I’ve always been a fan of smileys (smilies? emoticons?), but not being much of a chatter, IMer, gamer or techie, I never learned how to make them except for 🙂 —which gets really boring. I mean, sometimes you want to laugh 😆 or grin 😀 instead of smile 🙂 , for example, or sometimes you just feel like rolling your eyes 🙄 .
WordPress actually has a FAQ page on all the smileys you can do. Your blog should already be set to allow smileys, but if not, go to Options > Writing and check the box next to “Convert emoticons like 🙂 and 😛 to graphics on display” so that they can display correctly.
[NOTE: I couldn’t get the commands to show without them turning into smileys 😆 , so I took a screenshot instead. You can visit the official FAQ for the actual keyboard strokes. Also, the “:surprise:” command doesn’t seem to work.]
Now, how 8) cool is that? If anyone knows of other smileys not listed above, please feel free to add a comment (and show us how to do it!). Thanks!