In response to my previous post, Chinese Character of the Year 2012 Revealed: From ‘Tiny’ to ‘Lust’, my friend Vera Poh from To Dad With Love told the world with a warm heart that she would choose the Chinese character 友 (pronounced as yǒu; meaning ‘friend’) to be her character of the year 2012.
Here is the character ‘friend’ in Chinese, as chosen by Vera.
If you have been on WordPress for a while, you might also share Vera’s reflections on this Chinese character. Aren’t we not grateful that we’ve found some genuine friends through blogging, especially on WordPress? The most invaluable experience on WordPress is that many friendships have transcended nation, age and culture. Friendships have flourished and minds are nurtured. Our life has thus been wonderfully enriched.
Yesterday, I published my Top 18 favourite bloggers.
In fun exchanges with Robin Coyle, the ‘Strong vs Weak Words’ martyr, I was stunned to discover I could insert IMAGES in the comment box, like this: Continue reading
Through WordPress and links from WordPress, I’ve found incredible bloggers with their brilliant resources. They enlighten me, entertain me and they teach me new skills each day.
I’ve just dedicated a ‘Likes’ page to honour my favourite bloggers. These are my first Top 18 in 6 categories.
I hope you get inspirations from these brilliant bloggers too. Click on the image below and you’ll get to their websites.
My Top 18
Daniela is the Lantern Keeper in New Zealand.
On her WordPress blog, Lantern Post, she explained why she called her blog the Lantern Post: “…in a memory of a dreamy street lanterns I walked under in year 1980 and others, through cobbled streets of old Zagreb, reading poetry (V. Majer; ‘Plinska lanterna na Gricu’/ ‘Gas lantern on Gric’) and holding my heart just a tiny fraction above the abyss … on most days.”
Generosity from New Zealand
On Aug 3, Daniela wrote an illuminating post, Some Helpful Books For Writers. It’s inspiring. One of the books Daniela recommended was The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
Later Daniela received some books of Steven Pressfield as gifts. She gave them all away for FREE. I’m one of her lucky recipients. Daniela is in New Zealand. I’m in England. Continue reading
It must be love.
WordPress has just launched a new theme: Twenty Twelve, designed by Drew Strojny.
It’s clean. It’s stylish. It’s clutter-free. I just need something so refreshing to recharge, and to re-invent myself.
I changed my theme instantly. Continue reading
In my last post, 5 Easy Steps to Create Stunning Word Clouds, I recommended using the web tool Tagxedo to create your stunning Word Cloud.
You can create a personalised stunning Word Cloud in just 5 minutes.
I hope you have some success with your creation. If you haven’t tried it yet, why not try it today?
Today I created 3 word clouds with 3 favourite WordPress blog posts.
1) The creative and warm-hearted Tilly Bud, creator of The Laughing Housewife. Blog Post: Let the Games Begin.
Tilly Bud’s The Laughing Housewife: Let the Games Begin
What’s a Word Cloud?
Word Cloud is an image with words. You turn words into stunning images, like this:
Beautiful Word Cloud on Tagxedo
I use Word Clouds regularly for teaching and learning new vocabulary. If you’re a visual learner like me, Word Cloud is a powerful tool. Recently, I’ve learnt some new words about tea tasting and tea culture, so I’ve turned some tasters’ jargon into images.
Today, I’m going to show you 5 easy steps to create your own stunning Word Cloud with a magnificent web tool called Tagxedo. Tagxedo is my favourite as it supports European languages and exotic languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.
Tutorial: Turning words into a stunning Word Cloud:
1) Go to Tagxedo, click on the word Create – You’ll find ‘Create’ is on the left and on the top of the page.
1) Click on the word ‘Create’
Today I discovered the power of blogging on WordPress.
After reading my blog posts, one renowned tea maker made a donation to Piam Brown Ward, a charity close to my heart.
On Tuesday, Ahmad Tea of London invited me for a VIP visit to its headquarters, and gave me a generous cheque for Piam Brown Ward.
Janet’s Notebook has linked a global enterprise and an outstanding children oncology ward in Southampton General Hospital. I’m very honoured to have connected the two through blogging. I’m very touched by the generosity of Ahmad Tea of London. I thank WordPress for this wonderful platform.
What’s a blogger for? We make connection. We build bridges. We spread kindness. We act.
Ethical Tea Partnership