Lorelle on WordPress, who gave the Kicking Ass Content Connections talk at Wordcamp, sent out a free copy of her book Blogging Tips: What bloggers won’t tell you about blogging to conference attendees. I got my copy this past weekend and of course I’ve been reading it for the past few days. I’ve been looking for a simple book that described the basics of blogging to present to others, as well as give me some ideas on how to improve my blog (got to find the right header images, among other things). However, while I know this book was meant to be general in terms of blogging (and thereby make it more for novices and help it stand up for the future), I couldn’t help but wonder if there couldn’t be more specific tips like plugins for WordPress, Movable Type, or Firefox to make some of the recommended things like XML sitemaps. The general approach works, though, and therefore makes Blogging Tips a recommendable tome for the would-be-blogger.
[amazon-product]0757302610[/amazon-product]I recently received a free copy of Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul: Advice and Inspiration on Fulfilling Dreams, thanks to Smugmug, whose President Chris MacAskill wrote the “Following Our Hearts Chapter.” MacAskill offered to give copies of Chicken Soup on his blog. That sure is one way to promote a book. I look forward to finishing it.
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Gizmodo has a nice gadget guide to becoming a superhero. Namely, an exoskelton, hearing aids, a grapple gun, and a car equipped with a Tesla coil.