365th Blogpost

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This is my 365th blogpost.

In March 2017 I set myself the challenge of writing a blogpost every day.

First blog post

In May 2017 I received a cancer diagnosis and said farewell to my blog.

Last blog post

But then in November 2017 I returned to my blog.

Well, here we are again!

And today, I’m writing the 365th blogpost.

I’m still having chemotherapy and a monoclonal antibody treatment called Cetuximab every two weeks. My last CT scan showed that my disease is stable and I can continue with the treatment for as long as it proves to be effective.

So, what to do with 3sixtyfiveblog?

I’ve reached my goal and met my challenge; albeit not quite in the time frame I anticipated when starting the blog.

I’ve had several blogs over the last six years. Some I’ve deleted; others I’ve re-vamped and a couple are just left floating in cyberspace. What to do with this blog?

I enjoy researching and writing 3sixtyfiveblog but I need more time for my Writing our Family History researches and blogposts. So, what to do?

Write fewer posts!

But then it wouldn’t really be a 365 blog, would it?

So, I’m going to stop and say goodbye.

Thanks for reading my blog today and all the other days if you’ve been a regular visitor.

According to Blogging.org there are

1,883,637,867

blogs on the Internet in 2018.

I don’t know how you found mine (apart from a few family, friends and Twitter friends) but I hope you’ve enjoyed reading some of my 365 blogposts.

All the best,

Cathy 🙂

 

 

 

 

August Roundup

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In case you missed them, here are links to some of my August blogposts.

Flowers

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Special flower for August

Family History

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London Poverty Maps for #FamilyHistory

Summer of 1976 wedding

Books

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Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes

Make a Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

The Heartfelt Series by Adrienne Vaughan

Music

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Brilliant performance of Ravel’s Bolero

Lovely out-of-print piano music collection #JeromeKern

Swinging Sixties

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Crazy furniture from the 1960s

Brilliant 1968 film of the English Riviera

Links to all my August blogposts are here:

https://3sixtyfiveblog.com/2018/08/

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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July Roundup

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In case you missed them, here are links to some of my blogposts from July.

First Women

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Who was the first British woman police detective?

Who was the first British woman pharmacist?

Walking in the Wolds

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#WordlessWednesday Walking in the Wolds #Yorkshire

#WordlessWednesday Walking in the Wolds again #Yorkshire

Books

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#ThrowbackThursday #BookReview Kings and Queens by TerryTyler @TerryTyler4

Colourful Characters in a Bleak Landscape

#ThrowbackThursday #BookReview An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns @june_kearns

Love in the Head: Ford Madox Ford and Parade’s End

Cities

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Prague 1934 #CitySymphonies

3 film clips of York now and then #York #Yorkshire

Can you imagine York Minster made out of flowers? #York #Yorkshire

Cats

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5 Cute Kittens for #Caturday

More cute kittens for #Caturday

Super Cat 1932 #Caturday

Blast from the Past

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1950s dream home

1930s Dream Home

Billingsgate Hats 1949

Music

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My new favourite piano music!

NHS

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Whatever is happening to our NHS? Latest update on #JR4NHS now available

Happy 70th Birthday NHS. Thanks for saving my life! #NHS70

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

I’ve had 212 visitors to my blog in July who’ve looked at 550 posts, liked 155 and commented on 31.

Thanks to all of you and hope to see you again in August.

 

 

 

June Round-Up

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In case you missed them, here are some of my blogposts from June.

Roses

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Special flower for June

More Roses

Yorkshire Rose Queen 1931

La Vie en Rose

Cats

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Cat Artist

Cat and Mouse

Literary

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Miniatures with a huge perspective

Novelists or Dentists

Cities

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Gangs of New York

City Home Future

Swinging Sixties

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Top of the Pops January 1964

What was Number One this week in 1964?

Interesting Interview with Twiggy

First Women

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Who was the first woman to drive a London bus?

Who was the first woman to drive a car?

Who was the first British woman gas fitter?

Tea

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Have you time for afternoon tea?

Man lives on tea alone, St. Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

I’ve had 165 visitors to my blog in June who’ve looked at 430 posts, liked 124 and commented on 10.

