Quick Tip: Watch Out for Smart Quotes

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Do you know what smart quotes are? Despite the picture above, they really don't have anything to do with actual quotations. Instead, smart quotes refers to formatting that's added automatically to quotation marks by some programs, which shows distinctly which are opening quotation marks and which are closing. For example, these are smart quotes: ""…

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The Danger of Overloading Your Blogs with Plugins

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The appeal of hosting a blog on WordPress.org, as any experienced blogger will tell you, is that the customizations and tweaks you can make are virtually limitless. One of the most common ways to add functionality is to add plugins, which have all of the coding you need prepackaged and ready to go and usually…

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HTML Cheat Sheet for Bloggers

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Almost all bloggers have to learn the basics of HTML at some point. Although you can do a lot in the visual view of your dashboard, you have much more flexibility and control if you understand the HTML side as well. With that in mind, I put together this cheat sheet of commonly used HTML…

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Remembering September 11th

Here we are  nine years after the September 11th attacks, and I still haven't put my experiences that day into words. Every year I try to write about it, but I always end walking away from the paper or computer screen because it's so hard for me to capture the emotions I felt at the…

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Choosing a Blogging Platform for New Bloggers

The following post is from Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife and DCR Design: Often when a newbie blogger approaches me about blog design, her first question is, What platform do you recommend? It sounds like a simple question, doesn't it?  I wish the answer were cut and dried, but unfortunately it is not.  There…

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