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Adding Audio and “Getting Connected”

April 5, 2011

Hello!

After a blogging hiatus I’m ready to create another post.

Within this post you will find:

  1. Adding audio to this blog.
  2. Tips and links to better blog writing.
  3. “Get Connected”, section 7 in the WordPress Tutorial.

Adding Audio

To finish the “Get Flashy” section of the WordPress tutorial I need to add audio. What kind of audio will I add? I’ll add my favorite song “Animal” by Neon Trees.

My first question: How do I embed audio into my blog in a similar way to YouTube videos without paying for anything?

By Googling this I’ve found a lot of info for people with their own websites who can use plugins. AND they use fancy coding which isn’t useful to me. So, what about those of us who don’t own their own websites (and therefore cannot use plugins) and for those of us who don’t want to pay squat?

According to a Scribd article, I have to put the audio I own online (Archive.org) and then I can put it on my blog. I’ve previously tried to do this and I found it was complicated and a waste of my time.

I found another site on WordPress that discusses putting your audio on YouTube to get around paying anything on WordPress.

To keep things simple, it seems that the easiest way to put audio on my WordPress blog without paying for anything is by using YouTube. However it turns out that YouTube is striking up a deal with UMG, Vevo, and other music producers so that I cannot embed videos by those producers. A website named “Vimeo” has no such restrictions.

Tips for Better Blogging

As a newcomer to blogging, I’m sure I’ve made many mistakes already. But I’m here to learn, so it’s all right.

I know I’m straying from following the WordPress tutorial but I feel it is important to go over tips and links for better blogging.

A helpful website for bloggers that I got lost on is Copyblogger. This website has changed a lot about how I’m going to blog from now on. I feel that the website is also relevant for other forms of writing on the internet, but I digress.

A few blogging insights I’ve learned from Copyblogger:

  • People read blogs differently from books. They scan it for useful/interesting info.
  • Blogs should be easily visually scannable.
  • K.I.S.S.
  • Bold text to highlight important points.
  • Use headings.

The Copyblogger website also has a lot of helpful tips for writing better blogs, how to get more people to read your blog, and more.

I’m trying to use tips from Copyblogger, thus this post looks different from older posts. My blog will continue to develop into a more interesting and scannable blog.

On with the tutorial!

“Getting Connected” with the WordPress Tutorial

This section is all about using WordPress resources to help with the content and technicalities of my blog.

First it suggests writing a lot, collaborating with other bloggers on WordPress, and utilizing the WordPress forums and support areas.

The tutorial then recommends using tags for each post. For this one I’ve used “blogging”, “audio”, “blog writing”, “writing”, and “WordPress”. The tutorial also suggests searching for tags related to your blog to find more relevant information.

So far, so good. The next tutorial section is “Get Famous” and I will work on this in my next post.

Until next time!