Category: Blogging

WordPress 3.7 Adds Automatic Updates: A Great Idea, But …

By , October 25, 2013

WordPress has just released version 3.7 of its blogging platform, and many folks will be pleased and relieved that they’ve added automatic updates to the software.  I certainly was happy about it, but … Read more »

As Expected, Amazon Terminated Its California “Associates” (including me)

By , June 30, 2011

As expected, yesterday terminated its advertising relationship with 25,000 California web publishers, including me, after Gov. Brown signed an “Advertising-Nexus Tax Law,” which would use advertising relationships as a “hook” to try to force Amazon and other out-of-state retailers to collect California Sales Tax.  I’ve posted separately about this on my separate blog for

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Google’s “Farmer” Algorithm Update (Panda)

By , March 5, 2011

There’s been a flurry of SEO-related commentary over the past week, discussing Google’s most recent algorithm adjustments, which changed the results for about 12% of all search queries.  Internally, Google calls this the “Panda” update, but most observers call it the “Farmer update” for its impact on “content farms.”

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By , January 5, 2011

In late October, an unexpected phone call revived my interest in the subject of “lesson plan resources for teachers.”  The first result of that inspiration is my newest web site, at Read more »

Why Is a Privacy Policy Important?

By , November 10, 2010

A reader asked why I pointed out that certain directory sites lacked a privacy policy, in my “Affiliate Program Directories” page.

A privacy policy is one of the most basic requirements for any professional web site. If a web site doesn’t have a conspicuous link to a privacy policy, it simply isn’t very professional, and is less trustworthy. Read more »

New Blog Interface for Smartphones

By , June 23, 2010

I’ve installed a plug-in called WPtouch, which adds a “mobile interface” for visitors who use a touch-based smartphone (such as an Apple iPhone, Google Android, or Palm Pre). Read more »

Experimenting with Google AdSense

By , May 25, 2010

I’ve just installed the Advertising-Manager plug-in and set up a widget to display a small Google AdSense advertising unit (120×240) in the upper right margin of each page. Read more »

Migrating Content from Static Pages to WordPress (blog)

By , May 20, 2010

I’m grumpy today, after spending many hours on a very mundane task, and I recognize that I’ll need to spend several dozen more hours to complete it.  I made the decision recently to migrate most of the static “articles” from my namesake web site ( to my blog site ( Read more »

Are Bloggers Journalists? (Apple v. Gizmodo)

By , May 6, 2010

Everyone seems to be criticizing the search of a blogger’s home-office by a law-enforcement task force, following the blogger’s report (at about an iPhone prototype, which he said he’d purchased from someone who found it in a bar.

While I’d love to join the chorus criticizing both Apple and law enforcement, I simply don’t have enough information to make a reasonable decision about the conduct of various parties. Read more »

Blog Comment Spam – Should I Restrict Comments?

By , May 4, 2010

Because of a flood of spammy comments, I’m considering whether I should change the way I allow comments to be posted on this blog.  Read more »

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