YouTube videos can really make your WordPress blogs shine. If you’re one of the many delegates who decides to make a daily video chronicling the best days of your pageant experience, then it would be helpful to know how to embed these video documents into your blogs.

Miss Teenage Canada videos Embedding videos into your blogs is easy, and smart, and if you are helping sponsors then it allows complimentary text with logos, graphics and contextual links to their websites. I put graphics and links in the text above and below the ‘rich media’ embed.

As the 2017 Social Media Judge, I was motivated to write this post because I see so many delegates making daily videos, but I do NOT see many videos embedded in the blogs.

Below is Mariposa Cruises, 2017 Miss World Canada Toronto Harbour Cruise which Warren Leppick of Cognition Video Productions made to chronicle our marine escapade on Wednesday the 19th of July 2017.

You can see the videographer in the orange shirt in this photo below.

2017 Miss World Canada delegates aboard Mariposa Cruises

2017 Miss World Canada delegates on Mariposa Cruises, Oriole

The video Warren made showcases over a hundred magic moments and effectively encapsulates the entire expedition from boarding to disembarkation, one hour later.

So how did I manage to embed this video into the blog?

step by step video embed into YouTubeLike this. First I found the video on YouTube. Then I clicked Share which opened a second menu upon which i clicked Embed and then when the iframe code popped up I clicked it to copy it into my clipboard.

You can change the size of the iframe by clicking ‘more’ and size is one the options. The bottom line is, you need to get that code in your clipboard before you can move onto the next step.

how to embed videos in YouTube blog

Paste the iframe script into the text editor of your WordPress Blog. Below is what the snippet of code should look like – its not very long and is book-ended by the <iframe> script syntax.

ifram script in WordPress blog

Toggle back to the visual editor, and the video script will morph to show the video’s thumbnail image from YouTube, but if it just shows a yellow box with a screw head that’s okay too.

When you Publish it should show the video. You can further refine the experience by allowing full screen, or not.  And by making it NOT play other (competitors?) videos at the end. You can select these options and more in the menus on YouTube.

The process for embedding media from Vimeo is much the same.

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Hello Delegates – this is the *hot-script* for the 3rd blog assignment – which outlines all of the generous sponsors and their names and web addresses.  You SHOULD cut and paste this script into your own blog to START, however, in a perfect world the finished product will look nothing like the text below or ANYONE else’s post.  Therefore it would behoove you to break up the order in which the text appears below ; consider making it read as it happened – the order in which you really did tour the booths. You do not need to put the logos in your post, or use the same anchor text (link text) that you see below. Your piece should be >66% different than what is below and > 75% different than anyone elses’ post. Your published blog post should be filled with YOUR OWN anecdotal recollections and original images and videos from the extravaganza.

hotscript begins

*OPEN with something completely ORIGINAL*- x – *first couple sentences MUST be 100% unique* how you were feeling? How did you arrive? First impressions. etc

The 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada – Sponsor Party happened in the Meeting Room at the Edward Village Hotel in Toronto Ontario at approx 5:30 on Monday 07 Aug 2017.

After some brief introductions and some speeches by Michelle and Rob, we were set loose to ambulate about the assembly of sponsor tables. (I don’t want to see the word ambulate or any of this text in brackets in your blogs).

Our province-of-origin designated Sashes and Crowns were all laid out on display to be claimed – pins # contestants #s – my number is ? reflections

nine west beautiful shoes in TorontoOur shoes from Nine West were on display and we were encouraged to try on the shoes and get our shoe sizes recorded. We get the actual shoes later this week when the orders are sorted – reflections

Miss Teenage Canada Sponsors are mostly small to medium size business entrepreneurs who see value in supporting this segment of society. For one reason or another this pageant is a perfect partner for each of their enterprises.

best dentist in Toronto, archer dental Rob himself was running the Archer Dental booth and giving away dental supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste from the famous Toronto dentist Dr Natalie Archer, a local business leader who champions women in the sciences, and who has supported the pageant for many years.

Lilly Liao from Street Chic fashion magazine was there. Lily’s team published over thirty fashion blogs, submitted by over half of the Miss Teenage Canada delegates, just last week.  Her magazine is …. If I had one word of advice for Lily regarding her magazine i would say …

This is a direct link to my own article on Street Chic called,

Lily gave everyone a nice new pair of earrings and they were ..

 

Dahlia DeSouza from UptotheTime Watches was present and on her table was a display of attractive time pieces from their online catalog. In addition to receiving a necklace, we were asked to select the watch we would pick if we WON the Miss Teenage Canada title next Sunday night.

Dahlia is expecting

Judy a music teacher at the Wandering Minstrel Music School in Mississauga was there running an Instagram #MTCSongSolo challenge.

Delegates were invited to select one of five instruments and record a musical performance on Instagram using the #songselfie hashtag. The prize for the video with the most likes at the end of the night ( or the week? TBD) will WIN a new cordless microphone!

