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#AnythingIsPossible: Readers Respond
Author: 
Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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Earlier this month, we asked: “what would you do if you could do anything?” We were delighted to read all 305 of your responses: some were specific (“I’d teach creative writing within California’s juvenile justice system”), while others were more universal (“I would like to do what I love!”). Overall, many of your goals and dreams shared a desire to do good, as well as to make time for yourselves. It was also great to see people energized and inspired by one another. Here are some highlights.

I would make sure my mom is always taken care of. — slumber thumb

Stand in front of a crowd of thousands and speak on things that matter to me, ...Read more

A Year of Great Writing: The Most-Read Editors’ Picks of 2018
Author: 
Ben Huberman
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Every year, the team of editors behind Discover scours the web to find the most compelling WordPress sites and blog posts to share with you here. We look for diverse and compelling voices that cover a wide range of topics, and it’s always fascinating to see which items resonate the most with readers around the world. This year is no exception.

Here are the 15 most-read Editors’ Picks of the past year, which include web comics and pop-culture criticism, personal essays, and reflections on identity, travel , and mental health. If you’re looking for writing and blogging inspiration for the new year, reading (or revisiting) these posts is a great place to start.

15. The Internet ...Read more
Staying Home for the Holidays? You Can Still Eat Your Way Around the World
Author: 
Ben Huberman
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In many parts of the world the holiday season is in full swing — which means hearty meals and festive get-togethers, but also chaotic airports and overpriced hotels. If you decided to eschew the questionable joys of holiday travel , it doesn’t mean you can’t still experience new cultures and flavors in your kitchen.

Saveur Magazine recently announced their 2018 Food Blog winners and finalists, and among them are several fantastic WordPress websites specializing in the culinary traditions of one country or region. Here are three to whet your appetite — why not browse some recipes, read the stories behind them, and try something new for your next gathering?

A Kitchen in Uganda

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How Shivya Nath Turned Her Travel Blog into a Book
Author: 
Ben Huberman
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Five years after becoming a digital nomad, travel blogger Shivya Nath just hit another major milestone: last month her book, The Shooting Star (named after her popular blog), was published by Penguin India. We recently caught up with Shivya to chat about her blog-to-book journey, the always-evolving travel -blog scene, and her other recent adventures.

Congratulations on your book! How did The Shooting Star evolve from a blog to its new, physical format?

Thank you; I’m so excited that The Shooting Star is out as a book in the universe now. It was definitely a serendipitous development. Over seven years ago, when I first started travel blogging, I had no idea of the things it was ...Read more

How Shivya Nath Turned Her Travel Blog into a Book
Author: 
Ben Huberman
Category: 

Five years after becoming a digital nomad, travel blogger Shivya Nath just hit another major milestone: last month her book, The Shooting Star (named after her popular blog), was published by Penguin India. We recently caught up with Shivya to chat about her blog-to-book journey, the always-evolving travel -blog scene, and her other recent adventures.

Congratulations on your book! How did The Shooting Star evolve from a blog to its new, physical format?

Thank you; I’m so excited that The Shooting Star is out as a book in the universe now. It was definitely a serendipitous development. Over seven years ago, when I first started travel blogging, I had no idea of the things it was ...Read more

Branding ABCs: Simple But Striking Typographical Logos
Author: 
Michelle Weber
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A logo gives your website an instant pop of professionalism; it’s such a key part of any website that WordPress.com includes a Site Logo tool to make adding one as straightforward as possible.

What if you don’t have the resources to have someone create a logo, or aren’t confident in your design chops? Sometimes a few letters are all you need — all the following sites use their initials for graphic, memorable logos.

Simple Monograms

Monograms aren’t just for polo shirts, and simple doesn’t mean boring or unremarkable. Pick a font that matches your brand’s personality and add a color — there are infinite possibilities, so you can create something elegant, playful, or bold.

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#SixWivesNoHenry: Ann Foster Is Here to Make History Fun
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Michelle Weber
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Every Wednesday, writer and historian Ann Foster tweets about the women of Tudor history under the hashtag #SixWivesNoHenry. On her eponymous blog, she takes us on in-depth Tudor time travels, picking apart convoluted family trees and 16th-century political intrigue with clarity and wit.

Her love of history is infectious, and her combination of ease and erudition brings her historical subjects to life — some well-known, some seldom written about. But we’ll let her blog speak for itself; here are tantalizing bits from a few of our recent favorites.

As a wedding gift, he lavished her with a castle and gowns and jewels. And she gave him… a giant pair of scissors. He was like, “Wait, what?” ...Read more

Five Ways to Build Your Audience
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Krista Stevens
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You’ve taken the plunge and started a blog. Are you finding that “build it and they will come” — the tagline from 1989’s Field of Dreams — worked well for the magical baseball field, but not so much for your blog traffic?

Attracting visitors doesn’t require sorcery, just some know-how and dedication. Today, we’ve got five tips for growing your audience, whether you’re blogging for fun or profit.

Blog your passion

“To be interesting, be interested.” — Dale Carnegie

Enthusiasm is contagious — you can’t help but be energized by someone who is deeply interested in something. What subjects do you love to talk about? Ashton Ritchie loves gardening and lawn care. A prolific blogger, ...Read more

A Quick Guide to Using Free High-Quality Photographs on Your Site
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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Displaying professional, high-resolution images across your posts, pages, and headers can elevate the look of your site. But what if you need a specific photo — an adorable pup portrait at the park, for instance — but don’t have one of your own? With the new Free Photo Library, you have access to over 40,000 free images, thanks to Pexels, a library of stock photos. Learn how to make the most of this new feature in your Media Library.

Find a featured image for your latest post

Want more options? We also recommend these sites for free images and patterns.

Here’s the scenario: you’re finalizing the new destination guide to New York City on your travel website. ...Read more

Draw The Line: Bringing Comic Artists Together to Effect Positive Political Change
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Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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In response to the political climate around the world, Myfanwy Tristram wanted to give voice to people feeling hopeless and powerless. The result? Draw The Line , a project that brought together over 100 comic artists sharing practical ways to take positive action. The site is a toolkit for people who want to make a difference, big or small, and offers resources for engaged organizations and campaigns. Myfanwy tells us how the website came to life, and the crowdfunding effort to make the printed version of Draw The Line a reality.

You originally envisioned Draw The Line to be a small project — a print comic to sell at festivals and conventions. But it evolved into something ...Read more