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All fresh and new – WordPress 3.0.3 (now 3.0.4)

Our upgrade is complete on this site and everything is in its place for the end of this semester and start of the new next month.

Have a great break and keep on blogging!!

This site will be upgraded on December 15, 2010

There is an update out for WordPress, the software we use to run this site, and we are planning on installing it on December 15. We will certainly make backups of the site but we also STRONGLY encourage our Pellissippi Bloggers to make your own export back up of your blog so you will have your entries stored on your own computer.

Here is how to do it.

Always good practice to have a backup. 🙂

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Helping the Multicultural Club help Pakistan

Three members of the student-based group are spearheading the effort to collect supplies, and the club is asking the community to join in.

Requested items include sets of sheets, one-liter bottles of water, boxes of saltine crackers, multipacks of potato chips, shelf-stable milk (Parmalat brand), juice box packs, bar soap, disposable cups in packs of 12 and dried fruit (preferably dried dates).

For more information and where to take your donations, visit the Pellissippi State Marketing and Communication Blog.

We are upgrading! (Now, we are upgraded!)

This little blogosphere of ours will be HAS BEEN upgraded this week to WordPress 3.0. Most things stay the same and a few will change.

If  you want to get ready for the upgrade, here are a few resources:

And, a quick tour video provided by WordPress:

What’s Your Reason?

Mobile Blogging…are you ready?

mobile phone screenshot on a laptop desktopIf you are getting into this blogging thing, then you might want to think about blogging while you are on the move. Taking and uploading (small!) images from your phone could be a great way to add to your blog very easily. These apps also allow you to write posts and work with comments right from your phone.

Have you been looking for a way to manage and update your blog when you are away from your computer?

What kind of device do you have?

iPhone – iTouch – iPad Download from iTunes App Store

BlackBerry –  Download from Blackberry Appworld

Android – Download via an Android device or go to the Android Market on your device and search for “wordpress”. Be sure to get the application provided by Automattic, Inc


HINT: If you want to set up mobile blogging,  be sure to check on your blogs settings under Writing and enable to remote publishing. It’s quick and easy! Here’s how:

  1. Login to your WordPress blog.
  2. Look in the left sidebar at the lowest grouping, click on ‘Settings’ –> ‘Writing’
  3. Enable both ‘Atom Publishing Protocol’ and ‘XML-RPC’
  4. click on ‘Save Changes’
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Get your Gravatar and get seen!

gravatar-screenshotAfter you get your blog started and folks start commenting, you will see small “icons” next to each comment. These are avatars that can represent you or any other person who writes or comments on your blog.

WordPress supports the Globally Recognized Avatar or gravatar service.  Basically, it is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.

Gravatars are based on images you upload and are associated with an email address. So, you could have one gravatar associated with a professional email address for work or school and a different one associated with your personal email address (or more).

It is fast and easy. Step one: Go to the Gravatar site and get yourself set up!

Need more explanation, check this out:

Blogging the World in 2010

We’re baaaaack!

The pilot project from last spring/summer worked well enough that our little corner of the blogosphere is being set up to once again bring you blogs from around the world as students from Pellissippi head out to experience cultures, foods, sights, sounds and smells from all over the world.

We will have blogs for all of the Global Ambassadors again this year (list coming later) and we will also pull in samples of their posts to the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) global blog for 2010.

Stay tuned!

P.S. If you want to check out what they did last year, here’s the TnCIS 09 blog!

Now that you’re blogging, you will want to back it up

Any computer person knows that backups are essential. It is not a matter of “IF”something will happen (hard drive failure, disk errors, etc) but a more of a matter of “WHEN”. Pellissippi State Blogs runs on a shared blogging platform called WordPress Multi-User (or WPMU). While we take care of upgrading the core files that run the blogging software, it is up to each individual blogger to export his/her own blog entries for safekeeping.

Unfortunately, the export is not a full backup in the strict sense of the word. It is an export XML file that will contain:

  • posts
  • pages
  • comments
  • custom fields
  • categories
  • tags

It will NOT include:

  • your links
  • uploaded media (photos, etc)
  • plugin settings (like for Twitter, Kaltura, etc)

However, if you want to take your writing with you and upload it into your own WordPress installation (or at, then this is the best path for you. To get to the Export tool, log into your blog and go to Tools –> Export. Click the image below for more details.


Because of this limitation, we recommend you host your images, videos and other media on services like Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, Vimeo and Dropbox.  We provide plugins to make it easier to tie into that media on your blog as well.

This keeps your media with YOU and makes it easier to keep your blog portable for the future!