Archive for January, 2015

Social Media

January 31, 2015

Cristian Mihai

A lot of people approach social media with the vague hope of it being a sort of wonder solution to marketing and promoting. They’ve been told that social media sells stuff. But I think that they don’t understand how social media actually works.

Social media, social networks, in a way the Internet, can be defined as a continuous flow of INFORMATION. Also, social media enables easy access to ENTERTAINMENT. And lastly, social media is a way for people to interact with each other.

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Press Publish Tickets

January 31, 2015

The Blog

It is with great excitement that I announce the opening of ticket sales for the Press Publish conference series we teased here earlier this month!

After scouring the web for bloggers with inspiring stories, successful blogs, and unique voices, we’ve confirmed the speaker lineups, and are thrilled to be including popular bloggers like Katherine FritzJerry MahoneyEmily Austin, and Russ Crandall. Here’s our collection of featured blogger speakers:

gravatars of 8 press publish speakers

You can see who’s speaking where by checking the event pages for Portland and Phoenix.

In addition to notable bloggers, we’ve hand-picked a variety of folks who work behind the scenes here at to present tutorials and provide one-on-one site help to our attendees. Our roster is filled with friendly faces happy to help you with your blog — they do it every day, after all!

headshots of 20 Automattic employees

Each event will be a little bit different and will feature different speakers…

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Archivist Update: Mahatma Gandhi

January 30, 2015

AP Images Blog

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as Mahatma Gandhi, was born October 2, 1869. He was the primary leader of India’s independence movement.

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Agate Fossil Beds Artist In Residence Program

January 30, 2015

John Edward Lawson

Park Description:

The solitude and open spaces of the Niobrara River Valley represent a multi-generational mixing and evolution of life forms and life-styles, from millions of years ago to the present. Artists may find this landscape and the park museum collections inspiring for their work, and discover new ways to convey the mysteries of deep time and this special corner of the globe to the public. The park will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015 and hopefully the medium of art can contribute to those festivities.

Program Description:

Artists of all mediums (visual, musical, theatrical, literary) are invited to apply to stay from two to four weeks in furnished park housing (either a modern 3 bedroom, shared house, or a more remote 1950s ranchstead). Artists provide their own materials and expenses and produce, at least, one product (along with its copyright) to be donated to the park for any…

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The Definitive Guide To Pinterest For E-Commerce

January 29, 2015

Manlio Mannozzi

How can retailers optimize their website and marketing strategy to get the most out of Pinterest? Columnist David Rekuc has the answers.


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​Apple Maps Connect for businesses arrives in the UK | ZDNet

January 29, 2015

Manlio Mannozzi

Small businesses in the UK can now build a profile of their operations on Apple Maps following a quiet product launch.


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The Melange Report: Two Birds

January 28, 2015

Mary J Melange

Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious.

In an effort to save time and feed two birds with one worm, I present to you a non-mysterious update on mom and my sugar addiction.

Update #1

Mom is awesome. After suffering a TIA last week Tuesday, she was bright, chatty and extremely alert when I saw her on Saturday. It’s as if her body received a jolt of the positive kind. The only lingering effects seem to be that her memories remain a bit more mixed up than before the TIA. Mom keeps telling me about the same news story that happened I-don’t-know-when-or-where over and over again. I just listen and pretend she’s telling me this story for the first time. I fully expect I will…

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The moon #Arosa #Switzerland

January 28, 2015

The Big Idea: Heather Webb

January 28, 2015


Author Heather Webb knows what people think of creative folks, and their overall mental fitness. But as with nearly everything, there’s more to the story — literally — than common perception. Webb explains why and how her exploration of the theme influenced her novel Rodin’s Lover.


Aren’t all creatives a little bit “mad”? This is what many of us assume from centuries of stereotypes and tales of artists and writers doing nutty things. Where is the line drawn between fervor, obsession, and madness—and who decides? Several studies have been conducted to explain the creative’s so-called high proclivity for mental illness. As expected, it’s a difficult tendency to measure, and there aren’t any real answers.

Perhaps artists are “special” or gifted and see the world without filters, with a fine lens that is a constant stimulus to the brain.

Perhaps artists use their gifts as a coping mechanism…

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Basstölpel sitzend in der Kolonie

January 28, 2015