The Bloggers Bash 2018 #winning #blogs #shortstory #news #photographs #bloggersbash #humour #funny #confession #blogging

I’m absolutely thrilled to say that I won first prize in The Bloggers Bash Blog Post writing competition 2018 with my winning short story – The Queen’s Dress Down Day! https://mjmallon.com/2018/03/21/the-bloggers-bash-blog-post-competition-2018-the-queens-dress-down-day/ Yeah!!! It was such an unexpected but lovely surprise. To say I was gobsmacked is an understatement! I’m sure I blubbered a whole lot of nonsense when I went up […]

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The Day My Website Crashed – What Happened? Beware WordPress Plugin Updates

Poor Debby has had a terrible time of late after installing a WordPress Plugin Update, read this post to find out more and avoid the Captcha plugin hell. Friday September 1st was a terrible day for me. It was one of those days when “Murphy” just keeps giving the gift that just keeps giving – Murphy’s Law = Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. It began with my website crashing and got progressively worse as the day went on in… via The Day My Website Crashed – What Happened? Beware WordPress Plugin Updates — D.G. Kaye Writer

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#10thingsIlove

To balance out the good with the bad #10thingsIhate here are my #10thingsIlove. 1. Spending time with friends and family. There’s nothing quite like this, I’m definitely a social animal. Love going out for coffee, dinner or just hanging out at home with my family. Friends both on and offline are the best for supporting and encouraging you to pursue your dreams. 2. […]

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Happy Easter!!!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter. I’m still on a bit of a blogging break until my eldest daughter returns to University so will be somewhat scarce in blogging land. I had a wonderful holiday up in Edinburgh but it was all too short… Here are some of my photos: That’s one of me and my daughter Georgina before […]

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#Review of Better Blogging With Photography by Terry Webster Schrandt

Terri inspires the reader with this wonderful quote right at the beginning setting the tone for her clear, concise and friendly little book: ‘Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.’ Bruno Barley. Isn’t that the absolute truth? It’s remarkable how the medium of photography can draw people together from different cultural backgrounds in a common moment of wonder. Curious, I googled Bruno Barley and found these stunning examples of his work: Pinterest examples of Bruno Barley’s photography. Wow, I just love photography! Terri kicks off her book with a simple premise –  Why? Why use photography on your blog? The answer, is of course, simple – images draw attention, interest, break up text, make your blog post more interesting and memorable. She adds tips on how to – Create an engaging profile. Ways to make your sidebar design attractive. How to design a defining header. Adding widgets and not overloading your posts with too many images. Terri warns about the dangers of using images without consent on your blog even if the images happen to be from friends, and particularly if the photos are randomly found on google.  The Rule is: Always get written consent – though an email will do. There’s an interesting section on how to use old images and give them a new lease of life. I read this part with great interest.  Recently, I created a scrapbook of images for my dad for his birthday, (the first few photos you can see here,): My […]

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