There is an exciting new color palette feature addition that WordPress.com bloggers using eight free themes will enjoy. Eight free themes, including Superhero, Writr, Spun, Panel, Zoren, Fontfolio, Twenty Thirteen, and Typo, now offer free color palettes you can apply. Read the announcement. Hopefully, more themes will be graced with the same feature soon.
Every year I do some web surfing to locate free Christmas graphics. Below are sites I selected I this year. Also visit Free Christmas blog headers and graphics, a collection which has been updated every year since 2009, and don’t forget these 4 Year End Blog Post Ideas.
Want to find blogging tips, tools and tutorials in this blog fast? This index of links to blogging tips articles in list post format that itemize ways to build a better blog, become a better blogger and promote effectively may help you find what you need quickly.
My blogging adventures with my friend have been like a whirlwind trip down the rabbit hole. She has gone through Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress.com and has a Medium account. She aims to have her blog and her image galleries up and running in two weeks time and she has seen a Ghost.
It can’t get any better than a holiday turkey and lattkes feast. The first night of Hanukkah starts at sundown, kicking off an eight day festival of lights. This also is the first time Thanksgiving Day becomes the new Black Friday, except it’s on Thursday night!
About WordSesh – WordSesh is 1 full day of live WordPress presentations from all over the world streamed live to you wherever you may be. And best of all, it’s FREE! It’s like a virtual meetup in some ways as you can learn from the experts without leaving your home. WordSesh 2 is Saturday, December…
Internet users are well aware of China’s censorship system but there’s a new way to breach the Great China Firewall. “The Golden Shield Project (Chinese: 金盾工程; pinyin: jīndùn gōngchéng), colloquially referred to as the Great Firewall of China (Chinese: 防火长城; pinyin: fánghuǒ chángchéng) is a censorship and surveillance project operated by the Ministry of Public…
The bad news is I’ve been limping along using this lame computer for a long time now as it’s old and not working well. The good news is I have brand new replacement computer.
My friend travels, writes essays and creates image collections but has never blogged before. “All I want to do is write!” she typed in frustration. “Why is this so hard to do? I don’t have the time to learn how to jump through hoops. Where can I go and just write?”
We all ought to own up to comments we make but who owns your comments? Some places allow editing and deletion of your own comments and some don’t. Have you ever submitted a comment to another blogger’s blog and then wanted to edit or even delete it and discovered it’s captive?
Considered to be a fad when introduced, Tablets are quickly replacing PCs and Tablet sales are likely to surpass PCs by 2015. Worldwide PC shipments are down 11 percent. So, as Peter Cashmore predicted, 2013 is the year responsive design has taken off and soared.
It seems changes are being made so mobile users can do everything in the WordPress.com Reader. Why click into a blog to see premium themes and/or customizations and all that other jazz the blogger devoted time and energy into creating there, when you can do it all in the Reader?
Scheduling enough time for creating original content, promoting it, answering comments, reading and leaving comments on other blogs is not an easy feat. Few bloggers I know are able to blog full time. They have active offline lives to live so they want to make the best possible use of the time they spend online.
The two primary reasons bloggers offer email newsletters are to promote their posts and/or products/services. But keeping a newsletter going is no easy feat because subscribers suffering from digital overwhelm as we all are, may be tempted to unsubscribe.
WordPress.com is not only a great place to start blogging but it may even be your last stop. When you self host a WordPress.org install you are on your own. Managing your own install isn’t a cake walk. The learning curve is steep and takes lots of time – time you won’t be spending on…
There’s no difference between copyright law in cyberspace and print media; the same law applies both online and offline. You don’t have to remain a silent victim of make money blogger rip off artists like these two. You can check to see if your content has been stolen, and file DMCA take-down notices with the…
You can freshen your blog appearance in many ways that reflect seasonal changes and holidays that range from changing themes temporarily to less dramatic decorative changes to the theme you are using now. Consult your calendar and unleash your creativity to transmit your brand to your readership through seasonal events, holidays and special occasions.
So you want to pass yourself off as make money bloggers do you? Well here comes your first wild ride because I won’t take it! I will not have thecashking.org (hosted by Unified Layer) and chris-k-fisher.com (hosted by GoDaddy) steal my content and pass it off as theirs.
If you need to help overcome writer’s block, or just want to get motivated to write and publish more then writer’s prompts and scheduled posts maybe be the combination you need. No matter where you live there are daily, monthly and holiday writing prompts available to inspire your blogging every day of the year.
Users who have upgraded to Windows 8.1 are reporting that Google.com doesn’t render correctly in Internet Explorer 11. In IE11, click on Tools and choose Compatibility View Settings. Uncheck “Use Microsoft Compatibility lists” and Google’s search engine should work again. via Google fails to render correctly in IE11 on Windows 8.1, disabling Compatibility View is…
SEO is a hot topic these days. How do you increase your Google page rank? How do you build a better site for readers and search engines? Go to your Google Webmaster’s Account and look for duplicate meta descriptions errors and duplicate title tags errors. Here’s how to correct some and prevent more errors.
As a long time WordPress blogger I have witnessed the addition of many new user interface features. Some I have welcomed. Some I have disabled and others I simply ignore as I have no need of them. I consider options to be a good thing.
