How To Embed A Vine Video On A WordPress.com Blog Right From Your iPhone

Not heard about the social network Vine yet?

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Seriously its something you are gonna love and my guess is its set to be the next big social sharing platform. So… Let me enlighten you.

Twitter the social network we all know and love has launched the new Vine app, a social network that lets you create and share short 6 second looping videos. Yes, 6 seconds! Just like twitter with its 140 character rule, Vine gives you 6 seconds to get the message out there!

I’m loving it, the possibilities are endless. Vine offers brilliant ways to share all life has on offer from a babies first steps, a new theme park ride or even a super quick how too video!

Admittedly that sounds crazy doesn’t it. But its possible and its down to the way Vine allows you to create the clip. A Vine is a video thats made up with a number of images. During the recording of your Vine you can pause, change the scene then restart. you can do this countless times to make your vine. This combined with the continuous looping of your Vine video brings about a really creative result.

So if Vine videos are so great bloggers like me are going to want to add them to their blog posts! I’m already planning to add a number of Vine How Too videos to replace the images planed for a couple of my up coming craft. tutorials! But how do we embed them in a blog post and more importantly can we add them if we blog on a wordpress.com blog!

Well I’ll answer the latter question first! Yes, Vine videos can be added to a wordpress.com blog post and you don’t even need to be on your desk top to do so. I’m able to add my Vine clips directly from my iphone.

Look here’s the proof

(I know the cats obsessed by the string)!

So just how did I get my Vine onto my WordPress.com blog post?

You will notice when you make a Vine on your iPhone that the app only offers you the option to either share your vine of Facebook or Twitter. Vines cannot be saved to your iPhone photo libary or added directly to Youtube.

So… Opt to share your Vine on twitter than close the Vine app and instead of opening your twitter app google your twitter account instead.

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Twitter will then open in the mobile version (don’t worry there is no need to use the desktop version for this)! You may notice that if you have the twitter app installed on your device it offers you the option to open twitter in your app. Just click the X button to take that of the screen.

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Now access your tweets via the ‘Me’ tab and your vine will be your last tweet. Click on the tweet and you will notice your vine is embedded into your tweet so it can be viewed directly from twitter. Now go to the URL address next to your google search tab in safari and copy the entire link.

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Now open your wordpress app and opt to create a blog post. Now simply paste the URL directly into the template where you write your post. You will now notice the URL contains the word “mobile” followed by a “full-stop) after the “http” and before the word “Twitter” simply delete both the word “Mobile” and the “full-stop”.

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Now save blog post as a draft and then open a preview of your post… You should then see something that looks like this…

Your tweet as it appears on twitter with the embedded Vine fully attached.

Another way to add it to WordPress.com is to access your Vine video via its URL on a desktop computer. Right click and save video to your computer. Then simply upload to youtube and then add your Vine as a youtube video embed to your blog post as you normally would. This Is a good option for those who would rather not have the additional attached tweet on display.

So I hope this helps you embed your Vines onto your WordPress.com blog posts.

Vine is not yet available on Andriod devices but is already available free of charge on the iTunes App Store to download now.

Have fun.

20 things that make a successful Mummy blogger

I’ve been blogging over three years now and truly love it! At first I thought it may be a bit like keeping a diary and if this was true, then it would be a passing phase that’s forgotten two months down the line. This didn’t happen and I discovered that I truly loved to write and then broadcast that piece of writing to anybody out there interested in what I had to say. I enjoy it and find myself wanting to engage in such an activity on a day-to-day basis.

I’m no expert, but I have been blogging over on my blog “A boy with Aspergers” for a long time now! I love to social network and have therefore discovered like-minded bloggers, all parents blogging separately but somehow coming together as one community. With this in mind, I think I’ve discovered one or two tricks to keep you on track and on your way to becoming a better if not successful blogger.

