Sunday, May 19, 2019

Managing labels

Use these tools (circled in red).
Labels group posts together on pages by category.

They are a great way to organize your blog.

But how can you manage them?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Journey blogs

Types of Blogs


The tarot car "The Fool," depicting a youth approaching the edge of a cliff
A journey can be a trip, a year at school, a diet, a divorce, a struggle with cancer.

You are bound for a different place than where you started, and the blog tells the story of how.

Like the catalog, it is deceptively simple. You just put one foot in front of the other and at some point you have created a body of work.

The journey, in installments, is the original form of blogging. It is the "log" in "blog."

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Catalog blogs

Types of Blogs


Say you live in a great pizza town. You could try a slice of every pie in town and write a blog post about each.

Compare! Rate! Criticize! Rave!

Several months and many meals later, you've got a blog. And maybe a following—people are passionate about pizza.

Easy peasy.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Back. Up. Your. Blog.

A life preserver
One click.

One click will save to your hard drive all the posts and pages on your blog, published and in draft. Comments, too.

Another click will save your blog's theme.

Do I need to say it?

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Never delete a Google account

Yellow post-it note with "never" written on it.
Well, hardly ever.

So, you are done with Google!—or at least with your account, and are ready to erase it from your digital life.

Not so fast.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Also too clever

The name of this blog is a nod to a project that, for a few months in 2010, was arguably the state of the art method for showing your blog in chronological order, oldest first.

The Rube Goldberg cartoon, "Self-Operating Napkin," illustrating an absurd contraption.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The incredible shrinking feeds

A set of matryoshka dolls
The list of my posts related to blog feeds, below, is generated automatically. It updates itself whenever I add another blog post to the "feeds" category.


Q: How did I do that?

A: I used a feed.