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Introducing: Dale Winters

Hi world

I’m small but mighty and I’m a real people puss. I love getting head rubs and shoulder massages and will pay you back with super boops and purrs. My mom says my purrs would melt a stone.

I enjoy hanging out with humans and checking everything that’s going on. I like being brushed and will strut around like a supermodel while you are doing it. I am also kind of cheeky when I get to know you, and will use all my charms to get what I want.. lots of love and your full attention.

I get on well with other cats and don’t mind the dogs here, but I do try very hard to get “illegal” snacks from my housemates which the humans tell me is not the best idea with my restricted diet.

You might notice I look at bit odd in this picture. That’s because I had a rather bad start in life and if it wasn’t for the super heroes of North Dublin Cat Rescue, I would never have made it at all. But they found me and took care of me and got me a home that I like.

I have ongoing issues with my digestive system which means I am only allowed to eat one type of food. I had skin issues which meant all my body hair had to be shaved off, and as you can see, the white bits are growing back a bit faster than the dark ones. Mom thinks I look a bit like Zombie cat but that I’m beautiful anyway.

I’ve a long way to go yet before I get up to a good weight, but I am working hard with the help of my mom and Fox Veterinary Clinic who are the nicest people you could meet. I will have mom tell you more about my journey as she updates this blog site . Miaow for now!

Roundup – Zero to Hero

zero-to-heroIn the second week of January I decided to have a bash at the Zero to Hero challenge, which proposed that following the exercises would increase my knowledge of how to use WordPress to best advantage.  It was primarily aimed at new bloggers who perhaps would not have much experience of messing about with the available tools in WordPress, and in that context, I think this would have been a very useful tutorial.  The thing is I am already an inveterate tweaker and had delved into most of the tasks that were suggested during the month, so I did find participating every day to be something of a chore.  That being said, I’m glad I took this on, because it prompted me to get my digit out of my orifice and do something about getting people to read my deathless prose, and I did learn about a few things I hadn’t discovered through my normal trial and error approach.

Did my readership improve? Well, I have also taken up the Daily Prompt challenge and from looking at the viewing stats, that was far more effective in bringing my blog to the attention of others, largely because of the pingback setup, which for some reason was not operated on Zero to Hero.

So, rather than re-hash all my thoughts on the daily tasks, I’ve listed them all below. The first link on each line should bring you to the task as described on the day, and the second and sometimes third links are my responses.

Task:   Day One: Introduce Yourself  –   Who I am and why I’m here 
Task:  Day Two: What’s your name?  –  Edit your title and tagline, and flesh them out in a widget 
Task:  Day Three: What’s on your mind?  Didn’t do this one, can’t remember why
Task:  Day Four: Explore the Neighborhood    –  Find five blogs you like 
Task:  Day Five: Love Your Theme   – Try out new themes 
Task:  Day Six: Try a New Element –  Publish a post that includes a new element
Task:  Day Seven: Personalize Your ThemeDo some more personalizing
Task: Day Eight: Make Your About Page Irresistible – Didn’t do this one, I’d been twiddling with that page the day before and was getting a little bored with that. I’d also found another writing challenge.
Task:  Day Nine: Head Deeper Into the BlogosphereNaPloPoMo
Task:  Day Ten: Add Two Widgets –  I didn’t but I wrote about it anyway – I also experimented with menus, because I prefer to balance navigation horizontally and vertically
Task:  Day Eleven: Leave Three Comments –  Leave posts on three blogsThe Liebster Award 
Task:  Day Twelve: From Comment to Postwrite a post that expands on one of your comments
Task:  Day Thirteen: Build a (Better) BlogrollCreate, edit or expand your blogroll
Task:  Day Fourteen: Blogger’s Choice! – reading and commenting – I spent so much time on that, I didn’t get round to posting about it
Task:  Day Fifteen: Explore Visuals and Content – I didn’t do this one, it was tantamount to offering an alcoholic the keys of a brewery
Task:  Day Sixteen: Personalize a PromptPublish a post based on your own personal take on today’s Daily Prompt
Task:  Day Seventeen: Increase Your Commenting Confidence – As per Day Fourteen
Task:  Day Eighteen: Activate a Social NetworkZero to Hero and Beyond
Task:  Day Nineteen: Publish a Post in a New-To-You Formatpublish a post in a format you haven’t used before  – Trust
Task:  Day Twenty: Add a New Page  –  Add a new page to your blog
Task:  Day Twenty-One: Build on your last post –  I didn’t do this one. It involved social networks again and I’d gone to town on social networking on Day Eighteen 
Task:   Day Twenty-Two: Try (Another) Blogging EventDraft a post for (another) blogging eventCee’s Fun Foto Challenge–Found in Nature 
Task:  Day Twenty-Three: Publish a Roundupthat links to posts on at least three others blogs and tell us why you love them
Task:  Day Twenty-Four:  Chat with other event participantsvisit five other participants in the event your chose on Day 22. Leave at least two comments. (Read and comment more if you can!)
Task: Day Twenty-Five:  Add one more custom touch – Good God people! Don’t you know by now that I’m a member of Blog Tweaker’s Anonymous? Have mercy.  Yes I tweaked.  No, I didn’t write about it
Task: Day Twenty-Six: Set up a few more drafts for later –  Today’s assignment: look back over what you’ve published. What have you been most proud of? What are the common threads? Which have been most popular? Create and save at least two draft posts with ideas that come from those
Task: Day Twenty-Seven: Revisit a task – Today’s assignment: Pick your favorite of all the tasks we’ve done so far, and revisit it. How can you continue to grow? (Bonus: revisit a post that’s been on your mind, and make the edits you’ve been thinking about.)  I’m going to be realistic about this. There were too many challenges this month. I’ll revisit this later, when I’m done with Zero to Hero 
Task: Day Twenty-Eight: Build on your popular content Find the post that has received the most views, likes, or comments, and write a related follow-up post
Task: Day Twenty-Nine: Create an Editorial Calendar – Ha! I did that during the task for Day Twenty Six

Task: Day Thirty: Think Big Picture –   Extend your brand, think about a bigger strategic plan for promoting your online presence, and set a goal for the next 30 days.

Under Pressure

NaBloPoMo_January_PressureI was too late to register for January 2014, but thought heck, why not give NaBloPoMo a shot anyway. The topic this month was “Pressure”. 

Just so I could keep track of the posts on this theme, I linked them all back to this one, so if you have a mind to, you can check them all out in the list of pingbacks to this post.

And this is the theme song.

 

NaBloPoMo January 2014

Share Your World

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Hosted by Cee’s photography.

Cee asks participants to answer four questions about themselves every week.

This is what Cee says:

I ask 4 questions each week so all of us can get to know each other better. In the past I’ve written columns like this in newsletters for various companies and organizations. And it was everyone’s favorite part of the newsletter. Since blogging is an international activity, I also thought this would be a great way for all of us to get to know each other. Share things about you, your home, your town, your country, your traditions. So once a week, I’ll post four new questions for you to answer about yourself or the area in the world you live.

 

Share Your World