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Hope me blog

I am starting a personal translation project. I plan to translate a few paragraphs a day from Italian into English from a classic work of Italian literature that is mostly unknown to English speaking audiences. It kind of makes sense for me to share this online for kicks and giggles and motivation. What's the best platform for me to use, given the format and subject matter?
posted by bq on May 23, 2016 - 5 answers

Robust and safe blog for whistleblowing?

I need to find a free blogging site that I know will be at least relatively anonymous and will not easily be susceptible to legal threats / takedown notices. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Can I add a preview image to a video post in tumblr?

This is one of those questions that's probably simple once you know how but almost impossible to Google. I have posted a video to a tumblr, yet it shows up on my tumblr site as an unadorned black rectangle with a white 'play' triangle - hardly very tempting or interesting. Is there a way of adding a preview image, either a still manually cropped from the video or automatically generated?
posted by srednivashtar on Jan 5, 2016 - 4 answers

Blogging best practices?

I'd like to start a blog, but I haven't paid attention to any of the latest trends in the area. I have some specific questions below the fold, but my main question is: is there a current accepted style guide for blogging? Like, has anyone written an APA manual for wordpress? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Dec 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Can I blog safely as a woman if I use my real name?

Is there a way for me to blog under my real name and still avoid exposing myself to stalking, doxxing, threats, and harassment? [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Nov 23, 2015 - 17 answers

How do you choose a WordPress theme?

With so many choices of themes, how does one go about narrowing them down? I'm a bit overwhelmed by the myriad of choices. I understand that security, updates, and responsiveness are all important. I'm brand new to WordPress and want to get going on building my installation, but I'm really kind of stuck until I figure out this theme thing. Bonus Question: I do realize you get what you pay for when it comes to themes. Do you have any recommendations for reasonably priced ones?
posted by Bushmiller on Nov 23, 2015 - 5 answers

How to increase blog traffic?

I author a knitting blog. It makes driblets of money. I've done the math, and for me to get what I would consider a worthwhile level of compensation for the ten hours of work I put into it every week, my blog needs to get 20 times the traffic it currently gets. Does anyone have any brilliant ideas as to what I can do to increase my traffic? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Nov 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Are you a science blogger?

I'm a young professor working in an interesting but crowded field. The main reason I got into academia is that I love communicating ideas. I also tend to have a stream of side projects, some of which are too small or vague to merit a research paper. And I like writing. So I was thinking of starting a blog of sorts... [more inside]
posted by redlines on Nov 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Should I self-host my blog or post to a site with a built-in community?

I've been a blogger, off and on, since "weblog" first became a word, but the way blogs and communities are built these days confounds me. I miss tight-knit, ye olde internet communities but am no longer sure how they are built or nourished in a noisier, more commercialized web. I need opinions. [more inside]
posted by iamfantastikate on Nov 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Blogging platform for interaction/identity designer think tank.

What blogging platform should a design research group use? [more inside]
posted by signal on Nov 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me find the cheapest web hosting for my blog and podcast...

I run a WordPress blog, and the archives of a defunct podcast, hosting on Dreamhost. I'm up for renewal in two weeks, and I don't want to keep paying $120 a year for the service... not because I don't like Dreamhost, but because I'm cheap. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Oct 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Decent autism blogs/tumblrs/etc?

Having recently accepted that my ASD will not go away, and looking to engage a little bit more with it, can you recommend any regular fixtures (regular articles, blogs, tumblrs, books possibly) that are written from an autistic perspective? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Oct 5, 2015 - 6 answers

What are the rules on blogging about people that you know?

