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I felt bereft about the sudden removal of the Zemanta related content (images/text) plugin from WordPress on January 2, 2014. Hunting for (and crediting) images took 20 minutes (compared to a minute before with this handy little tool). Appending Related Articles to blogposts — now that was completely impossible.
I was quite inconsolable (almost as if I had lost a beloved pet). After extensive poking around in the WordPress forums, I discovered that Zemanta still does exist, albeit in Continue reading →
A personal guide to de-mystifying my use of the WordPress Like, Reblog, Share and Follow buttons. I use these buttons, not because I am trying to gather followers, ramp up the hits for my own blog, get likes for my own posts, for any other kind of quid pro quo relationship, or even a twisted Pavlovian desire for validation. I am curious, and I enjoy what you blog about, for the pure and simple sake of enjoyment. There are no strings attached–as altruistic and syrupy as that may sound. Continue reading →
going where language has never gone
The popularity of blogging as a means to convey thoughts, opinions and information to various online audiences has given rise to a new breed of concurrent symptoms and disorders. These include, in descending order of importance and severity:
- Bloggitis: the uncontrollable urge to make one’s thoughts and opinions known online.
- Widgetphilia: love of using as many widgets as one can stuff on one’s blog.
- Themelexia: the inability to select the correct theme for one’s blog.
- Post Post Analysis Complex: the need to analyze (and edit) publicized posts to perfection.
- Communityosis: the obsessive desire to have as many followers as possible for one’s blog.
- Feedback Fever (aka Replybitis): the need to constantly have responses from the readers.
- Draftophobia: fear of the Save Draft button (often associated with Writer’s Block).
- Statliococci: the bacteria-driven compulsion to ramp up total blog hits quickly.
Those seriously contemplating a career in blogging should be aware of the potential health pitfalls outlined above. Those already doomed to a life of blogging should seek professional help as soon as possible. No known cures exist, but treatments are possible to lessen the extent of sufferers.