Archive for October, 2008

Show off your Feedburner Subscribers

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Posted 28 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysI don’t know how I survived blogging without FeedBurner to manage my feeds! A good analogy for FeedBurner and what it does for your blogs – it is like an alternative fuel for your blog feeds – making your blog (vehicle) run better, faster and smoother – while getting more mileage out of your RSS feeds!

First, you need a Feedburner account set up. If you do not have one, read more on the FeedBurner site – be sure to watch the cool video!

Got your FeedBurner account? Good! Let’s get started!

Navigate to Publicize and first ACTIVATE the service.

Top 10 Places to Shop Online for the Holidays

Posted 27 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlMy favorite holiday is coming in 59 days – Christmas! Time to break out the balsam fir artificial Christmas tree and fruit cake recipes and begin shopping for our loved ones and friends.

I usually do ALL of my holiday shopping online, because frankly, it is easier than going from store to store and mall to mall to find the “perfect” gift – and giving up and getting everyone a coffee maker.

Here is my top 10 list of places to shop online for the holidays. If you have any suggestions, post them in the comments!

Effectively Using Categories and Tags on Your Blog

Posted 26 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysAlmost every blog software uses some form of categories and tagging to label your posts. You can turn your blog into a well organized internal search engine with a little elbow grease.

Categories can be thought of as a chest of drawers in your bedroom. Each drawer has a specific purpose – one for socks, one for shirts, another for sweaters, and so on.

Tags are subdivisions of each category. Inside of each drawer (category) you can divide your socks by color or type. Same with your shirts and sweaters. Tags are a compliment to categories, so you remain organized.

101 Ways to Becoming a Better Blogger E-book Winner

Posted 23 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

betterbloggercover Congrats to the $10.01 winner of the 101 Ways to Become a Better Blogger e-book contest – Jason Mayoff!

I will be in touch about how you can claim your prize!

I hope you have gotten a chance to download the 101 Steps e-book, and learned a few tips that can help you become a better blogger.

The 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger e-book is a system to blogging success from how to select plugins that will help you have a very functional blog and which methods can help you attract more readers and enjoy blogging.

Get Idle Keyboard and Sound Busy at Work

Posted 21 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlWhile you are at work reading about the history of toothpaste or how to make corned beef and rice, you may not sound like you are busy. Usually, people think of busy as hearing keys click-clacking on a keyboard.

So, download Idle Keyboard, which provides audio for you to play while you are at work. Sounds JUST like someone is typing on a keyboard. You sound like you’re busy, and no one knows that you are just enjoying the Internet’s vast archives of information!


This special feature, Geek Girl, appears every Monday.

Catching up with Comments and Readers

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Posted 21 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category Random

Having a blog is always a joy, but when you take a few days off, it is amazing how the emails and comments pile up!

I spent the weekend with some friends at a conference, and one couple was celebrating their 25th anniversary. I gave them a coffee maker, because that was the only gift I could get at the last minute and easily carry with me upstate NY.

There are plenty of geeky things in the works for this week, but I want YOU to do is tell me in the comments what you’d like to see in the near future – or any questions you’d like me to answer for you!

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Blogging

Posted 15 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysAre you still contemplating starting a blog?

Or have you reserved a username or webhost, but haven’t made the first step into blogging?

Don’t despair. You aren’t alone! Many people haven’t started blogs yet!

Blogging is a relatively new phenomenon, but as you have probably noticed, blogging is more and more popular, and is now in the mainstream of world news and communication!

I want you to start a blog! Still not convinced? Well, here are 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Blogging!

  1. Blogging is easy. Seriously. Blogging is just as simple as sitting down and composing an email!

101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger E-Book Released!

Posted 13 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category Announcements, Better Blogger, Featured

betterbloggercoverThe ultimate geek girl has released her first e-book, inspired by the series 101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger, and you can download this FREE e-book today!

Updated to reflect changes in today’s blogging climate, this e-book is full of tips and tricks to help even the most experienced blogger learn more about blogging!

Read about how to personalize your WordPress blog with plugins and code!

Get inspiration on blogging topics, staying focused on blogging and getting publicity for your site.

Take advantage of the geek girl’s research, and avoid the pitfalls of blogging.

Geek Girl Link Love!

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Posted 05 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlThese are some great sites I’ve come across in the past few weeks. I wanted to share them with you!

Some of these websites are helpful, some are funny, but all are definitely bookmarkable and worthy of a visit.