I have a blog. I write mostly about my work and things that pertain to my work (rather than it being a personal blog). However, since the work that I do is socio-political, my blog does deal with personal issues that use real life examples (but I tend not to focus on my own personal life in the blog). However, there are situations in which examples of things from my life are very pertinent to the issues I write about, and I believe that my writing would benefit from being able to personalize the issue. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Sep 27, 2015 - 10 answers

semi-private or secret personal blogs

I used to be part of a group that blogged anonymously and read anonymous blogs through xanga, which effectively shut down a year or two ago. I really miss this community, as well as the opportunity to read these sorts of semi-private blogs. How can I find a similar community? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Sep 3, 2015 - 5 answers

How to pick a topic for a blog?

I'm hoping to someday change careers into a more writing-focused field. The advice for this is always "start a blog and join Twitter." I would like to do both of these things, but I have so many interests, and such difficulty thinking about how any of them would translate into a blog, that I'm stuck at the screening phase. How to pick one? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jul 18, 2015 - 18 answers

This trainee coach would like your help with naming her blog

Reaching out to the hive mind to help me name my blog - I am doing a masters in coaching and mentoring and trying to carve out a niche for myself working with research students/researchers/academics - this is the bulk of my "clients" at the moment (in inverted commas as all of that is unpaid and part of the training). I really enjoy working with this group as an ex-academic myself and wanted to share some of that enthusiasm via a blog but can't come up with anything that sounds right. Help?! Some further requirements below. [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster on Jul 11, 2015 - 6 answers

I know, I know, like the internet needs another blog...

So I want to blog. But I have way too many interests that excite me, and that I'd love to explore and write about in an extensive manner. Help me narrow down (or find an intersection among) my innumerable favorite subjects so that I can write a blog that doesn't ramble. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on May 31, 2015 - 15 answers

For British Eyes Only

I blog on Wordpress. I'd like to make certain posts visible only to readers in certain countries. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on May 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Anonymice? Anonymoose?

Should I stop using my name online? Everywhere? Somewhere? With several pseudonyms? Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Apr 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Current best practices for updating social media sites simultaneously?

Back when I used to have a blog, my Twitter account would automatically tweet links to my new posts. Meanwhile, my tweets were automatically posted as Facebook statuses. But that was 5+ years ago and I have no idea what the done thing is these days. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Mar 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Looking for a blogging platform that handles equations and code

My friend and I are starting an academic blog. We will be posting equations and code snippets (mostly MATLAB), and are looking for a blogging platform that will allow us to enter them easily and display them nicely. Do you have any suggestions on what we should use?
posted by tickingclock on Feb 27, 2015 - 5 answers

shoring up the digital ramparts against hate mobs

I'm writing about feminism and gaming on the internet. I'm a woman. I know that if I gain any reasonable amount of success, it'll probably come with death threats and hacking attempts and doxxing and the like. What should I do now, while very few people are reading me, to protect myself? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Feb 25, 2015 - 35 answers

Female bloggers: Should I come out as a woman on my blog?

I have a blog that I've kept for a while without talking about my gender. I'm wondering about the consequences of coming out as a woman on a not-at-all well-read blog. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2015 - 11 answers

In this corner, the current champion, WordPress. And in this corner...

I'm about to rebrand my blog (and give it some activity). It's on WordPress.com, which seems the blogging platform most recommended to previous askers, and it's the one I chose when starting said blog,but since I'm a very special snowflake, I'd like to have that perception challenged and see if there's something else out there that's better for me. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Jan 31, 2015 - 11 answers

How to support digitising family memories for easy retrieval?

I have come into possession of 15 boxes of family history. These include dozens of journals, letters, pictures and other memorabilia. I have started transcribing the journals, but I realize that just word files is not the best way to capture the content and I'm looking for suggestions (software, cloud service, etc.) for how to best get this content into a usable digital format. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Jan 19, 2015 - 6 answers

tumblr management !

I found I really like tumblr for my interests, personal and professional but I can't have these worlds combining too much due to stigma and just my general privacy. Tumblr allows different master blogs, but I tend to do this stuff from my phone, and I haven't found a good app or way to make sure these things stay separate. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Jan 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Job path for a bioengineering PhD?