Hashtagio social media aggregator was set up to show the Instagram feed for #MTC2017.  Just like last year, all the best shots are being collected and displayed on the website in a special Go Behind the Scenes via Instagram page. business phones, Nortel NetworksThis service is co-sponsored by Standard Telecom and all week long we are encouraged to use our cell phones and mobile devices to post our best moments using that hashtag.

Super Adorbs

Super Adorbs accessories will accentuate jewellery for women available online across Canadaany outfit no matter your style or occasion. Headquartered here in Toronto, the company sells online all across Canada; Superadorbs is built with feminine style for individual expression.

Super Adorbs jewellery and fashion accessories gave us all cute little gift bags filled with …

Facebook: www.facebook.com/superadorbsco/

also pls add Alice Li on Facebook  –
Instagram: @superadorbsco
Hashtag:  #superadorbsco (Be creative with your photos!)

Social Media Contest: The contestant with the best social media coverage will win a special $70 gift pack from Super Adorbs! It will be filled with accessories and goodies! 1) Hashtag “superadorbsco” on your Instagram and Facebook posts so we can track it 2) Inbox your Miss Teenage blog post URL about us to @superadorbsco on Instagram

Extra Fun: 3 Geofilters will be available on Snapchat from 5-10pm for contestants to use and send snaps to their friends!

The table was run by Alice Li, Miss Toronto World 2017 who returned to the very room where she was a VIP delegate receiving gifts from sponsors less than a month ago.  Alice placed fourth in the 2017 Search for Miss World Canada pageant.

And there was food

And there was cake

And there was …

 

Here are Darren Lee’s Pictures ,

Instagram #lifestylebydarren

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As part of the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada, each official Regional Delegate must introduce themselves and their platform on their region’s blog. Each post under their pen name today helps advance their campaign for the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada crown.

Each Delegate’s Quest for the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada Crown Requires Exhibiting Digital Communication Prowess

Every Delegate enrolled in the 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada competition has the inherent ability to shine online simply by using the digital tools provided on their regional blogs. Blogging on these powerful portals, they’re encouraged to communicate their hopes. dreams and aspirations toward making Canada a better place, starting with their own region.

The 2017 Search for Miss Teenage Canada has three blog challenges. These assignments are graded at 3% percent each with the 1% added for the prerequisite Introductory post, for a total of ten points toward their score in the overall competition.

windsor detroit bridge#1 Travel Blog – Become Your Region’s Travel Ambassador

The first challenge asks all Delegates to blog about their favourite place inside their region. This is a unique opportunity to become the official ambassador for a local family-run establishment or quaint local tourist attraction, or scenic location or whatever you like. We expect to see hot spots from Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia to Zeballos Inlet, gateway to Nootka Sound in British Columbia.  Show us Canada!

Your travel blog post on your provincial portal should be at least six hundred words, and have two or three original pictures. We also expect you’ll link to your featured business’s website (once is best).

The most interesting and satisfying travel journalism tells readers a story about the author explaining WHY and HOW this particular hot spot became their favourite place.

#2 Fashion Blog – Write and Submit a Fashion Article to Street Chic, then Promote Your Article on your Blog!Street Chic - fashion magazine

The second blog challenge is complicated, but rewarding on many levels. We are using our blogs to help grow a new online Canadian fashion look-book style magazine called Street Chic. Edited by Lily Liao this digital publication is made by the people for the people. Lily and her staff at this ad-free journal are hoping young Canadians like yourselves will show us what you think are the best fashions on-the-street.

Once again we expect six hundred words of detailed explanation about who the people are (no names) and what they are wearing – labels, colours, materials, and of course designer’s names and the stores where the fashions were purchased and even the prices paid if possible. We also want to know what street you selected. The street is very much part of the story in Street Chic – read this example, COMING SOON.

Street Chic in Toronto

Executing this assignment will require following these five steps.

First you must venture forth and find (arrange) inspiring fashions in your area. Its important that you photograph the subjects on the street in your small town or city.

Secondly as indicated earlier, authors must record their subject’s first names (only) and write a bit about WHO they are, and then detail exactly what they’re wearing. Your article should have the who, what, where, when (no why or how required). The post should be about 600 words..

The Third Step is to email the article draft to Rob AT Smojoe DOT com as well as Info AT Streetchic DOT ca. The article can be pasted into the body of the email or attached as a Word doc but WITHOUT PICTURES. The images for your article should be included as jpgs or pngs separately, attached to the submission email.

Fourthly you must patiently wait until the editors and administrators at Street Chic lay out your article submission and publish your work.

Finally promote your published post on your own blog. Add another picture (ideally one you didn’t use in the original piece) and truncate the best parts of your article into your promotional blog post on your MWC provincial blog. This is good digital marketing.  Show us all the fashions you advocate on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ as you promote both pieces. (Include @Roberrific on Twitter to alert me.)

