On blogging and LiveJournal’s new terms

I don’t remember when I started blogging. It was on AOL Journals so it was at least 2003, but I left before it closed in 2008. I don’t remember what I blogged about, probably nothing. Although there were some pioneers in the space, a blog in the late 1990s and early 2000s was, generally speaking, someone’s online diary. People wrote about family, work, and life in general. The average casual blogger wasn’t optimising their blog…

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Free Images for Social Media and Blogs

Where can I find free stock images for social media or for my blog? This is a question that comes up often in my social media and blogger circles on Facebook. I end up posting a list of URLs that I copy and paste each time. So, I thought I’d collect a few of my favourite resources here and share it with you. I’ve included not only websites where you can find free stock photos, but…

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2014 WordPress Annual Report

Last week, WordPress’s stat monkeys put together my annual report detailing how Stumble Down Under did in 2014. The crunchy numbers made me pretty happy. The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Funny enough, none of the entries I…

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Ello, How Long Will You Be Staying?

Have you heard about Ello? Ello is all the rage right now. Ello claims it was originally built as a private social network for artists to share their artwork, but so many people wanted to join it that it overwhelmed the servers. They built a public version of it. It was created by white bearded hipsters so it has a manifesto. It declares that, on Ello, we are not products, unlike on that other social…

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The Blog as the Hub of the Social Media Spokes

When people ask me what’s the hardest part about blogging, I say it’s choosing a theme. After that, it’s making the time to actually sit down and write. I haven’t been blogging much lately. It’s not because I don’t have anything to say. I have plenty to say. There’s more going on my brain than my mouth and typing fingers can keep up with. I could tell you about my recent experience working in Melbourne, my brother-out-law’s…

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