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WordPress Support Week – Reading Posts by Email

Part of the fun of blogging, besides putting up your own posts, is reading posts that others put up.  No matter what your interest might be, there’s someone on WordPress who’s posting about that very thing.  And you want to read about it!  But getting to that post might be a problem, for whatever reason.  If you like to use a separate Reader program such as Google Reader, like I do, but your work won’t let you connect to Google Services.  Or maybe you like to use the WordPress Reader to check out the blogs of all your WordPress friends that you follow but getting to a computer just isn’t possible right then.

Guess what?  WordPress has a way around that.  You can tell WP to send you emails of the posts that you want to read.  So wherever you get your email, you can keep up with your blog friends, whether it’s through your phone or tablet, or someplace else that allows Internet access but not social media access. 

All you have to do, when you can get to your WordPress account to manage your settings, is go to the main page at http://wordpress.com .  From there, go to the Reader tab, then down at the bottom on the left, you’ll see Email Delivery Settings.  The page will look like this one below. 

Now you can choose how and when to have posts sent to you.  Weekly?  Daily?  Immediately?  The choice is yours, and you have tons of freedom and flexibility, so you’re always in control. 

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I hope you’ve found something useful in all the WordPress Support posts this week!  Happy blogging!

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WordPress Support Week – Publicize

So there you are, you just published a post on WordPress, and now you want to copy it to Facebook to let your friends see it, and maybe to Twitter to let your friends there see it too.  Oh, and don’t forget the people you know over at LinkedIn!  That means copying and pasting all those times, right?

Nope!

One of the beauties of WordPress is that they will do that posting for you, so you don’t have to.  It’s sort of having an auto-pilot for your blog.  You can set those permissions to be the default, and you can also alter them per post if you’d like.  WordPress is sort of like the gift that keeps on giving, heh.  Smile  After all, that’s why you’re blogging, right, to share your thoughts with the world. 

So go ahead and share! 

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~*~*~*~*~ Publicize~*~*~*~*~

 

Publicize makes it easy to share your WordPress.com posts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Yahoo!, and Linkedin.

WordPress.com also sends your published blog posts to several places to automatically promote them for you. For example, your posts end up in WordPress.com’s topic pages, are sent out to many search engines via Ping-o-Matic!, and sitemaps pings notify search engines of new updates.

If you want other tips and ideas for getting more visitors to your site, try Getting More Views and Traffic.

 

~*~*~*~*~ Using Publicize~*~*~*~*~

 

Once you’ve approved a connection to any of the below services, you’ll see a Publicize section in the Publish box on your post writing screen each time you write a new post.

Just publish the post as usual, and you’ll see it show up on the services you enabled.

If you want to opt out from any of the Publicize services for a specific post, just click the Publicize Edit link. You can then uncheck whichever services you want. You can also customize the message that gets sent by typing it in to the Custom Message box.

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~*~*~*~*~ Setting up Publicize~*~*~*~*~

 

To set up publicize on your WordPress.com blog please go to Settings -> Sharing in your site Dashboard.

At the top of the screen that appears, you will see a list of the services to which you can share your posts.

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~*~*~*~*~ Facebook~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Facebook at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to Facebook.

A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Facebook account.

Click the Go to App button and Facebook will ask you to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Facebook account. To complete the connection, click on the Allow button. You’ll then be taken back to WordPress.com and will see a success message at the top of your Sharing page.

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~*~*~*~*~ Facebook Pages~*~*~*~*~

 

If you would like to Publicize your posts to your Facebook page, instead of your Facebook profile, click on the “Set Options” link underneath Facebook on your Settings -> Sharing page. You will need to connect your blog to Facebook first. You will need to use a Facebook account that has a Profile with administrative rights to the Page.

Note: A Page-only account can not be used with Publicize. The Facebook account must have a profile.

In the pop up box that appears, select the Facebook profile or page that you would like to connect to your account and then Save these Settings.

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~*~*~*~*~ Twitter~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Twitter at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to Twitter.

A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Twitter account.

Publicize: Twitter authorization message

Click the authorization button and you’ll be taken to Twitter where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Twitter account. Click Allow.

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~*~*~*~*~ Tumblr~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Tumblr at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to Tumblr.

Click the authorization button and you’ll be taken to Tumblr where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Tumblr account. Click Allow.

