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WordPress 5.6 and PHP 8 – Changes Will Happen

By Bridget Willard | October 23, 2020

Is your plugin ready for PHP 8? Maybe I should ask if you’re ready for WordPress 5.6? Either way, there will be changes. Breaking ones. Read them all on PHP 8’s GitHub page. PHP 8 comes out on Thanksgiving and WordPress 5.6 comes out 12 calendar days later. So, yay! Not so much? Also, why…

Ten Ways to Grow Your Twitter Followers

By Bridget Willard | March 22, 2014

Updated April 6, 2020 One of the occupational hazards of being opinionated is that people ask you questions. “How do I grow my Twitter followers?” I’ve heard this question hundreds of times. Another one is: “I am having trouble getting followers for a new client.” The short answer is to do the work. Ten Ways…

Tweeting with Links – Best Practices

By Bridget Willard | November 30, 2013

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through the home feed or one of your lists, looking for a little bit of conversation, only to find link after link after link? Sometimes, I just want to be able to reply to a tweet without having to read a blog post first. That got me thinking. If…

How do you find ideas? Keep learning.

By Bridget Willard | November 20, 2013

When I was in college studying to be a teacher (that lasted a year), the cliché phrase everyone batted around was “be a lifelong learner.” Passion for knowledge is what makes you a great teacher, but being teachable comes from self-awareness and the humility to grow as a person. They’re not necessarily correlated. Stagnant water,…

Are you in a Twitter rut? Stop Digging.

By Bridget Willard | September 4, 2013

“They” say that if you’re in a rut, stop digging. Are you talking to the same people over and over and over again? Do you only spend time on Twitter in your “mentions” column? We all have days where we’re trying to just get by and, believe me, I’m the one who says you can…

Twitter is About Trust. Is Your Social Ledger Blank?

By Bridget Willard | August 8, 2013

A blank slate. Many social psychologists believe that the human starts off with a blank slate. Regardless of your ideology, every relationship does begin with a blank ledger. Let me explain. Social Media is about many things, one of which is building relationships. How to start that building is often debated. “Relationships take time. If…

Retweet Styles – It’s like Jeans; there’s a fit for everyone.

By Bridget Willard | August 1, 2013

Social media experts are known for their opining.  Like it or not, extreme positioning tends to garner both positive and negative attention. As a dispensary of “unsolicited advice” I’ve made the enemy or two in my day. My thought, however, is this: why not experiment around? One thing we can count on in social media…

Six Tips to Gain Followers Through Engagement

By Bridget Willard | August 1, 2013

How do you gain followers? This is the question I am often asked. “Do I buy followers?” No. In fact, most of the time people can tell when you have bought followers, as my colleague Carol Stephen describes in her post here. This strategy sort of backfired for former Speaker of the House and Presidential…

Extend a Tweet’s Life

By Bridget Willard | July 10, 2013

One of the takeaways from “Can you fall in love with a brand?” is how to extend the life of a tweet. Tweets, essentially, are public text messages with a link. If it has a link, it can be embeded into a post like this. Tweets, essentially, are public text messages with a link. Extend…

Learning Twitter with @PeddlingPetals – A Screencast Series

By Bridget Willard | June 8, 2013

I’ve decided to start a new Twitter account, a fictitious flower shop called Peddling Petals (my husband’s idea). Here is the first video, go to the playlist for updates. [youtube=] Shortlink to playlist: What Twitter questions to you have that I may be able to address?  

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Live Tweeting At Events

By Bridget Willard | June 4, 2013

Have you ever wanted to live tweet at an event but didn’t know where to start? Here are my tips.

Believability and Passion: A Tip for Speakers

By Bridget Willard | June 3, 2013

Speaking at a conference? Teaching a class? Giving a presentation? Ask yourself the following questions: Why? How? What? Who? Why: Why were you asked to speak? Why are you giving the presentation? Why should we know this information? Why should we believe you?

Be More Efficient on Twitter with Twitter Lists

By Bridget Willard | May 24, 2013

If you’re not using lists on Twitter, you’re seriously limiting your listening power and, quite possibly, wasting a lot of time.

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