Several people posted comments over the last few days that did not get “approved” by me until today. Sorry! I was fiddling with my settings and set the comments email notification off, when I thought it was on. I love getting comments, but don’t get that many – so was happy to see a backlog of comments from the last week.
I read a lot of blogs – mostly from my SlowTrav friends – and don’t comment often. I should because I know how much I like reading comments. So, keep those comments coming. I have my settings correct now and will see them. If you have commented before, your comment is posted immediately.
I changed the blog to display avatars from Gravatar. WordPress blogs can be set to display avatars created on Gravatar (they are linked to your email address).
I tried to sign up for Gravatar, but it said I had already signed up. So I got it to send me my password, logged in and set up my avatar. Then I noticed that it said “Hello Poptarticus”. My friend Shannon runs a blog called Poptarticus. Recently I switched her blog from Movable Type to WordPress. I must have signed her up on Gravatar using my email. Gravatar calls me Poptarticus and I don’t think there is any way to change it 🙂
Long story to say – check out Gravatar if you post comments on WordPress blogs.
Subscribe to My Blog
I have both set up my blog on FeedBurner for RSS (read in your feed reader – e.g. Google Reader) and email subscription (you get an email with the most recent post). Click the links at the top of the blog or – Subscribe by Email 0r Subscribe to RSS.
I really like the Subscribe by Email and have subscribed to several blogs. Usually I sit down and go thru all the blogs I read to see who has new posts but with this I get an email showing the new post, so I don’t miss posts if I forget to check blogs.
But not all blogs are set up with FeedBurner. If you run a blog, put a FeedBurner subscribe link on it! You can add a form to your sidebar or a link to a form page. There are other things you can do with FeedBurner, but I have not figured them out yet. FeedBurner is now part of Google.
And, since I am rambling away today, don’t forget to check out Twitter. I emailed many of my friends to tell them about Twitter and got 4 more people to sign up (out of about 100 emails). I think that my generation is not really into Twitter. But I go to my Twitter page first thing in the morning and the last thing before I shut down the computer – and really enjoy reading the tweets of the people I follow.
When you sign up for Twitter, anyone can read your Tweets (unless you mark your account as private). The idea with Twitter, as far as I understand it, is to do short (140 character limit) conversational tweets (posts). Sort of like the Group Blog that I set up on the SlowTrav forums years ago, except shorter posts. Something you don’t mind anyone reading.
Make your account public so someone can read your recent tweets and decide if they want to follow you. If someone follows you, check out their page and follow them if they look interesting. If they look like spammers, block them so they cannot follow you.
See me on Twitter – PaulineK. If you sign up, follow me. I will get an email, then I can follow you.
I follow 52 people – people I know from SlowTrav, friends, famous web designers, travelers, expats in Europe. If you go to my Twitter page you can see the icons of the people I follow. Click “view all” under the displayed icons to see my list. Click on each one to see if they are someone you want to follow. Look at the lists of people they follow and so on. Eventually you get a nice list of people to follow. If someone becomes boring or pisses you off, you can unfollow them with one click. You can also search by keywords – I found some people to follow that way.
My pet Twitter peeve – people who tweet all day long. I was following people who tweeted about 20 times a day. That is too much for me to follow. I think 1 – 5 tweets per day is about perfect.
Speaking of pet peeves, how about people who post on their blogs 3 times in one day because they are avoiding other work (or thinking about the current stock market levels)? Guilty!!