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 … Continue reading What’s on the horizon?

Removing inactive subscribers

I have big news to share. The fact we bloggers were previously unable to manage our followers and subscribers and remove those that were inactive annoyed me for years. I was annoyed because we lacked the ability to rely on the numbers we saw. Now, provided we are using the new user interface, we can easily do what we could not do before. You may remove … Continue reading Removing inactive subscribers

Last Call for July’s Blogging 101!

Originally posted on 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… Continue reading Last Call for July’s Blogging 101!

#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of WordPress.com over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/614435467120001024… Continue reading #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built… Continue reading Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic

7 Reasons Why I Like WordPress.com Hosting

WordPress.com is not only a great place to start blogging but it may even be your last stop. When you self host a WordPress.org install you are on your own. Managing your own install isn’t a cake walk. The learning curve is steep and takes lots of time – time you won’t be spending on content creation. I’ve been there, done that and returned. Continue reading “7 Reasons Why I Like WordPress.com Hosting”

Mark Only Spam as Spam

email spamSpam! There is no single accepted definition, but I think most bloggers will agree, spam is unwanted commercially motivated electronic communication (not limited to email), that’s a likely a source of malware.

I think most bloggers will also agree on what isn’t spam. No commenter should be shut out of discussion on your blog because you disagreed with their point of view and inappropriately marked their comment as spam. Continue reading “Mark Only Spam as Spam”

CDA 230 Success Cases: WordPress.com

One of the largest hosts of third-party speech is the site WordPress.com. With over 38 million sites all over the world, the site has empowered users to speak their minds and comment on each other’s creative content. We spoke with Paul Sieminski, General Counsel of Automattic, the owner of WordPress.com, about the importance of CDA 230 on free speech online. via CDA 230 Success Cases: … Continue reading CDA 230 Success Cases: WordPress.com

Notify Me Coment Box: Default Change RollBack

email symbolWithout prior warning Staff changed the default setting on WordPress.com comment notifications. Many WordPress.com bloggers found their email overflowing with comment notifications re: posts they had previously commented on and weren’t impressed by the change. Staff responded to user feedback and the default has now been rolled back. Continue reading “Notify Me Coment Box: Default Change RollBack”

Do I Need a Domain?

WordPress.com hosts many types of blogs and you can determine if the kind of blog you want to establish is allowed or not allowed very easily.  These are the characteristics of successful bloggers: Purpose, Passion, Productivity, People Skills and Persistence. You don’t need a domain to become a successful blogger but it helps. Blogs on their own domains communicate the message that the blogger is serious about blogging, serious enough to purchase a domain. Continue reading “Do I Need a Domain?”

Federated Media Offers Ad Rights for WordPress Bloggers

At the Web 2.0 Summit today, Federated Media Publishing and Automattic, parent company of WordPress, announced an agreement to provide advertising rights for U.S. WordPress.com bloggers. Over 24 million sites are hosted on WordPress.com, and users will now be able to opt into a topically targeted advertising program. via Federated Media Offers Ad Rights for WordPress Bloggers. I disabled my AdBlocker 3 weeks ago so … Continue reading Federated Media Offers Ad Rights for WordPress Bloggers

Facebook Like Box for WordPress.com

WordPress.com social networking features are being added continually.  If you are one of those WordPress.com users who has eagerly been awaiting a Facebook like box you can use on your blog — the waiting is over.  Look at you widgets page and discover a new addition  that’s bound to make you smile.  Appearance > Widgets I must have missed the announcement. Does the Facebook like … Continue reading Facebook Like Box for WordPress.com

WordPress HTML editor font change

I’ve been a WordPress blogger for 5 years and I’m really frustrated by this change. I have experienced many changes here at WordPress.com and although some have been frustrating none were an actual barrier to me using the editor in both modes — this one is a barrier.  :( I can read and quickly scan the font in the Visual editor with ease. Thankfully, it … Continue reading WordPress HTML editor font change

Blogging Metrics: Getting Quantified

Blog metrics are a way to measure the popularity of a blog, reach, search terms and key words visitors used to locate your blog, visitors’ countries of origin, demographics, inbound links, outbound links, subscribers stats, page views, time on site, and more. There are as many different kinds of blogs as there are bloggers and apples to oranges comparisons are not useful so many bloggers … Continue reading Blogging Metrics: Getting Quantified

WordPress.com: Ads On or Ads-Off?

WordPress.com bloggers are reporting “PopPressed”and “EcoPressed” advertising is now appearing at the end of their posts.  It all began with FreshlyPressed which led to FoodPress which led to PopPressed and now EcoPressed. WordPress.com (Automattic) and Federated Media partnerships have been formed, and sites powered by WordPress.com aimed to redistribute content published on WordPress.com blogs and beyond are popping up all over. WordPress.com Partnerships: Popping Up … Continue reading WordPress.com: Ads On or Ads-Off?

WordPress.com Partnerships: Popping Up All Over

Almost a year ago now on April 28th, 2010, WordPress.com Editorial Czar, Joy Victory announced the introduction of Freshly Pressed and presented Five Ways to Get Featured on Freshly Pressed located on the front page of WordPress.com. Each weekday, we select about ten new blog posts for the Freshly Pressed … FoodPress pops up On November 1st, 2010, Joy Victory announced the introduction of FoodPress, a … Continue reading WordPress.com Partnerships: Popping Up All Over

WordPress Rocks SXSW

SXSW is celebrating its 25th year and has grown into the largest convention and conference of its kind. South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences centered on the downtown Austin Convention Center, Texas that take place every spring. The truth is that the people who can effectively work at SXSW are the people who benefit the most … Continue reading WordPress Rocks SXSW

WordPress.com adds Facebook to Publicize

WordPress.com sends your published blog posts to several places to automatically promote them for you.  Publicize supported third party services now includes Facebook, as well as Twitter and Yahoo! You can now send your WordPress.com posts to Facebook. Joining our Yahoo and Twitter features is our latest in WordPress.com’s Publicize family: Facebook. Read all about it in Publicize: Facebook and enable it on your dashboard. Related … Continue reading WordPress.com adds Facebook to Publicize

WordPress.com down and up again in 110 minutes

Among the very best things about WordPresss.com these last 4 years has been the up time. WordPress.com going down is a rare event and Staff acted as humanly possible quickly as possible to get 10.2 million blogs up and running again but 5.5 million pageviews were lost.

Akismet was not affected. The WordPress stats plugin used by self hosting wordpress.org bloggers was. The most comforting thing was that our data was safe even though WordPress.com couldn’t serve it. Continue reading “WordPress.com down and up again in 110 minutes”