You may or may not do regular maintenance tinkering with your blog, but have you ever done a major refresh? It's certainly not something you have to do or even consider doing, but it can be a way to liven things up a bit. A basic reason to give things an overhaul would be if… Continue reading Have You Ever Done a Major Blog Refresh?
I'm sure I'm not the only blogger who's noticed that the posts on my blog that draw the most interest from other people aren't necessarily the posts that are most interesting to me or that I consider my best posts. That discrepancy between readers' reactions and my own has been longstanding on my blog, but… Continue reading Do You Get Surprised by Readers’ Reactions to Your Posts?
Every blog post needs (or at least probably should have) a title. Some people put a lot of thought into them, some none at all, and likely most of us are somewhere in the middle. So let's chat about it. The amount of effort that goes into picking a title will probably have at least… Continue reading How Do You Choose Your Blog Post Titles?
I know some bloggers get annoyed by meaningless likes on their posts, and this is something Rory of A Guy Called Bloke brought up not long ago, so I thought it would be a good topic to chat about. First off, what do I mean by meaningless likes? I'm talking about when people like a… Continue reading Do Meaningless Blog “Likes” Bother You?
I've come across a few blogs that have advertising packages, where other bloggers will pay to be featured as an advertiser on that blog for a month. The standard shebang seems to be showing the advertisers' blog logos in the sidebar, doing a blog post featuring the advertisers and linking to several of their posts,… Continue reading Would You Advertise Your Blog on Someone Else’s Site?
I talk about plugins sometimes, but I know a lot of people don't have access to them, so I thought I'd give a quick overview so you know what on earth a plugin is and what you are/aren't missing out on. There are a gazillion plugins out there, give or take a few. They're bits… Continue reading What Are These Plugins Bloggers Talk About?
WordPress was always my priority, but I used to be at least a little bit active on social media and various other writing platforms. Over the last year, though, my online world has really shrunk, which I'm pretty content with. The start of COVID was a big shift for me. Before that, I was pretty… Continue reading Contracting My Online World from Pre-COVID
Get out your crystal balls, my friends, it's time to make some predictions. Where will your blog be in 5 years from now? For many, the blog will go by the wayside. I haven't come across any stats to quantify this, but a lot of bloggers don't stay in it for the long haul. There… Continue reading Where Will Your Blog Be in 5 Years From Now?
Podcasts seem to be becoming quite popular, and I've noticed a number of bloggers expanding (or switching over) into podcasting. So let's talk about it! Podcasting first got its start back in 2004 as a way to make a radio show available for iPod. It's become kind of like a democratized internet age version of… Continue reading Have You Ever Considered Doing a Podcast?
Ah, WordPress—we love it, but at the same time, it drives many of us batty. But what would we most like to see changed? I think part of why the Happiness Engineers let people down so often is that they're not the same people who are putting the nuts and bolts together. WordPress is open… Continue reading What Would You Change About WordPress?