Zero to Hero: Day 7

Today’s assignment: create and upload a simple header, or test out a few different backgrounds.

Today I tried out a few different headers as suggested using some of the stock images that come with the Twenty Eleven Theme as well as a few of my own photos.  I ended up using today’s new header image, a photo taken early one morning when we visited the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy, Northern France in  2012. After then trialling a number of background colors I felt that a teal blue looked the best, but after receiving Michelle’s comment I switched to the current blue grey, which is definitely a better choice I think, don’t you? Thanks Michelle.

After our memorable and very moving visit to Vimy I made a video using many of my photographs, which I was able to post on YouTube in time for Remembrance Day. The video opens with the full image of the header, and If you have a few minutes you might enjoy watching it and particularly listening to the beautiful Adagio from Schubert’s String Quintet, which plays whilst the photo gallery is showing and starts nearly two minutes into the video.  Enjoy…

Zero to Hero: Days 5 & 6 Unexpected revisited

Day 5: Love Your Theme

…Welcome back, and if this is your first visit, thanks for dropping by.  So, the assignment was to try out at least three other themes including one we would not think of using.  I suspect this will remain an ongoing exercise, which I will continue on my private Test Blog where I can make all the mistakes I want to my hearts content and where only I know how lacking in blog savvy I really am. For those of you who are starting out I would recommend creating a similar blog that’s private where you can experiment as much as you like and not feel that someone is about to throw eggs at you for your perceived blogging incompetence!

As you can see I have changed my theme back to Twenty Eleven, which is the theme I use on my other blog, thechangingpalette. This way I can learn more about the theme here and hopefully apply new skills to use over there without the risk of making minced meat out of six months of blogging. I’m sure you have experienced working on something on your computer only to find you didn’t save it, or for some reason the back up wasn’t on, and hours of writing what would have undoubtedly won the Nobel Prize for literature is now floating somewhere, lost in the digital universe.

So Twenty Eleven it will be for a while; and now for Day 6…

Day 6: Publish a post that includes a new element

…Todays assignment is to introduce a new element into our posts, one we’ve not previously used.  I thought I would revisit one of my most appreciated photos from last year, that received more likes than any other, hence the title of this Day 6: Unexpected Revisited.  Having been inspired recently by a wonderful post from Kristy on her blog hills+bridges in which she added music to her beautiful photo of The Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, I thought I would add  a sound file to my waterfall image.  This allowed me to visit the WordPress Audio Support page to learn the steps I needed. For you new bloggers these support pages are absolutely invaluable and the best way to learn every aspect of blogging. (A heartfelt thank you shout out to all those at WordPress who make it all possible)

So here is Unexpected Revisited with sound and all…

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Look forward to hearing your thoughts as always.  Until tomorrow…