Feature Friday: Organizing Your Email

Organize Your Email via Kate Eschbach Photography

My email in-box is a nightmare. Currently, there are more than 200 messages sitting there. Waiting to be taken care of. Cluttering my life. Weighing me down. When Kate messaged me and told me that she had an email organizing system she'd like to share as part of our blogger advice series I jumped right on it. And Kate should know...She's a blogger, a photographer and an ETSY shop owner. How to Organize Your Email - Kate Eschbach I use my email inbox as my to-do list. That means I have to keep my email inbox clean, current and organized. I like to keep my email between 20 and 40 … [Read more...]

Feature Friday: How to Prepare for a Blog Conference

The V Spot Blog

  A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we would be starting a new blogger advice column. The series will run every Friday. This week, Vivienne from the V Spot is sharing how you can own your happiness (also called, how to prepare for a blog conference).   I'm really getting excited for SNAP! Conference!  I loved my experience last year, and I am soooo looking forward to it again this year.  I know the organizers are working hard to get ready... they're attending to every detail, both big and small, and trying to plan for every possible contingency to make it a great … [Read more...]

How to Install a WordPress Pinterest Plugin

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Happy Tuesday SNAP readers! I'm excited to start our 2013 Wordpress posts talking about plugins. I thought I would change it up a little and do a video tutorial showing you how to install a plugin and specifically how to set up a Pinterest plugin that will showcase your most recent pins on your sidebar. But first, for those that don't know, what is a plugin? Wordpress' site defines a plugin as "... tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs." There are TONS of plugins out there, … [Read more...]

Feature Friday: Blogging tips, tricks and advice

Blogging tips and tricks

One of the things that I love most about blogging is that there really are no rules. There's no step-by-step formula, no "one way" to success. Despite all that, there are still best practices and it's important to seek information from those who've "been there." I frequently share blogging tips, tricks and tutorials on SNAP! Many of the tutorials you will find here are based on my experience. Beginning next week, in addition to my regular commentary, you will find blogging advice from a variety of other bloggers each Friday.   You will find that not every post will fit, but … [Read more...]

Setting Blog Goals

Blogging Goals

I love this time of year. It's one of the few times where the world around me quiets down enough that I actually have time to sit and think. Reflect. It's also a time to look forward and plan for the future. I am a list maker so a lot of my reflection and planning ends up in list form—perfect for posting next to my desk for inspiration. I am glad I've kept it handy, because even though it's been a crazy-wonderful year,  I feel like I have really worked on the goals I set for myself. Of course I didn't accomplish every single one perfectly, but as Hemingway says, "...it's the journey that … [Read more...]

How to Customize Your Blogger Background with 5 Freebies!

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Hey there! I hope everyone is enjoying this fresh start in 2013! I am sure many of you, like me, made a few resolutions for growing and improving your blog! If any of those resolutions include goals for your blog design or branding then you are going to love what I have in store today! A really simple way to give you blog a new look, for a new year! First I am going to show you how to customize your blogger background. Then I have a few freebies for you! To Upload a New Background in Blogger :: 1. Go to your Blogger Dashboard 2. Click on "Template" on the left hand side. Then click on … [Read more...]

How To Truncate Posts in Blogger

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A few weeks ago Amy showed us a tutorial on How to Truncate Posts in Wordpress. Today I want to show you how to do the same thing in Blogger. The process is very similar but I want to go over a few Blogger specific things with you. And if you are wondering what Truncating a Post is, take a look at Amy's post. She did an awesome job explaining truncating and the reasons why you would want to do this. Truncated Posts in Blogger look like this >>> First you compose your whole post just like normal. Then take a look at it and decide where you want to insert the "Read More" … [Read more...]

How to Create a Navigation Bar in WordPress

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Hello SNAP! readers! Are you ready for another fun Wordpress tutorial? Today I'm going to show you how to create a navigation bar using Wordpress menus and how to set up dropdowns for that navigation bar. On the left side of your dashboard hover over "Appearance" and choose the "Menus" option. Your screen will now look something like this: Enter a name for your navigation bar in that box and click "Create Menu." Once you do this the left side options will become active. You use these options to create each individual navigation link. You can add custom links linking to external … [Read more...]

How To Make an Image Slider in Blogger

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Today we are going to learn how to do something really fun! Wordpress users have the options to install plugins and create featured images slides show on their blog. This is not a standard widget that is available as a Blogger user, BUT today I am going to show you how to make an image slider in Blogger. * The original code I am going to show you to make this can be found at Helper Blogger.* How to make an Image Slider in Blogger #1. The first step is to actually create the slides that you want in your image slider. Choose a size and make 3-5 slides all the same dimensions. In the … [Read more...]

How to Schedule Pins on Pinterest

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Last week when I posted how to schedule posts on Facebook, I mentioned that I schedule content on a variety of channels. It saves me! Today I am going to share how to schedule pins on Pinterest. I am looking forward to the day that Pinterest offers an internal scheduling option, but in the meantime I am using an app called Pingraphy. You can sign up for a Pingraphy account without fees, an invitation, or any waiting at all. You simply need the email address and password that you use on your Pinterest account. It's super simple to install the app on your computer. All you … [Read more...]