Tips for a new year of blogging

The holidays make for a crazy time of year. You’re spending time with family, traveling, maybe enjoying some winter weather. All of this can help you create wonderful blog posts. :)

Here are a couple tips on how to let your blog shine as you head into the new year.

Blogging made easy

Press This is a great way to simplify your blogging experience. It lets you grab content from any blog post, article, website, or photo you find on the web. If you can you see it in your browser, you can use Press This to blog about it on WordPress.com!

It will automatically insert an image, quote, video, or link on any website directly into your blog post as well as include a link back to the source. No more having to copy and paste 5 different things. With Press This you can share great content quickly.

Drag the bookmarklet (the link that says “Press This”) from the Tools page of your WordPress.com Dashboard into your browser’s bookmarks bar to get started. This adds a handy link you can use to post content.

The next time you want to share a link, photo, or video on another site just press the bookmarklet. You’ll see a window pop up where you can add photos, video, and quotes straight from the site.

The two icons next to “Add:” let you choose which photos or videos on the page you want to insert into your post.

Combine all of that with the mobile options we featured last month and you can really blog from anywhere on the web or anywhere in the world.

Let your photos shine

After many lovely days spent with family during the holidays you probably have dozens (hundreds? thousands?!) of photos from trips, meals, adventures, and lovely winter weather. WordPress.com makes it easy to showcase these right on your blog.

Using our built-in photo galleries or slideshows you can share the best moments from the holidays. Here’s a few from my trip to Yosemite National Park in the winter a few years ago.

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Between Press This and showcasing your photos you have some great toys to play with as you make your blog even better in the new year. Enjoy the holidays!


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Andrew Spittle

  • Dec 22, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
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  1. dhimasln

    Nice tips. I can still blog while enjoying my holidays :)

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  2. iano10

    Cool, I didn’t know that you could upload pictures and videos on Press This. I’m also going to look into making one of those slideshows.

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  3. AKHMAD SUDRAJAT

    Thank you for the tips, but unfortunately on this holiday I don’t go anywhere :)

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  4. dougbrowncreative

    I often feel like there must be an alternative to the copy and paste orgy I go through posting on our blog. Press This is going to be very helpful for us. Thanks for explaining it Andrew. Happy holidays.

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  5. The Gaffer

    Ah, nice one WordPress.

    Happy holidays to everyone too :)

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  6. aRuL

    Yes, great feature from WordPress…. so useful :)

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  7. 2zpoint

    Great Ideas…May you have the warmest of holidays filled with joy! Peace be with you.

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  8. Elly

    Great tutorial! Lots of excellent detail and very inspirational. I’m new and am going to put those ideas to use very shortly! Thanks a lot, and Happy Holidays :)

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  9. agirlandhercarrot

    Thanks for the Press This info. I will be making a slideshow out of my photos, I forgot about that. I only did it with cupcakes once. Fun Fun Fun!

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  10. doctorwhofan98

    Nice! :-) WordPress is amazing!

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  11. coolpup

    I’ve had this in place for quite a while, but kept forgetting I did. :) I guess if I used it more, I may have remembered.

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  12. Deanna

    The plot thickens – always new things to try on WordPress.

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  13. Mikalee Byerman

    I’ve always wondered what “Press This” is … thank you! :)

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  14. marymaru

    I am well acquainted with the copy-and-paste ritual. Glad to have your tutorial on Press This to simplify my life. Thank you!

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  15. Sunflowerdiva

    I love you, WordPress! <3

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  16. Tee

    Wow, Press This is nifty tool. I hope to use the slideshow too.

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  17. Tara Schiller

    Cool. Already added to my bookmarks.

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  18. Aditya Mehta

    This is excellent. I’m going to have a blast in 2011!

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  19. pltprincess

    Wonderful tips. I wasn’t really aware of the photo galleries and slideshows. I need to figure that out in time for the explosion of holiday photos this weekend.

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  20. Dan North

    Excellent, I’ll be Pressing This as soon as I get the opportunity, and I’ve been taking full advantage of the slideshow and gallery functions this year – my only complaint is that the gallery/slideshows automatically incorporate all the images for that post – you can’t have two separate slideshows in one post, or just selected images in one gallery. Other than that, it’s very attractive.

    Now, if you can provide WordPress bloggers with a couple of extra hours in the day to use all these features, that would be the ideal Christmas gift.

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  21. drex

    Oh so, so GREAT!, I love it…this well help me start. Thank you.

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  22. Ljubomir Gatdula

    Thank you for these tips!

