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WordPress Plugins I Use And Why

by Jamie Sanford on August 6, 2013

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#68)

JamieSanford.com has been built on WordPress since the beginning. My previous blogs were also on WordPress, and I built The Noritake Dish using WordPress as well. I also use Thesis on JamieSanford.com, and used to use Genesis on The Noritake Dish (since removed since the WordPress blog is now built into the site within Magento).

SIDE NOTE: I use and love Thesis but I am on version 1.8 or so. I am not impressed with Thesis 2.0, I find it a million times harder to use.

On to the plugins!

1. Akismet. Kick-ass spam comment killer.

2. Hello Dolly. It puts quotes from a musical in my WordPress dashboard. What is there to dislike about that?

3. LinkWithin. Find relevant posts in the blog and links to them from the bottom of each post. I have seen lots of other bloggers using this, and it is a great way to find other content on a blog and start cruising around.

4. Scribe. This is a paid plugin, and well worth it. All of the content I’ve created using Scribe has performed better than the content without it. Scribe guides you to better keywords, titles, and post descriptions than you’re probably writing on your own, and it has trained me to do things properly in all blogs.

5. SEO Facebook Comments. I use this for the Facebook comment form that gets attached to my posts. Much easier for people who don’t want to provide other login credentials to comment.

6. Super-simple Pinterest Widget. This is pretty straightforward. I plugged in my Pinterest account information, and a few of my recent pins show up in the sidebar. Much better than just a link, readers can actually see what I’m pinning.

7. WordPress Backup to Dropbox. Hat tip to Shauna on this one, because I just added it. Quick and easy backup of your content to your DropBox account.

8. WordPress Editorial Calendar. I don’t know how I kept track of the blog without the editorial calendar! I wrote about how following a blog schedule has been really positive in my life, and this plugin gives a great view of posts I have written, those I have scheduled, and so forth.

9. WordPress Video Plugin. This one is wonderful for adding video content to your blog! Once the plugin is active, you just have to know where the video is posted, and what its ID is, and you’re all set. I use this for all of my Sights & Sounds posts, and will never go back to pulling sharing code from individual sites again.

I would love to hear what WordPress plugins everyone else is using. What’s your recommendation?

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Last Night An Editorial Calendar Saved My Life

by Jamie Sanford on May 17, 2013

This is the current draft of the editorial calendar for JamieSanford.com. For a very long time, I was lost in terms of content creation, but this simple act of trying to be consistent with things has changed things immensely. I began experiencing this with last year’s nail polish project, but only in the past 2 months or so have I realized the power of the editorial calendar, and how it goes FAR beyond just writing a blog.

Recently, the Editorial Calendar taught me about the power of positive reinforcement. I know it seems insane that I would take until age 33 to learn it, but my entire outlook on things is better, all because I’m happy with my blog content, I’m proud of myself for accomplishing all of the things on the schedule for this week. Yes, I go to a job every day and I am pretty damn good at it, but this is something I am doing solely for myself. It’s a totally different experience.

I think back to growing up, and positive reinforcement wasn’t really present. There was always a focus on what I did wrong or what was wrong with me, as opposed to focusing on things that were good. Realizing this has illuminated things for me in a new way. All of the scripts burned into my brain are there to tell me what will go wrong, and how I will fail.  I read a bit about our mental scripts in a book on self-esteem that Chris Brogan recommended, but I couldn’t get through the book because it was too real. I still struggle with it, always going first to what could go wrong or how I could end up feeling uncomfortable, and it’s debilitating and has definitely stopped me from doing things or going after what I want. This isn’t a universal scenario, but it is enough to be problematic.

For now, I’m feeling positive. My blog posts for the week have been written and I am happy with the content. I have received multiple bits of praise regarding The Brand Experience Project, and it makes me feel so good about the hours it takes to write each of those posts. It has also helped me really find what it is that I’m passionate about in business, and that can only help everything in my professional future. So, onwards and upwards.

I would love to hear about anyone’s experiences with the editorial calendar, positive reinforcement, etc, in the comments.

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