All posts for “blogging”

blogging Your Visual Resource for All Things WordPress

Posted by: leelefever on January 16, 2009- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, Explanation, video, wordpress


Michael Pick of Automattic was one of our Explainers to Watch in 2009 and he's already delivered. is a new platform for learning about Wordpress via videos and screencasts.  The intro on the site does a good job of making the case: This is exciting to see and something I think other companies will be doing in the future. If we consumers are lucky, companies will stop depending on crappy instruction manuals and make videos instead. The biggest barrier? People to make... Continue Reading

Tracking Reactions on the Web

Posted by: leelefever on June 2, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, buzz, cooltools, statistics


I must admit that each time we post a new video, we go into buzz mode - What are people saying/linking/doing?  Where are they doing it? How many said something?  What do we need to say in response?  Watching the reaction is something I anticipate and love about the process.  At the same time, I wonder if I'm doing it right.  I'm always looking for new ways to scan the web.  Here are some tools we use - please suggest ideas/sites/tools that you think would help.Blog Comments - Of course, our... Continue Reading

Very into the Very Short List

Posted by: leelefever on December 5, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, email, newsletter, onething, popculture


At the moment Google reader tells me that I have 490 unread items. Once again my feeds are mocking me.  The problem is that of the 490, I'll think 4.9 were really interesting. Such is the blog world I suppose. This kind of minor overload is one of the reasons I love the Very Short List.  It's a single email 5 days a week (with a web site) that succinctly reviews a tidbit of semi-obscure pop culture. They use great writing and cool little Venn Diagrams to explain their product and each... Continue Reading

A Sickening Review of Viral Video Tactics

Posted by: leelefever on November 22, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, socialmedia, techcrunch, video, viral


This almost seems unreal - maybe it is.  Dan, a Stanford student,  has a chance to make a guest post on TechCrunch about his viral video company.  What does he do?  He proceeds to make it stunningly clear how misguided and irresponsible his "viral video" tactics are.  It reads like a manual for new media douchebaggery. Some examples:Blogs: We reach out to individuals who run relevant blogs and actually pay them to post our embedded videos. Sounds a little bit like cheating/PayPerPost, but itâ... Continue Reading

Twittering for 1 Year - A Retrospective

Posted by: leelefever on November 20, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, friends, travel, twitter


My most recent Tweet (a short update to the Twitter service) was this: Today's my twitterversary! 1 year of meaningless drivel flowing from my keyboard and phone. I still count it as time well-spent. about 4 hours ago from TwitBin It's true.  I've been using Twitter for one year as of today and I've been thinking about it.  What does Twitter mean to me? Why have I adopted it?  First - a bit of explanation. Twitter provides a way for you (and your friends) to share short updates about your... Continue Reading

New Directions in Our Blogging

Posted by: leelefever on November 10, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, thissite


We’ve come to depend on our time off as a time to re-think, to re-consider, to re-formulate.  It happened last year when we looked for ways to make video a part of Common Craft and it happened again last week.  Among other things, our time in Mexico gave us a chance to talk about this blog.For a few months now, I’ve not been happy with my blogging, aside from the videos.  I was at a blogging crossroads – a time when I struggled to define the blog’s focus.  Our business, our product and... Continue Reading

Technorati's Top 500 and Other Milestones

Posted by: leelefever on August 30, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, buzz, statistic, thissite


First, let me say that I've been known to unsubscribe from blogs that become too self-congratulatory. It bugs me and I'm constantly aware of it here on Common Craft. That being said, this post may appear that way, as I'm about to share some rankings, numbers, etc. So please bear with me - we're both excited to share. Just recently we hit a milestone in terms of our ranking on Technorati - the top 500. As you may know, Technorati tracks the links between blogs. A "Technorati Rank" is a... Continue Reading

Mobile Blogging via Treo 650

Posted by: leelefever on November 16, 2005- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, gadgetry, mobile, review, travel, twinf


I've been geeking out a lot on all the things we can do with gadgetry on the trip. You might remember that I first posted about a device (the i-Mate PDA2K) back in June that I thought would be good for mobile blogging. I've been using a PalmOne Treo 650 for the last couple of months and I think it's going to be the close-to-perfect gadget for our needs on the trip. Over at TwinF I posted a bit about all the capabilties I've been testing. Tags: twinf, gadgetry, geek, mobile, moblogging

Jake Takes on American Airlines

Posted by: leelefever on September 21, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, business, disruption, friends


I love this kind of thing- the little guy does what he can to take on a big company. Jake is a loyal customer (platinum member) of American Airlines, but got dissed recently over a $50 mix-up that was their fault and got insulted at the same time. So, he's written a letter to the company explaining the circumstances and counting (literally, by the second, on his site) how long it takes to get an reply/apology from the company. Will they reply? Does it matter that he's blogging it all? It'll... Continue Reading

Mobile Blogging Device: I-Mate PDA2K

Posted by: leelefever on June 12, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, gadgetry, mobile, review


I’ve gotten the mobile blogging bug lately. As you’ll see soon, I have plans for a new site that will have a blog that will be updated predominately by a mobile device. As part of this, I’m trying to find the best device for the job. Some of the major features I see as being necessary/nice to have for mobile blogging: Qwerty Keyboard GSM: Global System for Mobile Communications (global standard cell phone signal) GPRS: General Packet Radio Service (Internet using GSM) Wi-Fi (wireless... Continue Reading