Monthly Archives: September 2007

Award is Totally Fabulous

Many thanks to Colin of Life for gracing me with this award. I am honored. The award came Colin’s way via His Most Serene Highness Lord Adrian the Perplexed of Melbury Bumpton . (I just had to mention that wonderful name) of First Time Dad fame because of their participation in the Magical Flying Carpet Ride I find it so difficult to decide who to give this award to as it applies to so many people. Therefore I am going to stick a pin in my list of those who have commented regularly on my blog as I value them […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Awards, Social Networking

Page Rank – forget it but still increase traffic

Darren Rowse of Pro Blogger has created a video that highlights the most important and fundamental elements in achieving a high page rank. This has nothing to do with Search Engine Optimization techniques (SEO), linkbaiting, submitting your blog to directories or social networks but all to do with the quality of your content. Darren believes that people are becoming obsessed with page rank and place too much emphasis on it. If you instead concentrate on creating the quality content Google is looking for then page rank will look after itself. I find it reassuring to be reminded of this. I […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogging Tips

More Ways to Make Fellow Bloggers Hate You

Mihaela Lica at The Dog Yard has tagged me to continue a tongue in cheek thread she has started “10 Ways to Make Your Fellow Bloggers Hate You” . I will not duplicate her list as you may be interested in following the thread via the others she tagged. Starting from number 11: Another 10 Ways to Make your Fellow Bloggers Hate You or to misquote Elizabeth Barrett Browning “How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.” Place so many ads at the top of your site so as to cause RSI (Repetitive Scrolling Injury) in the readers […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogging Tips

Blog Against Abuse

I did not know where to begin when being faced with the task of writing about abuse for the BlogCatalog Blog Against Abuse Challenge Sadly this is a massive topic. I decided to emphasize the sheer size of the problems and issues involved relating to Human Rights Violations. Reading this you may think the problems are too massive to solve/they are not in my country/I can’t do anything to help solve this. They are all too easy to brush aside because they are too painful to really think about or day to day matters command our time and attention. I […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blog in Unity, Social Networking

How to make friends and Digg people

Digg has launched new features based on social networking and allowing users to establish an identity. Do I hear you say “Not more Social Networking sites to visit”! That was my original reaction and, judging by many of the comments I have read online, many feel the same way. Not being one to be influenced by negative opinions without looking at the other side of the story I gave the matter some thought. Digg Social Networking Before I discuss my own observations here are some of the main new Digg Features: Enhanced User Profiles allowing users to add their personal […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Social Networking

BlogRush in the Fold

When I first looked at BlogRush I was reasonably interested in what it had to offer. When I discovered that it involved adding a widget to my page my reaction was “No way am I going to join up, after just culling a host of other widgets from my site.” BlogRush kept appearing in posts I was reading and I succumbed to the temptation. I just had to find out for myself what it was all about, widget and all. What is BlogRush A blog syndication network designed to bring more readers to your blog.. The widget that you are […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blog Promotion, Promotion and SEO

Help find Jackie Hooper’s sister – mother’s name Maxine Soape

Through our blogs we have the wonderful opportunity to reach a huge audience worldwide. I believe that we should be grateful for this chance and, whatever topic we blog about, we can show our thanks by using the power of our blogs to help others when we can. The NAFASG©™ blog has posted the following meme in an attempt to find the sister of a fellow blogger, Shinade of Blue Ribbon Bloggers, The Painted Veil, Santa’s Community Blog. Please consider posting this yourself. If you then head over to NAFASG©™ post ‘Searching For Her Younger Sister‘ and let them know […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blog in Unity

How to make your blog speed along

I have talked before of reducing sidebar clutter and limiting the amount of widgets. plugins, scripts and images to speed up your page loading time. You may have done all this and still find your page slower than a wet week and are wondering why. What slows down page loading times and what to do about it? Images Reduce your image sizes – in dimension as well as in file size. Reduce the number of colors in graphics. Use dimensions with your images e.g. the image above uses <img src=”http://….. /turtle.jpg” style=”width:261px; height:126px;” />. I used one image rather than […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Design and Coding, Tutorials

All you need to know about styling lists

Lists are used extensively within blogs, particularly in the sidebar; for example in blog rolls, category and archive lists. Lists within posts are an excellent way to improve readability and to highlight areas. Your blog software automatically creates some of these lists for you and your template styles them so you may not have had to worry about their formatting. However If you want to change the type of list or its styling you may find this of use: Types of Lists Unordered List (Bulleted List) This is more commonly known as a bulleted list – a list of items, […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Design and Coding, Tutorials