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Stumble Upon. Part I

October 4, 2008

WHAT IS STUMBLE UPON?

I’ve been promising some help with Stumble Upon. I can give you a whole bunch of links to articles that explain it much better than I can. But you wouldn’t click them would you? Admit it.

So here’s Carissa’s quick figure out SU.
(You can stumble this post if you want.)

Or any post for that matter, let me show you how!

STEP ONE:

The best advice I got was to DOWNload the Stumble Upon Toolbar for Firefox.

Click here to get that.

You don’t have Firefox? Then GET it. I promise you need it.

That’s it. Your homework is to JUST get the toolbar up on your browser.

STEP TWO:

Okay, WHAT to do with that toolbar?

For now I’ll try to explain Why Stumble at all?

Let’s say I just read a great post in a blog I totally love anyway. I visit it like everyday. But THIS post is better than usual. I actually laughed out loud. (No not LOL–the REAL kind).

I can run and tell all my friends on twitter. But that’s only a few hundred of you. I can blog about it. But heck, that’s probably less than I just told on twitter.

So what to do to help my bloggy friend who seriously wrote something awesome? Because when it’s that awesome I want all of you to see it too, right?

I can go to StumbleUpon.com and register. After I have registered, I can go back to my bloggy friend’s blog and ‘Stumble’ that post. Not the whole blog mind you, I click the title of the post I loved and then I click the ‘Thumbs Up’ button from my brand new Stumble Upon toolbar.

This will take me to a ‘review’ page. If I am the first one to ‘discover’ this post? Bonus! For me. Because I get to write the review that people will see when they are searching through The Stumble Upon site (This is called ‘Stumbling’)

So if you are first it’s important that you follow some rules:

1) Leave a short but informative review of the blog. Quote from the post even.

2) Use as many tags as you can think of. Think synonyms here. If it was a post about a little baby on swings with great pictures… you could use:
photography, photos, baby, kids, parenting, family, swings, pictures, cute, and aw shucks.

3) ALWAYS mark YES. For yes it’s safe content, unless you are looking at porn again. If you mark no, the blog gets flagged for that and it’s apparently hard to lose the flag?

See my Stumble Page {GoodnCrazy username) for examples of reviews and tagging I’ve used recently. If you aren’t the first to stumble a post, great. Just leave a quick review and a couple tags and toggle the ‘YES’ button and submit. Easy.

Are you still with me? This is getting long. I figure only the die-hards are still sticking around.


But I promise.
This is the fun part.
If you can get enough stumbles on a post of yours, then somehow, magically that post can take on a life of it’s own, grow wings or some other bad metaphor. The massive online world now will see reviews of your blog post and just might slip on over to see it. I’ve heard of Stumble Storms…where a good post gets thousands of hits because multiple people stumbled that post! (Never happened to me btw.)

Which brings me to, Can I Stumble My Own Post? You can, but it’s tacky. It’s better to ask a friend to stumble a post when you think you’ve written something amazing. After the friend ‘discovers’ your post, then you can hit the thumbs up on your post and even write a quick review. I’ve heard of people going back even to stumble the comments of a post, when the storyline was continuing there.

You can Stumble submit a photo as well. Just right click over the photo (after loading the post url only) and chose stumbleupon photo blog it!

Also, Can I Stumble a Post if I Don’t have a Blog? YES. Just follow the steps above.

Is this all clear as mud? Bottom line. Stumble Upon is a way to find new blog content to read. And a way to get your content into a place where a lot more people might see it. Let me know if you have questions?

And….more homework.

Here are the blogs I stumbled into yesterday that were great. Some were totally new to me and some were not. But I stumbled a post from each of them. And not always the first post I read. I tried to find Sponge Worthy posts. (You do know what I mean?) Tell me which post of these blogs YOU found Sponge Worthy?