I need a job/career. I have a PhD in bioengineering. I spent that time analyzing brain data in Matlab. Then I got an intense programming job in Manhattan. I lasted for 10 months: It was so aversive that I worked too slowly and finally had to resign. What do you do? Do you like it? What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jan 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Best site for blogging

What, in your opinion, is the best site for blogging? [more inside]
posted by MMiller3669 on Jan 2, 2015 - 19 answers

What is the optimum length for a YouTube video?

I was hoping to get some input as to what the best length of a YouTube video is for a new user/blogger. [more inside]
posted by MMiller3669 on Dec 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Recommend a woman-written pop culture blog

What are some good, smart, thoughtful popular culture blogs written by women? I'm mostly interested in more generalized coverage than a focus on a single medium/genre. Doesn't necessarily have to have a strong feminist perspective, though that's fine. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Dec 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Is Feedly feeding my pageview count?

A couple of my blog's readers have told me that they read my posts via Feedly without clicking through to my blog, and they're wondering if that adds to my blog's pageview counter. I haven't been able to figure out whether it does by googling, so I ask you, is my site credited with the pageviews that happen via Feedly and other similar sites or are they just stealing my content?
posted by orange swan on Nov 18, 2014 - 11 answers

How to build a certain kind of blog

I want to create a blog for my students to explore math content. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Nov 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Best way to get interviews for my blog?

I have a personal blog about my day trips to local festivals, museums, landmarks, and whatever else that I think is interesting and fun to explore on the weekends. I live in the USA if that matters. Part of why I'm writing my blog is so that I can improve my skills and confidence as a writer. I'd like to interview interesting people, mostly people affiliated with the places that I'm visiting, but don't know how to best go about this. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Nov 3, 2014 - 5 answers

I need help naming a blog

Metafilter has named cats and dogs, and roller derby babes. This should be easy. On the book of faces I talk a lot about my life with Agent K, my 11 yo with autism. I'd like to move it over to it's own blog and talk about our life, link to interesting articles and products, post pictures, etc. He's always been Agent K and he calls me Muh-ver, Mommy, or Heyshea. I keep a Pintrest board titled Agent K's Awesome board. Any thoughts?
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Blog network for posting reviews of startups

I'm considering posting starting a blog where I post reviews of Startups. I would like to try to get at least a few people reading my blog, so perhaps I should join a blog network. A few options of heard of are Tumblr, Wordpress.com and Medium. Does anyone have any recommendations on which site it'd be easiest to build an audience? I'd be willing to try other sites too. I'm not trying to make this commercial or anything - it'd just be nice to get some feedback.
posted by casebash on Oct 11, 2014 - 2 answers

What are the best resources for Wordpress these days?

I started a Wordpress blog a few years ago and then ignored it soon after. This time around I'd really like to create the best Wordpress site that I possibly can. I'm looking for any resources that would help to achieve that goal -- themes, tutorials, podcasts, etc. I'd also like to learn more about search engine optimization and monetization in regards to a Wordpress site. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Sep 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Copyright Troll Legal Notice

FML Today I received a notice of "Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Image" regarding a 7 year old blog post on my tiny, personal, completely not-for-profit website that only about 5 people ever read (that I had incidentally purged just 2 months ago) from a probable copyright troll (Sanders Law, PLLC). It isn't even signed by an actual lawyer, it's signed by a paralegal. I know YANAL, but I have no idea what to do or who I can turn to. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Aug 28, 2014 - 28 answers

I can put together words so that they sound nice. I can't write. Why?

All my life, people have complimented me on my abiity to write well. In middle and high school, it was writing good chapter summaries, literary analyses and essays for homework using flowery language. In college, it became about construction and the flow of ideas, and I found myself to be reasonably adept at that as well. I'm currently jobless ( looking for my first job at 25), and when people chime in with suggestions on how to fix that, they can't understand why I poo-poo the idea of writing professionally out of hand. Help me develop my writerly mind and get myself out of the English class for good. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 7, 2014 - 25 answers

Is my idea for a blog going to be a copyright issue, or is it fair use?

