Monthly Archives: March 2008

Zemanta Launches

A brand new web application Zemanta could make your blogging life easier by suggesting content for you to include in your posts. It operates via a Firefox plugin and integration into your blog’s write post page. I am trying it out as I write this post and will include the content it suggests for you to get an idea of its effectiveness. Zemanta analyzes your words as you write a blog post and suggests contextually relevant links, pictures, related content and tags which you can then incorporate into your post. Supported Platforms: Blogger TypePad WordPress.com and your own hosted WordPress […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Tools and Resources

Blog for Autism Awareness Month

Genevieve at Momologue is asking for bloggers to join her in blogging about Autism for April’s Autism Awareness Month. Autism now affects something like 1 in 150 children so it is likely that you know of someone on the Autism spectrum – even if you are not joining in by blogging the entries will be worth a read to increase your knowledge and understanding. My youngest son has Fragile X Syndrome – the only currently known genetic cause of Autism and the most common known cause of inherited intellectual disability. As a carrier I too have some symptoms although carriers […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blog in Unity, Social Networking

Navigation Menus 4 – Dessert

Today is the fourth course in my series on blog navigation menus – dessert. Some ‘sweet’ menus for you to copy – suitable for WordPress and Blogger. Here is the html code you will need for all the examples: HTML <div id="menu"> <ul> <li class="selected"><a href="http://www.your home page.com">Link2</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.your link.com">Link2</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.your link.com">Link3</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.your link.com">Link4</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.your link.com">Link4</a></li> </ul> <div class="clear"></div> </div> Menu Bar Home Chain Links Cuff Links Sausage Links CSS <style type="text/css"> <!– #menu, #menu li a {background-color: #8AAADF; color: #ffffff; font-size: 1.0em; font-weight: normal; height: 1.5em; line-height: 1.5em; text-decoration: none; } #menu, #menu li {padding: […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Design and Coding, Tutorials

Blogosphere News 17th March

News Join in Conversation Week 2008, March 24-30 discussing the Top 10 Questions in the World Today… Pop Culture Heroines is a new multi author site dedicated to the promotion of strong female characters in popular culture. Writers from all backgrounds are invited to submit a request to write articles for the site. A forum is being considered too, so if the subject interests you, you can vote in the poll currently taking place. Alltop, a news aggregation site that provides “all the top” stories for forty of the most popular topics on the Web. Review by Guy Kawasaki – […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogging News, Social Networking, Wordpress

Show Off Your Talents and Become Famous

Adimade – is a user created advertising video site launched at the end of January this year; co-founded by Jake Lawton and Nat Graf of Nudge Marketing, who also produce the Gen Y Marketing Podcast. Jake who, like many of us, turns to the laptop when TV ads come on, says “It dawned on us that if the ads on TV were half as funny as what we were watching on YouTube, then we probably wouldn’t feel the need to stop watching”. If you have talents at video creation you could try your hand at creating ads for one of […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogging News, Social Networking

Navigation Menus 3 – Main

I thought I would get down to the meat of the main menu today by showing you some css styling. HTML Code for all of these menus: An unordered list: <div id="navigation"> <ul><li><a href="#"id="a#current">Home</a></li> <li><a href="#">About</a></li> <li><a href="#">Page 1</a></li> <li><a href="#">Contact</a></li> </ul> <div> Menu 1 With no CSS styling – the list will display vertically: (If you try this with your current template, existing styling may alter the look of this): Home About Page 1 Contact Menu 2 display the list horizontally – display: inline; take away the bullets – list-style-type: none; CSS #navigation ul li { display: inline; list-style-type: […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Design and Coding, Tutorials, Wordpress

Navigation Menus 2 – Entrees

Is your navigation system plain sailing ? image: by Today is a Good Day on Flickr Now we have considered where we want readers to visit on our blogs we need to look at how easily they can find their way there. This is where a good navigation system makes a difference. The more time readers need to search for where they want to go the less likely they are to stay on your site. We want our regular readers to easily find all the content since their last visit and new visitors to find content that interests them. Is […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Design and Coding, Tutorials

Navigation Menus 1 – Appetizers

The quick answer to why we need good navigation on our blogs is “useability” but as that term could refer to how easy it is to use your mp3 player or washing machine I should expand on this. If we consider where we want our readers to go, after they have read the page they are currently on, the answer will usually be “Somewhere else on my site”. Unfortunately menu bars and sidebar menus can become littered not only with too many hard to find links but with too many external links in the wrong places. Your navigation needs a […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Design and Coding, Tutorials

Ultimate Blog (Party) Menus

The party has begun. The 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2008 that is. Women bloggers worldwide are getting into a festive mood. Please come and join the fun. Welcome to those who are visiting because of the party. Good to see you here. I suggest good comfortable blog hopping shoes. Prizes galore are on offer. Last year over 1000 bloggers took part. This year even if you do not write a post inviting others along you can till take part – by commenting on at least 20 participating blogs. How could I take part, keep to my blog […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Carnivals, Design and Coding, Tutorials