WordPress is adding a lot of functionality beyond posting and commenting. At a recent meeting of the Council Blogs we practiced at polling. You can now add a poll directly in the WordPress editor similar to an image and it will be published with your post. See the sample below.
12:00 am I’m awake but no one is stirring. The part from yesterday is still on the build plate.
5:30 am The Boss is awake. Time to look sharp.
5:35 am That door clamp is removed from the build plate. That was a 3 hour build. I put a lot of layers into that one.
5:36 am Boss wants to change filaments. I have to heat up the head.
5:37 am Pink? What’s he got in mind now?
5:38 am Oh Boy, here comes the instructions. A piece of cake. This one is only 23,462 blocks.
5:39 am Build plate is heating, come on.
5:43 am Build plate is 110C. Fire up the extruder.
5:44 am Build plate is 110C, Extruder is 220C.
5:45 am Bring the build plate up and start extruding.
5:46 am First layer complete. Hmmm, interesting pattern. Now for layer 2. This one has 3 solid layers to begin.
5:48 am Now we begin the honeycomb fill. Trace, trace, trace.
6:15 am Ooo, the extruder is getting too hot, a little more fan.
7:00 am I see, this is a personalized key ring that looks like a karabiner.
7:10 am I see. It’s personalized with writing on the side, “Rachel.” That must be why it’s pink.
7:20 am Now to finish the top layers.
7:30 am Complete! TaDa! Ring the bell.
7:31 am They must be in a hurry today. They are switching in a new program. 264,516 blocks. This one’s going to take a while to crunch.
7:32 am The build plate hasn’t cooled too much. Come on, get to temp.
7:34 am Build plate up to temp, Bring up the extruder.
7:37 am OK! Let’s start laying some extrusion. Hmmm, interesting pattern.
7:38 am Got to fill it in.
7:39 am Next solid layer.
7:40 am One more solid layer.
7:41 am Now the honey comb. How deep is this thing?
7:42 am I think it’s another one of those roof rack accessories. Time will tell. It’s not too often we have a large radius like this.
8:30 am Oh, boy this is getting boring, we’ve done the same pattern now for 40 layers. What’s that in human speak? 1/2 an inch?
8:45 am Temps ok. Something different coming up. Oh goody.
8:50 am A couple holes on the side wall. Careful that they don’t sag.
9:40 am I feel like I’ve spent my life on this pattern.
9:45 am Hey, it’s time for the top surface. It’s got the part number in it. That’s what those funny notches were.
9:50 am One more stitch, we’re done! Lower the build plate. Turn the heaters off. Ring the bell.
10:50 am Did anyone hear us?
11:50 am Did anyone hear us? This part is complete.
12:50 am Hey, anyone out there? There’s a part on the build plate.
1:50 pm Hmm, we finished it, right?
2:50 pm Should we ring the bell again?
3:50 pm We could do it again. No, that wouldn’t work. That thing is still sitting on the build plate, in the way. Besides the heaters are all cooled off.
5:50 pm Just our luck they’ll show up at supper time and expect us to work.
7:50 pm Hey, someone pulled the program chip out. Maybe something will happen.
8:30 pm Finally we got that thing off the build plate. It was starting to grow barnacles.
9:30 pm Here comes the program chip. What’s in store?
9:31 pm 860,567 blocks? That will take us all night!
9:32 pm Build plate heater on. Hey you’ve got to get to 110C, don’t take all day.
9:52 pm Build plate up to temp. Fire up the extruders.
9:55 pm OK! Start laying extrusion.
10:05 pm Hmm, this pattern looks familiar.
10:30 pm It’s similar but different. Time for honeycomb.
11:30 pm I see, it’s pretty much the same except they made that hole bigger. Make sure it doesn’t sag!
11:59 pm This is boring. I feel like I’ve been doing this all day. Move, extrude, move extrude, move, extrude. How deep is this thing anyway?
How much can you fit in a one inch cube? The bloggers at Council Blogs saw the latest addition at Studio YouTube. It is a small self contained video camera that fits in a case 1 inch X 1 inch X 1 inch. The unit sports a 1/4″ tripod mount, infrared LEDs for night vision, a slot for a micro SD memory chip, power and operation buttons, LED indicators, and a USB connection. The battery is self contained. Initial experiments with the SYT quad copter went well as far as the video. The weight and balance in relation to the quad copter is another story. Great footage of aerial acrobats and crash landings looking sideways when the dust settles. The technology of video capture at this size is quite amazing and intriguing. This paves the way for the DIY Drone project at SYT later this fall.
