Do You Have A Question About Blogging? Ask Hugh, And Get Featured

In February 2014, when I published my first blog post, I’d never thought I’d be writing and publishing blog posts that included blogging tips.

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Where do blogging tips come from?

Most likely, they will come from other bloggers. You can find hundreds of blogging tips posts all over the blogging world and, best of all, they are free.

I still remember the very first blogging tips post I stumbled upon by mistake. After reading it, I knew I had struck gold. That post was written and published by Suzie, who blogs at Suzie Speaks, somebody who I went on to meet in person and who has since become a good friend.

It’s the comments that count.

Blogging tips posts often get lots of comments left on them thanking the author for the information. These posts always get lots of attention and usually hundreds of comments asking for more details.

This got me thinking about how I can make these posts even more beneficial and how I could get those asking the questions more involved. Drumroll please: it’s another new feature for Hugh’s Views and News.

Do you have any questions you’d like to ask me about any aspects of blogging?

Maybe it’s about the tagging and categorising of your blog posts? What about ways to get more readers to leave comments? Or how about ‘pingbacks’ and ‘linkbacks’? What are they, and how do they work?

Now I’m opening the floor to you. Here’s what you need to do.

In the comments section of this post, leave me your questions about blogging, and include a link to your blog. If your question is selected, I will contact you and write and publish a new post that answers your question. Not only that, but you and your blog will feature in the post, too! If you’re an author, your latest book can also be featured.

I don’t claim to be an expert in the field of blogging, but I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

So it’s over to you. Do you have any questions about blogging that you’d like me to answer? I look forward to hearing from you.

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115 comments

  1. Hi Hugh – I’ve been using only the Gutenberg Editor since April 14th – a few odd things have happened in the last two posts I’ve done this week… in the last week it appears that we can no longer justify text. I know that is a feature you like – I like it too. I also notice we cannot underline in subheadings (I use the T3 size for my subheadings). Both of those are odd items that just started in the last week. Was there tweaking done to WP that would have affected these items? Also of note, is that I have been following you the end of 2018. When I came onto your site to find a place to ask this question about Gutenberg, I saw the message “to follow you”. This is not the first time this is happened – two others I follow I also got the same message … I went right onto their blog site as the “reply” flashed off the screen so fast, I wasn’t sure it “took”. I know you ask for the site name for questions. It is lindaschaubblog.net.
    Thank you in advance Hugh. -Linda

    1. Hi Linda, I’ve had a quick check on the test post I have in my draft folder, and I’m still able to aline text and images to the left, right or centre. Is that what you mean when you say justify text?

      I’m also still able to unline subheadings (although I’ve never used the underline feature in a subheading before). I did it by clicking on the small triangle symbol (more rich text controls) on the ‘Heading’ block. It’s the button to the right of the pingback button (as you look at the screen).

      As for the ‘follow’ button, I to have noticed that with many blogs, it says ‘follow’ rather than ‘following’ when in fact I’m already following the blog. I believe it’s a bug that is affecting all areas of WordPress (and not just the Gutenberg editor), and that WordPress is aware of it.

      I hope that helps?

      1. Thanks Hugh – I was not having any problems with centering the images, just the justifying the text. Before there was an option for text where you chose left, center, right positioning of your text.
        There was a space for justifying as well.
        I will look for the little triangle for underling. Yesterday I just used italics to set it off. It must be a bug that is causing people to become “unfollowed” for blogs, yet they still appear in Reader. I forgot you have a lot of followers and may not notice. Many of my followers never comment (followed for follow backs only) and I have a group of about 20 bloggers that I consistently interact with on my posts and their posts and several said they show as “unfollowed” – they checked as one of these bloggers mentioned in a post … she follows everyone by Reader and e-mail and noticed missing posts from people who post daily. (I never post daily – I am behind enough with everything in my life by the amount of posts I do … my house is always cluttered and dusty now … blogging always seems to take precedence. I will try the triangle and see if that helps and I did like the justified text, although I am puzzled while all the enhancements we use in Gutenberg (justification, larger headlines, colored bacvkground/text do not appear in Reader version,. I followed my blog so I can see how it displays in Reader. As usual, thank you for your insight. I’ve been using Gutenberg now four weeks … I need to try the side-by-side images/text next. I have to do my Mother’s Day post now. I was in a 5K yesterday to raise money for an animal shelter and had a long narrative and a lot of pictures … now it is time to do a nice tribute to my late mother. -Linda

        1. I can’t say I remember a ‘justify’ button Linda, but it must have been there if you used it. I certainly use the ‘aline’ buttons a lot, especially when centring photos and images.

          Now, as for underlining a sub-heading, I was drafting a post this morning, and could not find that button I told you about. However, what I did discover is it only shows up when you add the ‘Heading’ block from the ‘+’ button in the top left of the draft page. If changing a block from the ‘paragraph’ block to the ‘heading’ block, it does not show! I think WordPress is still playing around with features of all the blocks, so it may change again, but I can’t imagine they remove anything unless it’s causing problems. Anyway, I hope this all makes sense.

