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WordPress 102: How Should we Respond to Negative Comments?

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


All of my blogging  years have consisted of dealing with negative comments. Whether it be YouTube or Facebook, someone always has something negative and irrelevant to say. Sometimes they didn’t like the content and other times they didn’t like the way I spoke.

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Looking around, I notice that many other bloggers (or people even remotely public) deal with this on a much larger scale. But how are we to respond to it?

View More!: How Should We Respond to Negative Comments?

Do you have a question for me? Whether sad, silly, or serious leave your questions here.

Questions? Ask Fairen

 

Previously: Where to Get Awesome Photos for Your Blog FREE

Next Time: Wrapping Up- Leave Your Blog, Below

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WordPress 102: Where to Get Awesome Photos for Your Blog FREE

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


 

Hi, Friends! I’m re-sharing this older post that I wrote in May in hopes that it helps other bloggers. Enjoy!

Today’s post will be simple, short, and sweet. Today, I will be sharing some websites with quality pictures that you can use for free. All of these resources allow you to use the pictures for free and attribution is not required.


Pixabay
: This is my favorite so far! Pixabay has a vast amount of pictures for you to search and use. The quality is great on these pictures- check some of them out below!

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New Old Stock: These photos are free of known copyrights and are to be used for personal use as well as non-commercially. This site is known to recapture history. Read the rights and usage, here. Check out the photos, below!

UnsplashUnsplash provides free photos for you to do whatever you want with them! The pictures are often quite large so you may have to edit/shrink/re-size them. Here are a few samples:

Go Here for More!: Where to Get Awesome Free Photos to Use for Your Blog!

 

Do you have a question for me? Whether sad, silly, or serious leave your questions here.

Questions? Ask Fairen

Previously: 6 Things to Look for in Order to Determine if a Comment is a Spam Comment

Next Time: How Should we Respond to Negative Comments?

WordPress 102: 6 Things to Look for in Order to Determine if a Comment is a Spam Comment

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


As you may or may not know, I am a fanatic when it comes to comments and responding to them. Although this post is almost two years old, I thought it relevant considering we still receive spam comments. So here are some techniques that I use to separate the spammers from the real.

1. Check the website and username linked to the comment:

This is perhaps one of the most influential deciding factors for approving/un-approving comments. I find that most of the time, a spammer’s website leads to

Source: 6 Things to Look for in Order to Determine if a Comment is a Spam Comment

Do you have a question for me? Whether sad, silly, or serious leave your questions here.

Questions? Ask Fairen

 

Previously: What is Guest Blogging? And Why it Benefits Both Parties

Next Time:Where to Get Awesome Photos for Your Blog FREE

WordPress 102: What is Guest Blogging? And Why it Benefits Both Parties

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


 

How do I increase the traffic to my blog? How do I get more readers?

These are some of the most common questions that I’ve gotten over the years. One answer to these questions are guest blogging.

shellyToday, I’m going to break down exactly what guest blogging is and  why it helps both the guest and the blog owner.

So, let’s say your name is…Shelly (don’t judge) and your blog is shelly.wordpress.com. You (Shelly) blog mostly about writing.

You stumble across Bill’s blog Bill.wordpress.com and he is an author whobill
writes about his personal struggles/writing journey/interesting finds.

You like Bill’s work and would like to write a piece for his blog so you contact him with a message like this:

Hi! My name is Shelly from shelly.wordpress.com. I love your random work so let me write a post for you!

Bill says yes, you type and send your post in, and he publishes it.

Congratulations, you have participated in guest blogging.


In all seriousness, it really is this simple.

My personal definition of Guest blogging is:

Guest Blogging is when you write (and publish) at least one article for a blog other than your own.

 

shellyWhat Does Guest Blogging Do For You:

  • Potential Increase in Readers:  Most likely, most of Bill’s audience have no idea you exist so, if done correctly, guest blogging offers a possibility of getting more readers to your blog simply because they know (and like) that you exist. In other words, if Bill trusts you, I am more likely to trust you, as well. This most effective IF your blog is included somewhere in or around the article so that others can find you.
  • You Have Enhanced Your Relationship With That Blogger (a.k.a Bill): You are no longer just another one of Bill’s subscribers. He knows your name and is exposed to your writing. More than likely, you have exchanged emails and that possesses great potential of having yet another flourishing blog relationship.


