After blogging using WordPress for over a year, I would like to share with you some techniques. I have learned a lot about smart devices and their associated apps. My other area of blogging has been about PCs, software, and the Windows 10 operating system. Although this has been a no profit adventure, I hope it has been a help to you. I can make a “profit” by your donation of any amount; just access my Donate page.
I have a template that I follow for each post in regards to placement of text, images, and WordPress features. I use lots of “white space”, via the WordPress Spacer feature as well as color coded headings and sub headings.
This is for blogs using WordPress
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The Blog Style and Introduction
To engage the reader, you, I write in conversational style so you are reading, say, a book. I use personal pronouns like “you” or “your”. To grab your interest, the title of the post provides a summary of the blog. Instead of a title like “Add a Widget”, I would use a title “How to Add a Widget On iPhone in iOS 14”, a more descriptive title to engage you to read the post.
After developing the main introductory paragraph, I copy the paragraph to the Post Excerpt block.
Use of Tweet
At the beginning and ending of the post, I use the Click to Tweet feature of WordPress. I add the Twitter feature at the end so you can see how your Tweet will be displayed. If you find the post helpful, I am wanting you to share about the post.
Using Images and Sotware Tools
For images or screen-grabs, from an iPhone, I use the PC based WinX MediaTrans (click here) software to export photos to its directory. Refer to below image:
Then, I move or copy the images to the Techsmith Snagit (click here) directory; another application I use to resize, stack, annotate, capture the cursor, or blur an image. (Techsmith also has create/edit video software called Camtasia). See below image:
For Windows images, I only need the Snagit software. Both applications are feature rich and well worth the investment for blogging or other purposes..
Finally, I upload the images to WordPress Media library. To aid you, I caption each screenshot. I always refer you to the following image after describing the screen-grab. I have found it annoying on other blog posts not knowing what descriptive text goes with an image.
Using Copy and Paste for Resuable Blocks
Instead of using WordPress Reusable Block feature, I use the built-in “copy and paste” feature of Windows 10. I have each reusable block of text “pinned” to easily paste using Windows+V command to my blog without using WordPress; it’s faster and more efficient. You can have up to 25 entries “pinned” (or unpinned) in the “copy and paste” function of Windows 10. See following image:
A caveat, if you use special characters (such as emphasized letters or words) in a “pinned” item, you have to manually edit these out using WordPress Edit as HTML feature.
In closing, I usually have a one sentence summary of the post.
At the very end of a post, I use the WordPress Embed feature to promote my Kindle formatted e-book available on Amazon about a Vietnam war battle I was in.
That’s it. I am sure some of these WordPress techniques can be of benefit on your next blog post. Happy blogging!
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