The History of the iPod Podcast

f_01311025019_typing2-main-full.jpgWhat is now called a podcast traces its origins to the
first ipod podcasts, the creation of distributed mp3 files
that could be downloaded and played on Apple’s music
player, the iPod. When the iPod came out, and users
discovered what a wonderful thing it was for holding
music, some people had the idea of loading things that
weren’t necessarily songs. Some of the people that got
their hands on the iPod took the route of reverse
engineering the iPod and loading on different firmware,
or operating system, but others had the idea of sharing
small sound files that could be played on the iPod. The
technology for distributing the files already existed,
with RSS feeds. RSS feeds were a means of generating
machine readable files that could share information
between a server and a user. Many blogs already used
them to keep readers up to date with the latest posts, but
some hopeful podcasters had the idea of enclosing links
to sound files within the RSS feed and downloading the
file to the computer.

With the change in RSS feeds, ipod podcast took off,
and podcasting became a popular way to share files.
Users saw podcasting as a way to become radio hosts,
or dj’s, and a variety of podcasts began popping up.
Software was written to automatically check the RSS
feeds, extract the links to the podcast episodes, and
download the files. These programs became known as
podcast clients.

By this time, podcasting had moved beyond the ipod,
and they were not simply making an ipod podcast
anymore. Some people had figured out how to use even
the PlayStation Portable gaming console as a podcast
player. It was more difficult that downloading podcasts
to the ipod, since the PSP used a different format for it’s
files, but PSP podcasts began popping up. In addition,
podcasting made inroads to the wider audience of
people without iPods, who simply saw podcasting as an
extremely convenient way to receive news, music, and
entertainment over the internet.

Today, while the iPod podcast type still exists, fewer
people subscribe to podcasts as a way of gaining
portable media files they can listen to anywhere.
Although that is still an attractive part of podcasting, it
seems to be eclipsed by the ease with which podcasting
has become a content delivery system. Now, podcasting
has become tied up with the rising number of audio and
video blogs, where blogging is done not by post, but
through media files uploaded to the blog. These blogs,
and podcasting in general, take advantage of the
shrinking cost of broadband internet connections, and
the rising number of people with high speed access to
offer a picture of the internet rich with multimedia files.

Why You Should Take Part In A Writing Workshop

f_11311024963_profitonline.jpgBefore you should decide whether or not taking part in a writing workshop is right for you and your writing you should first understand just what a writing workshop is.

A workshop is an educational format where an expert shares information on a focused topic over a short period of time. Some workshops are intended to be simply informative while others involve more hands-on activities. Today there are many options for enjoying a workshop: you can attend workshops in person, view them on television or tape, or participate in an online workshop.

So now that you know what a workshop is you can see how this format can readily be adapted for writers. Writing workshops can cover the basics of writing, writing challenges, topics related to publication and careers in writing, or specific research subjects. Some of these programs are featured as part of larger events, such as conferences, while some groups or individuals offer them as one-time events. Some organizations, institutes and educational programs offer workshops to their students or members while others open those workshops to the community at large.

Why would a writer want to attend a workshop? What benefit could it be?

Join the writing community. One of the strongest benefits you can receive from attending such a gathering is getting to know other writers. Writing is a solitary profession and can be very lonely. Enjoying the company of other writers and talking about writing with people who really understand your joys and worries can be wonderfully energizing to you personally as well as your writing. You can also make contacts that may lead to support and growth of your writing or perhaps even professional advancement. You never know when the friend you make today might be in a position to recommend you to an editor or publisher down the road.

Learn something new. No matter what level your writing career there are always lessons to be learned from other writers. Sometimes there are research strategies and shortcuts or perhaps it is a method for dealing with writer’s block. You can learn market news and contacts as well as important information about reviewing contracts. Workshops are generally geared toward a specific genre or market niche and offer a wealth of specialized information depending on whether you write about crime or food.

Improve your craft. Generating new work or revising existing pieces is often a large part of attending a workshop. Sometimes you must bring something with you, create a project as part of the workshop or are inspired by the gathering itself. Sometimes talking with others or listening to the presenters causes you to suddenly rethink a stalled project or inspires a new one. Whatever the impetus there is definitely an increase in production after attending a workshop and that is the surest way to improve your word craft.

If you have not taken part in a writing workshop in the past then perhaps you might consider doing so in the near future so you can join the writing community, learn something new, and improve your craft.

