‘Blogging’ Category

WordPress vs. Drupal on Stage

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October 17th, 2011
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SchipulCon 2011, a web marketing conference, hosted a very thought-provoking discussion between WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg and Drupal founder Dries Buytaert. Despite some technical issues, the founders of platforms often thought of as rivals had some interesting thoughts to share about competition and community in the open source world. You can see the video below, and there are some choice quotes available at Schipul’s coverage of the event.

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Big Changes for Blogger in 2011

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Blogger, Google’s 11-year-old blogging platform, will be kicking it into high gear in 2011 with a few improvements. Premiered this year at SXSW, Blogger will be launching a completely overhauled user interface, putting to rest an interface that has begun to show its age. Following on its heels will be new mobile themes, and a new content discovery engine, “that lets you uncover interesting and related content based on the topics of the blog you’re currently reading.” Google promises that there will be more to come, but they are not ready to reveal anything else at this time. 2011 is starting to sound like a big year for the blogging giant, and it will certainly be interesting to see what comes of it.

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Your 2011 Blogging Resolutions

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February 13th, 2011
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It’s been almost a month since we asked for your 2011 blogging resolutions. Though the response was low, we did collect some solid data.  The majority of commenters have made a resolution to blog more often, followed by a tie between finding a new theme and increasing integration with social networks. If posting more often is your thing, head on over to WordPress.com’s The Daily Post, where you can find new topics, challenges, and helpful musings every day as part of their Post a Day initiative. As for a new theme, finding free themes has never been easier or safer thanks to new changes made to the official Theme Directory. If social networking is your thing, try Simple Facebook Connect and Simple Twitter Connect. If you’re after better Facebook and Twitter integration, these plugins do just about everything. Well, what are you waiting for? Don’t wait too long on this […]

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2011 Blogging Resolutions?

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January 14th, 2011
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The new year is here, so what are your blogging resolutions for 2011? Are you going to try posting more often? Are you going to replace your outdated theme? Perhaps you’re finally going to take your blog to the profressional level, or maybe you’re considering starting a blog in the first place? No matter what your plan is, we want to know! Please let us know in the comments below how you plan to change the way you blog or just change your blog itself in 2011.

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Google Finally Updates FeedBurner

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October 26th, 2010
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After over three years since its acquisition, Google has finally launched a major upgrade to FeedBurner with an emphasis on real-time stats. The new interface provides real time stats for clicks, views, and podcast downloads, which means you can start seeing what content is drawing traffic from feed readers, Twitter, and other syndicated sources as it happens. The interface can be accessed by clicking the “Try out the NEW (beta) version!” link at the top of your FeedBurner account page.  According to the launch article, “The best way to see these real time features is to publish a new post and then switch to the ‘Last two hours’ view to begin seeing updates.” At this time, the new interface is primarily for the showcasing the new real-time stats.  All other account actions will still need to be done from the old interface. What’s your take on the new FeedBurner upgrade? […]

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Blog Action Day 2010 Wrap Up

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October 24th, 2010
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On this year’s Blog Action Day, over 5,700 blogs from 143 countries reached an estimated 41,231,000 readers regarding the world’s various water problems. Several popular blogs contributed this year, including The White House Blog and The Official Google Blog, and feel free to stop by our post for a great way to share your fundraising goals with your readers. Despite the broad reach of this year’s Blog Action Day it was a rather steep decline from the over 31,000 blogs that participated last year regarding climate change. We’ll let you know as soon as voting begins for next year’s Blog Action Day topic, and hopefully we’ll wind up with a topic that more bloggers are passionate about. If you published a post for this year’s Blog Action Day, kudos to you for participating, and please feel free to share it with us.

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Track your Clean Water Fundraising in WordPress

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October 15th, 2010
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Today is Blog Action Day 2010, and this year’s topic is water. To many of us, water is a commonplace item. We don’t have to walk for miles for a simple drink of water or risk our lives with every sip, yet over 800 people world-wide have no access to clean water, and over 3 million people succumb to water-related diseases every year. Organizations like Charity: Water, Children’s Safe Drinking Water, and Water.org are collecting donations to provide wells and water filtration to communities around the world, so wouldn’t it be nice if you could set a fundraising goal on your WordPress blog and share the experience with your readers? Tracking your fundraising progress on your own blog is incredibly easy thanks to ChipIn. Just register for a free account and create a new event. Once your event has been setup, click the “Create Widgets Now” button. Customize your widget […]

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Blog Action Day 2010 Topic: Water

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October 2nd, 2010
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Voting has concluded for this year’s Blog Action Day topic, and the winner is water! Register your blog now and join the thousands (if not millions) of bloggers worldwide who will be posting about the world’s water problems on October 15th. If you need some inspiration for your post, the Blog Action Day crew has provided a few suggestions. Last year, over 31,000 posts were published across the globe on the topic of climate change. Will you be participating in this year’s Blog Action Day?

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Six Apart Acquired by VideoEgg

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September 22nd, 2010
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Six Apart has been acquired by advertising network VideoEgg and merged into the company’s rebrand as SAY Media. Six Apart is perhaps best known for their self-hosted blogging platform Movable Type and their hosted blogging service TypePad. Though SAY Media will not discontinue these products, it remains to be seen how the advertising network will influence their future. A former power-house in the blogging industry, Movable Type’s popularity began to falter when Six Apart released version 3 in 2004 with more restrictive licensing. In fact, the Google Trends graphs for Movable Type and WordPress are almost inverse of each other, showing a steady decrease in Movable Type popularity and a steady increase in WordPress popularity beginning at roughly the same time as Movable Type 3′s release. If you’re unsure about the future of your Movable Type or TypePad blog, now is as good a time as any to move to […]

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