A Geographic Snapshots of my Daily Visitors

As of Monday (Jul 9), WordPress.com, which hosts my website, showed a full display from where people accessed my site, and not just the top 10 countries. Thought I give you a look cause it’s quite eye opening, and flattering. From what I can tell, the visitor stats are pretty typical of a day on my site. At 122 countries from 15,269 page views, I really do have visitors from pretty much ALL over the world!

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The Decentralized Model of Blogging and Eight Good Blogging Rules

When someone starts a blog, one of the first and/or big question they have to answer is What is your blog going to be about?

For a lot of people, that’s a fairly narrow answer, like football, Transformers, the environment, etc. Even “everything about” a topic, like Twilight, isn’t all that broad. A blog on a theme becomes a focal point for something and aim to bring readers to them on that topic, like a a city in a state, where other blogs on the same topic are other cities, and each post is a new building in its city. Readers looking for something else would go elsewhere, like to another state or city.

For me, it was different. I chose to have a blog about pretty much anything and everything.

So why did I do this and how was I going to make it “succeed”?

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40 Hello Kitty and Sanrio Buddy Icons and Avatars for Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, MySpace, Blogs and Other Uses

Back on Feb 25 2009, I created a Hello Kitty / Sanrio collage for Facebook tagging meme games. In creating it, I had to collect a whole bunch of images of the characters. I was missing a few, as told to me by Commenter Jenna M. But since I have gone to find them (and discovered a few more!) and have them, here they are for your use! And Jenna M., whoever you are, this one’s for you! 🙂

These are 256 x 256 pixels, which is large enough for most icons and avatar requirements. They’ve been resized, colour enhanced to have a bit more “punch”, and had as much pixelation as possible. This set is more complete than the Hello Kitty / Sanrio site. It has larger icons as they have 228 x 228 pixels and mine are 256×256. And these have better colour quality. Given all that, I dare say this is the best Hello Kitty / Sanrio collection of avatars and buddy icons on the Internet! You try and find as good an avatar as some of the ones here unless people steal them, which I know they will. But that’s OK. I’m all for sharing. Quite shockingly, for something as popular as Hello Kitty / Sanrio, I could hardly find anything for some characters among all the Google results. I had to drastically improve what was present for some characters to make them as good as they are here!

To get the icons, please:

Enjoy!

Other Hello Kitty / Sanrio posts on this site:

Please click here for other backgrounds for the iPhone, iTouch, iPod Touch, Blackberry, Palm Pres and HTC smart phones.

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SHOULD TRY Facebook Picture Tagging Meme

Contrary to the slightly nasty Facebook picture tagging meme of people who Should NOT do certain things given on Friday the 13th, this is a positive one to encourage people to try certain things as you think they should. The next one should be pretty fun!

Here’s how to get this graphic for your Facebook fun:

  • Click on the picture below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your friends!
  • Click the Back button on your browser to return to this post.

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

In case you don’t recognize some of these people, they are as follows, left to right:

  • Top: LeBron James, Christie Brinkley, the current Dalai Lama, Emily Dickinson, Tiger Woods
  • Middle: Wangari Matthai, Pope Benedict the whatever, Canadian flag maple leaf, Barack Obama, Miley Cyrus
  • Bottom: Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, Brad Pitt, Rihana, Lang Lang

I’m too tired to put links to all these people but you can Google them, and maybe guess why I’ve put labeled each as such.

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How to Get Social Bookmarking for WordPress.com

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UPDATE ON OCT 23, THIS POST IS NOW SEVERELY DATED!

WordPress has since made social bookmarking a setting on your blog. However, services like Add to Any still has a purpose in that you have access to a LOT more services than the default WordPress provides, and that you can put it anywhere in your post and not just at the very end, where people might forget about it for one reason or another (like galleries). That said, WordPress does cover most of the major sharing services relevant to North America, at least.
Add to Any has upgraded this procedure to an easy one-click move using your browser to let you do this! BRAVO!!!

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to very easily share, store, organize, search and manage bookmarks of web pages via icons that do those tasks within a click or two. As you’ve surfed the web, you have probably come across icons similar to one of these below:

 

Popular social bookmarking icons

Popular social bookmarking icons

 

The problem I have encountered with many of these free services are that they don’t work in the free WordPress.com on which I and millions of other users, literally, are blogging. The reason why has to do with Javascript codes those services tend to use that do not work in WordPress.com. I’ll leave it at that because if you know the technical details of that, you aren’t likely needing to read this post.

