How to Participate in a Twitter Chat

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As part of the ongoing effort to help rabbit breeders navigate social media there will be several upcoming guest posts from some awesome and outstanding folks. The first of these is Janice Person’s outstanding post about participating in Twitter chats, complete with screen shots of what you see. Thanks Janice!

“One of the best ways to build your network and learn more about areas you may be passionate about is to participate in Twitter chat sessions. I wrote an overview of some of the chat sessions I recommend separately, but wanted to provide something of a “how to” as well. If you haven’t participated in a Twitter chat before, I suggest you go to Tweetchat.com and use the authorization service there to login to your Twitter account & tell is which chat (hashtag like #agchat or #blogchat) you want to join.” <More here!>

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How Do I Series – Using Categories

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Categories on WordPress blogs help people find your posts. Most people don’t blog about just one thing. We have lives! Work! Play! Interests! Categories are on the right side of the box when you type in your blog.

For example – for the PromoteTheRabbit blog so far we have categories of blogs, Facebook, media, social media, Twitter, video and ‘uncategorized’ (all other). Under that there is a link to “Add New Category.” Let’s say we want to add one on photography – which bloggers might find of use. When we click that, fill it in and save it then it creates and puts the link (this post) into that category.

This makes it easy for the reader because perhaps they don’t use Twitter. Perhaps their focus is blogs or the How Do I series…we can group these and make it easy to find and use them.

These vary slightly from tags because it helps people find it on this blog. With tags it draws people from ‘outside’ to the keywords used, which can vary depending on the post. Being consistent with using these tools effectively can help build your blog as it helps people find you. Don’t hesitate either to check out WordPress features like postaweek2011 and postaday2011 – tags that can draw new people in and help you find a variety of new blogs to read.

How Do I Monday Series – Upload Pictures

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Sometimes computers are like playing “Simon Says”….and if you forget the “Simon Says” everything poofs! It’s frustrating as with it can be information. With WordPress, sometimes drafts are saved, but other times it’s gone.

Blogging looks better from a reader’s standpoint with pictures. Watch the things that you read online…do pictures matter? It clarifies points and “dresses up” a post. But sometimes getting pictures uploaded can be frustrating!

So let’s work on this! Step by step – click on the tool bar above where it says “upload/insert” the first symbol is for pictures. When we click on that it brings

up a window.

Here you need to find the image. There’s three “file tabs” – your computer, another site (such as flicker or other photo sites) and media files – as you add photos these previously posted images will be in your media files.

Let’s say the image is on your computer – browse for the image. When you select your image it puts it there – you can rotate and crop the image but if you do be sure to click “SAVE”. Then scroll down, select the size and fill in any tags, labels and captions. Then down towards the bottom click “insert”. This should place your photo into your post.

For the photos hosting other places, cut and paste the link to the photo in the section for that. From the ‘media’ section you can reselect previously used ones and click “insert” – remember the clicking “insert” is what puts it in your post.

Putting videos into your post is essentially the same thing – you can cut/paste the YouTube link address and insert one right into your post. An example is like:

If you follow down that same line you can add polls, media and other things using very much the same steps. Always remember to save. Click publish and you have a post!

How Do I Monday Series – Embedding links

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Getting started is difficult but for those who are new to blogging or social media it’s that overwhelm that puts many off. Simple things are overwhelming – until you learn!

The first post will be about embedding links – allowing you to post about a cool farm at http://bellbottomfarm.wordpress.com/ or, easier for the reader, to say check out this farm. It highlights it to indicate there is a link. How to do that?In WordPress blogs it’s pretty easy.

1. Highlight the word or phrase. Double click over a single word.

2. Once you highlight something in the little icons above the text box there’s a little chain symbol. Click that – it will bring  up a box.

3. Cut and paste the link address in that little box, and indicate whether you want it to open on a new page (I usually do).

4. Save it by clicking ‘add link’.

It’s magic! If you have questions for this series please ask!! We all were new once!

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