If you have more than one Tumblr blog you will then be prompted to choose which blog to publicize to.

You can always change which Tumblr blog you want to publicize to by clicking the Set options button underneath the Tumblr option.

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~*~*~*~*~ Yahoo!~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Yahoo at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to Yahoo! Updates.

A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Yahoo account.

Publicize: Yahoo authorization message

Click the authorization button and you’ll be taken to Yahoo where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your Yahoo account. First sign into your Yahoo account.

Publicize - Yahoo Authentication

Then click Agree on the following screen.

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~*~*~*~*~ Linkedin~*~*~*~*~

 

Find the block for Linkedin at the top of the Settings -> Sharing page and click Connect to LinkedIn.

A message will appear asking you to authorize the connection between WordPress.com and your LinkedIn account.

Click the authorization button and you’ll be taken to LinkedIn where you’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com blog and your LinkedIn account. Click OK, I’ll Allow It.

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~*~*~*~*~ Video~*~*~*~*~

 

Here’s a quick video walkthrough of activating Publicize:

Publicize Your WordPress.com Blog

Publicize Your WordPress.com Blog

<p>JavaScript required to play <a hreflang="en" type="video/mp4" href="http://videos.videopress.com/K3o0HiyO/sequence-15_dvd.mp4">Publicize Your WordPress.com Blog</a>.</p>

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~*~*~*~*~ Additional Information~*~*~*~*~

 

Per Blog and Per User
For maximum flexibility, these connections between WordPress.com and our Publicize services are configured per blog and per user. If you have several blogs you want to connect, you’ll need to connect each one separately. For multi-author blogs, each user that wants to connect to a Publicize service will need to do so separately as well.

Setting Up Non-Administrator Users
The above steps are described for Administrator, Editor, or Author user roles. If you’re an Contributor for a blog, you cannot use Publicize.

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~*~*~*~*~ Reconnecting Facebook~*~*~*~*~

 

Sometimes, the connection between Facebook and WordPress.com might get disconnected. Not to worry, the following steps should get you up and running again quickly.

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and click the Disconnect from Facebook link.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Reconnect to Facebook, but don’t click that link yet.
  3. Log into your Facebook account. Then go to your Facebook Account Settings > Apps page by clicking this App Settings link.
  4. Remove the WordPress.com app by clicking the X in its row. (If there is no WordPress.com row, don’t worry, just skip this step). If you see a popup asking for confirmation, click the “Remove” button.
  5. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and follow these steps to reconnect.

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~*~*~*~*~ Reconnecting Twitter~*~*~*~*~

 

If the connection between Twitter and WordPress.com gets disconnected for some reason, don’t worry, just follow these steps and you’ll be back on track again in no time.

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and click the Disconnect from Twitter link.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Reconnect to Twitter.
  3. Clear your browser’s cookies (this clears some cookies that Twitter sets which are often part of the problem).
  4. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and follow these steps to reconnect.

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~*~*~*~*~ Reconnecting Linkedin~*~*~*~*~

 

If your LinkedIn connection gets disconnected for some reason, don’t worry, just follow these steps and you’ll be back on track again in no time.

  1. Log into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and click the Disconnect from LinkedIn link.
  2. Reload the page and confirm the link now says Reconnect to LinkedIn.
  3. Clear your browser’s cookies (this clears some cookies that LinkedIn sets which are likely part of the problem).
  4. Log back into your WordPress.com blog. Go to your blog’s dashboard -> Settings -> Sharing and follow these steps to reconnect.

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~*~*~*~*~ Troubleshooting~*~*~*~*~

 

  • Static pages will not be publicized.
  • After connecting/re-connecting the services, you will need to publish a new post in order to publicize it.
  • If you see the message “Error – See Support” (see image below) after connecting to Facebook, there is a problem with the Facebook account being used. Only Facebook Pages that have an associated Profile can be used with Publicize. Follow the Reconnecting Facebook steps above and connect to a Facebook Profile that has administrative rights to the Page.

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WordPress Support Week – Apps for WordPress

Yesterday I talked a bit about posting to your blog by email.  Sometimes though, email might not be an option, and you want to post something anyway.  Apps to the rescue!

