5 Tips for Blogging Emergencies.

I’ve returned with a bit of news. Blogging news. For one, Hugh is a bit absent for a time and I thought I would mosey on over here and snoop around a bit.

With Hugh being otherwise occupied it got me to think about blog tips. Imagine that, right? But this is a bit of an odd one.

Have you ever had an emergency and had to leave your blog for an extended period of time and been worried about it? I know it sounds odd to worry about your blog that way, but once you’ve put time into it, it is part of your life. You have friends you communicate with through your blog. You feel a piece of you is being neglected although there is nothing you can do about it.

There are ways to get around this problem.

5 Tips For Blogging Emergencies

#1 Build up a Post Backlog.

We have this weird habit of when we write a post we think it MUST be published then and there. That can hurt for a few reasons.

  • Your post may need to sit a bit so you can come back and see if it is actually good and well written.
  • You post too many things in one time span and people end up not reading everything you post.
  • You don’t have go-to posts for when you are away, sick, or just tired one day.

You’re away but you normally can at least get into your blog for a few minutes. If you have some posts in your drafts, labelled, tagged and ready to go, then all you have to do is schedule them.

#2 Get Help

Not everyone likes to have someone in their blogs and able to post. If you set them up with Author privileges then all they can do is post. They can’t actually do any damage to the inner workings of the blog. And if you’ve given them access then you most likely trust what they post.

Today is a perfect example. I’ve been part of Hugh’s blog for so long I can’t remember whey I was added. But as many of you who are here regularly know, I’ve stepped in on a couple of occasions and posted when Hugh has been away. Now, Hugh and I have known each other for quite a bit now so we have that trust. Hugh’s blog is not the only one I am part of for just in case reasons or helping in the background. It’s always nice to have a go-to person handy.

#3 The Email Option

Did you know you can do a post by email to your blog? If not, well now you do. You simply go to the Dashboard of your blog and click My Blogs. You’ll see a list of blogs that you are part of AND there is one option there called Post by Email. Click Enable and an email address will show up. That’s the email address for you to send to and have a post show up on your blog.

You can use this option in a couple of ways:

  • Post an article or two. You may be wondering that if you can get to email why can’t you get to a blog. Well sometimes it just isn’t possible from whatever location you are in. Some places block blogs from being accessed, like some school systems. But email is usually fine to go to.
  • You can send an email post that you are going to be away for a period of time. This might be a could thing to consider so people won’t worry. You know those regular people who blog but then disappear, we worry about them. Hugh is healthy and safe so no reason to worry there. That is just in case anyone was beginning to get a little concerned.

#4 The Phone Call Option or Post by Voice

I haven’t tried this method but it’s in the same place as the Email Option and would be used for the same reasons. I’ll need to give it a try for fun one day soon. Instead of an email address, you get a phone number and a code or extension to enter.

#5 Schedule Posts in Advance for Several Days or Weeks Out.

I used to do this a lot. I would have two weeks worth of posts scheduled, Not posts for every day, but if I had certain things I came up with, I would go ahead and put them in for maybe every Monday or Friday, depending on what the material was. This is done on my LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.Com site a lot. One of the Teams, which Hugh is a part of, will have a Review and an Interview with an author and schedule one for one Monday and the other for the following Monday.

There you have it. 5 ways to cover your blog in case of emergencies. I’m sure at least one will help you out.

And now for a BONUS Emergency Tip, I had avoided it because I had not tried it yet and that is the WordPress App. I am mentioning it now because Elle Knowles suggested it in the comments here. So I bit the bullet and downloaded it on my tablet. So far it is awesome. I may do a future post here to let you know if it is exactly like the usual WP or not. So far…so good. Oh yeah.

Have you ever read my interview with Hugh? I interviewed Hugh back in August of 2014 and it was an entertaining adventure. You can even see how I made him dance, to his favourite girl band. Click here to check it out.

Much Respect

Ronovan



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Ronovan is an author and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.

How to Hashtag Blog Tweets

Howdy folks, it’s me, it’s me, Ronovanee. Okay, so it’s Ronovan, but Ronovan didn’t rhyme. Hugh is letting me hijack his blog for a moment. Just don’t tell him I did it, cause he doesn’t know I snuck in. Remember, everything that follows is my opinion and not Hugh’s, so if you disagree, it’s all on me. OOOooooOOo I rhymed that one for real, oh what a thrill. o, O (All images created by me. My apologies in advance.)

I want to start off by saying blogging isn’t a game of numbers for me. I know for some it is and you can tell who those people are. They are the sad people that belittle others who do things because they believe in them instead of doing them for gaining followers and views. In the words of the masochistic dog to the flea, “Bite me”.

