Blogger Tip 02 – How to Reduce the Number of Images Required in Your WordPress Media and SAVE STORAGE SPACE…

Need to save more storage? See what else you can do to limit the space used up by your images. Thanks so much for the tips, Chris, The Story Reading Ape!

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If you use more than one image in your posts, then use WordPress Publicize to automatically upload your post to Twitter, Facebook, etc, or, manually upload them, the image last inserted into your post, is the one that will be displayed on your media.

To avoid the wrong image being displayed, either:

Insert it LAST

OR

Select it as your ‘Featured Image’

Authors especially would probably prefer their Book Cover being displayed, rather than some other, random, image.

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If you opt for using a Featured image, or, have the same image appear more than once in your post (as I’ve done on this post):

You DO NOT NEED to upload the same image for each separate appearance!

Select the same image to be inserted wherever you want it to be shown in the post.

This will save taking up unnecessary space in your media…

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Blogger Tip 01 – How to Resize Images inside your WordPress Media and SAVE STORAGE SPACE..

Phenomenal! On The Story Reading Ape’s blog I found blogger tip #1 to save storage space when it comes to our pictures. It’s a really important post to read for our very busy bloggers. Thank you, Chris!

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Have you been using images that are VERY LARGE, and/or, PNG Format?

Have you been reblogging and noticed how LARGE, some folks make their images?

Result

Running out of space in your WordPress Media Storage and thinking about paying for more?

Unless you are displaying your own images / photos, and WANT to have them full size

Before you spend any money, go through your Media Storage images and reduce their sizes

You might be shocked at how much longer you can work with the storage space you save.

Step 1:

Select an image and click on it to see it’s size (width x height in pixels)

and

how much it ‘weighs’ (i.e., how many KB or MB it is):

Step 2

My example has already been adjusted, but you can see it’s size and weight

To reduce them, click on the Edit Image button shown under the image:

Step…

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How to Embed Tweets in Your Blog Post

Sarah Brentyn of “Lemon Shark” provides us with great blogging tips. Thank you, Sarah!

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Tweets aren’t just for Twitter anymore.

Here’s a neat thing you can do with those tweets right here on your WordPress blog. It’s wicked cool. And easy. 3 steps…done.

All of you lovely bloggers know I’m not a techie but I wanted to share this fun find with you.

I have visuals, too, which is awesome. Admittedly, I went a bit bonkers with the arrows but…you get the point. (I know. I’m hilarious.)

First we’re going old school with a “cut and paste” URL option, then we’ll embed an html code like we know what we’re doing.

No need to hurt your eyes squinting at the screenshots—you can click to enlarge them. Let’s get tweeting on our blogs.

Copy Link Option:

STEP ONE:

Choose the tweet you want. Click on the cute, little grey v-shaped thingy in the top, right corner.

Click to enlarge

STEP TWO:

You’ll see a drop-down…

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August McLaughlin’s BOAW Blogfest is only one week away

For years already, the founder of Girl Boner, writer and radio host August McLaughlin has organized her famous BOAW (Beauty of a woman) Blogfest. This year it will start in one week from now!

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There are more and more participants in two categories: The ‘original’ version and the ‘Girl Boner’ version.

The more the merrier, as she reminded us participants just lately. Please register on the registration page:

http://www.augustmclaughlin.com/boaw2017reg/

 

You still got time to register. August is amazing. Her deadline for registration is March 1, 2017, but she as well accepts registrations that come in with a slight delay!

There are prizes to win – please register and be part of the fun!

 


 

Help Wanted: Apply Within

Author Tracee Ford asks writers for help, publishing articles, poetry and posts for her blog, once a month on “Teaser Tuesday”. Check it out, you’ll love it.

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All of you know that I ask for article submissions many times during the year. I also ask for authors to send teasers for Teaser Tuesday. Here’s what I’d like to do for 2017: Tuesday’s Tales: Inspirational Works.

So what does that mean?

I would like to find people willing to submit poetry or positive works of any kind. I would like to feature it on the last Tuesday of every month. If you write positive articles, heart-felt short stories, engaging poetry, or anything else that would be considered “inspirational,” please send it my way. I have many spots open for this year. You don’t have to be published either. Anything that you consider to be uplifting, please think about sharing it on my blog.

Additionally, I have spots open for Teaser Tuesday. If I have not featured teasers for you, please contact me. I filled a lot of…

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Author Spotlight – Rachel Poli

MeWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

During the day, I’m a teacher’s aide in a special education preschool classroom. I babysit for multiple families throughout each week and I’m also the director of my church’s Sunday school program. In the early hours of the morning and at night, I’m a writer working on my mystery novel or various short stories. I’m also busy juggling two blogs and planning more.

When I’m not working or writing, I’m usually found reading a book, playing video games, drinking coffee, or soaking up the sun.

