blogging, mental illness

Stream of Consciousness Writing -no editing

When you feel like you cannot think of anything to write about, think about what the nature of blogging is. Yes, I know that some people blog just as an extension of their business, but even so…their business is a refection of them…a reflection of their dreams, thoughts and feelings.

Blogging is a unique venue that has special qualities to it. Each person’s blog shows them as a unique person. Each and every single blog on WordPress is completely unique.

The feel of the blog, even from the very first page, feels like the person it belongs to. It is like walking into someone’s house. It smells like their personality. It is decorated to their personality. It has colors and representations of their personality.

Your personality is muti-faceted, and muli-dimensional. You have various interests and you have opinions about the world around you.

Your blog is the one place where you can talk about your feelings and opinions about this world, the people in it, and what it is like living life from inside of you.

You do not have to stick to your main theme topic all the time…that is if you have a main theme. You can write anytime of day, about anything that you feel something about.

Your blog is free for people to read. So, if they don’t like what you do on your blog, then tell them to ask for their money back and don’t let the door hit them on their ass on their way out.

Whatever thoughts you are thinking about, you can write about. You don’t have to be right. Maybe it is just a thought you had about something that is a little different than you have heard before.

You can go outside the box and you do not have to color between the lines. The blogging world is one of the last true “freedom of the press” expressions we have left…at least in the U.S.  The newspapers and the media are bias. Clearly the people writing for the major papers are not really able to experience “freedom of the press” like the early newspaper reporters when the governments were not so controlling over them.

We have our freedom for now and that is truly exciting. It is something you can feel passionate about. I am aware that we have bloggers from countries where there is no freedom of the press at all.

They do not even have the personal, religious, or other rights that some of us take for granite much of the time. But they set up their blogs anonymously and are able to speak their minds and write what they feel.

Can’t think of anything to write about? Maybe you are really wondering if what you can think of to write about will be interesting enough or accepted by the readers.

As long as you are not hurting anyone, or bullying anyone with your writing, you can write about whatever is on your mind. Try a “Stream of Consciousness” writing like I am doing now.

I did not have anything at all in mind when I sat down to type. I just decided I wanted to blog about something, and this is what came out.

Embrace your freedom in the blogging world. I believe that in this day and age of governmental controls, and company controls over us, that blogging is a prescious thing.

Blessings,

Annie

blogging, blogging tips

How to Make a Live, Clickable Links on Your Posts

Someone asked  me how to make the links they put for their nominees live. This is in reference to blog award posts. However you can use these same steps to make any word or phrase on your post clickable and it will go to whatever site you want.

 STEP ONE

First – go to the link that you want to make live. This is going to be the Home Page of the blog that you want to link.
Next  – Copy the link……like this……

Highlight the URL  which is in your address bar. It starts with https://

(That is the URL for the blog you want to make a live link for.)

Make sure you highlight the entire thing, even if it is long.

How do you Highlight something?

The way I highlight is to put the curser at the beginning of the thing you are highlighting, then hold down the left button on the mouse and slide it across the letters of the url (or whatever you are copying)

As you are using the mouse with the button down and sliding it over the words, the words should turn blue (or another color…it is blue on my computer)

After the entire https address is blue, then let go of the button and stop.

STEP TWO

 Save that to your computer temporarily by hitting two buttons at the same time…

.Control (ctrl..lower left on your keyboard) and the letter C, (make sure C is upper case)

When you hit control and C at the same time, it saves whatever you have highlighted in blue.

STEP THREE

 Go back yo your post. Find the blog address you want to make a live link.

Highlight the entire URL  that you typed on your post, that you want to make into a live link, ,

Make sure it turns a color. Leave it highlighted like that.

STEP FOUR

Now you need to use a wordpress tool which is at the top of your post. I will explain. It is not hard at all.

You will see things across the top of the box that you are typing the post in. Make sure you are in the mode for editing or typing a new post. 

You will see the  letter B, which is to make something Bold. Then you will see the  letter I slanted sideways, which is to make something italic. 

Keep going across and look at all the symbols you see…..thnext is ABC with a strike out line through it, Then you see bullets and numbering. Then you see a pair of quotes…..

then you see things for aligning the post left, right or middle of the page. 

After those, you will see a funny looking symbol that looks like a paperclip. This is what you want. 

Hover your mouse over top  of that paperclip symbol and it should say Insert / Edit Link

(you can hover over each one to see what they are if you like)

Check to make sure the link you are making live is still highlighted. 

Then CLICK this Insert / Edit link button…

You will be given a pop up box that will allow you to paste that link into it. You want to Paste what you have previously copied (in step 2…your computer is still holding that..don’t worry)

Then you want to paste your link into the URL box like this….

You want to hit two buttons at the same time…. Control and the letter V. 

When you hit control and the letter V (capitol letter) you will paste whatever you previously copied.

Your copied link should now paste into that box which is asking for the URL. 

