Digitize your Signature to Save Time and Paper

Occasionally it can be pretty handy to have a digital copy of your signature, it can save you from needing to print out a form just to sign it. A digital signature is especially handy if you need to scan a document back in after signing it (possibly for records or an email attachment). Today we’ll look at how to create one. All you need is: your signature on a piece of paper, a scanner and a web browser. (more…)

Snippets to Save

Don’t delete this post. It has valuable code “snippets” for you to use. Click into the “html” view to see and/or copy the code snippet for each feature.

Embedding Videos

Standard/Default Size from YouTube


Specified and Reduced Size from Vimeo

Guest Author Credit/Byline


Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith is a Team Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA. Throughout 2010-2011, much of his attention is going toward the congregational/denominational focus on justice for immigrants and their families.

Hiding an image for use on Facebook postings

This is simply done by embedding a 1 pixel by 1 pixel image into your post. This will not be visible to your blog readers (except the visually anal ones) but it will show up as a thumbnail option when posting to Facebook. Look at the post on Blinded by Bias and try sharing it to Facebook. You should see the thumbnail of your portrait as an option to use for the FB post.

To do this you must add the following code to the end of each post.  You add this in “HTML” view; not in “VIsual” view.

<img src=”http://learnoutloud.blogs.uua.org/files/2011/08/terasa_portrait_small.jpg” alt=” ” width=”1″ height=”1″ />

If you look closely at the end of your post text you’ll see a little dot in the middle of the line after the last period. That’s the image rendered 1×1. pixels.

Adding Video to Your UUA Blog

Video, done right, is the most compelling content on the web. It draws the viewer in and can mobilize your audience to action in ways other media just can’t. Indeed, with Google video serving 143.2 million unique viewers in July 2010, most of that being YouTube, you relegate your organization to the unknown if you don’t use video as a key part of your content strategy.  In the early months of 2011, 89 million people will watch 1.2 billion videos – daily.  Most blog software makes it very easy to add video to your blog.  UUA Blogs uses WordPress as its blogging software.  We’ve setup a couple easy ways to add video to your blog. (more…)

Accessible Video: Not Just the Law – Sound Business Strategy

Recently, new legislation, the “Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010,” takes us one step closer to universal access of content on the Web.  The new law speaks directly to UU values and urges us ever closer to offering accessible video content throughout our web sites.  Not only is captioned video the law but it is one component to a sound SEO strategy to boot.  In a recent blog post by our captioning vendor, 3Play Media, Josh Miller summarizes the legislation and its impact. (more…)