Blog Visitors, Readers, Commenters and Subscribers

As a blogger, one thing you probably have noticed is the difference in numbers between the people who visit your blog, participate on your blog and actually subscribe to your blog. If you consider commenters and subscribers as "converted hits" on your blog, then you may find the conversion rate extremely frustrating. Visitors vs. Readers First off, how do you know if you are getting more readers vs. just hit and run visitors? If you have an analytic program such as Google Analytics … [Read more...]

Meet Our New Kitten Natasha

Last weekend, while my hubby and I were out doing some shopping for our furry friends at Petsmart, we met found something we were not expecting. Petsmart has an adoption center for cats and dogs that need a good home. He called me over to look at one particular kitten. She has a huge resemblance to our Merlin that we lost last month. So much so that I burst into tears when I saw her. We went home, mostly so I could put myself back in order again. Then we went back to Petsmart, and half … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup, Busy Week in Review, & Funny Trekkie Video

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, a Trekkie video, and a busy week in review at kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week. Blogging Step by step guide of hosting your WordPress blog Why I Use these 22 WordPress plug-ins Thesis 1.6 beta custom file editor The uncopyright - open source blogging Postrank combines Google Analytics with social media stats WordPress … [Read more...]

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

As most bloggers know, Darren Rowse of Problogger.net is a great authority on blogging. Back in April, he ran a 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge, where bloggers signed up and received an assignment everyday for 31 days on ways to improve their blogging. At the time, I was preparing for my wedding and honeymoon, so I didn't get a chance to do every task. But a few of them that I did get to do made a huge difference. The following are just the first three days of the challenge, and … [Read more...]

WordPress Thesis Theme Customization Part Three B: Posts & Social Bookmarking

When browsing other WordPress blogs with awesome themes, I always find myself wondering how someone handled a particular aspect of the layout or functionality. This is especially true with the Thesis Theme, because of the difference in setup due to the Thesis hooks system. So for anyone browsing Kikolani, I wanted to answer the question of “how did you do that” in a new series on WordPress Thesis Theme Customization. Part Three B: Posts & Social Bookmarking Icons There are five main … [Read more...]

Akismet, Spam Filters and Comment Moderation

from Flickr A few weeks ago, I decided to remove the Math Spam Protection from my comments form, and opted to finally give Akismet a try again. I had enabled it a long time ago, when I first began blogging, but found that a lot of good comments were being caught in the spam filter. So I disabled it, and went with the simplest captcha I could find. Unfortunately, captchas cannot do anything about trackback spam, of which I was receiving about 100+ per day. So now, I finally have … [Read more...]

10 Easy Tips for a Balanced Life

Somerset Landscape by Info Somerset Many people these days are overwhelmed by negativity, lack of motivation, and stress. This is an unhealthy way to live and can create a myriad of problems in your day to day life. It is important to understand that in order to live a balanced life that you be not only physically healthy but mentally healthy too. There are simple steps all of us can take to live a positive mental, spiritual and emotional life. Living a well balanced life is the key to being … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup, Related News & Voyage dans notre Galaxie

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, Voyage dans notre Galaxie, and the week in review on kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week. Blogging 3 ways to increase your Alexa ranking Who's on your blogroll Blog commenting and high PageRank Getting the most out of Comment Luv links How to pick yourself up from blogging downturns How to create a minimalist and … [Read more...]

What is Your Favorite Part of Blogging?

photo by pag asaIn order to have a successful blog, you have to "wear many hats" when it comes to blogging. While some larger blogs have the resources to distribute different aspects of the blogging process to different people, most blogs are run by one individual who is responsible for all of the following. Design Depending on a blogger's need to stand out form the crowd, the design aspect of blogging can range from relatively simple to extremely challenging. On the one hand, a blogger … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup, 911, Oes Tsetnoc & Clydesdales

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, 9/11 tributes, Oes Tsetnoc, the week in review on kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week. 9/11 Tributes I remember 9/11 How you react I'm still made Blogging A lot of link luvin Must see SEO guide for all WordPress bloggers WordPress Thesis Tutorial on adding Google custom search to your site 11 top blogs to stay … [Read more...]



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