What is Hashtagging?

Many people like to look at using hashtags as part of the marketing game of blogging when using Twitter. It can be, depending on your purpose. For me, I do it because I want people to read what I write. I don’t go crazy with Tweeting like I once did in the beginning, but I still Tweet my posts and those of others at times when I think about it. And for those who are new, hashtagging is using the # before a word on Twitter to get noticed.

Take it or Leave it but you Better Believe It.

Hashtags—love ‘em or lump ‘em, but either way, if you are going to Tweet then learn to live with ‘em and how to use ‘em. And that’s not just for your own posts you share but for those of other peoples posts as well. And Tweeting does bring in extra views, and certain hashtags will bring in a lot more views.

For many people, the only reason they don’t use hashtags is that they just don’t know what to use. Honestly, there is no real wrong way to do it as long as you do it. Oh sure, there are some hashtags better than others but really just doing them does the trick in some way, as long as you do it with style. But we’ll get to style later.

It’s up to you and you alone.

Let’s get something straight from the beginning, don’t feel pressured to use hashtags on Twitter. Did you know I can search for the word poem without using the # and find tweets that include that word, with our without the #?

Yes, a hashtag does give a Tweet or movement a more singular thread but don’t feel tied to it. That poetry search will also give you #poetry.

Using #poetry only narrows a person’s search on Twitter and excludes the word without the # included in the Tweet.

But let’s get onto using hashtags.

The hashtags you use will be specific to the post or Tweet you wish to share. It all depends on the topic. You would not use #CDs if you are Tweeting about Books. You might use #books instead.
What else might you use?
#Reading
#Amazon
#Kindle
#Book
#Deal
#AmReading
#BYNR
#MustRead

You can also specify the genres of the book. Now genres get a bit tricky. Why, because some genres are not as popular as others on Twitter.

A Hashtag Tool

There is a site I use to see what tends to be the most used hashtags. http://hashtagify.me/.

You will want to keep in mind every type of genre your book might incorporate, whether you have reviewed it or written it.

Hashtagify has several features to use, and you can play around to see what I mean. They have the free version and a paid version. Of course, I do the free one. Why? I pay attention enough, and I am not a blogging Nazi wanting to take over the world. Just look at my content. If I wanted to take over the world, I would be putting out different things. I am what I am, and that’s all that I am.

Keep it Fun with Style

(I don’t know how she ended up in Rio. But at least she’s clothed.)

I try to keep blogging fun for myself and no one else. If it’s not fun for me, then it won’t be fun for anyone. That’s one reason I stepped back from the addictive nature of the marketing aspect of blogging. Trust me, I was in marketing for 11 years, I know what it can be like. It’s a game. Remember—blogging isn’t a game for me.

One way to keep it fun and hashtag at the same time is to Hashtag with Style.

Using hashtags can be overdone. The style is using the hashtags within your Tweet message.

Check out #Poetry from #Blogs to #Follow on #WordPress.

That’s one possible way. Yes, not the greatest example, but an example.

Next, you can do something like #MondayBlogs as your real hashtag then followed by a throwaway hashtag like #MondayMorningBluesBoy or #WhyDoMondaysComeEveryWeek or really whatever you like, and it doesn’t have to include the word Monday. #IHateMyAlarmClock

That throwaway hashtag is more important than a lot of people realize, it’s personality and shows you are having fun with it all. And that Tweeting is not just your way of getting blog traffic but almost an afterthought.

The three Best Hashtags out there for bloggers right now, in my opinion, are:

#MondayBlogs

#MondayMotivation

#SundayBlogShare

But the main thing to remember is, don’t feel pressure, just Tweet and hashtag it with whatever you feel like for now. Even if you just use simple words like #Poem and #Monday, you are doing better than you were.

Much Love, Success, and Respect

Ronovan

@RonovanWrites

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#1000Speak A Smiley for my Friend Hugh. A Guest Post by @RonovanWrites

No, don’t worry. You’re in the right place. We’re without Hugh for a few days, and he thought it would be a good time for me to hop on over and do a guest post. I’ve scaled back for the week on RonovanWrites, so it worked out just right. Right?

Danger Danger

Of course, Hugh didn’t give me any ideas about what to write or any restrictions. You pick which of those two might be the most dangerous, and once we finish today, you can see if you made the right choice. Personally? I have no idea yet. I’m just typing whatever comes to mind at this point. And that is 100% serious.

What is Hugh?

