Ethics, Advertorial, WordAds, continued…

How to make Advertorial “ethical” in WordPress, because, WordPress is ethical.  It’s run by a Capricorn.  I’m one too, so…

I have been talking about styles of advertorial and what I might use “Profile” for to write up an advertising campaign?

I’m doing a redesign with paint, and let me show you how an artist does a thing like this, because the project began last October, can you believe it?

With one tiny can of Valspar Paint called “Delphinium Corsage.”

I fell in love with the paint chip.  Three paint chips actually.

Paint changes everything.

If writing an Advertorial that is also a testimonial, show the pictures!


Valspar had me at the name “Delphinium Corsage” because I love the flowers.


How do you begin to describe a name for a paint color like that?

Artists made that color.


I loved the blue.

At my local hardware store, they mixed the color for me in a little test can.


Then I began to think how pretty blue and white was going to look.

I bought some little Spanish plates,  and some little flower plates from China at Pier One, along this theme.  I decided I’d make a statement on the walls with these.  Here are the patterns:



So, if I am going to write an Advertorial as a Testimonial, I’m actually going to walk you through how I did things.

Because I am an artist.

If I am going to write for WordAds, and the words are going out all over the world?

Valspar might want to see how they have inspired me.

What a company like theirs might want is to show the paints as ads?

Especially after I show the transformation.

In a case like this I might use “Portfolio” and put links?

I’m not sure how WordAds will work yet, but I am  loving Gutenberg.









WordAds, new Gutenberg blog, learning curve

So, Premium has some things I can recognize that I have been seeing for ages, and some things that I have no idea how they work.  So showing the pictures of those to the admins at WordPress.  One thing I have always loved about WordPress is that people share information very readily on how to do things.  So I know that I can research “what” these things actually are, right here in the search space.  I remember back to 2007 and the way it looked behind the scenes – there were two people I really liked here?  One was Lorelle and the other was Raincoast, I think the name was raincoast, or Raincoaster?

I felt that second person might have been from the Pacific Northwest based on the totem he used?

Now it is different, but if I searched I bet I could find them in Google.

So for me, Gutenberg IS ME, and I stand behind every single one of the words I have ever written either as my nom de plume or right now.

So the “tech” types have built all these apps and plugins and the learning curve for one like me is huge because “tech” was never my field to begin with.  What made WordPress easy was the PEOPLE that were here.  So it was a friendly place, right from day one in 2007, for me.   So today’s pictures.

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This is what I mean by Global Reach.  On the peachy bar above the orange bar?  What I think that might mean?  Is that WordPress admins are in the peach space.  I remember once I used the word and saw he came by.  I like the peachy bar.  Because in this era “WORDS” matter.   Also, not scrubbing the web.  I think this is what Open Source means.  So somebody over in Egypt just read something I wrote.  Because of the translators?  Or maybe they spoke English and could read it.

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I searched for Jetpak.  Look at the bottom of the page.

So because I am not tech, seeing “this feature is not available” is a warning?

Right now we are in a time when information is being controlled?  It seems to me that this is what Open Source is fighting.  Hence Firefox and WordPress.  I am trying to find out what Jetpak is as relates to WordPress only, but yeah, now they are making the actual jetpacks.  Many of the words “coined” for the internet are words you have to know, or look up using things like Urban Dictionary and so forth.   These are “generational” style tech words.

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Began to watch first video and got a screenshot for WP admins.

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Saw human being talking!

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this next one took a really long time to start, but I saw the ad at the top to the right on essential plugins!

Once I saw the plugins that were only for Business, this is how I have made my decision.

The top two pages I am not sure what they are for?

For today I am going to add the feedback page, if I can figure out how.

So, this is kind of how I have learned WP on this new Gutenberg deal.   I have no idea what all the plug ins are?

I really don’t!

I’m not kidding and I wouldn’t know which ones to get?

It seems like I would want those, though.

I can see that I have Jetpack BY WordPress as “already here.”

Here is the good thing.  I clicked on one or two of those plug ins and it explains what they are, in written form here in WordPress itself.

