Archive for September, 2007

Install the MyBlogLog Widget

Posted 28 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category Better Blogger

This is Step #17 in the 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger.

Set up a MyBlogLog Widget.

Again, this is one of those tools that I’m not sure of. Does it really add value to the page? Or are people just clicking on ‘interesting’ or good looking avatars? I do use avatars in the comments, just for a little extra flavor, but I do notice a slowdown in page loads occasionally. I do not want my site’s load time to be compromised by such widgets, or unnecessarily large amounts of bandwith used, either!

What do you guys think?

Hack College now has a podcast

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Posted 27 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category Technology

Hack CollegeEvery college student’s favorite website, Hack College, has introduced a the Hack College podcast! I’m probably the best person to listen to the podcast, as I am a perpetual student. I’ve been in school since I was 3 years old – and I’m almost 30! ๐Ÿ˜†

Hack College is a year old site that features tips and tricks to help college students work smarter, not harder! This means more time for beer pong and lazing around on the internet! YIPPEE!

Hand Coding Anyone?

Posted 27 Sep 2007 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville, Technology

Example of the beginning of a site:

<html>
<head>
<title>My Test Site</title>
</head>
<body>
Text
</body>
</html>

Now that’s really basic. No doubt you want some color, some different sized text, some things in bold, italics or underlined, etc. You can do all that formatting and more with pure code.

Changing to the new WordPress Tags System

Posted 27 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysOne of the most touted features of the new version of WordPress is the built in tags support. If you use Ultimate Tag Warrior, Bunny’s Technorati Tags or another tagging plugin, it is easy as 1-2-3 to switch your tags to the built in tags support of WordPress 2.3.

  1. Login to the WordPress admin interface and go to Manage > Import
  2. Look for the option that relates to your tagging plugin. Click on it and follow the directions on the screen.
  3. Uninstall the tagging plugin from your server, as you don’t need it anymore!

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Upgraded to WP 2.3

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Posted 25 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

Of course, no installation or software upgrade is without problems.

WordPress 2.3 downloaded quickly and I was able to install onto my server in less than 10 minutes – but, it seems that some of my favorite plugins, namely Google Sitemaps Generator and Ajax Comments are incompatible with 2.3 currently. Popularity Contest is also generating some SQL errors, so I have deactivated it, also.

If you have upgraded to 2.3 and see weird stuff going on, check out the Plugins/Plugin Compatibility page.

If you want some ideas on some cool WordPress plugins to install, check out my Site Design page.

See your Technorati rankings in a graph!

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Posted 24 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlTechnorati may have done some housekeeping and has a new look, but you can still generate a graph (image) with incoming links to your blog.

For bloggers, this can be helpful to pinpoint which posts created the most buzz, and can even be a great marketing tool for your site! It is very simple:

Go to http://www.technorati.com/chartimg?q=BlogURL&days=3600&width=460&height=200&type=url (Be sure to change the BlogURL value to the URL of your blog!) and press ENTER.

The image will be generated, and you can save it as is, or modify using your favorite photo editing program. (I recommend IrfanView.)

Should you upgrade to WordPress 2.3?

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Posted 19 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress 2.3 is going to be released soon, and many who use WordPress are wondering whether or not they should upgrade to the latest version.

The debate really stems from the fact that if you upgrade, you face having to upgrade your plugins, possibly tweaking your theme and even updating code.

For a lot of bloggers, they don’t have time to do that!

You really should update to WP 2.3, as there are security and coding fixes that are essential to running your WordPress powered website, so sticking with 2.2 is not an option!

Blog Rush – Generating Traffic for Bloggers

Posted 17 Sep 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlBlog Rush hit the scene this weekend, and is already the hot new thing on the ‘net. Everyone is rushing to install Blog Rush’s widget on their site!

I did, too, but realized that it doesn’t mesh with my theme AT ALL AND it isn’t sending me any traffic — it seems to be working for other bloggers, so perhaps this is something I could try out again later on, once I redesign the site again or something. ๐Ÿ˜›

Here’s coverage on the internets about Blog Rush. Would you sign up for this service? Why or why not?

So you wanna do library research, eh?

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Posted 16 Sep 2007 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

If your first thought is “YES!” then either a) you already love library research or b) you have no clue what’s going on when your professor or boss tells you to find something. If your first thought is “Stupid”, then you probably fit in the b category too! But never fear! I am here to help.

After doing extensive library research as an undergrad, for the three public health internships I have completed, and as a grad student, I know a lot of actual “in house” library services AND can help you find internet materials (online journals, search for books online, etc). Ready to learn? Let’s go!