How to Add an Image to an Event Post or Blog Post

Adding an image to your event posts helps them stand out more on the calendar. Just be aware that many BlueBroward members will see your event as part of a weekly calendar roundup, and some email programs will not display the images. That means your image should provide additional value, but basic details like location and contact info should be included in the body of the post.

This video shows how you add an image to an event posting to the calendar or a post to the blog.

If you hoover your mouse over a new paragraph, you should see a + sign appear in the left hand margin that allows you to switch between adding text and adding an image. The same technique will allow you to add a YouTube video or another sort of content.

To insert an image between two paragraphs, hoover your mouse in the space between them and you will see the + sign appear between the two paragraphs. Or hover it over the first paragraph to get a + button that will allow you to add an image at the top of the post.

In the sidebar on the right, you will see options for whether to show the image full size or a smaller size, and whether to change how it is aligned relative to the text of your post (centered, aligned right, or whatever).

Video: How to Promote Your Regular Club Meetings on BlueBroward.org

BlueBroward encourages clubs that meet on a regular basis to establish an event template that defines your schedule (something like “First Tuesday of the month at 7 pm) and basic details like your regular meeting location and contact info for a club representative people can contact with questions. You can grant editing rights for the template (and all the events based on the template) to other club representatives who can assist with keeping your event listings up to date.

The same approach can be used for any regularly scheduled event, or any series of events for which many of the basic details are the same.

I have been working to make this system as self-explanatory as possible, and the video below should help. One thing people often seem to be confused about is the difference between the template and events based on the template. The template itself should be generic. You don’t want to put details like the names of speakers into the template; you want to put them into the event post for a specific date.

The cookie cutter is not the cookie. Use the template to stamp out multiple events that are identical except for the date. You can then go back and “decorate your cookies,” adding details such as guest speakers to specific events.

Think of it as the difference between the cookie cutter and the cookie. The cookie cutter is a tool for creating cookies, but you wouldn’t put sprinkles on the cookie cutter and eat it.

You can use the template to stamp out one meeting or multiple meetings at a time. Either way, you always have the option of going back later to update what you posted. You can post your events months in advance and still have the option of going back to update those events if your meeting location changes or you have to reschedule a particular meeting.

Watch the video and let me know whether I’ve made the process clear. You can reach me at david@bluebroward.org.

Note: For purposes of this tutorial, I assumed the event template for the club has already been created. You can create a new one from scratch by going to the Event Templates screen and clicking the New Template button at the top of the screen. Instead of prompting you for a date, the template screen prompts you to check off the day and frequency of your event. You can also contact me if you need help setting up or modifying a template for a club, caucus, or other organization.

Please try to avoid creating a new template if one already exists. If it does exist, and you don’t have access, contact me to get editing rights.

See also: How to post a special event.

Video: How to Post a Special Event on BlueBroward

BlueBroward is not just for club meeting listings. You can also post campaign kickoffs, fundraising dinners, or any other event you would like to promote. Here’s how:


If you don’t have time to watch the video, the short version is you start from the Dashboard screen that appears after you have logged in and click on Post an Event. Any member of the BlueBroward community (which basically means anyone who has subscribed to the email newsletter) can log in to post events and blog posts.

For the regular monthly meetings of clubs, I encourage the use of event templates, but that’s a separate topic (see How to Promote Regular Club Meetings on BlueBroward.org). Here, the point is to publish a single event we want to promote.

The Post an Event button takes you to a setup screen where you will enter the date and time of your event, as well as a headline. Once you save that information, you will be taken to an editor screen. This is essentially a web-based word processor based on WordPress, the world’s most popular web publishing software.

Formatting tips:

  • Highlight a word or phrase, and a row of buttons appears allowing you to mark that text bold or italic. To add a link, click on the chain link icon.
  • To insert an image or a file attachment (such as a PDF), click on the + button. There is a + button at the top of the page that will allow you to insert something at the end of the document. If you hover your mouse between two paragraphs, you will see a + button allowing you to insert in that spot.
  • You will see multiple options for what sorts of content you can insert. If you do not see the Image or File options, you can type the first few letters of the word Image or File in the search box (you can see this in the video). In both cases, you click Upload and pick the item you want from your computer.

