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Om Interviews WordPress Founder

Om Malik interviews Matt Mullenweg. Matt is the founder of Automattic and co-creator of WordPress. Matt discusses the beginning of WordPress, the growing importance of open source in the age of cloud, lessons he’s learned as a founder and more.

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A Fresh Theme for 2020

I updated the theme of this blog to the new WordPress Twenty Twenty theme. I think it has a clean, modern look. As a WordPress novice I found this video from Ellen Bauer of New Zealand very helpful in understanding the many options available in the theme.

Ellen makes premium WordPress themes and blogs about WordPress. I think it’s wonderful that I can get the help I need in the United States from a knowledgeable person in New Zealand via the internet.

I’d love to hear your reaction to the new theme of this blog.

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On Blogging Preferences

Long-time blogger Rob Fahrni explains why he moved his blog from WordPress to Micro.blog:

When you add a post you get a simple text entry field, you can add an optional title, and pick a category if you’d like. This is all I really need in a blog. 

Fahrni has been blogging since 2001. He started on Blogger and then moved to WordPress. He prefers the speed of static websites rather than sites like WordPress that generate pages when a reader hits the site.

Micro.blog is a new social network for independent microblogs. A Micro.blog shows recent posts from sites and people you are following. Micro.blog posts are short — quick thoughts, links to web sites, and replies to friends. It’s a fast timeline that’s powered by RSS and the open web. It’s founder is Manton Reece who now blogs on Micro.blog.

I have had thoughts like Fahrni’s about the right blogging platform for me. Although I appreciate the speed of static site generators, I also like the many features WordPress offers including the ability to easily embed YouTube videos and set up an email list. WordPress also has great mobile apps that let me draft and edit posts on the go.

I also am a member of the Micro.blog community. It’s a wonderful place. However, I have yet to find a way to save a draft post or edit an existing post from a mobile app. And embedding YouTube videos would I think run counter to the goal of keeping micro blogging simple.

So I am in both the WordPress and Mico.blog communities. This is my main blog. I cross-post to Micro.blog and post short things there as well. I like then both. This is a work in progress.

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Thoughts on Blogging

Over the years I’ve blogged on and off on various platforms including Blogger, Squarespace, WordPress, Ghost, Micro.blog and Blot.

I think I have focused too much on the platform and not nearly enough on the content and my reason for blogging.

I’ve benefited greatly by reading blogs. Through blogs, I’ve discovered great TV series, books, movies and podcasts. I’ve also kept up with technology and photography by reading blogs.

Every blogging platform has pluses and minuses. I need to stop comparing platforms and just write. I settled on WordPress because WordPress makes it easy to create and edit posts from anywhere. I find the WordPress iOS app useful and convenient. Having said that, all the blogging platforms get the job done. And that’s what counts.

I want to contribute in the hope that my experiences will help others as others have helped me.

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Photography: Export from Lightroom to WordPress.com

I just installed a plugin for Adobe Lightroom that allows me to export images directly to my WordPress.com Media library. It seems to work well and this will be a time-saver. Instructions for using the plugin are here.

This is another good reason to use WordPress.

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Returning to WordPress

I’ve experimented with many different blogging platforms and have settled on WordPress. WordPress makes it easy to post from a laptop or a smartphone and has all the features I need. I love the iOS app. I find it very easy to use. I went back and forth between WordPress.com and self-hosted and settled on WordPress.com. All I want to do is blog and I’d like to keep it simple.