Category Archives: Blogging & Publishing

We’re Making Stew: Guidelines for Serial Blogging

One of my editors gave me a great piece of advice one day regarding writing and blogging. He said (and I paraphrase):

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We’re making stew when we publish. Sometimes the reader gets a nice big piece of steak for an article. Sometimes she gets a carrot and sometimes it’s a potato. We mix it up and give the pub a great flavor so there isn’t too much of one ingredient or another. Continue reading

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First You Get Good, Then You Get Fast: Thoughts to Live By for Blog Production

Three contradictory ideas that can help the average blogger in putting out a quality blog or publication. Continue reading

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First Impressions on Posting to LinkedIn Publisher

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I took the plunge last week and posted my first article on LinkedIn Publisher. It called five things to do before going live with enterprise software, if you want to take a look. Here are my first impressions on using LinkedIn’s publishing platform.
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WordPress 3.9 is Now Available

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WordPress 3.9 is now available off the WordPress Web site. Continue reading

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WordPress 3.8.3 and 3.7.3 Security Releases Now Available: Version 3.9 This Week?

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The WordPress 3.8.3 security release is now available. This release fixes a Quick Draft bug in the 3.8.2 release that can accidentally delete draft content.

According to WordPress, the new release contains nine security bugs and three other security hardening issues.
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Never Want for Content: Twelve Ideas for Creating Content for Your Business Blogs

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Writer’s block isn’t a new thing when it comes to business blogging. It’s been around since the first caveman got frustrated trying to figure out which new animal he should paint on the wall.

In that spirit, here’s twelve ways I’ve found to jump-start your blog content creation machinery when it starts to stall. The next time you’re having trouble coming up with something to write, think about these techniques for coming up with a meaningful blog post for your readers. They work for me.

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Start Ten Posts: Using WordPress Drafts as a Blogging Sketchbook

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Pre-staging WordPress blogs as drafts can help you publish new blog posts, even when you’re stuck for ideas. Continue reading

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Using the Windows 7 Snipping Tool for Creating Graphics

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If you’re running Windows 7, Microsoft provides a tool for grabbing all or part of any screen you’re looking at and turning it into a graphics file or copying it to the Windows clipboard: the Windows 7 Snipping Tool. Continue reading

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Three Things to Do When Blogging and Publishing On-line

One of the problems with accessing on-line publications (including blogs) is that it’s hard for readers to verify the accuracy, reliability, and freshness of the content you’re reading. Especially in a technical article where a solution written for one version … Continue reading

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LinkedIn’s New Blogging Option: Everyone’s a Blogger, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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On Wednesday this week, LinkedIn announced that they will start allowing users to publish original long-form content to their user profiles. While more details are still coming out, here’s some links you can check out to get more information and my initial reactions to the move.
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Falling Back to a Previous Version with WordPress Revisions

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When using WordPress to create new posts, take comfort that you can restore previous blog post versions with the WordPress revisions feature. Continue reading

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WordPress 3.8.1 Maintenance Release Now Available

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Nine weeks after releasing the latest version of its WordPress 3.8 environment, WordPress has issued a new maintenance release for its software, WordPress 3.8.1. This release was available as of January 23, 2014. Continue reading

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Using WordPress Schedule to Prevent Premature Publication

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Here’s a tip for making sure you don’t accidentally publish a new WordPress post before you’re ready: use WordPress Schedule. Continue reading

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Why Can’t I Link to IBM i-related content on LinkedIn & Twitter?

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I’d love to link to more IBM i-related articles on LinkedIn and Twitter, but why is it so hard for me to link to your stuff? Continue reading

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Using Zemanta’s Related Post Plugin with WordPress

I added the Related Posts plugin by Zemanta to my WordPress Web site last week. It’s been a great addition and so far, it’s been incredibly easy to install and configure.
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