What Does Guest Blogging Do for the Blog Owner (Bill):

 

  • Potential Increase in Readers: Here’s the thing, a lot of bloggers who become guest bloggers will tell their audience about the article that they wrote for you. In doing this, they have handed you more traffic because most of Shelly’s audience probably did not billhave a clue that you exist, either, so now that they know (and like) that you exist, you have an increased likelihood of having more readers!
  • Diversified Content: One of the ways that I figured out what my readers like to read is by bringing on different types of writers and seeing which topics and styles they responded best to. Guest Blogging is a fairly simple way to see where your audience is and what they want to read.
  • You Get a Break: Great news! You don’t have to worry about writing so many articles so quickly.
  • You Have Enhanced Your Relationship With That Blogger (aka Shelly): You are no longer just another one of Shelly’s subscribers or readers that don’t interact. She knows your name and is not only exposed to your writing but likes it and your blog. More than likely, you have exchanged emails and that possesses great potential of having yet another flourishing relationship.

Sound simple? It is. Go ahead, contact a blogger and ask to write an article for them!

If you’re still a little hesitant, here are some things to check off your list first:questions

  1. Will the desired blogger recognize you (i.e. Have you interacted on their blog or social media?)
  2. Do you bring a valuable or entertaining message to their audience?
  3. Do you have an idea of what you want to write about?
  4. Have you read that bloggers policy on guest writers?

 

No matter if you are Shelly or Bill, guest blogging is a great tool for increasing blog traffic or for interacting and meeting other bloggers!

Do you have a question for me? Whether sad, silly, or serious leave your questions here.

Questions? Ask Fairen

 

 

Previously: How to Schedule Your Blog Posts

Next Time: 6 Things to Look for in Order to Determine if a Comment is a Spam Comment

WordPress 102: How to Schedule Your Blog Posts

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!


Keeping a blog schedule can be incredibly difficult and it’s even harder to publish every single post “on time.”

So, today, I’m going to share a little trick I learned a long time ago to help with this labor of love!

 

It’s called the “Scheduling” Feature.

Scheduling your post is an amazing way to be consistent with your writing without having to do it in real time.

Did you get a burst of inspiration one day to crank out 10 posts? Great! now you have content to last you until your next burst.😉

So, this is how I utilize the scheduling feature using WordPress.

      1. Go to your dashboard (your url.com/dashboard)
      2. Click on a post you’d like to schedule
      3. On the top right corner, you will see an option stating “Publish Immediately”
      4. Click “Edit”

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      1. Adjust the date and time you want the post to be published on
      2. Then click “Ok”

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      1. Then Click the blue button that says “schedule”

That’s it! It’s that simple.

Do you use the scheduling feature? Has it helped you in any way

Source: Have Too Many Posts and Not Enough Time to Publish Them All? Here’s How to Schedule Your Posts

If you have questions about this or blogging in general? Let me know here or in the comments!

I look forward to talking with you. 🙂

Previously: How to Add Additional Writers to Your Blog

Next Time: What is Guest Blogging? And Why it Benefits Both Parties

WordPress 102: How to Add Additional Writers to Your Blog

Welcome to “WordPress 102.” This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!

 


Last week, we spoke on the benefits of adding multiple writers to your blog and how you customize their access.

Today, we will talk about how to actually complete this task.

Remember, the “User” feature allows your guests/editors to do some of the following:

  • Write, edit, tag, categorize, submit/publish their post as if it were their own blog.
  • Receive adequate credit for their post instead of having my name be the linkuntitled
  • Be directly alerted when receiving comments, likes and links to reply to instead of checking back on the post in vain.

And the different users are as follows:

 

User Roles Guide
User Can’s  Cannot’s
Administrator Everything

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

Editor See/Change/Delete any post, tags, categories and links.

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

 Alter the actual blog/website by theme, menus (I believe are included), adding/deleting users, or altering site themes.
Author   -Write, edit, publish and delete their own posts

-Upload pictures

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

-See the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them unless it is on their own post.

 -Access pages on the blog

-Edit/Delete posts made by other users

Contributor  -Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

-See the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them.

