What’s on the horizon?

It’s year two of the seemingly never ending WordPress.com new user interface changes. If you are up for it there are upcoming editor changes. You can register to be a BETA tester in response to the Call for Testing: Editor, and provide feedback before this iteration is finalized. Or you can just follow  Horizon Feedback: (Horizon is WordPress.com’s public test environment) and read what’s happening there.

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Google Fonts: Free Typefaces for Your Site

I have not been inclined to purchase custom design upgrades for my blogs and the requirement for CSS editing upgrades has always annoyed me. However, I’m having a great time now trying out new font selections for each blog. If you haven’t tried out this new free feature for WordPress.com blogs, why not head over to the customizer and give it a whirl?

The WordPress.com Blog

We’re really happy to announce that we’ve added over 30 free Google Fonts to your Theme Customizer. Even better, you don’t need any upgrades to access them; these fonts are free for everyone.

Go to WordPress.com → Customize to see the new Fonts section in the sidebar. From there you can browse and preview typefaces like Gentium Book Basic, Libre Baskerville, Merriweather, and Ubuntu. When you select a font, you’ll immediately see your site in the preview with that font applied. For most font choices, you can also change the size and style of the text.

Have you always wanted your headers to be rendered in Fondamento italic? How about Cinzel bold? Now they’re just a few clicks away, for every site on WordPress.com.

If you are still looking for that perfect typeface and Google Fonts aren’t for you, all the Typekit commercial fonts are still…

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Last Call for July’s Blogging 101!

Whether or not you are a long time blogger or a beginner, you will benefit from enrolling in these excellent courses.

The Daily Post

Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 are the same courses previously offered. Feel free to retake them, but be aware that we will cover the same topics. New blogging courses on intermediate/advanced customization are coming later this year.

July’s Blogging U. courses kick off on Monday, with the start of Blogging 101. Still mulling it over? Registration is open through Sunday evening, so you’ve still got time!

Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community.

You’ll walk away with a stronger focus for your blog, several published posts and a handful of drafts, a theme that reflects your personality, a small (but growing!) audience, a grasp of blogging etiquette — and a bunch of new friends. The course begins Monday, July 6, and runs through Friday…

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