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June 20, 2007

WordPress WordCamp 2007 Schedule

is July 21-22 in San Fransisco, California, and registration is required with tickets $25 USD through PayPal. Space is limited and will fill fast!

The WordCamp Schedule includes:

This is an amazing schedule of whose who in WordPress and blogging. Are you going to be there?

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June 16, 2007

Performancing Launches PhotoPress Theme

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Each month, Performancing releases an über-cool free wordpress theme intended for bloggers who wish to make a statement. This June, you can make an even stronger statement with the latest PhotoPress theme for WordPress. As they say: a picture paints a thousand words.

Photopress theme

Have you ever wanted to display your pictures in a photoblog without sidebar uglification? Well, that was the motivation behind Photopress; a one column WordPress theme specifically designed for photoblogs. With Photopress you can display large 640px width images without any clutter; perfect for the 640×480 landscape standard.

If you want your photos to be front and center on your photo blog, with little interference from your WordPress theme, then Photopress is the theme for you.

PhotoPress is another project done in cooperation with Brian Gardner. You can see a live preview on the Performancing themes blog. Performancing also hosts the official support forum for PhotoPress here.

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June 9, 2007

901am Japan Launched

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We here at Splashpress Media never tire of innovation. And that comes in various forms, including coming up with new services and activities, having our existing sites evolve into new and exciting web apps, and reaching out to more people. So far, my favorite is the reaching out to more people part.

Realizing that the language barrier is one of the bigger problems in reaching out to a wider audience, we’ve been translating our sites into different languages. One example is Blog Herald Japan. We have other localized versions coming up (very very soon).

English isn’t even the most prevalent language in the blogosphere, as we learn from an April 2007 Technorati report, which says Japanese language blog posts accounts for 37%, higher than 36% for English.

So we’re proud to announce a new addition to our list of localized sites: 901am Japan.

This is not machine-translated, mind you. We have explored that option before, but we realized there is no substitute for the human factor when it comes to translation. 901am Japan is another collaboration with IOIX, which also does the Blog Herald’s Japanese counterpart.

Congratulations to the 901am team and IOIX for the launch of 901am Japan. I guess a round of sake for everyone is in order! New media news every morning meets the land of the rising sun.

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May 17, 2007

New Book: Blogging Tips – What bloggers won’t tell you about blogging

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We’re proud to announce that one of our own Blog Herald columnists, Lorelle VanFossen, has recently written her own book about blogs and blogging, Blogging Tips – What bloggers won’t tell you about blogging. You can check out the details and place an order here.

The book, published by the Blog Herald, was launched during the recently held SOBCon. Blogging Tips highlights useful and wonderful tips, tutorials, how tos and techniques on blogging that Lorelle has discussed here on the Blog Herald and on her Lorelle on WordPress blog over the past few years. read more

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May 14, 2007

Scheduled Maintenance in a Few Hours

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The Blog Herald is due for some (long overdue) maintenance in a few hours. We’re just doing some finishing touches offline, and then we’ll be taking the site down for about a couple of hours. Once you see an “under maintenance” sign in place of the usual BH site, that means we’re already doing some tweaking under the hood. But don’t worry, we’ll still be here.

After that we will be doing some testing to make sure we don’t screw anything up.

If you need to get in touch with us for any reason, you can email editor (at) blogherald (dot) com.

Please bear with us. I assure you it will be worth the wait!

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May 11, 2007

Micro-Marketing

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Something I’ve been thinking about recently, and talking to clients about, is the ability Web 2.0 and the idea of the social Web gives them (and us) the ability to track conversations about them and their industry.

It’s not that this sort of peer-to-peer chatter hasn’t happened before, or that companies haven’t been trying to generate buzz around them before – in fact many companies spend huge amounts of marketing dollars on companies such as Bzz Agent and Agent Wildfire to build up excitement – it’s the fact that every online conversation is indexed and is searchable.

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April 17, 2007

April 30: A Day of Silence on the Blogosphere

According to OneDayBlogSilence.com:

Silence can say more then a thousand words.

