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On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem?

“There are no magic wands, no hidden tricks, and no secret handshakes that can bring you immediate success, but with time, energy, and determination you can get there.” Darren Rowse

On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem...?

On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem…?

Happy Holidays to All! It’s a pity to address this subject just before Christmas but, on second thoughts, it is not. What is a Pingback? Pingbacks are, as WP.com aptly put it, remote comments; a key way of linking and acknowledging similar posts by fellow bloggers. They are not useless, spammy comments meant to irritate the recipient, but another way to give a shout-out to a blogger.  This link to WordPress.org gives more  information on the distinction between spam and pingbacks. When a fellow WordPress blogger – Blogger A – sends a pingback, the primary purpose is to notify us that a similar post has been created and our post compliments it. The final decision to acknowledge or reject the pingback rests with Blogger B; no quibbles, no acrimony.

All pingbacks are not created equal; some are like weak pingball players and others like Rambo, so discretion is advised. If a pingback is on an unrelated  topic, the easiest solution is to delete it. Sure, there are other important concerns we might have about spoof pingbacks and denial of service attacks, and those issues are reminders why we must be vigilant about the pingbacks we send and receive. Plus, Akismet does a fine job of helping us separate the wheat from the chaff.

In the four years I’ve been blogging on this platform, we have been blessed with an impressive selection of support tools and features; themes, Publicize, Likes, pingbacks, reblogs, mobile apps,  Zemanta and more. All are meant to help us connect, communicate, and enhance our exchanges in our blogging community. Back in the days before we could send pingbacks via Zemanta and the Daily Post, we would write a post, then scour the internet looking for related topics. Now we have the ease of referencing other posts with a click and a copy. Is that a problem? I think not but, in fairness to those who object to pingbacks, there are common courtesies or a blogging etiquette we can observe with this practice.

“Blogs are a great way to monitor and even participate in the chatter about your new site.” Mike Davidson

On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem...?

On Blogging: Are Pingbacks A Pesky Problem…?

For starters, don’t send random pingbacks and be careful to avoid passing on spoof pingbacks.  Next, it is rude to send a pingback and not visit the blog in question. I rarely send a pingback without checking out the post first. I visit the blog I’m reaching out to and read the post… even if it takes me several days to visit. Visit the blog and read the post. I do that for all my pingbacks; including those from the photo challenge. When I do the photo challenges, not only do I visit and Like or Like/Comment on ALL the blogs I mention, I do same for other participants of the challenge.

Visit, read, and acknowledge the other blogger with a Like or a comment or both. The point of the pingback is to connect us with each other and keep the community connections and conversations growing. While it makes no sense to use a pingback when a post has nothing in common to offer, it is a helpful, productive tool, and I’ve never viewed it as something used to manipulate others.  When in doubt, delete. Does it bring us more traffic? More below!

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FTIAT: Gratitude for Small Things


Deborah Bryan, The Closet Monster of The Monster In Your Closet, understands the human heart; its frailties and joys. We go back to the early, heady days of the WordPress blogging challenge to commit to write something daily. She has shared a lot about her life; the painful and the sweet, and I felt deeply grateful when she invited me to share a piece on gratitude. I was happy to do so because it is a topic dear to my heart. Life is the biggest gift; without it we cease to exist and we lose the opportunity to contribute. We can start with gratitude for little things and work our way up to an appreciation for larger things. What are you grateful for?
Thank you! :-)

Originally posted on The Monster in Your Closet:

Elizabeth (Mirth & Motivation) was one of the first bloggers I followed when I began blogging in early 2011. Even before I’d gotten the hang of reading blogs, I was readily absorbed into her entries for a few minutes at a time. Her life has been so full and varied, I frequently still read her posts and think, “What hasn’t she done, or experienced?!”

A year after first finding her, her aptly titled blog remains my go-to when I find myself in need of inspiration.  It’s thus with great gratitude that I share her words here today.

Recommended post: Inspiration: Embracing the F Word

Gratitude For Small Things

“As we become curators of our own contentment on the Simple Abundance path… we learn to savor the small with a grateful heart.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach

When I received Deborah’s first email about participating in this wonderful exercise –…

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Rhapsody in Ten Takes: Bidding February Adieu…

“You simply will not be the same person, two months from now, after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

Rhapsody in Ten Takes: Thank You!

At the local nail shop, the lady sitting at the booth next to mine lifted her right hand; nails nicely manicured and painted a bright shade of peachy orange. “I love this color so much!” she announced, a tad loudly, as a huge smile spread across her face.  As other heads swiveled in the nail shop to see what color she spoke of, the lady continued her ode to peachy orange nails. “I can wear it with all of my clothes; it matches everything in my wardrobe…” She paused, then delivered her punch line before returning to the task at hand; “I really love this color because, you know, it makes me happy!” We nodded our heads in unison, it made perfect sense… Hey, if it makes you happy, go to it… and say thank you!

It is with the same vision that I look back on February and our Daily Post Challenge. We made it through! In December 2010, hundreds even thousands of us made a commitment to join forces with WordPress.com and write a post daily/weekly in 2011. We galloped away in January and now, as February wraps up, we can applaud our individual and collective effort; it’s all good.  So here in ten takes, like an Oscar acceptance speech, I say a huge thank you to/for the following:

  • To Erika and Scott, for leading the blogging troops through our daily paces with prompts, tips and lots of good stuff. What they do is not easy especially when dealing with creative folk with differing visions. Thank you!
  • To the folks behind the scene at WordPress who make this all happen; offering us new templates, new tools, the magic of Zemanta, and ways to make the blogging process run smoothly while answering our Help requests in under 24 hours. Thank you…
  • To all my blogging buddies; new and old friends, who continue to like, comment, blog away, writing on a wide range of subjects and finding ways to keep writing, online and off, even under trying circumstances. Thank you…
  • To my silent visitors; all 5 million of you, who stop by daily to read, skim, scan, linger on this blog, sometimes letting me know through other venues that you have been here. Thank you… ;-)

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