This’ll be a very short followup to yesterday’s intro post into my use of WordPress’s very useful “Related Posts” feature.
Short, btw because we here in Austin are in iced lock-down for several days, hardest freeze since we first moved here in the 80s – brrrrrr 😊 Bracing and protecting from a generational low teens / single digit cold here involves lots of stuff, and for my wife and I that mostly means staying off the roads much as possible!
Tomorrow I should have more pics and finish up on how, with my particular WordPress theme at least, to get my Related Posts block to look pretty much like what you see top of post – especially lots of pictures vs the same generic pic for all the posts listed.
The posts are dynamically chosen by the WordPress system based on tags and categories I use, so as I add posts, those featured “usually” change.
What I’ll point out today are the settings seen in draft or edit mode; ie, changes can be made during the draft creation and anytime after it’s posted. Nice!
One can choose, for one’s own reasons, not to show thumbnails, which vary in size bases on whether choose and odd or even number of posts to exhibit. In other words, and I’ll have more pics tomorrow, if I’d chosen 6 images, they’d all be small like the lower row. If I’d chosen 4, they’d all be big like the top row.
Display date didn’t occur to me to be important ’til I snapped to the fact I was constantly alerting folks to a relevant post from “way” back, like even 2011, when I first started my blog on WordPress 😊 So now I gladly include that info. For me, it says I have content across many years related to what I’m writing about now. The tweets in the pic below are all fairly recent, but that’s because the Tweets That Caught My Eye on Twitter series is fairly recent. One day, if I’m fortunate enough to still be around blogging ☺️ those dates’ll mean even more. Right now, those dates say, this is a fairly consistent series I like to post about!
And lastly, what I paid least attention to of the three til very recently, the context (tag or category) that particular post is featured within. That is what determines if a particular post is even considered for featuring. And it is the combination of the original post’s tag or category and the current post’s tag or category (or multiples of either), that determine whether this is a “Related Post.”
However – what I see in this screenshot, is not necessarily what I’ll see in the live post, vs a generic image for each post in the live post.
Tomorrow I’ll show how I solved that problem. And honestly, I don’t know if this is particular to one of at least two reasons I know of as affecting things I do on WordPress, ie, my WordPress theme, and using an iPad (an older one at that). And that’s for another day, lol!
The “Advanced” option bottom right in the screen shot is something beyond me. Sometimes the WordPress rep will place some code there to help solve a problem for me, but that’s as far as I’ll be going with that for a “long” time 😊
So why is this important to me anyway? (I’m hearing this said the way my wife and I have heard New Zealand actors on AcornTV enunciate 😊)
Well, I like working my blog. I like getting visitors. And I really like feeling I have some impact, however small, sharing my art and ideas about health and aging, and how I’m often surprised how intertwined the two are. Really.
Okay, I’m hearing our soon to be eight year old grandson say, “So how do I know that?” — ie, if what I’m doing is working or not? (btw, the soon to be 8 yr old is contemplating creating his 1st YouTube video; true! 😏 )
Answer, number of visitors of course. But equally important to me, especially in regard to if the Related Posts feature is successfully inviting folks to visit other of my related posts – my Visitors/Views comparison-count in my stats!
As WordPress puts it —
A visitor can view more than one page, or view a page on your site more than once.WordPress
So, I think that wraps me up for today. Temps are dropping outside, wife and and I want something warm to drink (hot tea?), and I’m hungry, lol!
Take care everyone! Stay warm! ❤️
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- November 28, 2021 – My Most Viewed Image This Past Week @FineArtAmerica, Heart FragmentIf it was an amazing process to see older photos and artwork show up on my most viewed list last week (and it was 😊) then this batch is incredible! Work from so many years have shown up, and such a variety! It tells me, one can never quite tell what folks might be looking for day to day, week to week, and it’s nice for me to have the inventory assortment, “almost” a historical diary, of my work
- November 27, 2021 – LOL! I Don’t Like It, But I WANT It! : Preparing More Paintings and Applications for Places to Show and Sell!!I squashed together what I could to show a “fair” sampling of my work recently finished or in-progress right now. There’s more, tucked here and there among these, lol! And on another wall! I choose to consider that a good problem 😊 Seeing these together like tis, If I had to choose one thing tying them all together – the impressionist skews, the abstracted slants, the washes, the thick tones, the high key and (nearly) BW work – I’d say it’s….
- November 26, 2021 – Working on Paintings; In-Progress : 2 New Lay-ins ( “Heart Fragment” and “Approach” ) Based on Details from Two Existing PaintingsThis has been something I’ve toyed with and talked about for a bit now — finding / picking a detail fragment of an existing painting (or photo etc) from which to base new work on. And I shoulda caught on to how well this might work for me, in terms of creativity and viewership, with my success with a related project where I painted an abstracted detail from an existing painting to create a new related one. That happened with Abstract Study 1 shown at the bottom of this post.
- November 25, 2021 – Happy Thanksgiving 2021!!Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m posting the same header as last year, Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want” oil on canvas from 1943, smack in the middle of the 2nd World War.
- November 24, 2021 – Working on Paintings; In-Progress : Valentines 2022, In-Progress Since Early October, lol!Not quite finished, but looking fairly good, especially considering back in early October I thought, “Yeah, I can finish this quick then save it for early next year.” Now, I’m thinking, really? Will I really finally get this finished by January next year, lol!
- November 23, 2021 – Making Connections Between “Ninth Street Women” (a book) and Golden’s Acrylic Paint (a kinda Review/Reblog)What a treat! To be reading an informative email (with links within my Goldens info email of new “Just Paint” articles) and learning of another connection between the 1930s-1950s NYC artists I’m currently reading about in Ninth Street Women (by Mary Gabriel) and the acrylic paints I’m using today! ❤️ The book itself often reads like both a novel and personal escort into art and the artists who initiated and propelled abstract art, and —
- November 22, 2021 – My Most Viewed Image This Past Week @FineArtAmerica, Walking in LightI particularly like the look and feel of Walking in Light, the sway of colors synced with the vegetation and figure walking in an easy light ❤️ This post I’m including a pic of more of my images on the most viewed info I get from Fine Art America, just ’cause the array of colors and styles seem to work really well, lol! 😊
Thanks again, everyone! 😊