          I’ve also been reading that the problem with the ‘follow’ button is tied in with those who follow blogs via email. That could well be true, but if you only follow blogs via the WP Reader and are still having problems with the ‘follow’ button, then what I read cannot be correct. Still, at least WordPress is aware of it.

        2. Thank you Hugh – I did like the justified text and though it only shows up for my subscribers and not in Reader (I don’t have many subscribers and only one or two ever comment), I wonder why they would remove it? I do like centering the pictures – I like that look and hope they don’t change that on us too. I wish they had a way to tweak and practice their WP changes like we can do with a draft post, so we only deal with the finished product.
          I am still not keen on them changing the “like” stars to navy blue. I have to play around a little more with Gutenberg since I am now more confident and much faster at preparing a post with lots of paragraphs and photos, where before It took forever. I still prepare the post in Word and copy and paste over.
          Thanks as always for your insight – hopefully we figure out the issues soon,.

  2. OK. Now that I’ve updated my blog to the newest WordPress version, 5.something, I have allowed the Gutenberg editor to become a part of my life. For now… I dedicated a few hours extra to posting my last blog about The Wave. The text part was all OK and straightforward and the single photos as well. The slideshow is a nice feature, which I was looking forward to using after your tutorial about that. (Thanks again.)

    But… creating a gallery of photos was a pain! The gallery feature Gutenberg comes with is useless – out of sync, only landscape photos work, the sizes are weird, captions are on the photos instead of underneath. So, I attempted to create a gallery with the “columns” block. It worked better, but it is very time consuming and not intuitive at all.

    In the Classic editor, I could just select the photos in the media library (which is not easy to access anymore in Gutenberg either) but now, each photo has to be added as a separate block and I better remember which photos are uploaded in my library and which ones in particular I want for a certain gallery in the text. (Hope this makes sense.)

    Anyway, my question: do you have a simple way – or how would you – add a gallery of photos to your blog? One that looks professional, unlike my attempt. 🙂 As an example, let’s pick a gallery of six photos of which two portrait and four landscape. And, the two portraits are not allowed to be next to each other left/right. Do you take on the challenge, Hugh? 🙂

    1. When you say a gallery, do you mean just a plain gallery or is it a tiled or slideshow gallery, Liesbet?

      You can adjust the sizes of photos and images in Gutenberg, and I’ve certainly been able to add captions that appear in a bar rather than on the photos (in Landscape mode). With Gutenberg, you can simply drag photos and/or images to the same block (if you’re creating a gallery). You don’t need to use a separate block for each image (unless you want to). I’ve found it much easier to do than with the classic gallery. Also, image blocks all have a ‘media library’ button which when clicked will take you straight to your WordPress media library.

      The easiest way to use the Classic editor on Gutenberg is by using the ‘Classic’ editor block. It can be found under ‘Formatting’ in the Gutenberg menu. I know of some bloggers who use Gutenberg for writing and formatting and then use the classic editor for adding images. It’s a choice all bloggers have, although support for the classic editor is being removed by the end of 2020.

      As with anything new, we all need to dedicate plenty of time when it comes to learning how something works. In my early days of using it, I was very frustrated with Gutenberg but, by using it more and more, my confidence has rocketed with how it works and how to use it.

      Over the coming months, I will be doing some more feature posts on all the photo and image blocks on Gutenberg where I’ll cover as much as I can. In the meantime, keep on using it and trying it out, even if only for a few minutes a day. Set up a ‘test’ post in your draft folder where you can play with all the different options. That’s what I do, and it’s helped a lot.

      1. Hi Hugh!

        With gallery, I meant a photo gallery – tiled, I assume – not a slideshow. Basically 4-10 or so photos in a grid that looks neat and professional. The classic editor worked well and fast for me to do so. Thank you for the recommendation to use that function in Gutenberg. I had no idea that some parts of the classic editor were still available after the upgrade to Gutenberg.

        I used your advice for my blog post today. Perfect! First, I tried the Gutenberg gallery block, but, like before, there is no solution for putting a portrait photo next to a landscape photo that looks OK, or having portrait to the left and then two landscapes on the right. For that, using columns is needed and that’s a lot of work. In columns, I find the photos are adjustable, but in the gallery function, I can’t adjust the photos by pulling the corners.

        Also, when I did a straightforward Gutenberg gallery with three or four (landscape) photos, the sizes were off and the result looked warbled in the preview. Using the classic photo gallery worked well. Maybe by 2020, WordPress has figured the photo gallery part out. 🙂

        Yes, the media library is accessible the way you describe, but now, one has to do this in two or three steps (creating a block first to be able to click that button), while before there was a button at the top of the blog post to get to media library immediately. The dragging of the photos into the blocks worked really well today, too. Thanks again!

        Whenever you do another post on photos in blog posts, I still challenge you to create a gallery that has at least one portrait photo in it, and mixed up with landscape ones, in the Gutenberg editor. 🙂

        1. OK, thanks, Liesbet. It’s just that there is gallery block and also a tiled gallery block. Anyway, I will play around with both and see what I come up with using at least six photos, two of which are landscape. I’ve only used the column block once, but it was to put some text next to an image. From what I remembered, it worked OK, but I need to explore it some more.

