2017 Goals – April Update


I set a lot of goals for 2017. Some personal and several professional. Check out how things are going with the goals. Documenting it will help me keep accountable. I’m also enjoying figuring out how to use Snapchat and YouTube to create fun and entertaining videos! How am I doing?

To see March’s update, click here.

To see January’s update, click here.

To see February’s update, click here.

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New Tab or Same Tab, That is the Question


Who really likes having lots of tabs open for the same website? Have you been annoyed because you clicked a link and it took you away from a site you weren’t done with yet? You aren’t alone.

It is common to use links in websites and blogs. Sometimes you might need to link to previous articles or other related pages in your site which good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Or you may want to link to something OUTSIDE your site and blog (maybe you and another website or blogger will share a link back to you, also good for SEO). When creating links, it is usually better to have the outsider’s link to open a new window or tab. When in your own site, that isn’t necessary. I personally find that clicking on menu items that open multiple windows for the same site to be annoying. When new tabs are not opened to take you outside of the website it is also annoying. Many like the idea of closing a tab when done to return back you the original site/blog, your site/blog!! That is less likely to happen when the visitor is escorted away.

The photo to the right is a visual version on how to make sure your WordPress site’s or blog’s links are doing what they should be doing. For the readers, below is a list of link instructions.

  1. When in the editing portion of you post or page, click on the existing link
  2. Click the edit button (the little pencil)
  3. Click on link options button (the cog)
  4. To open a new tab or window, make sure the box is checked for  “open a new tab”
  5. Click update.
  6. Make sure you also click update for the full post or page.

Easy peasy! All is corrected and set for the best results.

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Product Photography – Food

Had the pleasure of working with my long time friend/client/boss, Rob Wilhoite, of Capt. Rob’s Pigalicious Barbecue. I run his social media and take photos of his setup and food while at events for his social media and his websites and advertising. When I’m not doing all that and planning his Facebook Live moments, I’m his server and wait staff. I help set up the lines and keep it stocked and the tables clear. It’s a lot but I really do enjoy the long hours with him, no matter what weather we get. Here are a few photos from his last event.

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Church Focused Facebook Training – Recap

The church based Facebook training went wonderfully well. I was very happy to help churches learn how to better reach people. Classes always go better when the attendees are engaging. I don’t always know how much they already know so asking questions is awesome! Hearing that they found the class worth it or that they are excited to start working with Facebook!!

We discussed the following:

  • Different post ideas
  • Which type of post do the best
  • The difference between Profiles, Pages and Groups
  • How to post videos
  • Scheduling posts
  • Best days and times to post
  • Do’s and Don’t’s for churches
  • Creating events
  • Translating your data
  • How to expand your reach without paying for it

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Going Live

These days “going live” means many things. From finalizing a website and having it go live for the world to search and see to actually going live on social media. Both require forethought and planning. You want the website to look nice, have correct content and function properly. When going live on social media, you want to a game plan: what topic you’ll discuss, if you need props of any kind and how you want to receive the questions and comments that are streaming to you. Planning will help you to look more organized and professional. Sitting close to the camera and staring at the screen saying “yeah”, “uh huh” and laughing or rolling your eyes doesn’t tell the onlooker who you are responding to or which question you are answering. Practice a few times (not on your business account) to get more comfortable in front of the camera. Practice in front of a mirror, or video camera. Think about having another person with you to screen the comments and read the more popular or relevant questions out loud for you to answer.

To increase your viewers for your live feed, announce it! Create an event and invite people on Facebook. Facebook will send notifications to remind the invited of the event. Facebook live videos can last if you post it in your feed. It would be a good idea to save the video on your smartphone or tablet so you can upload it to YouTube. Uploading it to YouTube will allow you to broaden your reach.

This is also a good idea for going live on Instagram. When going live on Instagram, it doesn’t stay like it can of Facebook. If people wanted to see your Live session but forgot and couldn’t make it, saving the live video and posting it on YouTube will allow you to use it again and preserve your work.

To announce your live sessions, create several posts about it in advance, send out a newsletter to let people know about it and even create an event using a free program like E-vite.