Thanks to all of you and hope to see you again in July.

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250th Blogpost today

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I wrote my  100th Blogpost

on December 27th 2017

after starting the blog on March 20th.

My cancer diagnosis caused a bit of a blip between May and November but I’ve managed to post every day since November 3rd.

Admittedly some of my posts have been on the short side but that was always in the plan!

I’ve found some amazing old film clips on Pathe News and You Tube which I hope you’ve enjoyed as much as I have.

I’m still having chemotherapy in two weekly cycles. And I still experience several days of fatigue when my mind is active but I need to sit and rest. So researching and writing my blogposts works well.

I’m pleased to have arrived at Blogpost 250 and am looking forward to getting to 3sixtyfive!

Thanks for reading and hope your day is going well.

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10 Tips for Writing a Daily Blog

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I started writing this blog on March 20th 2017.

I’d set myself the challenge of writing a blogpost every day about something that interested me to do with gardening, healthy eating, books, music and history.

After my cancer diagnosis I stopped writing the blog for a while but resumed on November 3rd 2017. I’d found that my chemotherapy left me mentally alert but physically exhausted for several days; I needed things to do that would occupy my mind while confined to the sofa.

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I’ve posted every day since November 3rd last year although some posts have been short and few have been more than 500 words.

I really enjoy researching and writing my blogposts. Receiving views, likes and comments is a real bonus and I thank anyone who’s read any of my posts and especially readers who’ve liked and commented. My blog averages 30 – 40 views each day but what really pleases me is that each day some visitors read several posts. And a very select group of readers – and you know who you are – read my posts every day. And I thank you for your support and encouragement.

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Here are my Ten Top Tips for anyone planning to write a daily blog.

  1. Decide what you’re going to write about and stick to it.
  2. If you start to struggle to create content, extend your topic areas.
  3. Write a monthly blog plan.
  4. Post at the same time every day. This is discipline for you and your readers know when to expect your post to be available. I post at 10.30am every day which gives me time to write a post in the morning if I haven’t prepared in advance.
  5. Use the scheduler.
  6. Prepare a few posts in advance that you can use if you’re feeling under the weather or for those times when you need thirty six hours in every day.
  7. Collect ideas for posts. I use post-its and stick them onto my monthly planner and move them around as my ideas evolve.
  8. Reply to comments. According to this fascinating article there are way over 440 million blogs in the world. If someone actually reads one of your posts and is so engaged they leave a comment, they deserve a response.
  9. Be delighted if readers stay on your blog and read several posts. 8 visitors who read 46 pages are showing better engagement than 100 visitors who read 1 page each.
  10. Enjoy writing your blogposts. If it becomes a chore, stop and post once or twice a week until you get back into it. Unless you’re writing for profit and it’s your day-job; in which case grab another coffee and get on with it – you’re at work!
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Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!

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I’ve been listening to an old CD called “Red Hot and Blue”

which is a compilation of arrangements of Cole Porter songs. I started looking for a web-site to check out some of the words and found a good one which listed the lyrics for lots of the songs. Some are a bit passé now; some remain hilariously funny; and some are really very poetic and lyrical.

One of my favourite songs is “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” which for decades I thought was a Cole Porter song. I’ve now realised it was written by George and Ira Gershwin for the 1937 film “Shall We Dance”. (The film where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance to the song on roller skates.) The famous opening lines of the chorus of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”are: “You say eether and I say eyether; you say neether and I say nyther; eether, eyether, neether, nyther; let’s call the whole thing off”. And then the same with tomaytoes and tomaatoes and potaytoes and potaatoes.

This reminds me of an enquiry I was pursuing a while ago about the correct spelling of ebook. I was writing a blogpost and realised I’d used several variants of the word in the same post: ebook, e-book and eBook. I started noticing that all three are widely used along with Ebook and E book and hyphenated e-Book and E-book as well. I wondered if there was a definitive version and if so who’d decreed that it should be so.

I Googled ebook and got iBook (apple store), E-book (Wikipedia), Ebooks (The Guardian), eBooks (WHS) and eBooks (Waterstones).

Wikipedia starts off by using e-book but says it can be written in other ways too. The BBC website goes for e-book but provides links to Project Gutenberg as ebooks. The Gutenberg site itself uses ebooks.

