Category Archives: Blogging

Custom Post Excerpts in WordPress

A reader contacted me this weekend and asked how I got my excerpts on the homepage to look the way they do. So I thought I would share my secret with everyone.

If you have chosen to go with a blog homepage that contains excerpts instead of full posts, this tip will help make them look a lot better .

What’s So Bad About The Default Excerpts?

By default, Wordpress takes the first 100 characters of your post and uses them as the post excerpt. As far as length, this might be fine depending on how long your posts are. The problem, is with the formatting. Take a look at this excerpt:

Default Excerpts

Notice how all of the formatting has disappeared within the post? It simply takes all the words and places them together. This is a problem if you use a lot of formatting, such as H2 subtitles.

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Add Me As A Friend Buttons

After looking for well…2 months, I have still not found a good add me as a friend plug-in or button for any major social networks.

I have been looking pretty intensely and even tried making a drop down list (I hated it). So after looking non-stop, I decided to create my own buttons.

Time To Share Them

Not only did I create them for my blog, but I would love more than anything to share them. So without any more introduction, here are the first three buttons I created:

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An Interview With Tim Ferriss

Over the last few weeks, I have quietly been reading The 4-Hour Workweek. A book that teaches you how to become part of the New Rich. The New Rich is a group of people that use the power of automation and mobility to generate income in far less time than the normal 9 – 5 […]

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5 Questions For My Readers

It’s All About The Readers

Any blogger knows, the readers are what make everything. Without them, you are stuck writing posts that never get any feedback. This can make it especially tough when starting out in the blogosphere.

So I got to thinking this morning and realized that I hardly know anything about my readers. Don’t get be wrong, I try to learn as much about all of you by following up with your comments and visiting your blogs. But still, I have only grown to know a few of you personally.

Therefore, I have decided to ask you, the readers, some questions. I hope that you take the time to leave a comment and answer the questions. I think it will be a great way to introduce yourself, not only to me but to all of my other readers.

You will automatically get a backlink (this blog is dofollow) to your site which can never hurt. If enough people link to this post, you might even get some pagerank passed on to your blog (let’s hope).

And now for the questions:

1. What Is Your Name and Age?

2. Where Do You Live?

3. What Is Your Blog About?

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Introducing My New Series

Last week, I made the post Life After The Cubicle. In it, introduced a new series I will be running here on Life of Justin.

After a few adjustments, I have finally figured out the details on how it is going to work.

A One Of A Kind Series

Life After The Cubicle is a newsletter series documenting my journey to make a living online and travel the world. Along the way, I hope to write a book about the whole thing.

Each “episode” will contain stories, pictures, videos, and any other type of media that can be delivered electronically. Who knows, we might even ship something to your door (just kidding).

Not only will the series document my journey, but it will also offer useful tips and information to help others succeed at quitting their office jobs. No longer do we need to settle for sitting in a cube all day.

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Are You Ready To Be A Blogger?

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself

Blogging is a fun and creative hobby. However, authors usually spend more time than they expect running their blogs. It can be very time consuming, especially in the beginning stages. It takes a lot of dedication, and more importantly, patience. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before you make the jump into blogging.

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1. Do You Have The Passion?

Running a blog takes hard work, dedication, and more importantly passion. You have to be passionate about what your doing or you will never success.

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