WP-Sweep – You Simply Need To Use It On Your WordPress Install

WP-Sweep - Keep Your WordPress Database Running Smooth

Over the years my WordPress database had become bloated - very bloated. Despite using WP-Optimize to keep the database in check, 12 years of content, many host migrations and export/import cycles had caused my database to balloon to a massive 98.6 MB in size. Needless to say, this caused more than a few issues when … Continue reading WP-Sweep – You Simply Need To Use It On Your WordPress Install

Distraction Free Blogging? I’d Pay For That!

Distraction Free Blogging

While I applaud the efforts made by the WordPress team to include a distraction free editor, it unfortunately does little (and cannot for technical reasons) to stop the myriad of distractions that occur on my desktop or laptop. The only real way to stop the flood of email notifications, IM's, phone calls is to disconnect … Continue reading Distraction Free Blogging? I’d Pay For That!

BIIP… BIIP.. BIIP… Tasticles!

Cardinals have "bunga bunga" parties in the Vatican, Darth Vader runs Death Valley, levelling 5000-year-old Peruvian pyramids, the State Department spends $630,000 failing to engage on Facebook, Bebo goes cheap(er) and the Viralheat Blogathon. Stories mentioned in this episode of the Nothing Serious Podcast include: Pope's 'gay lobby' remarks stir up new storm of Vatican … Continue reading BIIP… BIIP.. BIIP… Tasticles!

How Not To Apply To Guest Post (And 5 Tips To Avoid The Circular Filing Cabinet)

I received the above application to guest post on my blog this morning, which set my teeth on edge. Everything about this generic, impersonal, templated application is an insult to the owner of any blog that receives it, and it would have ended up in the virtual circular filing cabinet if I'd had my morning coffee and wasn't feeling … Continue reading How Not To Apply To Guest Post (And 5 Tips To Avoid The Circular Filing Cabinet)

Do You Disclose Sponsored Posts?

Disclosure

Do you disclose sponsored posts? You really should, you know! Disclosure isn't something I've seen talked about a lot on the web lately, unless it's people complaining about TechCrunch, or TechCrunch a throwing a rather pathetic hissy fit about biased reviews (see the comments for a good laugh). Disclosure appears to be something that seasoned bloggers just take for … Continue reading Do You Disclose Sponsored Posts?

Have You Gone Static?

static

It was remarkably fitting that I just had to perform 2 theme updates on this blog - 1 automatic and 1 manual - for Genesis, and still had to disable minification of CSS to make things look right. You see, I spent a lot of time today thinking about blogs created as static HTML, and … Continue reading Have You Gone Static?

Blogging Without A Contact Form = You Miss Out

Blogging Without A Contact Form

I've said it before, and I’ll damn well say it again – “If you don’t have a contact form on your blog or site, you’re not worth my time following”. Having spent a large part of this morning building a contact list of local bloggers for outreach, I’m shocked by how many don’t have even … Continue reading Blogging Without A Contact Form = You Miss Out

Remember When Blogging Used To Be Fun?

Whiteboards

In the not so distant past blogging used to be something that I enjoyed. It used to be something that I did everyday, sometimes multiple times a day, as well as podcast, develop and find content for our sites. Lately all I do is work on our sites. It's not that I don't like blogging, I love … Continue reading Remember When Blogging Used To Be Fun?