Monthly Archives: January 2008

What is Qassia?

What is Qassia Qassia’s aim is to “become a vast repository of intelligence, with unrivaled original content” This intelligence will be the “gravel which will fill the potholes on the information superhighway” It is also a site, currently in beta , where you can promote your blog and earn adsense revenue. Membership is by invitation only at present. What is “intel”: Intel can be about a person, a company, a place, a thing, or just about anything. It must be in English, comprised of sentences as opposed to keywords, non-pornographic and not about Qassia. Each “intel” has to be screened […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blog Promotion, Tools and Resources

Yahoo Shortcuts plugin for WordPress

I have been trialling the WordPress ‘Yahoo Shortcuts‘ plugin for a week or so now. As I found it a little tricky to come to grips with, I thought I would give you a bit of a run down on how to use it and a review based on my experiences. The images and popup links in this post have mostly been embedded using the plugin. This plugin uses Yahoo Shortcuts to add Yahoo search popups and Creative Commons-licensed Flickr photos to blog content. The image to the left is an example of a Yahoo Shortcuts “badge”. As you are […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Images, Tutorials, Wordpress

Blogging Australia Day

Absolutely nothing to do with the subject of blogging, except that this is a topic on many Aussie blogs today. Today is “Australia Day“; a day of celebration in this country. The 26th January is the date of arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove in 1788, which brought the first contingent of convicts, soldiers and sailors to Australia. I would hope that if the date were to be chosen these days it would not be a date linked to the first British Settlement of Australia. The reason – It is thought that immigration to Australia commenced around 50,000 […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Off Topic

Blogging Mentor Award

I have gained so much more knowledge of blogging than I could possibly have learned just by researching the subject. This is all due to the help, support and encouragement I have received from other bloggers. I have therefore created the ‘Blogging Mentor Award‘ to recognize and thank those who help us on our path to blogging, be it encouraging and helping us to start blogging or helping us to be the best we can, once we have started. Unlike most awards, it is not necessary to have received it yourself to be able to pass it on to others. […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogging Mentor, Social Networking

The “Alt” Attribute

When discussing accessibility techniques in blogs, I mentioned the importance of using the “alt” attribute. Here I am going to define it further, show you the positive aspects of using “alt” and how to use it to its best advantage.. Although alt is used for other page elements, such as image map areas, I am concentrating on its use for images. Definition of the alt attribute The alt attribute is a method of providing a descriptive text alternative for images. Example: <img src=”http://www.yourdomain.com/your-image.jpg” alt”this is the alt text” /> Reasons for using the alt attribute To display a text equivalent […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Design and Coding, Images, Tutorials

Aussie Bloggers Forum Blog Launch

The Aussie Bloggers Forums Blog is being launched today! I highly recommend you visiting the blog regularly. Judging by what I know of the sort of upcoming content, this promises to be a wonderful resource for bloggers; with a wealth of information and knowledge behind it, largely being drawn from experienced blogging members of the Aussie Bloggers Forum. Blogging advice and tips, guest authors and interviews are on the upcoming agenda. I included the official forums launch video in a prior post which had the Men at Work “I Come From a Land Down Under” as background music. This time […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Forums

Google Leaves Teenagers in Charge

Look what happens when Google leaves its teenagers at home. I know this video will slow down this page but could not resist posting it. (Warning – It does include some strong language that may offend some people) Continue Reading…

Posted in Humor

Blogosphere News – 20th January

Reading Justice Regins: Stumble Troll BANNED by SU – Collective Thoughts Zen Habits has declared that the entire site, is now be open source, renouncing copyright. This includes the contents of the bookZen to Done, which is for sale on the site. This came a week before Setup OpenID Comments To Follow In Blogger FeedJournal Web Service for Bloggers and Content Providers 10 Entrecard Traffic Tips for Success 51 Favorite SU, Sphinn, Twitter & Facebook Posts of 2007 written by social media and StumbleUpon expert, Shana on Social Desire.com Soup To Nuts is a relatively new blog carnival but with […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogging News, Tools and Resources

Blog For Readers not Google

“Ask yourself the secret of YOUR success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.”- Richard Bach While I was sitting on a page rank of 0, until the recent Google updates, I started changing tack in my attitude towards PR, deciding that I wanted to be able to run this blog with less of the restrictions this was placing on me. . You may have noticed that I have been writing more posts with links to other sites; far more than are coming my way. The SEO gurus would probably shake their heads at this. I get a pagerank of […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Community Building