Welcome to another Blog Talk where I pick a few links from around the World Wide Web that should (hopefully) point you in the right direction when thinking about the “tech” side of your blog. As usual, if you see any great posts that you think deserve a mention just tweet me a link (@nickie72) and I’ll try to feature them here next month. Don’t forget, you can even nominate your own! Anyway, lets get down to business.
- The buzz word on the internet at the moment is “Pinterest” and it seems that us bloggers are divided when it comes to the terms and conditions regarding the republishing rights of images on the Pinterest platform. I have a two-step tutorial which explains how you can make your blog “no pin” and Jax from Liveotherwise wrote about taking the Pinterest button off her blog, explaining how images can still be used even if you install the code. I like the idea behind Pinterest and “pinned” my tutorial to the Unique Geek Speak board (more of that later). It was “liked” by Pinterest themselves on their own website. Irony? The world has gone bonkers!
- Ruth over at Geekmummy publishes an App of the Week round-up each Friday which points you in the direction of some great apps for your iGadgets for both you and the kids. This link that I’ve chosen is her “app of the week” category so you can have a browse through her archives and then you can blame her if you find yourself with a lost hour or two. Have you got any apps that you’d recommend?
- Katherine from Rays of Light has discovered the wonders of iCloud and it is her new best friend – a MUST if you’re an “iger“. iCloud also syncs all your documents, iTunes, Calendar, Contacts, your apps and automatically initiates a back up to your iPhone and iPad settings. Read the full post for more.
- You may have heard that Facebook are introducing the new Timeline layout for pages. I’m a big supporter of this and updated my Facebook page hints and tips post accordingly. I love the layout and some of the facilities that you now have such as being able to choose which updates your fans see first and the ability to highlight a post. This walk-through from SocialMouths shows you all the juicy details including a snapshot of the new admin panel.
- Michelle from Mummy From the Heart held a “Newbie Fortnight” in February and you can find a full list of all her guest contributions in her New Bloggers Fortnight Post Round Up. There are some great posts in there with good blogging practice pointers for all of us, old and new!
- “Sarah Superflous” is, by her own admission, a blogger, a community manager and works for a PR agency so sits on all sorts of fences when it comes to the PR/Blogger relationships. She has started a series of posts that invite bloggers and PR’s to share their opinions to make engagement better between the two. There have been two posts (Week 1 and Week 2) so far and the interaction makes for interesting reading. Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved and have your say.
- At the moment I am being badgered by a number of people (you know who you are…) to move from Blogger to WordPress self-hosted. I am resisting with all my might. I know the benefits but Blogger is a safety blanket to me and doesn’t actually cost anything. Meanwhile, The Boy & Me has written a tutorial that I’ve been reading through which tells me how to go self-hosted so I’ve got that bookmarked for the time I take that leap of faith. Did you move from Blogger to WordPress self-hosted? I’d love to hear how it went – the good, the bad AND the ugly!
- Someone recently described the Parent Blogger group on Facebook as “Twitter but with more space to chat and discuss“. It’s a closed group which means that discussions DO NOT appear on your public Facebook wall so if you fancy being a part of the group just request to join and you’ll be added as soon as possible – usually on the same day.
- To round everything up and go back to the original theme of this post, you might like to know that there is a collaborative Pinterest board called “Unique Geek Speak” which has some fabulous pins which lead to great blogging tutorials and top tips. Far too many to mention but it’s worth following to see the what’s out there in tech terms. Give me a shout if you want to be added as a contributor.