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Writer’s Corner (6) – Add Some Drama!


New Bloggers

Welcome to another post on my tips to new bloggers in he world of blogging. These are just helpful pointers to building and shaping your blog into how you want it to appear for your readers.

Making your page interesting is key in a world where all we do is scroll and scroll and scroll. I think scrolling is like driving. You can so easily miss key points of interests on your journey – one because your focus is ahead, therefore alot is missed as your focus is not in all the visual information around you, but mainly on what keeps you safe and what informs your direction. The majority of any other information is overlooked. Likewise, great posts can be missed simply because they have merged or blended into all the other posts because nothing has jumped out for the reader or met a specific interest. Therefore your title is the first point of contact for readers who have not built up a relationship with your blog. Therefore, like a news headline think about the titles you give your posts.

Once your post is clicked on, you then want the content to hold a person’s attention. This is not done with endless writing. So make the most of WordPress’ Add Block and add points of interests to your posts.

1. Pull Quote

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

Oprah Winfrey

As you can see you can also change font colours and main colours if you wish.

2. Tiled Gallery

This is great for those who love photography or you have a series of photos you would like to be viewed together. As with Pull Quote, you are given various choices within the tool to decide how you want your chosen pics to to be seen. The pics above have been used in past posts I have written and are in my library.

3. Post Carousel

Once again inside the tool you have options to on how you want the display to look and if you want it to be static and moved manually with the scroll arrows or to move automatically as above.

4. Classic

This is the original tool bar that WordPress had before launching the current block style and Add Block. If you are not a fan of this new layout and prefer the original tool set then you can access it via Add Block. It is under the Text Area and looks like a key board.

By selecting this it allows you to choose which style or layout you prefer.

Well these are my few tips for today.

Happy blogging everyone, until my next post!

Do feed back if you find The Writer’s Corner Series helpful?

Gloria (Aquene7)

Writer’s Corner (5) – A Few Ethic Pointers


New Bloggers

Welcome to another post on my tips to new bloggers in the world of blogging. These are just helpful pointers to building and shaping your blog into how you want it to appear for your readers.

Apologies this should have been issued 22nd February but I couldn’t complete it in time, so I saved it for today!

One of the areas to be mindful of is ‘Attribution’ here you need to state your source should include extracts of information, just as you would in an assignment you needed to completed research for. This you can do, either by stating the name of the blog, book or website for example or you could use one of the following ways of linking:-

  1. Create a link via a word – Here I have made a link to my first post for Writer’s Corner. You can do this to one of your posts or to link to another website in order for readers to read directly from the original or related source being discussed. This creates a ‘pingback.’ Be mindful of links or sites you connect to in this way and how often you do this in a post. I’m no expert but it can generate spam mail or comments.
  2. The other way to insert a link is Writer’s Corner (02) – Being Organised! Here I have added the full title of the post or source.

Both of the above options were done using the link icon. In the first example I wrote the word ‘Word’ and then I pressed on it in order to highlight the full word in blue. When you do that a tool bar will appear. Inside it you will see a funny symbol that looks similar to a dash or hyphen inbetween two brackets, select that. A further box will then appear. If you begin to type in the bar a title of one of your blog posts a drop down list will appear from your library of work. Select the title you want. Your word will now appear blue showing it has a hyper link. When touched it (once published) it will take the reader to the connected page.

In order to get the link you see in option two, you have to move your cursor where you want the link title to appear. You then press in that space and once again the toolbar will appear. This time if you select a post from your library the full title will appear in the space or if you copy and paste the link from the website you want link to into the bar, its title will appear in blue in your post as above.

Be Mindful Of Images

Images could be covered by copyright and you will see this warning in text on images. Even if it says free in Google you still need to be careful. This is why I started using Canva around 3 years ago. It has a free option which is really good and enables you to create your own images for most Social Media Platforms and occasions. There is also the professional option which gives you access to an even larger selection of designs. Another option is Pixabay. From what I can see they also have free images that state no attribution required as well as images you can purchase.

But do read their guidance as this can change depending on how the image is used I.e. for business or commercial use can change licence permissions required.

Copyright

You will see this on many bloggers websites including mine. When I did my Blogging 101 with WordPress many moons ago, I was introduced to Creative Commons which is a non profit organisation that provides free information. This page will allow you to choose if you want to share information from your site. Select from the first box called License Features this will then update the other boxes with the relevant wording you need. The text in the Web Page Box. You can then copy the wording into your blog.

WordPress also provide information and wording you can use in your blog. https://wordpress.com/support/prevent-content-theft/.

To add Copyright info into your blog you need to select Appearance from the tool bar on the left side of your blog. Next select Customise. Next select Widgets. Under there you will see available Widgets and where you want the Widget to appear .I.e Footer. Select the Text Widget. In the space provided paste the text wording either from the Creative Commons Box or from the WordPress site I add the Title Copyright and then saved it. The wording will now be on your website in the location you have selected.

