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How To Deal With Blogs and Vacations

March 23, 2011 42 comments

Spring officially arrives today at 7:21 p.m. EDT 032011Spring has arrived with people starting to think about planning summer vacations. But this year, some may feel they have a problem because they’ve committed to post to their blogs every day and aren’t sure how they’re going to keep up with it. I’m having a tough time right now just keeping up. This is what’s bugging me today!

Before even summer vacations come around, we have long weekends to deal with. April brings us a long weekend with Good Friday and Easter, in the month of May, we have Victoria Day for the Canadians and Memorial Day for the Americans and I’m sure there are others happening around the globe.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to worry about your blog during these times. What happens if something unexpected comes up and you’re called out-of-town? Wouldn’t it be nice if you had some posts already lined up and ready to publish.

I know I would love not having to worry about my blog during times like that.

We know we can use the scheduling feature to post into the future but first we have to write them. So what do you write about.

Here are some ideas that I’ve offered to others before:

  1. If you love reading, write a short book review, include an excerpt from the book.
  2. If it’s poetry you love, let people know why in a few sentences and include the poem.
  3. Is there a favourite quotation/s that you like. You can do the same here as you did with the poem or book.
  4. Use the WordPress Press this‘ feature and reblog someone else’s post.
  5. Check your ‘Posts I Like‘ and see if there are any you would like to reblog. The feature is right on the page.
  6. Post some photos and tell a story.
  7. Write about your favourite food and maybe post a recipe.
  8. Write shorter posts – make your blog post a 2 or 3-parter.

Which is what I’m doing today! Because if I continue it’s going to be too long. Part 2 with more ideas tomorrow.

The ideas I mentioned above are great to have on hand, ready to publish for those days when you just can’t come up with something or are pressed for time.

What are your plans for the summer?

Will you be taking your blog on vacation with you or will you put up a “Gone Fishing” post?

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.
Robert Orben

Trying To Keep Up

March 22, 2011 22 comments

Things in life I find annoyingI try not to be too negative in my writings but I’m having trouble keeping up. This is what’s bugging me today!

Today I want to quote 2 sentences from “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson.

#2 Make Peace with Imperfection

I’ve yet to meet an absolute perfectionist whose life was filled with inner peace.

As you begin to eliminate your need for perfection in all areas of your life, you’ll begin to discover the perfection in life itself.

Now I’m not sure that I can stop trying to be a perfectionist completely, but I have to accept that sometimes just doing the best that I can is good enough.

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers.
Author Unknown

Links Not Opening In New Windows

March 21, 2011 37 comments

Open in new window

This is just one of those little things I find annoying. This is what’s bugging me today!

There are many people who don’t like links opening in new windows but I’m not one of them. When I’m reading a blog/website and click on an external link I like having it open in a new window and keeping the original blog/website open so I can easily go back to it.

If I don’t find the link interesting, I just close down the window and I still have the original blog/website to continue reading.

A good reason to have external links open in new windows is to keep your visitor on your blog as long as possible. Because if your visitor finds the link you’ve provided very interesting he/she may never make it back to your blog.

This is how I like to handle links on my blog.

  • External links – open in new window
  • Internal blog links – open in same window

The default when you choose to add any hyperlink is to open in the same window.

WordPress offers us the option of linking to other sites through Zemanta and the “Recommended Links“, the major one being Wikipedia. Even though the default is to open in the same window, you can change this by editing the hyperlink and clicking on the “Open link in a new window/tab”.

If it’s photos you’re adding from Wikipedia or another site you have to go to the Advanced Settings tab and scroll down to check the box to have the link open in a new window.

By doing this, you now keep your visitor on your blog and the other site opens in a new window. I find this especially important if you list other sites in the “Related Articles“. This gives your visitor a chance to read any comments and hopefully add their own comment to your blog.

How about you? Do you like links opening in new windows?

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose.
J. Martin Kohe

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Weekly Photo Challenge| Spring in Purple

March 20, 2011 39 comments

As many of you know, I went looking for Spring the other day and I found some signs of it. Spring officially arrives today at 7:21 p.m. EDT. There is nothing bugging me today!

