Friday, July 30, 2010

7 Things I Learned This Week-#80 (blogging, checkers, bromeliads, writing, conference)


Daisy the Curly Cat left a comment on my Strange Sight-Covered Trees post saying she likes seeing bromeliads growing on trees. I had no clue what those were so asked her and she told me that they are a kind of spiky plant; there are tons of kinds! In Florida, you can see lots of them growing naturally on trees. This link has a picture of bromeliads in trees.


In my Three Questions For You post, I asked about our checker game and everyone who commented about it said I was right and Gerard should not have been able to go back and jump me after he moved something else. However, since then I found the rules in the box and read them. It clearly says that you HAVE to jump and doesn't say anything about losing your piece if you do not jump. So, actually, Gerard did have to change his move and jump me. Gerard was right and we were all wrong! Good for you, Gerard!

Resizing YouTube Videos

Design It Chic
Over at Design it Chic is instructions on Resizing The YouTube Videos to fit your blog. I always just played around trying different sizes but you can actually find the width of your blog space in the HTML code and there's actually a formula to use to determine the height. Also, there are two places in the embed code you have to change.

Adding The "Like" Button

Thanks to Mrs 4444 at Half Past Kissin time, I learned how to add the "like" button to posts. It's something you need to do for individual posts. According to the Facebook plug-in page, "When the user clicks the Like button on your site, a story appears in the user's friends' News Feed with a link back to your website."

I Write Like

At Joann's Best I found out about a fun site that analyzes your writing and then compares it to a famous author. I used 20 random samples from the book I wrote in memory of my dad, and posted my results on "My Funny Dad, Harry" blog. Go head, give it a try at I Write Like.

Book Bloggers and Authors Online Conference

At Crazy-for-Books I learned that a Book Bloggers & Authors Online Conference is August 6 & 7 and the cost is just $15. The list of topics looks very good. I've never seen an online conference before!

Tips For Interesting Article Titles

At the Ad Master, I found "5 Types of Titles That Can Get More People To Read Your Article". They are: make a question, use the word "why," include a benefit, the list of tips or things, "How To" title.

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Daisy said...

I'm glad you liked learning about bromeliads. I think even pineapple is a kind of bromeliad!

Sandee said...

I didn't know what bromelaids were either. Thanks for the history lesson.

Gerard was right. All these years I was wrong. Oh well, that's the only thing I've ever been wrong about. Bwahahahahaha.

Have a terrific day and weekend. :)

BeadedTail said...

Well I learned something about checkers! It's always fun reading what you learn in a week!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

That's interesting about the YouTube resizing. I learned that lesson the hard way when I first started blogging. I did find a link with a basic formula that I followed. It was already I just had to change the numbers in two spots...and voila, happily resized video :) :) That's a smart tip!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Doreen McGettigan said...

I just love learning things I never new before..just stopping by from FF to say hello and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. (and I was born in Florida) why didn't I know about bromeliads?

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