Apr 29, 2011

Houston Chronicle migrates to WordPress

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As Dwight Silverman mentions in the Houston Chronicle Tech Blog, Chron.com will soon be moving all their 360 blogs from TypePad to WordPress. Welcome to the WordPress family!

[Visit the Houston Chronicle at Chron.com]


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Apr 28, 2011

1000 Awesome Things powered by WordPress

1000 Awesome Things powered by WordPress  阅读原文»

The Book of Even More AwesomeThe following interview is with Neil Pasricha, creator of 1000AwesomeThings.com, powered by WordPress.com, and two-time published author. His second book, The Book of (Even More) Awesome, is out today.

How did you get the idea to create a blog about 1000 Awesome things? Does your blog help you become a happier person?

NEIL: Well, I was in a pretty rough place when I started the blog. My wife and I were growing further and further apart and my best friend was battling a major depression. When I flipped open the newspaper or turned on the TV it was about melting ice caps, terrible hurricanes, and the collapsing economy.

I started 1000 Awesome Things to try and find a way to cheer myself up. I wanted to find a place where bakery air, snow days, and popping bubble wrap were the most important things in the world.

Over the next couple of years my personal life got worse. My wife told me she didn't love me anymore. My best Chris took his own life. And in most ways I'm still the same guy � working the same office job in the suburbs, eating the same frozen burritos for dinner, and still needing to go to the gym more.

But in many ways I've become happier because I see awesome things everywhere. I hit a string of green lights on my way home from work and think awesome! I flip to the cold side of my pillow in the middle of the night and think awesome! And I think these little daily highs add up to longer term happiness.

Why did you choose WordPress and what have you liked most about using it as a publishing service?

NEIL: Ha ha, I think I literally Googled "how to start a blog" and clicked on the first link!

But my experience with WordPress since that first day has been absolutely incredible. The forums helped me figure out every issue I've got (and I've had issues!) and whenever I email support they reply right away.

On a bigger note though, I really do think WordPress is changing the world by helping people from all places and spaces communicate their message to the world. Nothing could be more powerful than that.

How did you get a book deal, and when is your second book coming out?

NEIL: Well let me tell you a crazy story! When I started writing 1000 Awesome Things back in June, 2008 nobody read it except for my mom. Although, the traffic did double when she forwarded it to my dad.

Then I got excited when I emailed it to friends and tens of people started coming each day. Then it become hundreds, then thousands, then millions… and then I got a phone call! And the voice at the other end of the line said "You just won the best blog in the world award!"

Obviously, I thought this was some sort of spammy joke. But I somehow ended up winning the Webby Award for Best Blog in 2009 and got flown to New York to walk a red carpet with Martha Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, and Sarah Silverman.

When I came home there were ten literary agents waiting for me in my inbox asking if I wanted to put together a book. It was a total Julie and Julia moment and it kind of hit me how powerful our little blogging community really is.

The Book of (Even More) Awesome comes out today, April 28th!

Anything else you’d like to share regarding WordPress?

NEIL: Yes! To everyone out there with a WordPress blog: You are awesome! We may never meet, we may never talk, but I completely love, respect, and admire how much passion and energy goes into all of our sites.

Maybe nobody realizes how long we slave over posts, how excited we are when we check our Stats pages, or how fun it is to get a comment from someone we've never met. I've been feeling these buzzes for two years and they've never got old to me. I am so grateful, so proud, and so flattered to be part of this amazing community.

Let's keep on blogging forever … and let's always stay strong and stay AWESOME!

Thank you so much for the chat and for those that check it out I really hope you like The Book of (Even More) Awesome.

Thanks Neil!


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New Theme: Linen

New Theme: Linen  阅读原文»

Today’s latest theme is as clean and fresh as you’d expect a theme named Linen to be. It’s also an impressively adaptable theme with an array of options that make personalizing it simple and easy. If you’re publishing articles in a magazine, pages for a business site, or your own personal blog, you’ll find Linen’s elegant style perfect for you. And it’s yours for the lifetime of your blog for only $68.

The Linen Theme

Just like the other premium themes from The Theme Foundry Linen is packed with features. Linen beautifully highlights posts with featured images by sliding them across the home page. You can add thumbnails to each post and upload your own logo or custom background. You can even customize the typography with a selection of seven accent fonts and eight different body fonts!

Read more about Linen’s features on the Theme Showcase and preview it right now, live on your blog, from Appearance → Themes.


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Apr 27, 2011

Writing made easy with Writing Helper

Writing made easy with Writing Helper  阅读原文»

We know the hardest part of blogging is actually writing posts. And most blogging software, and even word processors, do little to help writers write. Today at WordPress.com we’re proud to announce a new kind of feature, aimed at helping the writing process, called Writing Helper. It’s a new box that appears underneath the edit box on the Add a Post Screen (the entire box can be dragged to the right side if you want it next to the edit box, instead of underneath).

First up is Copy A Post. You can now reuse the hard work of previous posts as the basis for the next one. Simply hit the Copy A Post button, pick a post, and we copy the title, content, tags and categories for you, saving you steps. If you often have similarly tagged or formatted posts, this will save much time. We will always show your most recent posts in the list, but you can search by title too.

Next is Request Feedback. You can now share a private draft of a post with a friend before it is published. They can help you find typos, suggest improvements and give advice to make the post amazing before your publish it to the world.

When you click on Request Feedback, you can enter email addresses of friends who are willing to help. They’llreceivea special private link to see your draft, where they can leave feedback on your post (see image above). Their feedback will appear in your post’s Request Feedback area when it arrives, so you can make changes to your draft accordingly.

For more about how Writing Helper works, read the support pages for Copy a Post and Request Feedback.

And if you have ideas for other Writing Helper features you’d like to see, leave us a comment.


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Apr 26, 2011

New Theme: Fresh News

New Theme: Fresh News  阅读原文»

We’re always amazed with the way you continually push the scope and depth of your blogs on WordPress.com. It only makes sense that you’d also want themes that can take that work and organize it in easily readable, neat layouts. Like our newest theme addition, Fresh News! For the one time price of $45, Fresh News offers a solid design that can accommodate many different websites. From its feature post slider to the 18 color schemes, this magazine style theme is an elegant and feature rich way to display your content.

The looks of Fresh News

Developed by WooThemes, Fresh News also makes use of two fully customizable navigational menus as well as several widget areas and layout options. If you love customization in your themes, you can’t go wrong with Fresh News. Of course, there is much more for you to explore and discover on the Theme Showcase.


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