Blogs You Should Be Reading

I’ve filtered through a lot of blogs the past few years. Often I’ll subscribe on a whim, only to find out that 20 posts later I’ve gotten nothing of value from the site, so I’ll remove them from my reader. Still, I have plenty more to keep me busy because there are some truly great resources out there.

You can subscribe to these without hesitation, because they’ve stood my test of time.

SEO Related

WordPress Related

Design Related

General Web

I subscribe to many more feeds than that, but these are some of the best.

So WHO ELSE should I be subscribing to?

Coming Soon: Premium WordPress Theme For Churches

Update: Checkout ChurchRoot for my WordPress themes for churches.

I’ll be releasing a Premium theme (yeah, capital P) in the next few weeks, maybe a month or so even. It will be specifically tailored to the needs or desires of church websites. Although, the very same features it will include could easily be used for any type of organization. The basis to the theme will be that the emphasis is taken off of the blogging and put on dynamic content such as events, sermons, audio, and different categories of traditional blog posts.

I’ll be doing this because I’m building a site for Denton Bible Church that will be used for one of our services. I’ve turned this into a pretty unique theme theme that I’m pretty proud of. About a year ago I built the CollegeLife, the college ministry of Denton Bible Church, site and this new theme will take what I learned from that and build upon it greatly.

Several years ago I created about 10 different HTML/CSS templates (non-WordPress though). I submitted them to 2 or 3 sites and to my surprise they’ve been downloaded probably over 100,000 times now…and they weren’t even that good!

I’ve come a long way now and I can produce much higher quality sites. So be on the lookout for the new theme!

Contest Prizes/Giveaways

All the time I see blogs offering prizes or giveaways for creating a theme, making a logo, or simply commenting. I’ve noticed that just about everyone of these contests offer an iPod shuffle as the grand prize – my guess is because its a iPod, but its cheap enough to give out and have people still think its really cool.

My question is this: what would be an even better prize than an iPod shuffle?

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More Develop Daly WordPress, Web Design, & SEO Resources

As part of my contribution to Lead Maverick, I keep a blog over there on web design related things. I have to decide to where my content is best suited – often times it is for both places.

My Lead Maverick blog consists of some rich content that you’d probably be interested in so I encourage you to check it out. Here are some summaries of a few of my articles.

The blogosphere has been booming lately with discussion of data portability. It’s a topic that really excites me, because I see the possibilities of the Internet and am discouraged by the lack of embracement.

Semantic markup is another one of those areas that could be utilized to a much greater potential and I’m excited that it is finally getting its due credit. The possibilities of sorting through semantic content is endless and can only improve search engines and in turn improve content visibility. Filtering through tons of crap to find what you want is a pain; hopefully through Microformats, XFN, and more we can achieve a level of content organization that extends a huge helping hand to searchers.

Matt Cutts made a video a while back sifting through some SEO Myths, view it through this post.

If any of these seem interesting to you, read both blogs and subscribe to my Lead Maverick RSS Feed.