Posts Tagged with “blogging”

Can you drastically change how WordPress looks in 10 minutes? The Headway theme can!

I’m a user and big fan of the Headway Premium WordPress theme. This blog is made with Headway. I’ve been wanting to do a review of it and so I challenged myself to customise the default Headway style into a business website – all in 10 minutes. Check the video out and let me know what you think.

I followed that up with a full review of Headway and why I think it’s a great solution for small businesses. Check out my Headway theme review on the Buzzmedia blog:

WordPress for small business – even better with the Headway Premium WordPress Theme

Headway Premium WordPress Theme

PicApps gives bloggers access to licensed photographs for free


Check out this awesome pic of Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick. Usually bloggers wouldn’t be able to use such high quality images beause of licensing issues, but new service PicApp changes that. PicApp has worked out licensing with premium image providers like Corbis, Getty Images, etc to give bloggers access to these images for free. Well, it’s not totally free. The image has a link back to PicApp and is supposed to display a little advertisement from the license holders.

There’s even a plugin for WordPress blogs, that includes a PicApp image browser directly within the New Post screen. Here’s a video of how it works:

The service itself works great, although there seems to be a few bugs with the plugin. Regardless, I’m going to be checking whenever I need images for my blog from now on.

WordPress 2 for iPhone is now available at the App Store. I’m blogging from it right now. Yes, you can upload pics from your phone. Learn more »

25 Geek Facts about David

Yes, I’ve also been tagged by the 25 Random Things About Me Facebook meme, but I’m giving it a twist and totally disregarding the rules. I present 25 Geek Facts about me:

  1. I wasn’t really into technology growing up. I think I only started to get into it after discovering computer games.

  2. The first PC game I remember playing was Digger. I don’t play games anymore.

  3. My first ever gadget was a lousy Phillips Walkman. I hated everything about it. Lousy battery, lousy headphones.

  4. In high school, all I wanted to do was to chat with my friends on IRC. But Dad wouldn’t let me. In hindsight, I’m glad I didn’t.

  5. I first started blogging in October 2003 (!) on Blogger. That first blog is too embarassing to link to, but if I had continued blogging there I think I would have been 1 of the earliest blogs in Malaysia.

  6. Since then I started almost a dozen more blogs. I graduated from Blogger and was a Movable Type buff for a long time and finally switched to WordPress which remains my blogging platform of choice.

  7. I’ve been using the blogjunkie handle since 2005. I think it suits me because of the number of blogs I have.

  8. Because of blogging, I’ve also learnt standards-based web design, some programming and Unix, social media, web analytics and optimisation, and even web server performance tuning.

  9. I switched to a Mac in February 2006 and I’ve never looked back! Call it seeing the light or whatever, I’m now an evangelist for life.

  10. I’m the editor of myMacBUZZ, Malaysia’s #1 Apple weblog. Told you I’m an evangelist.

  11. Unfortunately at work, I have to use a Windows Vista laptop. Ugh, what a disaster. I’m actually looking forward to upgrade to Windows 7.

  12. My first ever iPod (a 1st generation shuffle) introduced me to Apple. Since then I’ve had a 5th gen iPod and an iPod touch.

  13. I purchased my first domain name February 2004. At last count I have 14 domains.

  14. The people I admire most in technology are Leo Laporte, Scott Sigler and Steve Jobs.

  15. My favourite blogs are TUAW, Lifehacker, Daring Fireball, and Occam’s Razor.

  16. I also really enjoy listening to podcasts. My favourites are Buzz Out Loud, TWIT, MacBreak Weekly, and Scott Sigler’s Bloodcast.

  17. I’m a really big fan of sci-fi too, especially space dramas. I love Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.

  18. I really wish that I had studied computer science. If I had, I would have built the Next Big Thing. Who knows, I could be in Larry or Sergei’s shoes.

  19. The one gadget I bring everywhere is my iPhone 3G. I love my iPhone

  20. ..but not more than the internet. If I had to choose between the 2, I would ditch my iPhone for the internet in a heartbeat.

