Tuesday, November 20, 2012

pinnableI’ve seen a lot of people wanting a Pinterest widget for their blogs.

And why wouldn’t you? We spend a lot of our valuable time pinning wishlists and weddings and homes.

Well, I happened across a little goodie and I thought I’d share with you how to get it.

It’s a wonderful Pinterest widget, and what makes it great is that it’s from Pinterest.

If you already know about this… Why didn’t anyone tell me?

The best I can gather, this was released around the same time they started allowing us to verify our blogs.  Since they’re allowing us to classify our blogs as businesses.

A couple of things you should know before diving in:

1. You don’t have to be verified to get the widget. From what I can tell, anyone can have it.

2. FOLLOW MY DIRECTIONS, because there’s a trick to this, and if you don’t catch it, you’re just going to end up aggravated like I was.

3. These instructions are for Blogger. I don’t know jack about Wordpress, sorry.

4. Click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

How to get your own Pinterest gadget for Blogger

Alright, go to the Pinterest Widgets and Buttons page to get started. Remember, if you’re on Blogger, stick with me.

STEP ONE:

Once you’re there, if you’re wanting a profile widget, which will show your latest pins, click the button under that. If you’re wanting to show off a particular board, perhaps a Holiday Gift Guide board, click on that one.

For the sake of this tutorial, we’re going to assume you want to show off your latest pins, so click on the profile option.

STEP TWO:

(There will be a link for “Advanced Settings,” you’re gonna wanna click on that.)

Fill in your profile URL and desired dimensions (if you need them).

STEP THREE:

Double-check your preview.

(If you know your way around Blogger and adding widgets, you can go ahead to Step 7.)

How to Install a Pinterest gadget or widget

 

STEP FOUR:

Log in to your Blogger account and click on Layout.

STEP4

STEP FIVE:

Wherever you’d like to add your widget, click “Add A Gadget” at the top of that section.

STEP5

 

STEP SIX:

Go down and find HTML/JavaScript.

STEP6

STEP SEVEN A & B:

Go back to the Buttons and Widgets page and grab the codes for your gadget. Just copy the first one, paste it in your gadget box, then do the same with the second code.

STEPS 7a7b

STEP SEVEN C:

This is the part that gets tricky. See, Pinterest tells you to paste the second code in your template code. However, that doesn’t work for Blogger, for some reason. So, I’ve found that you need to put both codes into your widget box.

Your code should look like the one below.

STEP7c

STEP EIGHT:

Click SAVE. Then SAVE ARRANGEMENT.

STEP NINE:

Alright! If you’ve done everything right, you should have a new gadget on your page that looks like mine!

Ok, I hope yours works, this is the exact way I got mine. Good luck, guys! If you’ve got any questions you think I would be able to help you with, leave it in the comments, or you can email me at barelymommy@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Are you a have-to-write-it-down kind of person?

I am.

I have to write everything down, or I forget it, or it doesn't get done. I have apps on my phone for calendars and stuff, but I forget to use them. Hell, Cozi sends me an empty family calendar update every month because I've long since forgotten to even fill it out.

When I started blogging again, I knew I'd need to plan things out, otherwise, I'd end up A) burning out, or B) forgetting to post. I'm still working out how not to do either of those, seeing as how I have the shortest attention span in the known world.

So, off to Pinterest I went to look for a planner to help me build a blogging binder (post about that coming soon) with. There were a few specific things I needed.

All seven days on one page. 
I need to be able to see the whole week on one page. I have to see everything at once, because I'm not going to flip the page to figure out my week.

Space. 
I tend to be pretty long winded, if you haven't noticed. So I need to be able to flesh out my ideas right then and there, or I'm going to end up going back to my planner for an idea and not know what the hell I was talking about. Basically, I needed a blank outline.

Great design.
Really, I'm one of those people that downloads apps that are pretty (I'll tell you my favorites some other time). So, even my blog planner has to be eye-pleasing.

Would you believe, that in all of my results, I couldn't find ONE that had everything I needed?

I did find about 4, that I use all the time. But, they didn't have what I needed.

So, you know what? I made my own.

And now I'm going to share it with you. That's pretty awesome, right?

Wanna see it?



Now, a couple of things, first.

One, I made two different versions of this. I made the blog planner, and I also made it into a mom planner, too. You can print out one or both of them, and use them for your blogging planner, or family binder.

Second, there's plenty of room on here to jot down a few ideas, any kind of bloggy maintenance you need to do (like, redoing a plain Jane logo and design), and write down anything you've got coming up.

There's also a pretty badass quote on there that's prefect for any blogger or mom. Just to put a little pep in your step.


(Click to be taken to the official preview and download.)

The mom planner is the same, except instead of BLOG MAINTENANCE, it has a TO-DO spot. Oh, and it says Mom Planner at the top.

So, you want 'em? Here's where to go...
The Weekly Mom Planner

Alright, I've been good to you, so be good to me. Please don't claim this as your own. That's pretty much all I ask. Oh, and if you download it, please, tweet it, or share it on Facebook, or even Pin it. Just spread it out. I'm sure you'd make some new friends if they had you to credit for helping them find the planner they've been looking for!

And if that isn't enough... Remember when I said I kind of need an outline to help me plan my posts?



Well, I made one of those, too! Only, I'm going to make you work for this one. ;)

If you want it, jump over and like my Facebook page and click on the Goodies tab. Your download will be waiting for you.