A recent post by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke got me thinking about this. We're constantly bombarded with a ton of information from the various different platforms we use, so how do you avoid getting overwhelmed with notifications and having your mental health negatively impacted? By default, WordPress and social media platforms want to throw … Continue reading How Do You Manage Notifications?
It's been almost 7 months since I upgraded to the WordPress business plan, so I thought I'd reflect on how it has changed my blog, both good and bad. Plugins The business plan lets you install plugins to perform specific functions on your site. Basically, you load the plugin onto your site, tweak the settings, … Continue reading Reflections on Upgrading to the WordPress Business Plan
WordPress has a handy little feature that allows you to schedule blog posts ahead of time. So, do you use it? If so, how far out do you schedule? What are the pros and cons? I'm a scheduling devotee, and have been since very early on in my blogging days. I want to deliver a … Continue reading Do You Schedule Your Blog Posts?
We all have our own ways of managing the comparisons and assorted other icky feelings that inevitably come up as part of being in an online community. WordPress has now taken away one of my ways. Normally I avoid looking at stats, and at things like who's liking who. I get into a pattern of … Continue reading Who likes you?
Let's say you have a WordPress.com blog. You want to be able to do more with your blog than you're able to do with the Premium plan. So, what now? The two options you'll probably be looking at are the WordPress.com business plan or going self-hosted. So how do you decide whether to do WordPress.com … Continue reading To .com or to .org?
This is one of those blogging topics where there is no right wrong, there's just what works for your blog. In this post I'll cover a few things to consider when making a decision. And to clarify, when I say repost, I don't mean doing an update to an existing post, but rather changing the … Continue reading Do You Repost Your Own Content?
Some people reblog a lot, some people don't. There's no right or wrong – it's just a matter of personal choice. The big argument for reblogging is that it's a way of showing recognition and appreciation for other bloggers' work. Personally, I'm not a big reblogger. I don't think there is one way that is … Continue reading Do you reblog?
A number of people have raised concerns lately about Tygpress.com posting bloggers' copyright content without permission. Here's a bit of detail from Tygpress.com.cutestat.com: This site is based in India. They registered their domain name through GoDaddy, but the site itself isn't on GoDaddy's servers. DigitalOcean is the Domain Name Server (DNS), which means their directory … Continue reading Blogging and Copyright
Let me start off by saying I don't entirely know what I'm talking about here, so I may get some things wrong. Oh well, such is life. WordPress is WordPress is WordPress, right? Well, no. There's actually a very big difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. With WordPress.com, you sign up for a plan (either free … Continue reading How many ways can you WordPress?
We all interact with the blogging world a little differently. In yesterday's post, How do you follow, I asked people to answer a a few survey questions about how they follow other blogs. Here are the results, based on 24 responses: Question 1: How many blogs do you follow? <100: 25% 100-499: 50% 500-1000: 8.3% >1000: … Continue reading How do you follow? – Survey results
We all interact with the blogging world a little differently. I really don't know much about how the "average" blogger does things, so I thought I'd do a little survey. It's a basic Google Form, and here's the link: https://forms.gle/Mkh5mhTSShCQU1Zx6 The questions are: How many blogs do you follow? (i.e. blogs you follow, not people … Continue reading How do you follow?
Lately I've been getting quite a few notifications each day about people interacting with some of my older blog content. In fancy internet parlance, this is a sign of "evergreen content", material that's still good long after it's published. That's great, but it makes me curious how it happens. New content is easy enough to … Continue reading Evergreen blogging and the WordPress reader
When people follow my blog, I usually try to check out their site. On a pretty regular basis, though, I can't. I click on their Gravatar, and it takes me to a WordPress page saying the blog is no longer available. If at any point you've changed the name of your site, make sure the … Continue reading Can People Find Your WordPress Blog from Your Gravatar?
WordPress annoys me from time to time, but this time they've outdone themselves. I think many of us have experienced legit comments ending up in our comments spam folder. I just discovered that over the last month or so WordPress has been sending legit comments not just to my comment spam folder but also the … Continue reading If I’ve ignored you lately, it’s WordPress’s fault
When I started blogging in October 2017, I had no idea what I was doing. Yes, I'd written about my illness before, but I'd never blogged, either on the writing or reading side of things. These last 6 months have been quite a learning experience. My relationship with my blog and with the blogging community … Continue reading My Blogging Evolution