Blog Bytes

Introducing Resource Directories

I would like to introduce two additions to the Gazette – the Toolbox Resources directory and the Storytelling Resources directory. No, I’m not trying to become the next Cyndi’s List. I’m just sharing links to helpful resources for two of my favorite topics. Those of us who have been blogging for a while will remember…

Rein In Your Blog Posts

Isn’t it amazing how quickly those “little stories” you publish on your blog become impressive family history collections? Would you like to export the contents of your blog into a format that is both readable and easily edited for use in other publishing projects? Then you need to take a look at BlogBooker. BlogBooker takes…

Include Footnotes In Your Posts

Would you like to include footnotes1 in your WordPress posts and pages? If you’re using a self-hosted version of WordPress, you can take advantage of the FD Footnotes plugin. Once installed, this plugin provides a simple shortcode2 which make it easy to add your references right in your text. As you see from these examples,…

Is Blogger Next?

Today’s news that Google+ would be broken down into Photos and Streams wasn’t unexpected and won’t have a significant impact on my “social life”. My real concern is Blogger, Google’s blog platform. Except for setting up hooks into Google+ way back when, the platform has basically been ignored for years.  WordPress continues to innovate as…

Disqus – Where Comments Get Social

Disqus is a commenting platform that works with just about every blog platform. But to call Disqus a commenting system doesn’t come close to explaining what Disqus can do. Here’s a sample: Comment on any Disqus-supported site using one login – your Disqus account. Easily include links, photos and even video in your comment. Begin…

WordPress Redesigns Mobile App

I’m writing this post in the updated WordPress mobile app. The editor has received a nice facelift including the ability to edit image settings without leaving the editor screen. There’s now an image icon on the editing toolbar that takes you right to the Photos app to select the image you want to import. At…