Some Tips and Tricks for WordPress Bloggers

I don’t know about you, but I recently learned that WordPress has many more features I didn’t know about that are [kind of] obvious.

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Okay. So the first one is the feature that changes the color and size of the text in a post. I know, I know, you’re thinking, What the heck, Chloe? You didn’t know that? Yeah. I didn’t know that. I thought it came with an upgrade or something. So imagine my surprise when Precious @ Clockwork Desires and Cait @ Notebook Sisters are just like, “It’s the toolbar toggle thingy.”


The second mind-blowingly ridiculously simple feature is the parent category option for a page. I wanted to clean up my blog a bit [I had A LOT of pages] and remembered seeing on another WordPress blog a drop-down list of sub-categories. I used this, and now my blog is much more organized and clean.

This next feature I’ve known about for a little, but I thought I’d mention it just because.

On many websites, there is a little icon next to the URL/name of the tab that is their blog’s symbol. For example, the Pinterest symbol is a cursive P surrounded by a rec circle, the NaNoWriMo symbol is a red N in a blue block [for YWP], and the Google symbol a lowercase G in white surrounded by blue. You can do this for your WordPress blog, too, for free! It’s really simple. Just go to “Settings.” On that bar, click “General.” At the right of this page, you have the option to upload an image as your blog’s icon. Upload, crop, and voila! You have your own, professional-looking icon.

Next, here is a hack anyone can use.

Many blogs have a button, a symbol with code that can be pasted onto a post or page to advertise that blog. I am not a coder; I know virtually nothing about coding. I looked into some options like paying an experienced coder to do it for you, or just learn it myself. But I wanted something that was free and easy. [God, I sound like a commercial right now. XD] I searched something like “free blog button” and found a blog post that gave a link to a code generator. This code generator is a gem. [Just to let you know, it didn’t work for me once. BUT I AM PAST THAT. IT IS BAE NOW.]

The code generator is pretty self-explanatory, but I decided I’d walk you through the process of designing a blog button and how to put it on your blog, for WordPress users.

Step 1: Find an image creator/editor to design your button.

I use PicMonkey. Many of the features are free and it’s really user-friendly. You can use Photoshop, Photo Director [what came on my computer], or if you have a Mac you probably have something fancy. Paint, which comes on PCs, could work, too. You can also download a free app onto your phone/tablet and email it to yourself later.

Step 2: Decide on the design.

Your button should have your blog’s name. That’s the only requirement. [Or at least, what I think is.] But that would be…boring. So add an image! On PicMonkey, they have several “stickers” you can put on your button. Consider using these! If you want to add a different picture, make sure it isn’t copyrighted. [To be honest, copyright issues aren’t something I prioritize, but you might.] On my blog button, I have six little people reading a book and reacting differently. These are my own images I made using FaceQ, an app I have on my phone. It’s free and really fun to use, so you could consider that!

Step 3: Upload it to the internet.

The code generator needs a link to your image, so you need to upload it somewhere that will give you a link. I use Pinterest, but some other ideas are your blog, Facebook, or Flickr. When I uploaded my buttons to Pinterest, people were actually really interest in them! If you use social media like this, you can publicize your blog. :)

Step 4: Use the Code Generator.

Follow the directions on the generator. You will need your blog’s name, blog’s URL, and the image URL. The second part after that easy information does not need to be changed. Unless you know exactly what you are doing, do not mess with it. There is, however, one exception: the Container Type. This is the first bit. If you are on WordPress, check the box marked “Pre” because WordPress is special.

Step 5: Get your code and paste it into your blog.

Once you have filled out the form, click “Preview” and then “Get Code.” Copy the code. [Highlight it and right-click then select “copy” or highlight and press Ctrl and C at the same time.]

To WordPress users: Go to your blog’s dashboard. Click Appearance, and then Widgets. Scroll through the widgets and select Text. Add it to a footer or sidebar. Paste the text into the text box and click save.

You’re done! :)

I hope this post helped. Otherwise, you can laugh at me. :P JUST KIDDING. Love you and have a fantabulous day/night/whatever!


Some Words of Advice About Life

As you may know, it was my birthday last Friday. I want to share with you, dear reader, some things I learned in the past year. I’ve been through a lot, and yet, here I am! Typing this for you, very much alive. I’ve survived.

Things will change. People will change. And you will have to move on.

This is probably one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in the past year. At the beginning of the last school year, my best friend left me. It just about killed me. But I got back up and joined a small group of friends, and soon after met a great friend. Unfortunately, the same thing happened this year. But again, I got up and found another great person to be friends with. And…

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” -Helen Keller

This has to do with the above lesson, but when my friendships ended, I was so sad. I kept staring at the closed door and attempting to open it, even though it was pretty stuck. So I saw another one and walked through. And guess what? It worked out. :) So just remember to look for new opportunities and friendships.

Be yourself. Laugh loudly. Scream at inopportune times. Do what you want to.

This is so cliché, but so very true. Don’t cover up who you are or be fake. Even if you’re embarrassed, keep on going. You are you, not anyone else. And be proud, too! I still need to work on this. Sometimes I won’t like my laugh or compare myself to others who are very different than me. I check others around me before laughing in class and am very self-conscious. But don’t do what I do!

Don’t judge yourself on whether others have crushes on you or not.

I remember the first dance I went to last year. All my friends got asked to dance except for me. I was absolutely heartbroken. Reflecting on that, however, I realize now that it doesn’t matter. It matters what your friends think of you and how you think of yourself.

So that’s it!