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or not – Featured Post Update

February 28, 2011 9 comments

Featured Post, RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, QondioWell, it seems that my Featured Post – How it all started got someone’s attention at the online magazine. There is nothing bugging me today! 🙂

They were nice enough to give my rant a mention in one of their own updates to members.

There are things about Qondio that need improvement, and we don’t mind people posting rants (such as this one),

Yes, the name of the online magazine is Qondio.

They took notice and I’m pleased with the recent changes they’ve made to the site which encourages members to screen the articles and have them published in a timely manner.

Just to make sure that it really was working I decided to screen some articles this morning but there was only one. It was published quickly and there were no others to screen.

However, I checked back and a new one had been added. I screened this article and I was happy to see that it received 9 screenings and was published within an hour of the member submitting it. Much better than what was happening before.

I’m looking forward to seeing what other improvements they will have when Qondio V3.0 is released.

I would also like to thank Qondio because if it wasn’t for what was going on there I may have never started this blog. When I joined the challenge I wrote an article for Qondio encouraging others to start their own blog and join the WordPress Challenge.

One member did join me in the challenge and that is Barb19 – Passionate About Pets. Check out her latest post.

Following the recent Weekly Photo Challenge – Refuge, and my entry, I thought you might be interested in the whole story, together with progress photographs of the little rescued baby koala – and the happy ending!

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

p.s. If you haven’t already done so, check out the RandomBlog2011 Challenge.

Quote for today

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

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or not – Sunday At Last

February 27, 2011 13 comments

Things in life I find annoying, RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011Sunday is finally here! I’m hoping this means I can get some well-deserved rest. There is nothing bugging me today! 🙂

Don’t have a lot to report on except to say that February has been exciting and I’m looking forward to what March has in store for all of us.

I’m finally finding some time to read the backlog of posts in Google Reader and I should be caught up soon.

How many of you like the Daily Post Topic Idea from yesterday? Does it sound familiar at all? Wonder where Scott Berkun got that idea from?

While Plinky does have good ideas, some of them I’m not that crazy about but there are bloggers who really love them.

Check out Trying to Find Topic Suggestions if you’re looking for some writing ideas.

I heard from Amy – Other Awesome Things and she told me that her blog was only 4 hours old when I left my comment. Amy said she’s had more hits on this blog than any of her other attempts at blogging, has made new friends and is looking forward to this blogging experience.

I want to say a special thank you to Jackie at Post A Day Challenge 2011. She has done so much to help promote the RandomBlog2011 Challenge by republishing my posts and sending out new posts dedicated to the challenge.

In case you missed them, two of the blogs I discovered last week were “Freshly Pressed” recently.

Lightdance

Three Cats on a Sofa

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Blogs I’ve Visited

Sanjay Mehta – Random Musings

busyellebeeBusyellebee’s Blog

Pink3rb3llPink3rb3ll’s Haven

JB – Hegemony Heights

GijsGijs Molsbergen’s Blog

Special mention to one of my early subscribers who is celebrating his 49th birthday today.
Basil Rene – Life With Sarcoidosis

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving,
make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!
Amanda Bradley

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Weekly Photo Challenge | Abundance

February 26, 2011 27 comments

My contribution to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Parasailing at Cape Hatteras

ClassyRose, RandomBlog2011, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, Weekly Photo Challenge,

Without an abundance of air and wind this wouldn't stay up long.

 

This was the first time my daughter and I went parasailing.

It was such a wonderful feeling and experience being
up so high in the sky with nothing else around.

 

Are you taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge?

If you’re participating in the Photo challenge you’re welcome to leave a comment and post a link to your site.

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Some Housekeeping Goodies

February 26, 2011 21 comments

Housekeeping, Things in life I find annoying, RandomBlog2011 Challenge

Today’s post is a little different from the one’s I’ve written in the past. Instead of letting you know what I need to take care of, I’m letting you know what I have taken care of over the past week working on the RandomBlog2011 Challenge. There is nothing bugging me today! 🙂

I’ve done a lot of housekeeping on the blog this week from adding the copyright to creating new pages and changing pages. I’ve had quite a time taking care of everything.

Yesterday I added 3 new pages to the blog but it wasn’t a simple task because I had to co-ordinate the publishing times with my new post. I used a combination of publishing the page/post as private and using the shortlink instead of the URL. If you ask me now what I did when and in what order I wouldn’t be able to tell you.

Some of this involved setting up a new parent page for the RandomBlog2011 Challenges. Normally it wouldn’t be a problem but when you need to leave the current page intact so visitors can still see it, before all the changes are made, could be a bit tricky.

It was a challenge timing everything, but all I know is that when everything was published the links worked.

Goodies, Things in life I find annoying, RandomBlog2011, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011Goodies

Tip

You can get the shortlink to the new page or new post before it’s published. Once you save a draft of your post/page the shortlink is created. This lets you link to it before it’s posted.

This information is from WordPress.com.

How can you use it?

There is now a “Get Shortlink” button next to your permalink when you edit or write a post, and when you click it you’ll get a popup with the beautiful link already highlighted for your copy and pasting pleasure.

If you’re logged in you can also get the shortlink for any page on WordPress.com, there’s a link under the “Blog Info” menu in your admin bar.

