A WordPress Skill Lab

Learning

A New Beginning

True to the original purpose of this blog, today I am starting a systematic study of  WordPress itself. My site is the simplest, cheapest offered, but with Premium membership for access to a huge array of themes that I plan to experiment with. My purpose is to learn to use as many features and edits as possible, while sharing my thoughts on many topics.

First I want to thank all the WordPress “Happiness Staff” who have rescued and educated me, especially during the past year. What a team!

And now, to start my journal, I share what has made me happy today: the photo quality from my Samsung S7 Galaxy’s latest full upgrade:

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I just can’t take my eyes off it! And to think it’s “just” a cell phone camera . . .

Until later,  Mary


My New Blog – UTI Info and Advocacy

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During ten years of struggling with UTIs I have found doctors to be of no help in getting to the cause. They simply prescribe antibiotics for periodic infections and estrogen to reduce the number of occurrences. So I am taking matters into my own hands.

First I searched the web and found enough information to start a little archive – my new blog:  utinotes  Now I am seeking a clinical study to join or some research project to volunteer in. I’ll begin with my primary care unit, University of Michigan Geriatrics Center. They are part of a huge medical complex and may have suggestions.

Do you, dear reader, have any ideas? Please share them either or both in comments to this post or on my UTI blog.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Mary


NODEXL Graphic Gallery: The social Media Research Foundation

NODEXL Graphic Gallery

“The graph represents a network of 1,147 Twitter users whose recent tweets contained “‪#‎15ntc‬”, or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets, taken from a data set limited to a maximum of 18,000 tweets.”

“The network was obtained from Twitter on Wednesday, 04 March 2015 at 04:32 UTC.”

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#MakeHealth was AMAZING – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 18, 2014)

Here is a fine example of how one serious blogger Uses IT to educate and faciiitate with daily blogs based on research and communication:  

Emerging Technologies Librarian

It’s always a delight to have the opportunity to show off a University of Michigan event in these posts. It’s even more of a delight to show off an event of which I was so intimately a part, even though I have to confess I feel like I did very little and it was the community that really drove this magical event! I was just lucky to be among the core team at the front, along with the incredible Joyce Lee and Emily Hirshfeld! There are so very many incredible people who were involved I can’t possible thank them all.

One thing you’ll notice in these tweets is the range of media included — many photos and videos that may or may not display. To get a more engaging sense of the event as displayed in the tweets you may need to click through.

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What To Do About Bad Guys in Your Twitter Events

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We’re having a big event, as you already know. We’ve used social media a lot in the planning and preparation of the event, and we want social media used during the event. We want to be able to show engagement, a diverse community, a virtual community as well as the face-to-face folk who come in person. We want people to upload pics to Instagram and Flickr, videos to Vine and Youtube; we want people to blog, and to tweet like crazy.

But anyone who has spent much time on Twitter knows what happens when you get a really active hashtag going. Spammers show up. And sometimes trolls. And sometimes people get confused about your hashtag and start sending content they think is relevant (but really they’re confused and it isn’t at ALL appropriate). And some people are just nasty or snarky on purpose. So what do you do?

There was…

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Navigating the Site: Revisited

This has been a classic “learning experience” for Mary. I have a knack for making a mess of simple things, but I am fortunate to have friends who rescue me when things seem hopeless.

The original version of this post described an awkward fix to a simple problem, and the fix turned out to be worse than the problem. Happily the situation was reported (in the comments) by two of my followers, pros with blogs I admire very much and read regularly.

I have chosen not to entertain you with my misadventures. Instead I’ll  provide links to my colleagues’ blogs for your enjoyment. They are as different as two blogs can be but equally interesting, creative and well crafted.

My Guilty Pleasures by Viveka and Expat in Brazil by Maggie. Enjoy!

Best wishes from your  Novice Blogger.


How To Use Instagram Direct, from Business Insider

Excellent directions, liberally illustrated – much better than the usual wordy steps that leave the student (a.k.a. me) scratching her head.

How To Use Instagram Direct – Business Insider.


How to Share a Google Plus Post

This is another offering from that tireless Social Media proponent, Birgit Pauli-Haack.

