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Thursday, 13 April 2006
Style tip: blockquotes
Topic: Blog Editor

I am going to introduce you to something called a "blockquote". The use of this feature makes your blog look better - and it ensures that you don't tread on anyone's toes.

What is a blockquote?

The blockquote element is used to indicate the quotation a large section of text from another source. Using the default HTML styling of most web browsers, it will indent both margins both on the display and in printed form. Source: Wikipedia

So, that is the technical definition and I showed you it in use, as well.

A blockquote is basically some code that you use when you are quoting someone - a book, another blog, or anything else. It tells your readers that you did not write that section. They are just like using quote marks in essays.

Why would you use it?

  1. It tells your readers you are quoting someone
  2. It visually breaks up the page (see example below), which keeps your readers interested
  3. It respects the author of the quote (also note I linked to the source)


This is me writing something and I've found someone who I think says a great thing. "This is the quote of that person talking about something interesting"


This is me writing something and I've found someone who I think says a great thing.

This is the quote of that person talking about something interesting


Notice how that just draws your eye down the page?

How to use a blockquote

Using the Lycos-Qumana Blog Editor, you don't need to worry about coding the blockquote. All you have to do is highlight the text you want to indent and press this button in your toolbar:

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Posted by arieanna81 at 12:41 PM PDT
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How to be a productive blogger
Topic: Tips & Tricks

Ads by AdGenta.comHere are some quick tips to help you be a productive blogger - specifically, how to get in the writing frame of mind quickly and how to get the most out of your writing time.

  • write quickly
  • have a set time to write every day
  • write down all your ideas in a separate book. They are good fodder, as I like to say
  • write when the passion hits - sometimes outside of your set time you just get bombarded with ideas. Take advantage of it!
  • schedule off time. Daily. And take time out for a day or two here and there.
  • look for new things to read about. More sites, new books.
  • relax. be you. let your ideas flow out.
  • IM or chat with other bloggers for creative zest
  • look for new topics, familiar or not

Happy blogging!

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Posted by arieanna81 at 12:37 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006 12:38 PM PDT
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Tuesday, 11 April 2006
Tag and get noticed
Topic: Tips & Tricks

So, you have a blog. How's your traffic? Yeah, thought so. Just starting a blog? Wondering how to get it "out there". Well there are lots of tips and tricks for this, but here's an easy one that Qumana has made even easier -- tagging.

Let's talk tags. Tags are links in your post that allow it to be searched and grouped with other blogs and posts. Your tags should be one or two words that you would use to tell people what your post is about.

So if you're talking about cats, tag with cats. Soccer, well Soccer and maybe football. When someone clicks on the tag in your post it goes to the blog search engine Technorati and finds the other posts with that same tag. Of course if someone is looking for other posts about your subject, searches for that tag and you've tagged it ... well you can see where I'm going with this.

Qumana makes it super easy to tag your posts ... just use the Insert Tags button! When you click it you'll get a dialog box to enter your tags. Separate your tags with commas (you'll see the tags for this post at the bottom), and click okay. That will insert your tags in your post. Typically tags are placed at the bottom of the post. Kinda like a "see also ..." reference.

Does it work? Oh yeah. This blog is rather new, but because we've been tagging it, Technorati, and other engines, have already indexed it. Not bad for a couple week old blog!

So getting tagging!

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Posted by tris-hussey at 2:52 PM PDT
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Anglefire blogs are now Q-able!
Topic: Blogging News

Welcome to the fold Angelfire bloggers! A little bird told me, okay it was Jen, that your blogs have been upgraded to be able to use Qumana. Like 30 mins ago!

How's that for news?

Come on, give it a try. Hey, it's even free. Nothing to lose!

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Posted by tris-hussey at 2:32 PM PDT
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Sunday, 9 April 2006
I'm a chestnut ... what kind of tree are you?
Topic: General stuff

Ads by AdGenta.comLorraine sent this over to me this morning via IM, so a little Sunday fun for you ... from crapzz based on your birthday (month and day) it matches to a particular tree (there are repeats so you might share a tree with other months/days).

Accurate? Well I think it's pretty good. You judge:


CHESTNUT TREE (Honesty) - of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

My daughter A and Lorraine:

HAZELNUT TREE (Extraordinary) - charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

My son T:

ROWAN TREE (Sensitivity) - full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

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Posted by tris-hussey at 12:09 PM PDT
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Thursday, 6 April 2006
Endpoint for Tripod blogs
Topic: General stuff

If you're trying to set up your Tripod blog with the Lycos-Qumana Blog Editor, you might be asked for an "endpoint" and are likely confused.

Right now Tripod has a tiny bug that prevents Lycos-Qumana from detecting some Tripod blog settings. This should be fixed very very quickly.

In the mean time, here is the information you'll need to enter in the Manual Setup to begin blogging with Lycos-Qumana:

Platform: Lycos Blog Builder

Posted by arieanna81 at 1:40 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006 10:51 AM PDT
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Previewing your ad
Topic: Tips & Tricks

Did you know that when you insert an ad using Lycos-Qumana and Q Ads you can actually preview what your ad is going to be?

