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Blogging Checklist Plugin-Was it Made for Baby Boomers?

I love checklists! I still try to multi-task but finding it more challenging. Even while I write this post my husband is testing a record before posting on Ebay. Then he decided to video the record playing on the speakers he is also posting on Ebay. He turns to me and says ” These speakers are as beautiful as my wife”. I was startled and got distracted from the downloading of the Blogging Checklist plugin and my thoughts on what I was going to post. In addition, I was also traumatized that he would use the video of my poor posture on the laptop and unplanned punk rock hairdo.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I am preparing for a blogging class with a local coalition group. I decided that I should add a checklist. In my research I came upon a really cool plugging with FIVE STARS called Blogging Checklist. Now, after you install the plugin it will live in your SETTINGS. (I am always looking for where to configure those plugins after I download them)

The plugin gives you great examples that you cut and paste into the in the dashboard.

Now you can add your own options by placing brackets around your choices. [sing a happy song]

Once you complete your checklist and finish your post those options are there for your next post. So, I am trying this out and if you do also let me know.

Meanwhile, the class I am teaching is for WordPress.com and I will need to give them an old fashion paper copy of this handy job aid for them to put by their computer. That is one of the good things about being a baby boomer, “You don’t forget the old way of doing things.” (I hope)

 

 

How to be a Weekly Blogger-Insights From a Business Blogger

Grab a cup of green tea and check out this video from a business blogger presenting at a WordPress conference.

 

How To Modify Your WordPress Theme With Photoshop

Here is a video that shows you how to modify your WordPress theme with Photoshop. Now, this  video is about 40 mins long. But run it then stop and try to do it.

This video was created by the WordPress experts!

Hope it is helpful for you.

Use WordPress on Your Blackberry Phone

Now you can use WordPress on your Blackberry Phone. You can view this short video but don’t stop there keep going and then download the application to your phone. Oh, and if you need help you can always post a question in the Blackberry Forum. Have Fun!

BLOG WORKOUT-Four Blog Search Engines I Dare You To Add to Your Blog Exercise Plan

Are you still doing your blogging exercises? Well here are four (4) search engines I challenge you to add to your blogging bold workout. In addition, you can submit your own blog to some of them.

Blogdigger
Blogdigger is a search engine for RSS and blogs. Blogdigger uses state of the art syndication technologies, such as RSS and Atom, to index blog content and make it available for search. Blogdigger searches thousands of RSS and Atom feeds, and is built-in to many popular News Aggregators, such as FeedDemon and NetNewsWire.

Blogpulse
BlogPulse is an automated trend discovery system for blogs. BlogPulse applies machine-learning and natural-language processing techniques to discover trends in the highly dynamic world of blogs.
Icerocket
IceRocket is an Internet search engine which specializes in real-time search. Based in Dallas, Texas, it launched in 2004 hoping to market itself solely through word of mouth.

Technorati
Technorati Has a Directory of the top 100 as ranked by Technorati Authority.
The Top 100 is updated once per day.

STOP! Visit WordPress Tutorials for Baby Boomers to Learn, Learn, Learn

One of my good friends Heidi Caswell has an awesome blog called WordPress 101 for Baby Boomers. Now, I am not going tie up your time talking about it. I want you to visit and soak up some of these powerful video tutorials.

My eye is on the tutorial on What to do if Your Site gets hacked. Why? Because I have had a few sites hacked and you feel so violated. Uggh.

So, trot on over and learn, learn, learn.

Of course, I plan to post more from this site that is so good it should be illegal. Ha

When is the membership site coming Heidi?

What Do Baby Boomer Bloggers Blog About?

What do baby boomer bloggers blog about? This is not a trick question. After reading many baby boomer bloggers I have concluded that they blog about most of the things everyone blogs about. They blog about:

  • Entertainment
  • Politics
  • Health
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Food
  • Sex
  • Relationships
  • Children
  • Grandchildren
  • Caregiving
  • Finances
  • Pensions
  • Technology
  • Social media

Ok, perhaps many of those below the age of 50 are not blogging about pensions and their care giving may be with children and not parents. Yet, the general topic areas are the same. What makes the difference, in my opinion, is the expertise and experience that baby boomers bring to the table.

What do you think?

Get Blog Ideas With Google Alerts

Yes, you can get great blogging ideas by setting up a Google Alert. If you Google-Google Alerts you will find an easy way to specify a topic you want to get notifications about in your email. For example, if you love pet rocks then every time pet rocks are mentioned online you will get an alert. Now those alerts can be “as it happens”, daily, weekly or monthly.

If you find a blog post you like you can post it on your site or refer to it. You can make your own comments and if you use their permalink a trackback will be sent to them. So now you have created a blog post.

 

Try it. If you want me to post a video or tutorial let me know.

Blogging and Boomer Thoughts

You are probably wondering, “What are boomer thoughts? Well, for me it is all that happens in the life of a baby boomer. Those are the things that many of us blog about.

One of the great things about blogging is that it provides a voice for many of us who sometimes feel that no one is listening in our immediate circles. Some of the thoughts include:

  • Caregiving
  • Pension
  • Retirement options
  • Retirement issues
  • Purpose driven work
  • Work to add to retirement
  • Grand children and related joys and issues
  • Children and related joys and issues
  • Grief from loved ones missing in our lives
  • Mates
  • Making money online and offline
  • Health, health, health
  • Collections
  • Music
  • Art
  • Hobbies
  • Dating
  • Life after Divorce
  • Oh, did I already say caregiving?

Now I did not include everything. You can add more. But are you blogging about any of these things? Please share what is on your mind that you are blogging about.  I know it is one of the reasons some of you have more than one blog.

Basic How to Post to Your Blog

I am preparing for a blog class and saw this video on Youtube. I think it is pretty good so I thought it would be a nice post. It is very basic but a good refresher. Yes, I know I could have done it myself but this is pretty good. Hope you enjoy it.