There are a multitude of apps available to use, either on your smartphone, or tablet, as well as your computer.  It’s no secret what a huge fan I am of Windows Live Writer, and that’s considered an app.  (It’s also referred to as a ‘third-party-blogging-client) which I use pretty much every day.  I also use the Android app.  It’s great for when the kids draw a picture and all I want to do is post it to their blog without doing much, if any, editing.  I just snap a picture of their drawing with my phone, open the WordPress Android app, then share it on their blog.  Easy-peasy!

I could also use that same app from my Android tablet, but … pretty much the only time I use my tablet is when I’m reading in bed, and nobody wants to see that.  Ahem!

I can also personally lay claim to a few of the other apps that are listed, because I’m just a bit of a junky like that.  I’ve used ScribeFire, Press This, both Chrome and FireFox extensions, Shareholic, and the Hootsuite app.  Probably TweetDeck will be next on my list, lol. 

But for being out and about and on the go, you can still blog with one of the mobile apps that are available.  Blogging is no longer confined to your desk.  How cool is that?!

Link and download information is below each description.

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Note: I have to confess, I think WordPress got a bit mixed up on a couple of their descriptions.  I would classify Press This, ScribeFire, and Shareholic, as Browser Extensions and not Desktop Apps, as you must be online and have them installed on a browser to use them.  You cannot use them as free-standing desktop clients like you can Windows Live Writer

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Apps for WordPress.com

Blogging at WordPress.com is great, and these applications make it even better by giving you more ways to post. Whether you’re blogging from your desktop, browser or on the go, make sure to check out these other ways to post to your WordPress.com blog.

New!

~*~*~*~*~ WordPress.com for Windows 8 ~*~*~*~*~

 

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Browse the best original content on WordPress.com, including articles and photography on travel, art, entertainment, food, and much more. Easily share cool content you find on the web by reblogging it on your WordPress.com site.

Operating System: Windows 8

View on Windows Store

 

~*~*~*~*~ Mobile Apps ~*~*~*~*~

 

WordPress for iOS

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WordPress for iOS is the app that lets you write posts, upload photos, edit pages, and manage comments on your blog from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. With support for both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (2.92 or higher), users of all experience levels can get going in seconds.

Learn more | Download

WordPress for Android

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Write new posts for your WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress.org blog, edit content, and manage comments with built-in notifications, all on your Android device.

Learn more | Download

WordPress for BlackBerry

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Post to WordPress.com or your self-hosted WordPress blog from your BlackBerry. Manage comments and media, upload videos and more with this BlackBerry native app.

Learn more | Download

WordPress for Windows Phone 7

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WordPress for Windows Phone 7 makes it easy to manage your blog or website while on the move. Writing and editing Posts and Pages is a breeze, as well as being able to quickly moderate comments and check statistics. And it’s all made to get you in and out quickly.

Learn more | Download

WordPress for Nokia

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WordPress for Nokia allows you to edit your existing blog content, add new posts and pages, manage comments, and more – directly from your S60 or Maemo-powered Nokia.

Learn more | Download

WordPress for webOS

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WordPress for webOS is built around Sliding Panels that enable you to easily switch between creating, editing and managing your content. Create beautiful posts with the built in visual editor, featuring text formatting tools, a link builder, image uploading, and much more.

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~*~*~*~*~ Browser Extensions~*~*~*~*~

 

Chrome Extension

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Install this extension to instantly view your WordPress.com notifications, follow sites, and start new blog posts quickly and easily from your browser toolbar.

Install

Firefox Extension

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The Firefox extension allows you to instantly view your WordPress.com notifications, follow sites, and start new blog posts quickly and easily from your browser toolbar.

Install

 

~*~*~*~*~ Desktop Apps ~*~*~*~*~

 

BloGTK

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BloGTK is a weblog client that allows you to post to your weblog from GNOME without the need for a separate browser window. BloGTK allows you to connect with many weblog systems, including WordPress.com.

Operating System: Linux

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MarsEdit

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Write, preview, and publish without a web browser. MarsEdit uses the power of your Mac to provide an amazing blog editing experience. MarsEdit is a desktop blog editor, so you can write a blog without giving up the comforts of your Mac.

Operating System: Mac OS X

Learn more | Download

Press This

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Press This is a bookmarklet, which is a neat word for a little app that runs in your browser and lets you grab text, images and videos from the web and post them to your WordPress.com blog. Use Press This to grab bits of the web from any page and add them to your blog!

