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A Story in Every Face – Humans of Thornton Academy

on Feb. 14, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
SACO – As a teacher, I am always looking for a way to engage my students and get them more involved in the work we are doing in class. Part of that search for meaningful work often leads me to look at the tools, systems, and the projects my colleagues …
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Breaking down the ‘community standards’ rule for the BDN Maine blog network

on Feb. 11, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
At the BDN Maine blog network we want to be a place where people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and safe to share their stories and ideas. This is why the BDN Maine blog network has a community standard so that the most people who want to read and participate in our community can feel welcome.
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Confessions of a Love Affair

on Feb. 08, 2016, at 2:24 p.m.
Eight Things Every Writer Should Keep in Mind PORTLAND – The other day I was walking and running along the trails in Portland and thinking about this blog and trying to come up with an idea that would be useful and interesting for those who happened to stumble upon this …
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Show you’re a BDN Blogger using our network badges

on Feb. 08, 2016, at 11:17 a.m.
If you’re a BDN blogger and you want to show the world on your off-network blog or website, here’s the code to our network badges.
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Troubleshooting images in your WordPress blog

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 4:46 p.m.
Let me lay some truth on you: because we really do judge a book by its cover, so too do we judge a blog post by its featured images. This week on Maine on the Blogs we are going to take on your most frequently asked questions about troubleshooting blog post images.
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Get more readers on your blog using a funny tool called Yoast SEO

on Jan. 29, 2016, at 2 p.m.
This week on Maine on the Blogs, we are going to take a closer look at what Yoast is and how to use it. Lucky for you, we got to test drive Yoast and are here to walk you through how to get started with this versatile plugin.
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5 things to consider before starting your blog

on Jan. 21, 2016, at 8:54 a.m.
This week on Maine on the Blogs, we are going to talk about a few things you should consider before you start your first blog – or before you revamp your old one. Blogging successfully (however you define success) requires you to be at least a little bit organized, have strategies for dealing with commons pitfalls of blogging, and the ability to be flexible.
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How to know if people are actually reading your blog

on Jan. 19, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.
This week on Maine on the Blogs we are going to take a closer look at how to read stats and talk a little bit about what those can tell us about where to put our energy into promotion.
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9 Jetpack Features Every Blogger Needs Right Now

on Jan. 16, 2016, at 7:56 a.m.
This week on Maine on the Blogs we are going over the 9 basic features of Jetpack that every blogger needs.
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One of the Best Lessons for Students and Teachers

on Jan. 10, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
SACO – For teachers, Saturdays are often days to catch up on grading, sleep in a bit later, and generally recharge for the coming week. This past Saturday, as 150 students from 16 different high schools gathered at Thornton Academy, I was again reminded why I chose to leave the …
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Use these 100 power words to boost reader interest

on Jan. 08, 2016, at 12:47 p.m.
Power words are words that most effectively convey an action or an emotion in order to drum up strong emotional responses. Masterful writers know that when they inject passionate words into prose, blog posts, articles, etc., that they are able to craft a predictable response from readers.
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It’s not too early to think about spring!

on Jan. 03, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
SACO – Don’t tell anybody, but the amount of daylight we get to see in southern Maine is increasing, and as the days get longer, I can’t help but think about the warmer days to come. One sure sign of spring for those who live in the Biddeford/Saco area will …
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5 Questions to help reignite your blog passion for 2016

on Jan. 01, 2016, at 11:49 a.m.
Remember when you started blogging and it was easy to generate 600 ideas for interesting blog posts? But then after some time passes and you’ve written dozens of posts, you can’t quite find the same spark of passion that you once had for your particular genre. How do you get back to a place of being excited to blog?
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Ballroom Dancing Comes to a Maine Classroom

on Dec. 31, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
SACO – High school students, especially boys, may be reticent about sharing their interests and passions. More than anything, they often want to remain as a part of the crowd of students that sometimes silently fill the hallways and classrooms of their school.  When Vojtech (“Vojta”) Machtyka decided to leave …
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The 10 Best Pieces of Advice for a Happy and Healthy New Year

on Dec. 29, 2015, at 12 p.m.
I am not a life coach, fitness guru, or even an academic all-star. I’m just a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, student, writer, cyclist, runner, and sometimes a grumpy older man who’s lived more than half a century. Given that it’s almost the beginning of a new year, I thought I …
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Two strategic ways to conduct a successful interview for your blog

on Dec. 25, 2015, at 3:24 p.m.
Have you ever read an intriguing interview and thought, “I want to try conducting an interview for my blog!” Well then you’re in luck because this week on Maine on the Blogs we are talking about the art of the interview!
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One of the Best Christmas Traditions

on Dec. 23, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
PORTLAND – Sometimes, it is the simplest things that bring a smile to your face, an unexpectedly warm spring day, a knowing wink or smile from your spouse or loved one that can mean only one thing, or in this case, a trip to the fish market. Let me explain. …
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12 Great Reads From 2015

on Dec. 21, 2015, at 9:40 p.m.
SACO – Many of my colleagues write stories that contain lists about everything from the best beer in the state, to the top 10 places to buy a donut in and around Portland. Come to think of it, I probably read that last article more than once. Anyway, this year …
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A blogger’s quick guide to getting started with Pinterest

on Dec. 19, 2015, at 7:26 p.m.
Each week on Maine on the Blogs we talk about different strategies to get bloggers to produce high quality material and to get that work promoted in the best possible way. This week we are focusing on Pinterest!
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Stop the presses – Donald Trump has become a teacher!

on Dec. 14, 2015, at 4:09 p.m.
SACO – As a teacher, I try not to comment about specific politicians in my classroom. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times, “our room should be a place where we can talk about almost any idea or belief without the fear that we’ll be ridiculed or …