Memoirs of a Mommy Blog
Feels like Home
Sensational Divas Review
Not a DIY Life
Eyes of Wonder
JiggetyJig
Wanderlustandlipstick.com
4Tunate
MawBooks
Teaching Challenges
Moments Behind The Lens
2 fat girls skinny
Pulsipher Predilections
xbox wife
High Heels and a Sippy Cup

Yes there is more you can do with Stumble Upon.
But let’s leave that for Part II.

MORE bloggy tutes

Dear No-Reply Blogger,

September 26, 2008

'you didn´t crash did you?'

How can I link my email address to my blogger profile?

Please.

For me?

Would you mind? It’s easy I promise.

Will you edit your blogger profile to SHOW your email address?

I really want to reply to YOU. I have no idea who No-Reply is? I’m sure she’s nice and all. But I just replied to 15 comment emails and AFTERWARDS realized half of them were to Ms. Fancy Pants No-Reply. Crap.

How to add your email to your blogger profile. (A tute)

Why? I love to reply directly to YOU when you comment! And it’s goofy to put a response to my blog in your blog comments!

{Don’t worry. I promise I’ll be the first one to comment on your lovely post!}

  • Step One: Open your profile page, click EDIT Profile on left side of profile.
    (If you need help finding your profile page let me know).
  • Step Two: make sure the box marked show my profile and show my email address are checked.
  • Step Three: Under Identity, add the email address you want comment replies to be sent.
  • Optional, change your display name to match your blog somehow?
    Or leave as your fist name? (I use GoodNCrazy so people can relate it back to my blog).

  • Step Four: scroll to bottom and click save!

There!

You did it. Now come back and comment, so I can reply to you in real email form!!

Thanks.

MORE bloggy tutes

A little headband giveaway…

July 28, 2008

Over at Dabbled.org, Dot (do you love her name or what?) is hosting a tutorial/crafts/artwork contest… And this isn’t a really terrific tute, but it’s all I’ve got. (It’s a repost of a tute I posted way back a while ago…). And for fun, I’m throwing in two finished headbands for a giveaway!

First the tute…

I found the cutest little tutorial for easy headbands over at Alteredcloth.com. So I won’t take the credit for that part. But she kept mentioning a loop turner? A what? I ignored her. (Cuz I’m smart that way. I’m clueless and loopless, not topless though.)

The ‘easy’ headbands were taking me FOREVER to make, not because they were hard…. but because the small loop for the elastic was taking so long to TURN.
So I bought a….

After using this thingy ma-jig, the headbands now take 10 seconds. (Okay the loop turning part takes 10 seconds.)
After sewing the tube together wrong sides, slip the doo-hickey in, use the clasp to catch the other end and pull it back inside itself, revealing the right sided tube.

Voila! Lickety Split!

Now to get that dang elastic through…
Slip the turner inside your right side out tube, grab the elastic like so and…
From this…

To this. You’ll have to budget 2 seconds for that last part. Hope you have that much time?

And for the giveaway…
Two headbands. A grown up Black and white one for you, and a kid sized red bandana print for a 3-10yrold!
You have until Saturday August 2nd at NOON to comment on this post for entry.
You know what to do!
If you don’t have a google account, please leave your email so I can contact you!!
Would you like to see more giveaways…
BloggyGiveaways

Note: contest is closed. But I make these headbands for $2 and 3 a piece! Shipping is $2.
Thanks.

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I’d like to buy the world a Coke…

June 3, 2008

But that would cost a lot of money. Instead, a tute.


This started out as a pet peeve, but then I realized it could just be that folks don’t know how to set it up?

I’m referring to email, people.

Allowing your reader peeps to see your email address directly from your blogger profile (all you non-blogspotters, if you have set up a google account to comment on blogger then I think you should be able to follow the same instructions to show your email address on your account). Mainly it will make it easy for me to respond to you. Okay, call me lazy if you want. But there have been times when I can’t find a way to contact you at all. I’ve left a comment on your blog instead but I felt kind of dumb when the comment had to do with something that was a topic on my blog! (For all you who already did/do this I give you a digital high five).

