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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!

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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!

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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

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!
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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

Not Knowing How To Add Follow Me on Twitter

March 14, 2011 18 comments

Twitter, ClassyRose101, Things in life I find annoyingI’ve written a couple of posts over the past week about Twitter. WordPress bloggers are now putting their Twitter feed on their blogs but it seems that not all WordPress themes come with an option or Widget to add the Follow Me on Twitter Badge to their blog. This is what’s bugging me today!

I knew there had to be a way to add it so I went searching on Twitter and found the solution for you to use.

The first thing you need to do is head over to Twitter’s Resources/buttons page where you will find different buttons in various sizes and colours to choose from.

Click on the button you want to display and a small pop-up window will appear with the HTML code that includes your Twitter username. You must be signed in to Twitter for this to work.

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Copy the code in the pop-up window.

<img src=”http://twitter-badges.s3.amazonaws.com/follow_me-b.png” alt=”Follow classyrose101 on Twitter”/>

The next step is to go to:

Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets – Text

  • Add a text box to your sidebar. 
  • Paste the HTML code into the text box.

Depending on which button you choose to use you might want to add a title to your widget. The button I selected for this example doesn’t really need one so I’ve left it blank.

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Select the position where you would like your Follow Me On Twitter button to appear and click on “Save Widget“.

Visit your blog, make sure you’ve hit refresh and your badge should appear and look like this.

Follow Me On Twitter - ClassyRose, RandomBlog2011, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011

Click on it to make sure it’s working properly and you’re done. Your readers now have an easy way to follow you on Twitter.

I’ve already given these instructions to my blogging buddy PiP and she has successfully added the button to her blog Piglet in Portugal if you would like to see how it looks.

Do you have a Follow Me On Twitter button on your blog!

 

Now that I’ve shown you how to add the Follow Me On Twitter button to your blog,

There is nothing bugging me today!
🙂

Quote for today

You will discover that you have two hands.
One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.
Audrey Hepburn

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

Housekeeping – Good Reason To Add Twitter To Your Blog

March 12, 2011 32 comments

Blog, Housekeeping, annoying, bugging me, blogging, chores, pet peevesEarthquakes, tsunamis, radiation leaks. This is what’s bugging me today!

This week’s earthquake in Japan has shown us how valuable Twitter can be and is to those caught in such a tragedy. One of my blogging buddies, Cocomino couldn’t get home from Tokyo to his family in Kawagoe because rail transportation was shut down.

He managed to do one quick post before he lost access to the internet – I can’t go home.

After that post, there was limited means of communication until he realized:

I could access the twitter or the other news site on the internet by my iphone.
I found my family’s safe on my blog’s comment!

Using Twitter he was able to learn about his family and to keep family and friends updated.

Twitter @cocomino3

Summerfield84 is another Japanese blogger also writing on an English blog. He doesn’t have the Twitter widget on his blog and I wasn’t even sure if he had a Twitter account. There was no word from him and I was concerned for his safety until he published a post today. He’s okay! I’ve since learned he does have a Twitter account.

I was relieved to hear that both of them are safe and are happily blogging again and letting us know through their blogs what it’s like now in Japan.

Cocomino’s latest blog post – I could come back home an hour ago. We are all OK. but….

Summerfield84’s latest blog post – The majr catastrophe : The Great East Japan Earthquake

Do you have the Twitter widget in your sidebar?

It’s easy to add, Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets – Twitter

Select the number of entries you would like to show – from 1 – 20
Hide replies –  using @username at the beginning of the tweet.
Include retweets – yes or no
Text to display between tweet and timestamp – eg. Tweeted

@classyrose101, Twitter

Some other info
You can use multiple Twitter widgets on the same blog.
Retweets using the official retweet button do not appear.

Check out WordPress Support for complete instructions on how to add the Twitter Widget.

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Another blogging buddy Redneck Princess wrote about being prepared and having an emergency kit available. Please read When pretending just isn’t fun anymore… which includes a link to what you should do to prepare for such a disaster.

Here is another link that you might find useful  – Guide to Preparing for a Disaster.

