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WordPress Power Blogging Tips – October 29th at the Portland WordPress Meetup

WordPress logoIf you’ve ever been interested in blogging better, or just listening to me perform an organized(ish) brain dump of a lot of WordPress power user blogging tips and tricks, you’ll want to be at the Portland WordPress meetup on October 29th. Daniel invited me to come and share some things with the group.

Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to):

  • idea management / article creation and workflow
  • writing in various places both within and outside of the WordPress interface
  • media tips
  • a few useful plugins
  • my newsletters and how they relate to my blogs
  • social, search, and incoming link strategery
  • things I schedule and automate vs. things I choose to do manually

What else is on your mind? If there’s something else related to content creation, publishing, or sharing that you’d like to hear about, leave a comment and I’ll see if I can help.

Bag ‘er & Tag ‘er

Found while wandering northwest Portland on the Google+ photowalk

Found while wandering northwest Portland on the Google+ photowalk yesterday afternoon.

Coppertones

Metal on the support of a bus shelter in downtown Portland

Metal on the support of a bus shelter in downtown Portland

Support Local Charities with a Click to Bojack’s Blog

It’s buck-a-hit day over at Portland blogger Jack Bogdanski’s website; for each visitor to the site today he’ll be donating a dollar to charity. Please click over to his website and while you’re there, considering offering a few dollars of your own as a donation to his group of charities.

Jack offers up interesting commentary all year at no charge; once a year he asks readers to join him in donating to a worthy cause. Please consider helping.

Join me for a ZooLights Photowalk: Tuesday December 13th

Steam at the StationEach year, the Oregon Zoo is decorated with millions of lights forming a variety of shapes, structures, and creatures in a wide assortment of colors.

Photographing ZooLights is all sorts of fun, especially when one experiments with long shutter times and camera movement. Let’s have an informal photowalk. If you’re interested in joining me, here are the details:

  • When/Where: Tuesday, December 13th at the Oregon Zoo. We’ll meet inside the main zoo gates in front of the mountain goat exhibit at 5:30pm.
  • Who: any photographer – all skill levels and varieties of gear are welcome.
  • Cost: Adult ZooLights admission is $9. See the zoo’s website for more details.

We’ll be strolling throughout the zoo’s public areas and photographing the various scenes. Read more about ZooLights on the Oregon Zoo’s website. This is an informal photo gathering and is not affiliated with any organization or company.

If you’re attending, it would be swell if you would RSVP on Plancast.

North(west)ern Lights ZooLights: Crocodile

The Story of #pdxtst

As we approach another winter in the usually-mild Pacific Northwest, it’s time to explain #pdxtst.

#pdxtst is a Twitter hashtag that stands for the Portland Twitter! Storm! Team!

Those exclamation points are important, because we’re actually making fun of the overreactions by local mainstream news media. I explain it further in this video recorded in early 2009:

I don’t recall if it was myself or Kelly Guimont (@verso) who first used the hashtag. The part that I love is that now all of the mainstream media folks now use the hashtag for local weather coverage. New media is fun!