Will The Mary Sue Become a Mary Sue?

Last month, The Mary Sue, formerly "the guide to girl geek culture," surprised its community by merging with sister site Geekosystem, changing its design, and changing its tagline to "let your geek flag fly." While some pushback on The Mary Sue's changes was to be expected, some of the changes—as well as comments made on social media by senior staff members—have left some readers wondering if The Mary Sue is about to become a ...more
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Autoresponding to Comments: Will It Help You Build a Better Blog?

Do you personally respond to each individual who comments at your blog the first time they leave a comment? Do you give them a warm welcome and invite them to come back? Or does that sound like a lot of work? It can be done simply with an autoresponder. Write a dynamite email, then automatically send it to each commenter the first time they comment. That sounds easier, doesn't it? ...more
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Useful WordPress Plugins for Your Blog

Plugins are one of the reasons WordPress bloggers love them some WordPress. Plugins add functions and capabilities to your blog with all sorts of helpful and useful enhancements. There are currently over 14,000 plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory. ...more
Everyone uses CommentLuv but no one actually uses it to promote communication.. more

The Most Important Post You'll Read This Week: Backing Up Your Blog

Her story is not meant to freak you out, but instead to be a warning bell to backup your blog. Issa's Crazy World had more than just a moment of panic when she discovered that her entire blog was... gone. Hackers had gotten into her account and took over the space. Her host was of no help. ...more
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The Most Important Post You'll Read This Week: Backing Up Your Blog

Her story is not meant to freak you out, but instead to be a warning bell to backup your blog. Issa's Crazy World had more than just a moment of panic when she discovered that her entire blog was... gone. Hackers had gotten into her account and took over the space. Her host was of no help. ...more
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How to FTP Your Blog to the Server

Let's assume you want to have a self hosted blog instead of a somethingorother.wordpress.com or one of the other free hosted blog sites. Part of the process of getting your own blog on your own domain is putting the files on the server. The process of putting files on a server is called FTP, for File Transfer Protocol. Image Credit: Virginia DeBolt ...more
This tutorial is so geared toward WordPress. The title should really say that. Blogger, for ... more

What are You Supposed to Do with the C-Panel?

If you sign up for a web hosting account, you get this nice letter back from the hosting company that tells you all about how to connect to your server and where to find your C-panel. If you're a little new at the whole web hosting thing, you may wonder what in the name of cyberspace you are supposed to do with a C-panel. Control by Chicago Art Department via Flickr ...more
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What Will Your Kids Learn About You (or Themselves!) by Reading Your Blog?

I give a lot of thought to the idea that the kids might one day grow up and read my blog (or maybe worse, their friends could read it and end up teasing them about it). I try to be circumspect with what I post -- both about myself as well as about them -- imagining how it would look to a middle school version of the twins or a high school version or a married-with-kids-themselves version. ...more
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Twitter as an RSS Reader? Publish Your Newest Post Links to Your Twitter Account

For the last six or eight months, a friend of mine has told me that she uses Twitter as her RSS feed. She follows everyone she's interested in and follows the links they provide via Twitter (whether to personal or news blogs). She doesn't use any other aggregator. Her experience made me stop and think: do all bloggers think to link their blogs to their Twitter account? Depending on where you are in your social media journey, this may be a new idea for you. You may not be aware of the tools available to help you link your accounts so readers, no matter where they are, can find you....more

I've been using Twitterfeed for quite some time. I do believe it helps others keep up and I ... more