Search Term Strangeness

Last night I sat down to poke through my WordPress stats as I sometimes do.  I like to check and see where most of my referals are coming from, what sort of search terms people use to find my blog, that kind of thing.  It’s handy from the point of view that I can see […]

Web 2.0: Useful For Author Promotion?

Everyone’s all atweet (excuse me for the pun) these days about Web 2.0.  For those of you not in the know, Web 2.0 is not the plain old Web 1.0, which was the traditional internet with informative webpages, etc.  Web 2.0 includes all the social media and blogging sites that have exploded over the last […]

A Solution At Last: What’s In A Name?

I have spent SOO much time shooting myself in the foot, trying to figure out the best way to approach building my internet footprint and brand with the idea of future publication.  I have moved to self-hosted WordPress, moved back to the free version of WordPress, and even started an experiment to see which I […]

WordPress (free) vs. Blogger

I’m going to start an experiment folks.  I want to know which is better, or Blogger.  Now, hands down I prefer the WordPress dashboard, the built in stats, and the “Possibly Related Posts” that generate traffic for me.  And this would probably never have come up if I hadn’t stupidly deleted my blog […]

If You Call It A Blog…Then BLOG

I read a lot of blogs–on writing, on blogging, on cooking.  My Bloglines feed reader is chock full.  I make a pass through about once every month or two to unsubscribe from blogs that just aren’t working for me, that I usually skim and skip because I tend to add a few every month and […]

Addictive Habits of Bloggers: Guilty

Sometime while I was sick last week, Pot sent me a link to an article on 8 Addictive Habits of Bloggers, which I read with a yep, yep, yep sort of refrain, then forgot about.  I went back looking for it today as grist for the mill.  The abbreviated list of habits is as follows: […]

It’s Begun!

Well, yesterday during a marathon cooking session, I finally got started on Hunted In Shadow.  I’m at my mother’s presently.  She had knee surgery yesterday morning, so I was filling up the freezer with whatever she wanted.  I have to say, I’m so lucky that I didn’t know as a child what I know now […]

Is Self-Hosting Worth It?

Last October I made the decision to take the plunge and move over to a self-hosted wordpress blog on my own domain.  I knew there would be a major dip in traffic for a while, but I expected that eventually, it would pick back up.  I fell in love with all kinds of plugins and […]

How To Annoy Readers of Your Feed

I’ve done a lot of reading and research on web design and presentation (yeah you probably can’t tell that…I didn’t say I knew how to do a whole lot with it yet–and for those who care, I’m actually having a new template designed by the fabulous Christine over at CYHAssociates).   Over at A Field of […]

Commenter Courtesy

I’ve been having one of those days.   You know the ones where nothing goes right from the moment you get out of bed in the morning?  My threshold for stupid was exactly nil, and my temper was on a very, very short leash.  Under those circumstances I received a comment on my old blog A […]