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Always Add Text To One Image In Every Post

always add textIf you haven’t noticed, almost every post on this site (besides featured farmer posts) has text added to the image. Even if there isn’t a formal picture, I add text to a background texture or color. I have some excellent reasons for doing this. You should consider it also.

1. Quickly see the post’s topic:

Even though the title of the post is usually the same wording, readers’ eyes are drawn first to the image. If it were just a picture of a person or thing, the reader might not get the idea of what the post is about. But adding the text will make it clear and quickly known.

2. More “Sharability”:

Compare these two images. If you were to see them on facebook or pinterest, would you know what the idea behind the on the left was?


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That would be a “No”. You should think about your posts in a way that readers will want to share them. That would mean including images to posts. And beyond that: If it is shared, will those who see the share know what the idea is behind it to want to know more and click the image? This is why you add text!

Don’t add text to every image but choose one per post. Can you see if you had a recipe or how-to post a title would add to its “sharability”.

Now I want to share how I quickly add text to images remembering to keep the file size small for quick upload time. It doesn’t have to look perfect or done by a designer. You just want to get your idea understood.

If you don’t already use skitch, go get it now. It is the easiest/no-brainer way to add text. When it’s easy, it gets done. In this video I show you how to use skitch. I even use it on my iphone and ipad.


Now you’ll have posts that are ready and able to be spread around on facebook and printerest or anywhere else.

Make sure you have the pinterest button available on your posts. For users in your dashboard — settings — sharing.

Yes, you should go back and add text to old post images. (especially ones that are popular, recipes & how-to)

Video Tutorial: Adding an Image to Sidebar

How to Add an Image to WordPress

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Sometime you might want to display a photo or image in your wordpress sidebar. You could use code from an image hosting site such as photobucket or picasa. But I don’t like relying on a third party site to display my images. I have had them stop displaying for no reason. To easily get around this problem, is to hold the images right on your own blog. Follow these easy steps that I show in the video tutorial:

  1. upload the image into your Media tab in your dashboard by clicking Add New. You will want to have the image height and width already to specs. So know what size works best with your sidebar. (the width of the image I uploaded was 224 to give a reference)
  2. Add a new post
  3. Click onUpload/insert media icon and select the image to add to post
  4. Click HTML tab in upper right corner
  5. Copy code
  6. Paste code in Text widget in sidebar

That’s all there is to it. Now watch the video tutorial.

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P.S. I know you don’t pronounce the “s” in Des Moines. It was a slip up. If you add an image to your sidebar, leave a link in the comments. I would love to see it.

How to Make a Screen Shot

Making a screen shot is a very handy thing to know how to do for bloggers. I make them all the time. With my mac, I just click shift-command-4 and move the cross hairs hilighting what I want copied. It goes straight to my desktop for easy retrieval. But on PC’s the process is a little more complicated then it should be. Before I switched to a Mac, I had discovered a program that I loved. It’s called WebKut. The program is free. So there are aren’t many directions but it is fairly simple to use.

After you download the program, open it.

1. paste the address of the page you would like to take the screenshot

2. Choose a WebKut Option – All Page: it will copy the whole site’s page, Current view: just what you see on your screen will be copied, or Selection: click on the screen and drag a box around what you want to copy (the box can also be moved)

3. Go further- Click Settings: select the file type (usually jpg), select output directory with the Browse button (usually desktop), click OK. Be patient larger images my take a few seconds and the image thumbnail will appear on your desktop. Ready for you to add to your blog post.

The file name will not mean much if you have to search for it. That is why it is best to send it to your desktop, use it, and file it away later.

For Macs it is super easy. Shift-Command-4. Select the area by dragging the cross hairs. The image will be auto saved to your desktop.

If you would, please help me out. Leave a comment to tell me what other technical basics you would like to know how to do. I would really appreciate it.


How to Make a Custom Header


Personalized Header for Your

Blog (updated)

In this tutorial I show you how to make a quick and easy custom header for your blog or website using PicMonkey is a free editing program that will let you add text to your pictures to create a unique header you can be proud of.  Have your photo ready. Since every blog and site is different, it is hard for me to say what size is best for you.  Play with the editor and find out what you like. It won’t be to big of a deal to start over or make adjustments since the program is so easy to use.

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If you have more questions or suggestions for future tutorials, just ask in the comments. Also leave a link to your new custom header so we can all see how good it looks.

Photo to Slideshow Tutorial

Making a Feature out of

Your Flattering Farm Photos

You have a group of photos that you want to post on your blog but you don’t want to just list them the boring old way. These photos need to be show cased, have a little “Wow” factor. You’ve taken the time to follow the directions given at 5 Tips For Flattering Farm Photos. The shots are especially nice and need to be a whole presentation. One way to do this is to use the free video creator at (There is another way that I will demonstrate another time.) Professional photographers use the paid version to display their portfolios. The following tutorial will take you through the steps in using Animoto to make a video with your photos.


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The following is the quick slideshow that I made in the tutorial. I would add some titles to at least the first and last pictures. Also landscape photos look better than profile style photos.

Create your own video slideshow at
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