Are you wondering what I’m doing? Normally, I write my blog post weekly, but something changed this week. As of yesterday, I joined the “Ultimate Blog Challenge” and will post a blog every day in November—yes, daily! I plan the post to be shorter, and I have created an outline of my topics:
Week 1 – A variety of writing topics
Week 2 – Where my new book, Coronavirus Reflections: Bitter or Better? came from
Week 3 – Gratitude topics for Thanksgiving week
Week 4 – Feature some of my poetry and future poetry books
Week 5 – Facing the end of 2021 & yet another crazy year
Blogging Technology Secret
I have a blogging/technology secret to share with you. Today I created drafts for all thirty blog posts with the social media button string in the post, using one of my favorite computer tools: copy and paste. I love having the social media string of icons at the bottom of each blog, but you have to recreate it each time you write a blog, and that can be tedious. So I came up with a solution. (I use wordpress.com.)
Wondering how I did it:
Create a new post.
Select “Social Icons” from the block menu.
Click plus to add one.
In the search menu, type the social media site name, like Facebook.
Then, in the little window, type in your URL address for your page.
Click the plus and add the rest of your social media sites.
Save this as a file named, “Social media icons” as a draft.
Create a new post for your current blog post, name it and save it.
Go back to the draft of “Social media icons.”
Go up to the top of the window and to the right where you see three dots and click.
Select “Copy All Content” midway down the menu. It will say on the bottom left side, “All content copied.”
Go back to the current blog post and put cursor in a block, and paste! Voile!
I love sharing technology shortcuts because computers should make our lives easier, right? Wondering about anything to do with technology or blogging? Leave a comment and I’ll help if I can!
Larada Horner-Miller is a poet, essayist and accomplished multi-genre author who holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Spanish and a master of education degree in Integrating Technology into the Classroom. She is the accomplished author of six award-winning biographies, historical fiction, memoir, and poetry works plus three self-published cookbooks.
Her sixth book, Coronavirus Reflections: Bitter or Better?, is available in paperback and four e-book formats. Larada offers the reader the opportunity to look back at 2020 and the global pandemic through her prose and poetry through reading, then reflecting and responding. She addresses all the emotions she felt during this overwhelming time and leads the reader through to a self-access: bitter or better?
Her fifth book is the authorized memoir and biography of world-renown square dance caller Marshall “Flip” Flippo. Just Another Square Dance Caller: Authorized Biography of Marshall Flippo is available now in hardback, paperback and four e-book formats. Recently Just Another Square Dance Caller won two awards: Book Excellence Awards Finalist and Silver award for eLit. Book Awards.
Another recent book of hers, A Time to Grow Up: A Daughter's Grief Memoir has won many awards including being a 2018 Book Excellence Awards Finalist in the Memoir category at the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and a 2018 Independent Press Distinguished Favorites Award in the Memoir category. Horner-Miller has also been a past national presenter at the Women Writing the West Conference and is currently the creator of Memoir Workshops for others who want to share their family’s legacies through words.
Larada and her husband, Lin, enjoy being nestled in the mountains above Albuquerque, New Mexico, near the village of Tijeras. When not writing books, this passionate, energetic, and enthusiastic woman loves to spend time kicking up her heels at square dancing gatherings, traveling, knitting, and reading.
As co-manager of her family’s southeastern Colorado ranch, she enjoys spending time exploring her family’s historic ranch and reminiscing with her brother and his children about their mom, dad, and granddad.
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6 thoughts on “Wondering What’s Going On?”
Thanks for joining in on the Ultimate Blog Challenge! We are happy that you joined us! And thanks for the idea of stacking up the blog posts as well as getting the social media ready as well.
Congrats on having the outline of all your drafts ready to go.
Thanks for sharing the steps you take for your social media share. That seems like a lot of work to do every time.so good idea to find some shortcuts. I am now using a social share plugin on my WordPress site so I don’t have to think about it each time.
Thanks for your ideas.
Larada, welcome to the UBC! Sounds like you are interested in many things– good! Looking forward to seeing your posts this month.
Thanks for your warm welcome.