activerain: Creating a Block of Emphasis Text for Your Blog Post - 03/05/16 11:08 PM

A Chef Has Excellent Ingredients AND a
Well Thought Out Presentation
Creating an interesting blog post is first of all dependant on relevant information that the reader wants to read. The other essential consideration to a successful post is how you present the information. A good chef may have the best ingredients in a dish but she doesn't just slap it down as a messy plate of food!
A good blog post starts off with proper white spacing. You don't want to just write a singular run on paragraph that goes on and on and on. We call that the wall of words! Proper text sizing is also … (56 comments)

activerain: What I Would Fix About ActiveRain If I Could - 07/05/15 12:18 AM
I think it is very good news that Ben Kinney has taken ownership of ActiveRain. With that news, comes also the return of Bob Stewart. These are two guys that you want to listen to when they share their wealth of knowledge! These guys also know the power of this community and want to make sure that ActiveRain continues to be a premier place to come to - a place that people enjoy coming to and that has value!
There is plenty of conversation lately about what to do to put new life back into the site. If you gave me the power, there is one … (100 comments)

activerain: Craig's 2015 Profile Update - 05/23/15 11:02 PM
It's been a while since I refreshed my ActiveRain profile and my blog signature. Well, I finally got around to it!! I just made the updates to my blog. The text below is what I have pasted to my profile page. I thought I'd share it also as a blog post here as a chance to say hi to everyone. I hope 2015 is turning out to be a good year for you! 
Craig is a tech guy! He loves technical challenges and loves to teach others how to use technology effectively. You might have guessed that if you've spent any … (10 comments)

activerain: Don't Click the Follow Button! - 04/08/15 12:02 PM
Don't Click the Follow Button...
   UNLESS you know what to do AFTER you click it!
Actually, DO click on the Follow button of quality bloggers because I'm about to show you what you NEED to do after you follow a list of people.  (PS - You can start with my follow button, it's right over there on the right ----->   ;)
Here's the thing... Now that you have clicked, now what??
Once you have selected bloggers on ActiveRain to follow, you should FREQUENTLY go to the newsfeed page that lists, in order of most recent post, the titles of each of the most recent posts … (63 comments)

activerain: Cataloging Your ActiveRain Blog with Tags - 12/05/14 09:28 PM
You walk into a very large library and you have in mind to find a book to help you on a very particular topic. As you stand in awe at how large this library is, you don't have a clue where to start. You ask the librarian about your topic. She says, "I believe we had a few books come in on that maybe a year ago. If you look on the second floor, down towards the middle of the library, that's where the books of that timeframe were placed."
You think, "huh!?? How am ever going to find it?"
After … (58 comments)

activerain: Tell Us a Little About Yourself - ActiveRain Profile Fields - 11/14/14 11:58 PM
Whether you are new on ActiveRain or know somebody just starting out here, perhaps you might want to share these thoughts about how to start to set up their profile information. For this blog post let's look at the basic mechanics of how to do that. Then we will look at various examples of what various ones have done. Finally, we can look at a little strategy in case you've been here for a while but need a little polishing up of your own settings!
How To Set Up Your Profile Basic Text
First of all, how do you get to your … (38 comments)

activerain: ActiveRain Grab Bag - 10 Tips For You - 09/14/14 01:23 AM
 Here are a whole bunch of little tips for you to consider as you spend your time blogging and reading in ActiveRain. Here are 10 tips for you!
1. Insert a Hyperlink Shortcut
Every post we write usually has one or more hyperlinks to other relevant pages. To insert a hyperlink, you first select the text you want to link, then you click the "insert link" button. Did you know there is a shortcut key for this, highlight your text and press Ctrl+K. I use that all the time. (if you are on Mac that might be Control-K, you'll … (81 comments)

activerain: What Are Your Most Popular Posts? - 09/07/14 04:19 AM
It is good to step back once in a while and analyze the effectiveness of what we are doing on our blogs. It takes our valuable time to blog, so is your phone ringing as a direct result of your sharing helpful information online? Do people call you and tell you that they are interested in working with you? Perhaps they feel that they already know you through your writing.
If the above is even occasionally true, then your blogging is being effective. If you want to have it happen more often (who doesn't) then why not take a look at your … (22 comments)

activerain: Which ActiveRain Yearbook Page Are You On? 2014 Edition - 08/30/14 07:16 AM
From the home page of ActiveRain, there is a link that you can click "Membership Roster" that is a neat tangent to explore when you are surfing the site. As you click on each of the years of ActiveRain's existence, you realize it looks a lot like a school yearbook.
Which class are you in? Are you in the "freshman" class or the "senior"? Have you really applied yourself to blogging? If so, those points are tallying up for you and provide you an extra boost of incentive. Maybe you have a little friendly competition with your peers to climb a … (67 comments)

activerain: How to Find a Specific Blog Post Written a While Ago - 08/23/14 07:09 AM
I could have also titled this post “You spent HOW MUCH time looking for that *#*??!$ post?” :)
Blogging over time means that you have a vast catalog of posts under your hat that you can grab out and share with people when they ask you a question. You’ve answered it before in a blog post. Aha! Go get that post and share it with them.
So where do you start looking. Your stats page? Your archives page? (*cough, cough* Dear AR Devs: archives is broken right now  *cough, cough*)
If the post is back in time a ways and you’ve been around a while that’s a daunting … (58 comments)

