Weird occurences in Word Press

I’m a happy user of the open source wordpress software for blogging but there are two issues I have with it.

  1. Posts get published with the created date instead of the final published date
  2. A post that was in my drafts got accidentally deleted without being prompted before continuing.

A big annoyance as I had put in a lot of time into this article.

It seems that I will now have to learn to use external blog editors to handle my writing as the web interface is just too risky.

Has anyone else had these problems?

Social Networking for Musicians

Creating an Online Internet Profile (OIP)

For a music band that isn’t connected to a record label, OIP is vital.

The notion that alternative music need not use social networking tools because of pop fads or trends is now outdated. Whether you produce folk music, death hip-hop or political punk rock or even opera, a credible internet presence can do nothing else than enhance your reputation.

Currently the internet is an inexpensive medium that reaches a mass audience of distinct ages and demographics. Being accessible to distant fans can take your success higher than what was possible ten years ago, and this is possible without much budget spent on advertising. Now let’s look at the tools available.

Social Media

The above concept has changed the way we view networking and even critics cannot play down the influence and significance of this trend called web 2.0.

There are more than enough useful applications to use on the internet. While it is advisable to have several appearances or entrance points online, it isn’t necessary to use every one available as maintenance becomes time consuming. It’s best to stick with the most common ones as the audiences there are larger. Now let’s investigate the crucial applications you need to have to create that mass following. Continue reading

Blogging v microblogging v tumble blogs

I’m back on my blog after two weeks of installing and playing with kubuntu linux.

The other night I was convinced that I found a meaning to all this web 2.0 publishing. So here are my thoughts on what you can use each publishing service for.

Blogging: Here is where one could post an article of medium or long length. The emphasis here is placed more on content than design. Continue reading

New Blog Layout

I’ve changed the theme of this blog to try something new. When it comes to trying different themes on wordpress it’s hard to be completely satisfied but I think this comes pretty close.

The paragraph spacing is easier to read and the side menu looks neat. It seems I have lost my guestbook comments but I think I’ll live.

I hope you like this new look. A post about Valparaiso coming soon.

How to create a blog in a few easy steps

This is how I did it by the way.

1. Decide on a url address that you would like to have and register that name with a domain host. This will cost money.

2. You then have to purchase hosting space for that domain name, this can be done with the same organisation where the domain was registered or another organisation that appeals to you. Make sure your hosting contract includes access to a MySQL database.

3. You can download blog software for free from various sites.

4. Upload the software to the server where your website sits.

5. Familiarise yourself with the software and then start blogging.

There are easier and cheaper ways of creating a blog but this way you get to keep the website address that you choose and customising the blog is less limited. One day if you would like something more complete, you can delete the blog and put a fully functional website in its place.

Good luck.