How to Set up a Gravatar

What is a gravatar and why do I need one?

A gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar – your avatar is the thumbnail image that appears when you comment on someone’s blog.

If you have a Blogger profile, the image that accompanies your profile is posted whenever you comment on blogspot.com blogs. But that avatar works only for blogs hosted by Blogger. To make your avatar show up on WordPress (and other) systems, you’ll need to create a gravatar… a universal avatar.

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Coming Clean: Confessions of a Reluctant Blogger

By Melinda Means, Writer/Speaker Guest Columnist Writing has always come naturally to me. But I must confess… blogging had me spooked. I’d hear about it at writing conferences. All my cool friends were doing it. But I resisted: What would I write about? Will it eat up all my time? What if my heartfelt ramblings […]

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New Luxury Airline: Weigh Less. Pay Less.

derrie-air.jpgHave you heard about Derrie-Air, the new “green” luxury airline? They tout themselves as “the only airline that plants trees to offset every pound of carbon that our planes release into the atmosphere.”

They expect their passengers to help protect the environment, too. Because it takes more fuel (i.e., more carbon emissions) to haul heavy planes from point A to point B, Derrie-Air has developed unique, sliding scale ticket prices:

The more you weigh, the more you pay.

A ticket from Philly to L.A. costs $2.25/lb. So, for instance, if you (and your luggage) weigh a total of 150 pounds, you’ll pay $337.50 for a ticket.

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Should I Integrate My Website and Blog or Host Them Separately?

Today we kick off a new weekly feature: Ask The Blogging Barista. John asks: What are the pros and cons of integrating a blog into a Web site versus hosting your Web site and blog separately? John, You obviously recognize the value of having both a blog and a Web site, and I’m glad of […]

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Who is the Typical Blog Reader?

Last night at my writers’ association meeting, Dennis “Doc” Hensley (linguistics professor at Taylor University) lectured on the importance of knowing your audience. Whether you’re planning a presentation, sending an e-mail, writing a blog post or even a Twitter update, knowing your audience is vitally important. And if you grew up during the 1950s, ‘60s, […]

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Martha Stewart’s Blog Has Gone to the Dogs

The blogosphere has officially gone to the dogs. Martha Stewart’s French Bulldogs, Sharkey and Francesca, recently launched their own blog, “The Daily Wag.” They’re dipping their paws into social networking scene, too, with four Twitter updates and 1,811 followers as of the time I wrote this post. You’ve gotta credit Martha with being the consummate […]

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Happy 50th, ‘Elements of Style’

When I was in high school, I read Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. Just for fun. (Yeah, I know I’m weird.) The little volume — considered a must-read for every writer and wannabe writer — was ancient when I read it. Published in April 1959, the book has sold more than 10 million […]

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HTML-to-PDF Converter – A Handy Tool

Here’s a slick little tool that converts a Web page into a PDF document. It’s called HTML to PDF Converter. I love this because: It’s free. You don’t have to register. I’m constantly making screen shots of Web sites and blogs I create, but I always have to edit the screenshots to remove the toolbars. […]

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When—and How—to Compress URLs

Have you ever received an email with a super-long link in it—a link so long it was unclickable? I certainly have. Enter the amazing URL shrinker, a handy tool that shortens lengthy URLs (web addresses) to 25 or so characters. There are several good uses for URL shinkers: E-newsletters: many services require you to write […]

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