As bloggers, we play with words. Some of them are more fun quirky than others. Here are a few of the interesting ways we use words. That crazy pond that separates us Despite speaking the same language, there are a lot of differences between British-speak and American-speaking, with Canadian-speak thrown in there somewhere in between.… Continue reading The Interesting Ways We Use Words
In May of this year, WordPress announced that it was getting rid of the WordPress.com editor. I was not impressed, because I liked that editor. I've been using the block editor for about 3 months now, and I have pretty much the same mixed feelings about it now as when I first started using it.… Continue reading Thoughts on the WordPress Block Editor 3 Months In
While we're mostly interested in the human visitors to our blogs, it can be fascinating to see what some of the non-human visitors are getting up to, including an assortment of bad bots. What a 404 error is Before we get to the main part of this post, I need to quickly explain what a… Continue reading Bad Bot Visitors to Your Blog
Blog stats can easily drive you crazy, and numbers themselves don't really mean all that much. What can be interesting, though, is looking at patterns over longer frames of time, like the last quarter or the last year. Changes in ratios can also be far more enlightening than changes in absolute numbers, and they don't… Continue reading How Do Readers Get to Your Blog?
I've had the WP business plan since last summer, and one of the features that comes along with it is customization using CSS. For a long time I didn't use it because I didn't know how to. To be honest, it looked scary and too much like coding. I've only very recently discovered that it's… Continue reading Customizing Your Blog with CSS: Not as Scary as it Sounds
What are backlinks and why do they matter? Backlinks are when other websites link back to yours. This is good for a couple of reasons. One, it makes it more likely that people will make their way to your blog, and two, it makes search engines like you more, which also makes it more likely… Continue reading How to Increase Backlinks to Your Blog
I suspect we've all got them—those nagging little blogging insecurities that chatter at you from the back of your mind every once in a while (or more regularly). While we probably all have them, none of us talk about them. After all, they're not the kind of thing that's very pretty. But maybe we should… Continue reading What Are Your Blogging Insecurities?
After I let my most recent book (Managing the Depression Puzzle) out into the world in February, it was time to start working on book #4. I thought I'd give all of you a writing update on how it's coming along. I haven't settled on a title yet, but the book is going to be… Continue reading A Writing Update on Book #4
It can be rather satisfying to have a blog that's neat and tidy. Sometimes they stay that way on their own, but if you've been blogging for a while or if you're posting frequently, the garden can start to get a little wild. With a little routine gardening work, though, maintaining your blog can be… Continue reading Maintaining Your Blog Garden
Sometimes people don't want their blogs to be easy to find, and WordPress offers a way to do that. For a lot of bloggers, we're looking for exactly the opposite. While asking search engines not to search your blog isn't going to be directly relevant to everyone, it explains why sometimes you might be having… Continue reading Making a Blog Unsearchable