Press Publish for Better Blogging

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We know you do amazing things with your blog, and we want to help — no matter whether you blog about your passion, your business, your family, your travels, your musings, or even tonight’s dinner. In addition to the awesome challenges, interviews, and tips you find here at the Daily Post and the great courses served up at Blogging U, we’ve got a new way to help you improve your WordPress.com technical know-how and stoke your blogging fires.

Daily Post readers get a 40% discount on tickets to Press Publish events. When you register, use the coupon code DAILY40.

You’re invited to Press Publish, a blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, coming to Portland on March 28 and Phoenix on April 18. This is the first event ever organized by WordPress.com just for bloggers, and for Daily Post readers, we’re offering a 40% discount on tickets: just use…

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Writing About Books, Movies, Music: Quick Tips

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Looking for ideas on how to write about books and films in a more engaging way, or interested in writing about songs but aren’t sure how to articulate your appreciation to those who haven’t heard them? Let’s talk about how to entice readers into posts on books, movies, and music they haven’t heard of.

Novelist and journalist Jonathan Gibbs at Tiny Camels comes to mind — he blogs about books, and even though I’ve never heard of the books he writes about, his writing about reading engages me. Consider his thoughtful commentary on Peter Stamm’s All Days Are Night, which doesn’t just explore the book, but the experience of reading itself.

Or take author Alec Nevala-Lee’s many posts on television and film, for example. Alec is masterful at penning succinct, focused commentaries on entertainment, often zooming in on an element of storytelling, rather than simply focusing on one production. In “The fifty-minute hour,” he discusses Mad Men and…

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Four Themes for Photographers and Photobloggers

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Maybe you’re working on a 365 project, with a photo for each day of the year. With a couple months under your belt, you might be looking for a new theme to showcase your work. Let’s check out four themes where the typography and color palettes step aside so that your photos get your visitors’ full attention.

Cubic

Made with photographers and photobloggers in mind, Cubic is eye-catching and bold out of the box. Its pleasing homepage grid showcases your posts’ featured images.

Consider this subtle, almost ethereal application of Cubic at WE THE BIRDS, a site “dedicated to the travelers, the nomads, the free spirits, the culturally aware, the expat kids.” The Birds’ muted photography looks fantastic with the theme’s dark filter option for featured images. Using the site logo feature, they’ve uploaded a beautiful feather illustration that lends a unique, personal touch to their…

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How Much Time Should Writers Spend Writing vs. Marketing?

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stone timeTime. It’s what we writers fight for. Without it, we have no hope of bringing our written creations to life. We need time to study, time to read, time to ponder, time to dream, and – of course – time to write.

To further tax our meager repositories of minutes and hours, writing dreams that include hopes of being published and getting our writing into the hands and hearts of readers also require time to network, market, and otherwise promote ourselves and our work.

So, the question becomes, “How much time should you spend writing vs. marketing?”

I don’t have a definitive answer to share, but I have been trying to capturing more accurately the amount of time I spend on non-writing, but writing-related activities. This list includes things like blogging (which is typically unpaid, but serves to strengthen your voice and build your audience), research  (for grants, submission guidelines, etc.), attending…

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Make the Most of Your Widgets

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Whether you’re just starting a blog or have had a site for several years, you’ve likely heard the term “widget” thrown around at one point or another. A widget is simply a tool that you can use to add or remove content from various areas of your site.

There is a widget for almost anything you can think of. You can alert visitors where the conversation is happening on your site using the Recent Comments widget, introduce them to popular topics on your site with the Category Cloud, or even point out your popularity using the Blog Stats widget.

With so many options, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Here are some of the more popular uses of widgets around WordPress.com to get your creative juices flowing.

What have readers missed on your site?

The Top Posts and Pages widget is perfect for showing off…

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New Themes: Hew and Sobe

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Hew is a personal-blogging theme with a distinct identity and a bright splash of colour. Share your thoughts and experiences with readers while connecting through prominently placed social media links.

Hew

The Hew Theme

Designed by yours truly, Hew puts your content in the spotlight. With its single column and bold typography, Hew offers a pleasant reading experience across all devices — no matter whether your visitors arrive by smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Make it your own with your Gravatar or a custom header image.

Read more about Hew on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes.

Sobe

Sobe WordPress Theme

Sobe is an eye-catching personal blogging theme for sharing life’s most memorable moments, designed by Caroline Moore.

Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, help your content stand out with colorful post formats, add links to your favorite

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It’s Monday Morning and You Are a Writer

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It’s Monday morning and you are a writer.

How do you want to feel about your writing this week?

I want to feel productive, competent, and inspired.

How do you want to feel? Write your answers here:

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What do you need to think in order to feel this way about your writing?

I believe our feelings are always a result of our thoughts, so if I want to change how I feel I need to change what I’m thinking.

If I think thoughts like the one I most often have: I don’t have time to write, I feel really defeated. When I think that thought, I invariably get no writing done.

Instead, I need to think thoughts like:

  • I have plenty of time to get my writing done this week.
  • When I sit down to write, the words will come.
  • I get to write this week.

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Weekend Edition – Resurrecting Your Love Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

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Resurrecting Your Love

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Happy Valentine’s Day.

I am not a big fan of this, one of the most awkward in our vast panoply of overwrought and over-commercialized holidays, but I am all for Love in all its glorious manifestations. I am a fan of swoon-worthy romantic love and the binding ties of familial love and the supportive, unconditional love of good friends and the unspoken, almost magical love between humans and their animal companions. I am also a fan of love in the more abstract, do-what-you-love-love-what-you-do sense.

But, that’s often a tragic love story, isn’t it?

Because, too often, we don’t do what we love. We do everything else first, and the thing we love to do gets pushed further and further down The List until its presence in our life feels like a sad, little ghost.

When I was a kid, I spent my days reading…

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It’s a lean life ,Greeks, but a life with Pride…. Alexis , by a tear, on his first smashing appearance in Palriament presenting the govt. Plan

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                  ImageHandler.ashx  Alexis let a tear appear on his face on his Premiere in the Greek Parliament as a Prime Minster, presenting his Government Plan. A plan for the Pride, as he said.

One could “tag” Alexis Tsipras Left Government Plan as a

“Glasnoste, … and Emergency Response combination” A strategy plan to respond to a community- in- crisis prioritising on the needs of the more vulnerable ones first, and escalating these priorities according to the Urgent societies. A Plan, finally, that is a Crisis & Emergency Response Plan.

and on the same moment, transforming the deficiencies and malpractises of the state to an “open- source- fair” community aimed to apply, finally  in this country, the so violated social justice.

That’s the new reality for Greece’s next day, just described, in steps by Alexis Tsipras ,who was more confident today than ever.

“We will not Sell our Greece” Alexis said…

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