Connecting content and the social conversations

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A topic Shel and I discuss in this week’s FIR podcast episode 715 is commenting on blogs. More specifically, about the conversation that can happen in response to a post someone writes and publishes on a blog, and where the conversation actually takes place. Increasingly, it’s not on the blog itself – it’s on Twitter, […]

PR blog lists: not so much who, more how

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What’s the first thing you do when you come across a list of blogs, ranked in an order of some kind with ’1′ being the best ranked? a). Post comments about the list to highlight the blogs that aren’t in it that you think should be? b). Look for mention of yourself and, depending on […]

The Google Reader shutdown: Last chance to move on

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If you use Google Reader, you’ll know by now that Google is shutting the service down on July 1. That’s tomorrow. Since its launch in October 2005, Google Reader became a popular choice for many as the preferred method of subscribing to, reading and sharing information via RSS from blogs and websites. I’ve had a […]

WordPress ten years on

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Ten years ago, on May 27, 2003, WordPress was released. It wasn’t the first software that enabled anyone to write their thoughts down and publish them online for the world to see. But its free and open source credentials along with its extensible plug-in architecture made it an easy choice for anyone to start blogging […]

How to secure your WordPress site against hacker attacks

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One of the easiest content management systems to set up and use is WordPress, the largest self-hosted blogging platform in the world, powering more than 60 million websites worldwide. That fact may be a key reason why WordPress is in the news right now as the subject of a large-scale attack from a huge number […]

A fix for Windows Live Writer to ‘see’ a WordPress theme

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I’ve used the Windows Live Writer content creation and publishing tool for blog posts and pages from Microsoft since it first appeared in beta form in the mid-00s. In my experience, it is the best offline blog editor for Windows bar none. It’s not perfect, mind you, with probably the biggest frustration being that of […]

Boost your WordPress blog with Jetpack

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If you self-host a WordPress blog, one of the most useful plug-ins you can install is Jetpack, created by WordPress publisher Automattic originally for blogs built on the hosted WordPress.com service The Jetpack plug-in has recently been updated to version 2, which now makes it an indispensible part of your blog presence on the social […]

Moving on from Feedburner to Feedblitz

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After seven years, it’s time to say goodbye to Feedburner and say hello to Feedblitz. A week ago, I wrote about my worries that RSS feeds delivered via Feedburner might not work after October 20, after a note on the Google Developers’ Feedburner website said that the Feedburner APIs would shut down on that date. […]

Prepare for goodbye Feedburner in October 2012

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[Update September 15: Moving on from Feedburner to Feedblitz. I decided to move away from Feedburner. The post you're reading, and it's update at the end, tries to throw some light on a murky picture, with limited success. I've made my decision to go to Feedblitz, explained in the new post.] Did you know that […]