The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “Home“. Think of all the people who have lost their lives in the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami. Think of those who did manage to survive but now find that their home was destroyed.  Think of those being evacuated from their homes because of the radiation leak. How will they manage over the coming days, weeks, months?

Countries around the world are offering whatever help Japan needs to recover from this horrific tragedy. You can help by making a charitable donation to any one of many organizations who are rushing to help Japan and its citizens.

If you’re worried about being scammed, check out the article at CNN Money on reputable charities to give to.

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

A Fat Tax! – It Won’t Work

March 10, 2011 23 comments
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Image via Wikipedia

Often I’m the one inspiring Noobcake for his next post but this time he’s inspired me to write about the “fat tax“. This is what’s bugging me today!

For those who don’t know me, I’m skinny, extremely skinny, and when they start talking about adding a fat tax to high-calorie foods and soft drinks I just want to scream.

I don’t mean to offend anyone, but why do I have to pay more for my food because the obese and overweight people can’t control the quantity and quality of food they eat!

  • It’s not one chocolate bar with 200 calories that makes you fat, it’s how many of them you eat in a day, week, or month.
  • How many soft drinks are you drinking daily?
  • How many times per week are you picking up fast food?

Every time I go to the grocery store I find there is another product I’m used to purchasing that is now lower in fat, calorie, sugar, salt.  A jar of jam now has 50% less calories but I’m paying the same price and would have to use twice as much to get the same amount of calories as I did before.

I need all that so-called “unhealthy” stuff just to maintain my weight, never mind trying to gain some. And so does anybody else who suffers with Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer and other ailments where maintaining and gaining weight is difficult.

Don’t we have enough problems to deal with already without having to find the extra money needed just to pay for the calories we need.

Now the government wants me to pay more for my food because the fat people can’t control what they eat and they don’t know how to eat healthy.

Why make the unhealthy people who are already having a hard time pay a fat tax?

Dietitians I’ve seen in the past have told me to go ahead and have those french fries with gravy if it doesn’t irritate my Crohn’s Disease. They’ve told me to eat all the foods that any one who is trying to lose weight is told to avoid. That means the high-calorie foods and soft drinks that the government now wants to tax.

It’s not the food that leads to obesity. It’s the quantity of the food that leads to obesity.

It’s consistently exceeding your daily calorie requirements that leads to obesity.

Social Question

Why shouldn’t there be a “Fat Tax” for the overweight?

News Articles

Does Canada really need a ‘fat tax’ and would it really work?

Here’s the skinny on a fat tax – it’s not going to work

Lakritz: Here’s the skinny on a fat tax – it won’t work

Let us eat cake, without the fat tax

Just like I’m skinny and have a hard time gaining weight, I know there are some who are overweight who have medical problems and have difficulty losing weight. That’s not who I’m talking about. I’m talking about the ones who can do something about if they really wanted to.

What do you think?  –  Will a fat tax work?

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want,
drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
Mark Twain

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

My 5 of 25 Reasons Why I’ll Leave Your Website in 10 seconds

March 9, 2011 36 comments

Things in life I find annoying, RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011What are some people thinking of when they design their websites or choose a theme for their blogs? Do they want people to stick around and read or not? This is what’s bugging me today!

There are plenty of reasons why I don’t stick around on a website/blog and this list has most of them. But I’m usually gone in about 5 seconds.

I think they’re all pretty annoying but I’ve selected 5 and I’m passing out frowns and a gold star again.

25 reasons why I’ll leave your website in 10 seconds | Econsultancy.

Things in life I find annoying1. Autosound. This drives me nuts. When I visit a website and am instantly bombarded with an unwanted cacophony of nasty sound I tend to leave with immediate effect…

Things in life I find annoying2. Popups. An oldie but a goodie. And yet still we see them.

3. Interstitials. When I click on a link I expect to be taken straight to that page, rather than being dumped on a page with a big ad on it.

Things in life I find annoying4. Pagination. Do you really need me to load 10 pages to see 10 medium-sized pictures with small captions? Or to read a Top 10 list across 10 pages when it could just as easily be displayed on one page? Pagination is a cheap trick, in my view, to artificially inflate page impressions.