Fortunately, the AddToAny service for social bookmarking has an option that doesn’t use Javascript. They provide those Share/Save buttons in blue above. I’m sure there are other similar services out there which offer codes not involving JavaScript, but I found this one to work very well, and best in this process. You can customize it as you like after you try it out and adjust it for your routines, learning style, etc. It’s not an automatic point and click, unfortunately, but it is routine wants you get the hang of it and might be worth it to you if you want to make it easier for others to share your posts.

You have to do this for every post, though, and not just put it in the sidebar in a Text widget.

If you know of an easier option, or have feedback on the instructions, please do share!

But until we find something easier, let’s get it on!

Before you do anything in this routine, click on this link, AddToAny, and bookmark it. You will need it each time you do this so it will be a valuable bookmark.

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1. Publish your post without the social bookmarking icon (window #1).

  • In the few minutes it’ll take you to do this in a more efficient way than including the codes before publishing, you’re not likely to find someone desperately wanting to social bookmark your post… no offense intended. 🙂

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2. View your post (not blog) in a different tab or window (#2).

  • Ctrl+click on your blog title while still in your Edit Post mode.
  • Click on the title of the latest post so its URL is in your address bar, not just your blog URL.

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3.  Open another tab or window and click on your AddToAny bookmark (#3).

  • Play around with the Button choices (second choice in the graphic below), if you prefer the buttons to look one way or another but that’s your business. I’m leaving the default to save extra steps.

 

AddToAny blank web page

AddToAny blank web page

 

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4. From Window #2 with your blog post, copy and paste the title and URL, one at a time, into the Page name and Page url fields, respectively, above.

  • You will be much more efficient at this if you learn to use Ctrl+C for Copy and Ctrl+V for Paste.
  • If you have mapped your domain, using your original WordPress.com domain is “better”. I won’t write out how but you can test it if you like. Your mapped domain still works, so it’s not necessary. It’s a slight extra annoyance, but becomes routine quickly, and is definitely worth the extra little typing hassle to me!

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5. Click More Options beside the Get Button Code button, and click the No script (no drop-down menu) option.

 

AddToAny with No Script (No drop-down menu) option checked off

AddToAny web page with No script (No drop-down menu) option checked off

 

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6. Click the Get Button Code button to reveal codes below it.

 

AddToAny web page with codes generated (at bottom)

AddToAny web page with codes generated (at bottom)

 

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7. Click in the box and copy the code.

  • All the text inside the box is highlighted the moment you click inside so all you have to do is copy it, either by the Edit menu command or Ctrl+C.

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8. Go back to Window #1 where your post was made and click on the HTML editing tab (circled in red below).

  • This can be a scary experience for anybody who is allergic to computer code or has codephobia, but trust me, it’s completely safe!

 

Wordpress.com Edit Post screen interface, with HTML edit tab in red circle

Wordpress.com Edit Post screen interface, with HTML edit tab in red circle

 

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9. Scroll down to the very bottom of the codes, click at the very end.

  • Hit Enter twice and Paste, or Ctrl+V.
  • Your codes should appear as you need them.

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10. Click the blue Update Post button near upper right of your WordPress.com Edit Post page the way you would normally update or save a post.

  • Click back on the Visual tab of your editing procedure.
  • You should get something that looks like the icon below if you had not switched button style in Step 3.

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11. Optional: view your post and test out the button by clicking on it and following through with choices.

  • I personally just test it on Facebook. You can follow through to make sure it works without actually taking the last step to post it so as not to drive all your Facebook friends crazy with your blog posts all the time.
  • You will have to find some social media platform that works for you to test, but if you don’t test it and it doesn’t work, someone using it will probably tell you about it. That’s what’s great about the blogosphere and Web 2.0. You just hope they do it nicely.

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If you’re a little more comfortable with HTML codes, I have included what I have done to create my social bookmarking icon bar below. The graphic I created myself, and the URL for it is in the codes in red. However, you will have to figure out yourself how to efficiently put in codes like that because it’d be twice as long a post to explain! It’s not rocket science or anything. Just needs a little more patience. 🙂

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