Monday, January 16, 2012

Using Links--Another Way to Fine-tune Your Posts!

Okay, now I've fixed it so that we have a gadget list on the sidebar that shows all the labels, arranged in order of number of labels.

Another hint I'd like to share concerns LINKS.  Look at the toolbar on the new post posting page.  In addition to the little icon for inserting a picture, there is the word LINK.  If there is something in your post you'd like readers to know more about (for example, in my recent post I thought readers might like to see a print of Van Gogh's "Vincent's Chair"), you highlight those words (or a single word).  Then you will be automatically sent to a page where you can enter the URL for the page where you suggest readers go.  On the post itself, this link will appear in a different color.  Thus in my recent post, I gave readers an opportunity to go not only to see the original painting, but I liked them also to another one of my blogs that explained in more detail Marcia Stein's method of binding, whereby the binding blends in with the sides of the quilt.

The way I handle this task is to first find the place where I want readers to go.  Then I copy the URL.  When I highlight that place, I then can quickly past the URL in the little box.   For example, if I mention that I used machine couching in my quilt, I could highlight that and then send any interested reader to an explanation for how to couch by machine.

Links are fun, I think; anytime you mention a product or a process that you feel could use more explanation, use a Link!

Labeling Our Posts: Elemental Blog Organization

Judy commented about my use of labels at the end of my South theme posting tonight.  I'm addressing this subject here so hopefully everyone will see it and make use of labels on their own posts.  In doing so, the Maven's blog will provide a means for members and outside readers to track specific artists, themes or any other relevant  labels used.  (Alice, as Administrator you will need to add a Labels Gadget in the sidebar if you want the labels to show as a Menu).  Labels at the end of each posting act as a link to all other Maven's blog posts with that label.

Most important of all would be using our NAME as the primary label for every post we submit.  Secondly, on reveal day, the THEME should also be a designated label.  Beyond that, anything goes as long as it's relevant. I suggest keeping it simple.  Too many labels become laborious to navigate. As an example, instead of listing all the various types of Piecing, Dyeing or other techniques and Embellishments possible, just use those main labels. 

When you create a new post, select appropriate labels from the drop down menu of labels or type in new ones as needed.  Do this before you 'publish' your post.

It's never too late to revisit your older posts following these steps:

1. Log onto Material Maven's blog

2. Select - New Post in the upper right corner. (you won't actually be posting)

3. Select - Material Maven's in the upper left corner.

4. You are now on the page that shows all of the posts, since day one to present.
Note:  Those of you who created drafts and later submitted different posts on the same subject can delete those drafts. They are obsolete now.

5. Select - Edit on your most recent post.

6. Select - Labels located on the right.  It will show the complete labels list from which you will select the appropriate labels for your post, and add ones as needed.  Especially your name!

7. Select - Update located at the top of the page. After saving, it will return you to the Posts page.

8. Repeat the above steps for each of your posts.  You may have to do this in separate ssessions but since our blog is relatively new, now is the best time to bring it up to date.

I hope this encourages my fellow Maven's to make the best use of our blog posts as a reference source.   Respectfully yours, Judy Wedemeyer