Writing a blog post is not really that different to writing any other type of copy, especially when it comes to the headline of a post. As with any text, the headline is the grabber, the text that usually first attracts someone to the content itself. To me, this is especially relevant with RSS feeds. I have a lot of feeds in my RSS reader and I tend to quickly scan the headlines in each feed channel. The ones that catch my attention tend to be the posts that I actually read. (Here's a good … [Read more...] about Good links are like good headlines
Over half of the business executives in The Netherlands and Germany find blogging a mystery; and, although French executives are 'au fait,' few of them are bloggers. These are among the findings from the latest UPS Europe Business Monitor survey of 1,500 business leaders from Europe's top 15,000 companies by revenue, carried out by UPS between September and November 2005. Countries in the survey were Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The results were published at … [Read more...] about Business blogging: Hills to climb in Europe
After publishing my previous post about blog spam, I spotted this news item in my WP Admin Dashboard: On behalf of the WordPress community, Iâ€™m proud to announce a merger weâ€™ve had on our minds since the first time we saw Dean Allenâ€™s dog â€” WordPress and Textpattern are joining forces to create the greatest CMSMS ever, WordPattern. â€œWordPress and Textpattern: Two great tastes that taste great together.â€ As with any great union, there [...] From that item, you go to a … [Read more...] about WordPress acquires TextPattern?
I've been thinking about blog spam today. Not your typical weekend thrill subject but it was on my mind as I cleared out 218 spam comments and 1,696 spam trackbacks from my experimental Movable Type blog, all sitting in the comment/trackback moderation queue so none had made it to the live blog. I've let that blog sit quietly, with no posts or any activity, during the past couple of months. Coupled with a steep increase in the amount of comment and trackback spam that I've seen hit this … [Read more...] about No easy way to combat blog spam
If you have a TypePad blog, ease of use just got easier with TypePad Widgets. From Six Apart's press release: [Six Apart has] launched a new, open widget initiative to expand choice and functionality for TypePad subscribers and readers. Thirty-three widgets are ready today that put new interactive features into blogs, such as job searching, game playing, weather tracking, and photo sharing. Widget installation is a snap, taking no more than a few clicks. A complete widget directory is … [Read more...] about Widgets are about competitive position