Upgrading WordPress 2.9 and Thesis 1.6

*Update - Click here for the WordPress 2.9.1 Update Notes* I have spent the last two days upgrading all of my sites to the latest version of WordPress 2.9, and for Kikolani, the upgrade for Thesis 1.6 as well. Upgrades generally make me nervous, as you never know what kind of issues you are going to run into with various plugins and other customization work you have done. Fortunately, I had a lot of sites to mess around with before moving onto my this site and my client sites. So here … [Read more...]

2010 Social Media Wishlist – New Features for Facebook, StumbleUpon, & Twitter

As I am on various social networks, I find myself thinking "Wow, I wish they had ___ which would make ___ easier." So here are some of the changes I'd like to see on the social networks I use the most in 2010. Facebook Checkboxes to select all groups that you want to remove yourself from, instead of having to click "Leave Group" and wait for the page to refresh after each or having to go into each group page and leave. Checkboxes to select all notifications that you would like to … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources Mashup, Old City Bar & Happy Holidays

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, an Old City Bar, and the week in review at kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week. Blogging The fine line between blog visitors success and failure 6 powerful reasons everyone should have a blog Has your blog content been stolen? Do you want my blog for a week? 10 reasons why your blog sucks Google News doesn't accept single … [Read more...]

Twitter Direct Messages – Best (and Worst) Practices

When I started out on Twitter over a year ago (@kikolani), one of the first things I noticed was my Direct Message box. As I began to follow people, I was excited to get those private messages, assuming people were just that into contacting me after I started following them. They began as simple thank you for following messages, and eventually became a mixture of real messages and automatic ones. Now, I would guess that 90% of the items in my Direct Message box are automatic DM's from a … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Resources, Snuggies for Dogs & the Week in Review

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, snuggies for dogs, and the week in review at kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week. Blogging Importance of writing great blog content 7 ways to attract comments in your blog Blogging is a marathon not a spring Update on probloggers and commenting Most popular blogs of 2009 14 ways to get more Blog Engage votes 50 topic … [Read more...]

Is Closing Blog Comments a Good Idea?

Today, Ari at AriWriter wrote about closing or moderating blog comments in response to another blogger who is closing comments on posts after two weeks. Reasons I Keep Comments Open While I can understand why closing comments on older posts is a good idea due to all of the heavy spamming that goes on (I have considered doing it myself from time to time) ultimately I think that commenting should stay open for the following reasons. Encouraging Comments One major goal as a blogger is … [Read more...]

Facebook Applications Adding Embarrassing Content to Your Profile

When I first started out on Facebook, I got really into some of the many fun applications, adding various ones to the Boxes tab of my profile. And after a bit, I got away from using the apps and focusing on other areas of Facebook like the groups, pages, etc. So last night, when I decided to take a peek at my Boxes tab for the first time in awhile, you can imagine my surprise when I found a straight up porn image sent to me by one of my "friends" in an application that allows people to send … [Read more...]

Fetching Friday – Lots of Blogging & Social Media Resources

This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, relaxing in Hawaii, and the week in review at kikolani.com. The Resources Mashup Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week. Blogging 10 SEO blogs accepting guest posts 5 essential blogging tips from the father of Chinese philosophy How to start a killer blogging contest 8 lessons derived from vacation to boost blogging experience Trying to understand squeeze … [Read more...]

Best of Social Media on Kikolani in 2009

In conjunction with the best of blogging articles for 2009, here are the top social media articles on Kikolani this year. General Social Media 2010 Social Media Wishlist for New Features on Facebook, StumbleUpon, and Twitter SEO and Social Media How to Make Social Promotion Easy 9 Ways to Use Social Networking for Blog Promotion Vacation Proofing Blogs & Social Networks Social Media Resources Fetching Friday Series (includes a roundup of the best social media resources for the … [Read more...]

Best of Blogging on Kikolani in 2009

This year has been a great one for Kikolani in terms of choosing a focus on blogging and social media, and then sticking with it. The following is a compilation of the best blogging articles on Kikolani for 2009. Benefits of Blogging Discover Yourself Through Blogging Benefits of Blogging - Gaining a Worldwide Audience Benefits of Blogging - Building Community Benefits of Blogging - Enhance Learning & Strengthen Interests Benefits of Blogging - Developing SEO & Internet Marketing … [Read more...]



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