Posted in Blogging Basics

Posting an Image

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You have chosen your online hosting site and have added social media outlets to your blog. Now let’s start discussing how to post interesting or awesome blogs. I am a ‘virgin blogger’ and learning myself but one of the most important things I have learned right away is to use images in each and every post.

Pictures or images are VERY important when getting an audience to check out your blog. A picture enhances your writing and makes people want to read your blog. The pic used in this blog is my own personal pic that I took of a rose. Awesome pic isn’t it?

In WordPress when you upload the image into the post, you can click on the image and add your info to link to your website only. This means that the image is only associated with your website and can be tracked as such. This is great for bloggers who like Pinterest.

Why add an image to each of your blog posting?

1.  Images strengthen your blog posting.

Every blogger wants their content to be memorable. Posting an image with your post helps keep this memorable experience in the reader’s mind. Which will make the reader return for future blog postings. This is the most important aspect since you cannot create a following if your blogs are forgettable.

2.  Images help in Search Engine Optimization or SEO standings.

All bloggers want great SEO standings with Google. Images help with these standings by linking the picture to your specific site. This makes your blog easier to find in Google search. All bloggers want to be easily found in Google; am I right or am I RIGHT?

Things to remember when using images that you find online.

Always give credit to the picture where you found the image. WordPress has Zemanta which is always bringing up links and images that you can use as reference in the post. By simply clicking on the image in Zemanta the credit is already added and put into the post. This is another reason I chose WordPress for my blogging home, they simply make everything easy.

Do not use an image that could potentially offend someone. The reason for this is self-explanatory. If you offend someone because you posted an image he or she finds offensive then they may stop following your blog or never visit your blog again. It is really important that your images be as neutral as possible.

Make sure the image fits the blog. What this means is if you’re posting about travel, ensure the image is related to traveling. If the blog is health related, ensure the image is health related.  I think you get the point on this one.

Links to “License Free” Image Use:

http://www.morguefile.com/

http://www.sxc.hu/

http://john.do/images/

Posted in Blogging Basics

Social Media and Blogging

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Social media and blogging are like a great cup of coffee with added cream. They just blend well, especially if you know how much cream you need to begin with. Now add some ‘sugar’ (tags) and you have a ‘sweet’ new way to find your website. If you haven’t done so already, you will need to create social media accounts for your new blog using Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Of course, this is just a start to effectively marketing your new website.

Social Media sites are very important in growing your blog and establishing a following. Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are the three that you need in the beginning. After you learn to use these media sites then you start to broaden your horizon to other networking sites like Google+, Tumblr, Stumbleupon, Digg, and Reddit. There are others but they are not as popular as what I call ‘the big three’.

Here are the big three links:

https://www.facebook.com/

https://www.twitter.com/

https://www.pinterest.com/

Additionally, there is a  WordPress tool called the WordPress Reader. When you first sign up using WordPress as your hosting site, WordPress helps you to set this up and to start seeking out other blogging/blogger sites. Commenting and ‘liking’ other blog postings is a great way to gain followers. This is why I chose WordPress as my website home because they provide a lot of the tools to help you grow your website. Plus, WordPress makes everything easy to navigate using the control panel.

Now go create your online social presence and make sure you link them to your blog and your blog to the social media outlets. I have added 4 links for you to check out for additional info.

http://heidicohen.com/how-to-promote-your-blog-using-social-media/

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/pinterest-contributor-boards/

http://heidicohen.com/25-tactics-to-promote-your-blog-via-facebook-and-twitter/

http://heidicohen.com/twitter-hashtag-following/

Posted in Blogging Basics

First Things First! A Blogging Site to Call Home

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Have you ever wanted to blog? I did! Do you want to be a successful blogger? I know I do! Do you want to drive more traffic to your site? I do I do! Do you want to write useful and effective content? I know I do! LOL This new thread is going to be a series of simple and easy blogging advice for any “virgin” blogger; myself included.

