WordPress 102: Wrapping Up- Leave Your Blog, Below

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 we end this blogging series there are two questions I would like to ask you:questions

  1. What did you learn (how will you apply it)?
  2. What questions or comments do you still have?

Please leave the answers, below, along with a link to your blog or a recent post.

 

 

I look forward to chatting with you!

 

 

Previously: How Should we Respond to Negative Comments?

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Questions? Ask Fairen

How to Remove Administrators From WordPress Blogs #AskFairen

Happy Friday!

Today, I’m excited to be starting a series called “Ask Fairen.” In it, you ask me questions (here)and I answer them here on the blog!

Doesn’t matter if it’s silly, sad, or serious. 🙂

However, please note, that I can choose to answer or not answer the questions and comments presented upon discretion.

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Today, we begin with Anonymous who recently asked:

Hi Fairen,

How do you remove an administrator?

Hi!

First of all thank you for your participation on the blog!

Removing an Administrator to your WordPress blog or website is the same procedure you would use to remove any other user. Here is a step-by-step guide:

Go to your dashboard (yourblogname.com/dashboard).

1. Scroll down until you see “Users” on the left hand side and click it.

Find "Users" on the left side2. Select the Administrator that you’d like to remove.

removeadmin33. Then, go to the dropdown box near the top of the page that says “bulk actions” and select “remove”

4. Select”Remove” then press”Apply.”

removeadmin45. On the new page, press “Confirm Removal”

remove users from site- confirm removal6. And you’re done! When that person comes back to do an “adminstrative task” on your site, they will be shown this screen.

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Or (New instructions start on #3)

        1. Go to your dashboard (yourblogname.com/dashboard).
        2. Scroll down unto you see “Users” on the left hand side and click it.
        3. Hover over the Administrator that you’d like to remove.
        4. Right under their name you will see “Remove” pop up. Click it.removeadmin3
        5. On the new page, press “Confirm Removal”
        6. And you’re done!

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

Questions? Ask Fairen

 

Related Posts: How to ADD Writers to Your Blog and Adding Authors to Your Blog and How Does it Work?

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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Leadership 101: How Doing Others Work Helps You

“The managers always step in to help when needed.”

At least once per year, I try to meet with each person of my staff during work. During these meetings, we discuss things going well within the company and things that can be done better. I always make sure that they know that they can discuss anything and anyone that concerns them so that we can improve the operation of the company.

This year, one of the phrases I repeatedly heard was some variation of:

“I like that the managers always step to help when they are needed.”

 

I’m sorry…what?!

hearing-listenWhat causes so many to mention this and why is this such a big deal? Isn’t it natural to see a team member in need and try to help them out?

Maybe this is not as common as I thought.

Digging into the trenches with whomever you are leading automatically credits you respect and credibility.

Why?

Respect: By helping your employees with their work, you show that you can take the work you dish out. Whether you like it or not, many people act based on the example set before them- especially when they are unfamiliar with the task. So, by doing this, you are not only saying that you aren’t too “important” for that type of work but that you are qualified and that that is the way in which the job should be accomplished.

Credibility: By completing (or helping to complete ) a task, you show others that you are capable of doing their job which eliminates some of the questions that others may have about your leadership.

How do  I begin?

It is simple. Just do it! Whenever you see a need, try to partner up with a staff member before ditching it all on them. Although delegation is important, it is also important for everyone to recognize that when it comes to your mission, everyone must chip in even if it is not in the job description.

So, let me leave you with this thought:

Being a leader is not about telling other what to do. It is organizing, enabling, encouraging, and helping a group of people to work towards a common goal for a common good.

As always, I love to hear your questions and thoughts! What do you think defines a good leader?

How To Increase Your Blog Readers In 5 Steps

crumpled paper“Last time I was here, I spoke about three mistakes that bloggers make and offered some solutions to them. This week, I will tackle the age old question, “how do I get more readers to my blog?” After all, blog readers are significant for any blog.

Well, the first thing I am going to tell you is that if you want more readers to your blog, I will show you but you have to be willing to do the work. In other words, how to gain traffic to your blog is simple; however, it’s not easy; it takes patience and persistence.

Secondly, you need to know what I mean by site or blog readers not followers!

Blog readers: The people that interact, provide activity, read your articles, and support or disapprove of what you are trying (or are actually) doing of whom can also be your blog / site followers.

Followers: The people that simply “click” “Follow” or otherwise subscribe to be alerted in some way of new posts or activity on your blog while potentially doing little else on your blog or website.”

Source:shafiqsiddiqui.com

3 Most Common Mistakes By Bloggers

pen paper computer tea-coffee“I have been blogging for almost three years and, let me tell you, I have made many mistakes as well as consistently encounter bloggers who have also made similar mistakes.
So, today, I’m going to save you some time by giving you three of the most common mistakes that I see bloggers make and how you can fix them.”

