#bloggingedumacation – Common HTML used in Blogging

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Confused about HTML? Let me show you some of the Common HTML used in blogging & explain what it does! #bloggingedumacation

HTML was one of the first things I took notes on when I first started blogging. I wanted to know what did what and how to make this do that. All of my posts are written on the Text side of WordPress (aka the HTML side). Very rarely do I use the Visual side to write my posts. I’ve been writing in this format ever since I was on blogger. It just always made it easier and made my control-freak self feel like I was in control of the look/feel of my posts. ;) I forget sometimes that a lot of newbie bloggers (or maybe even some veteran bloggers) may not be comfortable with HTML. So I’m giving you a cheat sheet. In this #bloggingedumacation, I’m sharing some common HTML used in blogging.

So before we get started, let’s talk about some HTML basics. All HTML start with a tag and always close with a “closing tag”. Let’s take a look at what I’m talking about…

<strong>This html turns your text bold</strong>

The <strong> is the opening tag of HTML. Anything that comes after that opening tag will be turned into whatever you told the text to do. So for in the example above, the text will be bold. In order to turn the bold text off, you need a closing tag. The closing tag in the example of above is </strong>. The forward slash is what closes the tag. But the entire tag is super important to turn “off” whatever it is you had asked the text to do.

Okay, so now let’s talk about some common HTML used in Blogging:

<br> = page break (inserts a page break aka makes your text appear on the next line down)

<b>bold</bold> = also is another code for bold

<u>underline</u> = underline’s your text

<strike>strikethrough</strike> = creates a strikethrough on your text

<font size=”5″>makes your font size bigger</font> = make your font size bigger or smaller, just change the number!

<font color=”red”>colored text</font> = change the color of your text

<a href=”http://pinkheelspinktruck.com/”>Pink Heels Pink Truck</a> = create a link with text

rel=”nofollow” = turns your links into ‘no follow’ links (use this code on all links that you’ve been paid to write about or received product in exchange for a post (read this #bloggingedumacation post for more details on “No-Follow” vs “Do-Follow”)

You would insert the code above in this manner:

<a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://pinkheelspinktruck.com/”>Pink Heels Pink Truck</a>

<img src=”http://pinkheelspinktruck.com/wp-uploads/blogging-edumacation-graphic.jpg”> = inserts an image (just insert your image link in between the quote marks)

<center>Centers your text within your text body</center>

There you have it…common HTML used in blogging!! Want more #bloggingedumacation lessons? Check them all out here!

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#bloggingedumacation – All About Media Kits

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#bloggingedumacation - All About Media Kits

Do you have a Media Kit at the ready for when a brand asks for one? No?? No worries. I’m here to tell you what you should have in said Media Kit. So let’s get to this #bloggingedumacation lesson…all about Media Kits.

ONE | Contact Info
Make sure you have your Contact Info…your email address, blog URL, phone number (optional).

TWO | Profile Picture
Include a picture of yourself so brands can put a face with a blog!

THREE | About You/Your Blog
Write a 3-5 sentence blurb (aka elevator pitch) about you and your blog. Like when you started, what you blog about, a little bit about yourself.

FOUR | Social Media
Make sure you include the links to your social media accounts.

FIVE | Stats
Include your most recent stats from your blog & social media accounts. It’s good to put in a 3-month average of your blog stats.

SIX | Brands You’ve Worked With
Boast about the brands you’ve worked with!!!

A media kit shows a snapshot of who you are and what your blog is about. It’s your tool to sell yourself to a brand. Show yourself off. This is the place for it!!

Some people include their rates on their Media Kit and some people don’t, so that’s totally optional and a personal preference.

Here are some great resources/examples of Media Kits on Pinterest.

Do you have a Media Kit??

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#bloggingedumacation – Who are you as a Blogger?

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#bloggingedumacation - Who are you as a Blogger

I’ve been blogging over 4 years now. And over the last year or so I’ve really been trying to figure out who I am as a blogger. Do you ever ask yourself this question? Have you ever pondered who you really are as a blogger? There’s really no right or wrong answer. I promise. But I think it’s an important question to figure out or at least start the brainstorm process.

I bring this up because over the last year I’ve specifically been working at building my brand and my community. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that my brand and community have grown leaps and bounds. And it’s because I’ve brainstormed who I want to be as a blogger. I’m definitely still a work in progress but I feel like every day I’m that much closer to that image that I see in my head.

Figuring out who you are goes hand in hand with your goals too. Have you ever set blogging goals? Have you ever measured whether or not you are on target? Again, there’s no right or wrong answer. If you are a hobby blogger, you may not have a lot of goals. If you have big dreams to really be someone, make a name for yourself and your brand, then I highly recommend you set some goals. Brainstorm what it is that you want. And then make things happen.

I talk often (mostly in real life because you guys can’t hear me…duh..lol) about my blogging motto. Pull your big girl panties up real high and roll out your own red carpet. I think of this motto often and I try and make it a reality every single day. You have to make blogging what you want it to be. The sky really is the limit.

So, what are you waiting for?? Who are you as a Blogger?

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