WordPress 500th Post Trophy Awarded!

Pokemons Celebrate

Pokemons Celebrate (Photo credit: Giphy)

Hard to believe, but I just received my latest WordPress trophy: for writing and publishing my 500th post. It’s a nice and unexpected gesture, especially after going without a single trophy for either one of my two blogs since March 2014 … an interminably long dry spell of non-recognition.

Cue to some celebratory music while we recap some of my other “achievements” that don’t get recognized with trophies, Continue reading

What WordPress Has Taught Me

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

What has WordPress taught me? It’s a question with so many answers. How to keep my HTML skills sharp is the most obvious answer. I use the Text Editor quite often to tinker with the HTML (e.g. the blockquotes used in this post) or add more functionality (within the prescribed limits of a free WordPress blog, of course).

Maintaining a WordPress blog has enabled me to make connections with fellow bloggers all over the world. Whether I travel the world or not, I can be taken on rich and colourful adventures through the blog sites that I follow, and the rich commentary and imagery contained within them.

Blogging has also sustained my love of writing through the creation of regular blog posts, and Continue reading

Bloggers Make Google Maps Light up Like a Christmas Tree (All Year Long)!

I just discovered this about an hour ago by mistake, while attempting to see my blog site stats on another computer — it is a fun page for stats junkies like myself to visit. Here’s a partial screenshot I took about a minute ago.

WP Stats Worldwide Activity

In the last 30-45 minutes, almost 5000 new WordPress blogs were created. Mindbloggingly cool, isn’t it? 🙂  Continue reading

Zemanta Related Posts Plugin — It’s Alive!

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Image via CrunchBase

I felt bereft about the sudden removal of the Zemanta related content (images/text) plugin from WordPress on January 2, 2014. Hunting for (and crediting) images took 20 minutes (compared to a minute before with this handy little tool). Appending Related Articles to blogposts — now that was completely impossible.

I was quite inconsolable (almost as if I had lost a beloved pet). After extensive poking around in the WordPress forums, I discovered that Zemanta still does exist, albeit in Continue reading

Happy 2-Year Anniversary Trophy from WordPress

WordPress 2-Year Anniversary Award

WordPress 2-Year Anniversary Award

Not for the lack of anything to write today, and apropos of nothing at all, but just a few minutes ago, I was given this notification today by WordPress: “Happy Anniversary! <insert icon here> You registered on WordPress.com 2 years ago! Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!”

This little pick-me-up comes on the heels of a rather slow start to the year, not for likes, but in terms of actual blog visits (for which I hold the much-loathed WordPress Reader accountable, as opposed to my ability to generate interesting content). 🙂

What happened to my 1st-Year Anniversary Wish Award from WordPress? It’s AWJ (Absent With Justification), in all probability because I neglected to maintain my newly launched blog after the first few months of 2012, effectively making it the equivalent of a New Year’s Resolution.

My 2013 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog (which was technically revived in June). This stats junky thanks those stat helper monkeys! 🙂

My 2013 in Review

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 55 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Daily Prompt: Twenty-Five

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equus quagga antiquorum (photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are 26 letters in the English language, but I think we can make do with just twenty-five of them. Canadians can get away without using the last letter of the alphabet, because we can opt to go with the British way of writing things: ‘recognise’, ‘nationalise’, ‘visualise’, ‘commercialise’, etc. … you get the idea. Sure, at first, it may look a bit odd Anglicising words that we previously Americanised, but we’ll get over it. It looks more academic, high falutin, and old school, too, to use verbiage from Across the Pond. Even if we win things in a contest, we can call these items ‘awards’ or ‘winnings.’ Thank goodness for the ability to fall back on synonyms.  Continue reading

Daily Prompt: Bloggers, Unplugged


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Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do I know when it’s time to unplug? What do I do to make it happen? I know when it’s time to unplug from my computer when one or more of these practical situations arise (in no particular order of urgency):

I’m running low on ideas for blog posts.
The creative juices for stirring prose and poetry are just not flowing during my waking hours, and even the WordPress Daily Prompts Continue reading

Eight Telltale Signs that You’re a Writer

Writer Wordart

Writer Wordart (Photo credit: MarkGregory007)

You’ve got superior powers of storytelling and mind travel, but how do you know if you’re a writer? Here are eight telltale signs to look for. No actual cures or treatments exist, by the way.

You suffer from sleepless nights and a cornucopia of creativity. There is a direct correlation between both. The sooner you admit that you are a born writer, the sooner you should join Insomniacs Anonymous, discover the futility of natural sleep aids like a warm cup of milk and cookies, don’t call the plumber to fix that incessantly leaking stream of consciousness, Continue reading