When done, click Publish and confirm you want to make your event visible on the website, on the Calendar page, and in the email roundup of events that goes out on Sundays.

You should see a confirmation message inviting you to view your event on the website. If you see something you want to change, there is an Edit Event link in the black bar that appears on the top of the page that will allow you to make changes. You can also log back into the website at any time to edit or update an event posting.

There are lots of different ways you can promote your events today, and I would never argue that you should promote your event on BlueBroward instead of on Facebook or to your own email list — but as an additional way of reaching a broader audience, it can help you extend your digital reach and attract the biggest and best crowd possible.

Creating a Facebook Page for Your Campaign or Cause

[ad]

This post from the blog of my consulting firm was written for a business audience but applies just as much to political campaigns and organizations:

How to Create a Facebook Page: The Simple Steps Are The Most Important

Creating a Facebook page, also known as a Facebook business page or Facebook fan page, is probably one of the best things you can do right now to boost your brand, small business, non-profit, or political campaign. Some marketing experts believe capturing your Facebook page name (along with your Twitter URL) is proving almost as important as capturing your Internet domain name. And best of all, it’s free to get started. (Read the rest at carrcommunications.com)

Update Your BlueBroward Profile

I invite you to update your BlueBroward.org volunteer profile to share details on the issues you care about and the skills you can bring to a campaign. Some candidates like to make their profile public and share some additional details, besides what they put in their campaign profile. But mostly this is meant to be a way for volunteers to connect with each other and with worthy campaigns.

The link to update your profile is displayed at the top of the screen when you log in. It shows the date your profile was last updated — several years ago for some of you who signed up early, when this site got its start after the Kerry vs. Bush election.

Update Your Profile Prompt

Make your profile public if you want it to appear on the Members page, or just fill in the details so I can try to match you up with campaigns that could use your skills.

You can upload a photo to appear with your profile, or you can register on the Gravitar service, which works with multiple blogs and social networking services. Gravitar has some nicer features for uploading, resizing, and cropping the photo or cartoon avatar image you upload.

Members Page
Members Page

How to Post a Campaign On BlueBroward.org

Just as any BlueBroward.org member can post events or blog entries, any BlueBroward member can post a campaign listing.

[ad]

When you log in, you should see Campaigns as one of the first options on the welcome screen or “Dashboard.” Click “Add New” to create a new campaign listing. The editor is similar to the one for blog posts and events, except for a couple of options at the bottom of the screen asking you to categorize the campaign by type, level, and election year.

How To Post to the BlueBroward Blog

Every BlueBroward member is invited to share opinions, criticisms, candidate endorsements, and tips for more effective organizing on the BlueBroward Community Blog, either regularly or occasionally. I reserve the right to edit or delete postings at my own discretion, but my goal is to encourage discussion, not to be a censor.

[ad]

Posting a blog is really no more complicated than writing an email, but there are still a few things to learn if you have never done it before. So here are a few tips to get you oriented.

When you first log in, the welcome screen or “Dashboard” shows links to the screens for common tasks, including posting a blog. The “Posts” menu on the left hand side of the screen also gives options for adding new entries or editing existing blog entries. (You will only be able to edit ones that you have posted, although you can respond to other members’ blog entries in the comments section).

Continue reading “How To Post to the BlueBroward Blog”

March & Rally for Single Payer Healthcare in North Miami June 27th

Organizing for America asked Americans to gather together on June 6th to discuss health care reform.

Progressive Democrats of North Miami Dade had a productive meeting that evening in North Miami Beach, which included attendees from Broward because there is not yet a PDA chapter here.

A march and rally supporting single payer health care was planned for a couple of weeks from now. Here is the summary of the meeting and that plan:

We had a great meeting with a lot of personal stories about the inequities, absurdities and tragedies of the U.S. for-profit medical industry, and some good analysis of the underlying political and economic culture of exploitation, corruption and inhumanity that has produced this terrible mess.