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of writing something for Hugh’s blog is the word Friend. Where do I go from there? I think of our friendship and how we are an odd couple, as I call it. I am what one might call a Super Christian, or was so before an accident in my home confined me to my home. I look at that as being odd in my relationship with Hugh because people have an idea of what a Christian is. Why? Because there are some vocal people out there spreading their Church Traditions rather than the Jesus Traditions and Truths.

Hugh would never broach this subject here, but I’m not Hugh. And Hugh is not here to say, “Now, Ron, don’t do that. I don’t want you getting any more hate mail than you already receive. Let’s have some tea and Oreos and watch Mama Mia again.” Hey, don’t judge what Hugh and I do with Skype.

Hugh is a gift. God put him here on this earth for a purpose. When Hugh began to blog, I believe his purpose began to shine and be fulfilled. Just as people from every walk of life visit my blog and think I am not a bad guy and are okay with me expressing what I believe in, so to do, people feel the same about Hugh.

But with Hugh, it’s a bit different. People genuinely love Hugh. Hugh is about the most humble and genuinely loving people I’ve ever met. Instead of spending money on anniversary gifts, he donated $100 to our Friend Kate’s elderly parents, who lost their home and memories and everything in a house fire. The man knows how to love. An ocean away, and he gave.

The Odd Couple

There are people out there who claim to be something yet will hate Hugh because of his lifestyle and who he loves. Well, hate me then. I love Hugh. Hugh is an amazing man. If I lived in England, he would make a great roommate. I would need someone to keep the place from growing fungus. Yes, he would be Felix, and I would be Oscar. I doubt anyone saw it the other way around.

As a Christian, I follow Christ. When you read the words of Christ, you find nowhere does he say loving another human being is wrong. You know, the truth is, sex outside of marriage is what the Bible says is wrong. Any stone casters out there? Some will ask me do I think homosexuality is wrong. I thought I would go ahead and speak to that now.

God created us as man and woman. Then things happened. People became people, and all of us are who we are, and God loves each and every one of us. Do I understand homosexuality? No. By that, I don’t see how I would pick Brad Pitt over Angelina. Just not happening. Nope. Uh Uh. No Iron Man over the Black Widow, either. (Let me contemplate for a moment or 10.) I swear the Black Widow is like, wow. (Give me another 5 minutes.)

Okay, back to Hugh. As a friend, you won’t find anyone better. He’s always there when you need him unless it’s time for dinner. I’ve been chatting, and he says, “Sorry, Ron, dinner time.” and he is gone. Food comes first. He is a man, after all. Food. I just ate a Dove’s chocolate heart. Don’t judge me. It was my last one from Valentine’s Day. It is so good. I even wrote a Confessions post about it. I just didn’t say it was about chocolate. The comments give me the impression chocolate did not come to the mind of the readers.

The Judgers. All of us.

People judge. Christians judge. Non-Christians judge. But we aren’t to judge. I look at Hugh and see Hugh, a nice man with a kind heart. That’s all I see. Most of the time, that is it. Sure there are times I think, “Hugh’s gay.” but those are normally times when he is reviewing a Gay Romance for my Lit World Interviews site. I’m an odd Christian in that I am a Christ Follower and not a Church Traditions Follower. You can apply that to pretty much any faith or any other system of belief out there. It is challenging to follow the truth that you believe without it being contaminated by outside influences. But you can do it.

One way to do it is to keep your friends, like Hugh, in mind. My blog is known by all of the people I know in my local community on Facebook, all the way back to my grade school friends and family. Anyone can read anything I post. I openly call Hugh my Friend, my best pal on the internet, which in truth translates to my best pal in life. (I don’t get out much.) As a Deacon in a Southern Baptist Church, a former Chairman of Deacons, a former Sunday School Director, and a former Youth Pastor, I have no problem saying Hugh is my Friend.

Some are probably shocked by that Southern Baptist confession. It’s a place I hang my hat and is the closest to many of the things I believe in. Not every one of the things, but many. And you would be surprised at how the church I attend would be if Hugh walked in the door one day. He would be escorted to the front pew and have everyone shake his hand, and he would be invited to just about every Sunday School class for the next Sunday, and there is a good chance he would be taken to lunch by someone.

A young, contemporary church? Most of our members are probably over 60 years of age.

Hugh Is Loved

Hugh is loved. Not just by me but by probably every member of the WordPress family who has come across his path.

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If you are reading this and have made it this far, please leave a comment, even if it is just a smiley face, if you’ve had a positive encounter with Hugh. Give him a surprise when he comes back after his few days away.

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