Monthly Archives: Jul 2014

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How to make long distance relatives/friends feel included in your pregnancy

Here is my first re-post from shortly after my daughter was born. Enjoy!

I don’t live near my family (we live about 5 – 6 hours from where we grew up) and wanted them to feel like they were part of my pregnancy. So I signed up for the BabyCenter emails that tell you about fetal development each week. Then I forwarded that email to my family and friends and gave them an update on how I was doing. Looking back now, I am so happy I did that because I now have a nice description of how each week went during my pregnancy.

I would also recommend taking a picture of your soon-to-be-expanding profile every month. I did this as well, and it is fun to look back and see how my shape changed. It also made me feel a bit better as my body started to go back to “normal,” and remembering how big my tummy was.

belly collage

How to make long distance relatives/friends feel included in your pregnancy

Finally, there’s a fantastic blog that I thoroughly enjoyed that I want to share. www.alphamom.com provides hilarious insights into what it’s like to be pregnant. It reminded me to stay on the lighter side of things.

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Re-postings

I have attempted the blog thing before, but never kept up with it. I just went back to check out what I had written, and think I’m going to re-post some of them here. It may be a bit presumptuous, but I think some of what I wrote could be helpful to other new moms, and since I’ve renewed my commitment to blogging, we’ll see how it goes…

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Using tags in WordPress (for beginners)

 

Using tags in wordpress

I’m up to 5 posts in this new Blog of mine and this side bar popped up on the left side of my screen reminding me that I haven’t created any tags yet. Problem is, I have no idea what “tags” are in WordPress. So back to Google I go…

I found this support page from WordPress which explains tags and how to use them. Basically my take on tags is kind of like having a recipe box. You have the bigger sections (in WordPress called “categories”) like breakfast, main dishes, dessert. Then you have the smaller groupings like chicken, beef, pasta, etc. You use categories to make big groupings and tags for smaller, more specific groupings. That way people can be really specific when they are on your site and see what they want. WordPress says tags are optional, but I’m going to give them a try and see what happens.

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How to add a pin it button to WordPress (for beginners)

As I go along in developing this new blog, I realized that it would be cool if I could encourage people to pin my blog on Pinterest. As a Pinterest junkie, it’s a way to spread the word about my blog and hopefully people can start following it. So, how do you add those cute little “pin it” “p” buttons on top of your pictures???

Google saves the day again… I found this helpful link from WordPress

How to add a Pin It button to wordpress

 

The first thing you have to decide on is whether you want the free version or the “pro” version. I’m just trying this out, so I”ll do the free version for now.

So my first problem was that the installation instructions tell you to go to “admin” to access plugins. Huh? Where do I find “admin”??? More searching… This is where being a newbie is so annoying sometimes. And there’s no one I know who I can ask. So I finally figure out that you can’t add plugins to WordPress hosted blogs. Just the ones that are privately hosted. According to this page I found, allowing plugins on the WordPress hosted site would be a security risk. Since right now I am only hosting my site on WordPress, I guess I’ll have to wait to install the Pin It button. I’ll come back later and finish this post if I ever decide to host the blog somewhere else…

I did keep searching, though, and found this page which talks about sharing posts on your wordpress blog. It basically does the same thing, however the sharing buttons (which include the Pin It button) appear at the bottom of each post. Make sure you click on the right buttons below. At first it only had check marks in the Posts and Pages boxes and I couldn’t see the sharing buttons. Then I checked everything and it works! Keep in mind that the sharing options will only appear after a post has been published. Until then, even if you “preview” the page, they won’t show up…

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I hope this helps you too… maybe together we can learn enough to not make every single step take hours and hours…………….. Ugh!

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How to embed a video into WordPress (for total beginners)

So I mentioned how I would be using this blog as a testing site, right? Well, I wanted to figure out how to embed a video into WordPress for my post on teaching how to tie a shoelace. I found the video below and it was super helpful.

Being the total WordPress neophyte, I had no idea how to even make it so you can see the code to insert the embedding code. What I did was click on the “Text” tab at top right side of the space where you type into your blog. Up where you see the toolbar for things like making text bold or italicized…

Once I figured that out (did I mention that I’m TOTALLY new at this?) I picked where I wanted the video to go, followed the instructions in the video above to get the embed code, pasted it, and voila!

I hope this is helpful to someone out there… someone who is just as new to all of this as I am. Not knowing what words to use to ask my questions is probably the biggest challenge… but we’ll get there eventually! I’m determined to learn this web design stuff!

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