Category Archives: Tools for Local Bloggers

Add a Widget to the Footer of Any WordPress Theme

This tip applies to self-hosted WordPress blogs.  If you are looking for a way to add some extra content to the very bottom of your website – try the BNS Add Widget Plugin. This plugin is easy to set up. … Continue reading

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The NaBloPoMo Pgh Tumblr & How to Post to Tumblr

A week ago, I accepted the challenge to join my fellow Pittsburgh bloggers and over 2000 bloggers from around the globe for NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).  You can read more about NaBloPoMo here. Bloggers who are participating in NaBloPoMo … Continue reading

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Make a Map of the States You Have Visited

There is something about “local” that makes me think of maps.  And we’ve been sharing lots of map related things over on our Pinterest account. My friend Malcolm shared a great photo on Facebook today of a map of the … Continue reading

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WordPress Wednesday: Lists, Video and Advanced Search

If you use WordPress for your local blog – here are three recent blog posts that have some great information than can be useful for updating your blog. Link List Posts –  (Lorelle on WordPress) digs into what goes into making … Continue reading

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Let the “Link Twitter Users” Plugin Add Links to Twitter Handles in Your Blog Posts

If you are writing a blog post that has lots of references to twitter handles – it can take awhile to go and link each of the twitter names to their twitter accounts.  Let the WordPress plugin Link Twitter Users … Continue reading

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How Do I Get More People to Read my Blog?

You’ve finally done it. You’ve started that magnificent blog about mac & cheese, bowling, or (insert subject here). You’re halfway to stardom, filling the blog with excellent posts about gourmet cheese and promoting your it on Facebook every other day. … Continue reading

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Pinterest: How Bloggers Can Benefit

Pinterest, stereotypically known as a resource for moms, recipes, and holiday crafts, is definitely a site worth using for blogs. It is quickly becoming one of fastest growing and most popular social media sites out there (especially since we last … Continue reading

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EveryBlock Alternatives

In response to some of the comments on the EveryBlock farewell blog post, we’re putting together this page to list the websites that are suggested as alternatives.  Want to add a site to the list? Leave a comment below and … Continue reading

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Local Data: End of EveryBlock and Resources to Code Your Own Projects

I have been reading the many comments (700 and counting as of this blog post) on the EveryBlock farewell blog post and on some of the other articles about EveryBlock.  I am interested in how people use the internet to … Continue reading

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WordPress Workshop: Cleaning Up Categories and Tags

I am a contributor to a group a WordPress blog that has been updated sporadically over the past 5+ years.  We are making a concerted effort to update the blog and make it a better resource for the group.  One of the … Continue reading

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