Tip

I finally added the copyright to my blog which meant having to go through the blog and add the copyright to each post and page. This took a fair bit of time but it’s done now and it will be much easier going forward.

Here is a short recap of how to add the copyright to your blog using the WordPress sample found here.

  • Insert your name and blog title into the sample copyright statement.
  • Add it to your side-bar using the text widget.
  • Add your  © 2011 Blog Title and/or Name to the bottom of each post/page.

Tip

Instead of copying and pasting the © symbol hold down the Alt key and type 0169 (Alt0169) on the number pad. If you use the numbers in the upper row of your keyboard it won’t work.

Two other symbols that might come in handy are:
= Alt0153
® = Alt0174

Tip

Did you know that if you click the “Like” button again once you’ve already clicked it and it says “You like this“, that it takes you to your “Posts I Like” page on WordPress.com

You can test it out after you click the “Like” button on this post. 😉

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I haven’t had much time to visit very many new blogs but I did visit three and here they are. I’ve already sent out Tweets on Twitter using the hashtag #randomblog2011.

Blogs I’ve visited

I haven’t done much of my regular reading either over the past two weeks but I’m going to try to do some of it this weekend.

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton

New Pages Added & Changed

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – At Last, Here It Is

February 25, 2011 31 comments

RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011It’s finally ready, what everyone has waited for, the new RandomBlog2011 Challenge. There is nothing bugging me today! 🙂

There are just a few things to mention today.

Not a lot has changed but it will make a big difference in the weeks to come when we’ve all discovered so many new blogs to read that we might not be able to keep up with all of them.

I felt that there was no way we could continue at last week’s pace of reading 2 blogs every day. Going forward there is no daily minimum number to read.

Since the poll results showed that most of you read 3-5 blogs per day, that would be far too many blogs along with the ones you are already reading. That is if we want to have a life outside of blogging.

I would like to suggest that you try to read 3-5 new blogs every week. This is only a suggestion. How many blogs you choose to read depends on how many you can handle.

Remember this isn’t a contest, it’s meant to help you connect with other new bloggers to share experiences, to support and encourage each other and to introduce them to others taking part in both the RandomBlog2011 Challenge and the WordPress PostADay2011 PostAWeek Challenge.

In the last update I let you know that I will be using Tweets on Twitter to send out updates to the RandomBlog2011 Challenge. You can find this information by reading the last update and on the new challenge page.

Just something else I want to mention. Over the last few weeks I’ve received several blog postings with no title. Sometimes it’s fixed right away, other times it’s not. It can happen to anyone and what I’ve done is to subscribe to my blog and when I receive the email on the new post I give it a quick check. If there is a title missing it’s easily spotted.

That’s it except to tell you I’ve added new pages to the blog today and if I’ve published everything in the right order they should all be there now with working links. If not, please check back they will be soon.

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess.
The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
Charles Schwab

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Challenges of a New Day

February 24, 2011 12 comments

RandomBlog2011, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011I am ready and comfortable to meet the challenges of a new day. There is nothing bugging me today. 🙂

Each day brings a new challenge and you either face it or run from it.

There is no sense in running and hiding from it because it will be there ready to raise its ugly head again until you deal with it.

Unless you face certain things they will begin to tear you apart.

I choose to face the challenges and learn from them.

From Life Success Zone.

 

I am thrilled with the set of challenges each day brings. Challenges are the unexpected plunges in the rollercoaster of life.

Even when I don’t know what lies ahead, I am sure that I can make the most of the ride. Each challenge I complete successfully pushes fear further away from my mind.

 

I love the feeling of achievement. A great accomplishment is a natural high. Yet, triumph only comes after a battle is fought and won. Therefore, challenge must exist if I want to enjoy sweet victory.

This battle is over and I won.


I am comfortable because I know that the tools to overcome any trial are within me. I am comfortable because I know that there is nothing on my plate that I cannot handle. I feel privileged to have been chosen for each challenge that I face.


 

  • How do you react to challenge?
  • How do challenges make you a better person?
  • What can you learn from your performance in yesterday’s challenges that will help you today?

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – RandomBlog2011 Challenge Update

February 23, 2011 28 comments

RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, Twitter, TweetThis is just a quick update to let everyone know I’m still working on the new page for RandomBlog2011 Challenge. There is nothing bugging me today!

Instead of publishing full posts every day for the RandomBlog2011 Challenge, updates will go out as Tweets on Twitter. I will still publish updates in some of my daily posts but if it’s something quick I will instead send out a Tweet linking to the new information.

This is the best way to keep everyone informed on updates. So if you want the latest updates, you might want to follow me on TwitterFollow me on Twitter .

If anyone doesn’t have a Twitter account you can sign up here.

One of the things changing is a new way for you to let other bloggers know what new blogs you’ve visited. You can do this by using the hashtag symbol “#” and randomblog2011. If you’re using the WordPress Publicize feature you can retweet your own posts using the hashtag symbol.

  • #randomblog2011

This is similar to The Daily Post using #postaday2011 and #postaweek2011.

Here is some information from Twitter on using hashtags.

Hashtags: helping you find interesting Tweets

  • People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets to show more easily in Twitter Search.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet.
  • Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.

Here is an example of a Tweet using the hashtag symbol.

I think that about covers it for now.

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
Elizabeth Harrison

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying