MSUAA Evening College Blogging 101

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Class 5 and 6 Notes

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Here are some notes from our last couple of classes. We covered using Feedburner to customize your RSS feed, social media, and other blogging tips/resources.

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October 29, 2012 at 12:34 am

Class 4: How to Add a YouTube Video to a Blog Post

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Adding a YouTube video to a blog post in WordPress is quite simple, and who doesn’t love kitten videos? There are three ways to add YouTube Videos. Let’s look at the Easy Way first.

There are other video services out there, and these methods should work for them too, including Vimeo as I showed in class.

You cannot upload your personal video clips directly to wordpress.com with the free account. You either need to buy the VideoPress upgrade, or consider using self-hosted WordPress from wordpress.org. You can always upload your own videos to YouTube (or Vimeo) and simply use the methods below to include them in a blog post.

Adding a Video, The Easy Way (Copy and Paste!)

1. Copy the URL of the video on YouTube.

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Image 1. Copy the URL of the video.

Just click on the URL in the address bar and copy the link, [Image 1:1] (you may have to highlight the link by dragging the cursor). The keyboard shortcut is CTRL + C (Command + C on a Mac), or go to Edit > Copy in your browser menu.

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October 16, 2012 at 12:20 am

Class 4: Video Link For Adding a Video

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Here is the link to use for when we work on adding a video to a post in class.

Link! –> [copy this link by right clicking and selecting Copy Link Location]

Daniel J. Hogan teaches Blogging 101 for the MSU Alumni Association Evening College. He draws comics and writes humor on clattertron.com. Follow him on Twitter, @danieljhogan.

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October 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm

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Watch My Video About Logging in and Creating a Post

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I used Camtasia by TechSmith to create a screencast of logging in to WordPress.com and creating a post. I will try to make more for future lessons if I can. This should help those who need a refresher on the process.

I tried to embed the video here, but it looks like WordPress.com doesn’t like non-YouTube embed code. The video is embeded on my website and on Screencast.com.

UPDATE: click the image below to watch the video (it will redirect you to screencast.com)

screencast

If you cannot watch the video, you may need to update Flash or your browser.

Daniel J. Hogan teaches Blogging 101 for the MSU Alumni Association Evening College. He draws comics and writes humor on clattertron.com. Follow him on Twitter, @danieljhogan.

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October 15, 2012 at 12:20 am

Remember: Click on ‘Log In,’ Not ‘Get Started’ on WordPress.com

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When you go to log in on wordpress.com, don’t click on Get Started. Yes, that is a bit misleading, but that is how things are.

wordpress help

Clicking on Get Started takes you to where you sign up for WordPress. You already have an account, so just log in.

Daniel J. Hogan teaches Blogging 101 for the MSU Alumni Association Evening College. He draws comics and writes humor on clattertron.com. Follow him on Twitter, @danieljhogan.

 

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October 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

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Class 3: How to Add an Image to a Blog Post

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Adding an image to a blog post is a great way to spice it up and to illustrate what you are talking about. Plus, everyone loves photos of cute animals.

The way you insert an image is rather simple, like everything in WordPress it just takes a few clicks of the mouse. But, there are a few things to remember before you click Upload (see bottom of the post).

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October 8, 2012 at 12:59 am

Class 3: Photos for Adding a Photo Assignment

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Here are two versions of the photo we will use in class for the Adding a Photo portion.

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October 8, 2012 at 12:40 am

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