  21. I’ve never had a formal diagnosis for internet addiction, but I’d bet you I’d be a textbook patient.

  22. My current dig is web analytics. It’s my day job but it turns out to be something I actually enjoy.

  23. Unfortunately I’m only a Reporting Squirrel at the moment, but I’m on the way to being an Analysis Ninja! (Definition)

  24. Twitter is my favourite social network because of it’s simplicity and immediacy. I’m blogjunkie on Twitter.

  25. I’m so lucky my wife loves me, despite being the geek that I am.

And now you know more than you needed to know about me.


Blogrush logo

Get a rush of traffic to your blog by installing the BlogRush widget. Delivered via Javascript so it works on all blogs e.g. Blogger, WordPress, etc.

Blogging Code

Tim O’Reilly suggests a blogging code of conduct following the Kathy Sierra cyber-bullying issue. Help them draft it at Wikia – Blogger’s Code of Conduct.

LogoMaid ripoffs

Dan Cederholm, a designer which I always look to for inspiration, has had the unfortunate luck to have his logo ripped off. Worse, , the offending company, even had the gall to turn the argument around and accuse Dan of stealing from them and threatening to sue. The funniest thing is that they do it in public in the Flickr comments and they’re getting roasted for it.

Daring Fireball has got a great summary of the events, while other blogs are also picking up on it, and people are Digging the story. I’d just like to do my part and put LogoMaid on Google’s results for ‘‘.

Blog categorisation strategies

Darren Rowse recently asked ‘How Many Categories Does Your Blog Have?‘ It’s a question most bloggers and even myself struggle with on a regular basis. I’ve recently made some comprehensive changes to the way I categorise entries on my blog and I thought I would just share my categorisation/organisation strategy.

The guinea pig for my blog reorganisation was myMacBUZZ. I’ve recently pruned down its categories from 20+ to just 7. Key to my new organisation structure was the . Here’s how I used it to complement WordPress’ categories.

First I renamed my categories into sections. myMacBUZZ is now organised by sections rather than categories. Sections on myMacBUZZ are similar to sections in a newspaper, with different sections offering different types of content. So now myMacBUZZ offers Articles, Features, Editorials and Site News among others.

While sections describe the format of the content, tags describe the content itself. This way, tags function more as metadata and allow more granular categorisation of the blog entries. Tagging is also less rigid than categories and can I can easily add new tags and worry less about which parent category it belongs too. UltimateTagWarrior also adds the rel=tag attribute so search engines like pick them up and draw traffic in.

The only drawback to this system is that there is less structure to the organisation of the site. Also, once your tag list has grown quite significant, you tend to use different words that mean the same thing, e.g. ‘OS X’ and ‘osx’. Luckily UltimateTagWarrior lets you set synonyms so that both tags in our example will show articles tagged with both.

Besides these small drawbacks, I’m quite happy with this new organisation system. In fact, that’s how I organise this blog now – there are only two categories here haha. Between myMacBUZZ’s archive page (which I implemented with the plugin) and the search function, I think it’s not too difficult to find something on the site.

How do you organise your blog and what do you think of my honest-to-goodness geeky strategy?

2007 Bloggies winners

The 2007 Bloggies results are out. Here are some results:

  1. Postsecret – Weblog of the year
  2. Lifehacker – Best group weblog
  3. Gizmodo – Best designed weblog (huh?)
  4. Slashdot – Lifetime achievement award

Also happy that Drawn won an award. Not too sure about the winner for Best Asian weblog though.

5 mistakes

Copyblogger points out 5 common gramatical mistakes that make you look dumb:

  1. Your vs. You’re
  2. It’s vs. Its
  3. There vs. Their
  4. Affect vs. Effect
  5. The Dangling Participle

While we all hope that what we have to say is more important than some silly grammatical error, the truth is that some people will not subscribe, buy, or link to you if you make dumb mistakes when you write.

I agree, bad grammar makes you look dumb