Three Resources for Learning HTML and CSS

Resources for Learning HTML and CSS If you’re unfamiliar with HTML, there are three resources for learning that are free and hard to beat. The first is the WW3 School — which is where I learned to code in 1991. It is still a great resource. CodeAcademy is a bit more sophisticated — and it’s… Read More

Coding in the Wind: Tweaking Themes with CSS

As I see it, I have two choices: go out and hire my own website designer or learn enough to do it myself. Luckily, do it yourself web design isn’t all that difficult or expensive. Learning how to tweak existing themes using CSS is kind of fun. ūüôā Here’s another bit on learning how to… Read More

Creating a Custom “Quote” Post Format with CSS

Does your theme provide for different types of post formats?¬† Many do–but often while the formats are¬†supported,¬†the theme may not provide any special “mark up” or “styling”¬†for them.¬†¬† Here’s how we can use a little custom CSS (cascading style sheet) code to create a cool “quote” post format. Note: support of custom cascading style sheets… Read More

Can Better Tagging Build Audiences?

My tagging strategy needs a tune-up!¬† Does yours?¬† Here’s a roundup of tips and information about using tags in blogs to build traffic and find the right audiences. In my future “restart” of my blog (the Daily Prompt word of the day!),¬† I’ll be creating a new design that makes much better use of tags… Read More

Redesigning a Blog: Some thoughts

Redesigning an existing blog is a torment. Contrary to popular belief, the Chinese character for crisis is NOT the sign for “danger” and “opportunity” somehow placed together. The Chinese actually means a time of change, a dangerous moment. So to does blog re-design constitute a dangerous moment in the future of the blog.¬† ¬†Here are… Read More

Imagination and Niche Building

Developing a blog requires imagination about a topic;¬† creating a strategy to build a business out of a blog requires imagination plus: research, community engagement, developing, testing and tuning the original idea — and on and on.¬† Blogging as a business requires us to “build” our niche and like a house, or a boat, it… Read More

Creating a Hidden Image for Pinterest

One of the most important features in getting pins, besides rich pins, in a “vertical Pinterest image.”¬† ¬†Many bloggers are stuffing a big, long image at the bottom of their posts so that they’ll have such an image, readily available. It looks —kind of ugly, at best.¬† Here’s how to insert that vertical pin into… Read More

Fun with WordPress Shortcodes

Have you ever heard of shortcodes? WordPress supports many of these shortcut codey-things that work sort of like HTML. Mostly they’re used in WordPress templates but there are some that anyone can use! Yes, some of them even in your free blog. What are WordPress.com Shortcodes? These are snippets of code that are specific to… Read More

Using the “Black” WP Admin Editor

There are two different dashboards (and editors) available in WordPress:¬† the default “blue” one and the advanced “black” one. If you’ve been using the blue for awhile, switching to the black one has a bit of a learning curve.¬† When you move up to the Business plan, you may find you need to use the… Read More

The Snowflake Method in Planning Blog Content

When we first start a blog, we can easily get caught up in over-planning.¬† This can create writer’s block, anxiety, and nifty way to procrastinate actually writing blog content.¬†My method is a combination of Randy Ingermanson’s “snowflake” method and my own home-made process of creating a loose structure for planning blog content.¬† Read More