Before we investigate what a blogroll is (and no, it’s got nothing to do with toilets), here’s a quick video summary of the workshop I gave at BritMums Live! 2014 for those who missed it (and in it I mention a blogroll in it as well): What is a blogroll? Basically it is a list […]
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Julia Boggio is a veteran of BritMums Live conferences — sharing her advice on taking gorgeous images and understanding the basics of light and composition while creating your own personal style. Even if you missed her session, you can brush up on your technique and pictures with her presentation. Julia has also photographed her share […]
Every year video becomes more important and a more essential part of every blogger’s toolbag. This year at BritMums, our resident video expert — the extremely affable Nigel Camp of The Video Effect — gave a two-part session about shooting and editing video, incorporating elements of storytelling. Check out his presentation and also click through […]
When you first create a blog, you will be brimming over with enthusiasm, ideas and content. It’s all so new and exciting! But then reality dawns. Unless your previous life was in journalism, copywriting or something similar in which you had to write all day, the task of writing starts to get a bit wearisome. […]
This is a hot subject in the blogosphere at the moment, ever since Copyblogger announced they were closing comments on their blog and moving their discussions to social media. But if you are thinking of following their decision and doing the same – DON’T! This would be blogging suicide for ordinary bloggers and the practice […]
If you ask your readers to sign up to a newsletter, you have an email list that can be a powerful tool for your blog. Corey Taratuta, the creator of the popular travel blog and podcast IrishFireside.com, shares his tips for making the most of your email list. His tips include: Use your email list […]
There’s all the excitement of writing a new post, publishing it and looking at it with admiration on your blog. But then the days and weeks go by, and there are no comments, no likes and no shares. Why? Surely what you have written is so fabulous people can’t fail to want to read it? […]
In a hasty bid to come up with a New Years Resolution on 31st December I decided, somewhat whimsically, to blog everyday in 2014. 71 days in (I know, can you believe it?) and so far so good. Mostly. I thought I’d share with you what I’ve learnt from embracing daily blogging and what I […]
Spam is a big problem. It is extremely annoying, intrusive and unwanted. And sometimes it can undermine what you do, or even in the worst case, destroy it. Google defines spam as “irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.” […]
Publishing comments on your blog can either be a misery or a delight. The misery is if you are bombarded with spam and the delight is getting lots of wonderful comments you can accept and respond to accordingly. Spam is a big issue and I shall be covering this in a later post, but today […]
This how-to post is for all you serious bloggers out there who want to increase your reputation through recognition from the search engines, namely Google, by telling you about and showing you how to claim Google Authorship for your writing. Note I said “your writing”, not your blog. Google Authorship rewards the author, the writer, […]
The furore of cookie compliance has died down somewhat since May 2012 when it was all in the news, but this doesn’t mean it has gone away. The Cookie Law is still very much in action, and really we should all have made our blogs compliant, even the new ones. You may think this only […]
So you’ve decided to become a newbie blogger? That’s fabulous, a blog is a wonderful way of keeping a 21st century diary online. As that is what a blog is – an online diary. And like any other diary, it thrives on being updated on a regular basis, and will decline if neglected or forgotten! […]
I only work with WordPress. I started out with Blogger many moons ago, but once I had found out about WordPress I was so impressed there was no turning back. So which one is right for you – WordPress.com or WordPress.org? Actually I think both are really great, as they each have fine qualities to […]
Your blog won’t have much of an existence if you don’t get any visitors, both human (your readers) and robot (the search engines) to read your blog. This is a problem for new bloggers, as it takes time to get established within the blogosphere, even for some blogging veterans who haven’t quite grasped what blogging […]
Over a decade ago, when blogging began, the most wonderful thing about blogs was that they were interactive. Before then websites were basically online brochures (and many still are!) that were mainly static, occasionally looked good and provided information. Then technology moved on to enable people to write comments online. Now you can have your say Blogs allowed their […]
Rebecca Lee has been blogging for almost two years. Here, she shares her tech-oriented tips for getting inspired for writing posts. So you’re an old hand at blogging. You were one of the first to jump on board the online era, but as a result you are now stuck on how to keep your content […]
Nigel Camp is a video expert and will be holding a session at BritMums Live on video, how it can enhance a blog post and how to shoot it on your smartphone. We had a hangout with Nigel to find out more on shooting video with your smartphone. Below Nigel shares some tips to get […]
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