  1. Passion is what keeps a blog floating, without it… your nothing… you will sink quickly and disappear!
  2. Be honest, it’s the key to gaining a good readership
  3. Join up to twitter, tweet your post, find like-minded bloggers, most importantly interact as well as promote, this way others get to know you and are more interested in what you may have to say on your blog (you will also uncover truly lovely and talented people along the way)
  4. Create a Facebook fan page, link this to your blog, set your blog to auto post to your Facebook page, followers can then navigate their way to your blog every time you post something of interest
  5. Join Social groups such as BritMums, get involved in blogging campaigns, voice your opinions without fear,  involve yourself in group conversations, (or even start your own) via the forum or specially designed groups hosting like-minded bloggers.
  6. Many mummy bloggers are creative and enjoy taking pictures. Get involved in photo projects such as project 366, Silent Sunday  & Satcap, then link your post to the linkys in other blogs (don’t forget to check other people’s links within the linky).
  7. Successful mummy bloggers are those who help others, whether it’s by giving advice to a fellow bloggers on Tech issues or supporting a charity campaign.
  8. Become part of the community! Mummy bloggers have become much more mainstream now. You can find plenty of articles about us in national papers and even through the TV, when I started blogging I chose not to involve myself as much as I do now, plus there were certain sites and social networks that took me a while to discover. My advice is to step into the community, not only can you gain advice and support, you can also bag yourself a good friend or two!
  9. Comment on other blogs you enjoy reading! Successful mummy bloggers build both good relationships and readership by commenting on other bloggers post (plus replying to those who commented on their own).
  10. Don’t blog for the hell of it, good mummy bloggers produce great content by blogging when the urge takes them (giving its possible with the kids around your feet). Blogging just to keep your post content regular or your stats high, will only produce poor content
  11. Create a YouTube account and vlog to your heart’s content then link up with others that like to vlog (checkout the BritMums vlogging group).
  12. When them creative ideas Pop into your head, write them down on paper… or if possible share it there and then (after all, the next day you may have writers block)
  13. Don’t do something because every other blogger is doing it, do it because you want too… if you don’t like it, then don’t blog it… it’s that simple. Everything you post, needs to be there because you really wanted to write it, its my opinion it shows within your writing (I even make sponsored post my own, and never write a full press release)!
  14. Many great mummy bloggers do reviews on their blogs, others don’t… personally I feel the hype of the blogger blagger debate crushed the confidence of some mummy bloggers… If you want to review, do it, stand proud and don’t worry what others say or think… successful mummy bloggers are strong mummy bloggers
  15. Attend conferences and bloggers workshops! This allows you to gain ideas, get advice, mingle with bloggers and brands all while having a good time. Britmums Live and tots100 blogcamp are worth a visit.
  16. Great mummy blogger are not afraid to start a huge debate. I feel debates are a great way to get readers and comments on your blogs as long as you feel strongly about what you write and its true to your heart then its worth writing… plus your honesty will win you more readers in the long run.
  17. Stick to what you know! I’ve read blogs where someone has written a post that’s been of interest within the media therefore assuming it will gain them lots of traffic. However they clearly have no idea about the issues at hand, therefore losing a load of traffic in the long run.
  18. Be up front about what your open too. No one likes to see a blogger stating.. “I’ll never except a product for review” only two months later their blog is full of them.
  19. Be careful what you write. Don’t leave yourself open to copyright theft (you can get free protection) and be careful when posting pictures or content that isn’t your own. Publishing content of this type should only be done so when giving full recognition to it’s original author, plus a full link back..
  20. Successful bloggers do check their states, submit their blog URL to directories such as the Tots100 top mummy bloggers listing, although it is advisable not to become obsessed by states, ranks and whatever else… it still helps to have a goal and target for the month, it gives the blogger drive (difference is we just don’t cry about it if we don’t reach it). The most important thing to remember is to be original!

So, there you have it, my little list of tips! Yes, I could have added one or two others but with a toddler shouting “Mummy” in my ear, that’s my call to go!

Hope it helps and I’d love to hear how any of you newer bloggers are getting on!

LOST IN A LAND CALLED TWITTER

Yesterday I found myself in quite a heavy debate when a friend stated that those on twitter were lost in a fantasy world, they needed to start living in the real world!

Sometime ago I may have agreed with my friend, so, why not now?

Two years ago, Twitter was nothing but a giant puzzle to me. I tried but just couldn’t get into the whole thing of tweeting, I failed miserably!