My idea for a live session was going to be “Snow Day Q&A” (No stealing!). We didn’t have a snow day after I thought up my genius idea. But, be on the look out for it next winter! *Power out Talk it out* would not be ideal: the whole lack of power thing would deter people wanting “waste precious battery juice or data” on potentially long video.

Want more tips? Please let me know!

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Instagram Training May 2017

PetreyDish.Com is another Instagram Training Session on May 8, 2016 from 10:00am – 12:00 noon for those who want to discover how to better use Instagram for business. For just $50 you will get two full hours of Instagram Training. Bring your smartphone or tablet and let’s start using Instagram for business!

The training session will be held 10305 Memory Ln, Suite 202 Chesterfield, VA 23832.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Instagram Basics
  • Getting likes and post interaction
  • Creating posts
  • What are Hashtags?
  • Using Hashtags
  • Post Ideas
  • and more!

Seating is extremely limited so let me know if you are interested by leaving a comment below, calling me at 804.402.0084 or signing up on our Facebook event. You must RSVP.

*Please have the Instagram App downloaded before arrival. The account does not need to be set up. I can help with that.*

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Church Focused Facebook Training

PetreyDish.Com is a Facebook Training Session on Wednesday, April 26, 2016 from 10:00am – 12:00pm for those who want to discover how to better use Facebook Pages and Groups for churches. For $50 you will get two full hours of Facebook Page Training. Bring your laptop, tablet and/or smartphone and let’s start using Facebook for church!

The training session will be held at Chester United Methodist Church 12132 Percival St, Chester, VA 23831.

The following topics will be covered:

  • The difference between Page and Groups
  • Getting more page likes and post interaction
  • Scheduling Posts
  • Using Facebook as your page
  • Post ideas
  • Personal Do’s and Don’t’s for churches
  • Creating events
  • Translating your data
  • and more!

Seating is extremely limited so let me know if you are interested by leaving a commenting below, calling me at 804.402.0084 or signing up on our Facebook event. You must RSVP to attend.

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April Facebook Training Session

PetreyDish.Com is holding another Facebook Training Session on Wednesday, April 19, 2016 from 10:00am – 12:00pm for those who want to discover how to better use Facebook Pages for business. For $50 you will get two full hours of Facebook Page Training. Bring your laptop, tablet and/or smartphone and let’s start using Facebook for business!

The training session will be held at 10305 Memory Ln, Suite 202 Chesterfield, VA 23832.

The following topics will be covered:

  • The difference between Page and Profile
  • Getting more page likes and post interaction
  • Creating posts
  • Scheduling Posts
  • Liking other pages as your page
  • Using Facebook as your page
  • Post ideas
  • Translating your data
  • and more!

Seating is extremely limited so let me know if you are interested by leaving a commenting below, calling me at 804.402.0084 or signing up on our Facebook event. You must RSVP to attend.

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2017 Goals – March Update


I set a lot of goals for 2017. Some personal and several professional. Check out how things are going with the goals. Documenting it will help me keep accountable. I’m also enjoying figuring out how to use Snapchat and YouTube to create fun and entertaining videos! How am I doing?

To see January’s update, click here.

To see February’s update, click here.

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Manage your Day-to-Day

Manage your Day-to-Day: Your Routine, Fine Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Joycelyn K. Glei

If you are looking for a book that will give you different ideas that doesn’t sound like a bunch of other books, this is a good one. It reminds us that if your job is creative then having a creative side hobby is very important. Allowing us to create outside our norms helps keep your work creative juices fresh and flowing. Without outside creative fun, the business side gets rusty.

The book, like many other books, also reminds us turn off our emails and smartphone alarms when we need to focus. Keeping those items up and running will distract us, causing us to lose focus and even forget that genius idea that just popped into our head.

If you are like me and have data in various emails for a project, then I find it best to get the emails organized to the particular project before starting the project. I do a keyword search in my inbox to get the needed emails (or at least limit the distractions).

If you need a refresher in focusing and rejuvenating your creativity, this is a great book!

Because of this book, I am working on a few painting projects at home. Would you like to see the final products?

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