Operating System: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (via browser)

Learn more | Install

ScribeFire

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ScribeFire is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with the Firefox web browser and lets you easily post to your blog. You can drag and drop formatted text from pages you are browsing, take notes, upload images, and post to multiple blogs.

Operating System: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (via Firefox)

Learn more | Download

Shareaholic

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Shareaholic is the easy way to share, spread, and post interesting web pages via your blogs, social networks, email, IM, and more, right from your web browser. Works with all WordPress.com and WordPress.org blogs.

Operating System: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (via browser)

Learn more | Download

Windows Live Writer

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Blog your heart out: Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any blog service, including WordPress.com.

Operating System: Windows

Learn more | Download

 

~*~*~*~*~ Microblogging Apps ~*~*~*~*~

 

HootSuite

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HootSuite is the professional microblogging client. With HootSuite, you can manage multiple social network accounts in one easy to use interface, schedule updates, and measure your success.

Learn more | Sign up

Seesmic for Android

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Seesmic now offers the microblogging client you’ve been waiting for! A powerful feature-rich application that’s simple and easy to use. Stay connected and share information with your friends from everywhere. Now with support for posting to WordPress.com.

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Spaz

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Spaz is an open source, cross-platform app for Twitter, Identi.ca and Laconica. With built-in global search, short URL creation, and support themes, Spaz also works for posting and reading WordPress.com blogs.

Learn more | Download

TweetDeck

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TweetDeck is your personal real-time browser, connecting you with your contacts across WordPress.com, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google Buzz and more. TweetDeck also lets you post to and read WordPress.com blogs.

Learn more | Download

Twidroyd

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Twidroyd is the industry-standard Twitter client for Android and among the most used Twitter applications across all platforms. It’s available as a free and commercial pro version that supports all Twitter features as well as functionality that is customized to the capabilities of Android devices. Twidroyd supports posting to and reading WordPress.com blogs.

Learn more | Download

Twitterrific

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Twitterrific is a fun application that lets you both read and publish posts or “tweets” to the Twitter community website. The application’s user interface is clean, concise and designed to take up a minimum of real estate. With Twitterrific you can enter a WordPress.com account to post updates and read blogs you’re following.

Learn more | Download

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WordPress Support Week – Post by Email

It seems that more and more, companies are preventing their employees from checking out social media stuff from company computers.  Can’t say I blame them, lol, but it does make blogging from work that much more difficult.  Ha! 

Well, there are a couple of work-arounds, no pun intended!  WordPress offers a couple of different ways to post without having to actually be on WordPress.com to do it.  This week I’ll be putting up some posts that deal with that sort of thing, sort of a little WP support week, if you will.  Some of us are sort of new to blogging and some of us could use a refresher.  Smile

First up, did you know you can post by email?  I saw this once, and never really thought about it after that since it’s not a feature I would use very much.  But a lot of you might really find this would come in handy.  One thing I was surprised to learn was how flexible email posting is with “shortcodes.”  You can have some flexibility with when your post goes up, setting tags and categories, and adding attachments, among other features.  Posting by email is NOT the simple “plain text” kind of posting that I thought it would be! 

Now I know, and so do you!

Check out the info I copied below, for all posting-by-email tips.

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Post by Email

Post by Email is a way of publishing posts on your blog by email. Any email client can be used to send the email, allowing you to publish quickly and easily from devices such as cell phones.

Generating a Post by Email Address

Before you can publish by email, you must generate a special email address. This address is unique to you and must be kept secret (anyone that knows the email address can publish a post to your blog).

  1. First go to Dashboard -> My Blogs.
  2. Make sure Post by Email is enabled in your Screen Options.
  3. Locate the blog that you wish to post to and click Enable.You now have a special email address. If you want to add the address to your address book, you can download it as a vCard:

 

Sending Emails

Once you have your Post by Email address, sending an email is simple:

The email subject is used as your post’s title. The body is the post’s contents. A few minutes after receiving your email, you should receive a notification email informing you of the published post’s details.

Note: Please remember to send the email to your secret email address, not to the example given in the image above.

 

Mail Formatting

Your email can be plain text or formatted. As much formatting as possible will be retained, although the Post by Email system will strip unnecessary HTML tags so that your email is displayed correctly. Note that you will need to use an email client that supports rich text or HTML formatting in order to make use of this feature. Most website based clients (Hotmail, Gmail) do support this, as do most desktop clients (Outlook, Mail). You may need to switch your client into rich text or formatted mode.

