When you need more than just More

In WordPress, you can determine which part of your post gets displayed in the home page as teaser to the full article. You can either do this using excerpts or the more tag.

I suggest you use the More tag: <!–more–> . It’s an easier way to customize the length of the article’s teaser in the home page. You can do this with excerpts but you have to edit the main page to replace the_content with the_excerpt to display the excerpts of the blogpost. There’s a plugin available in this site (external link) if you want to use excerpts.

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Why Church Leaders Should Blog

What do Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Bishop Leonardo Medroso, and Monsignor Jose Manguiran have in common? They are all diocesan bishops, you say. Well, that’s quite obvious, isn’t it. But did you know that the three of them are also bloggers?

Yes, you’ve read it right. These bishops blog too. And their respective weblogs are Viewpoints, Tidbits, and The Meaning.

The blogosphere is a new place and opportunity for leaders of faith communities to dialogue with the online world. Aside from being inexpensive to develop and maintain, blogs are inherently global in reach and two-way in approach. And to think that there are more than 14 million of them all over the world. In order to be effective in their task of teaching, sanctifying and shepherding the people of God, church leaders (bishops, pastors, parish priests and other religious leaders) should blog and maintain an active, listening presence in the blogosphere. Why? Let me give you three reasons:

1. To reach and enrich
Blogging is perhaps the cheapest publishing tool, be it online or offline. Most blogwares, blogspaces and bandwidths are free. Visit Blogger, Friendster, Yahoo 360, MSN Spaces, Blogsome, MyBlogSite and you’ll know what I mean. At the minimum, all you need to pay is rent for a computer unit and a cup of cappuccino in an internet cafe. Compare that with, say, a printed parish newsletter, and you’ll realize how much time and money you’ll save (just imagine the number of trips you need to make to the publishing house and the amount of coffee you need to drink to cope with the stress). But the real power of blogging lies in its ability to reach people on a global scale in real time. Precisely because of this, blogging has created an enormous possibility in which online people worldwide can be reached and enriched.

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Blog and be Search Engine Friendly

In my first Blog Chronicles post, I made a brief introduction to the world of blogging, and promised to write more about its intricacies and the different concepts that motivate people to blog.

And so I’m back! Here I am to impart some more of the little I know of this vast blogosphere.

Let’s talk about one of the W’s: the why. Why blog? What would motivate an individual to blog? What would motivate an entrepreneur or businessman to blog ? What would motivate a corporation to blog?

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Weblogging can assist students with disabilities

Each day, members of Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams support students with disabilities who have trouble writing. Many students with mild disabilities know that they want to write but have difficulty with the mechanics of translating those thoughts to paper. They often disregard language skills such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Some students’ thoughts move so quickly that their writing seems to jump haphazardly from one topic to the next. Other students spell and construct sentences but have problems generalizing and synthesizing ideas. (CEC Technology in Action Vol 1, Issue 6, May 2005, page 1)

My students are struggling writers, hesitant writers, in short, they abhor writing. They are the students whose score in SAT 9 range from below basic to below basic. They are diagnosed with either Learning Disability and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Every teacher in every school in every district leaves their profession because of these kinds of students. I was thinking of joining the band wagon.

But since the start of the school year, I was able to miraculously make my students with disabilities write meaningful poems about themselves, about social problems and current events. They were able to create beautiful illustrations for their wonderful poems too. Thanks to the DC Area Writing Project for giving me strategies in engaging students to write, and to Beth Olshansky for the Art-Literature based curriculum.

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Put a favicon into your blog

In some sites and blogs, you’d see an icon displayed before the website address in the URL field instead of the Internet Explorer icon or the globe icon in Firefox.

This is the favicon or the favorites icon. The icon is also displayed before the website’s name in your favorites list.

If you want to create your own favicon, follow these steps:

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Sun.Star blogs page

After going over so many themes, I’ve finally selected one that I’m happy with for the Sun.Star Blog Chronicles, a Sun.Star Network Online section intended to cover the blogging community. Thanks to Max, Sun.Star Cebu online editor, who suggested this theme and who took care of the necessary improvements.

The Sun.Star Blog Chronicles is not even halfway ready. In the process of putting it out, other tasks came up delaying the launch of the section. I am, however, forced to hasten its completion because contributor J. Angelo Racoma already wrote about it in his blog. I guess thanks to him, too, for speeding things up.

We’re still accepting bloggers into our pool and coming up with publication rules and guidelines. Some of the submissions will see print in Sun.Star newspapers.

Other things lined up involve sections with reader-generated content and contributors from outside mainstream media.

Blogging 101

Blog? Blogging?

If these words are alien to you, then you must have been stuck without an internet connection since the turn of the millennium. Blogs and blogging have been regarded in cyberspace as probably the next killer app of the internet after e-mail.

To illustrate, blogs are slowly integrating into mainstream society as a very powerful medium for information exchange.

Blogs have helped spark and sustain voters’ debates in the last U.S. presidential elections. Blogs have been used to extensively discuss issues pertinent to the 2002 invasion of Iraq. Blogs have been used to expose scandalous practices by politicians. And blogs have revolutionized the way enterprises and businesspeople relate to the public.

What’s the buzz all about?

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