Good morning on this snowy Sunday! Rather than my usual Coffee Talk, today I’m addressing questions from the Reader Survey that were too involved to answer yesterday’s email newsletter.
I’m planning a recap post with the survey results next weekend, but today I’m going to answer some of the technical questions I received so far.
In this post, I will show you how to search my blog, how to get comment replies to your email, how to print my recipes, how to find my Instagram Story, how to find Instagram Stories on the highlight reel after they expire, and how to find the Link In Bio and get details on my Instagram outfits (even if you aren’t on Instagram.)
Q // Is there a way to find something on your blog that was featured a few weeks ago?
A // Yes! There is a search function on the blog that works pretty well if you search for a keyword. On mobile, it’s at the very top left. Tap the little magnifying glass icon to open up the search bar.
If you’re on a computer, there is one on the top left in the menu bar…
and one on the sidebar as well.
Q // I still don’t get your responses to my questions in my email. I feel like this used to be easier.
A // Yes, it used to be easier. It’s beyond frustrating to me too. We used to have plugins that could be installed on a blog that allowed people to receive comment replies to their emails without having to jump through any hoops. Those plugins are all defunct now due to privacy concerns and security issues.
My tech people tell me the best work-around is to have you register with my site and then check a box when you leave a comment, allowing me to have the reply sent to your email. And I think I’ve figured out why it works for some and not others, or why it only works for some of the time.
As I’ve mentioned before, you have to check a box requesting to be notified by email if someone replies to you comment. But you have to be logged in before you see that option.
First of all, register with my site. The form looks like this:
You are not required to fill in your first and last name, but you must fill out a username and password. Also, the site won’t allow two identical usernames, so if you have a common name, you may have to use something more creative than simply your first name.
Then when leaving a comment on my blog in the future, you may find yourself already logged in. If so, it will look like this. Be sure to check the box to be notified via e-mail if anyone answers your comment.
If you aren’t logged in, you will need to fill out your name and the email address you registered with when you leave a comment.
That will log you in again, but there is no box to check to get notified by email if anyone answers your comment. I know, annoying! I will see if I can get this fixed.
Meanwhile, when leaving your comment, check the box to save your name and email for the next time you comment. If you do that, the next time you go to comment on that browser, you should be logged in and see the option to get notified by email:
I will report back when I have an update on this issue.
Q // When you provide a recipe, I wish there was an easy way to print it. I often have to get pen and paper and copy it.
A // Yes, I used to have a plugin that allowed them to be print, and it somehow got messed up. I need to find a new plugin and reformat all those old posts to the printable format.
In the meantime, you can copy and paste it into a new document and print that way. I actually do that myself, sometimes.
Just use your mouse or touchpad to highlight the text you want to copy, then right click or use the command keys to copy and paste into a Google Doc or Word document or whatever you use. I just use the Text Edit app on my Mac. Then you should be able to print from there. It’s a clunky system, but easier than pen and paper.
Q // Your blog used to have “Shop My Instagram” where each photo posted had links to all the products. I wish that was still included.
A // This type of feedback is super helpful. I didn’t intend to delete that; it was just an oversight when I did my last blog redesign.
I realize not everyone is on Instagram, but you can still get information on those outfits. My Instagram pictures are featured at the bottom of the blog, so if you see one you want more information about, I’ve added a link to my Instagram Outfits in my menu bar.
On mobile, you tap the 3 lines at the top left to get the Menu to open.
This is what the mobile menu should look like.
Tap or click that link, and it opens the page where you can shop all of my IG looks.
Then just tap the look you want info on, and the products should open up beside it, and you can tap any of them to be taken to that item on the retailer’s website.
Q // I rarely remember to go to Instagram Stories… Am I missing things not in the regular posts?
A // Yes! Instagram Stories are a mix of still shots and video in a slideshow format, and that’s where I share more real life tidbits, live try-ons, daily finds, and links to my blog posts. I also do live Q&As sometimes. It’s way more casual and off-the-cuff than the Instagram feed posts.
The other nice thing about Stories is, I can share links to products and blog posts, whereas I cannot share links in my feed.
That’s just the way Instagram works, and why we do the Link In Bio thing. It isn’t to be coy or for any nefarious purpose; it is just the only way to give you links to things we show on our feeds or mention in the comments.
Q // Please advise how to find your Instagram stories! I follow you and see you on the feed, but I could not locate your powder room story.
A // Say you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed, and you see one of my pictures. See my profile picture and screen name above the picture?
If there is a red circle around my profile picture, there are new Instagram Stories within the past 24 hours. After 24 hours, they get archived and are no longer available here. But if they were done within the past 24 hours, you can tap that picture to open up my Story.
If you’re looking for a Story that is older than 24 hours, and I’ve told you it’s saved to my Highlights, you will want to tap my screen name…
And that opens my profile page. The highlights are the round circles under the bio box. This is where you can find the videos of my powder room.
Q // I don’t understand the Link In Bio thing and how to find details on what you show in your feed.
I get it. I wish Instagram made it easier. When you want to find details on something I’m wearing in my IG feed posts, tap my screen name…
Then tap the link under Outfit Details Here 👇🏻
That opens this Quick Links page. If you want details on one of my Instagram outfits, tap Shop My Instagram Looks to pull up a page with the pictures from my feed.
Then tap the look you want info on, and the products should open up beneath it, and you can tap any of them to be taken to that item on the retailer’s website.
I hope that helps, if you were wondering about any of those things. I know it was a lot. I’m happy to answer any other questions in the comments!