Category: Blogs and blogging

  • Reminders why blogs remain relevant despite social media

    Blogging on a laptop

    Chris Maiorana published a post highlighting why blogs remain relevant despite social media, perhaps because of social media.

  • The blog helped build the Web, not break it

    Spider Web

    I read some wonderful ideas about personal sites as cultivated digital gardens over the weekend (here, here, here, and here), and one post that was linked to in one of these posts caught my attention. It was Amy Hoy’s post titled “Stacking the Bricks: How the Blog Broke the Web“. We built every new page […]

  • Still working on a more convenient publishing workflow on mobile

    My publishing workflow for my site on desktop is convenient enough. I’d love to be able to share on mobile as conveniently. I’m just not there yet. That’s probably why this quote resonates with me: This is important. I need to enjoy the workflow and publishing experience. For me, it’s technical and I want to […]

  • It makes no difference

    Working on the couch

    This quote echoes my inner musings about my blog lately (as much as I love having my own space on the Web): Seriously, who cares when anything on my site got posted. For the vast majority of things I’m writing it makes absolutely no difference what-so-ever.  My blog is a digital garden, not a […]

  • How Wes Bos built his new site

    I’ve followed Wes Bos for a couple years now. I bought several of his courses, and look forward to when I have time to do his Beginner JavaScript — Learn JavaScript from Scratch course. He recently rebuilt his personal site using Gatsby.JS, and published both a post and a video explaining how he did it: […]

  • How to send a Webmention in comments?

    Mailboxes in a row

    I’ve had Webmentions enabled on this site for some time now. Sending a Webmention is pretty straightforward thanks to plugins like Webmention for WordPress and Semantic-Linkbacks. The question is how to send Webmentions in comments when someone replies to one of my posts? 🤔 I reached out to Chris Aldrich on Twitter, and he pointed […]

  • Build a membership site with recurring payments

    Fans cheering for you

    We launched a new Recurring Payments feature for self-hosted WordPress.org sites (powered by Jetpack) or WordPress.com sites today. It’s an awesome new way for anyone with a paid WordPress.com plan to earn money through their sites. Our new Recurring Payments feature for WordPress.com and Jetpack-powered sites lets you do just that: it’s a monetization tool […]

  • My new Twenty Twenty look

    I decided to switch my site over to the new Twenty Twenty theme that will be released with WordPress 5.3 next week. I downloaded a pre-release version from the GitHub repo, and uploaded it directly. I like the default themes that ship with WordPress, and the themes that our team is building. Even though the […]

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