Today I’m bringing you signs of spring in purple, one of my favourite colours.

Weekly Photo Challenge | Spring in Purple

Spring officially arrives today at 7:21 p.m. EDT 032011

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Last night I decided to see how many other bloggers posted yellow flowers for the Weekly Photo Challenge and these are the ones I found. Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge | Yellow flowers

Jesse Jaca – photo blog

Touch2Touch – A View From The Woods

butterflybound – You are Here

Huffygirl – Huffygirl’s Blog

Renee – It’s just my thing…

barbaramelnikcarson – Too much fun Blog

Caroline – Poppyposts

chrisvicente – Photography at the Speed of Life

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

p.s. Post 100

Quote for today

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
Henry Van Dyke

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – How To Add Copyright To Photos

March 19, 2011 18 comments
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Image via Wikipedia

I know I usually write a Housekeeping post on Saturdays but this week I’ve chosen to do this instead which has been part of my blog Housekeeping over the past week. There is nothing bugging me today!

This information will probably be helpful to anyone taking part in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

How To Add Copyright To Photos Using Picasa

I don’t have Photoshop, so I’ve used Picasa to finally add the copyright symbol – © – to my photos.

It was actually quite easy.

Open Picasa
Select your photo
Select Text

How to add Copyright Symbol
Select the Font, Size, Style, Colour and add anywhere in the photo – don’t worry, the text can be moved if you don’t like the position.

How to add Copyright symbol using Picasa

Nothing is changed on your original photo until you click the Apply button and save the file.

When I saved my photos, I added the copyright symbol © to the file name using the keyboard shortcut Alt0169. This is an easy way to recognise which photos you’ve added the copyright to.

To insert the copyright symbol ©, hold down the Alt key and type 0169 on the numeric pad on your keyboard. For those who have a laptop without a separate numeric keypad, hold down both Alt and the Fn keys to activate the numeric pad on the keyboard. Look for the small blue numbers.

You can also insert the copyright symbol using the Custom Character button Insert Custom Character in the Visual post editor but you have to make sure you are showing what WordPress calls the Kitchen Sink.

WordPress Post Editor showing Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink button is the last one in the row. Kitchen Sink Button

It’s really not that complicated to add the copyright, just remember to save your photo with a different name so that the original isn’t changed.

Will you be adding the copyright to your photos?

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower,
share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s,
smile at someone and receive a smile in return,
are to me continual spiritual exercises.
Leo.F. Buscaglia

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Weekly Photo Challenge | Spring – I found it!

March 18, 2011 38 comments

I’m getting out of my writing slump but I couldn’t resist going out to see if I could find some signs of Spring in the neighbourhood. And I did! There is nothing bugging me today!

In keeping with the yellow flowers I posted yesterday I even managed to find a couple of yellow Crocus poking up out of the ground.

Weekly Photo Challenge | Spring – I found it!

ClassyRose©, Things in life I find annoying, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, Weekly Photo Challenge, RandomBlog2011

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Are you taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge?

You’re welcome to post your photo link in the comments.

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

First a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus –
Crocus.
Lilja Rogers

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

Being In A Slump

March 17, 2011 44 comments

Classyrose, Things in life I find annoying, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, Randomblog2011, challengeI’m in a writing slump. This is what’s bugging me today!

There are so many things I start writing about but I just can’t seem to finish them. Just don’t seem motivated to write the last few days. It doesn’t help that I haven’t been feeling too good either.

Is it just that I’m tired of winter?

Instead of the February blahs, I’m experiencing the dreariness of March.

Is it the change in weather? Where I’m teased one day into thinking spring is almost here only to get a blast of cold air the next day and realize that it’s still winter. It was warmer out today but there was a cold wind blowing.

I want to throw off the winter coat, hat, scarf. I want to sit outside and bask in the sunshine.

I want to see flowers poking up out of the ground, buds on the trees, the splashes of bright yellow from the forsythia bushes.

 

Do you get into writing slumps?

How do you get out of them?

I’m tired of winter.

This is what’s bugging me today!
🙂

Quote for today

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
Charles Dickens

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying