WordPress.com: Post By Voice

WordPress.com has enabled a new feature that allows its users to create blog posts by recording their voice via telephone.  This is my first voice blog post.  I have done podcasts before, but never something like this.  This is great for on-the-go blogging.  Isn’t it easier to make a quick phone call rather than booting up a laptop, connecting to WiFi, and then writing a post?  Of course it is!

If you have a blog hosted on WordPress.com, you can easily enable this feature by going to WP Dashboard -> My Blogs, and clicking “Enable” under “Post By Voice.”

It’s just so easy!  Click the button below to hear my very first voice blog post!

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Your Social Life On HootSuite 5

As you’ve noticed from previous posts I’ve made and you will see in posts that I will be making in the future, I absolutely love social media. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, not so much MySpace….. LinkedIn, Forums, FourSquare, I just love them. They are a revolution in the way we communicate with each other. Well this post is not going to be any different. HootSuite 5 has just been released and you should try it out. Read more of this post

WordPress 3.0 Is Here

Unbeknownst to the average blog reader but out there for all WordPress users around the globe is the new WordPress 3.0 update. Along with the new default theme, relevant help menus, a new look and a boatload of bug fixes, WordPress has implemented a very nice little menu feature. This menu creator is what I think will become the most used and then forgotten about part of the WordPress 3.0 update. Read more of this post

Why WordPress Was Down On Thursday

On Thursday, United Tech Guys, along with 10+ million other blogs on WordPress.com, went down.  We weren’t hearing much from the WordPress team (other than a few vague tweets), but they got it fixed quickly, which is great.  They’ve waited until today to release an explanation of the outage, which was published on the official WordPress.com blog.  In it, founder Matt Mullenweg says that it was just a very simple code error, and they had to take the site down before it caused any more damage.  Things like this give us a sense of security.  It’s good to know that the WordPress team really cares about keeping everything running smoothly.   Read more of this post

WordPress.com Goes Down Again, Affecting More Than 10 Million Blogs

Well, that sucked.  If you tried to access United Tech Guys within the last hour, you probably noticed it wasn’t working at all.  We’re not happy.  Instead of the UTG homepage, you were greeted by their cheery message, “WordPress.com will be back in a minute!” Had we written the message, it wouldn’t have been family-friendly.

The cause is still unknown.  More than 10 million blogs are hosted on WordPress.com, and as far as we know, all 10 million+ blogs were affected by the outage. Read more of this post

An Interview With Hillel Stoler – Creator Of GetSocial

If you’re a WordPress.com user, you know that with the exception of VIP blogs, you cannot add social bookmarking buttons to your blog automatically.  However, there are many third party alternatives, such as my personal favorite, GetSocial.  GetSocial allows you to add social bookmarking buttons to your WordPress.com blog (or any other blog for that matter) by generating a series of image links which utilize social media API in conjunction with your post title and permalink.

The creator of GetSocial, Hillel Stoler, is the founder and manager of Wiz, a business technology consulting firm, and he develops free software that is used worldwide.  He was nice enough to do an email interview with us.   Read more of this post

Are You A WordPress User? Visit A WordCamp Conference!

Do you blog with WordPress?  Do you want to be informed about the latest WordPress news, tips, and tricks?  Did you know there’s a conference for people like you that’s popping up all over the world?

That’s right.  It’s a user-organized conference called WordCamp.  It’s open to WordPress.com users and self-hosted WordPress users alike.

So how does this conference work?  Basically, anyone can host a WordCamp conference.  You just have to pick a date, a venue, and speakers (plus minor logistics).  Then you invite the rest of the WordPress community to join you by purchasing tickets, if you choose to charge.

We at United Tech Guys are seriously considering hosting a WordCamp in the future.  Nothing is set in stone, but it is definitely on the table.

WordPress.com Enables “Surprise Me” Feature

Matt from WordPress earlier today unveiled the “Surprise Me” option for WordPress.com blogs.  He refused to reveal what it did.  He said, “If you’re open to new things and serendipitity in your blogging life try leaving it on as you go about your normal blogging activities of posting, commenting, checking your stats, and such, and see what pops up.”  I’m giving it a try.  To turn it on, go to your Personal Settings and check the box. Read more of this post