PRIZES – there are prizes for the top five posts and Lily Liao and Rob Campbell will score and combine #visits to the article as the final metric. Prizes to be awarded at the 2017 Sponsor Party – every blogger gets a Street Chic T-Shirt.

experience the sponsor party

#3 Event Blogger –  Communicate the Experience of Attending the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada Sponsor Party as VIP.

The third and final challenge is to write about a event full blog post with pictures and anecdotes detailing ALL of the many business people present at the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada Sponsor Party on the first night of the pageant experience week in Toronto.

Does that sound hard? It’s actually the easiest of the three challenges because all Delegates have to do is expand a prefabricated hot script with names, business logos and website links already prepared and sent ahead as ‘hot script’. Delegates simply have to add pictures and their own stories.

COMPLETION

Assignments #1 and #2 should be completed before the end of the July.

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The Search for Miss Teenage Canada Delegates have some digital housekeeping to do as they inherit their predecessor’s blogs (or new regional domains). Here’s a list of first things they must do to streamline their platforms:

Miss Teen Blogger To Do List

1. Update your blog Headshots, to show readers who is blogging,

How To Update Headshots

headshots in profileClick on the “Headshots’ link in the navigation menu at the left side of the screen. Authors will see the list of headshots stored in the media library.

the headshots option in sidebar expandsClick on any headshot to open it.

Update the name of the headshot (currently ‘Replace this with your own headshot’) then click on the image to bring up the  ‘Set Featured Image’ popup.

headshots media upload in blog network

Users can drag and drop an image into this area or click the ‘Select Files’ button to browse their computer.

Once it is uploaded authors simply have to click the ‘Use as Featured Image’ link. Then click ‘Update’ on the post to ensure the headshot is saved.

2. Write your introductory post.

See instructions here 

 

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Hello Search for Miss Teenage Canada Finalists. To properly start your journey as bloggers on the Miss Teenage Canada Blog Network, you must write an introductory post that will appear above the bumper separating you from last year’s title holder.

Headline must be Hello from ( your REAL FIRST NAME), Miss Teenage (TITLE) (YEAR)
example: Hello from Christi, Miss Teenage Elliot Lake 2016

Siera Bearchell in Toronto after winning the crownIt will be the first result that appears in all search engines for your name as a search query forevermore – unless your name is Kate Smith or something common or shared with another popular celebrity. Check it out – type in any of the girls’ names from last year and you will see their Miss Teenage blogs are first result on Google.

Pictures – this post should have pictures and there are three different ways that can happen.  Read this special PAGE for in detail instructions on How To Add Pictures To Your WordPress Blog.

Write descriptive text about yourself, expand on your bio and give readers something to contemplate about your life. Describe the socioeconomic, cultural or geographic situation that is your own unique perspective on life in Canada as a teen girl age 14-18.

Hello, I’m __name___ from __geographic location __,  and I’m really interested in _____ (skiing, surfing, horseback riding, auto racing etc)  local activities  WHY.. Image if you were just recruited a citizen journalist for a lifestyle web magazine that’s interested in your area… What would you write about?

Give readers a wide angle picture showing yourself doing whatever it is that that you do best…  For example if you ride horses or keep tropical plants or fix homeless people’s signs we want to see a picture of that    Stand beside your baked goods, homemade beauty products, or handcrafted teddy bears.  Give readers something to remember you by.

Accomplishments: I’m the president of the blank blank high school debate team and I’m also a power wrestler. Here are pictures of me and my friends inside my high school having a debate, making music or playing sports.

This first post should be all about you and why you are so special. The most important part is to format your headline, for example: ANNE DOE, 2011 Miss Teenage Ontario .

This introductory post will be mashed up into other media and so it is important to get it right, even though its not scored and is in fact the only post wherein blog network administrators can add and subtract text, and add links to national sponsors.

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YOUR BLOG IS WORTH 10% OF YOUR FINAL SCORE!

 

MTC Contestant Blog Scoring

40% Technical prowess
30% Originality, creativity and storytelling
30% Quality of work in 3 assignments

Three important criteria for Judging the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network

40% Technical Prowess – Are there two pictures in every post as required? Are these photos aligned either left or right (good), or are they left unformatted in the center of the doc? or at the end of the doc? Are links in text under words as they should be, or are they exposed, naked links showing the ‘ http’ of the hypertext transfer protocols? (that’s ugly) Are there any unsightly gaps in the content? in the post text, or in the sidebar Bio bytes? Are there any broken links? Does everything work?
30% Originality – Did the blogger get creative and tell some exciting, interesting or informative stories in a unique and original manner? Did they post about any fun and unusual elements of their lives? Did they go beyond the call of duty and break a local story or somehow offer insider or expert knowledge? We encourage bloggers to write about their preparations for the national pageant, and being creative here can really help attract a national following.
30% Quality of work, Blog Assignments. Did the blogger complete all three assignments correctly and on time? Were there any problems with the work? Too short? too long? What about the quality of pictures? Is it celebrity magazine quality journalism? BONUS What has the blogger done to promote readership of their blog?

 

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