 -Upload pictures

-Publish their posts

-Access pages on the blog

-Edit/Delete posts made by other users

-Edit blog settings

How to Access the “User” Feature

  1. Go to the dashboard of your website/blog.  (for me, it’s thoughtfulmindsunited.com/dashboard)
  2. Click “Users” on the left side bar. (Under “Appearance”)
  3. Click “Invite New”
  4. Insert the desired person’s email. (You can enter multiple email addresses as long as a comma is after each one)
  5. Choose the desired role from the dropdown
  6. Insert the text you’d like sent to their email

Example

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Changing Roles

You can easily change the role of a writer. Here is how to do it!

  1. Go to the dashboard of your website/blog.  (for me, it’s thoughtfulmindsunited.com/dashboard)
  2. Click “Users” on the left side bar. (Under “Appearance”)
  3. Click “All Users”
  4. Select/Check-Mark the User you’d like to edit
  5. Adjust the “Change Role To” drop-down to the desired role
  6. Click the “Change” button

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Have questions about this feature or blogging in general? Leave them here or in the comments!

I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

Previously: Adding Authors to Your Blog and How Does it Work?

Next Time: How to Schedule Your Blog Posts

 

WordPress 102: Adding Authors to Your Blog and How Does it Work?

Today, I’m going to begin a series called  “WordPress 201” that answers some questions that I had about using WordPress that may not be common knowledge.

This is an intermediate level blog series that is helpful to WordPress users.

We cover topics such as:

  • Guest-blogging
  • Adding users to your blog
  • Where to get free photos
  • Responding to negative comments
  • And more!

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below (or more privately here). I look forward to talking with you!

So on to today’s topic of adding multiple writers to your blog! Why would you ever want to do add additional users to your blog and how does it work?

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You may know that I run a website called Thoughtful Minds United. TMU is dedicated to bringing folks together to build, connect, and inspire one another.

With this said, it is best suited to have multiple voices or guest bloggers and team members writing on our blog.

I wanted something that allowed my writers to use the TMU platform as if it was their own blog instead of emailing their posts to me all the time and not getting notified whenever a comment arrived.

I wanted something that where guests/team-members could…:

  • Write, edit, tag, categorize, submit/publish their post as if it were their own blog.
  • Receive adequate credit for their post instead of having my name be the linkuntitled
  • Be directly alerted when receiving comments, likes and links to reply to instead of checking back on the post in vain.

What I found was the WordPress “Users” feature that I absolutely love so allow me to introduce you to my little friend. Not only does this feature allow me to do all of the above, it also allows me to customize each users access!

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Now, this feature varies by theme so before you do anything, make sure that your theme allows this (most do from my experience). 

Long story short, the “Users” feature allows your guests, team members, and editors to have different layers of access to your blog.

Here are the basic layers:

Administrator (You): Administrators have access to anything and everything on your blog. They can also change the user of any post. This is the highest level of command in relation to your blog. I recommend that you don’t give this to anyone else because they can literally delete your site if they so choose. 

As an Admin., you can change the role (editor, author, contributor, follower) of any person at any time.

editorEditor: Editors can see, edit, delete, and publish any post on the blog. They also have access to categories, tags, and links. Whenever editors decide to write and publish their own post, they will receive direct notifications whenever someone likes or comments on their post.

However they can not alter your site in any way like adding/deleting users or site themes.

Author: Authors can write, edit, publish and delete their own posts on the typewriterblog. They can also upload pictures and videos.

Whenever authors decide to write and publish their post, they will receive direct notifications whenever someone likes or comments on their post.

They can see the entire blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them unless it is on their own post.

Contributor: Contributor status is the most “guest blog” friendly off all of these. Contributors can see their own posts but are only allowed to write, edit, and submit their own posts for review. They can not directly publish their own post.

The main difference between an author and a contributor is that contributors can not publish a post on their own. They simply submit it for review and the administrator or editor can edit and publish it from the “Pending” tab in your dashboard.

However, the only pain is that guests cannot add pictures into their own posts. I usually just have them email it to me.

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How the Contributor Side Looks

 

Whenever contributors a post, they will receive direct notifications whenever someone likes or comments on their post. They can see the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them.

Follower/Viewer: I feel that this feature is best used if you have a private blog and would like someone else to have access to it without allowing them to your dashboard, stats, etc.

