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How to Write Conversationally–One Step at a Time

Recently I read a great article about writing conversationally on your blog, and how it can improve everything from attracting readers and commenters to enhancing your social proof. And now that I violated one of it's suggestions (avoid long sentences ), I'll try to get back on a conversational track. Wish me luck. First, we […] Read more

I Am Curious (Jenner)

Man, I hate getting in on this whole Caitlyn Jenner thing, but I can’t help it. It’s kinda like watching a train wreck. I suppose if it wasn’t related to the family “famous for being famous”, it might be different – I don’t know. But here goes… First, Jenner’s age comes to mind. 65. Retirement Read more

Instant Contact Database

I found a pretty cool plugin that does something that I wish I’d thought of – Contact Form DB ‘saves’ the results of a contact or other form (apparently any form) to a database. I found it while researching recent project I was engaged in for a charity website, Idaho Arthritis Walk. They wanted a simple […] Read more
Category: Wordpress

Word of the Day: User Story

A user story is a tool used in Agile software development (see definition below) to capture a description of a software feature from an end-user perspective. The user story describes the type of user, what they want and why. A user story helps to create a simplified description of a requirement. Agile software development is […] Read more
Category: Coding, Web Design

Top 10 Google Searches in 2014… and My Take on Them

1. Robin Williams. Born in 1951 and died way too soon. Always one of my favorites (well, the Mork and Mindy days were a bit iffy). My favorite movies from Robin had to be “World According to Garp” and “Dead Poet’s Society“, but I really did like him in just about anything he did. Sure, […] Read more
Category: General

The Rise Of Social Media Marketing

Social media is a term used to describe the phenomenon that has grown during the past several years to a gigantic tidal wave of connectivity through twitters, facebook friends, and pins. Today there are billions of individuals on these social sites, divulging every detail of their daily lives and sharing information on everything. When people Read more
Category: General

Designing a Well Crafted Website

A well-crafted website requires more than just being aesthetically pleasing. Using both proper layout and creative design, you can offer your readers easier navigation to locate the information they are seeking. This will produce a positive impression from your readers concerning your organization while enhancing the user's overall experience. It Read more

Expertise and The View from Below

(This post was created as an experiment using the WPMU Prefill Post Templates plugin). I answered (well, tried to answer anyway) a question posed in a LinkedIn Social Media group today. The question was basically, “If starting from scratch, what would you need (equipment, software, etc) to grow a big Social Media presence online”? In Read more
Category: General, Technology

10 Ways To Succeed In Personal Development

Personal development plans may look good on paper, but they sure are difficult to follow in real life! Use the following tips to help you get through your personal development agenda. 1. Begin now. Putting off your plan by even a day is allowing yourself to make excuses, and that is not getting yourself off […] Read more

5 Reasons to Use Numbers in Post Titles

You hear the advice all the time – “post top 10 lists”, “post a comparison list”, and so on. Why? Because it absolutely works. Let’s see why…. 1. People Like Numbers and Lists You do it, don’t you? Create a “to do” list? You think of something that you need to do, but you can’t Read more
Category: General
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Perspectives

I just read this on Twitter, from @SciencePorn: “If the Sun was scaled down to the size of a white blood cell, the Milky way would be the size of the continental United States.” I started thinking about that. If the sun is the size of a white blood cell (which, by the way, is […] Read more
Category: General
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How to Quickly Adjust Contact Form 7 So It Fits in Your Sidebar

I was working on a website for a friend, and in order to “comply” with best design standards, installed the Contact Form 7 plugin so I could add a highly visible contact form prompt to the sidebar. CF7 performs its duties via a shortcode. So, I added a text widget to the sidebar and copy/pasted […] Read more
Category: Blogging, Wordpress