Today we were told to include a Facebook “like” button and Twitter feed on our sites. Thankfully we didn’t actually have to build new Facebook and Twitter profiles in order to do this, but could use anything that happened to take our fancy. So, you can now see that there is a link to the Facebook page for Women’s Adventure Magazine and Twitter feed from Raven Books displayed on my blog.
Luckily WordPress makes it very simple to add both Twitter feed and a Facebook “like” as well as many other options, by having widgets which allow you to quickly and easily add the feeds you want to your sidebars.
To add the Facebook “like”, simply go to your WordPress dashboard, choose Appearance, go to the right hand side of the page and choose where you want the “like” to appear (there are a number of options – sidebar, footer and so on). Then drag and drop it to the place you want. And you’re done. The same option applies for anything else you want to add. A word of warning though, Safari, Dolphin and Chrome all refused to allow me open the widget options so I ended up having to go to an actual PC to get this finished off.
So now it’s our last day of blogging and I’ve finally managed to get my Page, rather than my post, on Podcasting published. I included an RSS feed by highlighting text I wanted to turn into a link, then clicking the Link option from the toolbar (the one that looks like a chain) then pasting the RSS option from Podomatic. Easy yes, but I did have problems due to brower issues – I couldn’t see whether the podcasts were actually subscribe-able or not. The Apple Mac I was using decided it was going to display text only. I had to ask a friend to test it on her smartphone to see if she could actually subscribe. Luckily, she could see it via her Google Reader and everything was working as expected, but it does beg the question as to the usefulness of any programme that requires users to use a specific brower in order to function.
Meanwhile I can see from the RSS feeds I have subscribed to that a number of my fellow students have been busy re-working their original blogs to improve the quality of what was published. I’ve only got an hour left before this is due so I won’t be doing the same. My blog needs to be taken as it was originally created – a journey through digital media showing my progression over the duration of this course. To my mind, there is a clear development shown in my blogs as I move from technical newbie to someone who is, if not extremely proficient, at least relatively comfortable with creating and publishing digital media. I’ve learned a lot, I’ve enjoyed doing it and I’m actually very happy with my skill set now. Who knows? By the end of the year, I may even be able to pull together a YouTube video. Wouldn’t that be great?