Apparently the definitive Oxford English Dictionary goes for e-book but I’m not a subscriber so can’t check. The spell checker on OpenOffice accepts e-book, e-Book, E-book and E book but highlights as mistaken ebook, eBook and Ebook.

I found an interesting article on the Writing Tips web site which explores this same subject. It ran a poll which asked readers which variant they preferred. Overwhelmingly 50% of respondents preferred e-book with nearly all the rest equally divided between eBook and ebook.

So, is there a correct way to spell ebook?

I suppose technically it’s a compound noun. Such a word can be written as one word: electronicbook; two words electronic book; or hyphenated: electronic-book. In the past it was the fashion to hyphenate compound nouns but this is no longer the case; so e-book might not be the best way as it is such a modern and contemporary phenomena. Electronicbook doesn’t read well so ebook doesn’t seem as though it’s right either. Two separate words look right when written out in full but e book doesn’t hit the spot for me and you probably wouldn’t write electronic Book so that seems to rule out eBook.

I think I’m going to settle for ebook because even though electronicbook doesn’t read well, ebook does and it looks good. Right that’s sorted then but have you noticed that the same conundrum seems to apply to web site or do I mean website or web-site?

Anyway back to my CD.  There’s also a 1949 film titled “Red Hot and Blue” starring Betty Hutton and Victor Mature which has nothing to do with Cole Porter either or eyether. The songs in this film are by Frank Loesser.

According to the trailer for Red, Hot and Blue 1949, “You haven’t lived; you haven’t laughed; you haven’t loved until you’ve stepped out with Betty Hutton and Victor Mature.” The trailer lasts for barely 3 minutes and that’s probably enough!

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How does your blog or website look on different devices?

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How disappointing

when after all your hard work crafting a new blogpost or improving your website you realise that it doesn’t look so good on a device different to the one you used for its creation.

I read somewhere

that over half of all published blogposts are read on mobile phones so you really need to ensure that you’ve enabled the mobile phone version of your blog or website.

I use

Blogger blogs

WordPress blogs

and Weebly websites.

This is what I’ve discovered.

Blogger Blogs

You need to go to
Theme and enable the mobile version offered at the top of the page in addition to the web version.
But did you know that on an Apple iPad the web version is the one displayed? At least it is on my iPad Mini. And the web version is very difficult to read and navigate on such a small screen.
Also, with the mobile phone version of Blogger you lose all your sidebars so any useful information you’ve got in the sidebar of the web version isn’t displayed.
If you’ve enabled a Google Plus profile in the sidebar this is displayed below your blogposts but that seems to be the only gadget included with the mobile version.
You might need to review the information you’re trying to share via the sidebar and have a re-think if potentially over half your readers aren’t getting that info.

WordPress Blogs

To enable the mobile version of your WordPress Blog go to
your Admin Dashboard
Appearance
Mobile
Enable mobile theme.
However this version doesn’t display any of your sidebar information either.
On your mobile phone, if you go to the web version the sidebar gadgets are displayed after all the blogposts so a great deal of scrolling is needed to get to them.
Again, you might need to think again about any important information in your sidebar which your readers could be missing.
The iPad displays the sidebar gadgets after the blogposts too.

Weebly Websites

On Weebly websites the home page seems to be displayed the same on all devices except that the pages that are clearly visible in the menu bar on the PC version go into a dropdown menu on the mobile phone and iPad versions. This could necessitate a re-think about what’s on your landing page to point your readers in the direction you want them to go.

It’s well worth checking the appearance of your blog or website on all devices to ensure you’ve maximised all your opportunities to capture your audience!

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How to find your WordPress Admin dashboard

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Usually I use this dashboard for writing my 3sixtyfiveblog posts.

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But recently I needed to use the admin dashboard to make a change to the blog structure.

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But I couldn’t access the admin dashboard and it took ages to work out what to do.

So, if it’s useful to you

here’s the solution.

In your browser add /wp-admin to your blog address.

http://www.myblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin

And after you’ve successfully navigated to your admin dashboard, bookmark the page and forget you ever read to the end of this short blogpost!

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