When you first begin to blog you may wonder where your visitors are coming from. There are several ways of finding that out and a good place to start is on your WordPress.com stats page Views by Country. There are also other free third party tools you can use.
I’m not technically inclined and don’t choose to learn how to use perplexing photo editing programs. Instead I use several free online image editing programs frequently. If GIMP gives you headaches and photshop confuses you, try FotoFlexer. The ease of use and the variety of features brings me back to FotoFlexer time and again.
UPDATE: Microsoft issued a security patch at 1 p.m. ET Thursday to fix a serious bug in Internet Explorer http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2014/05/01/out-of-band-release-to-address-microsoft-security-advisory-2963983.aspx
The good news for chatty WordPress.com bloggers is that the Tlk.io widget allows you to embed a web chat in your site. There is also a shortcode to add chat to pages and posts.
Money from advertising income motivates blog scrapers to steal content. It’s only a matter of time before you discover your copyright has been violated and your content is now duplicated on a site you don’t want to be associated with. So let’s consider the impact of that duplication and how to counter it.
When answering WordPress.com support forum questions some bloggers ask how to install plugins to disable right click on their blogs to prevent content theft of their images.
I began using Sitemeter on my Blogger blog before WordPress.com introduced an in house stats program. I began using it here in 2006, still use it on both WordPress.com blogs, and won’t be letting it go any time soon because as Joni Mitchell sang: you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.