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Entries about blogging

Nov 19, 2007

LifeClever is hiring (position filled)

This position is now filled. It’s time to admit I can’t do everything myself. For the past year, I’ve been a one-man blogging shop (with occasional help from generous guest writers.) I’ve enjoyed the late nights and extra working hours, but recent life changes have made me reconsider my priorities. I’m now looking for a […]

Jun 20, 2007

10 tips for beating blogger's block

You’ve been there. You sit down, ready to write the next killer blog post, only to have your mind go totally blank. Then, your brain clutters up with fluffy thoughts of melted chocolate, lust-inducing iPhones, and unicorns. (Or is that just me?) Even if you don’t blog, you know the agony and frustration of losing […]

Nov 13, 2006

Beat WordPress spam with two plugins

I love WordPress. It’s designer-friendly, easy-to-use, and free. What I hate is managing spam. I have two pet peeves when it comes to preventing spam: I’m lazy and don’t want to moderate every single comment. Making readers enter CAPTCHA letters is annoying and just isn’t cool. Fortunately, here’s two plug-ins for worry-free and unobtrusive spam […]

Oct 31, 2006

5 writing tips that don’t suck

Tired of lame writing tips? Check out Brian Clark’s Copyblogger, a collection of non-sucky tips for blog writing. It’s quickly become my favorite writing blog. Brian’s advice is approachable, concise, and never pedantic. Here are his recent Hemingway-inspired tips: Use short sentences Use short first paragraphs Use vigorous English Be positive, not negative Never have […]

Aug 27, 2006

MyBlogLog: A place for bloggers and those who love them

MyBlogLog Communities is a new social network centered around blogs. Users create profiles for themselves, like a typical social network. But blog authors can also create communities for their blogs. Readers join those communities to meet the authors and other readers. The service could use some polish (it’s in beta, like any self respecting Web […]

Jun 24, 2006

Is it possible to survive getting dugg?

My recent post, One desktop background to rule them all, got on the front page of digg.com today. Sean and I were both thrilled, but unfortunately the huge wave of traffic brought our server to a grinding halt. Situations like this are what I thrive on, because it presents an interesting challenge and gets me […]