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  23. longevity0211

    Cool this can be useful, soon I’m going to use photos to my life-inspiring-blog that I’ve taken myself. I hope that will improve the blog a bit :-D!

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  24. gtoftdahl

    I knew there must be an easier way to add pictures, etc. I am new to blogging and would hate to admit how long it takes to create each little post!
    I look forward to giving it a go!

    Thanks for you help!

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  25. Susanne

    Thanks a lot. Happy holidays!

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  26. adventurewriter

    Great tips!
    I’ve found great use for many of these features – and only recently discovered some of them!

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  27. Charlousie

    Sounds nice, Thanks!

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  28. Dzulqarnain

    Cool. I like it.

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  29. d34nmu

    Nice tips. I use WordPress for Nokia to keep blogging during my vacation.

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  30. ryoko861

    Ha, I’ve always wondered what the purpose of “Press This” was and now I know. Thanks!

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  31. Jessica Y.

    Thanks much! :D Love Press This – didn’t know I could do that!

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  32. stickinsect

    I love the slideshow feature. Will be testing it out with my Christmas photos in a week or so.

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  33. mia1984

    Oh, WordPress, I just love you. But I still don’t get what “Press This” is. Is it basically a kind of “re-post” function? Or more like a crop-quoting tool?

    Anyway, thanks for being so great to us. Happy holidays. :)

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    • Andrew Spittle

      It’s both. :) You can use it to post links to content on other sites or you could automatically pull in a quote, image, or video you’d like to use in longer article.

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  34. Shari

    truly loving the press this button. although mine doesn’t come up as a pop up and it took me a while to get it on my toolbar, i got it there in the end and have used it about 2 times already. Thank you WordPress!

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  35. Fresh Verve

    I was just wondering what Press This was… neat

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  36. Intelligent Challenge

    Great tips, thanks a lot.

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  37. itrixboy

    ive always heard about this feature called ”press this” but i never really understood what it was meant to be used for and thanx to guys for explaining it to me now i can create a blog post more easier!

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  38. mbconsulting

    Great tips! I will try them a.s.a.p. Thanks!

    Merry Christmas and enjoy your Holiday!

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  39. dsusetyo

    It’s really a great tool to share informations. But of course it needs some creativity to make our post interesting to read.
    Thanks

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  40. lizziebeth94

    Thank you for the great tips! As a new blogger, I am always looking for ways to enhance my blog.

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  41. call guy

    Great Tips. My new years resolution is to get more pics on my blog and generally make it a look a lot better.

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  42. TheEverydayMuser

    I’ve been using Press This for some time, and I don’t just use it for posting content from web pages. When I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to type wordpress.com in the address bar, I just hit Press This and start typing. It’s pretty good for lazy people.

    I never knew you could showcase photos! Thanks for the tips, and I wish the WordPress team a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  43. AnythingAndy

    Thanks for the tips bud! Greatly needed for a new blogger such as me, not that WordPress is already user-friendly :D

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  44. juntecson

    These are great tips! Thanks…

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  45. Monika

    This is awesome! It’s all about I love WordPress. cheers!

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  46. ReetzOnline

    I’ve been hunting all over the web for something like this :-)

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  47. Nanola

    Thank you for pointing this stuff out. I always wonder about features of WordPress but am too lazy (and maybe even scared) to try! It helps when you explain a bit.

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  48. Salil Lawande

    Thanks a lot for summarizing the main points. Keep up the good work WP team. Cheers!

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  49. Scott Thomas Photography

    I made use of the slideshows in an upcoming blog of mine. Easy to use.

    Press This is a good tool, just be mindful of the creator’s copyrights. As a photographer, it is something I am very concerned with. Is there a way to know if someone uses Press This on your WP blog?

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  50. J Roycroft

    Great tip…I think I will be pressing this in the near future.

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  51. KingShamus

    Good stuff, WordPress peeps.

    I think I’ll be using the Press This thingy soon.

    Thanks, WP.

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  52. tonyhettler

    Simply amazing! I’m new to the blogging experience here, and what a treat to be able to utilize such a great tool from the get go!

    Thank you so much!

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  53. Tammy McLeod

    Press this seems like an amazing new time-saving feature.

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  54. Jerome the Gnome

    Spectacular! Thanks, WP, for all the wonderful tips to make our blogs more user-friendly.

