When my brothers were little, mom always made us share the petunia flowerpot. “Don’t be piglets!” she’d yell, if one of us tried to get more than our fair share. Since even back then I was buff, I could generally butt my bros out of the way and dig in.
But a good woodchuck always shares.
And a good WordPress blogger always shares their posts.
Nice segue eh? =)
On wordpress.com, there’s quite a few places you can share your blog once you’ve posted it to your site. Facebook, twitter, Google+ to name a few. When you’ve written that fantabulous post about Great Great Aunt Lilly’s silver being stolen by the Yankees, you want to share it with the world.
Well, let’s see how we can do that!
On your dashboard go to Settings>Sharing.
It should look something like this:
Okay, claws out, lets dig in.
Let’s say we want to connect our blog to Facebook. Anytime we add a new post to our blog, POP! it’s going to appear on FB as well.
Click Connect to Facebook.
And this window will pop up:
Click authorize, and your next window will look like this:
Click “Go to App”
In the next window..
Now when you’re back in WP, you’ll see the Facebook link has changed, saying it is now connected. Underneath is a “Set Options” link, which allows you to direct where you want your blog posts to be shared with – if you have a fan page instead of a FB page, say.
Now if you scroll down a bit, you’ll see these settings
You can set your button style, change the sharing label, etc. Play a bit with these settings until you have it looking juuuuust riiiiight. (My friend Goldilocks says that ALL the time!)
Don’t forget to save your changes before moving back to your posts.
Now when you go back to your dashboard and make a new post, you’ll see this:
And choose where you want your post to go. Don’t forget to click SAVE!
And now you’ve connected your blog to Facebook. If you’re still feeling the power, go ahead and connect to Twitter too….maybe LinkedIn.