Links

5 sites to improve your blogging

In Links on October 23, 2010 by Arno

  1. Problogger.net, by the ultimate problogger Darren Rowse, dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.
  2. Daily Writing Tips provides you every day with a grammar, spelling, punctuation or vocabulary tip.
  3. Daily Blog Tips is the place where Daniel Socco – developer and blogger – shares what he learned along the way on everything that has to do with blogging.
  4. Copyblogger is all about helping you gain more traffic, links, subscribers, and a profit-generating website.
  5. Dutchproblogger.com is the home of nrc.next blogger Ernst-Jan Pfauth, a 24-year old guy from Amsterdam who previously worked in New York to cover news at the United Nations. His personal blog contains unconventional and daring blogging tips that will make you a more effective and original blogger.
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Statuses

New theme for Guide for Bloggers

In Statuses on October 21, 2010 by Arno

One of the reasons I started this blog was because I like to try out new things when it comes to blogging and share my experiences.

Today, I have chosen an new theme for Guide for Bloggers. It is DePo Square, which was clearly inspired by Tumblr, in having different styles for different post categories. In this particular case; posts, quotes, statuses, links and photos.

As always, I love to hear your take on this theme. Also, if you think I should consider using another theme, let me know.

Articles

New bookmarklet for Posterous on its way

In Posterous on October 21, 2010 by Arno Tagged:

Posterous is working on improving its bookmarklet, which should make it even easier to post content found on the web to your blog.

A Better Bookmarklet. This sounds a bit dangerous as far as plagiarism goes, but Posterous will be updating its bookmarklet tool so users can grab articles and videos by just selecting them and clicking. The idea is to make it even easier to add new content. Today, 50 percent of Posterous posts contain media other than text, and that portion is rising.”

What’s Next for Posterous: Geo, Groups, Premium: Tech News «.

Also, Posterous is working on Geoblogs, Premium Accounts and increased support for groups. Read more on those subjects on Gigaom.

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Automattic is now a domain registrar, changes coming to WordPress.com soon

In WordPress.com on October 20, 2010 by Arno Tagged: , ,

Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is now an official domain registrar.

Obviously, this means their current partnership with Godaddy will come to an end soon with Automattic becoming WordPress.com’s standard domain registrar:

“Second, custom domains are a popular feature on WordPress.com and should become even more popular with some changes we’re introducing this month and it’ll be good to be able to provide a fully integrated experience for our users there.

Automattic Becomes a Domain Registrar — Matt Mullenweg.”

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Workaround: Saving a draft on Posterous

In Posterous on October 15, 2010 by Arno Tagged: ,

Posterous is great for blogging, but somehow they managed to completely overlook the need to add “save as draft” functionality to their web editor.

Their focus on mail is probably the reason for this. The Posterous work-flow is that you post by mail, and only use the web editor to fix some typo’s and grammar.

But a lot of people just want to use the web editor for blogging. And in that scenario, just want to be able to save your work as a draft, just like you would when writing an e-mail.

But as the title of this post already gave away, there is a workaround for saving your work as draft.

  1. In the web editor, go to the post options tab
  2. Select “Mark this post as private”

    Mark this post as private

  3. Hit “Publish”!

 

That’s it.

The downside is you get a wonky url and off course date en time are from the moment you published, which is probably not what you want. Usually, when I feel the post is fit to publish I just copy the entire post and make a brand new one and publish that one. The draft I delete.

So not perfect by far, but it works, and that is what workarounds are all about, right? 😉

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Adding sites to your Posterous profile without autoposting

In Posterous on October 8, 2010 by Arno Tagged: , ,

Posterous lets you connect with other services (like Facebook and Twitter) to your blog for autoposting.

added sites for autoposting on Posterous

The services you add, are also shown on your blog and your profile page (see image on the right). This is cool, because you probably want to point your visitors to other things you do on the web.

In some cases however, you may just want a link to other services but not autopost there.

For instance, say you are using Posterous to share funny and interesting video’s. You would like people to notice and visit your LinkendIn profile, but might not want to autopost everything to the network site.

If so, there is nice little workaround for the settings for autoposting that lets you achieve this:

  1. Go to Manage my account and visit the autopost section
  2. Select the site you want to change the autopost settings for and click on “Make Changes”edit service on Posterous

     

  3. Select the service you like to change settings for by hovering over and clicking on “Posts by”
  4. Last step, choose “No one”

    Edit Posts by for autoposting on Posterous

     

 

 

All set! This way you can have a whole set of links to everything you do on the internet without autoposting everywhere.

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Why I abandoned self-hosted WordPress and returned to the mothership

In WordPress.com, WordPress.org on October 6, 2010 by Arno

Here is a question a lot of WordPress-bloggers ask themselves sooner or later: do I go self-hosted with WordPress or choose for blogging on WordPress.com?

I asked myself this question just a few weeks ago and choose the latter for my blog on cricket – cricket-blog.nl.

Most WordPress-bloggers probably take the reverse route – going from .com to .org – but this blog had always been a self-hosted WordPress-blog.

I migrated it to WordPress.com for the following reasons.

1. Hassle free

Self-hosted WordPress has a lot to offer that you won’t get blogging on WordPress.com. But I found those extras to be maintenance mostly.

To me, there always seemed to be an upgrade for either WordPress (10 upgrades in one year counting from august 2009 till now), plugins or themes that I hadn’t done yet.

Call me lazy, but I don’t like the hassle. Doing upgrades is like doing the dishes. And I’ve got a machine to take care of that job.

On WordPress.com, you don’t have to worry about upgrades. Everything is done for you. Here, I can just sit back and relax instead of planning another round of upgrading.

And since migrating a month ago, I have enjoyed two upgrades to the stats-section without doing a single thing. Nice.

2. Less options

By switching to WordPress.com I have limited myself and it feels great. This one might sound odd at first, but I really find the restrictions quite liberating.

With a self-hosted blog you can literally do whatever you want. In my case, this meant constantly tweaking the look and feel and workings of the site, while I should have been focusing on writing good posts.

On WordPress.com the range of options is limited, which suites me just fine.

I understand the fun in tweaking a site, but like with keeping up with upgrades, it just costs me to much – valuable – spare time. Time I rather spend writing.

3. A great community

Blogging is all about readers. You want others to read your work and have them comment on it. But how do they find you?

I found switching to WordPress.com makes it easier for others to find your blog. Whether its through the dashboard, tag pages, freshly pressed or the list with related posts.

There is such a big community out on WordPress.com and it will get you visitors that wouldn’t have seen your blog if it were self hosted.

4. Free of charge

Not the most important reason for me to switch, but not completely irrelevant either.

WordPress.com offers great blogging software that I would be happy to pay for, as I did for hosting, but paying absolutely nothing makes it even better 🙂

Happy now?

Oh yes! I’m happy not having to bother about updates and maintenance and just being busy with blogging.

I feel I can focus on my ‘core business’ now. So much in fact, I started a second blog – you’re reading it now! 😉 – on WordPress.com.

How about you? Ever feel bugged down by all the technical issues and work on your self-hosted blog?

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