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Kestrel’s Aerie: Now With Audio!

If you take a peek at the preceding article, you’ll notice there is now an embedded audio player. It contains a recording of the article, in case you want to multitask while reading listening. I got the idea for embedding audio from a suggestion I made to Tami to record her latest post, because it…

Intense Debate Now Active!

Next time you visit the Aerie, the comments section will look a bit different than in the past: I’ve just installed and activated Intense Debate (ID), a blog commenting system to enhance reader engagement and interaction. In addition to the same threaded comments presentation and ability to subscribe to comments and replies, ID now includes…

New Webhost, One Small Problem

In the last 24 hours, I’ve successfully transferred Kestrel’s Aerie to a new web host. With any luck at all, the transfer was completely transparent to all of you: It certainly was, to me! I originally wrote this around 4pm Saturday; it’s now almost 1am on Sunday. At about midnight I came upstairs after watching…

How to Make Your Blog Reader-Friendly

"Whaddya mean, ‘reader-friendly’? It’s in English, what more do you want?" Let’s start with why we blog (well, why most of us do, anyway): We want to establish a rapport with our readers, and we want to interact with them. The genesis for this post was Brajana’s article on tips to improve blog usability at…

Friday Five: Absolutely Must-Have WordPress Addons

Welcome to the third installment of Friday Five! I don’t know about you, but I’m rather impressed with myself for keeping this going for three weeks in a row! Last week, as you may recall (the link is there in case you don’t), I showcased a handful of addons intended to enhance your interaction with…

Quick’n’Easy CommentLuv Style Enhancement

If you’ve been visiting the site much over the past week or so, you’ve probably noticed a lot of changes. Some have been fairly subtle; others (such as the contrasting sidebar background and widgetized 3-column footer), not so much. One of the smaller changes I’ve made was prompted by this article at MattFlies.com. Matt showed…

Friday Five: Reader-Friendly WordPress Plugins

Currently, I have 41 active plugins, so limiting this list to just five is not an easy task: I could easily identify a dozen I’d hate to abandon. Instead, I tried to identify those plugins I find essential to enhance my relationship with my readers.1 1. CommentLuv CommentLuv shows a link to the last post…

Website Note: Subscribe to Comments Now Active!

No idea why I haven’t done this before, and no excuse for not having done it earlier than today, since I’ve been taking advantage of the feature on other blogs for weeks now! At any rate, I’ve implemented a "Subscribe to Comments" addon for the site. It’s always been one of my goals to interact…

New Toy At The Aerie: Help Make It Grow!

Introduction All the cool kids are talking about it! Well, Lorelle on WordPress is, anyway (but I found it before she blogged about it; for once, I’m ahead of the curve!).1 Ozh, from Planet Ozh, has created the Liz Strauss Comment Counter.2 Simply put, anytime a comment is added to your blog, the counter goes…

Cool Linkage, I Think: CommentLuv Love

While troubleshooting my IE problem (see the "IE HELP WANTED!" post above), I happened to look at my WordPress dashboard, and who (or what) had linked to the Aerie recently. Besides Ratshag and Lady Jess was the following: List of 100 CommentLuv WordPress Blogs. While I know a LOT of WordPress WoW bloggers use Commentluv…

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