Show your pride: badges for your blog

Here are official Post a Day and Post a Week badges to show off on your blog:

I'm part of Post A Day 2012

<img src="" alt="I'm part of Post A Day 2012" width="194" height="60" />

I'm part of Post A Day 2012

<img src="" alt="I'm part of Post A Week 2012" width="194" height="60" />

I'm part of Post A Day 2012

<img src="" alt="I'm part of Post A Day 2012" width="274" height="62" />

I'm part of Post A Week 2012

<img src="" alt="I'm part of Post A Week 2012" width="274" height="62" />

I'm part of Post A Day 2012

<img src="" alt="I'm part of Post A Day 2012" width="154" height="30" />

I'm part of Post A Week 2012

<img src="" alt="I'm part of Post A Week 2012" width="154" height="30" />

Find image widget instructions here. Make sure to have the image link to, so that others can learn about the challenge, too.

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  1. Brilliant idea!

    Besides this whole Post a day challenge has gotten me posting everyday, while it isn’t always on the topic of the day since my blog doesn’t really fit the topics, I still manage to write daily.


  2. I can’t believe I actually figured this out! Pretty neat, and now I am branded for the year… so I either have to own up to the postaweek or figure out how to take it off!


  3. This is such a good idea!
    Now everyone can see that I accepted the challenge, and when they see it, more people can participate, too!

    And it looks pretty :)


  4. Great job thanks for the motivation. It is working and I am actually getting further then I ever have. The year is young though and hopefully I will be able to make a similar post at the end of the year.


  5. Thank you for the badges. I’m writing a poem a day, so I usually don’t follow the recommended themes, but I am enjoying the challenge!


    1. Not sure how to post the code without it converting to HTML, so here is what to change to get the Postaday2001 badge.

      1. Copy and paste the code listed above.
      2. Leave the first line (a href) alone.
      3. In the img title line, change “postaweek-badge” to “postaday-badge-wide”
      4. In the src line change “” to “” (or right click the image and select copy link and past it over the other link)

      That should work for the wide badge which I saw you were using on your site.


  6. Done!

    (By the way, for anybody who wishes to open the link in a new window or remove the border, use the text widget instead of the image widget and add in your own target and/or border tags.)


  7. I am seriously confused as to how to do this. I have had a Nablopomo badge up with no problem. Where do I find the code for the different badges? Can I upload the badge to my media library? Help!?!


    1. Easiest way I found to do it is to right click on the image you want and save it to your computer then upload it to your media library. Grab the url once uploaded and using the widget add it as in image in your sidebar. Give that a try, I did mine that way with no problems. :-)


  8. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! My blog is wearing it proudly. I added it as a text and was happy to see it automatically linked back to this site. Double YaY: YaY! YaY!


  9. I can never figure these dratted things out. Your instructions are so unclear, it’s not worth the effort. :-(


    1. I had a problem too. Then I noticed when I saved there were some extra quotation marks and it was missing the http:// for both links. Just double check to make sure what you save is identical to what is on this page.


  10. realmente é uma pagina que encanta muitos mescritores, um blog chei de surpresas, cativa muito os escritores e da animo para suas escritas….continuo postando 2 vezes por semana, sobre desenvolvimento cientifico, ensino, e amor ao proximo, romantismo e outros generos…. estou muito grato até muito breve


  11. Great idea! I did have some problems with the fancy quote marks – if anyone else just gets a question mark in a box, just delete the double quotes and retype them out again.


  12. Like the idea of the badges, but there are two of us working on our blog…is there anyway of getting a badge that says ‘We are part of post a day 2011″ instead of “I”?


  13. Same issue with griffinshoney: html didn’t convert properly when the text widget was saved, so I used the image widget. At least that works!


  14. You left out a step. Nowhere (not in the written instructions or the video) does it CLEARLY tell people how to get the page into the image widget. WP has a tendency to assume what people know. That intermediate step (which I just happened to figure out) of copying the badge code into the image field needs to be clearer. The video explains a different set of circumstances. If WP wants people to join the effort, hold our hand a little. Just sayin…


  15. Nice idea! It should certainly spur me to write more often as I currently only manage 1-2 posts a month. Time to get the brain into gear!


