Local Photo(s): Pinning Providence

For this week’s local photo I reached out to Andy Cutler (aka @AndyPVD) for a shot of Providence, RI and force behind @ourPVD and @SmallerCitiesU.  Andy quickly replied with a link to a Pinterest board filled with images (over 600 images) of Providence.  Rather than pick one photo,  I thought it made the most sense to share the entire Pinterest board.

Providence, RI Pinterest Board

Providence, RI Pinterest Board

Do you have a Pinterest board or account for your blog?  Have you found Pinterest to be a helpful tool for finding readers and generating a community about your blog?  Please share your experience in the comments below.

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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.  Just install and activate the plugin.


Screenshot of the new widget area

The BNS Add Widget Plugin adds one widget area to the very bottom of your site.  You can then add content to this area using the widgets admin area in the WordPress dashboard. I have used this plugin to add a contact link in the footer on one site and to add an add to the footer of another blog.

The BNS Add Widget was created by Edward Caissie, you can check out more his plugins here.

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If you happen to be in Asbury Park, NJ on Friday…

Cover of "Greetings From Asbury Park Nj"

Cover of Greetings From Asbury Park Nj

…check out the release party for Local Magazine Issue 3.  We’ve been a huge fan of (and subscriber to) Local Magazine ever since we discovered their first issue on Kickstarter last year.  Each issue of Local Magazine is about a different place.  Issue 3 is about Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Asbury Park has been ranked the sixth best beach in New Jersey.  If you have never been to the Jersey Shore – you may be familiar with the name as Bruce Springsteen’s debut album from 1973 is titled Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.  Local Magazine digs beyond the beaches and the album covers to share the stories of the people who live in Asbury Park today.

Asbury Park, NJ map, Local Magazine

Asbury Park, NJ map, Local Magazine

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A Few Bloggers That Are Propelling Pittsburgh Women Forward

We Propelle Pittsburgh networking for womenThis week I am planning to attend a networking happy hour that is hosted by Propelle.  Propelle is an organization that was founded by three women in Pittsburgh, who happen to be bloggers, with the mission of helping other women propel their ideas/dreams/businesses/projects forward.  The Propelle blog is filled with great information and interviews with other bloggers.  Thanks to my blog about Pittsburgh, I’ve had the good fortune to get to know the founders of Propelle.  In addition to producing great content for the Propelle blog, each of the founders also has their own blogs with tons of great information for Pittsburghers, crafters, and more. Continue reading

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Medora – A Village in Illinois and a (Local) Documentary

One of the few books that I have read this year was My Heart is An Idiot by Davy Rothbart.  Rothbart is the editor of Found Magazine and a contributor to this American Life (who interviewed Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbor, Mr. Rogers, for the show).  Last fall he started his book tour here in Pittsburgh, his publicist sent over some tickets for me to giveaway on my blog.  I picked up a copy of his book for my sister as a birthday gift.  She read the book and passed it back to me to read.

29 Palms Inn, August 2011

29 Palms Inn, August 2011

Many of the essays in the book are about places, and I enjoyed reading about Rothbart’s experiences, well really adventures in places like Buffalo, NY, Ann Arbor, MI, and 29 Palms, CA.  Years ago, I had read an article about the 29 Palms Inn and when I helped a friend drive back to Pittsburgh from San Diego last year – I insisted that we drive, sort of out of our way, just to see the 29 Palms Inn.  I enjoyed this book and Rothbart’s stories about people and places.  He was even kind enough to reply to my tweet asking for an update on one of the stories in the book.

Rothbart’s newest project is a documentary film, titled Medora, about the high school basketball team from Medora, Illinois.  According to Wikipedia, Medora has a population of 501 as of 2000 census.  I’m eager to see the film and learn more of the story about Medora, Illinois.

Medora will be screening in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the Hollywood Theater and in cities across the US during the month of November.  A complete list of screenings is available here.

What other documentary films have you seen about a specific place?

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Local Photo: This is St. Louis

I’d like to make this a regular series here on the blog where local bloggers share an image that represents a place.  Today, I reached out to my friends at STL Style in St. Louis, Missouri.

here’s our beautiful city in all its glory! …This pic depicts the historic urban grandeur of the City of St. Louis, the seasoned grand dame of the interior US.


Have a photo that you think best represents your city? We’d love to feature your blog next week! Leave a comment below or send an email to hello@bloglocal.net.

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Not Necessarily Local – a Look at Some Other Blogs to Read


BLOG IDEAS (Photo credit: owenwbrown)

Most of the blogs that are in my RSS reader and on my daily radar are local blogs.  Blogs about Pittsburgh and blogs about other cities.  But there are a few blogs that aren’t about a specific place that I like to keep an eye on.  Here are a few of my favorites, some like Lifehacker are super helpful.  Other blogs, like Swiss-Miss, are  filled with smart ideas and some are just for fun. 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.

Nablopomopgh-screenshotBloggers who are participating in NaBloPoMo are encouraged to share their posts with the other participants over at BlogHer by adding a link to this post.

Since there are several Pittsburgh bloggers participating, I thought it would be nice to have a place for Pittsburgh bloggers to share their daily postings.  Tumblr is a great solution for quickly setting up a group blog.  Meet the NaBloPoMo Pittsburgh Tumblr – nablopomopgh.tumblr.com and on Twitter @NaBloPoMoPgh. Continue reading

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Make a Map of the States You Have Visited

visited-states-300There 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 states he has visited.  Malcolm works for the National Association of Railroad Passengers and spends a lot of time traveling by train – if you like trains or beautiful scenery be sure to follow him on Twitter @FerrocastorContinue reading

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WordPress Wednesday: Lists, Video and Advanced Search


WordPress (Photo credit: Adriano Gasparri)

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.

Have a recent WordPress tip to share?  Please leave a link in the comments.

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