This day shall unite us all about this unbelievable painful & shocking event and show some respect and love to those who lost their loved ones.

On April 30th 2007, the Blogosphere will hold a One-Day Blog Silence in honor towards the victims of Virginia. 33 died at the US college massacre.

The Blogosphere is in deep mourning.

All you have to do is spread the word about it and post the graphic on your blog on 30th April 2007. No words and no comments. Just respect and empathy.

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March 26, 2007

Performancing Metrics Unveiled

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David Krug announces over at Performancing.com that they have launched a totally new Performancing Metrics, which is a comprehensive analytics package geared towards bloggers of all kinds (that means whether you’re an A-lister, Z-lister, or whatever lister, as Lorelle defines here).

Performancing Metrics is a new and unique web analyzer that gives bloggers and smaller web sites a more personal understanding of their visitors. Many analyzers give good summaries, and Performancing Metrics is no different – but the similarities stop there. Performancing Metrics stands out with its refreshingly clean and simple interface, innovative features like Spy and RSS feeds, and an unrivaled per visitor level of detail. You also get real time stats, outbound link tracking, download tracking, and much much more.

Here’s what Performancing Metrics gives you:

By including just 2 lines of HTML code on your web site, juicy tidbits of information about every click by every visitor to your site are sent back to Performancing Metrics and logged to your account. This information includes the visitor’s IP address, geolocation, web browser, operating system, URL and page title, the date and time, and the referer (where they came from, e.g., Google). If a visitor comes from a search engine, we extract their search query so you can easily see visitor’s searches up front. (Most engines, including Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, Ask, Live, and others are supported). Performancing Metrics even works with visitors who have javascript disabled.

Performancing Metrics comes free for users with less than 1,000 pageviews per day, which would include most blogs. For users with higher traffic levels, premium packages are available starting from $1.99 per month or $14.99 per year. All new users get a 21-day free trial of the premium package.

Users also get the chance to earn a 20% commission on direct referrals, and 5% on second-level referrals.

More information about Performancing Metrics can be found on the About page. If you want to sign up, or if you already have a Performancing account, head on to pmetrics.performancing.com

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March 17, 2007

Twitter Lowers The Bar For Blogging

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It’s only a matter of time before people start to Twitter in the bathroom. If you don’t know what Twitter is (either because you don’t follow online technology or you’ve been locked in a sock drawer), that IS as bad is it sounds, but not in the way you probably think.

If you do follow online technology, you know that Twitter is the anywhere, anytime, instant publishing solution that lowers the threshold for publishing about yourself several orders of magnitude below blogging, such that there is nothing you can possibly be doing that is too mundane, private, or uninteresting that it isn’t worth posting on Twitter. Use of Twitter recently exploded in the geekosphere at the SXSW conference, leading to much pontificating on the existential meaning of Twitter, i.e. I Twitter, therefore I am.

I think Twitter is a well-executed application, which, like all technologies, is only good or bad in how it is used. What strikes me about Twitter is that it appears to be accentuating the natural exhibitionist and voyeuristic tendencies of avid blog writers and readers. While blog posts have traditionally been short, Twitter pushes this trend to the extreme, accentuating the attention deficit disorder that the web naturally fosters.
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March 3, 2007

Use WordPress 2.1.1? Please Upgrade to WP 2.1.2!

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This is more of a public service announcement than anything else, as Lorelle already mentioned it in her fabulous “WordPress Wednesdays” three days ago.  But in case you weren’t aware, had forgotten, or didn’t read it (shame on you if you didn’t! :), it bears repeating: If you’re using WordPress 2.1.1 please upgrade to WordPress 2.1.2!

The details can be found over at the official WordPress site, but WP 2.1.1 has a piece of code that may have been inserted by a cracker who gained user-level access to the WordPress.org servers.  The hack allows WP 2.1.1 to be exploited in some fairly nasty ways.  Don’t be a victim — upgrade to WP 2.1.2 today!

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