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Believe it or not despite having an active twitter account with a twitter grade of 98, I’ve only been doing this tweeting malarky actively for around a year!

Sitting with a coffee in one hand and my iPhone in the other I scroll through my twitter timeline, I’m presented with hundreds of tweets from people (yes, real people) from all over the world! Overtime I’ve created a collection of followers, many I follow back, all with something to say and share with their fellow tweeters. The whole experience is customised the way I want it! You build this close-knit homogenous group of like-minded people, sometimes separating them into lists of smaller groups enabling you to create different groups for each and every one of your particular interests, whether that’s competition tweeters, news tweeters or fellow bloggers like myself!

Although twitter is a great way to promote a business, blog or website, there is so much more to it than this… It’s also a great place to engage in conversation! One minute you may find yourself talking politics with one tweeter, the next you’re holding a conversation with another 20 or more covering the events of last Friday night! Ok, we’re not sitting across the table from one another having a face to face conversation and yes, I admit it, some of these people I’ve never met and not likely to either, though there are many I have been lucky enough to met in person and yes, I’d go as far as calling them my friends.

So, how comes when I explained this to my friend she still failed to understand or even agree to disagree?

Well, apart from her being as stubborn as old boots, she isn’t exactly internet savvy either! For this reason alone I judged her mystification to be based purely on ignorance rather than malice.

Though I believe the above to be true, I do acknowledge the fact that this friend was also referring to how much time I spend tweeting! With this I asked myself…

“Do I spend too much time on twitter?”

Now, I cannot deny that there have been a few occasions where I have lost track of time as my timeline fills itself with more and more interesting content! Yes, I have found that every now and then the iPhone has somehow got stuck to my hand, I’m under no illusions that it hasn’t, yes I know this to be true! OK, I could have been spending this time doing the more productive things that life requires, such as cleaning the house (what fun). Yet, it safe to say that twitter has never stopped me from living!

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What’s more, I feel much good has come from the land of twitter, take the London Riot Cleanup as a perfect example! I myself assembled a team of local people to help me clean up Lewisham! This team was assembled in no more than a few hours with the power of a hash tag. This was seen as a positive thing right! Those people who Re- Tweeted my tweets for help were very real, and living very much in the real world! Those people who set out to help me that summer’s morning were again very real people, living in a very real & sometime crawl world! The revolution of a hash tag also brought with it positive media attention, not only was I interview by Gabby for the breakfast show on BBC radio (after she see my tweet I must add)! But I was also met by a host of BBC news reporters who followed us around all day and then shared the cleanup with the rest of the UK via a 6 O’Clock news report! Surely this is a positive thing, one created with the help of twitter?

Twitter holds the technology to send news fast, it enables you to gain support for charities and campaigns, once of great significance, after all, where else can you get a message around the world in a matter of seconds?

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Anyone and everyone can be a part of twitter, making it what they want it to be! Social, business, a mix of both… that’s the point, It doesn’t matter because it’s your creation.

You will find everyone from celebs, charity campaigners, mummy bloggers to the average Joe,  all tweeting about something or another, reaching out and becoming an influence in their own right. It’s a place these groups of everyday people are able to come together and complement one another despite their way of life.

Twitter is real… very real, it’s a place made up of units upon units of millions of real people all with a message for the world, something they want you to know… its follower! Whether that’s the fact they are sat on the train next to the most annoying person ever to grace the planet, or whether they just experienced the very first tremor of China’s massive quake… they just wanted you to know all the same!

Like anything else… drink, sex or drugs, you only find yourself lost in a land called twitter if it isn’t used the correct way… in moderation!

Yes, I like twitter (a lot, a lot, a lot…) Do I find myself tweeting on a daily basis? Umm… Yes! Do I check my mentions daily? Umm… Yes! Does it stop me from being the person I am, a mother with a healthy relationship with her children? Umm… No! Does it stop me from looking after myself and my children? Umm… No!

So… am I lost in a land called twitter?

I don’t think so, and for those who do… your just a little bit bonkers!

One that doesn’t understand the significance of something so powerful will of course fail to see its purpose and how much of a reality it really is!