Noobie Do-Bee Do’s: WordPress Tips (rev. 01/16)


Whether noobie feeling lost,
Or blogger with some cred,
You’ll prob’ly find a tidbit here,
To make you glad you read.
 
Twins With Do-Bee Dont-Bee Signs
 
First visit?  Skip the Table to start reading.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS (Clickable)

I. ESSENTIALS

  • 1. Where’s the Snow?
  • 2. Naming Your Blog

  • II. WHAT AM DIS?

  • 1. Tags Vs. Categories
  • 2. Widgets

  • III WARNINGS

  • 1. Add Blank Spaces or Lines
  • 2. Theme Change Gotcha
  • 3. Beware the Visual Vs. Text Editor
  • 4. Consider Downloading Images
  • 5. Keep Image Sizes Small
  • 6. Dropped Follows: WP Is Out To Get You

    IV. HOW TO…

  • 1. Get Help: WP Is Out to Help You
  • 2. Use Smilies
  • 3. Cut Down YouTube Distractions
  • 4. Add Sound to Your Free Blog
  • 5. Add Graceful Links Inside Comments
  • 6. Add Links to Jump INSIDE Posts
  • 7. Access the Old Dashboard & Editor

  • V. MAKE READERS HAPPY

  • 1. Open With a Bang
  • 2. Feature an Image
  • 3. Use a Large Font
  • 4. Shorten EVERYthing
  • 5. Bold Your Captions

  • VI. PLAY NICE WITH BLOGGERS

  • 1. Credit Your Pics
  • 2. Follow and Like
  • 3. Dont Self-Link Too Soon

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    READY, NEWBIE?
     

    Excited Newbie Boy At Laptop

    I LIKE Your Attitude!


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    Where’s the Snow?
     
    After “never post a post as long as this one”, this is the second most important WordPress blogging factoid to learn, Grasshopper: At Christmas-etc. time, everyone around you will have snow falling on their blog and you won’t know how they did it.
    The Ant and the Grasshopper In Winter With Navy Sky

    “Go to SETTINGS–> General–That’s how.”


     
    (You won’t see the button there NOW, but it will be there in season. Trust me.)
     
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    Name Your Blog Unlike Anything Else You Can Google
     
    Most of you are saying “Duh”, but for the rest of you:
     
    You want people to find your blog, and only your blog, when they search for it, don’t you? Dummy here didn’t think about this when I named MY blog. “The Last Half”. The last half of what? Of everything that exists, apparently. Google it, and you’ll see. You’ll see everything—except my blog.
    😦
    At least folks can find it by Outlier Babe–whew!
     
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    Tags Vs. Categories
     
    Tags are google search terms. They don’t have to be single words. If someone googles “wee green turtles”, and one of my posts has the tag “small olive turtles”, I have a tiny chance of a hit. If the post also talks about itty-bitty emerald turtles, and teensy chartreuse turtles, I have an even better chance.
     
    Do not use more than…oh, ten tags (I stop at twelve, max. The newer Editor wisely forces you to stop there.). Fewer may be even better. Google’s googlyfier [web crawler] will say “Aren’t YOU the greedy piggy?”, and refuse to give you ANY search hit candy.
    Greed With Dolls
     
    Tags + Categories MUST = 15 or Less
     
    Don’t forget, Grasshopper!
    WordPress will let you create a post with more, but it won’t show up in the Reader, and your surplus may also affect how much search hit candy you (don’t) get.
     
    Categories exist ONLY to group posts by topic.
     
    You simply choose Category menu styles: Vertical or horizontal. The top menu on my blog–that’s The Last Half, in case you’ve already forgotten the name
    😥
    –is a horizontal category menu.
     
    Vertical category menus look like the menus in my sidebar, except they list your categories. And they’re not so wordy!
     
    When a reader picks a category menu choice from either menu style, all the posts in that category are displayed.
     
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    Widgets
     
    Outside computing, the word widget means “any thingamajig that does something”. In computing, a widget is a small bit of software that does a small bit of something well.

    Software widgets are like Legos: You attach the pieces you want–windows, wheels, gearshifts, or Lego sharks (one can never have enough Lego sharks–especially on spacecraft) to make the Lego masterpiece you’re building.
     
    Your WordPress blog starts as a blank screen with whatever background color and header style you chose. That’s pretty much it. You can start posting posts and they’ll show up, but…

    If you want a menu? That’s a menu widget. If you want a text box to tell people your stuff is copyrighted? That’s a text widget.
     
