Thursday, April 19, 2018



Start Blogging Anywhere As Long As You Get to WordPress!

During a recent edition of Blogchat, bloggers asked about blogging platforms other than WordPress. Here's why WordPress should be your goal. A blogger asked me my thoughts about Weebly. Frankly, I had no thoughts about Weebly. I have nothing good to say about it, but then again, I have nothing...

Happy 11th Birthday WordPress!

The WordPress blogging platform turns 11 years old tomorrow. Roughly 22.1% of new, active websites are powered by WordPress. If you can wrap your head around that, consider this: WordPress is now powering 14.7% of the top million websites in the world. It's time — if you haven't already done so...

WordCamp Charleston: So Now I’m a Blogging Speaker!

Over the weekend, I did something I've never done before: I spoke at a blogging conference, WordCamp Charleston. South Carolina hosted its first-ever WordCamp in Charleston on Saturday. I've mentioned WordCamp before, after my visits to WordCamp Atlanta last year and this year. In the early planning stages, WordCamp Charleston...

WordCamp Coming to Charleston: Guess Who’s Speaking

WordCamp Charleston is about a month away...and guess who's going to be one of the speakers! Last month, I attended my second Atlanta edition of WordCamp. If you haven't heard of WordCamp and you blog on the WordPress platform, do yourself a favor and visit the official WordCamp Central homepage...

How a Blogging Conference Can Make You a Better Blogger

If you've ever considered taking part in a blogging conference, do yourself a favor: find one and give it a try! I’m just back from WordCamp Atlanta 2014, a now-annual conference about WordPress and the bloggers and site owners who love the platform. It was my second year in a...

Blogger vs WordPress: Why I Made the Switch

It was roughly six years ago that I registered this domain and relocated my blog to a self-hosted WordPress installation from Blogger. Here’s why I made the big switch. One of the biggest questions I see in the blogosphere these days is whether one should blog on WordPress or Blogger....

Why I Decided Self-Hosting was Right For My Blog

Self-hosting gives you more control of your content, but it comes with a price. Literally. Here’s how I came to the decision, even after doing the math. When I started Patrick’s Place back in February, 2004 — wow, that seems like a long time ago now — I was using AOL’s blogging...

My First Visit to WordCamp

Over the weekend, I spent a few days in Atlanta at WordCamp: a conference dedicated to all things WordPress. WordPress is the blogging platform used here at Patrick’s Place, and I had been hoping to attend a WordCamp for a while; the only trouble was that most of them happened...

Yes, I Changed It Again!

I feel the need to issue an apology of sorts to my regular readers. My biggest human failing, I have little doubt, is a general lack of patience. I’m a lot better at finding patience than I used to be, and oddly enough, I tend to be more patient on...
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