I want to write a blog that invokes the aesthetics and atmosphere of a certain fictional world from a comic strip. In this comic, they live very happily, have a delightful home, and go on many adventures. I'd like to write posts inspired by their activities. I would reference the strip in the blog name, and occasionally include single panels for context. Is this okay in terms of copyright? [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Aug 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Bringing Bloggers On Board

Please give me guidance on how to find professional bloggers and work with them. [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Jul 28, 2014 - 4 answers

How best to backup/move a strange old blog

As part of hoovering up old blogs and content before more disappear, I'm stuck with the most difficult blog in terms of format; this one (Digital Sands). Is there an efficient way of saving both the posts and the comments to make publicly available elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Jul 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Does this software/web service exist?

I'm starting a blog, and I have this hunch that perhaps a service or program exists out there that allows you to: 1) Write, format, and save blog posts, as well as mark them as "ready" to publish, and 2) Automate publishing those ready posts chronologically onto your blog at a fixed rate or alternatively by selecting a publishing date and time for every post marked as ready. The theory being, I could write as many posts as I want on a given day, but schedule and automate their publishing. Does this sort of thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Jun 23, 2014 - 7 answers

I want to start a blog about being an escort

For many reasons, I think it could be entertaining and educational for me to blog (anonymously, and with identifying details removed) about my experiences as an escort. However, I have a few questions that I'm dealing with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Best World Cup liveblogs and twitter feeds?

What are the best World cup liveblogs? I'm looking for people who will blogging during games and who will be both insightful and funny. Any people/organizations who will be livetweeting games will also be appreciated.
posted by mcmile on Jun 12, 2014 - 6 answers

I want a linkblog like John Gruber/Daring Fireball. How do I set it up?

I've long been an admirer of linkblogs like John Gruber's Daring Fireball and Dave Winer's Scripting News. I would like to start one on my own. What's the best way to go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on May 9, 2014 - 6 answers

Where are all the Zine-sters?

I've been working on a few different zines myself, but I'd love to find more zine community online. What are some of the best sites, communities, blogs, Tumblrs, Twitter accounts, for getting into zine communities? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on May 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Show and accept edits in WordPress posts?

So I've Googled and checked out the WordPress support forums about this, but I'm not finding what I want. Is there any plugin that allows WordPress to have a function like Track Changes in Word? I'm talking about within a post -- so if I made edits (punctuation, changing words, whatever) in a certain post, someone else could see them and also accept or reject them. Just viewing the "Revisions" in WP isn't cutting it.
posted by trillian on Apr 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for blogs in all the wrong places

Due to some nostalgia from my high school days when it seemed like everyone had a LiveJournal, I'd love to start reading more of that type of personal blogging, but it seems a little hard to come by these days. I'm looking for suggestions for blogs (could be on any platform: Tumblr, LJ, et cet) that are regularly updated and used mainly for personal, introspective, "journal-y" writing. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 16, 2014 - 2 answers

You have a Blog or Comic. What is your workflow?

I have two webcomics and a few assorted other sites, so I am interested in hearing from anyone who regularly updates a site they own/run. Tell me how often you update. Tell me how you file away ideas, develop ideas, whatever. Tell me what kind of site it is. Etc. What works for you? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Mar 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Does simultaneous blogging to multiple outlets help to build audience?

I once had a decent online audience for my regular writing habit, but sort of lost steam with a career change that monopolized my attention and energy. With an unexpected change in fortunes, I've been trying to reconnect, but one of my outlets is gone, another is moribund, and the scene is now more spread out and complicated. I've been posting simultaneous content to a number of outlets, but I'm wondering if that's wiser than just picking one and focusing entirely on that one, because of the widely differing reading habits people have now. [more inside]
posted by sonascope on Jan 16, 2014 - 8 answers

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