Make your blog work for you

I am just amazed to see what blogging as capable of… did you know that I created this article in my spare time, along with many others, and set when I wanted it to post? I can create enough material in one sitting to successfully keep my blog active for a whole week! Not only that but I can reference several of my other posts to maximize both the efficiency and traffic with in my blog. I have made countless connection through it, foresee things only getting better, and can not get enough of it! If I could do nothing but blog all day I probably would!

I highly recommend investing in blogging!

What I put in versus what I get out is almost unfathomable… It seems as if each article I put out and each new thing I learn serves to make my life that much better! I can not wait to learn more!

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Who inspires me?

It is very important to look toward people, see what they are doing, take inspiration from them, and learn from them. Most of those who fit this bill in my world are canopy sports athletes. Rob who gave me my first wing, Matt my instructorPál Takáts, Jeb Corliss, and so on…

They are people I aspire to be like, not only because they can and have done amazing things, but because I see how they are ambitiously pursuing life and taking it for all its worth. This is something that only comes with great determination, forethought, and the right mindset. The conditions in which they live day-to-day serves to be a true testament that they have what it takes, not only to get through the day but so see many more. It is not without great consideration they fly. It is not with out great consideration they make any choices.

Recently I have found yet another face to look toward; in my blogs infancy I was excited to get a few followers and likes, most of which I discovered were only looking for web site traffic (which I can understand and respect). One like however brought me to a blog that really struck me. The content was very genuine, Continue reading

A WordPress tip – automated posting

A few days ago I let out a post sharing that not only do I love blogging, but that have started using the timestamp feature to get out my posts on a regular schedule. If you do this already or want to start doing it (or interested regardless?) I have made some great headway in doing so and would like to share my takeaways!

If you don’t know what I am talking about, this is where you will find the timestamp…

timestamp area screen shotClicking edit located next to “Publish immediately” expands to show this amazing new text field. You are to set the date and time (military time) then select ok to lock in your “to be posted” time. If done successfully you will notice the “Publish” button below now displays “schedule”, which is what you will click when you are ready to finally commit to your posting time/date.

An issue I ran into…

After getting all excited I planned out days worth of posts, only of course! If you are using this same feature you will quickly realize (like I did) that keeping track of every “post to be”. How do I not overlap posts? How do I know when what is posting! I found myself crawling to my professor asking if there was a hidden calendar in WordPress that would help me. No such luck, but given the fact that she has posted literally thousands of times using this feature she was able to give a little “method to the madness”.  She recommended that I record what post, blog used, and time into my calendar. A great solution, but one I would certainty struggle to commit to. Posting as much as she does, it may be the only way to go… but I found a much more intuitive solution myself and it may help you out too!

Here is my solution…

Looking at your posts in the back-end of WordPress, as you surely have done before, you will notice many ways to filter what kind of posts you would like to view. If you are anything like me you have a good hand-full of to be posts under “drafts”.

screen shot of post section in back end
Look carefully and you will see “Scheduled” as one of the filter options, click it!

schedualed tab in page viewI discovered through experimentation that the hierarchy in which these are listed is relative to the time it is scheduled to post! Sadly this does not show the exact time (even in quick edit), but you can get a great idea as to when things are going out.

Currently I am getting out one post in the morning and another in the evening, so it’s quite clear to me that if I have two with the same date that the lower post is the morning one and so on through out the day. Furthermore I feel like a very post thick day would not be hard to make sense of.

I hope I was able to help you out! Feel free to leave a comment if you want to learn or talk more!

UX – Putting it all to use!

You have seen me blogging endlessly about user experience design, today you get to see some of what that all goes toward!

I’m very excited to share with every one a project I am working on! I am fortunate enough to be a part of an extremely involved web development program at Clark College. Not only is my user experience class taught by Robert Hughes, the director of my program, but many of my other classes are taught by people who are truly working in the industry. I am taught WordPress by Lorelle VanFossen,  who helped develop WordPress itself! I learned all of my coding skills from Bruce Elgort, who owns a software company called Elguji among many other successes (to say the least). The project I am working on now has so much support that we have had the library staff and even the president of Clark College come into class and see what we are up to.

So what are we working on?

Our class is working with the library to rework their search page! A seemingly simple task that much is going into. We are not only changing the look but doing so is correlation with the movement toward  a new way of connecting users with the material they are looking for. What we do will be the face of a the libraries’ next big step to accommodate changing times and technologies. There is an article on Clark’s site covering what we are doing if your interested!

Here is what we are working with…

clark library site (looks rough)

Here is what our group envisions to be best…

our mock up of what the site should look like
*This is of course a mock-up, to be developed much further

Amongst a group of me and three other students ( including Jesse Byars) this is what we came up with. Later this week we will Continue reading

Embracing policy use

In my WordPress class we were prompted to participate in a discussion. It was in regard to policies on websites, our area of study this week.  We started embracing policy use in our class blogs and I will soon also be embracing policy use in this blog aswell, its a very powerful tool that can be and often is over looked

My contribution for the discussion…

Question 1. Why are these policies required, and should they be required on every type of site from personal to commercial?

Well they are required because they do two critical things. The first and most influential too your site is that you create the basis on which you and other interact with the site. This directly translates to a cleaner site, the site you intend to build. Secondly you are creating a safeguard for not only yourself but also your  Continue reading

I have done one thing since waking up; rework my blog. I have learned a lot in the past month about blogging and grow more and more fond of it each day. I feel like I have takes a huge step forward with what I have done. I reworked EVERY post to be sure it was tagged and formatted correctly and embraced a new theme. My hopes are that this will make my site easier to navigate and more ascetically pleasing. Enjoy!

Huge lesson learned

My WordPress teacher just asked a great question,”how many words should your blog posts consists of?” The whole class was yelling out all kinds of numbers, from 100 up to 500. Meanwhile I was looking at my last post in PxPrarglider thinking, “well crap”.

Thank god.

My teachers response was that it does not matter; as long as the post in gripping and can pull the reader along. What pulls the reader along? She says that wise uses of headers helps, hopefully my writing style and content pulls readers along too (or starts to in time!).