So here we go. Feel free to contact me if this isn’t clear?

Pull up your Blogger User Profile, and then click “Edit User Profile“.

Third line down: Show Email Address: Make sure there is a check in the box.

Further down, under Identity: Email Address: Type in your email address.

That should do it. Now come back and comment on this post and I’ll be sure to email you directly with a response!

(Suggestion: if you don’t have a non-personal email address, now is a good time to get one. I have several accounts. My main account is for friends and family—and I’ve even given it out to some of YOU once you crossed over to the dark side with me. But the email address I have on my profile page is the one I consider to be my ‘commercial’ account. I check this every day (okay, all day long- and I keep the spam blocker working so it doesn’t fill up with crap, plus I check the spam regularly cuz often something gets placed in the wrong box). I use this for shopping and when I’m not sure about who might be seeing it. In my case a yahoo account, but the google email you had to create to get your blog works great too.

This should work out to be a double bonus. People can now contact you directly from your profile page as well as respond to your comments directly! I’ve talked with Michelle at Scribbit, and she said she really only responds to comments on her blog, when the person has enabled email from their user profile. (And I feel oh so blessed, she’s responded to me nearly every time).

I also recommend you go over to your Blogger Dashboard (or hit Customize) and go to Settings, then Comments. Scroll down to Show Comments in Pop Up, and Click NO (this one really is a pet peeve of a preference and not necessary– I just find it harder to comment on a form that keeps popping up (and sometimes behind) my browser window) .
It’s easier for viewers to comment when this setting is off.

This is also where you can click YES to Show Word Verification for Comment (those little funny letters you have to type in to comment on). If you’ve ever had ‘spam-bots’, then this should help out, and believe me you DON’T want them, I’ve seen porn spam with photos included! Awful. You can also choose to turn moderate on here as well, I don’t suggest it unless you have stinky commenters. So far I’ve been okay with just the word verification.

Happy commenting with show email ON! I’m ready and waiting!


And one more. I found out something new. You can too. From TipJunkie. And see? I changed mine. Now I plan to change the little blurb above my comment form…I have to figure it out first of course… Oh and can someone please walk me through how to fix my ‘edit post’ pencil thingy? Mine is missing. And I swear I have tried to fix it, now I want someone else to really fix it.

From yesterday:

Crater Lake, Oregon. One of the top 10 must-sees in North America.

MEME: The Tute

May 22, 2008

As promised a little instruction on making a ‘textarea’ box. Otherwise known as:


“That little box of HTML that sits under a picture or button, making it possible to copy and paste that same picture along with it’s link”.

I assume you know how to edit HTML in your blog?

Step one: A test. Goto this site and copy and paste the textarea code. (I change the columns from 50 to 22 to better fit in a sidebar)

It should come out like this:

INSERT HTML MESSAGE HERE

  • Step Two: Create a photobucket account. It’s worth figuring it out, I promise.
  • Step Three: Upload a photo/button/whatever to photobucket—make it small for a sidebar pic—125×125 pixels works well. (Photobucket provides you with HTML code for the photo/button/whatever you upload).
  • Step Four: Copy the “HTML code” for the photo/button/whatever. (Below the photo in photobucket…starts with: href).
  • Step Five: We get tricky here. First paste the HTML code for the button directly into your blog HTML editor(or sidebar html/java box) above the code for the text area box that you already inserted.

You get a button and the text area box below it:

MEME Button

INSERT HTML MESSAGE HERE

  • Step six: Now in the regular viewing editor click on the image itself and link the button to wherever you want it linked.
  • Step seven: Back in HTML editor—Copy and paste the button code with it’s link into the area of the HTML Textarea code over the top of INSERT HTML MESSAGE HERE.

It should all look like this:

MEME Button

MEME Button

That was a lot of steps (plus figuring out photobucket etc). Please email me with any questions, I’ll try to help. You might want to center the text box? Good Luck!