December 19, 2014

No Catch: You Can Have A Free WordPress Blog



How would you like to have your own WordPress blog for free? All you have to do is create your free blog using your own URL courtesy of Okay blog.  WordPress blogs traditionally get more traffic and have more bells and whistles available in their design.  If you’re wondering, “What’s the catch?” there really isn’t one.  They host the blogs, add you to their blog directory and you can write about anything you like. Maybe you’ve been mulling over a photo blog?  This might be a way to create one!

This might be a great alternative to other free blog platforms in which you can begin your genealogy or hobby blog too.  I noticed on the hosting site the variety of blog topics runs from A to Z.  Maybe you’ve been reluctant to sign up for a WordPress blog because of the cost of self-hosting.  Doing it this way might be a way to take that initial plunge into writing a blog while you ‘learn the ropes’.  Being a blog author isn’t all that difficult, other than choosing a topic and having time to compose your articles.

Depending on how you want to run your blog, it’s also possible to do some advertising on your blog and make a couple bucks in the process.

 

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How To Use WeFollow Wisely Or Not At All

WeFollow example

It’s a sad tale, but sometimes I get in a hurry and forget some good blogging practices like read the fine print.  That’s what happened to me yesterday and thankfully my Twitter friend @FindAGrave called my attention to the fact that when I gave permission to WeFollow to access my Twitter account I also clicked both checkboxes, one of which gave WeFollow permission to change my Twitter profile site address to a WeFollow website link instead.

Now that I think about it, I’ve seen this on other people’s Twitter accounts too. When I click on their weblink it takes me to WeFollow instead. OK, I don’t want to be redundant here, so here’s what you need to check:

  • Click on your Twitter Account > Click on Profile > Look down the list below your photo, etc. and check to see if your Web is your blog address or Website.  (Twitter will NOT let you change your web address in your profile until you do one more thing. )

  • If it isn’t, then scroll back up and click on Connections. In that list is all the websites who have permission to connect to your Twitter profile (I think it’s listed by when you gave the permission.)  If one of them is WeFollow you need to click on REVOKE ACCESS.

What I had to do was just that, and then go back into WeFollow and sign up again with my Twitter account name (this isn’t mandatory, just something I wanted to do) but this time, I made sure not to check the box allowing them to change my website/blog address.  As I have read, this used to be an automatically checked box by WeFollow, but now it’s not.  They must have gotten some angry flame mail. :twisted:

Don’t give away your site’s link juice.  Why promote someone else’s site and pump up their page rank instead of your own?

Voting Ends For Your Favorite Genealogy Blog and Advent Calendar Begins

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Nominate A Blog

Just a little reminder that the voting is ending today for your favorite genealogy blog for Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for 2011.  (Yes, I am nominated! :) ) As you can see in the sidebar to the immediate right I have a quick and easy link to the nomination page, or you can use the link above.

 

Tell Us Your Christmas Memories

And, starting tomorrow is the fun of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.  I have my first post done and ready to go. Come join us and tell us all about your Christmas memories, won’t you?

Of Melmac, Corelle and Other Fine China

Corelle Festiva green dinnerplate

Our niece Jill and I get into some really fun conversations that can last for hours and hours. Today was no exception, and one of our topics was family china.  We discussed the various patterns we’ve had, and the ones we remember from childhood, as well as ones we’d like to have!

I wasn’t taking notes so I can’t remember all of Jill’s ‘china history’, so for now I’ll just list my own from memory.  Have you ever noticed that dinnerware kind of ‘evolves’ over time? When I was a young girl my mom had her wedding china that we used quite often.  For the life of me though, I can’t remember the name of the pattern, and I’m not even sure any more what it looked like.  I know that seems silly to some people, but the china was so connected to my memories of my mom and all I can remember is either the china or the silver had the word “spring” in it.

You know, when you think about it (and Jill and I think women are more into this than men) our lives are really tied to the dishes we ate from all through our lives.  It’s something we all have in common, and with so many designs to choose from, it happened that even during certain periods of time we had the same types of dishes, i.e. Corelle.

Brown Serving Bowl Texas Ware Dinnerware - Vintage Plastic Dinnerware

Take for instance when we were first married. We had very little money and so our ‘china’ of choice was Melmac or Melamine.  We probably bought a whole set (plates, cups, saucers, sauce dishes, etc.) for $20 at K-Mart.  That was around 1972, and at the time my favorite colors were yellow and orange so the color I chose for dishes was an orange and yellow floral with brown side dishes.  My guess is it was Texasware. We had those plates and dishes until around 1980 when we sold them at a yard sale to someone who wanted them for their travel trailer.  The image of the brown bowl above is from Grannie’s Attic and I have included a link to the site if you click on the picture.

Not long after, the ubiquitous Corelle came on the market and people loved it because it could go in those new microwaves everyone was getting.  They were tough, pretty in their own way and there were enough open stock serving pieces that each household could have everything matching, right down to the salt shakers.  I’m not sure what year it was, but sometime in the 1970’s we bought our set of the white with green flowers Corelle (spring blossom green).  Guess what! We still have it. It may eventually go away, but one of my biggest quirks is that I hate getting rid of things just because they’re out of style.  (I have gotten rid of the platform shoes and leisure suits! ;) ). The photo above is from The Pyrex Files and on that site you will find a fascinating explanation of the difference between the spring blossom green pattern and the crazy daisy one.

A few years ago I bought some new dishes that look just like Depression glass, but they’re actually ::::drumroll please:::: Corelle.  We recently had some guests here for dinner and when I told them the dinner plates were Corelle they were amazed.  I have two sets of this green color with a slight swirl design on the edges. I’m starting to get arthritis in my hands and these seem like a safe bet for the future.

What’s your special dinnerware memory? I hope other people do posts like this in the future.  I’d like to see your memory-connected china too.  If you don’t know me by now, the title for this article was meant to be some subtle humor. :)  I suppose now because I wrote about Melmac I’ll get lots of people visiting thinking I’m writing about the planet that Alf came from.

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