Blogging 101: Session 2 Review

Just for fun here is a video on “What is a Blog?”

Also – if you are interested in some follow-up learning, WordPress is running a bunch of online Writing 101 course in November:  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/blogging-university/

And here are the follow-up resources from Session 2.

Scheduling Content

WordPress.com – Schedule a Post

Connecting your Blog to Social Media

WordPress.com – Publicize

WordPress.com – Connect

Adding Videos to Your Posts

WordPress.com – YouTube

WordPress.com – Video Help Articles

Advanced Customizing

Custom Design is part of the WordPress.com Premium and Business packages.

This post outlines free themes that have more customization options: Awesome (and Free) Theme Options You Might Not Know About

Changing  Your Username or Blog URL

Changing Your Username: WordPress Help: Change Your Username

Changing Your Blog Address: WordPress Help: Changing a Blog Address

Adding and Deleting Blogs to your Account

To Create another blog:

  1. Click on your username in the top right corner
  2. Click on “Mange My Blogs”
  3. Click on “Create Another Blog”

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Deleting a Blog: WordPress Help: Delete Site

Tips on Adding Photos, and moving them within a post

Image Sources

Inserting a Photo into a post: WordPress Help: Images

Placing Images in Your Post: WordPress Help: Image Alignment

Managing Comments and Spam

WordPress Help: Manage Comments

WordPress Help: Unwanted Comments

WordPress Topic: Comments

Widgets

Since we weren’t able to chat about widgets:

WordPress Topics: Widget and Sidebars

Thank you so much for taking part in these sessions! It was great to work with you all.

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Creating Short Links

If you want to share your blog posts with others, but are concerned with the length of the web address, there are several methods of getting a short link.

The basic method is to:

1) Click on “Get Shortlink” below your post title (post must be published or saved to draft for this to work)

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2) Copy shortlink (Ctrl + C) and click “OK”

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3) Create Tweet and Paste (Ctrl + V) the link into your tweet.

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Or, connect your Twitter account to your WordPress account, so when you create new posts they are automatically tweeted to your followers!

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More: http://en.support.wordpress.com/twitter/

Learn about blogging at the library anytime!

We have a number of books available to help you with blogging, writing, and more.

Blogging Books: 070.57973

  •  This area also include books on web design.

Social Media Books: 004.69

Writing Books: 421.1, 808.02, Creative Writing

  • All of the books near “808.02” will cover aspects of writing.

Blogs, Wikis, Facebook, and More: Everything You Want to Know about Using Today’s Internet but Are Afraid to Ask by Terry Burrows: 004.678 BUR

The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World by Chris Barr: 006.7 BAR

Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More by Dianne Jacob: 808.06664 JAC

Find inspiration and information on the web

Writing It isn’t always easy to write regularly, or to stay inspired!

The prompts from these sites might inspire writings of fiction or non-fiction. Images remember when you are using images from other websites, to check the copyright, and if it allows reuse, remember to attribute. Websites with free images:

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