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Spring-Clean Your Blog in Five Easy Steps

March 20, 2014

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The first day of Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the annual ritual of airing, dusting, and decluttering our homes. While you’re in cleaning mode, why not devote a few minutes to streamlining your blog, too? (Note: if you live south of the Equator, these tips are still valid!)

This isn’t just about appearances (though those matter), but also about traffic — a clean, attractive, easy-to-navigate site is one readers are more likely to visit again. Here are five things you can do in the next ten minutes to see immediate results.


#1 Unload your unused widgets

Theproblem: Widgets are a great tool for organizing your content and customizing your blog’s look. Overstuffing your sidebar (or other widget areas), though, can make your blog look busy, disorganized, and less professional.

What you can do: Look at your sidebar as if you were…

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Celebrating Irish Blogs and Bloggers on Saint Patrick’s Day

March 20, 2014

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit! And, if you don’t speak Irish, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! March 17th is a public holiday in Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Montserrat that commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Today, we’re showcasing Irish blogs and bloggers as a way to join in the fun.

No celebration is complete without food

If we’re celebrating, we’ve got to have good food. Foodies will enjoy One Man’s Meat, where Irish blogger Conor Bofin shares his carefully photographed recipes, well-seasoned with humor. We especially enjoyed his recipe for an English classic, toad in the hole, and this amazing hot smoked duck with orange marmalade.

Hot Smoked Duck with Orange Marmalade, by Conor Bofin. Hot Smoked Duck with Orange Marmalade, by Conor Bofin.

Ireland in photos

Kildare-based photographer Edward Mooney showcases his work over at EdMooneyPhotography. His photo essay on Donadea Castle captures the beautiful ruins in black and white.

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On the World Around Us: A Sampling of Science Blogs

March 20, 2014

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We love writers who are constantly curious — asking questions, digging deeper, and always learning about the world around us. Here are some science bloggers to add to your reading list:

The Renaissance Mathematicus

The self-proclaimed “aging freak” at Renaissance Mathematicus writes about the history, philosophy, and mythology of science in the early modern period (roughly the fifteeth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries) — and focuses on the mythology of science in particular, exposing and exploding these myths. For a taste, consider the recentposts on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s remake of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

Why? Because Science.

The blogchild of witty science writer Thea Beckman, Why — Because Science is a refreshing space for science writing. Thea, who has a background in atmospheric science, injects humor and personality in her posts — take a look at “The Sky Is Only Sometimes Blue,” in which she illustrates a discussion of light, energy and sound…

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Field Notes from Sweden: WebCoast 2014

March 20, 2014

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Every week, Automatticians — the people behind WordPress.com — participate in conferences, WordCamps, and other community events around the world. Today, let’s hear from Happiness Engineer Karim Osman, who just returned from WebCoast, in Gothenburg, Sweden. WebCoast is a WordPress.com-sponsored conference that focuses on online communication and web development.

After a three-hour train ride, I finally arrived in Sweden’s second-largest city: Gothenburg. This was my first time there, and my fellow Happiness Engineer Fabiana Simões showed me around town. It’s a lovely city with great sights, amazing architecture, and cozy cafes — the perfect place for a conference.

The nicest thing about WebCoast is that it’s a three-day, unconference-style event. “Unconference” means that the content is organized and created by the conference attendees: there was a gridded board where speakers booked a slot for their talk, workshop, or discussion session. Then others decided which sessions they’d like to attend.

Visitors adding their workshops and talks to the grid. Visitors adding…

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March 6, 2014

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He’s Back. James O’Keefe Blows Open Navigators Like He Did Acorn.

January 22, 2014

He’s Back. James O’Keefe Blows Open Navigators Like He Did Acorn..

ACORNholio strikes again? How do we protect Information Security, control UNIONS & provide EVIDENCED BASED OUTCOMES?

If you failed to read HR3200 like our illiterate Congress… if you do not know that it was not designed to solve our health care problems but that it is nothing short of outsourcing our jobs and privacy to the international community…

Why did any contract go to ACORN when we have fully capable people with INFORMATION SECURITY and SYSTEMS DESIGN training at each state?

Is this entrapment by having folks commit fraud on their applications?

If we are hiring felons to encourage felonious activity to ensnare folks into prison that is entrapment.

I saw the C-Span hearings, their focus was on prosecuting applicants who lied on their insurance apps.

Don’t tell me ACORN and ACORN International is running the prison system. That would be way too TWILIGHT ZONE for me!

ACORN was only 35,000 members large pre Kartina. Post Katrina, a whopping 450,000 within the first year. Rathke’s brother was in trouble for absconding funds, but that didn’t help New Orleans. Neither did ACORN when they formed ACORN International. Was their New Orleans on their list of priorities? Not so much!

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January 12, 2014
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