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Free graphic images/clip art for your blog May 31, 2010

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I found the cutest site for free pictures today, and I want to share it with you. It’s called “The Graphics Fairy.” While it’s primarily for hobbyists to enjoy, Karen (a.k.a. The Graphics Fairy) is kind enough to share the pictures she posts.

The Graphics Fairy

Karen does ask for one thing, though:

“Please do not use more than 6 of the graphic images within any one project, or within a single page of a blog or website. A link to the Graphics Fairy is very much appreciated, when including clipart on your blog or website.”


This particular drawing is from an early calligraphy book Karen owns.

“Most of my images are pre 1923.”

Karen also posts free things for your blog, on a regular basis. Take a look at what she is currently offering.

 

 

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Why keep blogging? April 29, 2010

Filed under: Business advice,Social media tips,Writing — sallyhanan @ 10:23 pm
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You write a blog, but what is your ultimate goal with it? Every journey should have a destination. Here are some more questions to help you on your path.


Why do you write?
Who do you write for (if not just for you)?

If you are writing for others, are you writing:
a) to inspire?
b) to teach?
c) to amuse?
d) to enrich?
e) to provoke thought?

No matter what you want to write for, you need to decide if you will use material from other sources or if you will provide something unique. From what I can gather, most of the popular blogs are the unique ones.

So my last question for you is:
How can you make your blog unique? (Or is it ok to be another blog in blog world that is just like everyone else’s?)

 

 

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Coordinating WordPress.com with Twitter February 7, 2010

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Jonathan B asked me if there was an easy way to link your WordPress blog to Twitter so that anything you blog gets tweeted. There are three main ways to connect your WordPress.com blogs with Twitter.

Display your newest blog posts on your Twitter page
Click on
Dashboard
My blogs
Publicize
to automatically post a link to your Twitter and/or Yahoo accounts.

Add a sidebar box that shows your Twitter updates
A lot of people dislike this feature because they feel their tweets are personal. It’s up to you—people’s tweets will show up on most search engines anyhow.
Click on
Appearance
Widgets
Add Twitter: Display your tweets from Twitter.
The next page will ask you how far down you want the Tweet box to be. Click on where you’d like it, and save to the sidebar.

Add a Follow Me on Twitter button
I visited twitterbuttons to get my HTML code for my button (because WordPress.com only works with HTML. It drive the Java nuts crazy :D). There are oodles of buttons to choose from, so you can switch yours out every week if you want to.
Once you have copied the code, you can add it as a text box in your sidebar.
Click on
Appearance
Widgets
Text: Arbitrary text or HTML
Add
Paste the code into the text box on the next page, say how far down you want the button to be, and save to the sidebar.

Happy tweeting!

 

 

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Add a WordPress app. to your smartphone January 31, 2010

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“Write posts, upload photos, edit pages, and manage comments on your blog using WordPress for iPhone, WordPress for Blackberry, and m.wordpress.com.”

Automattic have upgraded their app. for WordPress. The iPhone or iPod Touch application lets you see and manage WordPress.com blogs. You can delete a post or a page, edit a post, see commentators’ e-mails, and moderate comments.

“Introducing the only iPhone app that lets you write posts, upload photos, edit pages, and manage comments on your blog from your iPhone or iPod touch. With support for both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (2.7 or higher), users of all experience levels can get going in seconds.”

The app is rated 4/5 by users, so if you are fortunate enough to own an iPhone and a WordPress.com blog, I’d recommend downloading this handy-dandy tool.

For those of you without a WordPress blog, sorry, I know nothing outside of WordPress. For those of you without an iPhone (myself included), by the time you’ve saved up for half the cost of one, I hope it’s come down to half the original price. 😀

 

 

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Be prepared for blogging interruptions January 23, 2010

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And down the hill we head for the last challenge on the bloggiesta hosted by Maw Books.

Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves challenges us to come up with ten ideas for future posts. This can be a real life saver down the road. Interruptions to the daily grind happen all the time, and the Girl Scout motto, “Be prepared,” was not a random idea for Lady Baden Powell.

Jenn’s method of storming the brain cells is to draw circles and fill them in with ideas that branch off from older blog posts. Then go a step further and branch off those ideas.

Once that’s done, write up some draft posts so you have the basic ideas developed a little.


And this darling photo is in this post, because when I looked for pics of circles I found this one irresistible. I really don’t like cats, so the rug could be a pleasant substitute under my feet. 🙂

 

 

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Make your blog more impressive January 21, 2010

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We’ve nearly completed the second bloggiesta list of mini challenges, an idea of great genius that helps blogging writers everywhere.

.Get rid of the dead links
“For your challenge, click on this link, and follow the directions in order to make a better blog for your readers.” ~Karin from Karin’s Book Nook

A blog looks much more professional when all the links work. OK, so you didn’t know and you wrote that post two years ago. The thing is, though, people can still find that post, and you don’t want them to leave your site disappointed.
                                     
Encourage yourself
“Find a post or two–or however many–and mentally buff them up. Then? Put them up on a pedestal.” ~ Tempting Persephone

Chelle from Tempting Persephone likes the idea of making your best/favorite work stand out on your site. Hopefully it will encourage you to know what you are capable of on those grouchy days.

Find and give more blogging help
The Bloggie Cult is a discussion board where bloggers can discuss blogging issues, tips and tricks, and get general information.” ~ Kristen from Bookworming in the 21st Century

Kristen (see below) and Kate from Neverending Shelf encourage bloggers to join The Bloggie Cult to maximize the help bloggers can give each other.

Only one more mini challenge to go! 🙂

 

 

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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Copyright your blog posts and speed things up January 17, 2010

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Maw Books’ second Bloggiesta challenge has passed, but I approve wholeheartedly of the slow and steady method of starting/finishing the race (mostly because I forgot about it). I encourage you all to complete everything on the challenge list because it just makes sense.

Danielle from There’s a Book challenges us to create a blogging cheat sheet.
This list could include:
URLs you use repeatedly,
blog post templates,
links to royalty-free photos,
author interview templates,
book review templates.
                                                                                                                   
A great idea, posted by some of Pam’s readers, was to put the completed cheat sheet into Google documents so it could be accessed it from anywhere. Danielle has posted her mock sheet here.

Pam from Bookalicio.us helps everyone to keep ahead of copyright issues by giving advice in how to:
update the homepage,
pay the fee for copyright registration,
check to see if people are posting your work as their own,
add an automatic copyright to your feeds.

Pam also suggests a WordPress plugin to help your SEO.

I used a different widget that works with WordPress.com. I’ve added it to my cheat template, and you can check it out at the bottom of this post.

Comment here when you have completed both mini-challenges so I can give you a high five. 🙂

Sally

P.S. Don’t forget to keep posting your five comments a day on other blogs.

 

 

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