Today’s Featured Blog…Elaine’s Blog!!

Elaine's Blog

I took these photographs last week on the way to the caravan, I am loving clouds at the moment. I remember when I was a little girl laying on the grass looking at the clouds.  Nowadays I just take photos 😉

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Elaine x

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Layers of Autumn

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Layers of drops on layers of leaves

As the autumnal equinox makes its mark today on the Northern Hemisphere, (Fall is here), I’m sharing these photos of layers of leaves.

Layers of Yellow Leaves

Fall is my favorite time of year, and this week the unseasonably cool weather brought a hint of Autumn to Northern California. I am so ready.

Layers of Fallen Autumn Leaves

I got some good news this week about my job as a university lecturer, and peace, along with the Fall-like weather, just seemed to descend upon me after a few weeks of dealing with uncertainty.

Today, as this blog posts, I am spending the morning with 80 university students playing various games and engaging in some fun water sports and activities at the Aquatic Center, enjoying the layers of leisure.

Students engage in dual kayaking for a leisure class. Students engage in dual kayaking for a leisure class.

These images are from last year’s play day. And yes, I get paid for this!

Layers and reflections of water craft

Posting for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge,

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Today’s Featured Blog…Out an’ About!!

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The magic of Central Australia stirs me, even a month after our return. Red earth, big skies, wild canyons and deep gorges … If there’s one walk that epitomises this grandeur it’s the Kings…

A Little Blog Advice I’ve Found Useful

Danny's iphone 022You may have heard bloggers talk about adding a Featured Image or you may have noticed blog posts show up in your Reader feed with vivid, bright and eye-catching photos.  Featured images are in my top-3 most important aspects of creating a post, but why do so many bloggers not use a Featured Image?

I use FIs for a couple of basic reasons.

  1.  A Featured Image is going to draw eyes to your post.  Without an image you post will show as a text-based post and text based advertising simply is invisible.  I try to use my own images when I can and I try to use the same 3 images so readers recognize my posts from everyone else.
  2. A Featured Image is going to stick with your post regardless of where it goes.  Meaning if someone reblogs your post, your image is always present and constantly advertising your content.

It is a simple practice that can make a big difference.  When using FIs try not to use other people’s images unless you have permission.  Flickr, Shutterstock and others offer free images you can use if you don’t own your own.  But don’t go to Google and use images as it is a form of theft.

Sometimes it’s the simple things that can make big differences in your page.

Danny’s World: Disney World Prep and YouTube

Danny's iphone 439I have been watching a ton of YouTube videos about Disney tips and tricks in preparation for our trip in November.  There’s so much to consider when planning a Disney trip; even when you’ve been several times before.  I found a channel that I love (The Tim Tracker) and have binge watched it over the weekend.

Tim and his wife Jenn live in Orlando and chronicle their journeys throughout the parks. It seems that they visit the parks 3-4 times per week and investigate the different resorts, new foods, new events, changes and upcoming changes and much more.  I will admit that I am addicted to their channel.

We are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside resort this trip and I am using a simple tip that I believe will make our stay a bit more enjoyable.  I am using Amazon Prime and shipping all of our daily snacks, water, sunblock, ponchos, backpack and a few other items straight to the resort; our packages will be there waiting on us upon our arrival.

Another trick I’ve learned is to book breakfast in the resorts before the parks open which allows us to eat and then venture in before any crowds and lines develop.  This will be especially important at Magic Kingdom where certain rides develop long lines.

I’ll be curious to read how many people who follow my blog enjoy Disney.  Some can take it or leave it, but we think it is the most magical place on Earth!  Cheers folks!

Bugs have terrible boundaries.

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I’m hooked on a blog I found a couple of months ago called WaitbutWhy.   It’s a blog for people who like science and geeky stuff and think about the same kinds of weird, random, shower-thought sort of things that I do.    Some of the stuff its author, Tim Urban, writes about will absolutely blow your mind, such as this incredible article about how to fit all 7.3 billion people on the planet into a building that would fit in a space smaller than Manhattan’s Central Park.  Yes, it can actually be done (but it would be terribly cruel!).

Some of his posts are hilarious because they’re so true and relatable.   In my last post I mentioned that bugs (ants, to be specific) can be beneficial to the environment because they help break down dead material, but let’s be honest here — Do any of us…

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Today’s Featured Blog…Son of a Beach 96!

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This weeks Fun Foto Challenge from Cee’s Photography is for the topic:

THINGS WITH MOTORS FOR HOUSE OR GARAGE

Here’s my take on it:

My baby always stays in the garage/barn:

Couple of blenders:

Essential motorized item at my house:

Scooter, The Mad Mixer!:

Turtle Kraals air-conditioner:

My songs of the day are:

“Airstream Driver” by Gomez

“Joe’s Garage” by Frank Zappa

“Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)” by Lauryn Hill

“Motorbreath” by Metallica

“From A Sinking Boat” by Magnetic Fields

“Chill In The Air” by Amos Lee

“Garageland” by The Clash

“Mixed Emotions” by The Rolling Stones

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shout out are ya seieing this?

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this is going out to all of our readers. do you get our posts in the reader? so many are following but only a handful are interacting and i am wondering where everyone else is? i love engaging with our readers and chatting in the comments section and i love it when people like our posts it is a real confidence booster and gives us a real sense of joy and pride. I guess what I am asking is does the wordpress reader show our posts? do most of you follow via the reader or do you get emailed with the new posts when we post?
I know there is trouble with the reader a lot of times. I guess I am a little nervous that I have over 900 followers and a whole bunch never interact with me at all and I am wondering are they even reading?

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Danny’s World: I Slept Better Last Night

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Last night I made sure I went to sleep a bit earlier and I actually slept well.  This morning I feel rested and ready to go.  I’m headed to Shelby to help a funeral home with their Google My Business page and then back to Charlotte to help a client shoot a short video for their Facebook page.  I have such a cool job!  I hope everyone has a great hump day!