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3 Blog Tips for #en3177 & Other Bloggers

Today during class, we were told that we need to step up our game.  Granted, Professor Morgan used my blog as an example of somethings you can with your blog – I don’t know how I feel about this because of the stuff I learned how to do was from my mass comm classes – such as headings and what not.  I figured then I would share the love – and blog tips – with my classmates and other people.

YouTube Videos in a Post

We looked at a blog post today in class that had two links for YouTube videos.  All though the links that bring you to the YouTube website, you can YouTube Videos showed in a blog post.  What you have to do is either copy or cut the URL from the URL bar and put it into the blog.  Then what you do is put these around the URL: [ ].  By doing so, it will look something like this when you’re editing your post: [YouTube Video URL here].  Once your publish or preview the blog post, you should see the YouTube video.

For more information, check out the WordPress Support for YouTube.

Tweets in a Post

All though Professor Morgan did not talk about inserting tweets into a post, I still think it’s kinda fun to do.  Basically, what you have to do is click on the date on the bottom left corner of the tweet (depending on the tweet, it might be minutes or hours since the tweet was posted) and the individual tweet will appear in an individual window.  Then what you will want to do is copy the URL again and post it into the edit area of the blog.  It will have to be in its own line of text.

Prior to publishing to the world, you will want to preview it.  Once you do, the tweet should appear as it did in the separate window.  If it didn’t, go back to the window that has the blog post that you are working on.  In the upper righthand corner, you’ll see the words “Visual” and “HTML” and you will want to pick the HTML one.  Once you do that, you will want to go to the start of the line of the URL and hit the delete button two times then hit the return/enter button two times.  This should fix the problem.

For more information, please check out the Blackbird Pie WordPress Support page.

Twitter Widget

For this one – as well as other widgets – you’ll find them under the “Appearance” under the left side of your blog dashboard link.  The second from the top says “Widgets” and you’ll magically find several different Widgets.  As you scroll down the page, you’ll see a Twitter Widget called – oddly enough – Twitter.  What you’ll have to do is click on it, hold down the mouse, and drag the widget over to the Sidebar.  Then you can determine how many tweets you want people to see.

If you need more in-depth help, check out the Twitter Widget Support Page.

For those of you who need more tips, simply search the WordPress Support Page or Just Effing Google It.

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  1. January 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks for that information by the way. I’ve never really been good at doing blogs or anything like this ever… I’m not a technologically advanced person so this actually helped me out.Thank you!

    • Joe Vito Moubry
      January 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      No problem. I figured since Morgan wants us to put more into our posts, then I might as well share a few tips that I know. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me before or after class.

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