    WARNING!! DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!

    Not all WordPress themes (the “look” you choose for your blog) give you the same number of places to put widgets. You may suddenly find you can’t use windows, or gearshifts, or (horrors!) even one Lego Space Shark!!
     

    This slideshow requires JavaScript.


     
    You’ve run out of space.
    😀
     
    For this reason, beginners should always choose a theme with at least one sidebar (what we call a “column” outside of WordPress), since sidebars are usually where we WP folk put widgets (you can also put them in some footers).

    You do what YOU want, though–NOOBIE.
     

    Anita Bryant Day Without Sunshine

    A Theme Without a Sidebar Is Like a Day Without This Gay Bird’s Happiness


     
    What Do All The Widget Types Mean?
     
    I’m just going over a handful. You can poke around and explore others on your own, or read the WordPress folks’ explanations.
     
    Follow Button/Follow Blog
     
    Pick one or both of these, but don’t forget at least one–don’t you WANT to be followed?
     
    Custom Menu-Ignore “Custom”.  Think “Menu”.  This lets you add a menu you’ve created. And then another one, and another, by dragging over this widget again. My homepage is a big crowded mess full of these, isn’t it? Do you see them in my sidebar?
     
    Menus are a snap in WordPress and can be a mix of your own posts together with links to anything else on the web–cooool.
    (You can also build menus yourself with html commands, but you don’t want to think about those right now, Noobie, do you?)
    Snow White Backing Away Gif
     
    Image–The Image widget lets you add one picture you like to a sidebar or footer. And then another and another, as many times as you like. See my wee turtles? That’s how they got there.
     
    You have to know the URL for the image. If it’s on the web, no problem. But if you read my WARNING section, you know I don’t like to use images straight from the web, in case they get deleted.
     
    “But, Babe: If I download the image to my own drive–how do I get a URL for it? My tablet/notepad/laptop/PC doesn’t have a URL!”
     
    Excellent question, Grasshopper. You then upload it again, to WordPress, to your “Media Library”–the place things go to and come from when you “Upload Image” while writing posts. Then, you can get its WordPress URL from there. This WordPress Support piece will tell you how in detail, but basically:
     
    – Go to your Dashboard
    – Run your cursor down until you find “Media Library”
    – Upload the image from the place you saved it.
    – Look for the Media Library line labelled URL.
    – Copy that line.
    – When you’re adding an image widget to your blog’s sidebar,
    paste that copied Media Library URL to use as the image widget URL.

     
    You’re in business!
     
    Text-Lets you add one word or a block of text, with or without a title. Just like with “Image”, you can click and drag over and over to add text blurbs all over your sidebar(s) and/or footer(s). Handy for permanent stuff, like the Testimonials I display proudly in my sidebar at the top. Handy for temporary notes, too:
     
    “Happy Holidays, Y’All! I’m away hunting Rudolph–Wish me luck! Enjoy the pretty snow falling while I’m gone :)”
     
    Dead Rudolph By Moonlight
     
    Search–Sticks a Search box on the page so your readers can look up posts using a word or two. You should add this somewhere near the top of your First (or Second) Sidebar.
     
    Recent Posts, Top Posts–These show a list of what they say they will. Always good to display more post titles for your readers to click on!
    🙂
     
    Tags–Shows all your tags in a big jumble. Lets readers find posts by clicking on one of them. Looks like a big creepy mess to me, but some people apparently like it. The more times your posts have used a tag, the bigger that tag looks in the creepy mess.
     
    Deleting Vs. Inactivating Widgets
     
    Don’t want a widget to show any more? Delete it. But: If you have a holiday greeting in a Text widget, you might want to re-use it next year. You can drag it to the Inactive section of the Appearance>Widgets page. Next year, drag it back to turn it on again. Neat, huh?
     
    I’m sure you’ll come up with other uses. I haven’t. My Inactive area is like garage tool benches: “I just know I’m going to use that weird 5/8″ spade bit again…”
     
    One Eternity Later Words
     
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    Beware the “Visual” Vs. “Text” Editor
     
    “Visual”? “Text”? Can you not see them both? Are they not both written with text? Whatever, WordPress Overlords…
     
    Even if you know you’re never-ever going to use any of that scary html mumbo-jumbo (commands that start and end with < and >), you are.
     
