Taking the Bull by the Horns {SOCIAL MEDIA/pin}


Does your head spin .. with ideas .. struggling to grasp the practical side of the concept of social media?  Taking the Bull by the Horns, in the {Social Media/pin} category, has been on the blog post calendar for too long without follow through.  There’s only one way to learn sometimes .. just take the bull by the horns and see what happens, right?

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Pinterest’s reputation precedes itself.  I don’t know about you, but maybe you’re like me and could use some help understanding how it works.  The pinning is the easy part, as is scrolling through millions of images that overwhelm, many with broken links (for the pinner who looks for original sources).  It is also easy to see that Pinterest promotes whichever pins it chooses.

But what about collecting a significant following, say in the thousands, and having your Pinterest boards and pins promote your blog, driving traffic to your hard work? 

Taking the Bull by the Horns .. meaning just go for it, mistakes and all .. may not be in agreement with your personality.  It is not easy for me.  It’s not even easy to say it’s not easy, let alone do, but here we go …

With that in mind, here’s what the pinner should do, at least this is what successful bloggers say you should do.  Yesterday I read some posts on Crystal Paine’s blog Money Saving Mom which tell what she learned in the process of building her blog.  While it was not about Pinterest per se, it is tremendously motivating reading.

4 Tips for Success in Social Media {pin}:

  • Assume a MARATHON MENTALITY – if you want to achieve success, you’re in this for the long haul, and you’d better get your long-distance running shoes on from the get-go.  Blogging is no sprint, my friend.  The race is long, and not easily won.
  • Link up your posts on other blogs.
  • Use Guest posts.
  • Spend as much time sharing your posts as writing them.

Here are 30 Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts from LaunchGrowJoy.

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I don’t know about you, but there are many ideas in this infographic that are brand new to me.

What are your favorite ways to promote your blog?

Pinterest is one effective social media platform which bloggers use to promote their posts.  Ruth Soukup has written an ebook How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul , which tells you everything you need to know about blogging for money.  I recommend this book as a resource.  It looks like she’s written and published a few more books since then.Howtoblogforprofitwithoutsellingyoursoul

Ruth blogs successfully at Living Well, Spending Less.  Her backstory is interesting.  She uses Pinterest successfully to promote her blog, also at Living Well, Spending Less.

Crystal Paine is also a successful blogger who uses Pinterest, at Money Saving Mom.  This is the pin which I referenced above which led me to her blog posts about making money blogging.

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Featured Images {chronicle}


Cleaning out my drafts folder this week .. this was written almost a year ago .. Featured Images {chronicle} is an update of a previously unpublished post, with pictures of my grandson.  At the end I’ll add some current pictures of him .. how did he get so big???  Here’s his mother when she was a tad older than he .. with her Gram:

Here’s the old unpublished unedited post:

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Has anyone else had the privilege of learning how to use a featured image for a post?  My photo won’t show on the post.  I thought perhaps it was too large, but when I edit it, it won’t save.  Help!

Meanwhile, I learned the simple process {two clicks} of making a photo gallery, which I should have done long ago.  This one is a bit random, from Christmas.  Photos already on the blog.

Learning, ever learning, never ending because there are always new things, things changing, more information, faster, faster…

Learning little by little, overwhelmed much of the time, the rest of the time spent with head in proverbial sand.

Today the learning curve is about Featured Images on WordPress.com blogs.

  • First, choose a theme which allows Featured Images.
  • Next, check your theme to see where it can be used.  The My Life theme (this blog) allows featured images in posts and on pages, but not in the header.
  • Make sure Featured Images is checked off on your Screen Options (top right side of post editing screen).
  • Try it out on an unpublished post.
  • Decide how to best use featured images for the benefit of your readers.

Current update:

Obviously I succeeded in getting the Featured Image to work, as I’ve been using it regularly.

This Christmas is the year of passing the family ornaments down to the next generation.  No pictures of that yet, but it’s very much in our hearts, this first Christmas without my mother, my kids’ Gram.  We have her 1950s ornaments as well as handmade ones which she gifted to us years ago.  Lots of memories, lots of love.

Christmas is the season for family, for remembering the old ones, cherishing the new ones, the young, and making new memories for the future.  It is a time for family traditions.  It is a season of love, of giving, of cherishing what loved ones have given.

Christmas is not about stuff.  It is about relationships, it is about selfless giving to those we love, just as God gave us His only Son that we might live through Him.

 May your Christmas season be filled with memories

and joy and hope in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Now, let’s see if I can remember how to make a photo gallery ..

New Theme {blog}


Thank you for your patience, you are appreciated for your graciousness!

This post was composed easily in my head while driving yesterday, most of which escapes me now.

Oh yes.  The web person responsible for upgrading the theme went on a two week non-working vacation.  While she (yes, that’s me) enjoyed playing with her two-year old grandson and visiting other family members, she did not start the theme hunt until she went back to her day job.

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For the past five days she has narrowed the search down, from twelve to six to four, and finally to the one.  It will take a few more days to get things in order for a (hopefully) smooth transition.

The good news is that she’s excited about her find, it’s free, and she hopes you will like it too.

The following criteria were used in the search:

  1. Free.
  2. Full-Width Template, which the current theme has, but did not use.
  3. Responsive, as the current theme is. Formats to computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  4. Featured Images, which this theme does not have.
  5. Custom Header.
  6. Grid Page Template/Front Page Template/Featured Posts/Showcase Page Template

Originally she was looking for Social Icons and Link Page Template as well.

The ‘winner‘ has all six, plus Social Icons.

One thing can be said for the time spent searching — there is always something more to learn.  I do hope that much of that learning will be put to good use.

One more thing, about the current theme.  I really like it, and plan to use it again some day.  However there are a couple of things worth checking out in this new theme.

Be watching — it won’t be long!