Birgit shared the work of  Mike Allton who wrote the instructions in this shared Google Plus post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MikeAllton/posts/UmLrbjMug1D,

I found them easy to follow, and here’s my successful first try:  How to Share G+ Post

 


Silicon Valley Trends

Something to keep an eye on.

 


Task: Setting Home Page Slideshow

September 2, early morning:

Changing the Home Page Slideshow is tricky. My first one was not to my liking so I turned the feature off, added a new post with better images, and turned HPS back on. The old slideshow persisted. This is another attempt. Following instructions carefully, hoping for success.

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September 2, later:  Failure – the original picture persists alone, no slideshow at all.  The system may need more time to catch up with my edits so I will leave the feature turned off. Later today I will try again.

September 3:  After 12 hours of inaction with the “slideshow option” unchecked I rechecked it. It is still stuck on a single picture from the previous implementation.  Time to report it and request help.

September 4:  Instead of contacting “Help” I decided to continue on my own. I created a sort of mirror image blog to this one and named it Counterpoint. The Home Page Slideshow feature does not work on it – big disappointment.  I must be doing it wrong so I’ll study info again and have another go at it later.

Stay tuned –

PS At least I stumbled into the right way to link a URL to a site name (see Counterpoint link above). I’m inclined to fault the instructions but won’t offer a correction until I review it more carefully.

September 7:  With the help of Counterpoint I think I have it worked out. WordPress offers a lot of well-illustrated media help in step-by-step instruction. They cover many topics and I can’t find my way back to the full description of the “optional home page slideshow”.

But, Home Page general instructions say “How about a home page slideshow featuring 950px by 425px image attachments from your most recent posts?”  And I reall reading that if we click that option the system will “take it from there”.  After lots of trial and error I suspect it just looks for images that are the right size and grabs some at random.  A look at Counterpoint shows the results.

Verifying that will take more time than I want to give it. From now on I’ll just make sure that suitable images are the right size.


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Halifax Waterfront, Nova Scotia

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A New Skill

This is so exciting! Many thanks to my trainer, Birgit, for teaching me this technique.

All these years I thought I could not attach documents to blog posts, a big inconvenience for me! Now I see how simple it is:  just click “Add Media” and WP treats the document file as if it were a picture or video.

It works for both PDF and .docs.  They can be set up either to open on the  post or download as illustrated below.

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Happy Days!


Upward and Onward, A to Z Challenge

I’m upgrading and expanding my blog activities. In March I signed up for a blog activity: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/   Participants agreed to post daily in April, either on a theme or random topics, titles to run through the alphabet in order.  My theme was “Places I have Lived or Visited” –  http://atozmcr.blogspot.com/  My posts were brief and simple at the start, but I soon began adding my pictures.

I then moved to researching places and adding pictures and/or videos from the internet. There were about 1,800 entries, and part of the challenge was to “visit” a few others each day and leave comments. That opened up a world of ideas for me and resulted in return visits, some “follows” and even on-going dialogues. Those are linked under Blogs I Follow. I now post regularly, adding to my skills while developing a “community”. Blogging has opened a new window on the world and become an exciting educational venture.

Update, April 23, 2014

My first A to Z was so sucessful that I joined again this year. Have a look: Variety, the Spice of Life   It incorporates much of what I have learned during the year and I think it’s a better blog. Again I created a Blogger blog for that sole purpose, but next year I’ll add it to this blog, with access via a Menu Item at the top.


A New Leaf

True to the introduction I have been experimenting on this site, but I have to confess it got away from me.  When I created a ScoopIt! curation site I connected it with this blog so all posts would appear here, too. Then I forgot I had done it. If you are still with me it may even be because for a while this blog was almost a proxy for ScoopIt! In any case I hope you enjoy those posts as much as I do.

But it’s time to resume my personal sharing and meandering. I hereby declare the ScoopIt! experiment a success and disconnected. I return to comments on my life and thoughts  with some obserations on air conditioning and tree trimming via this link: http://bit.ly/13fhs6m

If you miss the ScoopIt! posts as they scroll out of sight below you can find them all under both Facts and ScoopIt! in the menu at the top. And feel free to visit my complete curation site at  http://www.scoop.it/t/our-physical-world for many more fascinating posts!


April A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day Two – Building the Brand

April A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day Two – Building the Brand.


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Exercise in Embedding: Son Paul’s Video

This is Paul’s first video.


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