Tumblr Follow is Broken

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Dear Tumblr, I’m getting tired of following Tumblr blogs and being asked to follow the same blog over and over and not seeming to actually follow the blog even after clicking the link half a dozen times. It is an exercise in frustration as I follow, then unfollow, and then try to follow and realize that one of the times I tried to follow I actually unfollowed again. Please fix this! It has been going on for months!

Using the Chrome Web Browser to Post to WordPress

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I want to post to my sites with a content curation sort of bookmarklet. I already have an account with Scoop.it where I have several topics and post to them regularly, there. I’d rather put all that work, time and energy into content curation for my own sites instead. So, I’ve been looking for options. I found a few options and then began trying them all out one by one. Word This Will only let you do one blog. But, I didn’t even get that far. Right click the icon and and set your blog link in the options. Then … Read more…

Are you Preventing Social Sharing on Your Own Site?

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  Have you accidentally blocked social media sharing on your own site? I tried to share a post on this site (see below) to my Scoop.it account. I was using a bookmarklet (more often called an app these days) but I could not get around this site’s note about their use of cookies. How important was this pop up note versus having a post shared? For that matter – how important are the cookies? I block third party cookies by choice and I’m not changing that. Why is this site using third party cookies anyway?   Check your own site(s). … Read more…

Ever Wonder What Happens to your Old Reviews?

I found this online tonight while looking for myself online. I looked up my married name which I didn’t keep for very long. But, I had forgotten I published using it. It was very nice to find my review of this book saved on the author’s site, no less!   I don’t know what my original headline would have been. I am quite sure I did save all my old content from the HerCorner site so it will be reposted on this site somewhere. But, here is the text form of the review for those who can’t see the image … Read more…

My Earliest Blog Post Date: April, 5th, 1998 (So Far)

Found this on the Wayback Machine today. I know I had other sites on Blogspot, Geocities, Tripod, Xoom, Angelfire and possibly other free hosting services but this is the oldest I have been able to track down so far. Nice to have the actual date. Glad I typed it in way back then. It seems much more important to me now than I would have thought then. I know there was an older site on GeoCities. I began it when there were still communities and neighbourhoods. Wish I could remember the link for that one so I try finding it … Read more…

Long Ago in Another Blogging Life

I looked myself up on the Wayback Machine.  I wish I could remember the links of my old Blogger accounts and find them there too.  One I wrote during the divorce and then deleted at some point. It would be interesting to read all of that again so many years later. Here is an old header image I had in another blogging life.

From the Endless Bucket of SEO Comment Spam

I know you have seen this same post in your comment spam. Sometimes I read them before flushing them. This one bugs me. It assumes we are all writing for SEO. As if writing were just a formula of HTML. Writing, making sense, having a voice or something to write about means nothing. You could write gibberish as long as you throw in keyword gibberish and use bold and italics and various sizes of headers. Stuff like this makes us all seem worthless. Stuff like this makes it seem it really is all about money. Stuff like this is why … Read more…

Alltop in Decay

Alltop – Top Writing News. Addendum: Before you read this post know that Alltop fixed the broken and doubled links. I don’t know who in particular did it but I’m very glad they did! Looking at Alltop, the Writing section which my site is a part of, is sad. I was so pleased and proud to be one of the sites asked to join originally. But, now that is tarnished as Alltop seems to be yet another website which has been sold and left to fall into linkrot. On this Writing category page there are three sites which obviously are … Read more…

#NoCommentNoShare

Because I am fed up with sites which expect me to register for another site, like Disqus, before I can leave a comment I am no longer going to share links to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc for any site which I can not comment on. I have not been blocked or banned from Disqus. I just do not want to register for an account. For years we have given our email and name to sites in order to comment. That was more than enough. Trusting sites to collect our email addresses and not sell them was much more than enough … Read more…

Blogging 101: Say “Hi!” to the Neighbors

Today’s challenge is one I am skipping for now. I’ve got a lot of blogs I follow, years and years worth of blogs I follow and I almost never read them. I would like to take time to weed through my list to find which are link rot, moved and can have a fresh link and find new sites which I would love to add to the list. That all takes quite a lot of time though, more than one day for sure. So this day three of the WordPress Blogging 101 will have to be on the list of … Read more…

Blogging 101: Say Your Name

I haven’t changed blog titles often but I change the byline frequently. It’s hard to settle on just one description of your site. If you take a minute you can always think of something completely new, smarter or shinier. Today the WordPress Blogging 101 challenge was to give your blog a fresh title (if you don’t already have one) and think of a byline. The byline should take into account the Introduction post I wrote yesterday. So… I’ve been doing that. It has taken most of the day, so far. There are too many options. I’ve already thought of something … Read more…