button for sharing articles on websites and counting how many times a URL has been shared, according to documents Mashable has obtained. The Tweet Button could launch as soon as this Thursday.
Do you write a niche blog about food, spirits, Asia, clothes or science?Â If so, you’ll be interested in the social media icons highlighted in this post.Â Even if you don’t write a blog about one of those niche topics, you might like the social media icons featured below.Â They could add some color, visual appeal, and interest to any blog!
Check them out and see if the right social media icons to give your blog some zing are included in the list!
These food-related social media icons are available in six sizes and include cakes and popsicles!
This set of social media icons includes martini glasses, wine glasses, margarita glasses, beer mugs, and more! Read More
There willÂ come a day when a comment lands in your moderation queue that you don’t want to publish.Â Of course, it’s your blog, and you have complete control over what you do and do not publish on it.Â However, if you’re trying to develop a popular and successful blog, then simply deleting every comment that offers an opinion which differs from your own is a mistake.
The best blogs allow open conversations and encourage visitors to voice their opinions.Â However, that doesn’t mean your blog should be a free-for-all where anyone can say anything they want and you’ll publish it.Â Instead, you need to use your best judgment to edit or delete comments that detract from the user experience on your blog.
There is just one big problem.Â You don’t want to be accused of controlling the conversation on your blog, and that’s where having a Blog Comment Policy is essential. Read More
I use a lot of free and paid tools to help me as a blogger, and today I’m going to share 10 of the free blogging tools I can’t live without.Â I had a hard time narrowing this list down to just 10 tools, but I think the following offers a diverse group of tools that every blogger should try.
Of course, I also can’t live without Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and many, many more free tools, but the list below includes a more diverse selection than just the most well-known and expected tools that you’d normally find in this type of list.Â Note that this list is in no particular order.
So without further ado, here they are — 10 free blogging tools I can’t live without (or at least, that I don’t want to live without): Read More