This post is part of a weekly series, Fetching Friday, featuring the resources mashup, #FollowFriday recommendations, a bit more about WordPress security, related news, previews for next week’s posts on kikolani.com, and some awesome timelapse videos.
The Resources Mashup
Here are some of the best articles I have stumbledupon this week.
Blogging / Design
- No one comments on my blog – what should I do?
- 13 blogging lessons learned from Stephen King’s On Writing
- Blogging as a personal development tool
- 8 layout solutions to improve your design
- 100 amazing free wordpress themes for 2009
- 28 lessons on working happy from my Icelandic mother
- Don’t do business with this man
- Freelancing during a recession
- The Enthusiasm Business Age
- The Naivety Business Age
- The Attention Business Age
- The Maturity Business Age
- The Expansino Business Age
- The Leadership Business Age
- The Exhaustion Business Age
Personal Development / Growth / Self Improvement
- Top 50 personal development bloggers
- 55 ways to get more energy
- 65 ways to make her feel special
- Planning on not planning on anything
#FollowFriday Recommendations on Twitter
Here are my #followfriday recommendations.
- @EarlTwitition – if you’re a fan of My Name is Earl, and you want to petition to have it un-canceled, this is the tweet to follow.
- @iamkhayyam – this guy shares lots of useful and interesting articles.
- @ariherzog, blogger at AriWriter who is taking an interesting new approach to Twitter.
One more shout to last week’s recommendations: @Vered, @BWelford, @ExtremeEzine, @SharonMCP.
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Why has it been so quiet on Kikolani?
This week, as some of you may have noticed, there have been new articles, but not many comment replies from yours truly. I wanted to keep up the posting pace, but I have had a lot on the agenda this week.
First, let’s get the bad stuff out of the way. There was the additional cleanup and paranoia of future attacks caused by the php expoit early in the week, as described in the following section on WordPress security. Also, an evening at home without internet.
Now the good stuff. Soulmates Wedding is up and running – lots of wedding and honeymoon photos. I re-organized a bit by moving a few things from my sidebar to the footer, adding Popular Posts to the footer, and finally adding the Top Commentators list to the sidebar. I also have my first freelance WordPress customization gig! So needless to say, it’s been a busy week.
I should be back to normal next week, and will get caught up on my comments. I have appreciated them all!
In last week’s Fetching Friday, I wrote about a PHP exploit – gumblar that I experienced on my WordPress site, and also shared some links to WordPress security tips.
At the beginning of this week, I experienced the new incarnation – martuz.cn of the same PHP exploit. This one took a bit longer to clean up, but I think I have finally seen the last of it, as my site has (cross my fingers) been normal for over three days now. For more about the clean up process and how to recognize if you have it on your machine, check out the article on TechJaws. Also, see these additional articles on securing your blog and WordPress security tips.
There is also another new thing going around, that I would love some input on. It happened to another blogger on WordPress – this script has added ads to their site. The ads are in a hidden div tag right after the body of every page, so you cannot see them when you are on the page, but if you search for the blog on Google, the description that comes up talks about gambling, poker, and lots of other things that this blog has absolutely nothing to do with. The only thing I have found so far on it is that it happened on a forum as well. Any advice or links to this exploit would be appreciated.
Preview for the week of 25 May 2009
Next week’s photographic selection will be from Disneyland, the next to last in my honeymoon series of photos. As always, I’m saving the best one for last.
This week, I detoured from my anniversary post because I was compelled to write “What is Success” instead. It was one of those couldn’t write anything else until I got what I wanted to write out of my system. So next week, the anniversary post. It’s probably more fitting, as this site started closer to the end of May anyway.
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