NOW your link should be live. You can check it by saving your post and then viewing it. Then click on the link and see what happens.

Summing Up

That is the long detailed version. Now we will sum up.

To copy something you highlight the words and then  hit Control and the letter C (Upper case C)

To paste it you highlight what you want to turn into a clickable link, then you hit   Control and the letter V ( Upper Case)

Control C = Copy

Control V = Paste

The tool at the top of your new post page (or edit post page) has symbols that you can hover over and it will tell you what they are.

The symbol that looks kind of like a paper clip is the INSERT LINK tool.

To copy the link you want to paste, you go to the site and highlight the URL from the address bar.

Then hit Control C and save it to the computer

Highlight the link that you typed 

Go back to your post.

Highlight the link you want to make live.

Go to the INSERT ? EDIT LINK tool and click

Paste your link into the box

Save your post and check the link.

Extras

I usually make it obvious that the links are clickable by a color  and / or underlining. You can use the tools at the top if the page to do any of this. Just highlight what you want to bold and then hit the B. 

Changing colors is the tool that is the letter A on the second line of your tools. The second line starts with word paragraph.  There is a drop down arrow after the A that has your colors. Do it the same way…HIghlight what you want to change color , select your color from the drop down list next to the A symbol. 

This sounds so much more complicated than it is. If I was sitting next to you..or even over the phone…I could show you easier and faster. Once you see how to do it, you will be able to show someone else and it will be easy for you to insert links into your posts from then on.

Put questions in the comments and I will go over anything that was unclear to you.

blogging, writing

Allergic to E Challenge

Warmth from your lips,  touching my skin,  lost its illumination. Black from your soul brings sorrow and ill thoughts. What did call out my passion so long ago, now only calls out my horror. For your spirit is distrusting  as it asks for blind, utter submission.

This is my “Has no E” paragraph. This challenge was passed to me from Original  Dante.

Here are the rules.

The rules:

  1. Write a whole paragraph.
  2. Without any word containing the letter “e”.
  3. Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge.

Here are my victims.

Blahpolar from Blahpolar Diaries

Mon from Transcend blog

Armchair Perfectionist

Persistent Platypus

David Snape

Blog of  a Mad Black Woman

Writers Dream

anxiety, blogging, depression, inspirational, life, mental health, mental illness

Have you Read the Beautiful Flowers Story page?

If you are new to my blog and have not read The Beautiful Flowers Story, then I encourage you to do so. I wrote it as a gift for my readers. It will make you smile 🙂 and perhaps giggle a bit. The point is to let you know that you are not alone in this world.

You will see the Beautiful Flowers Story as a Page. Look at the top if this page, where they have the choices like About Page and Home. It should be there. If you have any trouble viewing it, let me know. The Beautiful Flowers Story, sometimes called The Lonely Beautiful Flowers Story is dear to my heart and has always been one of my favorite things I have written.

Much Love,

Annie

blogging, mental abuse, mental health, mental illness

The Lonely Beautiful Flowers Story

There once was a pretty little, pink  flower in a field of weeds. All the weeds laughed at her because she believed in compassion , harmony and peace.

She longed to find another flower like her, but all she heard was mean words from the weeds. She had trouble sleeping at night with no one to talk to.

In another field, down the road, there was a beautiful , blue flower, all surrounded by weeds. The blue flower wished he could find another flower to share his ideas with. But all he saw were the narrow minded weeds.

Across the town was a lovely yellow flower. The poor thing was surrounded by weeds. She became depressed because none of the weeds wanted to listen to her ideas. They just wanted to gossip and discuss superficial things.

In the next town, there were three purple flowers. They were scattered in weed fields and did not know about each other. They each had lots of thoughts and dreams of connecting with other flowers. They began to have anxiety about dealing with the weeds.

It turns out that there were pretty flowers scattered about in various weed fields. There was a flower or two in each weed field , all over the world.

They were each alone and had no one to talk to.There were no other flowers  that they could share their big ideas with. The weeds only cared about all being the same as each other. They did not understand the flowers.

The flowers nearly gave up and died from loneliness and alienation.

One day the flower fairy came to each of the flowers. She gave them each a laptop and showed them how to use WordPress.<3

Now the flowers were all able to connect with each other, even though they did not have feet to walk to visit each other.

They all shared their thoughts and feelings with each other. They did not have to feel completely alone anymore. ❤

The End 🙂

blogging

Can Anyone Help me to Understand the Stats page Better ?

On the stats page it has little boxes that say “Referrers” …”clicks” …and… “Authors”

I am not clear about what the difference is between these. I think that “referrers” is when a search engine gives your site on the list, when someone types in a certain search phrase. Is this correct?

Then,” Clicks” …Is that the number of people that clicked on your link from the search  engine,  like google or bing?

“Authors” ???

Thank you for any help with understanding this. I am just unfamiliar with these things.

Annie