• 5 Reasons Not to Write Blog Posts Directly in WordPress

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 24, 2014
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    All of my blogs are run in WordPress, and that’s been my blogging platform of choice since switching to it in 2006. WordPress offers fairly extensive writing and editing tools right within your site’s admin area. Over the years, I’ve written many of my blog posts directly in WordPress using these tools. That was probably a mistake. In my last […]
  • Why I Switched to Scrivener for Blogging

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 22, 2014
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    A while back I mentioned that I was giving Scrivener a try. My hope was to use that writing software during last year’s NaNoWriMo instead of a standard word processor. That didn’t happen. I was still uncomfortable with the software at the time, and I worried it would slow me down. I’m still a Scrivener beginner by a long shot, […]
  • Some Early Thoughts on WordPress 3.9

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 17, 2014
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    If you run a blog or website on WordPress, you probably know that they rolled out the next major update. WordPress 3.9 was released on April 16th. I take my time with upgrades. I have a little over 50 WordPress installations that need to be upgraded. I start with the smallest sites with the fewest plugins -- usually projects in-development. […]
  • 3 Month Blogging Challenge: The Pre-launch

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 16, 2014
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    It's time for another update on my prep work for my three month blogging challenge. In my last update I shared some background info on what I called the pre-pre-launch phase. That involved registering the new domain (which I'll finally share today), setting up the base WordPress installation, and taking care of design customizations. Normally those are things I can […]
  • How to Add Custom Tweetable Quotes to Your Blog Posts (Without a Plugin)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 14, 2014
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    Have you ever seen custom quotes in a blog post with a "tweet this" link? It's cool, right? Instead of focusing your Twitter links on your blog post title, you can have several tweets with unique content for each of your posts. And by highlighting your best quotes, you increase your chance that readers will share your posts. Here's an […]
  • Free Target Market Worksheet for Freelance Writers

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 6, 2014
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    Have you ever struggled to pinpoint the target market for your freelance writing services? If so, I have a free tool that might help. I decided to overhaul my old target market worksheet, previously only available to those who purchased my Web Writer's Guide e-book which is no longer available. I'm releasing the updated version as a freebie. You'll be able to […]
  • Weekend Reading: Turn Your Blog Into a Book

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 5, 2014
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    As a lead-in to my review of the WordPress Anthologize plugin coming later this week, let's look  at turning your blog into a book (or using it to land a book deal). Whether you're trying to decide if that's the right option for you or you want to learn how you can blog your book, here are some resources that might point […]
  • 3 Things to do Before Upgrading WordPress Plugins

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 4, 2014
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    I wish I knew why, but over the last month and a half or so I've noticed far more WordPress plugin updates than usual being pushed through. Perhaps developers are getting ready for the WordPress 3.9 core update. Whatever the reason, more plugin updates equals more risk for your website or blog. Plenty can go wrong when you update a […]
  • 3 Month Blogging Challenge: The Pre-pre-launch

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 31, 2014
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    Last week I announced that I was taking on a blogging challenge to create a successful blog in three months. Those three months begin on the day of the blog's launch. Right now I'm in what I would call the pre-pre-launch phase, where I'm taking care of basic design, development, and strategy before pre-launch marketing can officially begin (at which […]
  • Weekend Reading: Guest Blogging

    By Jennifer Mattern on March 30, 2014
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    Guest posting has been a hot topic lately around the writing, blogging, SEO, and marketing communities. That's a result of Google's Matt Cutts making the proclamation that guest posting (for SEO) was dead, and him more recently mentioning that Google had penalized MyBlogGuest. That site, owned by Ann Smarty, connects guest bloggers to host blog owners.  While I don't know […]