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I was ten-years-old when I began writing. My older sister discovered a website called FanFiction and created a story based off of one of our favorite video games. I thought it was cool and wanted to be a part of it as well. I created a fan fiction story based off of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I wrote fan fiction for a few years before I began to get my own original ideas. Writing has stuck with me ever since.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

What motivates me to keep writing is the hope that I will someday be an inspiration to someone else. I find inspiration all around me no matter who I’m with, where I am, or what I’m doing. Reading books especially can take you somewhere you never dreamed possible. With so much hate going on in the world today, I can only hope my writing will have a lasting effect for someone. Something witty or something humorous, but something they’ll never forget and take to heart.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I write in many genres mostly because I like to explore them and see what I can come up with. But I love mystery and the main novel I’ve been working on since 2013 is a mystery. I have a whole series mapped out for those characters and I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with them. I hope that will be my debut novel in the near future. I also write the occasional children’s book here and there.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

I hope to have a few novels published. I have so many stories I want to share with the world and I can’t imagine doing anything else but writing. I’ve also given some thought to pursuing an editor career or maybe teaching creative writing at a college level. Who knows where writing may lead me?

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

I’m working on too many projects to suffer from writer’s block. I alternate projects monthly to make sure I don’t get writer’s block. But there are certainly some days when I don’t feel motivated to write. When that happens, I read a book, write in my journal, or start a brand new writing prompt just to get my brain pumped with exciting new thoughts. Or I take a day off. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day off here and there.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Keep doing you. If you have a passion for writing and you have dreams of writing, then do it. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you or put any doubt in your mind. I’ve had my fair share of doubts throughout the years since I started, but you just have to push those thoughts and keep doing you. Also, remember that this doesn’t happen overnight. Hard work, patience, and determination really pay off. It’s hard not to get discouraged at times, but remember that rejection is your friend. Every mistake is a lesson learned. Every next attempt will be better than the last. It’s a learning curve and most of us are still learning.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

I’m currently working on the first book of my mystery series with a working title of George Florence. The premise is as follows:

Can a fired detective and college student work together to solve a murder?

Lilah Williams, an English major at the local community college, tracks down Detective George Florence when she needs help with a robbery case. George’s private-eye agency is going under and is willing to take just about any case he can get his hands on. Since Lilah is giving him a case, she asks for something in return: information on her father, the late Detective Joseph Williams. George reluctantly agrees since Joseph was his mentor back in the day, but only on the condition that Lilah goes home after one day.

But when Lilah sticks around longer than intended and a body emerges during the robbery investigation, Lilah feels as though she has to help George as they uncover the truth—about the current murder and her father’s death.

I’m still in the editing stages of this novel, but I hope to begin the query process by the end of the year.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

Thank you for having me! It was an honor and a pleasure being here.

 


Contact Rachel:

RachelPoli.com (writing blog)

DoublexJump.wordpress.com (video game blog)

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7295610-rachel

https://twitter.com/rpoli3

https://www.pinterest.com/rpoli3/

http://rpoli3.tumblr.com/

 


 

» The Top 25 Publishers for New Authors

Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading is informing us with her blog post about 25 publishers for new authors! Thanks so much for this information Colleen!

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The following 25 publishers are all open to publishing new authors. They do not require literary agents. You can submit to these publishers directly. How cool is that? Good luck and remember to read the fine print. 😀

Source: » The Top 25 Publishers for New Authors

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You Asked: How to Start an Online Writers Group?

Sheila M. Good published a post answering the question on how to start a writing group. Thank you for this very educational and informative blog post, Sheila!

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Welcome to another, belated, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week’s question: How do you start an online writer’s group?

I’ve been a member of the South Carolina’s Writer’s Group, which met monthly at our local library, but haven’t participated in an online group before and I’ve certainly never thought about starting one – until now. So, what does it take to start a group?

Where to Begin:

  1. Establish your goals -What do you want to offer or accomplish with your members? Is the group a support network, forum for learning, an opportunity to share, or provide critiques of each other’s work?
  2. Determine membership -Is the membership voluntary or fee based? Is it open to experienced, emerging, or writers at all levels? Will membership be limited or open to all?
  3. Member participation –  How will you recruit or encourage member participation? Offer live or Twitter chats, tutorials, or…

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Let’s ‘sex up’ old wives’ tales

I am very proud to introduce you to August McLaughlin today.  For those who don’t know August McLaughlin yet, please read her bio. She’s an extraordinary personality and I’m honored and grateful to know her.

Bio

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August McLaughlin is an award-winning, nationally recognized health and sexuality writer, radio personality and host and creator of Girl Boner®. Her work appears in DAME Magazine, the Huffington Post, The Good Men Project and more. Kirkus Reviews called her first novel, In Her Shadow, “an engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues.” Her latest book, Embraceable: Empowering Facts and True Stories About Women’s Sexuality (available December, 2015/January, 2016 on Amazon and iTunes), is a celebration of women’s sensuality. Each week on Girl Boner® Radio, she interviews relationship experts, celebs and more, exploring women’s lives and sexuality “like no one else.” Known for melding personal passion, artistry and activism, August uses her skills as a public speaker and journalist to inspire other women to embrace their bodies and selves, making way for fuller, more authentic lives.

 

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For the planned interview I was able to choose the questions I’d like to ask. And I picked a few sexual myths circling. Would you help me finding the answers?

 

  1. First-time sexual intercourse for a woman ALWAYS hurts. I personally have never met a woman who actually enjoyed her first time without pain. How is reality?

There’s a common belief that the “first time” is extremely pleasurable or extremely painful for women—across the board. In reality, it usually falls somewhere in between. Unfortunately, so many of us have little clue as to how it all actually works (beyond the very basics), so some awkwardness is normal—as is some pain, especially if you aren’t well lubricated first. Emotional shame can also make physical intimacy painful, and does, for many women.

 

  1. It is heard that the males’ semen tastes different, depending on what the man eats or drinks. Is this really true?

It sure is! Foods and drinks can absolutely affect semen flavor—though most of the research is anecdotal. Fruits, vegetables and juices are believed to improve semen taste (and taste and scent of all genders), whereas a meat-rich diet and cigarettes have the opposite effect. Apparently vegetarians taste and smell better than meat eaters.

 

  1. It is generally said, men have wet dreams, is it true that women are excluded from fun like this?

Not at all! Girls and women experience wet dreams, too. (I wish we’d learned that in sex ed!) Ever since I wrote about  what I call “sleep-gasms” on my blog and covered them on my show, I hear routinely from women who experience wet dreams. Whether we have them or not, it’s perfectly normal.

 

  1. Is watching porn truly a mainly male form of entertainment? Not one woman I know enjoys watching porn (or at least says so). What does reality tell us?

I know women who enjoy porn, and women who don’t. Women are just as “visual” as men (that we aren’t is another common myth), but watching mainstream porn is more likely to trigger a sense of shame in women for all sorts of reasons—cultural ideals being one of them.

Most mainstream porn is also geared toward a straight male audience, which makes it less appealing to many gals. Some features violence toward women, which is, in my opinion, an atrocity. (I’m not talking about kink/BDSM, but abuse; there’s a huge difference.)

Recent studies show that more and more women are enjoying porn, and that many women prefer lesbian porn. I think that’s because it’s less degrading and more focused on women’s pleasure. I really appreciate the feminist porn genre, which celebrates all shapes, sizes, ages and genders. It’s a relatively small, but mighty, genre I hope keeps growing!

I also love Cindy Gallop’s work, with Make Love, Not Porn. She educates folks on the differences between porn and real sex—understanding the differences is so important.

 

  1. Is the clitoris really the center of female sexual pleasure?

The clitoris has this reputation for good reason. It has some 7,000+ nerve endings—which is more than any other body part. Many women reach climax through clitoral stimulation, but we’re all different. We should all seek and explore our own bodies and what feels good.

 

  1. Is it true that a woman’s vagina and/or its associated parts can alter by having regular sexual intercourse with an exceptionally large penis?

Large penises can cause tearing and discomfort, but it’s usually not permanent. Lots of lubrication, foreplay and other types of sexual expression, such as oral, can help minimize these issues. Kait Scalisi, MPH wrote a great blog post on this topic: Is His Penis Too Big? Here Are Seven Ways to Deal With It.

 

  1. It is said that older people don’t have sex anymore. Some even say a woman after completing menopause does not get aroused anymore. Can this be true?

Hormonal shifts associated with menopause can cause decline in libido and related symptoms, such as vaginal dryness—but they’re all manageable. Recent studies show that women who value sex into their “golden years” can have increasingly pleasurable sexual experiences. I think some of this has to do with stronger confidence, experience and emotional growth. If a woman notices dramatic changes in her sex drive or sexual health, she should talk to a professional, such as a physician or sex therapist.

 

  1. We know, there’s one pill to increase a man’s erectile function. But that’s’ not the only pill on the market. Can a pill or exercise really enlarge a man’s penis?

There’s no pill known to increase a man’s penis size. Lifestyle steps can help ensure normal circulation and arousal, however, which are super important for sexual function. Regular exercise, an overall healthy diet, getting enough sleep, managing stress and not smoking can all help tremendously. I explored this article for DUREX®: The Truth About Penis Size.

 

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To learn more about women’s sexuality, buy August’s new book!

Embraceable: Empowering Facts and True Stories About Women’s Sexuality

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A provocative blend of memoir, anthology and inspiration, Embraceable is a celebration of women’s sexual empowerment. Learn how August McLaughlin, creator and host of Girl Boner®, found her way out of the sexual repression to which too many girls and women are prone. She then weaves research and inspiring facts around stories contributed by women who’ve cultivated sexual empowerment in their own lives—on topics ranging from asexuality, kink and burlesque dancing to religion, “slut”-shaming and surviving sexual assault. Learn what girls do (and don’t) learn in sex ed, the truth behind widespread damaging messages, the role body image plays in embracing our sexual selves and more.

Here are the purchase links for Embraceable. The paperback will be added to Amazon within shortest time.

 

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