More New Books by WordPress.com Authors

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We were delighted last month when our showcase of recent works by WordPress.com writers inspired many others to share their publishing success stories. Here are a few more books that are fresh off the presses.

It’s Not Raining, Daddy, It’s Happy

brooks-duttonAuthor Benjamin Brooks-Dutton has been chronicling his journey through grief on his blog, Life as a Widower, which has attracted a loyal — and sizable — readership since its creation last year. His posts about living with his young son after the death of his wife are at once heartbreaking and inspiring, and have sparked a discussion on male grief.

Readers can now dig even deeper into Ben’s insight on grieving and healing in It’s Not Raining, Daddy, It’s Happy, which was just published by Hodder & Stoughton.

Sober Mercies

kopp_sober-merciesBattling her addiction to alcohol for years, Heather Kopp‘s writing career was put on hiatus until she quit drinking in…

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Marriage STILL Isn’t For Me — And Neither Is My Life

Seth Adam Smith

Marriage Isn't For Me Me and Kim

Six months ago, I published an article on my blog entitled, “Marriage Isn’t For You.” It was based on some advice that my dad gave me before I got engaged. “Marriage isn’t for you,” he said. “It’s about the person you marry.”

Within days, the article received millions of views, was translated into over twenty languages, and went viral in places like China, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

The article was featured and discussed on the Today show, BuzzFeed.com, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan, MSN Living, Yahoo, Deseret News, Today.com, KSL News, TheBlaze.com, HuffPost Live, HLN, and numerous radio programs. My wife and I appeared on a number of news programs, including Good Morning America and Fox & Friends.

After making some revisions to the article, Shadow Mountain Publishers turned it into a beautiful gift book. Within two days of its official publication (on May 6) the…

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SpaceX successfully launched a reusable rocket, now hungry for more government contracts – SARAH GRAY FRIDAY, APR 25, 2014 10:22 PM UTC

Just Sayin'

SpaceX successfully launched a reusable rocket, now hungry for more government contracts

On April 18, SpaceX and NASA successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station. The launch marked the third SpaceX launchwith NASA, and the first successful “soft landing” of its reusable rocket booster.

A “soft landing” refers to the rocket booster’s controlled descent to Earth — after touching the edges of our atmosphere. “We have sensors on each individual leg [of the rocket],” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said, according toTime. The rocket’s legs also have GPS units — together the data agrees that it landed softly. “If we recover it from the ocean it’ll probably take a couple of months to refurbish for flight,” Musk continued.

Recovery might be impossible or difficult, however, as the rocket landed during a storm, and Wired is reporting that it was lost to the sea. “We expect to get more and more precise…

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Did You Miss This: Awesome (Free) Theme Options

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Did you know, that of the 260 themes available on WordPress.com, 78 offer free options such as custom headers, colors schemes and palettes, and customizable layouts?

There are plenty of ways to make your blog your own without spending any money. Here’s just a few ideas to prime your creative pump.

The color choice is yours

Several themes, including Superhero, Writr, Spun, Panel, Zoren, Fontfolio, Twenty Thirteen, and Typo, offer free color palettes you can apply. Free color palettes are denoted by the “featured” flag across them in the Customizer. To activate a free color palette, go to Appearance → Customize. Here’s one of Typo‘s three free color palettes:

One of three free color palettes available for the Typo theme. One of three free color palettes available for the Typo theme.

If you’d like to combine a free custom header and color options, check out Vintage Camera

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Heartbleed Security Update

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Last week, a very serious bug in OpenSSL was disclosed.  OpenSSL, a set of open source tools to handle secure communication, is used by most Internet websites.  This bug, nicknamed Heartbleed, allowed an attacker to read sensitive information from vulnerable servers and possibly steal things like passwords, cookies, and encryption keys.

Was WordPress.com vulnerable to Heartbleed?

Yes. WordPress.com servers were running the latest version of OpenSSL, which was vulnerable. We generally run the latest version of OpenSSL to enable performance enhancements, such as SPDY, for our users. The non-vulnerable versions of OpenSSL were over two years old.

Has WordPress.com fixed the issue?

Yes. We patched all of our servers within a few hours of the public disclosure.

Has WordPress.com replaced all SSL certificates and private keys?

Yes. Out of an abundance of caution, we have replaced all of our SSL certificates, along with regenerating all of the associated…

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