Archive for the ‘BloggingPro News’ Category
Last week I had the pleasure to announce the new My Blog Guest – Splashpress Media partnership and we are now opening some of our site for a weekly guest blog feature, also BloggingPro.
To guest post here at BloggingPro you will have to be a member of My Blog Guest and our own Andrew G. Rosen will deal with the submissions and schedule accepted posts.
What is My Blog Guest?
MyBlogGuest has been started by Ann Smarty, a fairly well-known weblogger and social media user. Sheâ€™s been guest blogging and building relationships in the blogosphere long enough to understand the power of a guest post â€“ and thatâ€™s what she wants to share via her little cozy web community. Read More
This week the BloggingPro bloggers job board has two new featured job listings.
For more information about our job board and how to be featured, read our job board introduction post. For only $25 your job will be listed as featured for 30 days, additionally your listing will be mentioned in a weekly review post here on BloggingPro and on our sister site BloggerJobs. Read More
The BloggingPro team is proud to announce the first BloggingPro End of Year Giveaway.
Next week, from Monday 28th December 2009 to Thursday 31st December, every day we are giving away different prizes. A big thank you to all our sponsors who have made this giveaway possible.
Templatic recently rebranded from PremiumThemes to Templatic and and are offering our readers several free themes to celebrate the end of year, rebranding and the launch of their elusive Store e-commerce theme.
Elegant Themes, maintained by designer Nick Roach, is another popular themes club for WordPress
Nick Roach will be giving away several club memberships during the BloggingPro End of Year Giveaway.
Digging into WordPress
Digging into WordPress author Chris Coyier was recently interviewed here at BloggingPro. Now it’s Jeff Starr’s turn to answer our questions and the crew is giving away several copies of the popular ‘Digging into WP’ book.
Last but not least Thord D.Hedengren will announce his upcoming ‘Smashing WordPress’ book exclusively on BloggingPro and copies will be given away for our readers. After he finished his new design!
Follow BloggingPro on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss the competitions next week!
Today, I logged into Blogging Pro and saw an interesting message that caught my eye: “Akismet has protected your site from 1,034,305 spam”.
I can’t believe that Akismet has protected this blog from over a million spam. Started in October 2005, Akismet has been bundled with WordPress almost since its inception.
Without Akismet, and most other anti-spam tools, estimating a minute for every thirty spam comments, it would have taken me almost twelve full days of time to manage myself, or a few hours each and every month.
It is both sad that we have this problem that needs to be taken care of, and exciting that we have solutions to make our lives easier. Where do you sit with your Akismet spam protection?
So, as I hope you can all see, Blogging Pro has received a design refresh. After launching our Blogging Pro theme a long time ago as a free to download theme, it seemed only wise to differentiate ourselves from those using that theme. If you are reading this site via a feed reader, it is time to come over and check out the new design.
I have been having some issues with the new theme that I am working on fixing, but they seem to be ingrained into WordPress, and so might take me a little while to rectify.
Other than one or two small issues, I am very impressed with both the design and implementation of this WordPress theme. Designed by James McDonald, the same person that did my site Branding David, James has done an amazing job with the revamp of Blogging Pro.
I am excited to hear what you think of this new design, and going forward, I hope you enjoy the refresh as well. I will talk about the coding process in an upcoming post.
Sidenote/Update: A huge thanks to Sivel in the WordPress IRC chat for helping me through a strange problem I was having.
I am thinking about getting a redesign of Blogging Pro done. We’ve been using this theme for over a year now, and I think it is starting to show its age, especially since we’ve given the theme out for free for nearly a year as well.
I was trying to think about the pro’s and con’s of redesigning this blog, and stumbled upon a great article relating to blog redesigns on Blog Design Blog from October, 2008, entitled, The Secret to a Great Blog Redesign.
Making visual changes just for the sake of change itself will result in a prettier blog, but that does not necessarily mean a better blog. You can actually make it worst if your redesign is not built with your goals in mind. You canâ€™t hit a target you cannot see.
Just like social media and SEO, your blog design is a tool, a means to an end and not the end in itself. Reassess your goals and allow them to guide your decisions when redesigning your blog.
I definitely think that Blogging Pro needs a redesign for both making functionality and form better. Either way, the future of this blog requires at least a strong refinement in goals and direction. In fact, as we go forward, we have a fork in the road to figure out with the site: do we focus purely on WordPress or try to bring real diversity in regards to platforms at Blogging Pro?
The audience here is very WordPress-centric, and this has made exploring outside subjects, frustrating at best. When you have a captive audience, you’d rather not frustrate them for fear of loosing it, but this site isn’t WordPress Pro, it is Blogging Pro. Of course I don’t see myself taking on the role of telling you how to format your words, gain links, and whatnot, but instead, I enjoy pointing out tips, tricks, and giving the occasional advice on blogging from the more technical side. I love talking about the themes, plugins, and growth of an industry surrounding bloggers and catering to their needs.
Anyways, with all of that being said I’d love to know if you think Blogging Pro needs a redesign, and if so, should it focus more around delivering great WordPress content, or would you like to see it talk about many platforms? Your comments will help decide the fate of this site, and I don’t take the time and energy you spend letting me know your thoughts lightly.
Some of you were happy when I had left this site, others were not. I really appreciate all the support you have all shown me and I appreciate the good word that many of you put in for me. I hope you are as excited as I am to be back on this site. I will be providing as much WordPress coverage as I can, as well as detailed tutorials on the things I have learned since leaving, and how WordPress has changed since I started using it.
I hope you’ll all join me in thanking Splashpress Media for having me come back on here and take another stab at fulfilling your WordPress cravings. I also hope you’ll provide me with constant feedback, so I can be sure to satisfy your expectations on this site.
If I have missed something, you want to see more coverage of another thing, then please just let me know, and I will do my best. I love talking about blogging, WordPress, and the business of online publishing, and I hope that you’ll all be able to pick up on my passion and join me in being excited.
Hello folks. J. Angelo Racoma here signing in. I’m not sure if you remember me, but a couple of years back, I was blogging here alongside David Peralty, when Blogging Pro was still owned by the Bloggy Network. Sometime late 2007, Blogging Pro was acquired by Splashpress Media (a new media company which I eventually rose from the ranks to serve as editor in chief). Along with this acquisition, David became part of our team as head of Marketing.
Fast forward to a few months after, Blogging Pro is sitting proudly as one of the more high profile blogs in the network. Sadly, David has had to leave the network to pursue other endeavors (a startup, I hear?). So he is passing along the reins to me.
With me to help spice up things would be Andrew G. Rosen of Jobacle fame. Drew is a mainstay at the Blog Herald and other technology-related Splashpress sites, as well as the snarky (and smart) Jack of All Blogs.
Moving along, when I started contributing here at Blogging Pro, the topic was wide and varied. We usually discussed blogging news, and various tech-related matters like blogging apps and software, plugins, and themes. We weren’t very much platform-specific, but for some reason we tended to lean toward the platform we used on the blog itself, which was WordPress.
Thing is, with Splashpress Media running a handful of blogs about blogging and new media in our network, it gets difficult to determine which gets posted where. Sometimes lines are crossed and toes are stepped on. In short, there tends to be an overlap of the topics that each blog handles.
And Blogging Pro sits smack in the middle of this issue!
So I ask you dear readers, what do you think is best for us to talk about here on Blogging Pro, given that we have other sites to talk about blogging, such as:
And the list goes on.
So how about we focus on what we’re best at: the technical side of things. Whether it’s WordPress, blogger, or other blogging software, we will focus on plugins, installing, tweaking, upgrading, and the like. We might still have some overlap with the other blogs, but we can get more in-depth here.
Any other bright ideas?
As you can see, we have added a video from Dell that highlights how big corporations aren’t always forward thinking enough to make the right choices and that young people know best when it comes to new technology. Okay, maybe they didn’t mean that last part, but being only twenty-five, I’d like to think that they were saying that I know best.
The point is that they have created a video I have seen all over the web, and while it is an advertisement for Dell, it is also a funny and interesting video that people want to show their friends.
I have seen many videos go viral over the last few years, and interestingly enough, a fair number of them are promotional for one corporation or another, even if you didn’t realize it.
Check out the vide at the bottom of the sidebar, and let me know what you think. Also, if you have any other professional level viral videos, I would love to see them. I would say bloggers should harness the viral video fever that the world seems to have, but I know many of you already do.
For the rest of you, why haven’t you recorded video?
Read how it turned out on eXtra for Every Publisher.
I am planning on using Ustream.tv tomorrow for a live video questions and answers section. I am hoping to talk about WordPress, my blogging career, advertising, marketing and all of those fun things. If you have some questions you would love answered, and I might know the correct response, check out my Ustream channel at 8pm EST Saturday, March 8th.
I have previously mentioned this on the Blog Herald as part of my questions about advertising post.
I hope to do more of these if the need is there, so let me know if you plan on stopping by, or if other days and times would work better for you.
Update: Didn’t work out as Ustream wouldn’t transmit audio from either of my computers. More on that soon.