How not to blog

Two interesting articles about bad habits some bloggers seem to have. Of course me, I just post an article without finishing my sentences.

Andy C points out 7 habits of highly ineffectual bloggers including (automatically) playing music, crazy Flash animation (let’s face it folks, Flash animation is just animated GIFs grown up) and pleading for comments.

Rod Boothby of Innovation Creators points out an interesting survey asking What’s the Biggest Lie About Blogging? The most interesting response, as Rod points out, comes from Seth Godin:

Oh for sure, it’s this: That people care what you say. They don’t. They care what they get.

I think both articles bring up good points for aspiring bloggers. Don’t think they’re right? Take a look at the most popular stories and the most popular blogs. Do what you want with your blog, but both these posts point out some of the pitfalls best avoided, or at least used sparingly if you’re trying to build traffic to a blog.

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More Caffeine Sightings

CaffeineI’m thrilled to see more folks adopting the Caffeine WordPress Theme! Here are a couple more sites currently running Caffeine.

Coffee Klatch

Burnt Coffee Chatter

An Englishman In America – with a nice modified header.

Tim’s Big Adventure

Rico’s Jazz Fest Blog 2006 – also with a nice new header.

A Crafty Madness

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Caffeine Theme Available for Download

Caffeine ThemeWell, it’s been a lot of work, but I have now released my WordPress theme Caffeine. Read all about it on the Caffeine Theme Homepage.

If you like the looks of it, go ahead and grab it. If you’re looking for a theme to modify you may find it interesting. I did my best to make the code readable and I encourage folks to make it their own.

If you decide to use Caffeine I’d love to hear from you via email or comment. Make sure to leave a URL. If you find any problems please leave them as comments as well and I’ll do my best to fix it for the next version.

Enjoy, and happy blogging!

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OracleOracle has taken an interesting step, and I hope others will follow. seems to have been created as an Oracle blogroll! Why is this important? Well, for one thing it means Oracle is encouraging their employees to blog, but additionally they are also linking to non-employee blogs.

Here’s the introduction from

Welcome to the Oracle blogging community, where Oracle executives, employees, and non-employees alike exchange views about best practices for using Oracle and industry-standard technologies. This continuous feedback loop helps Oracle stay in touch with the needs of the overall community, so keep those comments coming!

This not only validates what others have been saying regarding the value of blogging in the corporate environment, but also recognizes the role that non-employees play in the big picture.

Check it out at Right now there are a couple dozen employee blogs and fourty-something non-employee blogs. Hopefully they’ll stay on top of adding new folks as they come along.

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