So that is the FRIENDLY part that WordPress has always been for me.  Since 2007.

Learning curve, hoping I am helping WP admins understand what a non-tech type like myself goes through, not kidding and hope I made you laugh!

What I am loving about Gutenberg

Again this post is for WordPress Admins, as it is a learning curve for me, and they can see how I am using it.  The first time I ever blogged was 2007, and it was on WordPress.  I think I might have made something that year over on Google as well, that year – but WordPress is my HOME.

So I made the blog because I was a published writer under my nom de plume Valentine Bonnaire in case anyone ever wanted to find or talk to me.  My blog covered so many different things, politics, recipes, I mean it is hard to count the number of things or even lump the blog into anything as just “one thing” at this point.  I wrote a ton of stuff from my MA in Depth Psychology over in that blog as well, so let me say how I use search engines to find things I wrote once upon a time – in Google.

Why I love WordPress is because of the search strings done with words?

So if I wanted Valentine Bonnaire Depth psychology object relations semantics cognition because I wanted to go backward to something I had said as scholarly that is how I can.  Who knows if I might put a book together on that sort of research in the future?  I might.

So, the “realness” and yesterday and day before around WordAds – two cool people have come by, one was from North Carolina, a state I think is fab and she talked about how she uses WordAds, and then another guy came by who is making T Shirts and doing Graphic Design – on both I could click through to their gravatars!  So here is a picture of the second guy today and see, because of the Gravatar I could go meet him in Facebook so I am loving THIS FEATURE of Gutenberg like you cannot believe.  Also in Facebook I have joined a group for Woo Commerce and people are talking about that – so the WordPress/Facebook connection makes total sense to me.

So, for you admins, here are my pictures today.

I think I might need the Business “WordPress” more than the Premium?

I’m not sure yet what it means about “adding Plugins” or even which ones I would use, however the BIZ WordPress seems much better for a writer.  These are my thoughts this morning.  I remember that I loved when I saw WordPress had made a thing like that.  I feel that in this desperate economy in America WordPress is the best thing that ever happened for guys like the T Shirt guy or myself.  As far as company loyalty goes, mine is to WordPress, and Firefox “first” and everything else “after.”  This is because the concept of “Open Source” means much to me.  I think what it means has to do with the search strings?

So for instance if someone wants to read about that and they knew my name and MA degree they could read me on Depth Psychology and trust the research that I did on my old blog.

So when I say I ❤ WordPress it is for those reasons.

Also it really makes me smile when I look at all the people who are WordPress people all over the world, and the founder of WordPress.

Okay so for me I want to sell books and maybe short stories that can be translated into all the languages?

I guess what I am is a “long form” style read.

The tools that WordPress gave me starting in 2007 as a blogger made things so easy to be a writer, like you cannot believe.  In the scholarly sense.

In 2018, WordPress is going to allow me to have a small business?

What could be better than that.

So my pics!

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Because he has a Gravatar he is REAL and the link over into Facebook is also real.

That is the T Shirt guy.

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How I was able to click through over into Gravatar, on the T Shirt guy, and saw he was real.

I ❤ WordPress.  I think that Matt is a genius, and all of the people who associate with him are very fine people.

I hope I am helping WordPress by writing how a “non-tech” type is using the new Gutenberg system.   Another thing I have noticed when reading certain news stories?

They are using WordPress, because I have seen “my site” up in the corner at the top bar.

So I really really liked that Matt is behind the information pages.  I really liked that.

As soon as I found that out I said something in FB about that.

Okay more of the learning curve today around advertorial.

Also, this morning.  Yesterday I looked at Jetpack and a few other things.  I noticed this morning while I was watching a video in youtube that Jetpack was being marketed to ME.  That was okay, I am not sure what Jetpack is, but I know it is associated with WordPress and so a good thing.  Next time I see that I will do a screenshot, so you can see in here, in Gutenberg.

