I have installed v2.5.1 on my websites, but need help understanding some concepts that are new to me.
Specifically, I am naïvely expecting that some feature will make my WordPress blog posts appear automagically on OTHER, commercial blogs and Social Networking sites, so I won't have to re-format and re-upload them to multiple places, which would be a hassle, as it takes time and effort to format an article for best readability.
I've read about PingBack and TrackBack, but am unsure about precisely when these are invoked, and unsure if these features make it unnecessary to actually have an account on the other sites. Moreover, when I DO have an account on the other sites, do these features result in the type of full-content, automatic cross-posting that I am expecting?
Alternatively, PingBack and TrackBack could simply be "handshaking standards" that just bounce some links back and forth without generating the same amount of interest in my posts as would result from my joining multiple other sites and manually posting redundant copies of my blog's articles to those sites.
I've read many articles that spit out acronyms and lots of jargon, but they don't provide adequate conceptual basics for a noob blogger, even one such as myself who has been writing software for 40 years, but has had no prior interest in blogging.
Moreover, the WordPress Documentation, though exquisitely hyperlinked, sometimes runs us noobs in circles, without getting to the bottom of things.
I will eventually learn the ropes, but right now I don't know whether to spend my time writing articles that might die a lonely death on my own blogsites, or instead, spend my time joining a number of other sites and assume that the magic Transparent Aggregation Genie will automatically propagate my posts for me.
Any insights you could provide are appreciated -- on PingBack, TrackBack, or general blog promotion strategies.
Thanks in advance,