Oh.My.Gosh. I’m determined to keep expanding, and learning, so that TheNotMom.com is as socially active as its readers. I’m still plodding along to populate Pinterest, YouTube, a Zazzle store and Google+, but today there’s one less project on the To Do list.
Look there in the right margin: TheNotMom.com now offers a button you can grab for your own blog or website to declare your truth as a woman without children. Making it took a half-day of my life I’ll never get back. I’m not whining…well, yeah, maybe a little bit.
In marketing terms, if even one blogger chooses to post the image that represents and links back to this site, it’s worth the stress. Commenters have shared that our NotMom Blogger Profiles are appreciated in part because they reveal that some of the most popular writers online are just like them: women without children. And, since the button lets users declare NotMom status to the world, it supports our mission to build awareness that 1 of every 5 American women is not a Mom.
For those of you who also share your voice on the Web, creating a badge is an easier task if you use Blogger, or if you’re handy with HTML code. Me, I’m a WordPress girl with minimal coding skill so I’m happy to share what I learned.
1. Create your image. It can be your logo or whatever. Preferably a square or circle, or even a thought bubble. John Hansen’s site was finally my salvation, and his 2011 post includes tips for people creating an image from scratch. I was lucky — I just scanned the hard-copy sticker that’s free when you sign up for our mailing list.
The standard badge size is 100x100px. I took the advice from several sites and opened a free account at Photobucket to easily resize the image.
2. Upload the image to your WordPress site. From the Dashboard, click Media, then Add New. Drag the image to add it to your library. Copy its URL (right margin) and paste it in a Word doc or anywhere else to save it for a few minutes. The URL should end in .jpg or .png, not .com.
3. Create the button with shareable code. Here’s the hardest part — I almost gave up, but this is where John Hansen proved invaluable. His advice: Go to MyCoolRealm/sandbox/gbgen for an easy code generator. Enter your blog title and URL where requested, and in the third box, paste the image URL that you saved.
If your blog is hosted by WordPress, click “Pre” under Container Type. Otherwise, click TextArea. If you want, change border and text colors, or leave the settings as they are. Click Preview to see the image + shareable code. If it meets your approval, close the preview. Look just beneath it to find a longer bit of HTML code that represents the entire new creation. Copy it – be sure to get it all – and you’re almost done.
4. Add the button to your blog. Back to WordPress, go to Appearance, Widgets and drag a Text box to the sidebar. Open the box and paste the code. Hit save. Done! Open your site to review your handiwork and pat yourself on the back.
Please share a comment if this addressed your button-creating problems and we can celebrate together. (If it hasn’t, I doubt I’ll be able to offer much more help.) If you choose to grab TheNotMom button, please share that news, too!