    If you use the Non-Html (Visual) editor sometimes and the Html (Text) editor other times, you are going be be one sad blogger, because WordPress has an undocumented feature
    Red Pointy-Nosed Bug Cartoon where when you switch over from one to the other, your post content is corrupted–a bit or a bunch.
     
    Don’t be sad, be glad! For you were saved by this warning.
    😀
     
    You CAN start off all posts in Visual (Non-Html) mode. If you don’t need to add any html commands, that works. But once you leave the “Visual” track, you should never go back.
     
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    Consider Downloading Your Images
     
    You’ve been blogging a while. Everything’s goin’ great. You go back to re-read your earlier posts, and
    o_O
    Whaat?! What happened to your images?
    Broken Link
    Someone deleted ’em off the web, that’s what happened. That’s why, instead of Uploading Image directly from web versions, I save images to my own drive first. Then, I upload from my copies.
     
    1. Click or touch the image and choose “Save image”.
    2. Choose the directory you want to save it to.
    3. When you’re Uploading the image for your blog post, get it from the place you saved it.

     
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    Make Images Look Large, Be Small
     
    You know: Like the opposite of the joke about how to catch an elephant with a glass, a pair of binoculars, and tweezers.
     
    You don’t know that joke? You’re kidding! Why that joke’s so old, the first time I heard it, I fell off my dinosaur laughing! What? You never heard that, either? Jeez! Did you skip childhood altogether?
     
    Here we go:
     
    1951 Boys Life Alligator-Elephant Joke With Tweezers

    Those 1951 Boy Scouts Were Confused: This Boy’s Life Talks About An Alligator!


     
    WordPress takes forever to load huge images (for those with slower connections). Time and readers wait for no blog. Make sure your images aren’t taking over the world.
     
    Brain Flag
     
    This matters more if you use a bunch of images in each post. If only one or two, not a big deal.
     
    I use plain old Paint to quickly check image size. Unless I think image detail is vital (like a beautiful photograph), I resize down to no more than a sixth of the Paint display. You can also sort your Pictures directory in descending order by size to find any piggies. (Note that animated GIFs, which are large, can’t be shrunken, or their animations will fail.)
     
    The bulk of my images are 75KB or less, except some photos.
     
    1. Click or touch the image and choose “Save image”.
    2. Choose the directory you want to save it to.
    3. Open the image in the place you saved it.
    If the image is huge, make it smaller with a picture editor, and resave it.

    4. When you’re Uploading the image for your blog post, get it from the place you saved it.
     
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    Add Blanks In Captions, Sentences, & Paragraphs
     
    In the text editor, you can force a blank line between paragraphs or a blank space between words or characters if you use this command:
    &nbsp;
     
    Sometimes, blank lines between paragraphs will disappear when your post is displayed on some phones. Your nice, short paragraphs will look like a Faulkner sentence (endless egotistical blathering that would never have been published, much less praised, had the author been female).
     
    No one younger than 30 will bother reading your brilliant writing, except people who actually read Faulkner for fun.
     
    A Pin Drops
     
    You can also tuck one or two &nbsp: commands between words or characters if you want to make certain ones stand out.
     
    Another handy little html comand is <br>, or “break”. Use this one when to make a two-line caption for an image. When adding the words of an image’s caption, insert <br> after the last word of the caption’s first line, before the first word of what you want for its second line. (Make sure the lengths of each line isn’t too long to fit the image display size–just keep Previewing.)
     
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    Theme Change Gotcha
     
    Just a quick note that, when you Preview a Theme you are considering, and it looks marvelous–exactly what you want–be aware that once you commit, and choose that theme, you may not be rewarded with WYSIWYG ( [wizzywig] What You See Is What You Get ). Your sidebars, which looked perfect in the preview, are all bolluxed up, and your header–what happened to THAT? Good grief! What a mess! But it’s too late–you can’t go back–there’s no “Undo” for a theme change.
     
    Don’t panic. Whatever you saw in Preview CAN be done in your new theme, but you will just have to be patient and do it yourself by tweaking the theme’s Appearance parameters. Good luck!
     
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    WordPress Is Out To Get You
     
    WordPress will suddenly drop a blog from the “Blogs I Follow”. You won’t notice for weeks–months! If the blogger knows you, s/he will be getting hurt or angry that you’ve dropped them. Clearly, WordPress is evil.
    👿
     
    Snap a picture of your “Blogs I Follow” list every so often, so you can replace any missing sheep when the WordPress wolf gobbles them up. As you restore sheep, peer closely at the WordPress window and hiss threateningly “Ha! Not THIS time, WordPress!”.
     