More importantly, we developed a plan of action to build support in our local community for a national, not-for profit, publicly-funded healthcare system.

Our work will climax in a March and Rally for Single Payer Healthcare on Saturday June 27th in North Miami. Here is the tentative plan. Please let me know asap if you have suggestions for changes to this plan:

– We will gather in Griffing Park in North Miami at 5 p.m. (West Dixie and NE 122nd Street).
– We will march up West Dixie Highway to NE 125th Street, and then along NE 125th Street to MOCA Plaza (before NE 8th Avenue).
– At the major intersection at NE 6th Avenue, we can pause for a honk-and-wave and to distribute flyers.
– We will hold a rally in MOCA Plaza at 6 p.m. with several speakers.

Between now and then:

* We will each write to and call our elected representatives in Congress to tell them that we support HR676 and S703. We will ask Representative Meek, who has co-sponsored HR676, to take a real leadership role on this issue. We will ask Representative Wasserman Schultz and Senator Nelson to reject plans to expand the corporate for-profit medical industry and instead sign on to HR676 and S703.

* We will each spread the word through our own contact networks, by phone, e-mail and text-messaging. Our goal is to activate others to join the single payer movement and do all the things20that we are doing. We recognize that this is a “viral” movement that is taking over the country via word-of-mouth and the internet, so we will maximize these strategies.

* And we will stay in touch with each other to organize door-to-door canvassing, leafleting in public places20and other activities. If you want to do some canvassing or leafletting at a particular place and time, let the rest of us know and hopefully you won’t be out there alone – this sort of work is easier and more fun that way. We will work as a democratic group and share initiatives and ideas with each other.

Here are some online resources that should be helpful:

PDA web site: www.pdamerica.org

To order FREE Healthcare not Warfare flyers (you only pay for the postage):
www.pdamerica.org/pdastore/index.php?act=viewProd&product Id=139

Physicians for a National Health Program web site (lots of good resources and info): www.pnhp.org

The Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare (National Nurses Organizing Committee and California Nurses Association): www.guaranteedhealthcare.org

PDA board member David Swanson sends out concise and informative action alerts on healthcare and warfare issues. You can sign up at: www.afterdowningstreet.org

David’s web site currently has a link to the House Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee hearing on Single Payer Healthcare at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, hopefully with a video feed when the time comes.

For further information about the Progressive Democrats of America North Miami-Dade Chapter and the July 27th March & Rally, contact:

Sandy Davies
Progressive Democrats of North Miami Dade
peacetopower@aol.com

How to Post a Blog Entry

Come on, help me out here, folks. I’m looking for a few other people to post occasional blog entries here on whatever thoughts they would like to share. It would add variety and generally be more fun than me doing this all myself.

Just log in, click on the “Post a Blog” button on the right side of the screen, and you should ent up at a screen like the one shown below.

You will see that there’s a nice little “rich text editor,” which means you don’t have to deal with HTML coding, you just highlight a world or phrase and click the B button to mark it bold or the I to mark it italic. You do the same thing with the button that looks like a link in a chain to add a link to another website or web page. You’re working in WordPress, one of the most popular blogging tools, so it’s pretty slick.

WordPress editing screen
WordPress editing screen

When it looks pretty good to you, you can click Publish. Or save it as a draft and come back to it later.

If you want to get a little fancier, you can also assign your entry to a category like “Volunteers Needed” or add free-form tags (a tag might be the name of a candidate or a topic not included in the categories list).

Give it a try and tell me what you think.

This is intended as a resource for the occasional blogger, who has opinions to share but doesn’t want to go to the trouble of setting up an independent blog, as well as for the more established bloggers who would like to post here occasionally, if only to link back to material on their own blogs or websites.

This is an experiment for me, too, but all I really ask is that your posts reflect the mission of building the Broward Democratic Party and the grassroots volunteer community. It’s OK to be provocative and stir up a good argument with your fellow Dems. If I have to remove offensive or inappropriate posts, I will, but in general I would rather foster a climate of healthy debate.