          There also an option to change the sizes of your photos on Gutenberg, but I haven’t used it much yet.

          I do know that WordPress is still developing many of the blocks, including the photo and image blocks. They are also bringing out many new blocks which many have said are going to change the way we all blog. I’m looking forward to those blocks being released.

          With regards to the media library, I still think the steps in Gutenberg are far quicker than having to scroll up to the top of a post (like you have to in the Classic editor), especially if the post is long. As I mentioned before, the more you use Gutenberg, the more you get to know where everything is. It’s just a matter of getting used to it. It’s a little like when my local supermarket decides to change the layout of goods in a particular aisle. Once I know where they are, I go straight to them until they change the layout again.

        2. Thanks, Hugh! Great analogy with the supermarket. In our situation, every supermarket is a Gutenberg editor, as we don’t live anywhere and shop in a different store almost every time we need groceries. 🙂

  3. I have a similar question as another poster. I have actually switched to a self-hosted blog, do the Yoast SEO for each post, but still do not get noticed. I have actually started posting reblogged over on the WordPress reader in hopes of getting some traffic. Not really all that successful at this point. I am just starting blogging in earnest, but feel quite invisible, and am wondering if sticking with the WordPress.com blog is actually a better way to get people viewing/liking my blog.

    Thanks!
    https://www.lessonsandlessons.com

    https://www.ridgehavenhomestead.com
    Yes, I’m trying to run two invisible blogs. 😏

    1. I don’t believe it matters whether your blog is self-hosted or if you blog on WordPress.com as to whether you get noticed. I follow successful blogs of both self-hosters and those who blog on WordPress, and all get lots of comments and have lots of followers. It’s the content they produce that attracts readers to their blogs. I’ll go into more detail in a new post, but do be careful when reblogging, as many readers can see it as spamming. If you’re only reblogging once a day, then it’s not a problem, but do try and publish more original content rather than allowing your blog to become a ‘reblogging farm.’

      Thank you for your questions.

  4. Hi, Hugh;
    Taking you up on your offer to help with Gutenberg woes, here’s my question…
    How do you start a new line without starting a new block? And, while you’ve got your thinking cap on…
    How can I single space in Gutenberg?
    Thanks, Aimer

    1. Hi Aimer, thanks for your questions.

      You can’t start a new line without starting a new block. Each new block is like starting a new paragraph. One thing that Gutenberg does is to encourage people to keep paragraphs short. That way, the post will have a more gentle look and not put readers off who may be put off (like me) when faced with huge blocks of writing with no breaks. For many, that doesn’t look good, especially if there are no images in the post to help break up the text.

      As far as I’m aware, ‘spacing’ is connected to the theme you are using. I’ve never come across any settings for spacing on any of the themes I have used over the years, although that does not mean there are not any.

      I hope that helps, but feel free to ask more questions.

      1. Thanks, Hugh.
        The new line, new block aspect isn’t a problem until you post a poem! I had to switch back to the classic editor for the poem to look right. Don’t know what I’ll do when that isn’t an option anymore 😦

        1. Gutenberg has a ‘verse’ block for poetry, Aimer. You can also use the ‘classic’ block so that a part (or parts) of your post is in classic mode. The options are endless, and I’m still learning lots about them. It’s great fun, though.

        2. I did see the verse block, but it didn’t help. Must have been doing something wrong. I’ll try it again next time.
          Even the classic editor wasn’t perfect. I had to play around with the HTML code. It wasn’t pretty 🙂

        3. LOL! I just bumbled around in classic mode, talked to Google, and between the two of us, we got the poem the way I wanted it. It took forever !

    1. Hi Shelley, a slideshow option is coming to Gutenberg. However, it will be a standalone block rather than part of the Gallery block. WordPress is in the process of working on it and making it available, although there is no ‘ETA’ as to when it will be available as yet. Keep a look out for it, though. They are launching new options and tools for Gutenberg almost every week.

      WordPress.Com users have an option for a featured image in the settings bar when they are editing a post. I’m attaching a screenshot of where it is on my blog. If your blog is self-hosted, have a look for it in the editing section. I’m sure there will be one somewhere.

      1. Thanks for the answer and help, Hugh! It’s weird, I did use the feature image function you described and I can see it there in the edit mode, but when it’s published it doesn’t show? Oy…

        1. It could be a bug, Shelley. Did you preview your post before publishing? Was the featured image showing in the preview? If so, I’d report the problem to WordPress or whoever provided the plugin you are using. There are still bugs in Gutenberg, although WordPress seem to sort out the ones I report very quickly.

        2. I’m thinking it has more to do with where I found the photo in my gallery. I have a lot of them! I tried it again with a different photo, that I uploaded from my computer and it worked fine.

        3. Thank you! I forget that the themes also goof up how the WP settings work/don’t work too. I appreciate your encouragement to keep trying!

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