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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

My friend's Facebook page is super-popular. Now what?

So, here's the deal. I have this friend who has been pretty active on Facebook. She talks about being a mother and a recovering alcoholic. She is really funny, and her page has become pretty popular -- people she doesn't even know will tell their friends about the page and tell them to "like" it just for the humor. I'm a communications professional, so she came to me asking, basically -- how does she take the next step? How does she go from this Facebook page, which a lot of people seem to like, to a blog that people will actually go out of their way to visit? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Should I be blog mistress of my own domain?

I have a couple of blogs on Blogger (and want to start a third one), and I've had a few people advise me to move them to their own domains. Should I, and if so, where should I move them and how? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Dec 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Camera Recommendations for Video Blogging?

I've heard really good things about the Canon T3i but I'm not a fan of the bulk. Does anyone have other camera reccs (good with video) that offer a full swivel LCD screen? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Dec 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Non-technical WordPress user's guide

I'm looking for an absolute beginner's guide to WordPress that just covers creating and editing posts and pages and uploading media, and nothing else; the kind of thing that I imagine a web developer might give to a client. Can you recommend some (free) on-line resources? [more inside]
posted by Zeinab Badawi's Twenty Hotels on Dec 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Family history blog - should I start posting out of order?

I started blogging family history recently and have been having fun with it, but now I'm at a crossroads. Should I break out of the chronology and start posting content out of order? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Dec 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Seeking style blogs by and for trans women

I am looking for style blogs by and for trans women — either single-contributor "here's what I wore today" blogs or tumblr/pinterest-type aggregators. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. on Dec 14, 2013 - 7 answers

a little twlonger

Is there some sort of online venue that's midway in concept between twitter and a blog? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Dec 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me name the things I have made

MeFites, you did such a good job of coming up with a name for the last blog I launched that I'm back again asking you to help me name the next blog I want to kickstart soonish. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Dec 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Daily writing practice.

I'd like to begin a daily writing practice, to be hosted on a semi-public blog (that is, it's public but not promoted, and not for anyone but myself). [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 4, 2013 - 13 answers

What simple, self-hosted blogging platform do I want?

I'm sick of Wordpress and all it's cruft. What self-hosted blogging platform should I be looking at in 2013? Details within. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Oct 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Amazing ideas for writing a Cat blog (from perspective of cat)???

A friend of mine would like to start a cat blog (maybe with social media add-ons - Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat etc.) which would center around pretending to be her pet cat writing the blog. Beyond this , what would be some fun things for the blog to specialize in? This is just for fun (neither she nor the cat is not seeking fame and fortune through this project; it might be for a public audience though). She turned to me for suggestions but I'm tapped out. What do you guys think? Not too time-consuming or complicated, ideally. Something she could do tens of thousands of times without getting bored (I am trying to quietly encourage my friend's transition into full-blown Cat Lady status, so please help.)
posted by zresearch on Aug 29, 2013 - 16 answers

What are the journalistic best practices for indie blogs?

I run a small blog (three part-time people, all editorial) in an industry known for having a cozy relationship between press and marketers (fashion). I didn't go to J school and never expected to be a journalist. Is there a useful best practices / ethics guide for folks in my position? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Aug 28, 2013 - 10 answers

How much should an editor of an online publication be paid?

If I want to hire an editor to manage the blog for my ad-driven website, how much should the pay be if it's full-time? What about part-time? Other than creating and managing content, managing writers (and bringing on new ones), and promoting the blog and the site on social media, is there anything else I should list in a online editor's duties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Good app to use with Tumblr for iPad?

The Tumblr iPad app doesn't have a proper editor (looks like all I can do is choose a type of post, add tags and post). Can anyone recommend a good text editor app for iPad that is similar to the online version of Tumblr (allowing me to insert photos, add links, italics, bold, etc, as well as switch between the WSYWIG editor and HTML views? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Aug 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Is it worthwhile registering/adding a domain name to my Wordpress blog?

