I am taking the Blogging 101 course from WordPress.
Today’s Assignment: publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.
I tried to think of some famous person to be my ideal audience, but couldn’t think of a soul. The assignment said thinking of a specific person helps focus your thoughts and goals for the blog. When I write my blog, I do have a specific composite person in mind. The people who have been reading my logs and blogs since 2001 form that composite person. Family members, old neighbors and co-workers and new friends we’ve made along the way: you are my ideal audience. It feels like writing to the folks back home. You care a whole lot more than some famous person ever would.
My new element is to embed is a YouTube video. Fortunately, the WordPress folks provided instructions.
It is easy to pick one out; I’ve been singing along with Loretta Lynn for months now. We are having a Grand Ole Opry party at the yacht club this Saturday night and I am going to be Loretta Lynn. I have a fancy dress similar to the one in the video, but with a straight skirt. I have a long black wig and even bought a dark eyebrow pencil to color my invisible blonde eyebrows. I don’t watch the whole video. I just slide the little slider along until she goes to the microphone and starts singing.
That was easy. All I had to do was copy and paste the URL from the Loretta YouTube page to my post. Now I can preview my post to see if it worked.
Nope. All I got was a link to the YouTube page. Perhaps I should read more of the instructions. Yes! To get a preview of the video embedded, I had to put brackets around the URL like this: youtube the URL here. I can’t put the brackets on it to show you; it doesn’t show up in the post. [but you know what brackets look like]
If somebody take a video on Saturday night, I’ll post one with me singing instead of Loretta. Yeah, I’ve sung along with her on YouTube so much that we are on a first-name basis now.