Scully Love Promo Nominated for a Super Sweet Blogging Award

Super Sweet Blogging AwardOne week ago today, I had the pleasure of being nominated by Easter Ellen of Overcoming To Becoming for something called a Super Sweet Blogging Award.  Now, it’s been quite a long time since I’ve been nominated for any kind of blogging award, so I’ll take it, with gratitude! Thank you for the nomination, dear Easter!

Easter is a Christian writer, poet and a beautiful soul who inspires her readers through her life stories and poetry. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her online for many years and have read her blog quite often. She is an honest, intelligent, kind mother of four who hasn’t had an easy life but she has never succumbed to anger, self-pity or bitterness.  Instead, she has fought her battles, soldiered on and continues to turn to God for His support and guidance as she continues along her life’s journey.  Easter is a Christian whose light shines from within by the example she sets in her own life.  While I’m not a Christian, I enjoy her writing very much.

I confess that I don’t read as many blog posts as I’d like to because of time constraints, but the blogs that I’m nominating are all blogs that I have read and enjoyed quite often and their authors totally deserve to be recognized for their consistently interesting, thoughtful, entertaining and inspirational content.  I don’t expect any of them to carry on and participate in this Super Sweet Blogging Award post-a-thon, but if they want to, that’s great!

Your time online is precious, I know, but if you’re looking for some wonderful bloggers to follow, please take note of my suggestions.

Here are the steps you need to take now:

1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.

2. Answer five super sweet questions. 

The 5 sweet questions:

Cookies or cake? — Very tough decision, but I’ll have to go with cake. There are so many kinds of cake that I adore including chocolate layer cake, carrot cake with caramel icing, peach torte with whipped cream, red velvet cupcakes, lemon cake, almost any kind of cheesecake, you see where I’m going with this!

Chocolate or vanilla? — Chocolate all the way, baby!

Favourite sweet treat? — Brownies, with icing of course!

When do you crave sweet things the most? — At that time of the month, ladies.

Sweet nick name? — Christine Jellybean

3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post.

4. Nominate a dozen other bloggers. The following list is in no particular order. You all have fantastic, interesting blogs. 

Here are my choices to nominate for this thoughtful award: (and all of you deserve it fully!)

Easter Ellen from Overcoming to Becoming

Robyn Gibson from Up With Marriage (Note: I’m not married nor ever have been, but this is still a very thoughtful and provocative read for anyone who is in any kind of partnership, romantic relationship or simply wants to be the best person they can be for a relationship in the future.)

Dr. Samita Nandy from Fame Critic

Deborah Kimmett from One Funny Lady

Cheryl Hiebert from Sacred Journeys Healing Arts Centre Ezine

Dawn James from Raise Your Vibration

Jim Barber of Jim Barber Writing Services

Jeff Brown from Soulshaping’s The Soul Blog

Jay Aymar from Road Stories

The Swede from A Swede Talks Movies

Dan Stone from First A Dream

Steph VanderMeulen from Bella’s Bookshelves

A big, heartfelt thank you to all of you for writing really interesting blogs!!

All my best,
Christine

How To Link An Image Within Your WordPress Blog Post

I was recently asked by a client how to link an image she’d chosen for a blog post back to its original source.  This is a very good question and one that I should be thinking about myself when using images for my own blog posts in the future!

I write a lot of reviews and share them on my blog so I generally haven’t worried about crediting the source for the book cover, CD cover or DVD cover I choose to represent my blog post because I’m essentially promoting the author or creator of the work itself.

However, it is very important to be sure that you have permission to use a photo that isn’t yours that you find online through a Google search.  You should always give a photographer credit for his or her photo at the very least, but if you can find out how to contact them to get permission to use it, then do it.  You can also use Creative Commons or Google Advanced Image Search to find photos that allow you usage rights and this is a very smart practice.

Here are the steps you should follow to link an image back to its original source within your WordPress blog post:

  1. Go to Google.com and type in the name of the book or keywords describing the type of image you’re looking for.  (You can also go to Advanced Google Image Search at http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search and type in your keywords and then scroll to the bottom where it says usage rights and click on the dropdown menu to select free to use or share, even commercially and then click on the Advanced Search button.  This will give you images that the public is free to use.)
  2. Then click on Images on the left side of the Google page.
  3. Choose an image that is large or of high resolution if possible as it will be clearer and easier to read when someone clicks on it.
  4. Click on the image.
  5. Right click on the image again and save the image as a .jpg file to your computer.
  6. In the top right corner you’ll see Website for this image.  Click on that link and it will take you to the website where the image originated from.
  7. Copy the link.
  8. Go to your blog post under Edit Page.
  9. Choose where you want to add your image within your post and put your cursor there.
  10. Click on the Add Media Icon beside Upload/Insert just above the dialogue box (in WordPress).
  11. Upload the photo to the Add Media box, choosing what alignment you want and what size file you want.
  12. Paste the link from the website into the Link URL box.
  13. Click Insert into Post.
  14. Click on Update Post under the Publish section of your blog.

Photos and/or graphic images are a very important part of our blog posts, especially now that Pinterest is so popular, and we can post our blog images to it in order to drive more traffic back to our blog or website.  So let’s make sure that we get permission to use those images that we find on the Internet and everyone will be happy!