Source: shafiqsiddiqui.com

Guest Post: How to Get Your Blogging Spark Back and Inspire Community

Hi everyone! Today I have blogger Felicia of Thoughtful Minds United over for a visit. Please help me welcome her! I hope you enjoy her advice for how to get your blogging spark back. Her words are…

Source: Guest Post: How to Get Your Blogging Spark Back and Inspire Community

Hi everyone! Today I have blogger Felicia of Thoughtful Minds United over for a visit. Please help me welcome her! I hope you enjoy her advice for how to get your blogging spark back. Her words are inspirational and ones you can start to apply today in your own writing, if you feel it needs a bit of a boost. Let’s get to it!:) Here’s Felicia:

Since you are most likely a writer, author, or both, by now, you may have heard this spiel- “Tell your story, your voice is important!”

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Actually, this may be one of the reasons why you blog here on WordPress. But sometimes, even on this platform, it can be hard to remember that, right?

The longer we blog, the harder it can be to remember why you started doing it in the first place. It can be hard to remember that you aren’t doing it for the likes or comments but because you like connecting and having your voice heard. Maybe exposure for your projects came second for you.

Or maybe it’s just me.

Around 2014, I began Thoughtful Minds United (TMU) which became a community for writers.

However, as time progressed and my blog began to grow, I forgot the romance and became incredibly selfish.

I became more concerned with the amount of views or writers we had on board than with voices being heard and the quality of work we produced. All I knew was that we had to push content and get writers now.growth 3 plants

Gone was the excitement of getting a new writer. Gone was the excitement of a simple comment. I even lost the concern to inspire others in my space which is what I set out to do in the first place.

All I cared about was how many viewers we had and how can we repeat that. Slowly, but surely, I lost the passion that I had for TMU and began taking more time off from blogging and working on the site.

Eventually, I decided to shut the site down. We had a following of a little over 800 people following and approximately 13 monthly writers. But I lost the drive to run it.

While I do believe that leaving was the right thing to do, had I kept my motives in the right place, I might not have shut it down. TMU would probably be much larger now as I begin the process of re-opening it.

So, who cares? Why does this even matter?

As I have recently returned to the blogging scene, I’ve noticed that more bloggers have left and for good reason, I’mconnect the country sure.

But if we leave, we can miss a huge opportunity that is unique to us on this platform.

Do you remember why you started your blog? Did it have something to do with using your voice, sharing your opinions, or even sharing your life with others? Maybe it included promoting your newest creations and receiving the support of others.

The things is, a lot of new (and older) bloggers have started their blogs for the same reasons! This means that our opportunity to positively impact them as well as each other is limitless!

It doesn’t always take money or a bunch of time. Sometimes the options are simple!

Check out this small list of ways you can inspire and help someone in the blogging space:

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  • Writing honest posts about your life and what you learned (fiction or nonfiction): These posts that outline the journey of your life, can allow others to insert themselves and see where the path they are taking leads. Or your perspective can prompt others to seek to understand the lives of others. This leads to less fear or maybe even hostility because people begin to understand the “human-ness” of those they once did not understand.
  • Giving others a shout out or a place to speak in your space(examples: thoughtful re-blogs and shares, awards, guest blogging, permanent writing space on your blog): By giving them a piece of your place, even for a moment, you can lift up their spirits and encourage someone to keep at their craft and at their dream.

clasped-hands-541849__180When I have had the privilege of hearing back from these people, it has been one of the most amazing (and tear jerking) moments that I have had.

  • Go to them directly and be involved or leave comments: Although I have talked about this issue last time I was here, I will continue to share on this issue.

Maybe you’ve noticed someone’s touching story or awesome writing that has no recognition. And although we don’t write for the recognition, wouldn’t it brighten you day to have at least one person recognize your hard work and passion?

*steps off of soapbox*

Now, I’m not trying to guilt you into doing anything. What I’m simply encouraging is community.

I mean, building communities is what I do! I know that we do an excellent job of supporting some bloggers but what I would love to see is a more cohesive support and gathering place for all bloggers.

That’s exactly what we are trying to do at TMU. I know that sometimes, this platform is the only outlet people have because that that’s the way it was for me.

We want to build, connect, and inspire the blogging community because we all have stories and ways in which we can help one another.

It doesn’t always take money, education or a ton of time just the lessons of your life.

So what is the agenda?

transparent small logoWell, as I said before, building communities is what I do and at TMU, we want to provide a place where people are built up, inspired, and connected to a community.

Where do I come in?

We would love to have you share a little bit of yourself with us via story (fiction or non-fiction). We simply want you to share a piece of your life story or experience with us.

This includes:

  • What happened?
  • How did it affect you?
  • What did you learn from it?

Or you can get creative with it! What matters is that we come together, encourage, and help one another to grow.

Please click here if you are interested!

Want to support without sharing your personal story?:

What do you think? What do you say are some ways that we can impact the community, positively?”