How to Make Your Dream Blog an Online Reality


So I’m writing this proposal of an idea to help get a local poetry group and its associated newspaper and photography groups online with a blog of their own.  I wrote it using the blog feature of a word processor and am about to save it and send it off in an email when I give it a read through and I realize, this isn’t just a proposal saying “Pick WordPress; It’s Awesome,” this is an actual “WordPress for Newbies” list!  I also thought, wouldn’t this make an awesome post for those who are considering starting a blog of their own?

Proposal to bring South Orange Expressionists and The Writer’s Block Online

  1. Find a blog host. I recommend worpress.com. It’s pretty. It’s neat, and it’s easy to use. I have used blogger before. The difference between the two from what I have found is that on blogger.com, you can use html JavaScript codes within your posts. With wordpress.com, you cannot.
  2. Choose whether or not you would like your site to have its own domain. A domain name is http://www.example.com. Mine is www.sugar-n-spiceandeverythingnice.com, or my naked domain is https://sugar-n-spiceandeverythingnice.com/. I bought this domain back when I hosted it at blogger.com, which is run by Google, and I continue to pay $10 a year for it. When I decided to switch over to wordpress.com, I had to map it with a fee of an additional $13 dollars a year.You don’t have to buy a domain name! Should you decide not to have one, the blog will be http://whateveryouwant.wordpress.com. It will be free, but you may be limited as to what you can do with it, how much storage space you get with it, etc. I would look into the best options first. Should you choose buying a domain with wordpress.com, I would recommend the $18/year option.
  3. If you don’t like WordPress, you can see what Blogger has to offer for prices and what it has available to its whateveryouwant.blogger.com users.
  4. This is what my Dashboard looks like.  This homepage shows you your most recent stats. Which posts are getting the most hits, visitors and views, how many comments need approval before they become public (depending on your settings), and how many the spam filtering system caught. (Believe me, I get way more attention from spammers than I do followers!) Also, if you click on the details of the stats, you can also find out from which countries your viewers are visiting from and from which websites and search engines did they find your posts! You can also find out which search terms people are using to find your posts. It’s really cool.
  5. This is what drafting a post looks like. With “Add Media,” you can add photos, videos, tweets and more from many places on the internet, which I think would be an incredible asset for the photography group as well as the Newspaper group. If someone is interviewing someone, we can include the video in the article. In the print version of the newsletter, we would tell people to “Catch the LIVE video online!”
  6. Last, but not least, the preview:
  7. By the way, the design, the template (the look), and the widgets on the left pane can be customized at any time, as many times as you want. There are many to choose from and they can fit the needs of the blog. For example, an Instagram widget can come from an Instagram account for the photography group. Or you can add more than one Instagram account for the photography group. The same goes for the Facebook Pages. For the Pinterest widget, I had to get creative, since I can’t use JavaScript with wordpress.com widgets. (Only wordpress.org will allow you to do that and to have that, you need more money and a different host site. That’s a whole other ballgame for me right now. If you choose to do that, you will get your own domain name, more customizable options, and you can either set the whole thing up yourself and download the software, or have the host do it all for you.)

I made this particular blog post (draft) using Microsoft Word 2013, which has a blog feature that you can use to connect to your own blog from different blog sites, including WordPress, Blogger and others. I now realize that I really don’t need the wordpress.org software after all. Ha!

Team New Jersey Takes Home the Gold in More Ways than One at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games!


First of all, I would like to congratulate ALL of the champions who have participated in this national event. I was at the Opening Ceremonies on June 15th, where law enforcement representatives and athletes from throughout the United States, who ran together for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, brought the Flame of Hope to light the cauldron at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  It was spectacular!

Special Olympics 2014 USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run: The Flame of Hope is Lit.

Special Olympics 2014 USA Games Law Enforcement Torch Run: The Flame of Hope is lit.

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2014 Special Olympics USA Games & ShopRite Unveil Commemorative Wheaties Box | Special Olympics 2014


 

Commemorative Box Features Special Olympics New Jersey Basketball Player Michael Reed

2014 Special Olympics USA Games & ShopRite Unveil Commemorative Wheaties Box | Special Olympics 2014

Commemorative Box Features Special Olympics New Jersey Basketball Player Michael Reed

 

ShopRite, the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, and General Mills announced today the creation of a limited edition, commemorative Wheaties box in celebration of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. This limited edition box, which will be sold exclusively in ShopRite stores, features Michael Reed, a Special Olympics New Jersey basketball player who is competing in the 2014 USA Games. The 2014 USA Games will be held June 14-21 in Mercer County, NJ and will feature nearly 3,500 athletes from throughout the U.S. competing in 16 different Olympic-style sports.

 

A little about what to expect at this year’s National Games:

 

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games is 52 days away from the commencement of the largest, most innovative and inspirational national event to be held in the history of Special Olympics in the United States. From June 14-21, America’s Champions will be revealed at a historic, life and perception-changing event as nearly 3,500 Special Olympics compete with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and an anticipated 70,000 spectators.

Upon arrival, athletes will encounter a world-class sporting event that celebrates and showcases their talents, while empowering the nation to join in building communities of respect and acceptance. The 2014 USA Games will be held throughout Mercer County, NJ including competitions at Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Park, with the Opening Ceremonies taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Click the above link for more of this article and see 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games for more details and information.

I can’t wait to witness my friends and teammates participate in these competitions and events!

What is NORMAL, anyway?


What is “the norm? ”

What is NORMAL, Anyway?  Sometimes beating to your own drum can be a good thing.

Normalcy, in theory is the way in which a collective group or society behaves, in a usual or typical fashion, as a whole, right?  So for person to be considered “normal” they must behave like everyone else.

Why the hell does it even matter?

What you consider to be normal doesn’t have to be, nor will it ever be normal for me!

What is NORMAL, Anyway?  It's OKAY to be different.

If you were to always base your actions on what your peers or family expects of you, then you are living a pretty stifled life.

●boring
●monotonous

Why?  Because you place too much value on what others think of you and what they want of you rather than focusing on what really matters:

●You must love yourself and accept yourself for who you are.
●You need to understand yourself before you can change anything, that is if anything really needs changing at all.
●Don’t be afraid to act for yourself.
●Express the you that is 100% you.

If we were all the same; if we were all NORMAL, then there wouldn’t be a word called “unique!”

What is NORMAL, anyway?  Autism: Accept Different

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

Information on Asperger Syndrome.

~ Posted by Lily