Monthly Archives: January 2007

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10 Most Misspelled Words in Blogs

Ok, so technically the following words aren't misspelled. They're misused. The reason you should review this list is because a spell checker won't correct these for you. Make sure that you've got foolproof control over them (especially if you tend to write around 3:12 AM like I am now). Extensively misusing them throughout your posts may actually cost you a visitor or two every now and then because some folks do get caught up on these, which means they won't focus 100 % of their attention on your incredibly valuable content!

1. Your – You're
As mentioned above, your message might lose impact if you're not paying attention to this number one word maltreatment. If you find it particularly difficult to separate them from each other, stop using 'you're altogether and notice how you are starting to improve your spelling.

2. Then – Than
The next step is then to tell yourself that it's better late than never to get that vowel placement in order. Then your readers might find something more useful to comment on than your apparent spelling impediment.

3. Its – it's
It's best to write an article and its words properly for optimal reader engagement. Again, if you still fail to tell the difference without effort, just write how great it is not having to worry about misusing or misspelling words.

4. To – Too – Two
To write two posts per day, or not to write two posts per day. That too is the question.

5. Were – Where – We're
Where in the world were you? We were at Billy's and we're staying for another day. Make sure your blog visitors do that too.

6. There – Their – They're
They're moving their cursor over there. By focusing more attention on proper word use, your visitors won't highlight and pinpoint your mistakes.

7. A – An – And
A flawlessly written article serves as an eye-opener and should provide lasting value. Remember also that an abbreviation like SUV starts with a vowel pronunciation and requires an 'an' in front of it.

8. Off – Of
Of all the mistakes you could prevent from appearing, start off by checking out this common mix up. You should have paid attention at school when they told you not to write 'should of'. Or off your visitors go.

9. Here – Hear
Hear ye! Hear ye! Here is a blog worth reading. You can almost hear the distant clicks of new visitors finding their way over here this very moment.

10. Lose – Loose
But if you're too loose on your writing discipline, you will end up losing those readers after a while. You'd have a bolt loose if you don't apply these 10 writing rules from now on with greater care. You win some and you don't lose anyone.

Can you find the misused or misspelled word in this article?

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Store Backups Online for Easy Access

Data backups are no good if they arenít available to you irrespective of the location you are in. Today while working on this blog from my house in Chandigarh, I messed up the WordPreess database and had to drop all tables and the content stored within them. I created a new database and installed WordfPress 2.1 effortlessly. Once I finished doing this, I realized that I was in my Chandigarh house, and not in Hyderabad, which is where the backups are stored, stacked neatly in a folder. So now I am left with a clean slate, at least till the 5th of February. So to prevent anything similar happening in the future, I have three options: Donít play with the WordPress installation: Highly unlikely Blog only while in Hyderabad Doable as I leave Hyderabad for a week to 10 days at most Store data backups online: This is the one I like best and am going to follow religiously. There are so many websites that offer free storage, might as well use them.

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All My Bags are Packed I’m Ready to Go

All My Bags are Packed Iím Ready to go Jan 25, 2007 in Personal, Commentary with 0 Comments Finally the day has come for us to go up North, not for good, just a short 8-10 day trip. The motivating factor being to catch the last breath of the cold weather there and meet our families. Maybe, just maybe, catch up with old friends in Delhi and Chandigarh. But would visit Simuís definitely, His son Zoravar has been through a lot of health related hardships. Have a mixture of thought going through our minds, on one hand we are happy to meet our families, but on the other hand, going home without my mom being there is making the mood very somber. On earlier visits when mom was around, she would make my favorites dishes; Rajma, Paranthas. Halwa and whatever else I wanted to eat. Of course that is not the only reason to miss mom as much as I do. The void created by her demise is one that can never be filled up. Papa has organized a small Havan in her remembrance on 30 January, her first death anniversary.

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WordPress 2.1 Up and Running

Soon after the release on WordPress 2.0.7 on January 15, 2007, Matt and Co are out with the much awaited version 2.1. It was due soon enough but not this soon.

Hereís a list of the new features:

  • Autosave makes sure you never lose a post again.
  • Our new tabbed editor allows you to switch between WYSIWYG and code editing instantly while writing a post.
  • The lossless XML import and export makes it easy for you to move your content between WordPress blogs.
  • Our completely redone visual editor also now includes spell checking.
  • New search engine privacy option allows you take you to indicate your blog shouldnít ping or be indexed by search engines like Google.
  • You can set any ďpageĒ to be the front page of your site, and put the latest posts somewhere else, making it much easier to use WordPress as a content management system. Much more efficient database code, faster than previous versions.
  • Domas Mituzas from MySQL went over all our users with a fine-toothed comb. Links in your blogroll now support sub-categories and you can add categories on the fly.
  • Redesigned login screen from the Shuttle project.
  • More AJAX to make custom fields, moderation, deletions, and more all faster.
  • My favorite is the comments page, which new lets you approve or unapprove things instantly.
  • Pages can now be drafts, or private.
  • Our admin has been refreshed to load faster and be more visually consistent. The dashboard now instantly and brings RSS feeds asynchronously in the background. Comment feeds now include all the comments, not just the last 10.
  • The upload manager lets you easily manage all your uploads pictures, video, and audio.
  • A new version of the Akismet plugin is bundled.

And last but not the least, as always, the upgrade went off like a breeze. Way to go guys! Keep it up!