  16. PLEASE ! I need more literal steps to help me get the PostADay logo on my site. I have tried countless times. In vain! I need to know EXACTLY what to do, and from what point, which page – and in what order?
    thanks, jenny cutler


    1. Jenny, I shall try my best to give you a step by step method!

      1) Right click on the PostADay logo you want, and choose Save. My Docs or somewhere else if you prefer.
      2) Log into your WordPress account and go to your Dashboard. On the left hand side you will see a menu item called Media. Click it.
      3) On the Media Library page click the button at the top called Add New.
      4) On the Upload New Media page click Select Files. A window will open. Find the PostADay logo you have saved and click Open at the bottom of the window. It will then “crunch” the image – compact it to a smaller size.
      5) You can add Alternate Text if you like. Maybe PostADay. This will appear when someone hovers over the image, I think!
      6) Where it says File URL highlight the text, right click and select Copy.
      7) At the bottom of the page click Save All Changes.
      8) Now look back at the menus on the left for one that says Appearance. Click it and it should expand. If it is already expanded look for a menu beneath it called Widgets.
      9) On your Widgets page you need to look for one called Image. Click, hold and drag it to the right where it should say Sidebar or Sidebar1. Release it and it should slot into place. You can move it up or down depending where you want it to appear.
      10) Click the arrow next to the Image menu title you have just placed and it should expand.
      11) Where it says Image URL, right click and choose Paste. This should paste in the text you copied from the Upload New Media page, for example mine looks like this:

      12) Below that is the box titled Alternate Text, type in: I’m part of Post a Week 2011.
      13) Do the same for the box below titled Image Title.
      14) Don’t worry about the other boxes but at the bottom where it says: Link URL (when the image is clicked): type in so that when someone clicks the logo it will take them to the DailyPost blog.
      15) Click the blue Save button below and you should see a spinning thingy. When that goes click Close.
      16) Take a look at your blog and see if you like the position of the logo. If not return to the Widgets page, click the Image Widget, hold it and drag it up or down.

      Hopefully I haven’t missed any points out. There are different ways to do this but I figure this was easier to follow than the guide on the WordPress help section!

      Scream if you have any problems!


      1. Great work Noobcake! Definitely easier than what was posted since that had a small error in the html code.

        Thanks again for creating the badge for the RandomBlog2011 Challenge. It looks great on the blogs. :-)


  17. e muito gratificante sentir, e ver, tanto progresso na escrita, com abilidades de bons escritores, envolvidos neste blog social, pelo qual muito me encanta a cada dia…e agrada a maioria dos leitores em geral , estou muito grato…


  18. Really I am not pessimistic, I love the world and the beautiful things in it, but we as humans know how to ruin it for the rest of us. The fanatics mean work bosses, the aggressors, the gun killers. There is so much more to think about and do but we don’t.

    Devastated countries here one week and forgotten in the minds eye the next Japan , Haiti, New Zealand , Australia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece, Syria, Pakistan, S America, all with some kind of hell, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, mining accidents, mud slides, fires, melt downs, wars, fights, famine, hatred.

    All of the above may slide by us on a daily bases, but now our very existence is in dire straights right now. If we do not change our way of thinking and doing things then we are all up a creek without a paddle.

    So there you are on vacation, on the beach and paddling in the sea. Something stings you and in ten minutes you’re dead.
    Maybe you did not know that we have dead zones in our oceans along the coasts of America and around the world. Nothing lives in the dead zones, there is no oxygen, and the water has been polluted the sea by the run off of rain, floods, from the land which comes from the pollutions from the farms and factories near the coast.

    Jelly fish mainly the boxed jelly the most poisonous in the world can and does survive in the dead zones. Fisher men in Portugal had nets full of fish once, now they have nets full of giant jelly fish and a few fish that die from the stings. Jelly fish now have multiplied to the extent that the food in the oceans is vanishing. Meanwhile if we do decided to swim in the sea sharks attack us because of the lack of food they cannot find.
    Some are now swimming up river, and found in the most strangest of places. A seven foot ray was found in a river in Thailand, and small sharks are moving inland.

    We certainly know how to bugger things up.
    Q ‘Have you eaten fish’?
    A ‘Well I remember having some as a child’?

    Susan Oliver.


