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How to add RSS widgets to your WordPress page June 25, 2009

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I was having difficulty trying to add an RSS feed subscription button to the sidebar on the right side of this page. Whenever I would add the widget, all of my other boxes in the sidebar would disappear. I put it down to the fact that WordPress.com doesn’t have many features, and if I wanted the widget displayed, I’d have to pay for the service. No so. I have finally figured out how to do it.

Click on dashboard then appearance then widgets.
Move the widgets you want into the sidebar on the right.
Make sure you also move the links widget. This is the box that contains all the information you have already had up (the old sidebar).
Click add on the text widget. Paste in the HTML code given to you by Feedburner, save it, and move it over to the sidebar into the first position (if that’s where you want it).
Save and close.

What are widgets?
Widgets are links (in the form of images or text) to the information they advertise.

What’s an RSS feeed?
RSS feed is a service that feeds information from Web sites to subscribed readers. This feed can be sent to a feed reader/aggregator or to an individual’s e-mail address. Readers that subscribe to your blog this way are sent your newest blog posts as soon as they are published.

 

 

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Things every writer needs (according to tweeters) June 23, 2009

Filed under: Writing — sallyhanan @ 1:24 pm
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Things every writer needs (in my opinion):

Paper and pen by the bed, on the desk, in your purse (or man-purse). This covers every possible moment of muse-like thought. Write it down!

Dictionary. Word may have spell check but it’s not always reliable.

Thesaurus. A thesaurus is available on Word but it is limited with its suggestions for synonyms. Any time you can substitute a clichéd, oft-used word with another, do it.

Microsoft Word. Word still frustrates me but I’m getting more and more used to him. Yes. Him. Without him, I would not write much, and what I do write would be scrunched into balls of paper at the bottom of my purse, not neatly filed in my writing/work/blog/drafts folders.

Outlook. How else am I supposed to track six e-mail addresses?

More input from Twitter friends:
@TonyNoland
Thick skin. Coffee. A thesaurus. A library card. Curiosity. Patience. Impatience. Support. A day job. Hope. AA batteries. Time.


@HelenLeather
To learn to finish, that can be tough.
Every writer needs honest feedback, the nerve to ask for & get it, and to decide whether to make changes as a result, or not.
Every writer needs to carry a notepad & pen at all times!
Every writer needs courage, confidence and support, at least from themselves, from others is a bonus.

@mp3mad
Every writer needs
a) a pen/pencil
b)something to write on 🙂

@russmarshalek
Coffee

@charliechap
Every writer needs bathroom breaks. This I have learned. =)

@ToniMcGeeCausey
Tenacity. Imagination. Discipline. Rebellion. Desire. Job to pay the bills in the mean time. Diet Coke.

It looks like our common elements of necessity are people or things that support us physically, mentally, and practically. So move on in the delights of kind words, addictive drinks and other foodstuffs ( I can’t believe no one mentioned chocolate); and to your own self (or stomach) be true.

 

 

Every piece of writing needs to be clear and precise. With microscope in hand, Inksnatcher’s writing and editing service will hone any work until it glitters in the light of a 1,000 watt bulb.

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Spruce up your blog June 21, 2009

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‘Tis a far far better thing that I just did than I have ever done (with my blog). Bloggiesta is now over, and I am highly grateful to Maw Books for hosting it, and to her friends for the many challenges they put forth.

I typed my last words at 2 a.m. on a laptop while in bed. My husband’s hopes of activity were sorely dashed, but I had to let Ruth of the Bookish Ruth blog know that I had completed her challenge so that I could be in with a chance to win her prize. What that is, I have no idea. IE won’t let me read her page anymore. After telling my husband that information, he felt even more special.

Here is what I have done after forty-eight hours of challenges:
Written two back-up posts for rainy/busy days
Invited a guest blogger
Created a template post with my “add this” button and my editing services banner. (Isn’t the banner great? I can’t believe I managed to pull that one off without high-tech hubby’s help!)
Cleaned up tags and my sidebar
Made an inksnatcher favicon
Edited and updated my “about me” page and some older posts
Left a comment on the pages of those who put forth the challenges
Learned that I need to offer the RSS feed via e-mail, I should post serial posts, and I should have a photo in my “about me” section.
Brought all of my social network profiles up to date
Got a second gravatar
Read some tips from the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning
Wrote a rainy day opinion post
Read and commented on ten new blogs
Set up Google alerts to give me info. on who talks about me and my services, and when
Gave an elevator pitch about my blog
Got listed on two new blog search engines
Begged for a blogging friend–one possibility in the works
Learned how to anchor text
Read five articles from 27 Must Read Tips & Tutorials for Bloggers
Had my blog graded—got 67/100
Added my URLs to Delicious

I’m whacked. I think I’ve put in about twenty-six hours. Nap time now.:)

 

 

Every piece of writing needs to be clear and precise. With microscope in hand, Inksnatcher’s writing and editing service will hone any work until it glitters in the light of a 1,000 watt bulb.

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Bloggiesta: challenge you, I do June 19, 2009

Filed under: Writing — sallyhanan @ 10:59 am
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The bloggiesta is a blog effort by Natasha of Maw Books Blog to help us all get our blogs cleaned up, spruced up, and ahead of the game. Sheer genius on her part, I might add. The challenge started this morning and ends on Sunday morning at 8 a.m., which means that I am already behind.

Bloggers know that in order to keep any sort of following, a blog must be updated two to three times a week, but things happen that distract us. Sometimes tweeters just keep on putting up good tweets, and we start reading all the linked pages, or we get invited to Starbucks or a child decides to tell us that his semester-long project is due the next day (without our knowing he had a project at all). It would be bliss to have some blog drafts already written and ready to post.

I’ve cut and pasted Natasha’s list into Word so that I can tick things off as they are done. I hope to have at least five posts saved by day’s end, along with some information on how to fix my page so that I can show buttons.

Have fun!

 

 

Every piece of writing needs to be clear and precise. With microscope in hand, Inksnatcher’s writing and editing service will hone any work until it glitters in the light of a 1,000 watt bulb.

sallylogo3 INKSNATCHER.COM                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

Book cover #3—opinions needed June 15, 2009

Filed under: Business advice,Writing — sallyhanan @ 4:52 pm
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Improved (for the third time) cover of Joy in a Box. Naturally, we’ll buy the photo rights once we decide to use it. Photos were the easiest thing to put into the box as creating each item would be too labor-intensive. I still want a better font.

book w bookcover3
bookcover3

Opinions?

 

 

Every piece of writing needs to be clear and precise. With microscope in hand, Inksnatcher’s writing and editing service will hone any work until it glitters in the light of a 1,000 watt bulb.

sallylogo3 INKSNATCHER.COM                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

Help with book cover # 2 June 14, 2009

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Improved cover of Joy in a Box.

bookcover2

Opinions?

 

 

Every piece of writing needs to be clear and precise. With microscope in hand, Inksnatcher’s writing and editing service will hone any work until it glitters in the light of a 1,000 watt bulb.

sallylogo3 INKSNATCHER.COM                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

Possible book cover June 13, 2009

Filed under: Business advice,Writing — sallyhanan @ 7:29 pm
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Just in—first idea for the cover of Joy in a Box.

Bookcover

So what do you think? Does this make you want to buy the book? Does it reflect the fact that it’s a mix of different genres?

 

 

Every piece of writing needs to be clear and precise. With microscope in hand, Inksnatcher’s writing and editing service will hone any work until it glitters in the light of a 1,000 watt bulb.

sallylogo3 INKSNATCHER.COM                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 
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