700 Followers for Rantings Of A Third Kind

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“Developing your blog is a balancing act between appeasing current readers and reaching out to new ones.” Scribendi

700 Followers for Rantings Of A Third Kind

I am happy to announce a new milestone achievement today: A total of 700 readers are now following Rantings of a Third Kind!

A most sincere and huge thanks to all my readers!

Keep calm and keep on blogging!


Writing 101, Day Seven: Let social media inspire you

Writing 101, Day Seven: Let social media inspire you

One of the goals of Writing 101 is to tap into new and unexpected places for post ideas. Today, let’s look to Twitter for inspiration. Don’t worry — you don’t need an account to participate in this prompt. Even if Twitter isn’t your thing, you might be surprised that you can find starting points for our own writing in other people’s tweets.

Today, write a response to one of these tweets. Shape your post in any way you choose — agree or disagree with the tweet, or use it as a starting point for a story, personal essay, poem, or something else.


“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill” Christopher Parker

Writing 101, Day Seven: Let social media inspire you

“I can’t decide if procrastination kills creativity or is essential to it.”

Dancing, romancing
Laughing, prancing
Completely trancing
Time fast advancing

Panic quickly attacks
There is no turning back
Time was supposed to lack
Or maybe I am a quack

I was supposed to do
An essay, story, poem or a few
If I only had the slightest clue
I would not be feeling blue
Right now

Was I procrastinating?
Maybe just contemplating?
Planning my next writing?
Or simply, just waiting?

A simple prompt enough
Not too a difficult task
But if I must, I must
With these words at last

I am not going to be defeated
And this poem is completed


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Some socialmedia bullshit

Some Social Media Bullshit

‘Connecting people – The artist formerly known as Nokia’


Some Social Media Bullshit

You don’t have to like it, but have to be in there: The social media of the world wide web. After all, who wants to be a complete social outcast!

Here are a few examples of what can be used for keeping in touch with family, friends and even your favourite movie stars!

* Assbook: Like opinions, everyone has more than one
* Angstagram: I post photos of myself and my eating habits, therefore I am
* Bitter: You would be too if no one is following you, right?
* Benchpress: For every self aware blabber, but more artistic ;P
* Tiedup: A must for professionals, endorse endorse endorse until you drop!
* You-boob: You did something stupid, maybe flashed a body part usually hidden, it got on video and uploaded on the internet and now you are the star of your own show!

A typical modern person’s day

@In the morning
The alarm clock is going off, it’s time to get up.
What is the first thing you do?

#Pick up your phone from the night stand and:

A) Check your social media apps
B) Check your email

@Driving in the car to your place of work.
Listening to the radio and the DJ is urging you to snap a photo and upload it to their site:


A) You are snapping selfies and almost bumping into the car that stopped in front of you. (The other driver possibly doing the same thing as you).
B) You are twatting your social media buddies of what you just did.

@Lunch time everyone with their phones in their respective hands. Not one word is spoken to anyone ‘live’, but they all are:

A) Chatting (and oh yes, there are actually office use approved ones too: Yank!)
B) Updating statuses on various social media apps.
C) Uploading photos of what they ate (of course, a must for every self aware social medialite).
D) Someone shared a funny video and twatted the link to everyone else around the table.
E) Everyone watching the video.
F) Everyone twatting feedback to each other.

@Coffee break everyone is:

A) Uploading photos of coffee and doughnuts they will consume.
B) Chatting with the people around the coffee table.

Back home from the office.

@Dinner table the family is sharing a meal and their respective day:

A-F apply here too.

@Midnight, bedtime:

A) Time to recap today’s event in your “blab”.
B) Latest friend updates to be checked (so not to miss any important things such as what your friends ate or what they were watching on TV, etc.)
C) Twatting everyone


Sometimes though, you have to be more low tech. For example in the situation, where your respective spouse is not quite on the same level of enlightenment regarding the social conventions of the social media as you are. Then you have to resort to archaic methods like the SMS.

Wishing your spouse

#sweet dreams xoxo

Lesson learnt:
Getting anything done; 3% is talent, 97% is staying off the internet.


A Quote a Week Tuesday #1

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“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up” A. A. Milne

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A Quote a Week Tuesday #1

First quote of the series, is a rather funny one. For one thing, it is often true. But then again, like most quotes, it can inspire to think and as an extension, write 😉

“A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business” A.A. Milne, If I May

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A Quote a Week Tuesday: New Tuesday Series

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“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation” Oscar Wilde


A Quote a Week Tuesday: New Tuesday Series

As inspired by the 3 day quote challenge, I am launching a new serial, “A Quote a Week Tuesday”.

Since I am so fond of quotes and use them in all my posts, I decided this could be a fun challenge for Tuesdays.

Any quote, own or borrowed will be posted each Tuesday accompanied by photos of the same theme.

If you want, you can ping back your own post to this site. This, however, is not a round robin type thing, rather just something on the side 😉

Let the quotations continue!


“Life itself is a quotation” Jorge Luis Borges


Blogging 201, Day Seven: Custom Text and Image Widgets

Blogging 201, Day Seven: Custom Text and Image Widgets

We have a better sense of what widgets offer, so let’s go further. Completely custom widgets let you create a cohesive look from header to sidebar.

Today’s takeaways: you’ll learn how to create, upload, and configure custom widgets that extend the design elements you’ve been introducing elsewhere on your blogs.

Action time! Create a new custom image widget using the tutorial links above. if you don’t want to add any new widget content, add a graphic or photo element to an existing widget by using a custom image widget to add the graphic above the existing one.


“Blogging is … to writing what extreme sports are to athletics; more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is in many ways, writing out loud” Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic

Blogging 201, Day Seven: Custom Text and Image Widgets

Image widget basics

Using the image widget takes three steps:

– Upload an image to your blog’s Media Library.
– Add an image widget to your sidebar.
– Paste the URL of the image you uploaded into the widget.

I have added several image widgets into my blog’s sidebar. Some of them are related to the challenges I participate in on a weekly basis, and some are for the various blogging university workshops I am /have taken part in and a few to writing sites as well.

I used to have the badges for all the nominations and blogger awards too, but the clutter got too much and I had to downsize. I am even thinking of doing more clean up after this blogging course 😉

Please find attached some examples of the same:
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Keep calm and keep on blogging!