The Anatomy Of A “Viral” Blog Post

Originally posted on 101 Books:
It’s been a crazy week here on 101 Books, and I thought I’d share that experience with you. The main purpose of this blog is obvious: To read through the Time list. That’s my priority. But 101 Books is also a blog about writing, and even blogging in general at times,…

Trackbacks and Pingbacks

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
We’ve talked a lot about comments here on The Daily Post, but we’ve never mentioned the comment’s cousins, the casual pingback and the formal trackback. A couple of you have asked what the deal is with trackbacks and pingbacks, so let’s give them some attention.  A pingback is a…

New Theme: Twenty Thirteen

New Theme: Twenty Thirteen

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
If you’re a WordPress aficionado you’ll know why one of the most eagerly awaited announcements each year is the arrival of a new default theme. Wait no longer, friends. I’m thrilled to introduce the newest addition, Twenty Thirteen. This gorgeous theme is colorful, opinionated, and ready to give…

Widgets 301

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
We’ve talked about widgets before, in “Widgets 101” and “Widgets 201,” so let’s learn how to use them to direct your visitors to different places — and to add texture and color in your sidebar with little effort. To follow along, head to the widgets section of your Customizer (My Site →…

Free Stock Photo Love for Blogging & Beyond

Free Stock Photo Love for Blogging & Beyond

Would you click through an online dating profile that didn’t contain one photo of your prospective date? Chances are slim. That’s why images are key components to your blog post, used to attract immediate attention. Everyone wants a quick idea of what to expect if they reward you with their valuable reading time, and, coupled with an engaging post title, the right image can do just that. Continue reading

HTML, CSS, IDK

Originally posted on The Daily Post:
One of the best things about blogging on WordPress.com is that, within moments of signing up, you can get a site up and running without any website building experience. No prior knowledge required. However, you may have heard the phrase that “scripting is the new literacy.” Since I work…

All About SEO on WordPress.com

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
We get a lot of questions about SEO here on WordPress.com, and no wonder — you work hard on your site and want to get the word out! SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO recommendations are intended to help your site rank higher and more accurately in search…