Images & Image Editing
Back up/upload images to Flickr – Every time you upload an image it’ll resize it to various dimensions and you can download the appropriate size whenever you like. To download you simply click the THREE DOTS next to your Flickr uploaded image, choose the size you want, then hit download. Flickr will make any image you upload into the following sizes where possible.
75×75 pixels square
150×150 pixels square
100 pixels (on the longest side)
Large (which will be 1024 pixels if it exceeds that length)
The original size
Photo Apps That Are Really Helpful
(Usually with these kinds of apps you can save the finished image to your phone’s camera roll and then email it to yourself or add it to Flickr or Dropbox for later blog use!)
There are heaps of Apps that will scan your documents for you. You don’t always need to have a PROPER scanner. I like GeniusScan because you can quickly scan multiple pages with your phone and then turn them into a PDF and share via email or other. So snazzy and useful.
If you’ve made something cool into a PDF file for sharing, you can host it on Scribd and people can download or share it from there.
If you’ve made a PDF file that you want to SELL you can do that on Etsy and put a link through to the item from your blog. (Remember Etsy has FEES so be sure to account for that!)
OTHER great courses for bloggers
I’ve done/am doing both of these and I think they are ACE and SUPER GREAT VALUE
PromoSimple for giveaways
MailChimp for managing newsletters and signups for things
Feedburner for creating your RSS feed and keeping track of subscribers
SurveyMonkey for reader surveys
Add audio posts (podcasts!) to your blog
Record you chatter on your phone using something like Auphonic. Email them to yourself and then upload to your blog using the ‘Add Media’ button (WordPress) You can also upload the Auphonic file to Soundcloud for even wider distribution and sharing. I like Auphonic, but I find it tends to record at a lowish volume. If that happens to you, make your recording into an Auphonic production and edit it on their website! Fancy!
The podcast below was made with Auphonic, then emailed to myself so that I could grab the MP4 audio file easily, then uploaded to Soundcloud. Soundcloud lets you add an image to your recording and generates an embed code for easy sharing too! Soundcloud are also working on their podcasting/talking to iTunes capabilities.
All the podcasts included in Blog With Pip (apart from the one below!) were made by recording directly into Soundcloud.
Buzzsprout for Podcasting and iTunes Listing
You can also create your recording and upload it to Buzzsprout. The benefit of this is that it streamlines the process of adding your podcast to iTunes. o check that out if you’re going to be podcasting a lot and want subscribers!
Higher Quality Audio Content
The audio versions of the posts on this blog were recorded with a Snowball Microphone by BLUE*. You just plug it in, let your computer know it’s your preferred microphone and then record away. I recorded straight into Soundcloud by hitting UPLOAD > RECORD. I like Soundcloud because you can allow people to download the audio and listen to it whenever they like (on whichever device they prefer!)
The screencasts I made for Blog With Pip were made using Quicktime’s Screen Recording option (this is a Mac option). So easy. Again I used the Snowball Microphone (which was recommended to me by Dave Jenyns) If you have a PC you could try Screencast-O-Matic or Screencast or Tiny Take.
YouTube is the most widely used, but Vimeo is the prettiest. Use both or choose one. It’s up to you!
* My kids were so impressed that I bought this microphone! They think it’s totes the biz!
May 2014 Class blog list: check our Facebook group under FILES
AND even more resources collated from our Facebook group discussions via BWP February Student Sarah Doxey Cox (below)
Blog name generator: http://ivegotwritersblog.com/the-great-blog-name-generator/
Setting up a profile picture to be used across multiple platforms (especially good for commenting): www.gravatar.com
Premade blog themes (for when a free one just will not do – there are loads – google them)
Managing your page and posts
How to embed a video into wordpress : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJVzHrzw9pg
Putting social icons on your blog
WordPress privacy settings tutorial:
Setting wordpress permalinks:
WordPress Customizr theme information:
WordPress Customizr theme tutorial
How to change user in wordpress:
Go to USERS and add a NEW USER. Log in and post as this NEW USER. (may require a separate email).
WordPress – Font adjustment:
WordPress – Categories vs Tags:
WordPress Plugin for sidebars:
https://www.elto.com/ (paid but probably a lot more customised)
WordPress Pingback information:
WordPress general support:
WordPress SEO plugin:
WordPress genesis child theme tutorial:
Putting social icons on your blog:
Edit HTML of Blogger site:
Wix with wordpress info:
Creating a blog with Wix:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/whitagram/id523481129?mt=8 (whitagram to create white around photos)
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/a-beautiful-mess/id603092599?mt=8 (A Beautiful Mess)
WordPress – Font adjustment:
Typefaces for your blog
Creating a header image for your blog
How to create a favicon (small square logo in the tab of your page):
social media buttons www.carrieloves.com
setting up a facebook page for your blog http://maryqin.com/how-to-create-a-facebook-page/
Follow blogs via RSS
Create email subscriptions for your blog
How to run a give-away competition: http://www.crashtestmummy.com.au/how-to-run-a-giveaway-on-your-blog-in-australia/
Threaded comments on Blogger or WordPress: http://disqus.com/
Media kit resource: http://www.theblogmaven.com/make-a-media-kit-that-rocks/
Google Analytics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPPxZrZovKU&feature=youtu.be
Creating an audio post for your blog: www.soundcloud.com
More help for creating an audio podcast: http://help.soundcloud.com/customer/portal/articles/1209292-can-i-podcast-with-soundcloud
Books on writing
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott