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Mastery?

Not even close. Something urges, or, more accurately, nags me, forward, wanting to master the palindrome. I just googled “how to write a palindrome” and discovered that there are three distinct ways. It appears that what we’re doing here is the first way I read about, which is to be able to read the poem backward, word by word, as it is frontward. You can also do it letter by letter, which looks nearly impossible to me, or line by line, which looks easier.

I am very challenged by the word by word form and since it won’t let go of its choke hold on me, I’m going to continue to make attempts at the palindrome until I feel I’ve really made some progress. I guess you could say that I’m using 20 Lines as my ground to plow through palindrome. Hope you don’t mind.


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WordPress, Google, and Content Tagging — A User Guide | Melissa I. Hassard

Some of  you asked me to write this one and I thought I’d share from my blog at melissahassard.com.  I hope you find it useful and would love your comments and feedback!

Melissa

Many have expressed interest in learning more about using WordPress Categories and Tags, and the difference between the two.

First, let’s take a look at the definitions as they are explained in WordPress’ own documentation:

Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find your content. Categories are similar to, but broader than, tags. For more information on the differences between categories and tags please check out this support doc.
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Tags provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, categories. The use of tags is completely optional.
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If you read the WordPress documentation on using categories and tags, you’ll notice that in both definitions you’ll find the following: “also make it easier for people to find your content” and “tell readers what your post is about.”

The same verbiage written into both definitions.  Confusing.  So what’s the deal?

Categories are a useful way we organize our sites for ourselves and our readers. Think in broad terms like navigation.

Tags are essentially the keywords in your article or post. Keywords means the most important topics you are covering. Perhaps a nuanced detail that often gets overlooked but is important. Basically, it is a handful of words that are significant or relevant to what you are trying to say.

Search engines like Google are constantly improving their algorithms (the formulaic way they send their spiders to analyze and catalog every site) to ignore and demote blatant attempts to overshadow other sites by using false tags, unrelated links, and other sketchy means. As a result, tagging your blog and tagging it correctly is essential.

Further in the description of tags, WordPress says this:

[read more here: via WordPress, Google, and Content Tagging — A User Guide | Melissa I. Hassard.]


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**Important Housekeeping Note**

Contributors, please read:

Hello, everyone …

A quick note to you all to bring up something that I am finding out and would like to share.

Weirdly, and surprisingly perhaps, Google has changed its search algorithms and while a lot of it is fairly technical to explain, suffice to say I feel it necessary to put this into place:

No more images that are not original content, please.  Meaning your own work.

We all wish to be found by Google, yes?

I know there are darling images that sometimes illuminate the spirit of a poem or piece of work but if we do not hold the copyright for them I do not want to use them unless they are sourced, and Google is getting really funky about how we link to other sites …

SO with that in mind, I think it is just much simpler that for clarity’s sake, we simply do not use anyone else’s work.

The spirit of 20 Lines is about original content, and while I have never made many rules, I do feel compelled to make this one now.

Please write to me directly with any questions/thoughts/comments or ideas.  My door is always open.

Love,

Melissa


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For those of you who love Facebook (and I know you’re out there), please give us a “Like” over there as well.  Polls, questions, writing prompts and more challenges to come and we hope you will join us there, too, and have some fun.  Facebook is the perfect vehicle for 20 Lines as we are community-driven and really encourage your participation, feedback and thoughts.

Come on over!

And I also invite you to friend me personally as we make this journey together.

Cheers, and happy writing,

Melissa


… and we’re back.

If you were around last night somewhere about 10pm Eastern you might have noticed WordPress suspended our wonderful blog.  Seems something about us triggered an automated anti-spam response.  After review, of course, everything was cleared up.

So here we are again.  Write.  Photograph.  Live.  Capture it all, in 20 Lines and share it with us.  And thank you.

Have a wonderful day, everyone.

Melissa


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Google Knows I’m God’s Worst Child

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I just love WordPress‘s dashboard. It is fun to see the little map light up with color, or to see how many times someone looks up my gravatar. I love the breakdown of which of my many bizarre stories people have continually looked up…they are never the ones I think were my best! But best of all, is the search terms that people typed into Bing or Google that led them to my site. I have wonderful ones.

Without doubt, Disclaimer: I’m God’s Worst Child Ever is my popular article of all time. So, approximately 180 people have typed in “God’s worst child” and they’ve been directed to me. Out of curiosity, I’ve been asking random friends to type that in and see what comes up. Guess what! My article..no wonder it is doing well. My son typed the phrase in to Google Images, and my picture pulls up. I guess I’m seriously God’s Worst Child!!

Number two article is trailing behind the first one at 169 searches, and it is How My Own Brain Humiliated Me. The phrase internet explorers keep using to find this one, you ask?

Three boobs. :-)

I typed that one in, and thankfully, while it pulls up my article, I’m not number one, nor does my picture pull up under Google Images. I can live with being God’s Worst Child, but if everyone who has never seen me thinks I have Three Boobs, I’ll just die…

– Bird


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How April Fool’s Day Got Me A Verbal Warning At Work

In honor of it being April Fools Day, I will tell you about one of the practical jokes I played one year.

I worked in an accounting department for a really large oil company, along with almost 30

Keyboard V

Keyboard V (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

other people. We’d recently merged with another company..or was taken over..depended on how you looked at it, and spirits were pretty low as people wondered just how secure their jobs were.

Being a person who enjoys practical jokes, I laid awake half the night trying to figure out a good practical joke to make people laugh, but something that wouldn’t get me in trouble..like before. Yeah. That’s a post for a different day.

Finally, in the middle of the night, I got up to scope the internet to see if I could come up with something. I sat down at the computer…and something was off. I couldn’t put my finger on it…Ah, the keyboard was missing. My cat had knocked it to the side of the desk, and in the dark, I hadn’t seen it. I laughed because it took me a minute or two to figure it out.

The next morning, I went to work TWO hours early, and disconnected every single keyboard in the department and hid them in their file cabinets. All except mine of course. As people trickled in, I sat innocently at my desk typing away. (Trying not to laugh….)

As people noticed, they started chuckling, and then watching as other people came in, to see their reactions. Of course, they knew right away who had done this, because I can’t keep from laughing to save my butt! By the time everyone had been pranked, the atmosphere felt a lot lighter.

And I only got a verbal warning for wasting company time… Win / Win.

Happy April Fools Day!

-Bird

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