I recently came across a really cool word cloud tool, WordArt.com. I quite liked it, so I thought I'd share, and it makes for a fluffy post from a currently very fluffy brain. I wanted to create a word cloud for a page on my site because I realized that I didn't actually have the… Continue reading Creating Word Clouds for Your Blog
Recently, fellow blogger Stoner on a Rollercoaster had a very non-productive experiment with running advertising on her blog, so I thought I'd write about my own experience. The short answer, though, to the question in the title is nope, not much. So, let's start with what the different options are to (not) make money. Word… Continue reading Can You Make Money With Advertising on Your Blog?
Andy of Eden in Babylon was asking the other day about alternatives to the block editor. I've lost traffic of the different names of editors and what exactly they're getting rid of. I also realized I wasn't sure how to access the classic block editor that WordPress says gives similar functionality to the editor they're… Continue reading Exploring WordPress’s Classic Block Editor
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?
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