 

Attachments

Image attachments will be included in your published post as follows:

  • Single images will be displayed inline (a single image is defined as an image without an image immediately following it).
  • Multiple images will be displayed as a gallery.

Multiple galleries and single images are allowed in the same post. Note that using the [nogallery] shortcode will disable all galleries.

If you have purchased the Space Upgrade, then the following additional attachment types will be supported:

  • Supported audio files (mp3) will be displayed using the WordPress Audio player.
  • All other files (doc, PDF, etc) will be displayed as links to the attachment.

Additionally, if you’ve purchased the VideoPress Upgrade, you’ll be able to send mp4, mov, wmv, avi, mpg, and m4v files as attachments, which will then be displayed using the WordPress video player.

Note that you can send your attachments to:

media+YOUR_SECRET_EMAIL@post.wordpress.com

Your attachments will just be stored in your account without creating a new post – the attachments will appear alongside your other media.

 

Shortcodes

Special shortcodes can be embedded in your email to configure various aspects of the published post:

  • [category x,y,z]
  • [excerpt]some excerpt[/excerpt]
  • [tags x,y,z]
  • [delay +1 hour]
  • [comments on | off]
  • [status publish | pending | draft | private]
  • [password secret-password]
  • [slug some-url-name]
  • [title Your post title]
  • [end] – everything after this shortcode is ignored (i.e. signatures)
  • – replaces the auto-gallery with a slideshow
  • [nogallery] – disables the auto-gallery and displays all images inline
  • [more]more tag
  • [nextpage]pagination
  • [geotag on | off] – override your geotagging privacy defaults to enable or disable the showing of geo information
  • [publicize off|yahoo|twitter|facebook] – change Publicize options (see below)
  • [poll]question and answers[/poll] – insert a Polldaddy poll into your post (see below)

Shortcodes can be included anywhere in the body of your email and must be in lowercase. There should be no spaces between the left square braket and the shortcode content.

 

Specifying the Category

The category shortcode will match the start of category titles, as well as category IDs. For example:

[category Hol,Fo]

Will match “Holiday” and “Food.” Note that categories must already exist on your blog and spaces between the commas are not important.

 

Specifying Tags

Any number of tags can be added to your post, each separated by a comma:

[tags one potato, two potato, three potato, more]

This will add four tags: “one potato”, “two potato”, “three potato”, and “more”. Note that your tags do not need to exist elsewhere in your blog and new tags will be created automatically.

 

Changing your Publicize settings

WordPress Publicize lets you notify other web services about your posts. With the [publicize] shortcode you can control this from emails.

[publicize off] – disable all Publicize notifications

[publicize twitter] – only send a notification to Twitter

[publicize twitter]my new post[/publicize] – only send a notification to Twitter and set the Twitter status to my new post

Note that your Publicize settings must have been previously configured.

 

Inserting a Polldaddy poll

You must first have created or imported a Polldaddy account into WordPress.com before using this shortcode. Once setup you can insert a poll in an email as follows:

[poll]

What is the worst movie of the decade?

* The Love Guru

* Fool’s Gold

[/poll]

Note how the poll question is added after the [poll] shortcode, and each answer is on a new line and starts with an asterisk. The poll must be finished with [/poll].

You can configure your poll by adding extra details to the [poll] shortcode:

  • type="single | multi | 2 | 3" – how many times a vote may be registered (single by default)
  • style="manga medium" – the style of the poll, as taken from the Polldaddy polls page.
  • other="yes | no" – allow an ‘other’ response (no by default)

For example, to create a poll with the wide ‘manga’ style and allow up to three responses (including an ‘other’ response):

[poll style="manga wide" other="yes" type="3"]

What is the worst movie of the decade?

* The Love Guru

* Fool’s Gold

[/poll]

 

Delaying Your Post

The delay shortcode will accept any time allowed by PHP’s strtotime. For example, you can:

[delay +1 hour]

[delay +2 days]

 

Providing a post title

The title of your published post is usually taken from the subject line of your email. In some instances, such as when sending an email from some cell phones or via a MMS-Email gateway, you may not be able to provide a subject. In this instance, you can set your post title directly inside the email:

[title My Fancy Post]

 

Changing your post status

Sometimes you may want your post to be private, or to be reviewed by yourself or someone else at a later date before being published. To do this, you can use the [status] shortcode to set the post status.

