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The WordPress Reader

The WordPress app [free – Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android] impresses me more every day. I really enjoy using the editor to post articles. It did take time to find out where the features I use are located. Now that I’m comfortable with the layout, I find the screen much less distracting when I’m writing. I…

WordPress Desktop App

Have you noticed the message in your WordPress desktop inviting you to try the new editor? I tried it and it is very nice. It’s free and available for Windows, Mac and Linux computers and it will work on both WordPress.com and self-hosted sites that have Jetpack installed. You can download the app at WordPress.…

Build A Writers Group With WordPress

My local genealogical society is building a writers group to help support members writing their family history. It’s a wonderful idea, but often a difficult one to put in place. It’s already difficult to book meeting rooms for the society’s monthly meeting so adding a special interest group meeting could be quite a challenge. Geneabloggers have…

Conversational Tumblr

Recently Tumblr added Messages, a chat feature, to their platform. It’s not the usual commenting feature you find with other blogs. It’s an internal instant messaging service. As a chat service, it promotes conversation over comments. I like that! You’ll notice two new icons in your Tumblr dashboard – the smiley-face icon in the dashboard toolbar…

Blog Caroling – Go Tell It On The Mountain

I recently discovered the Bluegrass group Found Wandering. Their Christmas album includes one of my favorite songs – Go Tell It On The Mountain. This song done by this group surely does “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”.

Merry Christmas fM, dear Myrt and our wonderful family of geneabloggers!
Blog Caroling 2015 graphic

Tumblr Adds Messaging

This week Tumblr is rolling out an interesting new text messaging feature. You’ll know you have messaging capabilities when you see the face icon in your toolbar. Mobile users need to update their apps. This is a “slow” rollout so you might not see the icon yet. Not to worry. All you need is an invitation and you’ll…

Archival Quality Blogging

I love blogging! It has so many advantages for the genealogist/family historian that I can’t imagine trying to research without including a blog in the process. Not only does it allow me to write the stories of my ancestors as my research develops them, it’s also easy to update those stories when new facts come…

The Blog Scrapbook

Moultrie Creek blog

Although post formats have been a part of WordPress for some time, they don’t do much until you have a theme that supports them. Sometime back I upgraded my Magazine theme to the premium version and actually had the presence of mind to purchase a “bundle” that also included the Arcade theme. As you can see here…

Spotlight Theme – Fiore

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This week’s WordPress theme offers a classic blog layout with a vintage feel. It’s support for post formats would make it a great choice for a family history blog full of stories, photos and ephemera.