    Curses Foiled Again Cat Nerd
     
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    WordPress Is Out To Help You
     
    You have a WordPress question, so you google. If the solution mentions “plug-ins”, it’s for wordpress.ORG folks, not wordpress.COM. Or, some solutions aren’t for we hoi-polloi [regular folk], but only for them moneyed folk who are PAYing for their blogs and have customized tweaks. You can be way down a rabbit hole, thinking you’ve found a solution to your current problem, before you once again slap your forehead between your long, furry ears: “DOH! THIS DOESN’T APPLY TO ME!!”
    😳
    Dumb Bunny Picking Things
    Instead, use the WordPress.com support and forums sites. (But me, I still google, too–carefully.)
     
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    How To Use Smilies
     
    Click this smilie:
    🙂   Don’t go nuts now. And, when you want to use one, start a new line with the smilie. Otherwise, some readers will see the smilie as plain characters instead of a face.
     
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    How to Cut Down on YouTube Distractions
     
    If a Youtube ends by showing other video choices, readers can wander away from your post and blog.
    YouTube Funny Cat Distraction
    You can stop this. You can also start the video somewhere instead of at the beginning, and/or end it before the end.
     
    Instead of using the “vanilla” WordPress Visual or Text Editor method of adding a YouTube, follow the directions given in the WordPress Support post below, but you should read all FIVE of these BEFORE you link over there:
     

  • 1. Go to view the video on Youtube.
  • 2. Click the Share icon.
  • 3. Copy the “shortlink” you see there.
  • 4. Go to this WordPress support link.
  • 5. Skip ahead to the section Embedding With a Shortcode and read from that header on down. That’s got the beginner-ish stuff. Later you can get all fancy.
     
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    How to Add Sound To Your Free WP Blog
     
    Psychedelic Speakers
     
    1. Embed a SoundCloud song or playlist
     
    2. Include a link to a Google Docs MP3 or MP4 Audio File that’s marked as “Shared”. Your reader will see an ugly blank screen with a sound bar, but at least they can play the audio you want them to hear. There’s an example in this post.
     
    3. Link to a Vine or YouTube you’ve made of your finger with a smiley face, dancing to your audio.
     
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    How to Change the the Order of Your Posts
    (And: How to Make A Blog Like a Book!)
     
    This post tells you. Oh!: If you ever post a new post but don’t see it on your blog–where did it go?–search for it in All Posts. WordPress sometimes hiccups and jams a past date into a brand-new post (drove me NUTS debugging this).
     
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    How To Add Graceful Links Inside Comments
     
    Say you want to tell your friend Alfonse “Check out this blog!” and make the word “blog” be a link to the blog. Here’s how you’d do it:
     
    Check out this <a href=”www.cool.wordpress.com">blog</a>!
     
    Notice how I waited until the end to tack on that exclamation mark, instead of putting it right after “blog”. Avoid special characters [punctuation] inside html commands unless they’re part of the command requirements.
     
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    How To Jump Around Inside Posts or Pages
     
    Boy Jumping Over Grass
     
    The WordPress folk explain jumping here, and tell you some really cool things you can do with it. But it took me some time to understand their explanation. I think my wordier one is easier to understand–especially for beginners.
     
    You use a paired set of jump from / jump to html commands:
     
    FROM:
    <a href=" #jump-ID "> click-phrase </a>

    TO :
    <a id=" jump-ID ">.</a>
     
    I’ve put spaces in to make the commands easier to see, but don’t YOU do that. Pick your own jump-ID and click-phrase. Don’t forget that pound sign (#) in front of the jump ID the first time you use it.
     
    Jump IDs can be anything, like “123” or “abc”, but I think it helps if your IDs remind you of where you’re jumping to.
     
    When the user clicks on your blog’s “from” place–the click phrase, or “hypertext”–s/he actually winds up on the line AFTER the one the TO command is located on.
     
    The jump ID matches in both FROM and TO places, except for the # in front on the FROM line.
     
    Here’s a two-jump example:
    Let’s imagine we want to give our readers a choice of two menus, depending upon their gender. (For the moment, imagine a world where there are only two genders. I THINK you’ll forgive me for that, in a moment).
     
    CLICK If You’re a Stud
    or
    CLICK If You’re a Babe
    (If you’re neither, or both, just pick one, or scroll down.)
     
