I'm always trying to make my life easier, especially when it comes to updating my website. A while back I made some changes so that my blog feeds directly to my site so I don't have to put important things in manually. That saves a ton of time. Another time saver has been linking my website to my Flickr page so I don't have to manually make new pages for photos every time I want to add new pieces to my gallery. Now I just upload to Flickr.
And now I have discovered Google Calendar, so instead of just having a list of upcoming events, I have a calendar which I update on Google and then it's automatically updated on my website. There are also some tools for my followers, too. You can go into my calendar to get more information on an item (I think you might even be able to map it with Google maps, but I haven't tested it yet). The calendar is also searchable and can be viewed in several formats. For those who want to be reminded of events on my calendar there is a button for that, too. And for those who want to add my whole calendar to their calendar or get a feed of my calendar, you can do that as well. I was thinking the search tool might be useful for those looking for upcoming classes. Here is the page: http://www.willowandme.com/showschedule.html
I have also put a feed of my upcoming events on my blog and you can click on any of them for more information.
For those of you on the Etsy Maine Team, I am trying to work on something similar for our team site so that everyone's events, shows, etc. will be on there and easily searchable.
Probably many of you who are more tech-savvy than I will have known about this for a long time. I have known for a while that there was probably a way to do it, but I just hadn't taken the time to investigate and figure it all out. I hope that this little change will be useful to you and time saving for me!
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