This Will Safeguard the Web for Children?

I was recently tagged by ilkeryoldas to support an initiative by a group of bloggers to request that adult webmasters require password protection on their websites in order to access the adult material. Currently, adult webmasters are required to by law to display a plain page with the warning that the content of their website contains adult material only to be accessed by the legal age limit set by the state. When you click the link, visitors are taken to the actual site where they are bombarded with all the nekkidness they could ask for. What these bloggers want is for these webmasters to require their visitors to register and have to enter a password to even enter the site.
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How To Blog: A Beginner’s Guide Part II

This is part two of a two part series

Start at Part I

Con’t from Getting Visitors

There are many ways to gain visitors to your blog but the most effective one, in my opinion, is to get involved in the blogosphere. It’s like showing up at a party where no one knows you. A few people may introduce themselves of their own volition and if they are so inclined may introduce you to their friends but the best way to make people know you are there is to go out an introduce yourself.

It’s okay. Don’t be shy. Most bloggers don’t bite and will welcome you with open arms as long as you are sincere. The worst possible thing you can do is to show up at someone else’s blog and leave useless comments like, “Nice Blog” followed by a link to your site and the insistence that they visit you. That’s because, among other things, spam is all the rage now even though it is the bane of internet existence and leaving trite comments with a link to their site is a trademarked move of a spammer.
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How to Blog: A Beginner’s Guide

This is part one of a two part series.

First and foremost I want to put out there that there is no right or wrong way to blog. Many people are out there making good money perpetuating this myth when, in fact, some of the most successful blogs in the blogosphere become that way because the blog writer is doing his/her own thing. The purpose of this tutorial is not to tell you whether or not you are doing it right (you are!) but to offer you information on getting started and suggestions on how to make your blogging experience pleasant, enlightening and growth inspiring.
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The Dream Challenge

I got an email from Beth, today, about the newest graphic challenge going on over at her site. It goes a little something like this:

1. Pick a dream you had. If you can’t remember your dream just make something dreamlike up.

2. The canvas size is 500 by 200

3. You can only use pastels, black and white

4. It’s due by Feb 27

Check out the announcement over in her forums.

I’ve had some freaky dreams lately but for the life of me I can’t remember them, only the feeling that they were freaky. They say that if you write down your dreams as soon as you wake up eventually it becomes easier to remember them. I’m going to have to try that.

Anyway, I hope that those of you so artistically inclined will join in.

Happy Photoshopping 🙂

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Product Review: Feedburner

RSS or Real Simple Syndication is a great way to allow your readers to stay updated with the happenings of your website or blog. Even at the most basic level it’s a pretty impressive service. Your visitor plugs your feed into their favorite aggregator and presto zesto they’re instantly updated whenever you post.

Feedburner is a service that makes your feed work as hard as you do. The company was founded in 2003 by Dick Costolo, Eric Lunt, Steve Olechowski and Matt Shobe and has become the largest manager of RSS feeds and counts Reuters, USA Today, IDG and Newsweek among their client base. It’s little wonder that such big names would want what Feedburner is offering. The RSS management technology that they developed has the power to make you feed bark, sit and roll over.
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Creating Quality Content

The number one question I see raised in blog forums is “How do I get people to visit my blogs?” There are lots of things you can do to drive traffic to your site but, really, it’s not getting people to your party that’s a problem. It’s keeping them there. All the traffic generating tips in the world will do you no good if you lack the content to make your visitors stick around.

Below are a few tips to help you create good, solid, fly-paperesque content that’ll will keep your visitors glued to your blog.
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The Search for Blogspiration

Many people begin to blog without any idea as to what they want to talk about and that’s alright. What is it that they say about spontaneity being the spice of life. Or was that variety? Eh, one of those.

Anyway, when that first rush of creativity wears off, bloggers often find themselves abandoned by their muse on a dry but surprisingly crowded island called Writer’s Blocktopia. Here are a few ways to flag down the rescue ship of inspiration:
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