5. Slow load times. Don’t make me wait! I pay a premium for my 50MB home broadband connection…

6. Prioritisation of ads vs content. This is the evil twin of slow load times…  Some navigation may quickly appear before the whole thing grinds to a halt while we wait for an ad server to kick into life.

7. Woeful navigation. Badly-designed navigation is one of the few truly mortal sins that you can commit as a web professional… Flash-based sites tend to be among the very worst sinners.

8. Poor scent trails. Hey, I just want my questions answered, ok? If I can’t find things easily and quickly then I will look elsewhere.

9. Key information is AWOL. Just for the record, there is no way I will click a ‘Book A Room’ button just to see how much a hotel room costs.

10. Immediate registration demands. Why? Why now? Aren’t you going to tease me a little first? Timing is everything.

Things in life I find annoying11. Too much flashing, scrolling sh**. Yes, it can grab the attention, but not in a good way. It smacks of desperation and attention seeking, and is incredibly annoying.

12. Typos. Typos and poor grammar do not send the right signals to the visitor. There are literally no excuses.

13. Rubbish fonts. No right minded person would leave a website purely based on font aesthetics, but lame fonts can give off the impression that you’re not trying hard enough.

14. Narrow sites. There’s just something about sites designed for 800px monitors that gives me the creeps. Don’t you think?

15. Left-aligned sites. Again – and I can’t really explain why – sites that are aligned to the left (rather than centrally) just seem so 2002,…

16. Cookie cutter websites.  Who wants to be known as a copycat?

17. Cobwebs. If the last ‘news’ was from ‘January 2004’ then I won’t hang around for long.

18. A lack of clarity. A descriptive, meaningful, plain English strapline is key.

19. PRspeak / jargon. I tend to be of the opinion that you can shove your synergies where the sun doesn’t shine.

20. Browser issues. Test, test, test, and figure out what your audience likes to use.

21. Flash. Sometimes I’ll hang around, much in the same way that people slow down on motorways to gawp at car crashes, but I normally back out faster than you can say “Jumping Jack”.

22. No ‘About’ page. Many websites are allergic to About pages, for reasons I cannot begin to figure out.

23. Video-only homepages. If I have the time and inclination I might sit through a three minute video, but I think there should always be a text option…

24. Boring vs unprofessional. Some sites have no verve, no personality, and are uniformly dull.

Things in life I find annoying25. Contrast fail. Poor colour combinations can make it difficult to read text. And if you cannot read something there’s really very little point in hanging around.

Do any of these annoy you?

Which ones would you pick?

Things in life I find annoying

The one I awarded the gold star to is all the way at the bottom this time. If you want people to read your blog, don’t use tiny light coloured text on a dark background. I’m out of there!

This is what’s bugging me today!

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Quote for today

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

Not Knowing How To Use Twitter Properly

March 7, 2011 57 comments
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How do I use it?

I joined Twitter recently so I’m not exactly well versed on how to use it properly. This is what’s bugging me today!

And if I want to get the most of what Twitter has to offer I figured I should probably start doing some more reading on it.

As a matter of fact, I don’t know the ins and outs of Facebook either but since it seems that Twitter is easier to use I decided to tackle this one first and leave Facebook for another day.

When I first joined Twitter I did a search on how to use it and this is one of the first things I found and checked out. It’s cute and done with humour. This is their take on these two social networks.

mom, this is how twitter works. | not just for moms!.

Twitter Vs. Facebook

Twitter is different from Facebook because it has an opt-in take on friending vs. an opt-out like Facebook. If you accept a friend request on Facebook, you automatically “follow” each other (Facebook does not use “following” but has a newsfeed that is quite similar to twitter). This means that if you have 200 Facebook friends, you can potentially see 200 people’s news in your feed …
On twitter, you can be followed by 2,000 people but only see 50 people in your feed—50 people you CHOSE to follow. The main difference between the two is that Twitter is much more simplified. There is a character limit to posts, there are no picture or video libraries, and no complicated profiles, relationship statuses, etc.

