Is Your Social Media Presence Backed Up?

We have a ton of information, photos and memories scattered around the web that we would be loathe to lose, and while it’s unlikely that the entire Internet is going to come crashing down in the next week or so, it still might be wise to put some of that stuff in an iron box for safe keeping.

Congrats to Christina Warren on her awesome post… HOW TO: Back Up Your Social Media Presence Before the Ball Drops.

Have you verified your Google Places listing yet?

Once you’ve verified your listing, you can enhance the Place Page for your business by adding photos, videos, coupons, and even real-time updates like weekly specials all on your Place Page. Verifying your listing gives you the opportunity to share even more information about your business with Google.

For more information, visit Getting Started – Google Places Help.

Facebook Improves Photos!

facebookToday Facebook announced on their blog that they’re making three big improvements to Photos that will be available to everyone over the next month.  1) High resolution images so you can store bigger pictures, 2) A better viewer for browsing photos, and 3) An simpler uploader when you have lots of images.

To get the whole story about these upcoming changes, read…
Facebook | More Beautiful Photos.

Congratulations Debbie Williams!

Visited @HeartlandEquestrian horse ranch today. What a fun family place! We had a blast.  Thanks for coming out everyone!  Ponies, horses, and tons of nice people and fun things to do.  Congrats to Debbie Williams for turning her dream into reality, organizing another awesome event, and the funnest grand opening I’ve been to in ages. Way to go!

Here’s my photos…

If you have pictures from the awesome afternoon, we invite you to upload them to flickr, and contribute them to the HeartlandEquestrian flickr group.

Interested in spending time in a  family-fun horse ranch?  Heartland Equestrian offers horse boarding, lessons and camps for horse lovers of all ages.

For more information, please call 905-655-8968
or visit

Need photos and video?

Looking for photos for your blog and/or presentations?  Flickr Creative Commons Search makes it easy - advanced search for photos that are specifically made available under a Creative Commons license, allowing you to use them with attribution in blog posts, etc. Flickr photos or video with a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Art Of Transition @ Karma Night Club

Last night creative minds in Durham Region met and mingled at Karma Night Club, a new and spectacular nightclub on Simcoe Street South in Oshawa.  Geordie Lishman displayed his sculptures using a laptop, which drove his awesome ‘fire/dancing goo’ display – which moved with the tunes. I hope someone got this on video! Many thanks to Karma Night Club and Cointreau for sponsoring this event.

Art Of Transition invites innovative thinkers from every facet of the economy to connect and brainstorm new ideas, partnerships and opportunities for transitioning Durham Region into a new, creative economy. Visit the Art Of Transition website to find out more about this movement.

I wonder who is going to be next to carry The Art Of Transition ‘flame’?

Basic Guide to Maintaining Your WordPress Website

Once you’ve logged into your WordPress Dashboard (normally found at, there are two things you’ll want to do regularly – add/edit posts and pages.  The guide below tells you how to tell the difference, and how to make changes.

Most of the time, you’ll be adding posts to your blog.  These are usually things which change frequently, or things you would include in a newsletter.  Things such as news, events, tips, quotations, etc. would normally be added to your site as posts.

To add a new post:

  • Click ‘Posts’ on the left side of the page
  • You should see a new menu appear, click ‘Add New’.
  • In the empty box at the top of the screen, enter the headline for the post.
  • In the larger box below, enter the body of your posts’ message.
  • If you’d like to add any formatting, use the icons along the top of the message box.
  • To add photos, click the small ‘Add an Image‘ icon next to the words Upload/Insert.
  • Once everything looks good (which you can check using the ‘Preview Changes’ button), click ‘Publish’, and the new post will appear at the top of your blog page.

To change an existing post:

  • Click ‘Posts’ on the left side of the page
  • You’ll be taken to a page which lists all the posts on your site.
  • If you hold you mouse over the name of the post, you’ll see some options appear – click ‘Edit’.
  • Make the changes you wish to the copy, and then press ‘Publish’ on the right-hand side of screen.

Pages make up the ‘brochure-ware’ of your site.  These are normally facts about your business which don’t need changing very often.  Things such as About Us, Contact Us, Services, etc. are normally entered as Pages.

Pages work much the same way as Posts, but the options are listed below the ‘Posts’ heading on the left hand side.

If you’d like a more in-depth description, please go here: