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Removing Post & Comment Dates is a Terrible Idea

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I recently read a post on Elegant Themes (aff link) that suggests you should remove the dates from your blog comments and “…Keep Your Discussion Fresh.” They proceed to show you multiple ways to remove dates from posts and comments. Don’t do it. Dates on blog posts are critical for signaling relevance and context to your reader. I can’t count the number of times I’ve read a post I thought was relevant only to realize midway through (because the dates were scrubbed) that it was two or three years old and a pointless waste of time. Now, to be fair, some posts really are date-independent—the information is truly timeless and when it was posted is not important. But in cases like this, I would argue that this material should be reserved for an article section that is built on pages, not posts, and then dates can be removed without trouble. As […]

Time to Seriously Reconsider the Pop-Up Opt-In

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I think one of the most infuriating things on the modern Internet is this increasing tendency to throw a pop-up in your face demanding I subscribe to a newsletter before I can get three words into reading an article, or viewing a video. I clicked a link because I was promised an answer to the curiosity-generating headline published on some media outlet. I’m already waiting for a crappy Internet connection (on mobile, for example) that’s in the way of reading the answer and the longer I have to wait, the more irritated I’m going to be if the article isn’t as good as the promise in the headline. (And frequently these days, it isn’t, but that’s a story for another day.) But then I finally arrive and the page finally loads and, as I read the first few words, I am suddenly assaulted by a pop-up that covers the screen and demands I join a […]

Yes, Gazelle is Great for Selling Your Used Gadgets

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Many have asked about Gazelle and whether they’re a good option for selling your used tech. The answer is absolutely yes. I’ve sold almost all my iPhones and one of my Android tablets on Gazelle and they’ve been stellar every time. They ship you a free box with free return shipping, you put the phone in and drop it in the mail. You can opt for either cash or an Amazon gift card. The card gets you 5% more cash value. I always get the Amazon card because, ah, more money is more money than less money. They also sell used, refurbished tech and it’s good stuff with certifications and 30-day returns. I like them so much I became an affiliate and this is my affiliate link attached. That is all. Sell your phones and electronics for cash with Gazelle Trade-In

Grammar, Usage and Style – After Deadline Blog

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This is a great resource for keeping up with grammar, usage and style. I like it for its real-world examples of common mistakes and awkward usage. It’s a great way to spend five or ten minutes every day enhancing your craft. After Deadline examines questions of grammar, usage and style encountered by writers and editors of The Times. It is adapted from a weekly newsroom critique overseen by Philip B. Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards, who is also in charge of The Times’s style manual. Source: Grammar, Usage and Style – After Deadline Blog – NYTimes.com