Share the Conversations with Yourself

I have an ongoing conversation with myself. It takes place inside my head. I’m not alone. We call it thinking. I think about a lot of things each day, though I capture very few of these thoughts on paper. Sometimes I’ll share them, summarized, wrapped in a blanket of humor, on Twitter. Even more seldom, […]

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Finding Time to Blog

Let’s talk about finding time to blog. Technical bloggers tend to be busy professionals. So much so that I often hear remarks such as, “I would love to do so, but I simply don’t have the time needed to blog”. Some even start a blog, only to stop updating it after the initial enthusiasm wears […]

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Short vs. Long Content Posts

Is it better to write ten 400 words posts, or one 4,000 word post? The answer to the short vs. long content post conundrum, as it’s often the case in life, is “ it depends”. A frustrating answer, I know. But let’s inch our way to a better assessment of what exactly it depends on. […]

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But I’m not an expert

For the past several years I’ve been an advocate of leveraging blogging and social media to boost one’s career (among other reasons). The common objection A common objection I get, particularly from people just starting out in their careers, is: “But I’m not an expert”. Fellow programmers are especially partial to this thought pattern. Listen, […]

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Embedding Code and Formulas in Your WordPress Posts

Recently I wrote a post for my programming blog that included both mathematical formulas and actual code. It got me thinking about the fact that most of my readers here might need to do the same. Those of you who use WordPress will probably know that there are countless plugins to achieve just that. That in […]

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Should You Use Pop-Ups on Your Technical Blog?

Many blogs have a pop-up prompting people to sign up for their mailing lists. As such, you might be wondering if using a pop-up on a technical blog is a good idea or not. Before answering the question, “Should you use pop-ups?”, let’s start with two facts: Your mailing list can be your most important […]

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Choosing a Domain Name for Your Blog

In this post, I’ll cover choosing a domain name for your blog, and in the process, I’ll also answer some frequently asked questions about the general subject of domain names. So you’ve come up with an idea for a blog. You’re excited. And it’s time to pick a domain name. You have three main choices […]

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Why

I’m a firm believer in the “why” of things. The why is often more important than the how. Find your why, and the how will become significantly easier to tackle and endure. People are also significantly more inclined to follow, believe, and buy your why. What you do – and how you do it – […]

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How to Automatically Send Your Blog Posts to Your Email Subscribers via Mailchimp

Several people have asked me how to set up a campaign so that new posts are automatically sent to your email subscribers. I created a video to show you how to do it with Mailchimp. Sign up with MailChimp, then follow along on YouTube. This is my first video and I’m not entirely happy about […]

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Check out the New Blogging Tools Page

Over the weekend, I had the chance to create something I’ve been thinking about putting together for a quite a while now: a resource page with recommended blogging tools. This should come in handy if you’re launching a new blog or trying to improve an existing one. In it, I made sure to only include […]

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