First Night Design | Conversation for WordPress Bloggers


Nature Photography - English Meadow - Square Photographic Print
Nature Photography – English Meadow © Illustrious Peacock

Yesterday, Sarah Lorrimer-Riley of Illustrious Peacock and I got together and talked about certain settings available on WordPress which, seemingly, are little known by a number of bloggers.

I love promoting other people’s work and follow many blogs for my passions are eclectic.  If I like a post, I want to tweet it to my followers.  If a particular blogger is on Twitter, it’s helpful for them to know you have tweeted.  However, if there is no mention of their being on Twitter – they may not be, of course — and/or the Twitter dialogue box does not include a unique Twitter name other than @wordpressdotcom, they will never know.

Being the kind and lovely person I am (don’t all shout at once), I search everywhere to find and add it before tweeting.  This is laborious and time-consuming and I have recently taken to avoiding it unless, that is, I happen to know the name off by heart. I do have a special list of names whose blogs I tweet from regularly but even that is burdensome.

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As you can see by the image above and the Twitter conversation below, there is a setting on WordPress that enables you to automatically add your Twitter name so that any tweet sent by visitors will automatically include it.

@IllustriousPea Did u kno u can add yr TW to WP so u know who tweets posts? Go to Settings ->Sharing & scroll down. pic.twitter.com/aG6Ec4RgFI

— First Night Design (@FirstNightArt) January 19, 2014

@FirstNightArt Oooh I didn’t!!! That is Superdooper! Thank you for the top tip! 🙂

— Illustrious Peacock (@IllustriousPea) January 19, 2014

@IllustriousPea Took me a while to find it! I try 2 add to all whose blog posts I tweet but it’s v time-consuming. Seems to be little-known

— First Night Design (@FirstNightArt) January 19, 2014

I am sure this must be true for all other blog platforms and websites.  If not, it certainly should be!

In the meantime, I recommend the photographic work of Sarah Lorrimer-Riley (we Sarahs stick together!). The English Meadow photo at the top of this post is available at her Etsy store, while the laughing Laura below can be seen on her blog. She can be found on Twitter as @IllustriousPea.

Portrait - Laura © Illustrious Peacock
Portrait – Laura © Illustrious Peacock

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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4 thoughts on “First Night Design | Conversation for WordPress Bloggers

  1. I have never gotten around to Twitter but they say tweets are seen for such a short time I would think it’s very advantageous to have it on your blog and gives it a little more longevity.

    The Twitter widget on WordPress blogs definitely catches my eye.

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    1. I avoided Twitter for a long time and then gave in about three years ago. I used not to see a particular correlation between it and blog/fb followers or sales and it time-consuming and exhausting, but now I’m not so sure. I’ve also found several free tools that help with ‘time management’ and tweets which has made a big difference.

      Having read the article you pointed to, it seems I more or less do as it says. Repeat tweets at certain times, as it points out, mean I catch US as well as British followers. But I always make sure most things start from my blog and, via WP, are automatically posted to LinkedIn, Google, FB page & Twitter.

      You might not be on Twitter but I tweet you whenever you post!

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  2. Thanks for sharing the information. We’ve already discussed (in Twitter no less!) the problems with it. As you say using some of the tools available make it more manageable, but most of us find them by trial and error, so any help is welcome. We can but keep trying…

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    1. It’s such a shame that it should be so as I do believe that WP is the best blogging platform there is and yet trawling through their help pages does not always get you the information you need. I will probably do more posts about WP and networking in general. I’m by no means an expert but I have learnt a few things by trial and error. Have a lovely weekend, Olga.

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