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The Problem With Blogging for No One

I had an interesting discussion with a would be blogger whose plan seems to be blogging for no one. Not all bloggers agree on how to blog. What I've long told people who fret over what blogging experts — most of them self-appointed experts — have to say is that it comes...

How Should I Celebrate My 11th Blogging Anniversary?

It’s almost impossible to believe that on Saturday, it’ll be time to celebrate my 11th blogging anniversary. I was 34 years old and had worked in television 13 years when I wrote this blog’s first post in February of 2004. While I’d prefer not to think about my current age,...

CA Wants Blog Disclosure on Politicians, Campaigns

Should paid endorsements of political campaigns be required to be disclosed? New guidelines in California say yes, but not everyone agrees. I spotted an interesting article over at Daily Kos the other day criticizing the California Fair Political Practices Commission, which put out new guidelines requiring political campaigns to report...

Must or Should? Dissecting 3 More Blogging Rules

If there were only one way to blog, there’d be only one kind of blogger. There would also be a seemingly endless series of blogging “experts” who’d all be on the same page. There’s a reason why neither is the case. Last week, I took on three so-called blogging rules...

Must or Should? Dissecting 3 Blogging Rules

Bloggers love lists. But this list is a little different: I’m taking 3 popular blogging rules and giving my take on whether they are “musts”. I’d love your feedback. At a recent edition of #Blogchat, someone complained about someone else mentioning some “rule” of blogging. The complainant argued that what’s...

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...

Stock Photography on Blogs Comes Under Fire

I make no bones about the fact that I use a good deal of stock photography in posts here at Patrick’s Place. The image that accompanies this post, for example, is stock. I sincerely hope that no one is in need of smelling salts. I don’t find that to be...

12 Things About Blogging I Wish I’d Known When I Started

This week’s Blogchat focuses on things you wish you could have learned about blogging before you ever began. It prompted me to come up with a list of a dozen things I wish a future version of myself would have materialized long enough to tell me back in 2004 when <b>Patrick’s Place</b> began.
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