  19. Meus sentimentos, me doe no meu ser .de uma Nação que eu pessoalmente, mesmo, sendo um desconhecido, tenho muito orgulho por meus Superiores
    serem filhos desta grandiosa nação.

    Saudações, Amiga.
    Susan Oliver.

    É com extremo respeito e admiração , que me dirijo a Sra. para se não pedir muito, a oportunidade de corrigir meu erro.

    Eu tenho sofrido muito esses dias, por meus erros, pois o povo americano
    Tem me acolhido , e me orientando para a mudança , você pertence a uma nação de leis muito rígidas , eu venho de um pais em desenvolvimento ,
    Brasil, e temos fortes relações com os estados Unidos, há muitos anos .

    Amiga, Susan Oliver.
    Eu estou estudando, ainda tenho muitos erros na minha escrita , você é e foi , sempre Será muito mais culta que eu.

    Dar-me o Perdão , para que eu possa redimir meu erro, seu povo são muito gentil comigo e minha nação. e dependemos de seu povo, para nosso Desenvolvimento, e Sobrevivência . eu tenho recebido muitas perguntas,
    relacionadas a figura de meu passado… Hoje não mais …são perguntas muito especificas formuladas por escritores de muitos anos de Níveis de
    Graduação ,e, pós graduados e mais além .

    Eu, no momento não tenho noção como responde-las , Constam técnicas Psicológicas que vão muito além do meu pobre conhecimento em relação
    a eles, creio eu, que em um futuro muito breve , não responderei , pois vão ver em mim um outro ser . com pensamentos relacionados ao futuro, não ao meu passado.

    Amiga ate Então , a minha admiração pelo seu trabalho junto a sua amável Nação, todos Meus amigos escritores Valoriza seu trabalho é muito significante para nós, aprender com você .

    Meus Eminentes Respeito.
    de seu Amigo, eu amo sua escrita.
    É muito transparente aos nossos olhos , me faz ver um futuro melhor.

    Obrigado por você me acolher em meus momentos Sofridos .
    Amiga, dar-me o seu perdão .

    que nosso grande Deus olhe por Você , e familia .


  20. The Pope and the Little Japanese Girl.

    Through Skype the Pope was able to talk to people around the world this Easter.
    One little girl asked why God allowed all the earthquakes and tsunami to happen in Japan and the Pope said he did not know.

    This is my opinion, and I was astounded at his answer. He is the Pope.
    In the beginning there was a war in heaven between Lucifer and God and God threw Lucifer out. God made the earth and it was pristine with everything we needed to live.
    Lucifer was sent to earth where he could reign but never return to heaven. The spirits in heaven were now split and the Lord decided that the only way they could choose between him and Lucifer was to gain a body and live on earth.
    He made Adam who was lonely and from one of Adams ribs he made Eve, and they lived in the Garden of Eden. It was a paradise. God said that they had their own free will, that they must not eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge or else they would be cast out of the Garden of Eden, and the last that they must go forth and multiply. They knew nothing and did not understand. Eve knew that in order to gain knowledge she must eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge. Had she not taken the fruit we would have no way to return to the Lord in Heaven. They had their free will and both ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge and they were cast out into the world.

    Adam and Eve went out into the world and multiplied. Two of their siblings Cain killed Able and so it began, good and bad. They had many children.

    As human beings we are greedy, envious, hateful, but we also have qualities only the Lord can give those who love and follow him. We were given our own free will. The earth was ours to live and we in are ultimate greed started to destroy the beauty and the animals and the environment, and the air.

    Pollution and toxins made mutant animals with two heads, children without limbs, diseases like cancer, dead zones in the sea that nothing lives except jelly fish that have increased greatly, animals have become extinct, forests are declining, water poisoned from the fertilizers that are sprayed over the crops and wash into the soil and into the rivers. The axel of the earth has changed dramatically and the weather has changed.
    I often wonder if the two atom bombs dropped on Japan made a difference to the fault line and the crust of the earth. As human beings we did not take care of anything we were given. Lucifer was doing a good job here on earth. He even tried to tempt Jesus.

