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  1. No problem, Jennifer. I just appreciate yours and everyone else's advice/help/suggestions! (And will try to implement them the best I can.)

    I did just scanned the TOS (way too time consuming to read it in depth) and have a few questions (for anyone to answer).

    Just so I get things straight and do not unintentionally "violate" any of the stated terms, I'm going to site one term as an example to see if I "'get it."

    @You must not describe or assign keywords to your blog in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others....

    What does this mean, exactly? Say, for example, I write a blog entry about the merits of Meryl Streep winning the Oscar vs. Viola Davis, the perceived favorite. Would just mentioning (or discussing either one's career) be construed as "trading on the name of others"? I mean, it's no doubt true that more people MIGHT link to my blog because I talk about a celeb, but I wouldn't be doing that for that reason. In other words, I'm not throwing a popular name in there just to get more hits.

    Or is that not what this means? Honestly, it's hard to understand a lot of what these TOS are saying. Maybe once I'm a regular blogger I'll get it (Or I get cited for some unintentional violation.)

  2. Good day to you,
    This is the kind of question that must be submitted directly to Staff. We Volunteers don't make or interpret Terms of Service or policies, and I'm sure you don't want to base your business decisions on anything less than practicing due diilgence, which means going to Staff for a definitive answer.

  3. Honestly, if you don't know what it means, you're unlikely to be doing it. Don't worry about it; this is the kind of thing spammers do. If you are not a spammer, you aren't doing it.

  4. @justjennifer - RE: On my personal site, I'm using a theme that has a Custom Menu which includes links to at least three of my other WordPress.com sites as well as off-site links.

    Would you mind please sharing the URL to that site? It would be very helpful to have a visual on what you've been suggesting. Thanks so much!

  5. Click my username and then click any tab in the custom menu at the top of the theme under the header, and know that the tabs could be linked to another one of my blogs if I chose to do that.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-custom-links

    Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

    What’s critical is:
    (1) a clear comprehension of the differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/
    (2) a clear comprehension of the fact that there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page. But we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/posts-on-pages/
    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

    We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.

    A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or Tags pages and/or Custom Links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide.

  6. Time Thief, thanks for all this info! Sorry it took me several days to respond but I've been working on my eBay business and haven't had a chance to get back to the blog thing.

    I really think I understand a lot more then I think I do. By that I mean, when I created my online portfolio I did it on the fly—asking questions as I went, as well as reading helpful posts, etc. Eventually I figured it out, though if you asked me later exactly how I did it I couldn't tell you!

    So it's clear that I will have to do that again. Almost start from scratch and hope that the concepts & principles will all come back to me. :)

  7. You're welcome and best wishes.

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