Setting Blog Goals

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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...]

How to Schedule Facebook Posts

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If you stop by often you probably know that in addition to blogging and running SNAP! Conference, I work full-time in public relations and social media. As a result, I have to be extra efficient in terms of how I spend my time online. I rely heavily on applications that help me to schedule posts on various social networks. I used to schedule everything via Hootsuite until I found out that Facebook dings posts uploaded by a third party application. I was super excited this last year when Facebook launched their scheduling feature. It works great! How to Schedule Facebook Posts 1. … [Read more...]

How to Truncate Posts in WordPress

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Hello SNAP readers! I'm excited to be back with another tutorial for WordPress. Today we are going to talk about how to truncate your posts in WordPress... What is Truncating? What does truncating mean? Basically it means to shorten something. So in our case, it would be to shorten a post. Most of the time this is on a home or archive page, with a link for the reader to "read more." Why Truncate? Truncating is valuable for several reasons: Your readers don't have to scroll through long posts they are not as interested in. It gives the page a clean, organized and professional … [Read more...]

Five Tips for a Successful Blog

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend Sewing Summit, a sewing conference in Salt Lake City, run by my friend Erin.  I had such a lovely time, I neglected to take a single photo, but I thought I would share a few take aways, along with my presentation - Tips for a Successful Blog. I learn something at EVERY conference I attend and Sewing Summit was no exception. I could write several posts, but I am just going to cover a few fun highlights for now... When attending a conference, stay at the event hotel. Sure, staying at home helps keep things affordable, but you miss out on … [Read more...]

Blogger: Add ‘Related Post Thumbnails’ After Your Posts

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I don't know about you but occasionally I stumble across a new blog and then 20 mins later suddenly realize that I have somehow gotten lost in the bloggers archives, pouring over post after post.... all due to those amazing little 'Related Post' Thumbnails at the bottom of their posts. Related Post Thumbnails. They get me every time! Today I am going to show you how to add 'Related Post Thumbnails' after your blog posts on Blogger. It is really simple any only takes about 2 mins. First you will need to head over to Linkwithin. Their page looks like this >>> Scroll down a tiny … [Read more...]