With April showers misting outside it is time to revisit the SEO advantage of metatags in your blogging. Sort of a strange name and WordPress has shortened it to “Tags.” All the bloggers here at the cyber wigwam have moved their Tags sidebar box up under the Publish box to be a little more prominent. Tags are one of the most important elements of getting SEO* advantage from your blog posts. It is like hanging tags on your blog post that say “Find Me!” We’ve had cases at Council Blogs where one blog post with very unique tags can be found on the first page of Google. The really neat thing that our bloggers find is that they can attach their blog posts to their other social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Maybe someday, even YouTube. At lept Like A Blog we call this the Social Media Marketing Framework.
*SEO – What the heck is that? Search Engine Optimization.
Like the 3 elements of the shamrock there are 3 good reasons to adding blogging to your web presence. Of course, that’s assuming you have a web presence. If you don’t then adding a blog is an efficient way to develop a web presence too. Here at the Cyber wigwam the bloggers realize that having good content is what readers are attracted to.
1. “Content is King”
The more you have something genuine to say the more people will be interested to read. It doesn’t necessarily have to be profound. Just like the old adage, “be yourself.”
2. Keeping Fresh
With unique content comes great responsibility to keep it up. Consistently providing your readers with news is almost as important as the news itself. People will be attracted to your ability to keep them informed when you set a pace and stick to it. We find at Council Blogs that once a week is a good pace. You don’t kill yourself but if published regularly, your readers are kept informed.
3. News is attractive to Search Engines
Search engines like finding new stuff. What’s newer than your post with unique content? We find at the cyber wigwam that the more natural, “organic” methods for SEO incorporate consistency and good tagging. There is no better way to keep your readers satisfied and at the same time increase your “findability” than publishing your blog posts. Well, YouTube videos can be as powerful but require a little more energy to produce. Actually, some bloggers at the cyber wigwam are repurposing their blog posts into YouTube videos. That works really well too! You can find training and courses in both at lept Like A Blog.
January is National Mentoring month (you can read all about that here) and here at the Cyber Wigwam we are considering the impact of having a mentor. You can attend classes at lept Like A Blog in Social Media. But if you want a little more help you can consider a mentor. Just like any topic, having someone pass along their experiences in Social Media can shorten your learning curve significantly. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress or YouTube you can spend a lot of time to master them. If you need help in social media you can email the bloggers at firstname.lastname@example.org and begin a dialogue.
You may say that you watch a video on YouTube once in a blue moon. Chances are you watch one more often. In 2010 the number of users on the internet climbed over 2 billion. With 4 billion views per day on YouTube that means that there are an average of two videos watched every day per person on the internet. Currently there are about 48 hours of vidoe uploaded to YouTube every minute. Here at the Cyber Wigwam we have some bloggers venturing out into YouTube and have developed their own channel. YouTube classes are available from lept Like A Blog if you are ready to start producing some unique content.
Congratulations to the JPL team for the Curiosity landing. Pictures are spectacular. The animation of the landing process are phenomenal. The PR staff is realizing the power of social media, setting up a special sub domain for social media. You can check it out by clicking below. Social media is allowing us all to participate in the revelry.
Have you ever seen a video response to a YouTube video? Having a response video on your YouTube video adds more depth to an already robust marketing tool. With Google owning YouTube,, a video can improve your search rankings tremendously. Add a response video and your ranking have an extra boost. The poeple at Google figure if someone went to the bother to do a response video it must be extra interesting. What a great way to embellish your unique content. Here at the cyber wigwam we have we have classes in YouTube. You can read about them at the lept like a blog site. If you have any experience with YouTube vidoes or repsonse videos, we would love to hear your story. Feel free to comment below.
At Council Blogs we consider 2012 the year of Findability. Every week we highlight advances in SEO as part of our blogging club meeting. What can you do to make your site findable when people are looking for your talents or services? It’s easy for us bloggers - TAGS!! Here at the cyber wigwam the bloggers have all moved their Tags widget on the WordPress editing page up under the Publish widget so we don’t forget. Our three item list that Gayle has engrained:
1. Unique Content free of Bad Stuff
Think of tags as aids to search engines during classifying your blog post. Tom Johnson has a wonderful and extensive, 51 part series on Findability on his site, click here. Tags are equally important in your YouTube video. As bloggers, content is king, but tags are the scouts that bring in the visitors in the first place. So, don’t forget to include your tags. Remember: Content is King, Tags are IT when it comes to SEO!
We always love to hear from the blogosphere. Feel free to comment and interact with our club below.