Blogging and Community Building

New blogs are being created every day by bloggers who assume “build it and they will come” and likewise assume “post it and they will come“.  I’m sorry to say that isn’t the case. There are no shortcuts when it comes to creating a blog centered community by means of creating a flow of organic…

Blogging: Attracting More Readers

Without doubt content is the key to bringing traffic to your site. The more fresh,  useful and interesting content your site has the more successful it will be.  Content that sparks lively discussion is key to creating regular readers who become subscribers.  Social networking is a means to reach a larger audience and let them…

10 Reasons and Cures for Writer’s Block

Neurologist Alice W Flaherty, who argues  in her book The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block And The Creative Brain, that literary creativity is a function of specific areas of the brain, and that block may be the result of brain activity being disrupted in those areas. “By offering some powerful physiological theories…

WordPress.com in house blog promotion

The most effective way of promoting a blog within the WordPress.com community is to seek out other blogs in the same niche  and form blog centered relationships with  bloggers who share the same blogging interests.  Forming blog centered relationships is a natural consequence of posting meaningful comments on posts in the blog you locate.  There…

Blog Promotion: Legal Adult Content Blogs

The most effective way of promoting a blog within the WordPress.COM community is to seek out other blogs in the same niche as our own blog and post meaningful comments to posts in them. However, those who have blogs with legal adult content have far fewer opportunities to locate blogs within the same niche, and promote their blogs within the WordPress.COM community than bloggers with blogs in other niches do.

Blogging: Starting Over

Is your blog a failure or a success? This question stopped me dead in my tracks.

When I started blogging, I definitely had a purpose in mind, but it was a limited one with a narrow audience. As time went on, I found myself slipping over the boundaries of my topic. Taking time to roll the above question around in my head made me see how I was driving on a dead end street. I might see a few people on the way, but it would hardly be a major hop around the planet. These insights gave me the impetus to revisit blogging basics and rejig the entire vision of my blog. In my case, starting over was a wise decision. I didn’t lose momentum at all.

Select a WordPress.com theme Part 3

When I first began blogging I didn’t think much about what my readers impressions of my theme choices would be in advance of making them. I wasn’t very clear about who my audience was. Since then I have been able to determine the demographics for my blog and that knowledge has influenced the theme choices I have made. This article is Part 3 of a three-part series of articles for helping WordPress.com bloggers take a step by step approach to changing themes. Parts 1 and 2 are focused on creating a mirror blog and testing features and functions on possible theme choices. This article is focused on determining reader preferences prior to making a theme switch.

I have made the switch from Vigilance to Inuit Types and I hope my readers think I made a good choice. Now it’s time for your feedback and for sharing your own theme change stories.

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Select a WordPress.com theme 2

This article is Part 2 of a three-part series of articles for helping WordPress.com bloggers take a step by step approach behind the scenes to test new themes in a mirror blog before making a theme switch. Improving how content is framed in a theme is the motivation for change and listing the reasons you have for wanting to change to a new theme is a good starting point. Which features provided by the theme you currently use are must haves in the new theme? Which features that aren’t included in your current theme are must have in the new theme?

Google Wave goes wide

In case you missed the announcement Google Wave invitations are not longer required. It’s now open to everyone who wants to us it to communicate and collaborate online. Google used its annual I/O developer conference to announce the invite only system has now been dropped and Google Apps business users now able to sign up at wave.google.com. More information can be found on the Google Wave Blog.

How to select a WordPress.com theme Part 1

Although we can change WordPress.com themes with the click of a single button, doing so can lead to having to make many adjustments that may affect readers. This article is Part 1 of a three-part series of articles for helping WordPress.com bloggers take a step by step approach behind the scenes to test new themes in a mirror blog before making a theme switch.

Chatboxes on Blogs: Yay or Nay?

Apparently, the decision of the court of general opinion is bloggers wishing to attract more readers to their blogs must become more personal and chatty with their readers. If you use chatboxes and Twitter to get up close and personal with your readers, then what effect does that have on the commenting patterns on your posts? I would like to hear what you think about chatboxes on blogs. Are you for them, against them, uninterested or undecided?

Grab my button code, generator and tutorials

Would you like to allow your blogging buddies  to copy a button/banner code so that they can help promote your blog by linking back to your blog from theirs? If so, then if you use Blogger or WordPress there are tutorials for creating your “grab my button” code and displaying it, and a generator too.

WordPress and BlogSpot: Subscribe to a RSS Category Feed

RSS is the acronym for Really Simple Syndication and it’s basically a computer-readable summary of the content of a web page/blog. From the blogger’s point of view RSS feeds make it possible to maximize exposure of your blog’s content beyond a few visitors browsing your blog. From the reader’s point of view subscribing to an…

Handle Online Attacks Effectively

A personal attack is committed when a person substitutes abusive remarks for evidence when attacking another person’s claim or claims. This line of “reasoning” is fallacious because the attack is directed at the person making the claim and not the claim itself. If you’ve been  personally attacked online my advice is to consider failing to…

Basic Netiquette for Beginner Bloggers

If you are courteous off-line then behaving the same way online is not problematic, because online courtesy is primarily a matter of common sense,  and thinking twice before you post. There are some extras  that are specific to online communication but they are easily learned.  If you are new to blogging you may not be…

Matt Cutts on How Google Search Works

The life span of a Google query is less then 1/2 second, and involves quite a few steps before you see the most relevant results. Here’s how it all works. How Google Search Works Updated: How Google Social Search works Related posts found in this blog: Blogging Resources: Search Engines Blogging Tips: Tag to Increase Traffic YouTube…

4 Chatboxes for wordpress.com blogs

Updated May 10, 2010  Chatroll widgets are no longer working on wordpress.com blogs. In January I was flabbergasted to read in a wordpress.com  forum thread that there were chatboxes that are iframes embeds operating on some wordpress.com blogs.  As there are some  that have passed through “filters” and are trusted by wordpress.com I don’t know…

Add getsociallive Bookmarks to WordPress.com blog posts

Many wordpress.com bloggers have asked me where the social bookmarks I have at the end of my blog posts come from. They are from getsociallive.com The bloggers who asked also assumed there was an  automatic means of  having these bookmarks appear on every post in a wordpress.com blog but that isn’t so. We cannot access…

tweetmeme button shortcode for wordpress.com

In a nutshell TweetMeme is a service which aggregates all the popular links on Twitter to determine which links are popular by categorizing them into Categories, Subcategories and Channels.  Using the TweetMeme Button you can discover new content and tweet about it. Thanks to freshcookiezblog,  who  posted the news into a wordpress.com forum thread that…

Sharing blogging, computer and technology news

If you self host wordpress when you visit your dashboard you will notice that  WordPress 2.9 is available This is a major upgrade, and brings some new features like a built-in image editor, database optimization, easier video integration, batch plugin update and a trashbin. I’ve been do busy with holiday preparations that I haven’t been…

Promoting your blog in blogger forums

One way we all form acquaintances and friendships  both offline and online is through small talk.  By participating in small talk others have an opportunity to discover our personality types, attitudes, interests  and sense of humor. Therefore, it’s not surprising that a very effective way of making “friends” in the blogosphere is to use a…