activerain: ActiveRain Profile Page Cover Photos - Inspiration Board - 08/09/14 06:15 AM
A very important part of your ActiveRain blog is your profile page. In a recent post, I discussed all sorts of  things to consider for your profile photo. Now let’s look at the Cover Photo. I’ll follow with another post soon digging into the particulars of setting up your cover photo.
In this post, I went surfing the ActiveRain profile pages looking for cover photos that we can use for inspiration. I came back with 40 covers as a comprehensive sampling of what can be done. I’m handing out gold stars today as you’ll often find me doing. Well done to those that I came across in my … (97 comments)

activerain: Your ActiveRain Profile Photo - 08/07/14 03:35 AM
One the interesting facets of marketing ourselves on the internet is that someone can meet us online first before they ever see us in person. Having a blog is a way for us to share our expertise and help a person come to know and trust us. Letting them see who we are helps fill a hole in the whole virtual meeting process. Our profile photo then is a key element to introducing ourselves properly.
First let’s look at some common mistakes to avoid. Then we’ll go into the process of how to prepare your photo and upload it to ActiveRain.
Craig’s List of Things I Think You … (76 comments)

activerain: Blogging Basics - Inserting Images Into Your ActiveRain Blog Post - 07/26/14 01:37 AM
Having an image or two in a blog post makes a huge difference as to the drawing the reader’s interest to the page and capturing their eyes. The method to add an image is not hard and in this post I wanted to walk you through the steps so that you have that ability. Each blogging platform has a similar method but this post will be looking specifically at the ActiveRain platform. In the fall of 2013, ActiveRain updated the interface and this post will be helping you step through how it works.
First of all, you need an image and in many … (50 comments)

activerain: Embedding a Video In Your ActiveRain Post - 07/19/14 07:12 AM
Besides adding photos to enhance our blog posts, we have the ability to also embed objects such as YouTube videos. These are not simple static objects like an image file and so they require a little different means to use them... but no worries it is not hard to do! I also want to highlight a couple things that even seasoned bloggers might not be aware of. So pay attention now,  let me get to the tips!
I have written about embedding videos into posts before, but it was time for a re-write because both the user interface and the page size parameters have … (84 comments)

activerain: Social Blog - Show Me My Subscriptions! - 07/08/14 03:43 AM
If you saw my previous post, you'll know I'm a little upset with a recent user interface design change here in ActiveRain. Bottom line is that, at the moment, there is no longer a link on the home page that takes us to a summary newsfeed of all the posts of all the people that we have subscribed to. Oops. (If you ask me, that is like taking away the inbox view of your favorite mail app!)
The link you are now looking for is somewhat of a secret, for it is buried two clicks deep on your "My home" page … (14 comments)

activerain: Dear ActiveRain - I Want My Following Link Back! - 06/20/14 03:44 AM
Dear ActiveRain,
On your recent interface update, you took something away from us and I'm going to be first in line to ask for it back.
We are missing the "Following" link on the top menu bar.
Besides taking away the easiest way to get to a feed of posts to those we have subscribed to, you have broken the other avenues to get to the list!
Let me be specific here so you can see this is not something to push down the "wishlist" - this is actually quite critical!
Our first choice now is to go to the top … (62 comments)

activerain: Creating Graphics for Web Pages – Tech Tutor VIDEO - 12/14/13 01:22 AM
Being able to insert pictures in our blog posts is an essential first step to making an appealing presentation. Images along with valuable textual content will help you to keep the attention of the person that just clicked onto your page. Would you like to step up your game with the option to create other types of graphics that you could use on your pages? This post (and video tutorial) will show you that it is within your reach.
If you were a graphic designer, you would have expensive apps at your fingertips such as Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. These apps cost hundreds … (40 comments)

activerain: Bookmarks Bar on Your Browser - 08/18/13 05:35 AM
If you stop and think about the places you go to frequently on the web, you could probably think of about a dozen sites that you spend most of your time at. Further, on some of those sites there are secondary pages that are frequent destinations. ActiveRain is a great example of a site with all sorts of secondary pages that are great landing pages. In this post, let’s look at creating a custom list on our browser bookmarks (favorites bar) that will be a menu of our favorite pages.
Turning on the Bookmarks Bar (Favorites Bar) Different browsers have different names for … (44 comments)

activerain: Au Revoir ActiveRain I'm Heading Out - 08/12/13 09:05 PM
Au Revoir ActiveRain I'm Heading Out
I've packed my bags and I'm heading out now... BUT don't worry I'm only moving "up the block" and I'll see you again on every single future post! A child grows up and moves out. It is time to claim my own digs. More on that in a bit...
Like many of you, I came into ActiveRain in a stumble upon sort of way. I had a blog already, but I grew weary of the spam comments and lack of real interaction. My blogging eventually dwindled to nothing. Then I signed up for the trial AR … (74 comments)

activerain: I Know of an ActiveRain SECRET Page - Let Me Take You There - 02/17/13 01:31 AM
Hey there, I see I piqued your interest! Who doesn't like to hear a good SECRET!
There is one page on ActiveRain that I visit every so often because I think it allows some interesting browsing of the site. The thing is... There is (at the moment) not a single menu link top or bottom that will take you there. We call it an "orphan" - there once was a path there but somewhere along the way it got left behind.
I'll take you to the page in a moment but let's talk first about what you can do when we … (105 comments)

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