[status private]

 

Geotagging

If your email includes an image that contains appropriate GPS information (for example, as sent from iPhone), then this will be used to geotag your post. Information will only be shown to the public if you configure your blog to do so. You can override this on a per-email basis using the [geotag on] and [geotag off] shortcodes.

Emails sent from a SPOT GPS device will be automatically geotagged.

 

Signatures

Post by email will automatically remove any email signatures that match the standard signature block pattern:

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(that is dash dash space)

It will also remove anything after a <hr/> HTML tag and attempts to clean up cellphone network signatures.

If your email system attaches a signature that does not match any of these patterns then you can manually tell Post by Email to stop including text by adding the special [end] shortcode. Anything after this will be removed from your post. If your cellphone network is adding a signature and you want us to remove it, then let us know the details and we’ll look into it.

 

Example Email with Shortcodes

The following email will be published in two days’ time to the “WordPress” category, with tags “announcement” and “WordPress”:

Welcome to Post by Email, the easiest way to blog!

[tags announcement, WordPress]

[category WordPress]

[delay +2 days]

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Well Well Well

So Much Pun

I wonder what happened with WordPress yesterday.  Have you heard anything?  I know they’ve experienced some bad Denial of Service attacks a couple of weeks ago, so I wonder if yesterday’s event had something to do with that.   At first, I thought it was a problem with my Internet service, so I tried to check with my phone, and that’s when I got the message that it was WordPress and not me.  Which was actually kind of refreshing because usually it’s me. 

That was the most exciting thing that happened to me yesterday.  Pretty sweet, huh?  Open-mouthed smile 

Today is our play day.  Every Wednesday, no school for us.  Don’t you wish I’d been your mom and homeschooled you too?  Winking smile  Heh, and my kids still complain about the other 4 days.  They won’t believe me when I tell them how lucky they are. 

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Oh my gosh, did you see what happened to me yesterday?  This picture is exactly how I felt!

I finally got around to checking my email yesterday afternoon, and found email from some friends of mine asking what had happened to my blog and was everything okay.

*gulp*  My blog?  What?

So I tried to sign in … and it was gone!  All I had was a message on what should have been my dashboard stating that I had been shut down, due to TOS violations.

A TOS violation?  Me?!  Advertising?  Me?!  Does promoting my husband’s books count as advertising? 

I fired off a request thing to WP support, and within probably only  10-15 min max I heard back from them, apologizing for the mix up and inconvenience and telling me that everything had been restored just like it was.  Whew! 

I guess that’s doing pretty good if that’s the most traumatic thing in my day.  Seriously, I’ve had much worse, so a blog issue I can deal with.  Ahh, perspective. 

In other news, I did our taxes.  What a relief to have that done!

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Categories: Day to Day Life, Family Life, WTF? | Tags: , , | 6 Comments

It’s ba-ack!

To what am I referring, you ask?  Why, the funny, of course.  🙂

See, for quite a long time now, over a year in fact, the top 3 searches that have led people to my blog have been funny, funny pics, and funny pictures.  Yeah, the funny replaced Chicago Sucks a long time ago.  I know, weird, huh? 

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Anyway, I’ve been coasting on the funny for months and months.  And then one day last month, WordPress gave me the honor of being placed on the front page.  And ever since then, I’ve lost the funny.  It stopped showing up in my search terms.  It sure felt for all the world like WP had put some kind of blinder on their search engine.  If people typed in funny, it would direct them someplace away from my blog, with a “no, you can’t look there!” attitude.  Either that, or people suddenly stopped looking for funny.  And I mean suddenly.  Like a brick off a building.  Like, 60-70% lost.  That’s substantial, right?

All those hits, lost.  *sigh* 

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But then a few days ago I started noticing an old trend – the funny was showing up again in my search terms!  My stats have been going up again.  It’s interesting – when I began blogging way back in 2005, I was happy if I had 2 hits.  It’s still a surprise to me that I get any hits at all.  It’s nice though to feel like whatever I lost is back again, or coming back anyway.  I don’t know what happened, but I missed the funny. 

And it is still so weird for me –the little invisible girl – to have people type “funny” into a search engine and land on my blog.  Heh.  Whoda thunk?

 

Categories: Funny, Just for Fun, Thinking out loud | Tags: , , | 9 Comments

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