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.