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How to write something quote worthy June 4, 2010

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We all have moments in our lives when sentences come out of our mouths and the people listening seems to dissolve in rapturous admiration. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating. 🙂 Nevertheless, how is it possible to get that kind of genius into our writing?

Some of the things we love about quotes:
They make us laugh.
They make us think more deeply.
They make us seem more interesting.

We all have the ability to come up with a string of words. How can we do that in one sentence that is funny, interesting, and thoughtful?

My dog is on the floor, eyes closed, hair decorating the carpet around him. What can I put together? What comes to mind?
A dog’s life
Get back in your kennel.
Dog flaps
Bad hair day
Mute
Dry food
Doggone it!

Doggone it—a phrase invented because of a missing steak and a lick of a dog’s lips.

If I think about marriage, I think of
affection
support
friendship
assumptions
sarcasm
disagreements

“Building a marriage is like building a house—laying one stubborn brick on another with love as the cement.”

“When you open your heart to another you take the risk of being hurt deeply, but you also open yourself to being loved fully.

Your turn.

If I think about family, I think of
memories
laughter
food
closeness
trust

See what you can come up with. . . .

 

 

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Free graphic images/clip art for your blog May 31, 2010

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I found the cutest site for free pictures today, and I want to share it with you. It’s called “The Graphics Fairy.” While it’s primarily for hobbyists to enjoy, Karen (a.k.a. The Graphics Fairy) is kind enough to share the pictures she posts.

The Graphics Fairy

Karen does ask for one thing, though:

“Please do not use more than 6 of the graphic images within any one project, or within a single page of a blog or website. A link to the Graphics Fairy is very much appreciated, when including clipart on your blog or website.”


This particular drawing is from an early calligraphy book Karen owns.

“Most of my images are pre 1923.”

Karen also posts free things for your blog, on a regular basis. Take a look at what she is currently offering.

 

 

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Why keep blogging? April 29, 2010

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You write a blog, but what is your ultimate goal with it? Every journey should have a destination. Here are some more questions to help you on your path.


Why do you write?
Who do you write for (if not just for you)?

If you are writing for others, are you writing:
a) to inspire?
b) to teach?
c) to amuse?
d) to enrich?
e) to provoke thought?

No matter what you want to write for, you need to decide if you will use material from other sources or if you will provide something unique. From what I can gather, most of the popular blogs are the unique ones.

So my last question for you is:
How can you make your blog unique? (Or is it ok to be another blog in blog world that is just like everyone else’s?)

 

 

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Fed up writing your blog? April 27, 2010

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As you may have guessed, I’m tired of writing this blog. Things will have to change. While I remain on sabbatical, resting my mind and then forcing it to think again, here are some questions to help you decide what to do with your own blog.

What made you start your blog?
How did you decide what to post about?
Who is your target audience?
How many people have you managed to inspire/help?

If you were to change one thing about your posts, what would it be?
If you were to completely change your posts, what would you write about instead?
Do you need to zone in on a more specific topic or broaden your topic choices?
Will you post with the same frequency?
Will your posts be the same length?

Has it just been a good experience but your taste for it has gone?
What would happen if you never posted another thing?

 

 

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T-shirts for writers March 15, 2010

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Mental Floss is a Web site for people who think they know more than everyone else, or they want to. Then again, it could be that Mental Floss’s fans just love knowledge. I read it from cover to cover. . . .

Nevertheless, Mental Floss has a store full of very cool t-shirts, and some of them are perfect for writers.

Ambiguity: What happens in Vagueness stays in Vagueness.

The Comma Sutra: Making Grammar Sexy Since 1875.

Hyperbole is the Best Thing Ever!

I’m an English major. You do the math.

Idioms are for the Birds.

I avoid clichés like the plague.


Spell Czech.

Hobbits are Tolkien Minorities.

Veni Vidi Wiki: I came. I saw. I edited collaboratively.

The Constitution: I Read it for the Articles.

Palindromes are rasemordnilap.

                                                                 

You can order these t-shirts and others from the Mental Floss store.

 

 

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Are the new Facebook changes a disaster? February 10, 2010

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Some writers make the terrible mistake of sending their manuscript off to an agent or publishing house long before it is truly ready to be seen. The same goes for the new Facebook changes—they are a terrible mistake, IMHO. It’s not so much that the thoughts behind the changes were bad, it’s that not enough prep work was done to make sure that the changes would flow seamlessly with the old template.


Nobody likes change. Sometimes understanding can calm me us down. Ok, so it didn’t work for me, but perhaps these links to the reasons behind the changes will help you.

Six Years of Making Connections

Tonight we’ll host a celebration at Facebook headquarters, and we’ll release a handful of new things that will improve people’s Facebook experience, including a couple that people have requested a lot.



Introducing Your New Navigation


We hope the simplified design of the home page will make it easy for you to stay connected with the people, applications and activities that matter the most to you.


Faster, Simpler Photo Uploads

Our goal with this upgrade is to give you a fast, stable and simple experience for sharing photos on Facebook with your friends.

I’ve decided to visit Facebook over the next few days with no expectations of seeing anything I like. I know that the developers are working hard to fix all the bugs because I read about it here. I’m going to give them a little grace, a little time, and then see what I think once all the problems have been rectified.

About twice a year I come up with great ideas and implement them. I don’t always have the best results, either.

P.S. Some people have found that if they click on their friends list (in the left column) and hit the status bar, they can see more timely updates.

 

 

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Coordinating WordPress.com with Twitter February 7, 2010

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Jonathan B asked me if there was an easy way to link your WordPress blog to Twitter so that anything you blog gets tweeted. There are three main ways to connect your WordPress.com blogs with Twitter.

Display your newest blog posts on your Twitter page
Click on
Dashboard
My blogs
Publicize
to automatically post a link to your Twitter and/or Yahoo accounts.

Add a sidebar box that shows your Twitter updates
A lot of people dislike this feature because they feel their tweets are personal. It’s up to you—people’s tweets will show up on most search engines anyhow.
Click on
Appearance
Widgets
Add Twitter: Display your tweets from Twitter.
The next page will ask you how far down you want the Tweet box to be. Click on where you’d like it, and save to the sidebar.

Add a Follow Me on Twitter button
I visited twitterbuttons to get my HTML code for my button (because WordPress.com only works with HTML. It drive the Java nuts crazy :D). There are oodles of buttons to choose from, so you can switch yours out every week if you want to.
Once you have copied the code, you can add it as a text box in your sidebar.
Click on
Appearance
Widgets
Text: Arbitrary text or HTML
Add
Paste the code into the text box on the next page, say how far down you want the button to be, and save to the sidebar.

Happy tweeting!

 

 

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