The mutual value of the conversation

The stats helper monkeys have been busy, said WordPress in an overnight email telling me about “Your 2013 in blogging,” a concise analysis of this blog during the year as noted by the stats module in Jetpack, the uber-plugin utility for self-hosted WordPress sites. It’s a concise portrayal of a range of metrics that are useful to know. For instance: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it. In 2013, there were 260 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,598 posts. The busiest day […]

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Connecting content and the social conversations

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, Facebook, LinkedIn, anywhere across the social web except in the comments section of the blog post that prompted someone to add their two pence-worth. Here’s an example: as the screenshot above illustrates – from a post I wrote last week about The Sun’s new paywall – there are no comments to the post directly, but ten comments across Twitter and Facebook that reference the post. […]

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Bloggade 2013: the nuts and bolts of blogging and WordPress

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a data centre, perhaps one that hosts your website or blog? If that’s a question you’ve asked before, then here’s your chance to get the answer. A tour of a state-of-the-art UK data centre in Newark is a central part of an event taking place on August 21 that will focus on the underlying technology that powers many WordPress blogs. I’ve joined Matt Russell, CEO of WebHostingBuzz (the hosting service that sponsors and hosts my blogs) and Trefor Davies, co-founder and CTO of Timico (the owner of the data centre) to put together Bloggade 2013: The focus of this first Bloggade is on the underlying technology that powers many WordPress blogs. You’ll […]

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WordPress 3.6 – blogging gets even easier

A new version of the WordPress blogging platform and content management system was released on August 1 that not only fixes some bugs and improves security, but also brings a raft of new and enhanced features and functionality. WordPress version 3.6 includes a new default theme, Twenty Thirteen, with a contemporary look and feel that lets you focus on your content far more than before, in a design made for media-rich blogging. As the theme is a responsive web design (just like its predecessor default theme Twenty Twelve), it will look good and work well on any device – from a large widescreen desktop monitor to the compact touch-screen of a smartphone – without a plugin or any other external […]

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WordPress ten years on

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 at a time when the landscape was dominated by blogging software and platforms that were somewhat complex to learn and most cost money. Ten years ago, I was using Blogspot, the paid blogging service from Blogger that was acquired by Google in February 2003. I moved to TypePad in mid 2004 – that site is still live, kept as an archive -  experimented with Movable […]

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