Does Your Blog Have Enough Flair?

I wanted to make a point of showing off the shiny new badge my blog is sporting (look to the right side of the screen on your computer or mobile device (remember to click the view full screen option on the bottom of the page on your phone’s browser if you are viewing in mobile mode)).  The 2012 Posting Badges are now available!  I made a promise to myself to post every day this year: partly to see if I could do it, and partly because I had missed out on that challenge last year and wanted to make up for it.  Are you committed to posting every day or once a week this year?  If so, make sure to let your readers know by placing a badge on your blog page as well.  If you are unsure of how to do this, just follow these few steps:

1. Click on this link and pick out which badge you like the most (be it for daily or weekly posting).  Right-click that image and save it to your computer.  Then access your Dashboard (upper-left hand corner of your screen under your blog’s name), place your cursor above the Media option also located on the left side of your screen, and click Add New.  Click the Select Files button, find the badge image you saved, and click Open.  After the image has uploaded itself, you can then add a title, caption, or description, should you choose to do so.  BEFORE you click Save All Changes, highlight and copy the File URL located underneath the image description.  Then click Save All Changes.

2. Place your cursor over the Appearance option on the left side of the screen and click Widgets.  Within your Available Widgets menu you will see the Image widget.  Drag this widget over to the Sidebar menu on the right hand side of the screen and drop it into an open space.  On the Image widget you will see an upside-down arrow on the far right end – click on it.  Paste the File URL you copied into the spot called Image URL.  There are a few customization options available to you (title, caption, size, etc.) that you can fill in; if you just want the end result to look exactly like the image you saved, leave these spaces black.  Make sure you paste the URL for the Daily Post Blog Site ( into the Link URL box.  This allows visitors to your blog the opportunity to read up on the 2012 posting challenge from the source and “spread the word” about it.  Click Save to finish.

3. Open your blog’s main page and check out your new badge!

4. Do not forget to tag your posts!  Add the tag postaday to each of your posts to indicate that they were written for this challenge, and add other tags as well to make it easier for viewers to search for and find your blog.

5. Good luck, and happy blogging!

It Only Takes A Few Moments To Stand Up…To Cancer

I recently added the Social Vibe widget to my blog, wanting to do my part in the funding of the Stand Up To Cancer foundation.  Excited, I immediately clicked on the application to try it out.  I was disappointed to be met with an error message, informing me that more “activities” were coming soon and to try back later.  Completing activities, I learned, is the means through which each charity gains its donation.  Every time a user completes an activity, a minute donation is made in their name to the charity sponsoring said activity.  Irritated, I decided to try again at a later time.

Upon the completion and publication of my post the next day, I thought to try the application once again.  Fortunately, I did not run into any errors – my activity loaded up and I was able to complete it in a matter of a few minutes.  For those who may be curious, the activity consisted of answering a short questionnaire about being Eco-friendly, then introduced me to a “green” website I had not yet heard of.  I decided to make today’s post about this widget, and to encourage any and all of my readers to spare a few moments of their time and answer a few questions for a good cause.  It may not seem like much, but every little bit helps fund the research working towards the eradication of one of humanity’s most deadly killers.  Show your support and participate today!