     
      
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    You’re ALL man, He-Man!
    Happy He-Man
    .
    YASSS..SMOKIN HOT, Wonder Woman!
    Sad Wonder Woman
     
    (Do y’all forgive me? Or am I in worse trouble?)
     
    Here is the code for how you would get that done:
     
    <a href="#stud">CLICK If You’re a Stud</a>
    or
    <a href="#babe">CLICK If You’re a Babe</a>

    Your reader gets jumped down to the matching commands here, which you’ve put on the line just ABOVE each bold header over the pictures.
    <a id=”stud">.</a>
    <a id=”babe">.</a>
     
    The usual directions for jumps tell you to put some kind of words, not a period. This is why I use a period instead:
     
    Remember I said that when the reader jumps, they land one line BELOW your jump-to line? I treat that landing place like a blank line. The period is barely visible on its own blank line. I put what I want my reader to see on the line after my jump-TO place.
     
    Look closely:
    The menu at the top of this page was done with these jumps. You can see little underlined periods in front of all the section headers down the page.
    🙂
     
    How To Jump Backward (e.g. To the Page-Top)
     

    “Sisyphus of the Airport Walkway”


     
    The same way you jump forward. Don’t think “up and down”–think FROM and TO.
    Put the TO jump command–no href or hashmark or click words–at the TO spot, such as the very top of the post (or page):
    <a id="top">.</a>
     
    Then, everywhere you want to let the reader click backward TO that spot, put the FROM command of the jump pair–the href/hashmark ID/clickword(s) half:
    <a href="#top">Back to Top</a>
     
    Throughout this post, Back To Menu returns you to the menu section related to the words you just read. I labelled each menu section with its own TO #jump ID. Different FROM lines–using jump IDs for different menu sections–use the same click words: Back to Menu.
     
    See how much I love y’all, that I did all this work for you?
     
    What a Nerd Girl Says With Tie

    “See What an OCD Aspie Nerd She Is, That She Felt Compelled To Do All That Odd and Totally-Unnecessary Work ‘For You’?”


     
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    How to Access the Old Dashboard and Edit Pages
     
    If you’re a newbie, you don’t know that a bunch of us Ancient Ones think that the old version of these were easier to use than the new versions. But don’t broadcast this widely, or the WordPress folk will shut down our secret-y backdoor access:
    I still come to the old to update older posts and for quick tweaks.
    Secret Access Door in Trashcan
     
    Substitute your blog’s name for my fake one “babe.wordpress.com” in the commands below.

    The first URL gets you to the old-style Dashboard, the second to the old-style Text editor:
    (When you use these, you’ll need to add https: in front of each)

    //babe.wordpress.com/wp-admin
    //babe.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php

    After you try ’em out, bookmark these suckers in your browser.
     
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    MAKE READERS HAPPY
     
    Big Duh: Make Your Title and Opening Lines HOT!!
     
    If you’re rolling your eyes at how obvious this is, you don’t need this hint. I did. For two years, my post titles and first lines put the hundred-eyed Argos to sleep.
    Argus the Hundred-Eyed In Color
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    Set a Featured Image On Every Post
     
    When a new visitor does a Search, or clicks on a tag, or makes a choice in a category menu, s/he sees several of your posts listed. If you don’t have Featured Images set, all they’re going to see are a bunch of words. Don’t you think great images will help attract them to stop and read a post or two?
     
    When experienced WP-ers use the WP Reader, it is also your Featured Image that will make them stop–or not.
     
    *** WARNING 1: “My Featured Image Won’t Display”
     
    WordPress likes Featured Images to be bigger than usual–and to be wide, not square or tall.
    Try making your image bigger with a photo editor, or add some colored blocks on either side to make it look larger, and then try it again. (If you want, you can use the version without the colored blocks inside your post, and the goofy blocky version when you set Featured Image).
     
    *** WARNING 2: “My Featured Image Went Away”
     
    Every time you edit a post using the old WP editor,
    reset Featured Image afterward using the new editor.

     
    (If you don’t use the older editor: Duh. Doesn’t apply to you.)
    Whether you do a regular or a “Quick Edit”, the image can–surprise!–randomly change to another one.
     
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    Use a Large Font
     
    Older people like bigger letters. Younger people like fewer words. Bigger letters make it look like fewer words.
    We Read Biggest Best
    If the theme you picked has a small fontsize, use the first line below as your first line, and the last line below as your last line (I used braces {} in some places, but you must use greater-than and less-than signs)

    <div><span style=”font-size:large;”>
    the rest of your post goes here
    {/div}{/span}

    (You can also set that font-size to medium or small.)
     
