Month: 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 Images are sourced from Wikimedia Commons, Flickr and various stock photo providers and suggested based on comparing your text and the image’s title, description and articles they were used in originally. Related articles come from around 300 top media sources and numerous blogs of our users. Most links point to Wikipedia at present but the idea is that users will help shape future development. In the near future you will be able to link to your own pictures and posts and those of friends. Zemanta is another in the growing list of semantic web tools which offers you suggestions based on what it believes you want. I am impressed with what it produces, having written some practice posts on various subjects. I have tried the Yahoo Shortcuts WordPress plugin,...

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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 are not affected...

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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 <ul> Link2 Link2 Link3 Link4 Link4 Menu Bar Home Chain Links Cuff Links Sausage Links CSS Tabbed Menu Home Cool Links Hotlinks Backlinks CSS You will of course need to change the links to your own: Copy the code for your chosen menu into a text editor such as Notepad or Wordpad and alter the links to point to where you want them to go. This means altering not only the link text – e.g. Sausage Links – but the hyperlink too. Change http://www.your link.com to the address you are pointing the link to. (remember that blogger does not use the www prefix so you homepage will be something like http://yourbloggeraddress.blogspot.com) These menus, styled using CSS, are infinitely changeable. If you wish for a thicker menu bar change the height and line height values (currently 1.5em). Change the colors to suit the rest of your blog by changing the values for “background-color” and for text “color”. How to use them in your blog: Blogger You can do this by adding an “html/javascript” page element. Firstly you need to make sure you are able to add the page element in...

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Blogosphere News 17th March

News 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 – Announcing (Formally) Alltop On Imaginif blog – WIN $50.00 cash. Write a blog post about Child Safety by April 3rd to coincide with: Blog Against Sexual Violence Day April 3rd Snoskred has created another set of feed icons for free download – Introducing The Green Collection– Thanks Snos, they are great. From Znet –In-flight Internet cleared for take-off and AOL acquires Bebo for $850 million; Social networking field narrows NOTCOT Inc is a growing network of design sites currently including NOTCOT.com, NOTCOT.org, TasteSpotting.com, NotCouture.com – “a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements”. Definitely a site for sore eyes 🙂 Reading Top 10 Personal Health Blogs 11 Ways To Create Your Own Traffic Jams by Blogtrepreneur The Sisterhood of the travelling Bra – follow the Bra’s progress as it travels around Australia courtesy of All for Women 16 Top Social Media Strategies for Success...

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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 the Adimade project partners which include businesses, charities and causes. Viewers can vote on the submitted ads and at the end of the project the top 10 are selected, Ann overall winner is then chosen for a "Grand Prize" by the project partners. If you are not interested in creating your own ads you may prefer to view or submit one of your favourite add or commercials to the Ad Hall of Fame One of the current project partners is My Planet Ads . The following link takes you to one of the entries in this category Choose Sides The site is in its early days still and I look forward to seeing more ads being submitted. You can keep up to date with the site via the Adimade...

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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: none; }   Home About Page 1 Contact   Menu 3 increase the font size – font-size: 1.1em; create space (padding) between the words color the link text: change the link text color on hover CSS #navigation ul li { display: inline; list-style-type: none; font-size: 1.1em; padding-right: 10px;} #navigation ul li a { color: #330099; } #navigation ul li a:hover {color: #00FF33;}   Home About Page 1 Contact   Menu 4 Move the whole menu (the ul) to left by making margin and padding left “0” Take away the underlines – text-decoration: none; Add padding to link – padding: 3px 10px; Add background color to link – background-color: #9EBEDE; Add different background hover color – background-color: #006699; CSS #navigation ul li { display: inline; list-style-type: none; margin-left:...

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