The last session I attended at PodCamp Western Mass was Productivity Tips run by Christine Pilch and Leslie Lambert. Almost every one I know that is active in social media marketing or web development is always looking for ways to save time or do the same things more efficiently. This session came up with several things that can help.
If you are blogging, finding great photos for your post can take a lot of time. If I have a lot of time, I have a lot of fun looking for great images. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time very often.
I’m playing with Wordle to create a word cloud for this post. It was really easy to use – after updating my computer with the latest version of java… Wordle lets you add several words into a field and it will create a word cloud for you. So I was trying to think of all the cool words to use to create a word cloud for PodCamp and I noticed a second field to add a URL and it would pull select words for me. I just pasted in the URL for Podcamp Western Mass, and wa-la, it created this cool word cloud for me! You have several options to edit the image afterwords, but I just used what came up.
Now just to get in into my post. Wordle gives you an embed code to add the image into your post and that will do the trick in most cases. Unfortunately most themes we use on WordPress give you an option to add a featured image and embed codes don’t work. So I did a screen capture, put the image into photoshop and adjusted the image to the size I typically use. Overall the process was pretty simple and I think can save me a ton of time on future posts.
Here is the wordle image using the embed code and a video from the session: