Blogging 201 starts next Monday. Are you registered?

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

Please note: the content of this edition of Blogging 201: Branding and Growth is the same as the challenge offered earlier this year. If you’re looking for something new to tackle, more Blogging U. courses will roll out this fall and throughout 2015.

If you’ve been taking part in Blogging 101, we’ve reached the end of our journey together. But if you want to keep going — or if you’ve been blogging for a while but need to give your readership a boost —  Blogging 201: Branding and Growth gets going next Monday, October 20.

Two weeks of daily tasks will help you:

  • Define your blog’s brand
  • Understand your blog’s stats
  • Highlight your existing posts
  • Build your audience

There’s no requirement or expectation that you write a post every day; Blogging 201 is made up of non-publishing tasks to help you grow your online presence. Weekends are free time to…

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What to Do When Your F*#king Kids Swear

Originally posted on Field Notes From Fatherhood:

life-cycle-of-cursing-after-kids-article“Mommy, what does ‘I fuck your buttocks’ mean?”

My friends have a lovely little boy in an English-language preschool in Budapest, and this was what he’d learned in school that day (although presumably not as part of the official curriculum).

The little boy’s mom wrote to me for advice, apparently thinking that since I write about parenthood I actually know what I’m talking about. She writes: “What to do if your preschooler brings the F-word home from school?” I advised her to say this:

“Well, Davie, ‘fuck’ is a word probably of Germanic origin which signifies the sexual act, but also is frequently used as an intensifier, although in this case it would seem to be the former. ‘Buttocks’ is another term for your bottom, so when you say “I fuck your buttocks” what you’re saying is that you have sexual congress with my ass. Does that explain it for…

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A Samian Summer. Chapter One. A Greek Tragedy.

Originally posted on A Word in Your Ear:


Samos is one of the Eastern Aegean Sea islands. It is the greenest isle of the group and its economy is based on olives, wine, fishing and, to a certain extent, tourism. For a small island it has a big history which includes, according to mythology, the goddess Hera being born here.  Some of the best scientists and philosophers in ancient Greece originate from Samos including Pythagoras of Pythagora’s theorem, Aristarchus the first person to conclude that the earth revolved around the sun and Aesop of the famous fables.  But my personal favourite is Epicurus who claimed that the principle of life is to satisfy the needs of the stomach and who’s advice the Samians have embraced wholeheartedly.

It was from this island that my partner’s family originated before they emigrated to Australia. He returned to the island many years later and discovered his mother’s family house abandoned. They rebuilt and now…

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BlackBerry Passport: More Strong Reviews (and Converts, too!)

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:

Three weeks ago, the BlackBerry Passport made its debut, and the reviews are still coming in, with more to come as it launches in other regions. Reviewers are discovering for themselves what “being different” can bring to the table, and a few are even having “conversion experiences” where their preconceptions were blown out of the water.

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Take the case of Richard Goodwin of smartphone-centric site Know Your Mobile. He writes:

  • “I didn’t want to like this handset. I had A LOT of preconceptions about the way it looked, switching back to a physical keyboard, and having to use BB10 for a week or more for the purpose of this review. Like a lot of people, I’d made my mind up about the Passport without even using it–– and this was wrong. Like all new ideas, once you’ve accustomed yourself to its ways you feel right at home…

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Flash Movie Review: Dracula Untold

Originally posted on moviejoltz:

Sometimes I wish I could have seen the earlier years of a person I have known or recently met. An individual, no matter how hard they have tried, will still act out a particular way based on past interactions from their life. I am sure all of us have had times where we silently wondered why a person was acting a certain way. It could be something as benign as not liking candles or as wicked as mercilessly teasing a cat or dog. I knew someone who rarely gave an opinion about anything. Being asked where they wanted to eat or what movie to see, they could not voice their thoughts, only say whatever or it did not matter. It wasn’t until I happened to meet their parent that I finally saw the reason why they were acting that way. The parent was overbearing and quick to belittle their child…

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Create a Custom Image Widget: A How-To for Non-Designers

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

Widgets on are handy features: they display important information and visually enhance our sidebars and footers. For those of you who want to personalize your site a bit more — for free — consider creating a custom Image Widget, which you can use to:

  • promote a book, project, or event
  • call attention to specific links, like your social channels
  • shape your visual identity

Here, we’ll show you how to design your own image, which you can insert into an Image Widget.

Custom Image Widgets can be simple — consider the colored blocks of text for Bethany Meyer’s social media accounts on LifeAbsorbed (seen at left).

Or, you can mix image with text to create an even more personalized Image Widget, like this “2014 Reads” widget that appears at the top of Sasha Martinez’s sidebar at Other Sashas:

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The layer of text, the subtle vintage filter, the rounded corners…you don’t need to…

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Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 14, 2014

Originally posted on Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts:

Massive list of Dropbox credentials leaked, change your password immediately;  Thousands of Fake Apps Impersonate Facebook, Twitter;  This is why people use phones to film police;  anonabox: Tor in a box for maximum anonymity and freedom;  What to consider when choosing a password manager;  The Alleged Snapchat Leak Looks Real, But It’s Mostly Not Porn;  Five apps to help you organize your personal finances;  When to buy a flash drive, an external hard drive, or an external SSD;  $65 Windows tablets show up in Hong Kong;  How to get instant scores and sports updates with Google Now;  Popcorn Time Finds A New Home;  Oracle’s 155 bug fixes add to mega Patch Tuesday;  Borderlands: The Pre-sequel review;  Xbox preorder bonuses coming to Microsoft Stores for the holidays;  Google reveals our embarrassing voice search habits.

anonabox: Tor in a box for maximum anonymity and freedom

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