Celebrating Poetry, All Month Long

April is National Poetry Month, and we love each day’s flurry of new posts tagged #nationalpoetrymonth in the WordPress.com Reader and across the internet. WordPressers are busy in the #napowrimo tag as well, participating in NaPoWriMo, Maureen Thorson’s annual project that encourages and challenges poets to write a poem a day in April.

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Writers’ block? No problem! Introducing AutoMatton

Here at WordPress.com, we’re always looking for ways to improve the blogging experience. We pride ourselves on taking your suggestions to heart and work tirelessly to create better tools for you. Today, we’re releasing a game changer. As WordPress.com becomes easier to use, one piece of unanswered feedback keeps nagging at us: blogging is hard!

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The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years – first during her years at Entertainment Weekly , and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series.

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This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015.

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New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images.

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Websites for the Win: Four Home Pages

We love blogs, but we love websites, too. Small businesses, personal portfolios, non-profit organizations, government websites – bring ’em on! These four sites are each beautiful, effective, and built on WordPress.com. Purple carrots, green grass, red tomatoes – rather than clashing, the images on Sandyfoot Farm’s site suggest abundance and health.

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Five Themes for Poets (and Other Text-Loving Bloggers)

Over at The Daily Post, our first poetry-focused Blogging U. course, Writing 201: Poetry , has just entered its second week. It’s been a blast, with hundreds of poets sharing their work, experimenting with new forms, and commenting on their peers’ poems. After working hard on polishing their elegies, haiku, and ballads, most writers want to make sure their readers can enjoy their work to the fullest.

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Five Themes for Writers and Readers

In the past, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite themes for longform enthusiasts and bloggers who just want to write. Today, let’s take a look at five free themes, launched in the past several months, that offer a distraction-free writing and reading experience. Radcliffe combines bold typography with a clutter-free post layout, as shown above.

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Press Publish Tickets

It is with great excitement that I announce the opening of ticket sales for the Press Publish conference series we teased here earlier this month! After scouring the web for bloggers with inspiring stories, successful blogs, and unique voices, we’ve confirmed the speaker lineups, and are thrilled to be including popular WordPress.com bloggers like Katherine Fritz, Jerry Mahoney, Emily Austin,…

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Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success – so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats.

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Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. Hannah Richell Hannah Richell’s husband Matt was killed in a surfing accident in July. In a recent post, Richell writes about finding comfort in reading words written by people who have also experienced the shock of losing a loved one – people like Joan Didion, C.S.

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Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

On The Daily Post , we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals.

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Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 6

Here’s the latest collection of our favorite stories from writers and publishers across all of WordPress. You can find our past collections here – and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations. Keep these stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter () and WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads.

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Engaged, Inspired, and Ready to Build a Better Web

Automattic is a distributed company – we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania. Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup.

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