Tip: create a blogging workflow

July 15, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Chris Brogan writes that keeping up a steady blogging pace is no easy task, so you need to be ready with goals, tasks, tools that can help you out when that “blog drought” comes.

See what makes the front page of Digg.com (or your industry’s most likely haunt) – learning by emulating is an important blogging skill. Don’t be a clone, but if you pick up some tricks from writers you come to admire, all the better.

The article contains lots of excellent tips for those who still haven’t quite kept up with their blogging routines. It’s useful for amateur and professional bloggers alike.

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How to build a WordPress site in 5 hours

June 25, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Max Limpag explains step-by-step how you can create a WordPress-powered site (not just a blog) from paper to the screen in no more than 5 hours. He also shares useful tools which aided in his process, such as the Yahoo! UI library, Aptana Studio, Bluefish, and FileZilla.

His proof of concept can be viewed at Tungkaran.com.

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Try CMP.ly for blogging and social media disclosure

January 20, 2010 | No Comments Yet

CMP.ly/0 No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions

CMP.ly is a new solution to promote transparency and honesty in blogging and social media. With the recently announced revised guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on endorsements and testimonials in blog posts, word of mouth campaign, and even microblogging messages, CMP.ly has created short, easy ways to indicate disclosures with their 7-way link system: Visit links CMP.ly/0 through CMP.ly/6 to find out more. For bloggers, you can download this PDF.

There are three simple ways to CMP.ly:

  1. Use our standard disclosures.
  2. Sign up for a CMP.ly account to use our unique disclosures – Add text, custom disclosures and manage your disclosures.
  3. Join an existing marketing campaign – Coming January 2010.

Although bloggers outside the U.S. won’t have to answer to the FTC for disclosing sponsored posts and similar works, transparency is one of the cornerstones of successful blogging. CMP.ly should make the process even easier, the same way Creative Commons did for sharing creative works and enforcing attribution.

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Desktop blogging clients you can use

July 15, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Sometimes the WordPress Add New Post panel lacks certain features bloggers are looking for when they’re composing their articles. Loose Wire Blog has compiled a list of desktop-based blogging clients, both free and premium, for your perusal.

A number of them are not just for WordPress, though, so if you’re looking for WordPress-specific clients, you might want to browse this list at the WordPress Codex. If you’ve used some of the listed clients before, why not contribute to the Codex and summarize their features there?

The WordPress Publisher Blog has two specific recommendations: Windows Live Writer and Marsedit.

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