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How did newspapers report politics leading up the civil war?

The ongoing story of 2017 is Donald Trump and this pure dichotomy of America. The divided sides feels very much like we are leading up to a Civil War. This makes me wonder what America was like before the Civil War–and specifically how did the media of that time cover it? Six articles that I’ll […]

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How to make the Facebook like button reappear after upgrading to https SSL

Did you update your WordPress website from http to https, and now your Facebook like button disappear? Chances are you are using WooTheme’s shortcode, woo-fblike, for the Facebook like button in your template. (Actually Woothemes is now WooCommerce, so let’s call them by their correct new name). When you update your site to https, the […]

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Republish your blog posts to Medium?

Do you take your blog posts on your website and republish them onto Medium? Your work gets more visibility, so that sounds nice. But with your website content duplicated elsewhere on the internet, do you lose Google rankings on your own website? A good number of my blog posts don’t rank well on Google, so […]

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Idea: Auto-tweeting your blog archive

Imagine a service that would automatically tweet all your archived blog posts from this day. It would look at your blog archive to find what you posted on this day one year ago, two years ago, etc. The headline and URL would be automatically tweeted. If there are multiple blog posts, space the tweets an […]

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Promoting your blog archive, one day at a time

Curious what what you blogged about a year ago? “Years Ago Today” is an WordPress admin dashboard widget (and optional daily email) that lists posts published to your site on this day in years past. You might have a deep blogging archive that you can actively promote today. I have three blogs with over 3,000 […]

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NBC shuts down another innovative news service

Tired of hearing about a particular topic in the news? Would you like to be able to filter out particular topics? The Breaking News app allows you to micro-tune the exact news you want to get. Well, not any more. NBC/Comcast is shutting down the Breaking News app, laying off its entire 22-person staff. The […]

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Today one of my bots alerted me about one of my other bots

We live in an age with an increasing number of bots that are able to alert you of new content online. I have one such bot set up to alert me whenever there are tweets containing the phrase “Chicago Croquet”. When such a tweet appears, my bot sends me an email to let me know. […]

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The 39 most essential iPhone apps of the past five years

The apps that make your phone’s home screen have special honor. The

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What was on your home screen five years ago?

Through the past

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The Ultimate Hot Chocolate Package for the person who loves hot chocolate

Do you know someone who loves hot chocolate? Then you can give the Ultimate Hot Chocolate Package! The ultimate hot chocolate package is a collection of all the various hot chocolates you can find! In 2007, I gave my mom the Ultimate Hot Chocolate Package. The main influence behind me being a huge hot chocolate […]