    We like to blame others for things that happen to us especially if we travel the path of uncertainty. I did have a miracle happen to me. I was deathly ill and in pain. The pain was so great that I could hardly take it. People came and prayed over me and gave me a blessing and when they had gone a euphoric feeling of happiness, love and warmth came over me. It was the Lord. He was there and I fell asleep. I was not taking medication and the next day I had an operation.

    We are on earth in a body just like Jesus. He came down gained a body and died so that we may return to him in Heaven if we choose. What has happened in the world is not his fault. It is our fault or maybe it just is.

    We cannot expect everything to come to us on a plate and return to the Lord without effort. There is good and bad and we know the difference. If we choose to disregard this
    And make our own rules just like Hollywood then there are circumstances.

    All religions have guide lines. We have the Ten Commandments. We have our own free will. Inside my Father’s House there are many mansions. This life is very short. Live well and return to the Father that loves and cares for us always.

    Written by Susan Oliver with a little help from above.

    The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – I’ll Say Yes

    The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir – I’ll Say Yes


  21. The Birds are back.

    It has been a long hard winter. The cold really got to me this year and after five months of snow wind and bitter cold the thought of April could not come quick enough. The wax wings came in a huge flock and seem to stop on out avenue every year. What a sight that is bustling and flying from branch to branch.

    The blue jays and robins look for a good place to nest and the chickadees sweet chirping fill the house when the window is open. I can even hear them when all the windows are closed. In fact right now, while I am typing they are the song I love to hear.

    Sometimes later in the month when I lie in bed I can hear the flocks of geese fly over head. I have even seen Pelicans of all birds on a lake near my home. One very stupid wood pecker was pecking away on a metal clothes line and making a heck of a noise I had to go outside to see what it was.

    Right now the grass is just showing brown from the melted snow, in a few weeks it will be a foot high, quack grass. Our back garden is no show piece but we are trying to fill it with wild flowers, tempting the hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. We had a chain link fence that everyone could see through so we got white slats to fill in the holes so no one could see the grossness that does come when you are trying to do something that takes a long time.

    We have a lawn mower that just cuts grass without gas or electricity; it is a good work out. I did not think we were all that eco friendly but I guess we are. Every year the phone calls start for the green drop guys to weed and feed the lawn. The very thought of having a lawn that is pristine and grows quickly makes my husband shudder at the thought.

    The apple tree is bare but soon the buds will come and blossoms fill the air with a lovely smell that lasts only a few days when the wind blows. Birds fly around the yard with bits of twigs and string in their mouths. I love this time of year. A new beginning, new life,
    and hope raises up in my soul that our family will be able to cope another year through God’s good Grace.

    Written by Susan Oliver.