Best Blog Software

The number of internet users is increasing every day. This is because there are interesting and knowledgeable discoveries found online. What most people like on the internet is that they are able to send messages in an instant. In addition, they are getting more and more fascinated with other sites. Sometimes, people use the internet as their online diary or journal. Others would use it to promote a product. Either way, there is one site that is famous for these things; we call it as Blogging or the Internet Blogging. There are many website providers who are now offering free usage of blogging software packages because of the rapid increase of blogging users. Examples of the free blogging software are B2evolution, Nucleus and the WordPress. These programs have the same features. This is why most internet users ask which of the software is simple to use and would suit the needs of a specific website. However, the answer to which one is the simplest depends on the real purpose of the free blogging website. If your main objective is to share your point of view and opinions to the public, you can use different blogging software. However, if it is for promotional purposes, use software designed such purpose because a blog for promotion has completely different requirements. Below is the list of the free blogging software and their features: • WordPress Free Blogging Software WordPress is usually used for personal blogging. It has an open source, modern personal publishing design which is focus on the appearance of the blog. By only using the WordPress, there is no need to gather or your journals and compile it as one. Just write your article. And choose which features you want and the blog will be published immediately to your site. This software is easy to customize and it offers different functionality. As you get used to it very well, you will learn to add fresh features which will make your site interesting and trendy. • B2evolution Free Blogging Software; Like the WordPress, this is also advanced internet blogging software. This free blogging software has a skinning system which lets the users to make many blogs in separate groups with different look or appearance for every blog. B2evolution has the capability to change skin to make the blog get a new appearance. This software is good for promotional purposes. Therefore, you are planning to create and publish many different themes, B2evolution is the right software for you. • Nucleus Free Blogging Software Nucleus has dominant features which is applicable in promoting your blog. It is capable to optimize the URLs. This helps the user create a blog that is easy to use. One great feature of the Nucleus is that it is capable to present many blogs using a single page. The Nucleus also has a feature that is very good in promoting a particular site. These three blogging software provide the best feature that you need to create an effective and interesting blog. Remember they are all free, so there is no need to be hesitant in using them. However, you must choose the software that will be a great help to you in achieving your main objective in creating a blog. In this way, you are making sure that your blog is unique and it will satisfy you and your needs.

Pahl Receives Bronte Prize Nomination

f_21310674074_bigstock-green-blog-2184896.jpgWriting on a small press, Nelson Pahl joined some of mainstream literature’s most famous names to become one of the five finalists for romantic fiction’s biggest award, the 2007 Bronte Prize. The accolade recognizes the best love story published in the U.S. and Canada annually.

Pahl’s Bee Balms & Burgundy, published on independent imprint Caf

Improve Your WordPress Blog Content With Attention Grabbing Title And An Easy To Scan Format

Anonymous_Chat_iconNo matter how well written your content may be visitors to your site aren’t going to take the time to read it if your titles don’t grab their attention. Your title should fit the topic of your article in a way that readers find interesting. In addition most people browsing the web simply don’t take the time to read entire articles, so design your articles so your readers can get the important information by scanning your article.
Try using subtitles, bullet points and numbers to highlight important points and make your sentences short and concise.

Write good content – learn how

Great Content For Your WordPress Blog Is Reader Directed

1311024964_juliusfidlerYou all ready know that if you want your WordPress blog to get thousands of visitors you need to have great content that readers want to read. Great content is reader directed. By this I mean that the content on your blog should be directed towards a common problem that readers have and then give your reader the information, the tools or the right tips to solve their problem.
Visitors to your blog want to see content that is relevant to them and to their lives, so the more helpful the information is the more appealing it will be to your readers.

Learn how you can write what your readers want to read 

Using words your readers use

Talking_BubbleSpending some time on Google looking up keywords can really help you know how your customer would speak.  Use words your reader use.

For example your blog is going to be about the automobile industry you will find that the word car is more popular than auto in the US.  However  auto is more popular internationally.  So even if you normally use the word auto using the word car for a US only site would be a better word choice.

The key is to know your audience before you start addressing them.  Have you ever talked with someone who really knew what they were talking about, but you didn’t understand a word they said?  Don’t let your readers feel this way about you!  Write to them in their language.

More WordPress content tips

5 fundamental WordPress functions


  1. How to Install or change a theme –  click on Appearance>themes then add a theme or press “activate” on an existing theme
  2. How to approve or delete a comment – Click on Comments.  Hover over the comment and below the comment you can choose either approve, edit, spam or trash.  Spam assigns comments from this email/user as spam comments.  Trash deletes the comment
  3. How to add a user or change their permissions – Click on users.  You can select add and add a new user by filling out the form.  You can also click on a user and change any of their information other than their username.  If you delete a user with posts you can choose which user to assign their posts to
  4. How to add a post – Click on Post>Add new.  First enter a title in the title box.  Then in the main box you can add the body of the post in either visual  or text format.  Visual will add html tags for you to make the post show up as it looks.  Text will not input HTML but is where you can place raw code.
  5. How to add a page – Click on Page>Add new.  First enter a title in the title box.  Then in the main box you can add the body of the post in either visual  or text format.  Visual will add html tags for you to make the post show up as it looks.  Text will not input HTML but is where you can place raw code.

More help for you to manage your WordPress

How was WordPress created?

1b8WordPress was started in May 2003 by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.  It is an offshoot of code they had written for B2 and Cafelog.  It was created in PHP in order to be used with MySQL rather than more expensive, and overhead heavy, database programs.

WordPress was created to allow anyone who wanted to the ability to create and maintain a blog without any prior knowledge of HTML of other internet programming languages.

By keeping the code open-source (meaning free to use and edit to anyone) it has become the most widely used Content Management System (CMS) available.  As of April 2013 WordPress had been downloaded over 18 million times.

Learn more about how you can design your own WordPress site

How to change items in the sidebar in my WordPress design

old_keyUsing WordPress Sidebars

To change the sidebar design of your WordPress site all you need to do is:

  1. Log into WordPress
  2. Go to Appearance>Widgets.

Here you will find one to several available sidebars.  To remove an item from the sidebar:

  1. Click on the down arrow on the right hand side of that item in the sidebar.
  2. This will open the item.
  3. At the bottom you can click on delete and the item will be removed from your sidebar.

To add an item:

  1. Pick any of the items from the available widgets area and drag it to the sidebar or section you would like it in.
  2. Modify or adjust the setting for the widget by opening (click the arrow on the right side to open it)
  3. Enter or change the information to have the details you need.

If all else fails you can add a text widget which will allow you to place any text or html.

Learn more about WordPress design