Attention: Yet Another Theme!

Selfie Intellectual

Yet again circumstances have forced me to change the theme for Beautiful Photographs. The last theme, Monet was not functioning properly. From the homepage, it was only showing previews for a handful of posts. For the most part, all that was being displayed was a grey box with the title of the post in the center. Not very helpful. Not very attractive. To make matters worse, when I tried to change to another “premium” theme, the system kept trying to prompt me to upgrade to a business plan. As I already have a premium plan, such an upgrade should be unnecessary.

Luckily, WordPress does offer a customer support chat. I guess that because of the great distance between Maryland and WordPress HQ, there was a bit of delay between questions and responses. Despite this one drawback, the folks on the other end were able to install my new theme (Photoblog) without my having to lift a finger. Nice. I like this newest theme very much. Defaults include a search box, gallery and a navigational calendar.

Am I the only blogger experiencing difficulties with themes and functionality?

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Answer 10 BURNING Questions

From Flickr Creative Commons

I’ve been tagged by my dear friend Rumpy Dog to answer 10 questions:

1) Describe yourself in seven words.

Handsome, modest, kind, creative, gentlemanly, lazy, intelligent (Well, you asked!)

2) What keeps you up at Night?

Chronic pain, bad dreams and cats, cats, cats

3) Who would I like to be?

I like being me, despite all the problems under the hood.

4) What am I wearing right now?

My dearly departed dad’s pajamas.

5) What scares me?

Earthquakes

6) The best and worst of blogging.

The best part of blogging is meeting all these groovy people (and animals). If you’d said “Rumpy Dog” to me a year ago, I would have been taken aback, but now I would say, “Right on! Rumpy Dog rules!” The downside is that it is a lot of work. I have old posts in my inbox that are posts by blogs that I follow, but it’s darn difficult to keep up!

7) The last website I visited

Flickr

8) What is the one thing I would change about myself.

That’s easy. I would improve my health.

9) Slankets yes or no?

What’s a slanket? Does it bite? Now I have to look it up on Google. Okay- post Google images search- No! Never! I’m not Gandalf. K?

10) Tell us something about the person who tagged you!

I was actually tagged by an awesome dog. Rumpy Dog is the kind of dog that likes cookies and other treats. He also enjoys interviewing other pets and is a great animal advocate. His creed, “Adopt! Don’t shop!” Is tattooed on my forehead. Well, not really, but I quote him often. I can’t even walk inside a pet shop. I can’t even look at the doggies in the window! I’d give Rumpy Dog the shirt off my back, but he probably wouldn’t need it because he has a gorgeous fur coat. He’s a bit of a sissy though. He lets cats bully him. *sigh* But that’s cool because it shows what a gentle giant he is.

Now I get to pick some others to answer these questions:

EVE REDWATER

JO BRYANT

GABBY ANGEL

FIVE REFLECTIONS

JOURNALIST ON THE RUN

I would never steer you wrong. All of these bloggers have something RELEVANT to say and they’ve had a big impact on my and my approach to blogging. If you want people to look at your blog, take a minute or two to look at other bloggers. They have something to say and for the most part, you will be a little better off from reading them. Thanks, Rumpy Dog for singling me out for this “honor.” woof woof woo woo woo