blogging wisdom


No recipe post for you today as it appears I’ve fallen behind once again. Plus, my dear friend Megan is visiting from Connecticut tonight through Sunday, and I have a lot of last-minute cleaning that I need to tend to. So in that belated spring-cleaning spirit, I thought I’d share what I hope will be a very helpful blog up-keeping trick. 

If you take a look at my sidebar, you’ll notice clickable images that will take you to my Bloglovin’, Vimeo, and this very own Blogging Wisdom page. If you’re an avid blog reader, you’ve probably also noticed the standard Bloglovin’ button all over the place and how very boring and generic it is. If you’d like to create your own pretty sidebar buttons, I recommend using the Text Widget which comes standard on your WordPress Widgets page. Here’s how you do it.

  • To start, save your desired image to the width of your sidebar and upload it to your Media Library like you would any picture.
  • In a separate browser window or new tab, go to Appearance > Widgets and add the Text Widget to your sidebar placing it wherever you like.
  • Copy and paste the following text into the Text Widget box:
    <a href=”DESIREDLINKTOPAGEEURL“target=”_self”><img src=”IMAGEURL“></a>  
  • Then, go into your Media Library, click on the image and copy the File URL.
  • Paste that link into the Text Widget box, replacing the IMAGEURL placeholder text. 
  • Replace DESIREDLINKTOPAGEEURL with the URL of where you’d like that image to direct to. 
  • Set the target to “_self” if you want the page to load within the same tab, or “blank” if you’d like the link to open in a new page. 
  • Hit the Save button and you should have your own customized sidebar button. 

Does any of that make sense? Let me know if this works for you and if you have any questions. I’m no html expert, but I do hope this small trick helps you add a little bit of flair to your own site.

That’ll do it for this latest installment of Blogging Wisdom. You can read more of my tips and tricks here. Have a great weekend!

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