Feedburner API Deprecation and How It Affects Your Site (or Feedburner Alternatives)

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Last night, a glitch in Feedburner’s system filled our Twitter stream with tweets from bloggers concerned about their site feeds. Feedburner, a web feed (RSS) management tool, has been a valuable tool in the blogger’s toolbox for many years. A few years back, Google acquired it, made some changes, and then promptly stopped developing and […]

WordPress 3.4

WordPress 3.4, also called “Green”*, was released yesterday, June 13th, and it has some super cool upgrades, like this: https://twitter.com/Archer_Creative/status/213019863982145537 I was able to embed that Tweet onto this post by simply pasting the permalink of the Tweet into the post editor. Readers can ‘follow’, ‘reply’, ‘retweet’ etc without leaving the post. Some additional features: […]

SENG 2012 Conference

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We are the parents of 4 gifted children, and over the last several years, we have realized that being gifted has to do with the whole child, and not just educational needs. In searching for more information, we found SENG. It has since become our ‘go to’ when we are looking for answers to various […]

Before and After: Margaret McSweeney

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Christian author and Pearl Girls founder, Margaret McSweeney wanted to update her WordPress site and move her blog over from Blogger, so it was part of her site. Along with a new design and integrated blog, other useful features were added to the site, including a slider with custom graphics to highlight content, and a […]

Finding Images for Posts

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I recently had a discussion with a fellow web designer about images used on a client’s site. Her client contacted her after receiving a $1400 invoice from the image’s license holder, for unauthorized use of an image. He thought that because he had found the image on Google Images that it was free for him […]

Finding Topics for Blog Posts

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Recycling old blog posts is a great way to come up with new posts. But what if you want to explore something else. Or you’ve reworked all of your old posts? Don’t fret – you’ve still got plenty of options. Here are some of my favorite idea-joggers for those times when I’m, once again, staring […]

Recycling Old Blog Posts for New Content

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When I started blogging, I had a million-and-one blog posts swirling around in my head at any given time. It seemed the ideas would never dry up. Fast-forward 4 years, and I found myself struggling to compose one good one a week. It may have been caused by the (false) notion that everything under the […]

SOPA and What You Need To Know

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The countdown is on, and SOPA is expected to pass through the Senate on January 24th. (*UPDATE 1/19/2012 : Key Supporters of the bill have backed down after Wednesday’s protest) Tomorrow, January 18th, 2012, many of the most popular sites on the internet will be taking part in a ‘blackout’ of their sites to protest […]

WordCamp Birmingham 2012

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Next weekend, January 14th and 15th, make plans to attend WordCamp Birmingham (nicknamed “WPY’all”). The speaker and sessions lineup has been finalized and, WOW -I’m excited about going! I had already planned on attending, but I am also going to be speaking. My topic is Blogging and Dating: Not so Different. What your business or […]

New Twitter: what’s new

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Twitter rolled out a new design and interface yesterday, and I have to admit: I really like it. It’s cleaner and seems more organized and well thought-out. I’ve been playing around with it some, and thought about writing up a brief ‘what’s new’/how-to, but there have already been several written. So why reinvent water… Some […]

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