I've been publishing a blog for a couple of years on Wordpress. Whenever I log into the dashboard, I'm informed that my domain "is available to be registered and added to your blog. (You can use it as your blog address.)" support page on domains is here. Are there any drawbacks to registering it? Will all the widgets work the same way? Will my SEO be effected? Will my wordpress followers still be subscribed? What else should I consider? It's a small blog updated with a couple lengthy posts each week; about 300 subscribers and 500 page views per day.
posted by bookley on Jul 24, 2013 - 3 answers

How to integrate Flickr photos into Wordpress portfolios?

There are many gorgeous Wordpress themes for photographers out there. But my pictures are all stored on Flickr, and I have no plans to move them. Will those themes - or which of those will - integrate with my Flickr pics, sets and collections? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Consolidate a single day's worth of tweets onto a blog.

I am looking for ideas, suggestions, or webapps that will help me take all the tweets I make in a day and post them to a blog. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jul 3, 2013 - 5 answers

The best camera is the one you have with you... unless it's an iPhone

I'm ready to up my photography game. I live in a gorgeous place with lots of interesting things to photograph-- wildlife, birds, water and mountains, abandoned infrastructure-- and my iPhone 4 can't produce pictures that are rich or detailed enough to do it all justice (or blow up for prints, or be good blog fodder). However, I'm not interested in a DSLR because I know I'm unlikely to actually have it with me when opportunities present themselves, and at this point I'm not really technically proficient enough to justify the cost. What point and shoot models should I consider? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jun 25, 2013 - 19 answers

What to name our RV blog?

We're transitioning into living full time in an RV and several people have expressed interest in reading a blog about our experiences. I know the kinds of things I want to write, but I'm stumped on a name. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 19, 2013 - 39 answers

Making custom templates for dummies?

I'd like to start editing wordpress themes and I'm finding that while there's loads of individual tutorials, getting a handle on everything I need to learn is proving more of a challenge. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Jun 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Breathing new life into an old website, input on new name and content

I created an online, open source academic journal website several years ago and it may be near the end of its first life. I'd love to get feedback on what folks here think might work best. I want to reinvent it and breathe new life into old content. Help me, MetaFilter, rebuild something that doesn't have to die into something new and beautiful! [more inside]
posted by christopherious on May 22, 2013 - 13 answers

What would you really like to know about language and language learning?

I run a blog about language learning and have ~9 months until a book of mine gets published. During that time, I'd like to grow my audience as much as possible, which basically means writing as many interesting articles as possible. While I have a list of blog-post ideas, I'm currently living in book-related tunnel vision, and could use some outside input. If you knew someone who knew a lot about foreign languages and language learning, and was willing to do some research and write an article about anything you wanted, what would you want him/her to write about? What burning, unanswered questions do you have about languages, language learning, memory or any other related topics?
posted by sdis on May 19, 2013 - 37 answers

Best tablet and workflow for blogging

I would like to purchase a tablet so I can do more blogging without lugging a laptop around. What are the best tools/apps/workflow tips to be able to do this without tearing my hair out? Special snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by melissa on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Tips on starting up a science-themed blog

I was convinced to start a blog under my real name, for the purposes of being visible on the internet in a positive light while applying for jobs. Unfortunately, now it's up, I hate it and never want to write anything there. Since my partner is sick of me wailing about it, I thought I'd ask you guys for tips on low-effort ways to post on a blog with a general theme of 'interesting science news'. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on May 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Preparing to launch! Hosting advice & projects.mefi advice sought

My new website is nearly ready to launch and I need (1) advice about improving performance via webhost features/alternatives and (2) advice about how to build a good post on projects.metafilter.com where I'll be seeking feedback. [more inside]
posted by christopherious on May 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Simple solutions for a private micro-mix sharing site?

As my friends and colleagues continue to move and diversify, I'd like to make a small, private site where we can share three- to five-song "mix tapes" of what we really love these days; ideally super easy from an interface perspective to create these mix tapes. What's my shortest path to goal? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Need help finding websites similar to Thought Catalog

Are there any blog/writing websites out there that are like Thought Catalog, but slightly more... mature I guess? Without the high-school/college drama or pop culture nonsense. Sometimes I feel just slightly too old for TC's target demographic. :/ But I do enjoy reading short blog posts from a variety of authors. Thanks in advance
posted by The Biggest Dreamer on Mar 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there anything I can do about online rape threats?

