WordPress Post Dashboard Clutter


If like me you’ve used WordPress for nearly four years then this Post will feel close to home for you. I’ve Blogged via WordPress since September 2010 and have amassed 360 published Articles and two drafts and my All Posts Screen in the Posts Dashboard looks like this.

A sample page from my WordPress.com Posts Dsshboard

A sample page from my WordPress.com Posts Dashboard

Trying to navigate around all the posts is a bit hard when you’re looking at more than one or two pages, and in my opinion is in need of a revamp that lets you choose how you want to view all of your posts. I’d like to see something like having the ability to organize your posts into folders by year, then organized by month in each year folder then by week and for days that have multiple posts organized into a day folder, then just lump all the draft posts into the main All Posts Screen, doing this would also remove the need to have All Published, Sticky, Drafts and when there is a deleted post the Deleted tab and just have the root All tab and the Sticky tab as all  published Articles would be in Folders while all un published Articles would be in the All folder un organized.

With WordPress being a well used Platform with the free hosted WordPress.com service, hosted WordPress services and the free to download WordPress Platform at wordpress.org for anyone who wants to manage every aspect of their site and have it on a self hosted server you’d think that some form of Post Organization other than the tabbed layout of the Posts Dashboard would already have been implemented by now even if it was a simple Organize by Categories, Tags or both.

Don’t get me wrong as I think the free hosted wordpress.com service/wordpress.org download is a very capable Blog engine and brings a lot of features that are simply not available in Blogger, with an easier to navigate UI than Blogger Post/Article organization is on of the sorely missed features on ether of the two Blogging platforms along with on the wordpress.org download unless there is a post organization plug-in available for the server software.




Blogging For Begginers



So you’ve decided to start a Blog, where do you start?

There are three main things that you need to consider carefully before you start your Blog, you can find them listed bellow with some tips.

  1. Decide on which Blogging service to use:    You’ve got a choice of two free hosted blogging services available in the form of WordPress & Blogger and two self-hosted services in the form of WordPress and Blog engine. If you want a simple life with your blog that doesn’t really require any maintenance then I’d go for a WordPress or Blogger hosted blog. WordPress offers a large selection of Add-ons that you can purchase that even includes a custom domain name for your blog that gets rid of the .wordpress.com part of your Blogs address, where as Blogger only offers a custom domain name (a custom domain name changes say blogname.wordpress.com to say blogname.com) a custom domain makes your blog look more professional.  Both services allow you to either buy a custom domain through them or have a domain name that you already own mapped to your blog (I’d personally go for buying direct from your blog provider over mapping an existing domain name as all the configuration is done for you and you don’t have to do it yourself.
  2. Choose your blog name/URL:    If you’re using Blogger you don’t get much of a choice when it comes to choosing the URL of your Blog as it’s tied to the name of your Blog, but with WordPress you’ve got to choose wisely as the URL you choose is separate to the Blog name meaning that you can start your Blog with one name then change it once you’ve chosen the subject of your Blog. If you’re a Blogger user I’d suggest choosing the subject of your Blog and creating a Google account to go with it so you’re not stuck with a blog URL that you don’t like say 5 weeks into the future (unless you create a new Blog within your Blogger account with the name you want for your blog).
  3. Choose the subject of your blog:    Decide if you want your Blog to be a Sports Blog, a Fashion Blog, a News Blog, a Technology Blog, a Politics Blog, a Diary/Journal style Blog or a mix of the above.

Once you’ve gone through the three steps above you’ve got a choice of doing two things. You can find them listed bellow.

  1. Customize your Blog to look how you want it:    You can customize your Blog with a theme you like along with adding any sidebar widgets, an about page, a banner logo or image, & a background image that you want to use before you start work on your first Post/Article.
  2. Take time on writing your first Post/Article and Publish it before you start customizing your Blog.

the above to points depend on whether you want to give your Blog a professional look. If you’ve got a custom URL or have gone down the self hosting route then I’d spend that bit of extra time getting your Blog to look professional before you start writing your first Post/Article.

Is Blogging time-consuming?

When you first start your Blog you have to Publish a Post/Article at least once a day until you get enough content up. Once you’ve got at least 100+ Posts/Articles on your Blog you don’t have to be as regular as when you start your Blog. If you want to get a lot of readers regularly to your Blog you’re going to have to put in the work, but I post when I can and as much as I can and still get a decent amount of visitors a day.

If you can afford the expense of going down the self hosted way with a WordPress Blog, or get enough views on a Blogger Blog that you can live from Google AdSense income then you could potentially survive off of Blogging full-time, but running your Blog as a full-time job and your only source of income you’re going to have to be Publishing high quality Posts/Articles every day if not multiple times a day.

Blogging full-time means that you’ve got time to work on high quality Posts/Articles, but the down side is that you’re not going to get much free time as you’ll be working long hours writing.

Being at your Computer for hours at a time and having to sacrifice breaks in your work to get content out will then impact your health with the risk of suffering from RSI or eyesight problems will then limit your working hours in the long run meaning that your Blog will suffer and as a result your income will too.