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  55. Meeks

    “Press This” is going to save me SOOO much time when I do my “5 Great Finds” (when I feature posts etc that I find around the web)! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

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  56. xiaohui

    Thank you alot for this post, it’s the holiday season and I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop wanting to write about something, anything, but there’s not much momentum. I think these tips might just break the inertia! :)

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  57. westforwestwing2012

    Thank you so much! WordPress RULES! Y’all are so user-friendly that even I, who started out knowing NOTHING, can learn as I go! I am learning new things all the time, and WordPress makes it fun!

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  58. lolivopalmsprings

    Thanks so much always being helpful. Have a very happy holiday WordPress! I will try this out.

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  59. walkonby

    Looking forward to it :) Merry Christmas to you

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  60. nesnesnes

    Does Press This work on Chrome?

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  61. cupcake2eater

    Very cool tips. Thanks! I like the Press This button.

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  62. Nina Papaioannou

    Very helpfull! Happy Holidays!!!

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  63. anirak2000

    Thanks a bunch. I’m going to try to use them A.S.A.P.

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  64. Paul

    I have been wondering what and how to use Press This, and didn’t get to experiment until this post.

    Now I am addicted to Press This, it is amazing and really simply the blogging process.

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  65. Amituofo Devoted

    This is perfect! Thank you!

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  66. thebrelandkentshow

    Thanks so much for this :)

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  67. gregjoyservices

    I just LOVE the enthusiasm from you and everyone who posts. Happy Christmas everyone!!

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  68. Arcalot

    Thank you for the tips! It´s really helpful to know the features better (sometimes we get a bit lost :) ).
    Happy holidays to everybody! :D

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  69. The Invisible Cookbook

    Have to try that slide show… am just a two month old blogger now so am appreciating all the hints, thank you!

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  70. SherryGreens

    I always love things that make life easier! Thanks and Merry Christmas.

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  71. stevestreetsmart

    Awesome tips!

    I’m new to WordPress but love blogging and helping others.

    Thanks

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  72. kevinlee88

    Although I had the blog for sometime, I did not use it, so am quite new to this too. The above feature looks easy and cool to use.

    Hopefully can get some guidance from all of you who use WordPress.

    Merry Christmas and Have a great happy Holiday!

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  73. MJae

    I like those pictures from Yosemite…

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  74. bennyinaustralia

    Thanks so much!!

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  75. Style Souk

    Being lazy and behind the times, I’ve not yet used Press This… but will now be certain to check it out! Thanks and Merry Christmas.

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  76. Annoyed Conservative Christian

    Thanks, I will get a lot of use out of the Press This tool.

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  77. Little Johnny

    Thanks. I have been wondering how pieces of blog posts are doing. I have been cutting and pasting the chosen phrasing. Thanks.

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  78. ronojoymishra

    I really liked the concept of Press This. Blogging is becoming easy and innovative now a days! :)

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  79. Abhishek

    Very helpful tips! Earlier I could not get how to add an album to my blog. Thanks a lot!

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  80. AskTina

    Had a wonderful Christmas but now it’s back to worky work. Great feature, thanks!

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  81. Riyad Almubarak

    Those are really great tips, thanks a lot for sharing useful info.

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  82. Bre

    Thanks WordPress this is amazing! :-D

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  83. Myrtle

    Thanks for this information, it really helps! :P

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  85. ejomlexus

    Holidays have lots of cool ideas and events… definitely a big help to increase reads and rates.

    And following this tip will be a great plus to all kinds of blogs.

    Thanks you for sharing, dude. :-)

    Happy Holidays to all!

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  86. tpe3s

    Merci

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  87. slcantwell25

    There will come a day when we’ll be able to respond and share as fast as we can think to do it. We’re getting there. Thanks for opening our eyes.

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  88. larebear

    Thanks for the tips!

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  89. Yayan A.I

    Another nice tool from WP. That’s why WP is much better than the other platforms….easy to use and keep coming with more and more tips.

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  90. jactherat

    anything that makes life easier and brighter can only be good. cheers!

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  91. stevenboyce

    great post thanks again wordpress – happy new year!

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  92. Knut Skjaerven

    The slideshow option is very nice. Just what I needed. Thanks WP.

    Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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  93. gilsongardensinc

    Thanks for the help! Always up for making life a bit easier!

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  95. annem040359

    Good ideas. Thank-you.

    Merry Christmas season and a good 2011!

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  96. artsymoon

    Thanks for the tips!

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  97. louisabellissima

    Thank you for your great tips!

    Happy new year!

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  98. katia68

    Good tips…will do, grazie mille. Felice anno nuovo

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  99. hiwaar

    Thank you for the update

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  100. dhikamcr

    Thanks…
    Be spirit forever!

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