Yay! I Finally Did It!

I did it!As some of you know I have struggled, and struggled, and struggled and struggled* to create links inside of my blog posts that once clicked upon did not redirect the tab, misdirecting my readers away from my site.

How frustrating it is to click a link because you want it to open a new tab so you can read it too, only to lose the location of where you have been. Frustrating, I know, I’ve been there dozens of times myself!

I posted in Blogging U about it. I mentioned it in comments on other people’s blogs who had it working the answer I got was always the same and it never, ever (ever ever ever) worked for me.

But I got the answer now and here is what it looks like:
<a href=”http://linkhere&#8221; target=”_blank”><b>topic title here</b></a>

For those freshman bloggers that don’t know, the <b> symbol is the old HTML code to bold the text. WordPress automatically changes it to say <strong> so I go with what I know and it works.  Both ways work, do what is best for you.  Oh, and if you didn’t know that, then I should probably tell you that the slash indicates “end.” So basically, the <b> and the </b> are optional for your blog’s aesthetics.

So, it is my mission to go back over all my old content and update those links for future readers and those of you who found themselves frustratingly getting lost in a tangle of cyber-messiness (myself included) and have it remedied by the end of March (2015).

Oh, and PS: I figured out what “time” my schedule is set for: Greenwich Mean Time (8 hours ahead of me).

*Four “struggled”s for 4 months!

How You Can Use Your Blog Readers to Get More Blog Readers

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Author: Janice Wald

use-your-readers-1Like many bloggers, are you concerned with your stats? Do you frequently check your number of blog followers and page views hoping to see them rise?

During your visits to your stats, do you ever click the “shares” tab to see if people are sharing your writing with others?

If the goal is to grow your blog, you need more exposure to other readers. If your current readers share your writing on other forms of social media, their followers will be able to see your link, and you can potentially get more blog followers.

This post will explain how your current readers will be motivated to share your writing with their social media followers. Continue reading

Beep Beep Boop

Beep beep boop, you used to give me such pleasure yet this week, nothing but headaches!
Beep beep boop, you used to give me such pleasure yet this week, nothing but headaches!

WordPress has been driving me CRAZY lately!  Over the past week I have had a helluvatime getting the “new post” to do anything other than “Beep beep boop”.  I mean, really, I’ve had at least five posts I’ve wanted to create and have not been able to get in to do it.  I can read, comment, etc.  everything but create new posts. I’ve been trying to get in all morning, and now it is the afternoon, and I am finally ON IT!

Not sure how long this problem will persist or even how long I have before WordPress Beep beep boop tries to resist my commands again.  So I’ll do what I can.  I just wanted you all to know that I am still very much here even if WordPress is fighting me on publishing.

Oh, Beep beep boop you used to bring me such delight and pleasure with your cute little winks at me but lately you’ve been giving me nothing but headaches and frustration.  Why?  Why, Beep beep boop, why?

#Memeespoetryparties — Solved Problem!

problem solvedFirst I want to apologize to everyone who has tried to join my blogging event How Do I Love Thee Poetry Party. Being a new blogger comes with a learning curve that affects not only me but all of you, my readers as well. However, the problem IS fixed. It’s not the solution I have hoped for and I have requested more information from the web host to see if there is a better workaround for future poetry parties.

Thank you everyone for your patience in this matter, I have been having fun reading the entries that did go up before the meltdown and receiving all of your positive feedback. I want to give an individual shout-out to Jarrod who’s blog is The Haunted Lullaby for being the first to bring the problem to my attention and without frustration continued for several hours to get his poem submitted! Jarrod, your effort will remain with me, inspiring me to not give up when these blogging obstacles pop up and stick their tongues at at!

Okay, so here’s what happened:

Blogging 201 assignment: Make the Most of events. Okay, so finding events and participating in them was pretty easy and definitely fun. So I decided heck, I love events, let’s put one together (I mean, that’s how I will get the most from the assignment, right?) So I spend literally 5 hours creating my perfect event… the poetry party. I realized that most of the people I follow in my reader include poetry in some of their postings and a lot of people I follow are also relationship minded so I thought, heck, this will easily attract people (of course I forgot that just because I am following those people that does not mean that they are necessarily the people who are following me back!) LOL

Okay, so I got my party created. I posted about it and come midnight my event went live. I was super excited and couldn’t wait for morning to see how many poets I’d attracted. I woke up and immediately hopped on to discover I’d gotten my first bite… success!

And then nothing happened for more than 14 hours… WAHH!!!

But then it began, I got three more people all within about an hour of each other and a whole lot more interest and likes and comments on my post. One of my amazing party guests then asked me, “How do we vote?” Oh, my gosh, I had no idea! I hadn’t researched it enough to know the ins-and-outs of the programming, I was just so excited to get it up and going!

So I sent a help ticket in to the administrators and poked around on my own yesterday trying to figure it out. I did. Or at least I thought I did. There was a little section of my event creation form that asked what date voting should begin. That seemed like a dumb question to me, when my event goes live, duh! So I typed in the date and that was the end of that. I let her know how to vote and that you can only vote for one entrant (it’s in the coding) by clicking on the little heart showing on the person’s thumbnail.

And then I heard from Jarrod. I poked around some more to see if I could recreate the problem he was having so I could problem solve and help. I couldn’t seem to figure out why the link-up box wasn’t working (all you need to do is paste your poem’s link in the box, enter your email address and click submit.) Should have only taken a few seconds. Poor patient Jarrod, undetermined to give up he had a friend try… nope, nothing.

And now it is day 3 of my event which stands with 6 poems (one of them is mine and does not count for prizes). In the night, as I slept, others tried to upload and had the same problem as Jarrod.

But now I am pleased to report that the problem is FIXED. I received a response to that initial ticket I submitted to the site administrator — remember that ticket one asking how does a person vote… and part of Maria’s response was, “please take care on when the voting starts. As soon as the voting starts, the “add your link” button is removed. Voting then closes on “end date”.

And so I had my answer. I had, in trying to help my guest understand how to vote (and learning myself), disabled the ability for anyone to join my event. My apologies.

So, I have adjusted the settings.

You may now link-up!

Voting is disabled until the 18th. When voting begins no new submissions can be taken in. The event will end on the 20th. Winners will receive their door prizes and acknowledgment glory.

When you follow the link to my event page, you’ll see a list of the rules, followed by thumbnail images for each submission and beneath that is a blue button that says, “add link”.

I have to go to work now, but will return tonight to update my PAGE to reflect the newly ascertained information. I’m looking forward to seeing new additions to the event and following and tweeting your efforts!

Have fun and good luck!

The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

Something's not quite right, Jim. No, Mr. Spock something is definately not right here.
Something’s not quite right, Jim.     No, Mr. Spock, something is definately not right here.

UGH!!

Days upon days upon days, that is what learning to blog does, it takes over your days. Don’t get me wrong, I am having a great time and I love blogging! But I got to tell you, after spending three days (and nights) trying to get everything caught up and done on my blog and pay attention to my fellow bloggers while trying to run an event, well, I’m just kinda exhausted! This blog thing it gives you the thrill of victory — 5 people have joined my event! — and the Agony of Defeat — some people cannot get it to open the link submission page!

All I have got to say is one little, itty-bitty word: Continue reading