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.
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!
- Dec 22, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
Dec 22nd at 9:15 pm
Oh so, so GREAT!, I love it…this well help me start. Thank you.
Dec 22nd at 9:50 pm
Thank you for these tips!
Dec 22nd at 9:52 pm
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!
Dec 22nd at 10:01 pm
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!
Dec 22nd at 10:38 pm
Thanks a lot. Happy holidays!
Dec 22nd at 10:46 pm
I’ve found great use for many of these features – and only recently discovered some of them!
Dec 22nd at 11:05 pm
Sounds nice, Thanks!
Dec 22nd at 11:42 pm
Cool. I like it.
Dec 23rd at 12:59 am
Nice tips. I use WordPress for Nokia to keep blogging during my vacation.
Dec 23rd at 1:18 am
Ha, I’ve always wondered what the purpose of “Press This” was and now I know. Thanks!
Dec 23rd at 1:43 am
Thanks much! Love Press This – didn’t know I could do that!
Dec 23rd at 2:04 am
I love the slideshow feature. Will be testing it out with my Christmas photos in a week or so.
Dec 23rd at 2:13 am
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.
Dec 23rd at 2:52 am
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!
Dec 23rd at 3:25 am
I was just wondering what Press This was… neat
Dec 23rd at 6:52 am
Great tips, thanks a lot.
Dec 23rd at 6:58 am
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!
Dec 23rd at 7:15 am
Great tips! I will try them a.s.a.p. Thanks!
Merry Christmas and enjoy your Holiday!
Dec 23rd at 7:18 am
It’s really a great tool to share informations. But of course it needs some creativity to make our post interesting to read.
Dec 23rd at 7:30 am
Thank you for the great tips! As a new blogger, I am always looking for ways to enhance my blog.
Dec 23rd at 10:50 am
Great Tips. My new years resolution is to get more pics on my blog and generally make it a look a lot better.
Dec 23rd at 10:57 am
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.
Dec 23rd at 12:28 pm
Thanks for the tips bud! Greatly needed for a new blogger such as me, not that WordPress is already user-friendly
Dec 23rd at 1:51 pm
These are great tips! Thanks…
Dec 23rd at 3:23 pm
This is awesome! It’s all about I love WordPress. cheers!
Dec 23rd at 3:56 pm
I’ve been hunting all over the web for something like this
Dec 23rd at 4:55 pm
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.
Dec 23rd at 7:33 pm
Thanks a lot for summarizing the main points. Keep up the good work WP team. Cheers!
Dec 23rd at 7:43 pm
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?
Dec 23rd at 11:58 pm
Great tip…I think I will be pressing this in the near future.
Dec 24th at 12:32 am
Good stuff, WordPress peeps.
I think I’ll be using the Press This thingy soon.
Dec 24th at 1:02 am
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!
Dec 24th at 1:25 am
Press this seems like an amazing new time-saving feature.
Dec 24th at 1:57 am
Spectacular! Thanks, WP, for all the wonderful tips to make our blogs more user-friendly.
Dec 24th at 2:36 am
“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!
Dec 24th at 4:51 am
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!
Dec 24th at 5:23 am
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!
Dec 24th at 7:59 am
Thanks so much always being helpful. Have a very happy holiday WordPress! I will try this out.
Dec 24th at 11:44 am
Looking forward to it Merry Christmas to you
Dec 24th at 5:03 pm
Does Press This work on Chrome?
Dec 24th at 6:13 pm
Very cool tips. Thanks! I like the Press This button.
Dec 25th at 9:17 am
Very helpfull! Happy Holidays!!!
Dec 25th at 6:49 pm
Thanks a bunch. I’m going to try to use them A.S.A.P.
Dec 25th at 11:56 pm
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.
Dec 26th at 3:16 am
This is perfect! Thank you!
Dec 26th at 5:29 am
Thanks so much for this
Dec 26th at 5:17 pm
I just LOVE the enthusiasm from you and everyone who posts. Happy Christmas everyone!!
Dec 26th at 6:37 pm
Thank you for the tips! It´s really helpful to know the features better (sometimes we get a bit lost ).
Happy holidays to everybody!
Dec 26th at 7:27 pm
Have to try that slide show… am just a two month old blogger now so am appreciating all the hints, thank you!
Dec 26th at 8:20 pm
I always love things that make life easier! Thanks and Merry Christmas.
Dec 27th at 12:22 am
I’m new to WordPress but love blogging and helping others.
Dec 27th at 3:25 am
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!
Dec 27th at 6:07 am
I like those pictures from Yosemite…
Dec 27th at 8:25 am
Thanks so much!!
Dec 27th at 12:01 pm
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.
Dec 27th at 8:50 pm
Thanks, I will get a lot of use out of the Press This tool.
Dec 28th at 3:42 am
Thanks. I have been wondering how pieces of blog posts are doing. I have been cutting and pasting the chosen phrasing. Thanks.
Dec 28th at 7:43 am
I really liked the concept of Press This. Blogging is becoming easy and innovative now a days!
Dec 28th at 12:21 pm
Very helpful tips! Earlier I could not get how to add an album to my blog. Thanks a lot!
Dec 28th at 3:02 pm
Had a wonderful Christmas but now it’s back to worky work. Great feature, thanks!
Dec 28th at 4:50 pm
Those are really great tips, thanks a lot for sharing useful info.
Dec 29th at 2:18 pm
Thanks WordPress this is amazing!
Dec 29th at 8:08 pm
Thanks for this information, it really helps!
Dec 30th at 2:29 am
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!
Dec 30th at 6:31 am
Dec 30th at 6:45 am
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.
Dec 30th at 10:01 am
Thanks for the tips!
Dec 30th at 10:20 am
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.
Dec 30th at 12:39 pm
anything that makes life easier and brighter can only be good. cheers!
Dec 30th at 12:45 pm
great post thanks again wordpress – happy new year!
Dec 30th at 2:59 pm
The slideshow option is very nice. Just what I needed. Thanks WP.
Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Dec 30th at 3:40 pm
Thanks for the help! Always up for making life a bit easier!
Dec 30th at 7:19 pm
Good ideas. Thank-you.
Merry Christmas season and a good 2011!
Dec 30th at 7:24 pm
Thanks for the tips!
Dec 30th at 9:03 pm
Thank you for your great tips!
Happy new year!
Dec 30th at 9:20 pm
Good tips…will do, grazie mille. Felice anno nuovo
Dec 30th at 9:57 pm
Thank you for the update
Dec 30th at 10:25 pm
Be spirit forever!