Well until my next post. Let me know if this series is helpful?

Happy blogging😊

Writer’s Corner (4) – Layout


New Bloggers

Welcome to another post on my tips to new bloggers in the world of blogging. These are just helpful pointers to building and shaping your blog into how you want it to appear for your readers.

I believe one of the most important things to keep in mind is layout and appearance. Clearly, the WordPress Templates you can choose from make this alot easier for those of us who are not website building experts 😊. But, the content and visuals, still remains in our hands. Readers access blogs via desktops, tablets notebooks and mobiles and in our time constrained world, it’s important to not only capture readers, but to keep them on your page long enough to read your post. These different devices change how you blog appears for the reader. Therefore, its important to think about the quality and images you use, as well as the layout of your writing.

Tip 1

The tool bar in the top left with the white plus sign in the blue box gives a number tool options to use in order to add visual dynamics to your posts.

The above was done by selecting Media & Text in the Media area. Where you can upload or select and image and then add your supportive or descriptive text beside it.

Tip 2

Free Google Image

You can also select where you want your image to appear in your post. Either to the left, centre or to the right as I have done hear.

First upload your image. Then click on it and a tool bar will appear above it. Click on the first image icon in that bar. This will give you a drop down list to select from.

When you click on your image again it will also be encircled by a blue line. While that line is visible you can adjust the image by widening or minimize you image to the size you wish. By just sliding your finger away from the image or pushing inward towards the laptop (in my case) in the image above.

TIP 3

The following riddle demonstrates using the ‘verse icon’ from the tool bar ( it looks like a small quill pen) in order to write your poems. The sub-headers were added by using the Header Icon. Both of these icons are found in the Text’ area. Which is the very first category of icons listed.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of  pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickles peppers
Peter Piper picked?

As in most things you have explore and try out things in order to see what works best for your until everything becomes familiar. I am still learning and exploring.

Until the next post. Happy blogging😊

Do comment if any of these tips have been helpful?

Celebration Time!


One of the things that is important to do with any goal is not just to focus on the end point but to enjoy the journey.

Back in September 2020 when I was inspired to start writing again, by writing as much as I could in October, after long periods of nothing. My goal was just to write consistently for that time.

I am really pleased to be now writing my 150th post for this blog. Writing has been such an outlet for me especially during lockdown. One of my heartfelt posts was in Writing – The Beauty In Writing!

I have been writing consistently for all three of my blogs and since the 1st October I have written 98 posts all together including my faith posts, short stories and poems.

I have also started a writing course in order to learn more and to move me towards my end goal of publishing my first book.

So as always, I’m all about personal Development and forever moving yourself forwards in life.

I am changing my circle in the process and loving my new journey.

So I am now looking forward to my next milestone which for me will be 250 posts!

Until my next post keep being the change you want to see.

Gloria (Aquene7)

The Power of Vision


Created on Canva

How often do you disqualify yourself through being overly critical of yourself?

How often do you seem to be inspired with an idea, only to then start chipping

⭕ I’m not experienced enough

⭕I’m not qualified enough

⭕I don’t have enough money

⭕Who is going to listen to what I have to say?

But the truth is, if you wait to have everything in place before you start, you will never start!

You simply have to use what you know or what you simply have within your means at the time and start. With a view to add and build as you progress and move forward.

Your fuel to anything is your inward motivation, your ‘Why‘. If you throw cold water on it internally, you will never get going. So how do you fan the flames?

For one you must change the script and reframe that inner critic. For every reason that comes to take you away from your plan find the reason to move you towards your plan.

If Steve Jobs had listen to the leading companies in 1998 he would never of changed the world of music, communications, social media and the use of the internet. The iMac and iPod and iPhone were revolutionary in every way and his competitors hand to up their game because of his ideas.

This 2007 talk demonstrates some of Apples thought processes st the time.

Sometimes it’s best to just do it. Don’t tell anyone just action your plan and ‘crack on!’

The reaction of people can also be a sure way to cause you to doubt and second guess yourself. I have certainly experienced this in the past and regretted it. Because I found that I had inadvertently opened up myself to the negative chat or lukewarm responses of others.

Have you ever tried to get past people’s responses that play like a tape in your mind? It’s not easy. So try to save yourself any pain.

Helpful Tips or Ideas

2. Use a Planner to help direct your thoughts and map out your goals or steps on a weekly and monthly basis.

3. Write a list of reasons why you want to do what you have in mind?

4. What would it change or improvement?

5. How would this change your life?

6. How would it make you feel to see your plans become a reality?

7. What is the most important thing to remember?

Feel free to think of and add more questions? Keep them all positive like your vision board. Then get started for a New Year and new chapter😊 Happy planning.

Until my next post. Be the change you want to see.

Gloria (Aquene7)

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