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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Navigating the Classic WordPress.COM interface
Beep Beep Boop

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 a follower by going to My Site > People and clicking the remove link next to their name.

Related posts:
Unfollowing and Unsubscribing from WordPress.com Blogs
WordPress Followers, Likes and Stats
WordPress.com: Who Follows Who?

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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#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

Marriage is a contract between consenting adults. The state has never had a legitimate right to prevent consenting adults who wish to enter that contract from doing so, and your Supreme Court reached the final, correct and just decision on this matter. I am so happy that equality in marriage contracting and love prevailed in your country as it has also done in mine.
♫ Alleluia! ♫

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.)

Here at WordPress.com we strive to democratize publishing and empower freedom of speech. It’s amazing to see the thoughtful analyses of the Supreme Court’s decision already being published, like this excellent piece from Tropics of Meta putting the decision into long-term historical context. We’re also proud to provide a platform for all the incredibly talented LGBTQ writers who are advocating for change…

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