How to make the most of blogging: improve your writing, find advertisers, optimize your site, info about blog conferences, etc.
Currently I’m working a program to improve my blog with a small group of about 600 other women. You know, intimate.
The program is “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” by Darren Rowse (#31DBBB on Twitter). The group I’m doing it with is the SITS (Secrets In the Sauce) Girls. We do the assigned tasks for the day and then discuss on BlogFrog.
So far it has been quite helpful. The only frustration has been being behind. The challenge was set to start last Monday. I signed up, bought Darren’s ebook and then my grandmother passed away.
So of course I jumped in the car
What is a plugin:
It’s a piece of code, written by someone who knows how to do that sort of thing.
Add a plugin to your blog to make it do fancy things such as:
See that cute little twitter bird at the top right of this page? Or the social media buttons to the right? Those are plugins.
Plugins allow writers to what they do best. Most writers have no desire to get an advanced degree in programming just to make their blogs look decent and act professional. We are grateful to those who do.
Whether you are using Blogger or WordPress there are plugins available. In WordPress you’ll see a “Plugins” option on the left sidebar. Under that option select “Add New” and from there you can search for anything. It’s ridiculously simple.
Whatever it is you are after is probably out there. Also, look at other blogs you like. If there’s something fancy going on it’s probably a plugin. You can contact that blog. Some will tell you what they have. Some will not. But if you search you’ll probably find it anyway.
Here’s a good list of MUST HAVE plugins to get you started:
If you think you don’t need the new iPhone 4 you are WRONG. Now, my definition of a “need” might be a little skewed, but who cares.
Also, if you married a geek (like I did), move along. You’ve already …
So I went to my first blog conference this weekend and had so much fun. Finally, I’m not the nerdiest in the group somewhere. WOOHOO!
Okay, and let me just say…I freakin’ love these people. They make me feel totally stupid, but that’s okay.
There was a 19 year old
I have given birth to a beautiful, healthy blog this Mother’s Day. Of course, I’m still pregnant with an actual baby who should arrive sometime around Sept 5, 2009.
Today, though, I will spend the day with this new baby. For example, this morning I have learned how to add Twitter Links Plus (thanks to @webfadds and @tquizzle). This will allow