Thinking about the power and scope of WordPress 2018, in images…

So I tried a little test this morning with WordAds, except I did not link words because the computer was very slow.  It’s old and I haven’t set up the new one yet.  What I did was to Facebook from WordPress what I said about “Valspar, Delphinium Corsage” a few days ago.  In the meantime I have turned on my “get paid for WordAds” thing because I have “Premium.”  As I said, I might as well be a rank beginner compared to the rest of you “tech people” – so there were no comments by any of my friends on that post, which makes me think that they never saw it in FB, not kidding on that, for WordPress Admins.

At any rate, the “translation” button I have on my front page…

Well, what this means is that if I have made a positive and FUN posting, it can be translated AROUND THE WORLD into so many languages it’s uncanny.

So, earlier I checked my stats and a friendly very tech Italian came by for the second time.  I looked at his gravatar and also went to his page to see – he would be a TECH person up on things who blogs in here as well.  I took a screen shot to show you how I am thinking and using Gutenberg.

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Here are more images and thoughts…

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This is advertorial with a very positive message about Valspar as in “Testimonial” style of Advertorial, and here is is available with GLOBAL REACH.

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That was version that I FB’d earlier today.

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Again and looking at the power of GLOBAL REACH via “translators” — this really ups the ante on WordAds as Advertorials.

It is only ethical, in my opinion to give a true opinion or testimonial style ad, and show pictures that BELONG to me as I go.  Of the products I am actually using.  It would be the same with any stores that I am going to.

Nobody clicked through on FB.

So that was test #1 and I can try again as I think how I might do the linking as Advertorial.

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Testing and trying WordAds two ways

So this is for WordPress Admins because I represent the average “non-tech” user is my guess, so I don’t mind talking about the process of finding my way in Gutenberg as I go.  In my earlier blog Valentine Bonnaire if I was doing a scholarly article I would link sources, so my guess is that this would work better if I was linking to things?

That isn’t hard for me to do.

I’m going to go back and make links to what I said yesterday and see if that changes the stats.  I wrote a little thing about choosing Valspar paints based on the gorgeous colors, but I did not run it through Facebook – today I will FB that, and it will be linked.

Things I do not understand yet?

Woo Commerce and how that connects or does not connect to WordPress Premium.

What is Blue Host and do I need it?

How does monetizing a blog actually work?

So the way that Gutenberg works is a bit different behind the scenes as I set up this blog.  I plan to keep it for many years, but in a sense it is like starting over, so brand new.

Right now FB and WP are the only two things I am using, this may change in the future.  So yesterday there were no “stats” for what I wrote.  That’s okay, I was just looking and took a pic.

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So here is the test I will try.

I’m going to go back into yesterday’s post and link to all the things I might think would want to advertise as local and national.

I am going to see if doing that and Facebooking the post as a test changes the stats?

So, still finding my way in Gutenberg as I go.

I ❤ WordPress!

I do.

WordPress the beautiful <3

I have always felt this way about the company.  In November when I start in on another novel, this one a memoir of the time working for a Newspaper in the years 1981 – 2001 I will be talking about all the challenges we faced dealing with the “tech” that was running things.  That was the hardest.  The programs didn’t work well, and the job was to put out the paper daily.

WordPress is stunning freedom for writers.

WordPress is FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, so this is a sacred thing, and also very much an American thing when it comes to First Amendment.

For me, I think I am going to be able to sell my books HERE and with the translation as global?  This is fantastic.

So I have to figure out how to do that, here on this page.  My little children’s book “Heart of Clouds” is beloved by Norway – a grandfather for his children, and also in Russia, by a mother for her little daughter.

So, the audience for a writer is Global.

My first favorite thing is the “Translation” and I ran that by some Europeans in Facebook to see how the gist of what I said actually translated using Facebook’s translate tool.  It worked, so they were able to use this WordPress feature, and I got a proof back!

You could see that on my FB feed.

It was this post.

Today I took two screenshots of what I can see from this old Mac that is about to be replaced by the fresh one.  So my site and the history of myself “in WordPress” or maybe in the web itself.