These days we’re dog paddling in a sea of advertising. There are no public places and places offline or online where we are free from being targeted by advertisers. Different demographic groups have differing responses to advertising saturation. For the youngest among us it’s the norm. For the eldest, it’s a rude and unwelcome intrusion.
Bloggers who answer WordPress.com technical support forum questions as I do will tell you that it’s how one asks a question and how much relevant information they provide that determines whether they get a satisfactory answer or not.
No matter how skilled a writer you may be, writing is not blogging. There’s a steep learning curve when it comes to learning how to write for the internet and attract a readership to your blog. There’s a lot of good advice available but there’s lots of bad “canned” advice too.
Comments are powerful. We all love to receive quality comments that are specific and personalized; timely and on-topic. They provide the necessary fuel for discussion and include ideas for future posts.
Features like quick and easy image and document sharing and real-time collaborative editing are just what many WordPress bloggers have been looking for and will be possible with the acquisition of Cloudup by Automattic.
You must have noticed the increase in “Unknown search terms” in your stats. I’m seeing hundreds in mine and they are growing daily. Web site owners want to know the keyword terms visitors type into Google search to locate their sites, but no more keyword data will be provided from Google.
WordPress.com Staff are continually working to improve our user experience. The result of their latest work is a welcome media update change to the way WordPress resizes images when theme changes are made.
Just imagine what it would be like to log into your blog and find your pictures are missing. What to do? Provided you are running a current browser version and don’t have a browser related issue, then where the images are hosted is key to finding out what happened to them.
List posts are ubiquitous and due to their numbers (no pun intended) they often get a bad rap. I have been disappointed to note that readers are not locating my list posts and I want to feature them on a static page in index form that will auto-update as I publish more. This post explains…
In Use the Display Posts Shortcode to Effectively Feature Content I introduced two ideas. The first idea was using the display posts shortcode on static pages to create index pages. The second idea was creating list posts as another way of featuring older content especially pillar posts AKA evergreen content. In this post I’m sharing some examples of…
Bloggers reveal their expertise around specific topics by publishing original content articles that offer clear value to readers. However, as blog posts are displayed in reverse chronological order when new articles are published the earlier ones migrate off front page of the blog and that means drawing attention to them is a challenge.
By Guest Author, Cynthia of Wine, Woman and Travel. More and more print writers are publishing their content online, but when they start touting themselves as bloggers… I cringe and cannot help feeling a bit resentful. A brilliant writer does not necessarily a brilliant blogger make.
The Internet doesn’t sleep so while you may blogging under the North Star your readers may be blogging under the Southern Cross, and reaching your blog audience is all about timely communication.
Today I am recommending the new WordPress.com Email Forwarding feature to my readers. I think those who have domain mapping upgrades as I do for my blogs will be delighted to discover and use this new feature.
Whether you blog to inform, to entertain, to persuade or to provoke controversy, to have a successful blog you must identify your target audience and Let Your Audience’s Interests Guide Your Content Strategy.
Have you ever wondered what the most to least popular FREE WordPress.com themes are? Has your theme been retired? If you were to chose another theme which one would it be?
There’s an interesting stats series being published on the WordPress.com blog that’s given me a lot of food for thought. I have never been drawn to bean counting, but if one doesn’t look at the numbers then they don’t know as much as they could about how their articles are being received.
Do you want a WordPress.com theme with a magazine style layout that provides your readers with brief front page previews (teasers) of posts to select from and click into without you having to insert the more tag into each post?
Bloggers are expected to be able to sort facts from fiction, so if you are a newcomer to blogging becoming familiar with copyright law is part of the territory. Copyright, Limitations of Fair Use and Plagiarism, Attribution, Citation, Quotation are critically important matters for new bloggers to comprehend so put that education the top of your…
Throughout the last 2 years I have been trying to accommodate mobile and tablet users by choosing responsive width themes. I have been happily noting I do have more mobile and tablet viewers. However, I have also noted something perplexing and wonder if my readers have noticed it too. Have you noticed your page view…
Grammarly claims to be: The World’s Best Grammar Checker and I think that may be a valid claim. I have tested several grammar checkers previously and you can read about them here 5 free Grammar Checkers for Bloggers and Writers.
Commenting is a key element of blogging and nothing is more frustrating than composing a comment only to discover that the software won’t accept it. Invalid URL! You do not own that identity is an infuriating error message that no WordPress.com blogger wants to read.
Enhancing your WordPress.com blog’s accessibility and share-ability with social networking icons can be a quick coffee break set up or a longer project. It all depends on the theme you use.
The New WordPress default theme; ‘Twenty Fourteen’ is a dark magazine styled beauty with balanced use of white space that’s absolutely packed useful and eye-popping features. From lovely typography and a prominent featured content area up top to multiple sidebars and post formats, Twenty Fourteen has it all.
All WordPress.com themes are widget-activated. This is the main link to all the available widgets that WordPress.com provides – Widgets & Sidebars. Clicking links on that page for individual widgets will get you to specific descriptions and instructions for each one.
August 5th, 2013 Update – I’m feeling so much better now the kidney stone episodes seem to be over (fingers crossed). I’ve two more dental appointments for crowns plus one eye exam to go this week and then the appointments will be over with. It’s good thing too as my traffic stats indicate some folks…
justjennifer is a WordPress.com Volunteer like me and we are both long time WordPress fans. She has published a post containing her observations from viewing WordCamp San Francisco 2013.