User Roles Guide
User Can’s  Cannot’s
Administrator Everything

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

Editor See/Change/Delete any post, tags, categories and links.

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

 -Alter the actual blog/website by theme, menus (I believe are included), adding/deleting users, or altering site themes.
Author   -Write, edit, publish and delete their own posts

-Upload pictures

-Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

-See the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them unless it is on their own post.

 -Access pages on the blog

-Edit/Delete posts made by other users

Contributor  -Receives alerts for comments and likes on their posts

-See the blog’s comments, stats and title of posts/scheduled posts but cannot edit them.

 -Upload pictures

-Publish their posts

-Access pages on the blog

-Edit/Delete posts made by other users

-Edit blog settings

Next Time: How to Add Additional Writers to Your Blog

 

Next time, we will discuss how to actually complete this task so if you have questions about this feature or blogging in general, leave them here or in the comments!

I look forward to hearing from you. 🙂

Dear America

Dear America,

With so many voices speaking loud and clear, I don’t know if you’ll hear me but I must try.

I want you to know that I don’t hate you. However, I am tired of your lack of understanding or maybe its lack of care?

Just because you speak the loudest doesn’t mean that you are correct. And yes, some do have privileges that others do not. Though this is not your fault, it cannot be ignored.

America, it is hard to be in love with you. For so many years, my ancestors have been treated as less and the treatment still persists. Yet, with all of this going on you want me to defend you? You want love from me? You want loyalty? You desire the understanding that you refuse to give me?

America, your benefits can be great but the already high cost for them is even higher for a lot of minorities.

America, all I ask for you is to just listen. Don’t say how there is no racism. Don’t get defensive. Don’t ignore the problem hoping it will go away because how many of your problems have gone away doing this? Simply listen for understanding because we do not blame you.

America, I do not hate you but it is hard to fall madly in love with someone who has decided to hate you from the beginning.

Sincerely,

A Fed Up Black Woman

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Are You a Chrisian Who Feels Alone?-1 Peter 5:8-9 | Loneliness

1 Peter 5:8-9 New International Version (NIV)

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

 

Thought: It is easy to believe that we are the only one going through a hard time. Likewise, it is easy to disconnect from everything and everyone. Satan loves to play with me on this one!

Stay in. Fight! Remember that there are others going through the same thing!

Leadership 101: The Hypocritical Leader

Practice what you preach.

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Haven’t we heard this many, many times?

Yet, interestingly enough, it’s one of the principles that I see neglected time and time again.

Let me give you a bit of insight:

I was talking to one of our employees who is looking to be a team leader. Mind you, a team leader in this organization is simply a step below managers. Team leaders have the responsibility to know the rules, follow and enforce them in a smooth and professional manner when a manager is not around.

This particular team member asked me what all being a team leader requires. So, I gave him the rundown of how team leads are to be leaders and what that meant. I gave him the powers that he had and the responsibility that these powers entail.

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“However,” I told him “you cannot be a hypocrite.” “You cannot tell an employee not to do something while you turn around and do that exact thing.”

He then thew me for a loop when he answered, “You mean, like *Hannah?”

I was shocked and slightly defensive. Hannah is a member of management that constantly seems to want to improve staff by noticing how slack they have gotten on policy and trying to correct it.

As I was about to pounce on that comment, I thought to ask him what he meant by that comment.

He went on to list several examples of how that particular manager is always doing things that we encourage and strongly prohibit staff from doing.

I found that interesting.

A few days later, I walk in to see that manager, as well as another one, doing the very thing that we strongly discourage employees to do. Yet, these are the same managers who complain about these very issues and wonder why staff doesn’t take the threats seriously.

In life, I have learned that people don’t care what you say unless you back it up by action. This seems simple enough until it is applied to a management role.

 

A lot of times, we can be lulled into the thought that because we are the boss, people will automatically respect and follow us when that is simply not the case.

This position must be earned through discipline, mutual respect, and empathy.

You set the tone.

leadershipIf you want your employees or followers to stop or start a particular behavior, you must do it as well. If it is not practical for you not to do this, be sure that your staff understands why you can do something while they cannot- as there are several times this may occur.

 

People pick up much more than you think. Even if others don’t agree with your rules, you will be respected for simply doing what you ask others to do or not to do.

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