How to: pretend that you know what you’re doing + useful resources from around the community!

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Today is my last post in this series! Thank you all so much for your support throughout the series. If there was anything I didn’t cover that you wanted me to, please let me know down below and I’ll either address it there, add it to this post, or maybe make a whole post, depending on how much I have to say.

Today we’re talking about some general tips I have for blogging!Β There are some things I feel like everyone should know, like how to pingback to a post, as well as some links to some of my favourite info posts.

Quick disclaimer: I’m not trying to say that I’m an expert or the best at this, by any means. These are honestly just things I’ve found work for me, and that I wanted to know when I started my blog.

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How-to pingback:

When tagging someone in a post, link one of their specific posts!!!

This way they’ll get the notification!! If you just link to their main page or general page, they won’t be notified and they could miss your tag! Generally, if you have the ability to comment on a post or page, the person will get a notification if you put it in your post.

Linking in posts

If you’re putting a link in your blog post, make sure you set it to “open link in a new window/tab”!!!!! Please!!! It makes reading the links so much easier!

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WordPress sometimes gets funny if there are too many “drafted” posts

IDK what it is, but I find when I have too many “drafts”, WordPress gets really slow and freezes or randomly shuts down on me. It doesn’t do this when I have scheduled posts, though. So I generally keep drafts saved on my laptop/dropbox, and then schedule them, rather than having them sit in my drafts.

On Twitter, please please please only respond to the person who tagged you in a tweet

On Twitter, sometimes people will tag multiple people in tweets. And if you respond to these tweets, the default is to respond to everyone in the tweet. Which means your notifications are flooded with (very lovely) tweets of people saying thank you to someone else. You can avoid this by untagging others mentioned in the tweets.

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I know this seems like a dumb problem, but still. It makes everyone’s life easier.

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Posts from around the community that are super useful

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So those are some of the things I want everyone to know! Was this helpful? Is there anything else you want me to cover? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! And thanks again for all the support throughout this series! xx

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30 thoughts on “How to: pretend that you know what you’re doing + useful resources from around the community!

  1. You are absolutely too kind, Ally! Thank you so much for your kind words and for the shout-out! I love your tips here and think that they are definitely useful for those who don’t know. The one for Twitter is a really important one too. I’ve been in one of those where the chain was so long that a gazillion people thanked a gazillion others. I’ve never seen my Twitter icon have 99 at the top right corner before! πŸ˜› Thank you for sharing these!

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      1. Honestly though!

        Re: reply all in emails: once at the university I went to for undergrad, a bunch of researchers got a system-generated email, but the system messed up, so when someone responded to the email, EVERYONE who got the original email got the reply. Over the evening, I probably got about 110 emails, 70% of which were people going “please! do not reply all!” It was pretty entertaining

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  2. Huh, interesting! I haven’t had the same problem with WordPress drafts — I regularly have 20+ drafts on the go! Most of them are more “templates” than “drafts” though, and I wish there was a way to make them true templates. Oh well, drafts will have to be close enough I guess!

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  3. After spending MANY YEARS avoiding Twitter, I went back to it a couple of months ago, and yes, the not-replying-to-everyone took me a week to figure out!! At first I was all “why do I have to reply all? Can’t I turn it off?” until I realised I could click and then untick every person in the world!!

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