Now she just said there are no picture or video libraries but I remember my daughter mentioning how she uses TwitPic to post photos. I guess that’s something else that needs to get checked out.

I was thinking about adding a poll today but I’m finding that a lot of bloggers don’t like answering polls, but will answer questions in the comments. So that’s what I’m doing today!

I have a couple of questions about using Twitter and I want to know what you do and how you handle certain situations because I’m definitely the Twitter newbie on this one.

Some people say that you should reply and acknowledge the people who follow you but then others say it’s not necessary to reply.

What do you do?
Do you reply to everyone who follows you or just the ones you know personally?

Another thing I’m not sure about is this entire following bit. I know it’s all the craze about how many you have following you but what’s the deal with that?

Do you automatically follow everyone that follows you
or just the people you know or think might be interesting to follow?

Do you expect others to follow you back?

Does anyone really have the time to read all the tweets?

I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say about these questions.

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Silly me. After just talking about how people don’t like answering polls I’m asking you to please visit Ryan at INSIGHT and vote on the two polls he has for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Week #1 Weekly Photo Voting – Boundaries

Week #2 Weekly Photo Voting – CURIOSITY

This is what’s bugging me today!

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Quote for today

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity.
In the end there are no certain answers.
Martina Horner, President of Radcliffe College

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

My 5 of the 20 Most Annoying Things at the Grocery Store

March 4, 2011 36 comments

Things in life I find annoying, RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011Where do grocery store cashiers learn to bag groceries these days? This is what’s bugging me today!

When I do my grocery shopping I usually try to pack my own groceries because I don’t like the way they do it. The last time I handed over my bags and let her pack them and I asked her to please distribute the weight evenly.

This one was totally useless. Not only didn’t she do that but she was about to put my bananas at the bottom of a bag. If I hadn’t seen that, the grapes would have ended up at the bottom too!

I ended up having to repack my groceries. That’s the last time I let them pack and if I’m in their way of dealing with the next customer, I’m sorry but I like my bananas with no bruises and I don’t like my grapes squished.

I wondered if anyone else is annoyed by these things and I found this list.

There are some good ones on this list. Some are self-explanatory, others I’ve added my description to them and on some I’ve listed theirs.

20 Most Annoying Things at the Grocery Store

1. Gargantuan Grocery Carts

2. Oops! I Forgot One Thing …

3. Prolonged Temper Tantrums – not just children but adults too!

4. Aisle Blockers

5. Express Lane Abuse

This isn’t the “I-am-not-sure-if-I-have-10-or-11-items” cart, it’s the “I-am-feeding-a-family-of-seven-and-we-eat-a-lot” cart.

6. Kids on Wheels

7. Payment Procrastinator

Have your checkbook out and your check pre-filled, so that when you get the final total that’s all you need to pop in! (Same goes for debit cards, credit cards, cash or any other type of payment — you shouldn’t be digging through your purse for it at the last minute!)

8. Let’s Put Back the … – not having enough money to pay for everything

9. Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign – yes, but what’s on sale?

10. The ’10-for-$10′ Trick – enticing you to buy more than you need

11. That’s Gotta Sting – expired, damaged or opened goods not  noticed until you get home

12. Poor Cart Choices – bum wheels, incessant squeaking or some mystery substance smeared all over it

13. Non-Private PIN Pads

14. Lots of (Closed) Lanes

My Favourite and receives a Gold Star

15. Rough Cashiers

We can’t stand cashiers who take no notice that they are denting cans and squishing bread as they slam our items around. Hey, don’t take your frustrations out on our eggs!

16. But, It Is On Sale! – scanned with the wrong price

17. Checkout Belt Hogs – refusing to move up so you can put your groceries on the belt

18. Self-Checkout Lanes – item won’t scan and you need a cashier, so much for self-checkout and a quick exit

19. Where the Heck Is It?! –  items in sections where it makes no sense or finding they’ve moved your favourite item

20. Frosty Freezers –people who leave the doors open while they decide and the doors get all fogged up

Do any of these annoy you?

Which ones would you pick?

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you’re up to.
Author Unknown

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying