An online shop

March 31, 2009

Visit the website http://www.etsy.com ; an online shopping mall with hundreds of stores owned and run by artists who create and market their niche products.

A small town could not support an artist who creates jewellery out of discarded watches – but the Internet can!

Below are three examples of privately owned virtual stores on the etsy website.

leather-banner

Handmade red leather journal

Red leather journal

QA Create - jewellery

QA Create - jewellery

Ring from a discarded watch

Ring from a discarded watch

Imagine Studios - Digitial artwork

Imagine Studios - Digitial artwork

Digital photo fusion artwork

Digital photo fusion artwork

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Adding images to your post

March 30, 2009

Images make a blog a lot more interesting. The links below have everything you need to know.

1) How to upload a single image

2) Video below deals with creating a gallery.

Click here to view image FAQs covering many other image topics

Some additional notes and suggestions:

  • Use your own image editing software to crop, lighten or darken your images
  • Use you image software to resize the image down e.g. 500 pixels across is a good size for a blog
  • Save as a jpg and compress your images down to less than 70kb
  • If you insert one image and hit the ‘Insert into Post’ button with option ‘Full Size’ selected, the image is a standalone. If you upload more than one image and hit the ‘Insert Gallery’ button, a thumbnail gallery is created (you can still view the images full size by clicking on the thumbnails)
Show Hide button on the right gives access to control over how the images is shown/arranged

Show/Hide button on the right allows control over how the images are shown/arranged

Click on Show and all the images settings become visible

Click on Show and all the images settings become visible


Pages and Posts

March 27, 2009

Posts – Entries, like a journal. Topic, thought of the day

Pages – The static information that you want visitors to be able to find easily e.g. About the author, Feedback from delegates, Seminar Dates etc are all examples of pages that are easily found on a static menu structure.


How to set up a blog

March 27, 2009

For those of you that STILL have not started a blog, here is a most excellent guide . . . short . . . sweet . . . and to the point. This post is hosted on another blog called the South Jersey Line presented by MBG Journalism

Click here to view

Custom header of the blog South Jersen Line

Custom header of the blog South Jersey Line


Widgets

March 26, 2009

Widgets are little programs that you can load into your blog that offer more functionality, accessibility or convenience. They are to be found residing in the sidebar next to the posts. Not all widgets can be used on all themes.

On the dashboard, under Appearance, Widgets I . . .

1) Removed

Links (Blogroll) because it did not offer my blog anything useful

2) Added

Archive – so that my posts can be accessed by month and year
Calendar – so that visitors can see on which days new posts were made
Search – so visitors can search the blog for keywords
Pages – so visitors can access the fixed pages in a second, perhaps more convenient place
Categories – so visitors can access posts in an organized, categorized manner


Glossary of Blogging terms

March 26, 2009

Some of the terms used in blogging are confusing and obscure. Here is a 101 list

Index page – The home page; the main first page that comes up when you visit a blog. It usually has posts in the main column and various other organizational components in the narrow column.

Pages – Pages are fixed and deal with a specific static topic e.g. About the author of the blog. Pages are useful when you dont want important static information about your blog getting downed among hundreds of posts.

Post – A single entry into your blog is called a post. Posts are arranged chronologically with the newest at the top. Therefore it is difficult to find old posts which is why categories are so important.

Categories – A way of filing / organizing your posts. By putting a post into a particular category people can find your information more easily. Categories should be short. A blog should have as few categories as is logical and useful.

Tags – Are a second way of organizing your posts. Tags are more descriptive than categories. A blog can have any number of tags.

Archives – Old posts grouped by month and year. Useful to see how established a blog is.

Comment – Visitors to your blog can comment on your post. This is healthy and creates community. Remember to respond to visitors comments.

Sidebar – The narrow column next to the main column. Often used for widgets

Widget – a small ‘program’ that you add to your blog. Its does / offers something specific e.g. displays a calendar with date highlighted, allows you to put text in the sidebar. You can add widgets to your chosen theme. Not all widgets work on all themes

CSS – Cascading Style Sheet. This special page, often created by your graphic designer alters the appearance of text, paragraphs and various other format options.

Blogroll – Other blogs that you like or recommend. Only recommend blogs that deal with similar topics to your own as this enriches the visitors experience and helps to create community among similarly-minded bloggers.

Dashboard – What you see when you log into your blogging service using your username and password. Here you can find all your settings as well as access all the functionality that the blogging software offers e.g. adding posts, editing post, deleting categories, viewing your tags etc etc

Permalink – This is the direct, exact, permanent address of a specific post in your blog. This is very useful as instead of answering tons of emails in minute detail, you can deal with the query in broad terms and then refer the sender to a specific post in your blog. You can find a post’s permalink before or after the post itself.

The permalink of this post is
https://deadmenhavewhitecollars.wordpress.com/2009/03/26/glossary-of-blogging-terms/

Advanced topics – RSS (feed)

People who like your blog can subscribe and therefore be notified every time you update your blog. This is called a feed. Subscribers are alerted to new posts using a newsreader that they have to install on your own computers (some browsers now have them built in).

Click here for more terms on Wikipediaal


Blogs are a waste of time?

March 24, 2009

One delegate thought that a blog was a waste of time. What do the stats tells us?

During the month of February . . .

  • WordPress blogs had 1 970 822 992 pageviews
  • 1 million WordPress blogs got at least one visitor
  • 19 million individual posts got at least one visitor
  • 7 964 018 comments were posted by visitors

These stats are for WordPress only. There are four other major blogging platforms, so these figures are less than half of the activity on blogs for the month of February. Then there are still audio and video blogs . . .

Best of all. This communication and exchange of ideas happened without costing the blogger or the visitor anything. Now compare this to all other forms of advertising and marketing.