July 23, 2017

iPentimento Now In Powered by WordPress Directory

Powered by WordPress Directory

I think it’s worthwhile to promote your blog in any way you can, and truthfully, I have spent a lot of time doing just that. My latest inclusion is in the Powered by WordPress Directory. If you have a WordPress blog you might want to check into getting included into the directory too. I paid $19.95 to get in the directory for a year, but there are lesser amounts you can pay and still be included.

I Am A Certified Honest Blogger!

Awww, gee….I think this is the first award ever that I have gotten for either of my blogs. Hye, at Space of Reality blog asked for comments about honesty on her blog yesterday and I was one of the lucky recipients of her Honest Blogger Awards. As my friends and family might tell you, I am honest. Maybe a bit too much so. 😉 Thanks Hye, and congrats to all the other recipients.

Certified Honest Blogger

Why is my screen shaking?

Most days, there is no reason to watch comedy on TV. All I have to do is be myself. Just today, I put a new plugin extension (is that redundant?) in Firefox that I thought would be pretty helpful since we live in an area where we have earthquakes. It’s called eQuakeAlert!! and it resides down at the bottom of the screen. What I didn’t know about it was that it has some ‘other’ features. Not only does it show me the latest quake information such as location, magnitude and does it every five minutes when there are quakes, but it also has a “shake” feature that I wasn’t aware of. This is where the humor comes in…

As I was looking at a web page a couple hours ago, and trying to scroll down the page, all of a sudden the page was like vibrating before my eyes.:roll: I thought I was just a crappy scroller, but it was the plugin telling me there was an earthquake just posted to the USGS feed! Not only that, but the quake was pretty close….like about 20 miles away from me, over on the Olympic Peninsula I don’t know why I didn’t feel it in real time, but for once, I didn’t.

The funny part of this was too, that just this evening as we were discussing the day’s events, I said to my husband that there had been quite a few quakes today, and named the locations. Then, I told him, “Don’t be surprised if we don’t have one here!”. Boy, am I good, or what? What can I say? I pick up on these things.

WordPress for Dummies: A Review

I received my copy of WordPress for Dummies recently, and I sat right down to devour it. I wish I’d had it when I decided to take the plunge and begin the WordPress self-hosted blog that is now iPentimento, but this book is going to be my blogging bible from now on.

Lisa Sabin-Wilson has put together an excellent book that targets both the WordPress.com community as well as those of us in the WordPress.org category. The first page in the book is a very handy cheat sheet that includes the WordPress.org Administration panel, where to find Community Support for WP multi-users, the self-hosted users, multiple users implementing WordPress MU, and the WordPress repository for overall use of the program in the codex. This cheat sheet also includes where to find blog designers, free themes and plugins.

Just a quick glance at the contents will show the following:

  • An introduction to WordPress – What it can do for you
  • Using the WordPress Hosted Service – Getting started, writing and managing your blog, as well as enhancing your blog with Themes, Widgets and Upgrades.
  • Hosting your blog using WordPress.org – Design and implementation
  • Implementing a multi-user blog with WordPress MU – Managing your community
  • How migrate your current blog to WordPress – Typepad, WordPress.com, etc.

As the front cover tells us, this book is “A reference for the rest of us”. It truly is! I have already marked several sections so I can go back and explore them further. Just because you have a WordPress blog doesn’t mean you immediately know how to make it work. Lisa explains how to make sure the search engines can find your posts, how to manage your categories, which plugins to use to eliminate spam, and more. Much more.

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