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    Use Really Short Paragraphs
     
    Shorter paragraphs seem like fewer words. Break your longer paragraphs up, even if it feels wrong.
     
    Use Shorter Sentences and Words
     
    See above.
     
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    Use Bold Picture Captions
     
    Depending upon your theme, or the reader’s type of device, captions can appear faint and irksome. When you’re Adding Media, as you type in your caption, you can type these html commands in front and behind it to make it bold:
    <strong>Here’s My Caption</strong>
    Here’s My Caption
     
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    PLAYING NICE FOR BLOGGERS
     
    Credit Your Pics
     
    Be a mensch or womanensch [good person] and give credit:
     
    Id Like to Take a Moment to Thank
     
    (1) A clickable link to the page where you found the image (WordPress gives you a way to do this). Disadvantage? The link can “break” if that page goes away. I only link where I think my readers will find it helpful or amusing.
     
    OR
     
    (2) Include that page’s address or photo/maker credit on the image (with an image editor) or in its caption. Disadvantage? You might not want it there!
     
    OR
     
    (3) In the html gobbledygook WordPress creates for the image, insert
    Title=“credit, or address where I found it”.
     
    I stick this in front of the
    Alt=gobbledygook part.  
     
    Disadvantage? Tedious. Advantage? Anything you put in “Title” shows when a reader passes their cursor over an image. Think of the subliminal [subconscious influence] possibilities!:
     

  • “Best Blog Ever!”
  • “Share On Facebook!”
  • “$10 to PayPal# 1343-65338”
  •  
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    People WOMEN Who Follow You Expect You To Follow Them
     
    Why Someone Unfollows You
     
    If you are a woman, most women who Follow you expect you to Follow them. It is my opinion/observation that, if you are a man, or your follower is a man, there is not the same degree of expectation. But I could be wrong.
     
    Many new followers are happy when you follow them back even if you never read their posts. I find this… It doesn’t matter what I find it. It just is.
     
    Since many bloggers post often–sometimes daily–this mutual-following etiquette can make your WordPress Reader worthless overnight.
     
    It floods with posts you could not possibly read. What some folks do is click “Like”, “Like”, “Like” automatically to all of these. Or just to the posts of their online friends, still without bothering to read most of these.
     
    Do however you think best regarding Follows and Likes. Usually, mutual Liking and Following brings only mutually-rewarding happiness, and many close online friendships. Just be aware that ueneath calm surface waters may lurk…junior high school.
     
    Its Just Middle School Woody
     

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    Don’t Self-Link On a First Visit
     
    Don’t link to your own blog or one of your own posts the first time you go to someone else’s blog. Or the second time. That is just low-class, frankly. One of the cheesiest ways this is usually done is through flattery:
     
    “Great post! I’ve reblogged you on (my blog’s link).”
    (The “reblog” button is next to the “follow” button. The person’s post appears on your blog as a new post, with a link back to the original blog.
     
    Try instead:
    “Great post! I’ve reblogged you.”
    🙂
    What you should be doing when you visit someone’s blog for the first time or two is seeing if there is anything positive and genuine you can say. If not, move on.
     
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    If You Run Out of Things To Blog About
     
    I always have too MUCH to say–just not enough time/energy/wit to articulate it–but for the rest of you, there’s this.
     
     
    ADDENDUM
     
    How WordPress says to print source code (like html) without it getting executed:
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/code/posting-source-code/
    But that method stopped working, as I found out months after all the gobble-de-gook html commands in my Noobie-Doobie-Do’s made me look like an idiot.
    How I posted the html source code you see here without the commands actually getting executed:
    Don’t put the greater- and less-than signs. Put the ampersand sign in front of the letters lt or gt, instead. They’ll print onscreen as the signs. MOST of the time. SOMEtimes, they won’t. That’s where I used braces, instead.
     

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    1. Handy dandy info!

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      • Thanks! Lemmee know if you find anything really unclear or out of date.

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        • Will do! I’m slowly learning this whole blogging thing. I’m surprised at how much of this I actually had a clue about!

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          • Most everyone but me takes to it immed-jit-ly. But most people have things called…um…what is it? Oh! Friends! Even family! And they “network” by Peeping, and using the Bookety thing, and Insty-thing, and “Whats-That?” and “Stumbler”. So they learn stuff from their extended posse.

            Me, I can’t even keep up with my own posts on NerdFest.
            😥

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