A Pilgrim’s Progress in WordPress Gutenberg (for WordPress Admins)

I hope I made you laugh at that title.

But this is serious.   Because I love WordPress.  So I want to try and tell you of my experiences as I go because they might be of some value to WP, on the note that I might be an average user – so, here is a story about that, for you.

I will never leave WordPress.  I think it is the greatest thing ever invented?

Believe me when I say that, as a writer.

Believe me when I say that as a human being!

So let me tell you a story of entering the web, propre, and how I did once upon a time in 2001, because gee, that is now, 17 years ago.  Hard to believe.  I entered the web for a short story I wrote that was a serial called “Man in the Moon.” – that story was published at a place called “” – which no longer exists?  I wrote it in serial form and it was beloved over there.  The published writers there were very fine and so that is why I chose it.  I entered as my nom de plume “Adrianna de la Rosa” – author of the story.  So I entered the Web, but not as ME, except it was me.  You can see the first three chapters of that story in a book that was published, and I was paid $50 for it.

I began to write more stories, for the above site.  I was published.  It was huge to me.  So. 2001 is the second time I became a published writer.  The first was Junior High.  It was through that site that I met a bunch of marvelous writers and poets who also wrote for this site and I began to write over here?  Same joy at being published almost on a monthly basis by them for my short stories, some of which are archived in what they call the Treasure Chest.

In 2005, I began to attend the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

Those are many of my friends you see in that image.

So, 2007 was the first year I found WordPress and frankly WordPress is the only place I have ever recommended to any of the writers I have met.

But let me show you how important WordPress has been to me, especially now that it is becoming Gutenberg.  I had two of my short stories actually published in Books in the time that I have had my WordPress blog as Valentine Bonnaire.  I was paid $50 for each of those as well?  A one time payment.  So since 2007, my income has been $150.  Really.

These are the books!  My short story “A Little Irish Honey” is in this one.

My short story “Flowering” is in this one.

I never thought $50 was exactly enough but, oh well.  The Publishers make money on the anthologies, not the writer.  I was glad to be published.   So that is one part of the history of the Writer Adrienne D. Wilson.

Now for the WordPress part. ❤

WordPress has been my total constant since 2007.  I made my blog in case anyone who had ever read me wanted to leave a comment?  But WordPress has been home to my everything, since.  That is only one genre I have written in while I learned to become a writer?

I have written two novels while I had my WordPress blog, over in Nanowrimo.

I have written reams of Depth Psychology interventions, because I got my MA here in 1998.

So, right now I cannot tell you how very happy I am to have always had WordPress as my HOME.  It has been!

So let me show your admins a few pix of that.

I hope this is a testimonial to you, for you WordPress.  Just thank you.

You have been my “blank page” for years, that all writers need.  You have been like opening one of my journals and drawing and writing in it while I was thinking.  Only you are “in here” versus on my desk.

So I looked at my domains this morning and this is a screenshot of what I saw.

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I am going to be able to maybe sell my writing?

Can you even imagine how happy that makes me?

So here is what you have done, as “my home.”

This is Valentine Bonnaire:

My search from Google this morning!  “Documented.”

And her transition to her real self, thanks to WordPress, as in FOREVER.

Why do I think “Gutenberg” means everything?

After (and during the time I was a student) I graduated from UCSB in 1984 –  I worked HERE. For 20 years.

Right now the only two REALITY BASED places for me in the WEB are FB, because that is ME, and WordPress, because that is ME.

I have no idea what all of you are going through as companies with Twitter, but that is a story for another day.  WordPress you mean everything to me, as an American writer.  Just everything.

Bless all of you,

from Adrienne

and note to your Admins, this is “internal” for all of you, so not tagging except for you, as in a category I will make called “WordPress Gutenberg”

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Good morning to friends

Good morning to my friends around the world.  I am trying a test to see if you can translate this message into your languages around the world.  Your help means everything to me at this juncture, for it means that my books can be translated.  If I were to tell you how happy I am about that?

Thank you so very much for trying this.

All my best to you,