Archive for October, 2009

Note: This post has been updated with WordPress instructions.

If you want to include a video in your post, so someone can watch the video on your blog instead of just following a link to YouTube, here’s how you do it:

  1. In another browser window, open up the YouTube page (this also works with other online video providers, but it works a little differently with each). Under the video, there should be a “Share” link. Click it. Then there’s a box that says “Embed”. Highlight that text, and copy.
  2. When looking at the box where you’re writing your post, back on WordPress, there are two tabs on the upper right of the text box: “Visual” and “Text.” click on the “Text” tab. Your post should still be there, though the font may change. Don’t worry, it will go back to what it was when you post it.
  3. Paste the text you copied from YouTube into the text of your post.
  4. Finish writing your post. When you post it, the video should be there.

Some videos on YouTube have the phrase “embedding disabled by request” in the “Embed” box. These videos aren’t available for embedding, but you can still link to the video from your blog.

See? Easy as one-two-three. Four.


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Blogging 101: Adding Links

If you want to hyperlink part of a sentence you wrote–that is, allow readers to click on those words, taking them to another page–here’s the easiest way to do it:

  1. Write the sentence.
  2. In a separate window, open the page where you want them to be directed.
  3. Highlight and copy the URL of the page (the address at the very top of the window, which will begin with “http://”.
  4. Go back to where you were writing on Blogger Wordpress. Highlight the words you want linked.
  5. Click on the little chain-link icon.
  6. Paste the link into the little box and click “save” or “okay” or whatever it says.
  7. Bask in your skill.

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I’m starting to think about banning ads on your blogs. My reasoning:

  • they’re distracting and tacky;
  • they’ll never make you any money anyway;
  • they would seem to be at odds with the purpose of school.

If someone can explain to me why I’m wrong about at least two of these, state your case.

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