So I've joined Rebecca Watson in that I now get actual rape threats, sometimes with a side of death threats because of things I have written about feminism online. Is there anything I can do about this? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Mar 20, 2013 - 21 answers

Tips for working with a with a comic artist

I have an econ blog and asked a friend of mine to help illustrate some posts with comics. He agreed! Have you been on either side of a comparable collaboration? Could you offer some tips? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Mar 6, 2013 - 5 answers

What should I call my new space blog?

If all goes well, I'll be writing a bi-weekly blog about spaceflight and astronomy, with a particular emphasis on manned and unmanned spacecraft -- what's up on the ISS, what satellites will be launching soon and what they'll do, what interesting discoveries ongoing missions have made, that sort of thing. But I have NO IDEA at all what I should call it. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Feb 27, 2013 - 19 answers

Looking for "useful" sites such as Instructables, Lifehacker, CoolTools

I am preparing a blog post for my library's in which I am going to review several websites that I consider "useful" for our patrons in improving the quality of their lives or help them keep a little more money in their pocketbooks. [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Feb 22, 2013 - 20 answers

How to transition from commenting on blogs to "real" writing

In the last 9 years, I've written a Russian novel's worth of blog comments. Can you help me channel this energy into personal writing projects? NOTE : I am NOT interested in blogging. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Name my university learning blog

Looking for a descriptive and short name for a blog about university study. Save me from bad puns and opaque acronyms! [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I write a blog that's professional and personal?

I work in communications and would like to start a blog that I could link to from Twitter and LinkedIn. But I'd also like to write about my personal life. How do I thread this needle? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Blogging for IRL friends?

Have you deliberately used your personal blog(s) to make IRL friends completely outside your social circle? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 18, 2012 - 9 answers

What's some of the best, most illuminating, and most entertaining writing about conservation bio on the net?

What are some of the best technical blogs out there in conservation biology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, and ecology? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Recommend me blogs or other websites devoted to family history and stories

I'm looking for examples of good blogs or other websites devoted to family history and stories. What sites do you guys like? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Oct 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Bilingual blogging layout in Urdu and English?

What do I need to know to create a bilingual blog that uses left-to-right and right-to-left languages simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Oct 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Idea/Highlight Crowdsourcing Platform for a Conference

I'd like some advice about creating a live website exercise for the audience at an industry conference. The exercise is about getting the audience to crowdsource highlights from the conference panels/speakers (this has the support of the conference organizers). [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Oct 15, 2012 - 5 answers

In Russia, State Fairs are Sexy

Why are Russian dating and adult sites linking to my blog, and should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Aug 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Travel blogging with the iPad

I'm about to embark on a 5 1/2 month gig playing on a cruise ship in Europe and The Caribbean, and I would love to regularly publish a blog for my friends and family to follow my journey. Level of difficulty: iPad only. [more inside]
posted by pedmands on Aug 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Shifting tumblr pieces.

How do I edit the tumblr Effector Theme to make these small changes? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Aug 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Just do it-blog edition

How do I get into the mindset of blogging? [more inside]
posted by LN on Aug 12, 2012 - 14 answers

I can has blog?

A few weeks ago, I asked for ideas for hobbies to keep me occupied while living on a small island in Alaska. A number of people suggested keeping a blog, and that appealed. So now I'm asking for help and resources to do it right! [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Aug 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Help with tech support for Posterous/Twitter? Or recs for other solutions?

Does anyone have any information about emergency contacts at Posterous (or someone at Twitter who is minding the Posterous store) for an online app problem that is creating a security breach for a class I'm teaching? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Aug 3, 2012 - 11 answers

tough mp4 video camera

Howdy Mefi peeps, I'm looking for a tough video + camera that is mp4 native. I have a Canon IS1200, a good point and shoot. It outputs in .avi, a high volume format that takes quite awhile to download via USB. I need something more robust for my purposes. [more inside]
posted by diode on Jul 28, 2012 - 2 answers

I'm looking for first-hand accounts of starting a food business

I'm looking for blogs that are basically first-hand accounts of starting a food business. [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest on Jul 24, 2012 - 19 answers

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