Deciding on a Blogging Site to Call Home:

The absolute first thing a new blogger has to decide on is a good hosting site. There are many good sites to choose from. When I first started seeking a blogging site to call “home sweet home” I went to these sites:

http://Wordpress.com

http://tumblr.com

http://blogger.com

http://weebly.com

http://hubpages.com

I ultimately decided on WordPress as everything was easy to navigate and use.  But what works for one blogger may not for another. So check out each of the sites and create a user ID/password and see what they have to offer. There is no charge to do this until you want to buy the .com. Play around with names for your .com and the website templates to see if any fit what you had in mind for your blog. Also check out how much it will cost to buy your .com/hosting per year.

There is no need to pay for any of the hosting/.com until your blog is established. This could take a awhile so be patient. An established website has no less than 20 plus posts along with many followers. Once you have decided on a website/hosting its time to think about how your going to “get the word out” about your new blog.

Happy Blogging!  🙂

Posted in Healthy Living, Rants

Are You Kidding Me?

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What is up with people blogging about restricted diets? I mean seriously how can you live like that? Do you not realize that at some point you are going to “break” and just eat anything and everything that is unhealthy for you anyway? Read on for the rest of this Healthy Living rant! Oh and I have a “Bonus Rant” too! LOL

I was going through some suggested blog sites here on WordPress and two sites came up immediately. I am clicking on them thinking they would have some excellent advise on eating healthy. Instead I get these pics of what they ate on certain days. Some of these pics looked liked vomit on a plate or in a cup (smoothie) and on this peticular day that “vomit” was their treat.  Ugh! Are you kidding me? The highlight of the week for this blogger was using a carrot shredding sprial machine LOL to be added to some sort of bare assed salad that wouldn’t feed a mouse in China. I’m sorry but that wasn’t very appetizing, it was more like starvation. You know this blogger at some point is sneaking in a candy bar or over indulging in chocolate whipped creme in the coat closet. Ha!

I will be the first to admit that I do not always eat the healthiest but at least I enjoy my food and not restrict myself to the point that I would eat anything in abundance. I believe this is important as I have already proven that an individual can eat WHATEVER they want; it’s all about portion control. I have lost additional weight now by changing my eating habits to reflect smaller portions. I still enjoy chocolate cake, brownies and cookies when I desire them; I just eat smaller portions. So I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want to restrict themselves so much so that one cannot even enjoy a decent lunch or dinner. Don’t even get me started on the “desert” they had from a greek restaurant; to which the blogger replied, “It was too good to eat more than two bites”. Really? Why not no bites? I mean wouldn’t that be the healthiest? (rolling eyes) If I was at a gourmet restaurant in Greece, I would surely enjoy the foods presented to me. Oh and that desert was so little it would not even fit in the palm of my hand. GEEZ!

Bonus Rant! LOL

Europeans (the blogger was European) think American’s are over-indulgent and spoiled. They believe American’s are rude, obnoxious, and loud. They believe we are overweight as a nation because of our lifestyle in eating fast food. Well, they are right about fast food. In their countries there is not an abundance of fast food restaurants as there is in America. Personally, I rarely eat out because I know how bad the food really is, but you won’t see me bad mouthing them. No, in fact I would say kudos’ to them for having a thinner population. But this blogger was extreme to the point that I had to click off the page. To me THAT was insulting.

Since 11/12 to current: I have lost 39 lbs by eating smaller portions of food.

I have lost inches (I don’t measure so I can’t be exact- but its 2 pant sizes)

I sleep so good that I actually feel refreshed in the morning.

Oh, and I don’t hardly exercise either.  I simply hate to exercise!

Bottom line: I think Europeans are rude, obnoxious and spoiled. I also believe they are jealous American gas is cheaper per GALLON then the price of their pathetic liters. This just means I have more $$$ in my pocket to buy me a gourmet cupcake when I want. So there! LOL

Rants complete!