Digging In the Dashboard, Part II: Features for Longform Posts

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As we discussed in the first installment of Digging in the Dashboard, WordPress.com has so many great features that it’s tough to be familiar with them all. I’m still discovering new ones myself! Let’s keep the discovery going with three more features that might be new to you.

This time, we’ll cover three features that can help you break up and organize longer posts, so that they display more cleanly and are easier for your readers to digest. Many of you might be ratcheting up your word count in anticipation of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), so we hope these tips come in handy!


Longform posts are all the rage these days. We want content, and more of it! But sometimes long, uninterrupted blocks of text can overwhelm your readers. If you sometimes have posts that run on for paragraphs, consider paginating…

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Craft Beer + Food


Twitter, where would I be without you? Certainly, I wouldn’t have spent Wednesday night at Craft Beer + Food—I may not have known about the event, or known when the tickets would go on sale, or known that the tickets would likely sell out within hours (which they did). Of course, Twitter is just a tool, and I should be thanking Kim + Kendall Jones (of the Washington Beer Blog) since they presented the excellent event.

With our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter now comfortable with the babysitter, I was able to pounce on tickets immediately when they went on sale. September dates with the wife were set, then: one Wednesday evening it’d be Neko Case, the following Wednesday evening it’d be Craft Beer + Food. (We’re not normally so gosh-darn exciting!)

I’ll say the event, which benefited the Just Garden Project, was great. I’ll say the food was great. I’ll say…

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Red, Red Wine…make me feel so fine…


One of the things wine always reminds me of is the opening line of “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel, which happens to be one of my favorite songs.  I love the change of pace from opening to middle to end.  That’s also one of the reasons we love wine…it is a nice change of pace every now and then.  You do not have to be a wine fanatic to enjoy the occasional glass of wine.  You all know that opening line of the Billy Joel song, right?  “A bottle of red…a bottle of white…”  So which one?  Billy says it all depends upon your appetite.  Is he right?  In order to find out, first we have to know the difference, which goes beyond just color.  So, lets learn a little bit about the reds.

Red wine is made from dark (black) grape varieties, and it is the…

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Rising Tide Figue Bottle Release October 5

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Rising Tide FigueFounded in 2010 by Portland native  Nathan Sanborn, Rising Tide Brewing Company produces a variety of small batch ales available at select locations in Maine and Massachusetts. Saturday, October 5 will see the release of Figue, a 7.5% ABV saison brewed with Turkish figs and mesquite honey, then aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

The details:

  • Sales begin in the tasting room at 12pm
  • $8 per 375mL bottle
  • 360 bottles available
  • Food available from Small Axe Food Truck and La Creme Chocolat

Rising Tide Brewing Company is located at 103 Fox Street in Portland.  Visit them here.

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Six-Pack Project: Visiting New Frontiers

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I am thrilled to share the latest round of Six-Pack Project posts from fellow beer writers who have joined the effort to sing the praises of their home state’s beer culture.

Since starting this effort in May, I’ve been lucky to corral 28 writers from around the country to highlight 23 states and three foreign countries. Today, both those numbers grow.

I can’t thank everyone enough for making the Six-Pack Project a success. I had no idea what would come of it when it first started and it’s been exciting to read about beer I never would have heard of, let alone finding people who have spontaneously decided to join – all thanks to a passion for beer.

That said, I’m going to make a slight change to the Six-Pack Project for future posts. I will continue to try and create monthly posts on This is Why I’m Drunk to…

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a visit to schell’s brewing company

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On Sunday some friends and I took a trip to Schell’s Brewing Company in New Ulm, MN. None of us had visited before and we were all looking forward to seeing the historic brewery and surrounding town.

The drive from my house in Minneapolis was over a hour and a half, but it was well worth it. The moment we arrived we were all shocked to see the place tucked into a valley with its historic buildings and beautiful landscape.


I wrote a bit about the distinct German history of Schell’s brewing while outlining my picks for the Six Pack Project, so I won’t repeat all of it here. I will say, however, that seeing the place in person and hearing the stories again really made the history come alive for me. Most of this post will be photos as the beauty of the place speaks loudest.

Schell Haus

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Garlic and Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb


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I came across an extra leg of lamb in the freezer the other day and was inspired to use it in an upcoming dinner. I did a bit of research on a few recipes and came across this recipe from Food and Wine that I used as inspiration. I added more vegetables to the roasting pan and tweaked the cooking instructions a bit. Instead of pulling the lamb from the oven when the internal temp reads 145 take it out when it hits 140, it will reach 145 as it sits. This recipe is a bit time consuming but is very simple and turns out a delicious leg of lamb. I also have to give credit to Jamison Farm, we order our lamb from these guys for Easter and usually throw in a few other cuts into the shopping cart. They have fantastic quality lamb and I would recommend checking…

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Stats Wrangling IV: Referrers and Clicks

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This summer, we provided a bird’s-eye view of your Stats panel and have taken tours of various modules (Days, Weeks, and Months and Top Posts and Pagesthat offer data about your site’s visitors and your most popular content.

Today, let’s take a look at two more sections: your Referrers, which tell you where your visitors come from, and your Clicks, which tell you where your visitors go.

Why thank you, internet, for referring others to me!

Just how do people find your blog? On your Stats page, look for your Referrers section. Here, you can access your referrers for the current day and yesterday. These lists display other blogs, websites, and search engines that link to your blog. (A view is counted as a referrer when a visitor on another site clicks a link there and lands somewhere on your blog.)

Many of you will…

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A Cheese You Will Love: Cowgirl Creamery’s MT TAM


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What weighs five ounces, is about an inch and half tall and is no more than five weeks old?  I can only think of one thing, the MT TAM from Cowgirl Creamery. This lush heavy butter fat cheese has a soft and very edible rind, slightly oozy in the center and will make you leap like a lord. Lords do leap quite a bit, and Mt Tam may very well be the reason why.

Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt Tam is arguably the finest example of a triple cream in the United States. It has a rich and buttery flavor with a natural essence of cremini mushrooms, a certain nuttiness from the aging, topped with a delicious lemony finish that pairs ever so wonderfully with your favorite bubbles. It is a festive cheese and it clings to a festive wine. But do not fear pairing with whatever works…

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