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WordPress 2.9 is just around the corner. Unlike WordPress 2.8, which Mark Jaquith describes as the Snow Leopard of WordPress since most of the basis of the WordPress 2.8 upgrade was complete rewrites and optimization of the infrastructure that ran WordPress instead of providing lots of new features in the same way Apple’s new OS X release is a focus on improved performance instead of features, WordPress 2.9 brings major new “bling” to the table.

By and large, this release is a plugin developers release with lots of new APIs and abstraction. However, there are significant additions for theme designers and users as well. Technosailor has written a really useful article: 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.9. Take a look and get ready for WordPress 2.9 in the near future!

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Source: 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.9

Video blogging is nothing new – after all, video has existed on the web long before YouTube. But video equipment is now cheaper, post production software more accessible, and online platforms on which to distribute video – such as YouTube – are easier to use than ever before. Still, only some of the many people posting videos regard themselves as video bloggers.

Even though the notion of video blogging itself isn’t new, the actual endeavor is still novel to many people. Mashable has published The Complete Guide to Video Blogging that explores concepts behind video blogging and the tools for creating and distributing that content.

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Source: The Complete Guide to Video Blogging

Whilst many blogging platforms come with excellent web-based administration interfaces, a variety of desktop tools can make the experience far more enjoyable. With a useful set of applications installed, managing a blog is a far simpler and more natural experience.

AppStorm has shared The Ultimate Mac Setup for Bloggers, 60 applications for desktop blogging and tweeting, formatting images for your posts, recording screencasts, utilizing social media, communicating with other bloggers, and keeping track of statistics.

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Source: The Ultimate Mac Setup for Bloggers

Free Social Media Icons

After the great success of our Free Social Media Icons, I have added another 10 social media icons to the pack. The new icons are AIM, Bebo, eBay, Hi5, Last.fm, LinkedIn, Windows Live, Ning, Orkut and Yahoo Messenger.

Download: Social Media Icons Pack 2.0 (.rar), Social Media Icons Pack 2.0 (.zip)

You can also check out the Premium Icons designed by webiconset.com. They do offer some quality Free Icons as well.

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About the Icons

I have put a very big emphasis on function in these icons with the right amount of details. There is also an icon template PSD file included!

I was compelled to design these icons when through searching the web I couldn’t find a suitable set of simple, circular social media icons. What kind of age are we living in when you cannot find a good set of simple, sleek, circular social media icons? So here they are.

About the author:

Eli is an aspiring web designer from Adelaide, South Australia.

Web design is complicated. There’s a heck of a lot to learn. Typography, usability, color theory, the list goes on… ProBlogDesign has collected together 26 blog design tutorials from the web that take you through the process of designing a blog, from scratch.

If it’s time for you to learn a new style of design, working through a complete project in one of the guides below is the best way to start. These posts take you step by step so even if your Photoshop skills aren’t the best yet, you won’t be left behind!

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Source: 26 Complete WordPress Blog Design Tutorials

Everyone loves to laugh. Have you imagine there are many funny things about blogging? bLaugh is a MAD Magazine for the Blogosphere. You can find lots of funny comics of the blogosphere there. Expect parodies of “A-List” bloggers all the way down to the meme of the day – no holds barred.

We have collected the following Top 25 Funniest Comic Strips About Blogging from bLaugh. Please feel free to share your favourite ones as well. Now sit back, relax and laugh please.

Shrinking Self Esteem

Shrinking Self Esteem

Vowing Wedding Favors

Vowing Wedding Favors

Good Quality Pet Blogging

Good Quality Pet Blogging (more…)

By now, most of you should know that WordPress can do more than just a blog platform. With WordPress, plus some plugins, you can build almost any type of websites.

WebDesignerWall has written an article: 30 Untypical WordPress Sites, which shows 30 websites that use WordPress for different purposes — from general websites to portfolios, ecommerce and corporate sites. I am sure this post will open up more ideas for you to use WordPress.

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Source: 30 Untypical WordPress Sites

Neil Patel has published a really interesting article on TechCrunch. He taught us How To Grow Your Blog Through Customer Development. When you think about growing your blog, whether it is a personal, professional or company blog, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Chances are it is something related to traffic or subscribers. Getting more traffic or subscribers is never a bad thing, but if you really want more sustainable traffic you first have to understand the people coming to your blog. If you can’t make them happy, how can you expect your traffic to grow?

You have a vision of how you see your blog and where you want it to go. The reality is that your vision may not match up with what your readers are expecting. So instead of assuming things about your readers, start getting feedback from them.

Without understanding your audience you won’t know what they like and dislike. Take the next few hours and start analyzing your blog and create a game plan on how you can grow your blog.

Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/02/how-to-grow-your-blog…

The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting article “America’s Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire “. We can see some interesting numbers/stats for blogging. There are over 20 million bloggers in America, with 1.7 million profiting from the work, and 452,000 of those using blogging as their primary source of income.

Demographically, bloggers are extremely well educated: three out of every four are college graduates. Most are white males reporting above-average incomes. One out of three young people reports blogging, but bloggers who do it for a living successfully are 2% of bloggers overall.

Bloggers can get $75 to $200 for a good post, and some even serve as “spokesbloggers” — paid by advertisers to blog about products. Pros who work for companies are typically paid $45,000 to $90,000 a year for their blogging. One percent make over $200,000. And they report long hours — 50 to 60 hours a week.

the Technorati report says that of those bloggers who had 100,000 or more unique visitors, the average income is $75,000. True, it’s not the median, but it is the average. We can quibble about how easy it is to make this kind of money — but the point is, the huge potential is there.

Source: America’s Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire

One of the reasons people love WordPress so much is its great flexibility. You can change the software’s appearance with themes. You can enhance its functionality with plug-ins. And, last but not least, you can totally unleash WordPress’ power with hacks. Some time ago, we published a post showing Most Useful WordPress Hacks.

Recently, SmashingMagazine has do it again with 10 new and totally killer WordPress hacks to make your blog stand out from the crowd. As usual, they won’t just list the hacks alone. In each entry, you’ll find an explanation of the code as well as the kinds of problems that the hack solves. It includes:

  1. Create TinyURLs On The Fly
  2. List Upcoming Posts
  3. Create A “Send To Facebook” Button
  4. Create A Maintenance Page For Your WordPress Blog
  5. Display Related Posts Without A Plug-In
  6. Automatically Retrieve The First Image From Posts On Your Home Page
  7. Resize Images On The Fly
  8. Get Your Most Popular Posts Without A Plug-In
  9. Highlight Searched Text In Search Results
  10. Disable Widgetized Areas Without Editing Theme Files

Source: 10 Exceptional WordPress Hacks

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