I love writing content and running my Blog & would love to be able to afford to make my Blog my full-time job, as being my own boss appeals to me. Especially the fact that I’d be working from home and would get to spend time with my family while also working.



Spam Comments: What’s The Point?



After getting a rather harsh Spam Comment accusing me of copying material for an Article that was 100% my material I approved the comment and requested the person that made the comment to cite the source for the allegedly copied material, to which I was met with no reply I’ve decided to write this article about Spam Comments.

this isn’t the first time that I’ve written an Article about Spam Comments, but it’s definitely the first time that I’ve been accused of copying material from another source be it in a legitimate Comment or a Spam Comment.

Accusing someone of copying material from another source that’s 100% the Authors own work is a serious accusation to make, even if the Comment is a spam Comment as not all Blogging Platforms provide a Spam Filter like WordPress does, even a self hosted WordPress Blog ether self hosted or via a hosting Company doesn’t provide Spam filtering unless the Akismet Spam filter Plugin enabled.

Professionally produced Blogs such as the Android Central Blog doesn’t filter out Spam Comments affectively. The only free Blogging Platform that provides 100% affective Spam Filtering is Blogger by the use of having a setting available to Blog Owners that allows for Comments only via Google Plus, but this approach alienates readers that don’t have a Google Account or don’t use their Google Plus Account.

Spam Comment Accusing me of copying material from another source 3rd from bottom & my Comment requesting the source to back up this claim at the top of the Comments list.

Spam Comment Accusing me of copying material from another source 3rd from bottom & my Comment requesting the source to back up this claim at the top of the Comments list.

Accusing someone of plagiarism is a serious accusation that shouldn’t be used even by a Spam Commenter as if it doesn’t get caught by a Spam Comment filter or one hasn’t been implemented by the Blog Owner could have serious repercussions for Any Blog Owner especially if the Blog Owner is the only Author on the site. I wouldn’t like to guess an exact figure as to the amount of Blog Owners that are the Sole Author around, but I’d guess that there are a good few Blog Owners that use wordpress.com Domains or a Blogger blogspot Domain for their Blogs are the Sole Author of the Blog.

Blog Owner Authors have an easier time in working out if an Article has been Plagiarised than Blog Owners that have a team of Bloggers writing Articles as well as they won’t necessarily have time to confirm whether all the Articles are Plagiarised or not other than their own unless they’re a Professional Blog that has an Editor in Chief etc as well as having Journalists, as having a huge professional team means that there is going to be times when senior staff members (Editors & Editor in Chief) means that someone will be able to confirm Articles before they’re published.

The reasons mentioned in the last Paragraph are the main reasons that I currently don’t have a team of Bloggers or allow Guest Bloggers as I don’t have time to write my own Articles, confirm that other Articles not written by me aren’t Plagiarised as well as go about my daily none Blog stuff.

If I could afford to make a living from my Blog and could do it full-time then maybe I’d go down the route of having Guest Bloggers and a team of writers, but since I can’t then being the Owner Author means that I can control the content to make sure that nothing is Plagiarised and is 100% original.



2013 in review

Here’s my Blog’s 2013 Review that I promised.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.



Blog Future Derection Poll


Here’s just a quick 1 Day Poll to see what readers think I should focus my Blog on in the future. The Poll closes tomorrow so get voting as your voice counts.


Spam Comments What’s The Point?

Are the people behind the Spam Blog Comments that are just full of random words strung together that make no sense and full of random links stupid? Do they actually think that Blog Authors are actually going to approve these useless Comments that are

A) Don’t make any sense and are full of Links.
B) Mostly off topic to the Post that they have commented on.

I can’t decide if Spam Comments are by other Bloggers that haven’t got as big of a following as the Blog that they Spam in hope of

A) Getting Spammed Blog down ranked by search engines due to Spam Comments.

B) Idiots that have nothing better to do with their time than leave Spam Comments on Blogs.

or Bots that just trawl the Net Spamming every single Blog there is.

But I thank god that I decided to use wordpress.com when I started Blogging as the Akismet Spam filter built into WordPress does a pretty good job of filtering out Spam Comments even though the odd one or two Spam Comments slip through the filter and every now and again I get the occasional off topic Comment.

But that still doesn’t answer my question about What’s the point of Spam Comments as all Spam Comments do is waste the time of Blog Authors who have to go through the Comments and delete all Spam, and that takes time away from them producing great content that people actually want to read, and it’s a waste of Spam Commenter’s time as none of the Spam Comments are actually going to get Approved by Blog Authors.

Rant Over



The One Thing That I’ve Enjoyed While Using Blogger

The One Thing That I’ve Enjoyed While Using Blogger is the lack of off topic and Spammy comments, but that’s probably due to the fact that I never got any comments while I was actively used Blogger due to the fact that I couldn’t get a decent amount of followers & viewers.

WordPress really needs to sort out its Akismit Spam filter as it’s awful at filtering out Spam from legitimate comments, as when I re-started using WordPress this morning out of 40 Comments that I’d got 3 were correctly filtered to the Spam folder and out of the 56 that were filtered to the pending folder approximately half were in correctly filtered as legitimate comments that I’d then got to sort through manually.

Rant over