build a better blog: Build a Better Blog... How to survive the next tech meltdown from ActiveRain to WordPress part 1 - 05/19/11 06:03 PM
 

 Hi guys, in the next part of my Build a Better Blog series I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at a few simple ways to protect our online presence. In other words...
 

 In the past few weeks I've seen a ton of posts here on AR like...
ActiveRain & Reliability ~ My 2¢'s Worth
HAS ACTIVERAIN REALLY BEEN SOLD?
A $60,000 Eulogy for ActiveRain
 
and out on the web...
Why Your Self-Hosted Blog is More Valuable than Your Facebook Page
Google's Blogger back after 20-hour outage
Twitter: Experiencing site stability issues
What We Can Learn From … (41 comments)

build a better blog: Build a Better Blog... turning WordPress themes into custom Rain blogs - 05/10/11 09:36 AM
 

 Hi guys, it's been awhile since I wrote something for my Build a Better Blog series and since I've had a lot of questions and emails about my outside Rain blog, here goes...
 

 First I thought I'd give you a quick overview of what I did to make it look so different from the standard Rain blogs and I'll point out a few things that might not be obvious until you play around with it. The fact is that what you see on my outside Rain blog is actually a theme I had designed on WordPress. 
 Here are a couple … (39 comments)

build a better blog: Build a Better Blog... let's get naked - 02/14/11 09:35 AM

 Hi guys and welcome to part 4 of the Build a Better Blog series where we're taking a look at design concepts related to every blog platform including ActiveRain, WordPress, Posterous, etc...
 

 In an earlier post, Minimalism... It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore we saw how some of the most popular bloggers on the web (Seth Godin's marketing blog , John Gruber's insanely popular Daring Fireball and Leo Babauta's Zen Habits ) are using minimalism in their blog design. Today we're going to continue with that idea to see how minimalism can actually make your content really stand … (46 comments)

build a better blog: Build a Better Blog... there are no magic beans - 11/15/10 03:13 AM

 This is the 3rd post in my Build a Better Blog series that will look at design concepts related to every blog platform including ActiveRain, WordPress, Posterous, etc...
 Since I started talking about themes a few days ago in my WordPress in Plain English series, I've been getting comments, questions and emails asking "Which theme is best for SEO?".
 

 There’s a ton of misinformation and misunderstanding floating around about “SEO friendly themes”, especially when it comes to WordPress. Today I'll try to clear up some of the confusion and mythology without getting too techie, too preachy or too … (43 comments)

build a better blog: Build a Better Blog... themes, why 960? - 10/29/10 12:24 PM

 Hi guys, before I begin covering themes on my WordPress in Plain English series, I thought it would be a good idea to explain why so may blog themes and blog graphics (i.e. headers) are 960 pixels wide.
 

 This is the 2nd post in my Build a Better Blog series that will look at design concepts related to every blog platform including ActiveRain, WordPress, Posterous, etc...
 In my previous post Minimalism... It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore I mentioned that we were going to look at...
- why I always use images that are 500 pixels wide (or … (87 comments)

build a better blog: Build a Better Blog... Minimalism, it's not just for breakfast anymore! - 10/05/10 05:09 PM

 Hi guys, a lot of the questions, comments and emails I've received about my WordPress in Plain English series are relevant to blogs in general so today, I'm starting another series called...
 

 Rather than technical info, this series will cover a ton of stuff I've learned the hard way over the past 9 years of designing blogs and websites including...
- why less really is more
- how to create a clean, professional looking, custom blog/website for under $100
- why I always use images that are 500 pixels wide (or less) in my posts
- how to … (64 comments)