Blogging

  • Quick Tip: Use a Blog Editorial Calendar

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 17, 2014
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    Whether you manage one blog or many, content planning can become overwhelming at times. A simple tool to help with your content strategy is a blog editorial calendar. My old editorial calendars focused on monthly topics, but I didn't go much further than that. They were meant to be rough guides to help me focus my blog posts around important […]
  • Quick Tip: Protect Your WordPress Login Page From Brute Force Attacks

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 10, 2014
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    If you're a WordPress blogger, chances are that you're aware of the massive brute force attempts targeting WordPress sites lately. If you're not sure what these are, basically it's when someone attempts to hack your site by guessing your username and password. But they usually do this with bots that let them automate the process, and your site can be […]
  • Weekend Reading: Build a Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 7, 2014
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    For this week's Weekend Reading segment, let's look at launching new blogs, from choosing a blog design to developing your blog's content strategy. If you're thinking about starting your first blog (or a new blog in general) here are some articles and resources that might help. How to Start a Blog in 2014 -- By Pete Zaborszky at Make-a-Web-site.com How […]
  • Tuesday Quick Tips: Change Your Twitter Handle Without Losing Followers

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 3, 2014
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    Today I'm kicking off a new weekly post series: Tuesday Quick Tips. Each Tuesday moving forward I'll publish a short post with a simple tutorial, generally covering a common question or something you can do in just a few minutes. Let's start by talking about Twitter. If you follow me on Twitter you might have noticed that I recently changed […]
  • Freelance Blogging Pay Rates: Exposing Some Myths

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 2, 2014
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    This post was originally published on June 20, 2009. But I wanted to share it again today (and update it a bit) as the issue of blogging pay rates is hotter than ever as more and more freelance bloggers come onto the scene. As some background, this was originally written in response to Kevin Muldoon's post, Bloggers Need to be […]
  • Free Scrivener Template for Managing Multiple Blogs

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 7, 2014
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    Recently I wrote about my decision to move to Scrivener for blogging. I also released a free scrivener template for bloggers that allows you to easily manage a single blog as its own project. But personally, I use Scrivener to manage multiple blogs, and I manage them all from a single project file so I can see all of my […]
  • Avoid These Mistakes and Make Your Blog Content Go Viral

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 2, 2014
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    Have you ever wondered why some bloggers' content seems to go viral while yours is hardly shared at all? If so, here's a bit of light reading for you this weekend, courtesy of WhoIsHostingThis.com (a site I frequently recommend as a tool for tracking down and dealing with content thieves). This infographic covers some common mistakes bloggers make. If you […]
  • Free Scrivener Template for Bloggers: Manage a Single Blog

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 1, 2014
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    Recently I shared some of the reasons I now use Scrivener for blogging. In the comments on that post I promised to look into creating a simple template you can use. Today I’d like to share that Scrivener blogging template with you. About the Scrivener Blogging Template This simple template was designed to be used in managing your content strategy […]
  • 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, […]