Well, you can. And it's easy. Here is how:

  1. Place your cursor where you would like your ad to appear
    • tip: the top right corner is very effective with smaller sized ads
  2. Click on the green "Insert Ad" button
  3. In "Step 2" change your option to "Custom ad banner design"
    • If you have already entered a keyword in Step 1 you can then preview it immediately
  4. Enter a single keyword or a keyphrase (e.g. hockey stick)
  5. Review the banner presented to you. Does it match? If so, go ahead and press "Ok" and your banner will be inserted
  6. Don't like your ad? Just erase your keyword and try again - either more broad or more specific - to see if you can get something more to your liking
  7. Press "OK" to enter the ad

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If you have not signed up for Q Ads yet, get to it!

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Posted by arieanna81 at 1:21 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006 1:21 PM PDT
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Insert Links Faster with Lycos-Qumana Blog Editor
Topic: Tips & Tricks

Inserting links with Qumana is so easy, but you likely don't know it. And it all comes down to shortcut keys - which, when you get used to them, keep you typing so much faster!

Here is how you get that link into your post in under 5 seconds.

  1. Select the URL you want to link
  2. Copy it to your clipboard
    • Mac: Command-C
    • PC: Ctrl-C
  3. Select the text in Qumana you want to make into a link
  4. Use the shortcut key to insert a link
    • Mac: Command-Shift-L
    • PC: Ctrl-Shift-L
  5. Press enter (the URL you copied will automatically be in the box)

Step 1 - Select URL from browser

Step 4 - Insert Link

And that's it! Simple!

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Posted by arieanna81 at 1:14 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006 1:15 PM PDT
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The Qumana Lycos buzz continues to build ...
Topic: Blogging News

Despite some computer company announcing yesterday that another company's OS could run on their machines, the buzz on the Blogosphere has been quite respectable. The BlogPulse search says it all I think. The commentary we're getting is pretty insightful. Sure we've been getting the w00ts! and congrats from friends, but there have been comments like:

In a landscape of hyper-acquisitions and VC bulimia, it's nice to see an old-school-netco-meets-web-2.0 alliance where both companies gain--and so do their end users, especially those million++ Tripod and Angelfire folks who now have easy access to a super-easy blogging platform.-- Jeneane Sessum

Wow, I get a day or two behind, and look what I miss. Lycos - one of the Big Names in Internet - and Qumana - one of the Big Names in blogging - have joined forces to present the Lycos-Qumana Blog Editor, and the Lycos-Qumana RSS reader. Through the Lycos-Qumana alliance, Lycos is also offering easy one-stop blogging through their Tripod service.

Want more hype? Try this one on for size. Wired News (a service of Lycos) bloggers are now posting more efficiently thanks to Lycos-Qumana. -- Frye

Other search firms are moving to explore the expansive web as well. Last month, Lycos announced it was introducing a number of self-publishing and distribution options for content creators. It recently entered the VOIP market with Lycos Phone and today announced the release of a desktop Blog editing tool, Lycos-Qumana. -- SEO Blog

Ads by AdGenta.comOther mentions: C|Net, Blog Herald, WebProNews, Mark Evans

So, what else do we have up our sleeves? Well that would be telling wouldn't it? Let's just say we're not resting on our laurels and are going to stay as busy as ever.

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Posted by tris-hussey at 10:40 AM PDT
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Wednesday, 5 April 2006
The Lycos-Qumana deal, the view from the inside
Topic: Blogging News

Ads by AdGenta.comWow, what a month it has been. Our exciting news (on Lycos and Yahoo) is making its way through the Net as I write this (Thanks Toby, Lorraine, Mark, and Jeremy for early ink). Before I get into the details and my thoughts, I have some thank yous to say. First the whole Qumana and Lycos teams. A project and deal of this scale cannot be pulled off by a single person. The whole team has worked so, so hard to make this possible (and we even had a Qumana wedding too!) and I thank them so much. Now, as good as a project might be a web-related project needs, well, servers. So I'd like to give special thanks to our primary host Pair and our caching provider Akamai. They have also done extra duty and came through in the clutch when we needed them to make sure the pages got served.

So ... what does this mean for Qumana? A lot. This is huge for us. Lycos is one of those icons of the Internet. Lots of history, lots going on. We're excited to be working with them. In many ways this is an affirmation of Qumana's mission: make blogging easier and better. Beyond all the hype, beyond all the thoughts of blog bubbles and getting into debates about "what is web 2.0", this sea change we've seen over the last two years is about writing and publishing. It's about people having their say. It's about people helping to shape, expand, illustrate, and elaborate on the news of the day. And now the legions of Tripod and Anglefire, and ... oh did I mention ... Wired bloggers can create, describe, and publish easier today than they could yesterday.

This has been a busy time, but there is no time to rest on our laurels. Still lots to do. Still more ways to make things better. Still more posts to write. Time to get going on this exciting new phase.

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Posted by tris-hussey at 9:33 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2006 4:20 PM PDT
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