    Outdoor Water Fountains


  22. Aqui na América Latina , Cidade de São Paulo, Capinas Brasil.
    Temos tido fortes Ventos , um pouco de frio também , Sol visível ao entardecer diminui um pouco o frio, junto a uma pequena lareira eu
    me acomodo com meu Bicho de estima um Gato por nome de Pluto,
    ele é encantador, uma companhia maravilhosa, ao amanhecer vejo ao
    abrir a janela pelo vidro transparente uma visão extraordinária , muito
    verde orvalhado um longo rio, e muitos pássaros de diversos tamanhos
    e cores, ouvimos seus cantos os mesmo são orquestras para nossos ouvidos
    muitos ainda pequeninos ainda aprendendo a voar pela primeira vez.
    Pluto, um Gato Branco Extraordinariamente Grande, Cabelos bem macios
    pelos quais lhe cobrem os olhos azuis, sua calda escura no inicio e na sua
    continuidade um branco brilhante encantador , bem Provavel raça domestica unica companhia para todos os dias muito Amoroso . eu fiz
    questão de fazer sua morada revestida de veludo por dentro branco e marrom na parte superior , combinando um pouco com sua própria cor,
    Era muito natural minha Interação na Internet, Conciliando Trabalho e
    Cuidados com” Pluto”ele fica o tempo todo ao meu lado , por um período
    de Nove Horas de trabalhos contínuo já era visto o desgaste por minha parte , eu revia um pouco de Café para que fosse posível o complemento
    dos trabalhos , Pluto não era nada amigável com os pássaros , ele se afastava
    no sentido da janela ao lado do sofá , eu sentia que era hora de descanso
    para dar continuidade aos trabalhos no dia seguinte, eu me dirigia à Cama
    após algumas orações eu vinha a adormecer , eu acordei bem já muitos
    pássaros cantando ao redor da casa , meus olhos procuravam Pluto, eu tentava localiza-lo , no Sofá não! no chão não, quando virei para o lado oposto que felicidade ! Aqui estava dormindo levantei lentamente sem
    intenção alguma de incomoda-lo , me dirigi para porta e Pluto me seguia
    aquela paisagem nos convidavam para um passeio, uma caminhada de
    três mil metros não mais; ao chegar as margens do rio pluto inquieto por
    temer a agua. com olhos fixos aos Gansos e Patos grande número , a agua
    muito transparente dava para ver os peixes ao fundo de cores muito variadas, Tamanhos e formas era hora de voltar ao mundo Exterior e ao redor , eu não via Pluto, no meio de milhares de arvores bem verdes de muitos ramos e galhos , eu passo muito tempo trabalhando sentado pois
    caminhar Cinco mil metros me faria muito bem principalmente para exercitar músculos e Nervos , eu tinha que me conectar na certeza que Pluto, voltaria para casa , jamais ele se perderia pois seu sentido é muito
    intenso, eu voltava conectado ao encontro de meus amigos , eu tinha que postar comentários , visitar varias comunidades Sociais , eu acompanho
    muitos postes de meu Instrutor com excelentes temas , e de alguns Escritores com boas instruções na escrita literária , nesta interação eu
    muito tenho aprendido, Eu não tenho a certeza de quanto tempo permanecerei interagindo nesta pagina juntamente com você, escritores
    estudantes , e Amigos diversos , Eu divulgo seus trabalhos , e encoraja-los
    de uma melhor forma mesmo em poucas palavras , para o Leitor siguinifíca muito .e a razão de realizar o que você mais gosta de fazer…

    No Planeta em que você vive, vivem Também seus Pais, seus
    amigos, seus Professores e , em lugares diferentes e distantes , pessoas
    como você com diferenças na cor da pele, nos hábitos e costumes, mas
    com o mesmo objetivo de aprender crescer , e ser Feliz.

    Um ser humano bem educado é capaz de construir a própria história
    e participar ativamente da sociedade, com ética e bom senso.


  23. I think this is a wonderful idea. I already post a full line of dailys for my readers everything from the daily horoscopes to daily influences. But I love the badge and it make a wonderful addition to my blog. Thanks for coming up with this!


  24. Trying to Earn on the Internet
    For those of you out there who have no idea what to do to earn on the internet and have learnt all you know of the computer your self, you may have fallen for the good the bad and the ugly?

    It is like trying to do your own brain surgery with a knife and fork.

    Yes there are many that make millions. The first dozen and the rest work for them. The minute your domain is on the net the phone calls begin, 3.20 pm for me in the afternoon, followed by 6.00 pm. “Want to make a million”, the usual smart mouths.

    Of course I am dyslexic and find it harder and harder to work out what they are trying to say when written on the website and what they want me to do. Communication is lost. One day there will be a bright spark who will come along and realize that the less said the better. Delete is delete and not an epistle according to Yahoo and Google and MSN.

    Yes people can take over your computer site and look right into it that usually is for the folks that are helping you out, but the bad ones can do it too. Yes words you type out are followed just to make sure you are not a bad person.

    Do not spend any money on people who say they will bring people to your site. You can pay thousands and only make hundreds. Learn to do it yourself. You can and maybe it does take awhile but then you remember and write it down in a book. Not on your computer, where people can look.

    I was watching the Big Bang when Penny was making Penny Blossoms for the hair and the guys set up a site on the computer and within an hour they had a sale. It does not happen. Well not in this world.

    Don’t get ripped off. If it is too good then it is not real. Scammers are the insects of the net. Leaches that will suck all your blood. I would say no to everything. Especially if you are just learning to use the computer. Plug it in first!

    Join as many sites as you can, blog sites which will send your blogs off to each other. Keep the passwords in a book and change them all the time so you cannot be followed, in a book. Or glued on to my 2003 huge computer. I just hope this has helped a bit. Now if you are just a boring person and know that your information will just put people to sleep then it is fine to let people see it, but if you are some official and the blogs are juicy then don’t send them out over the net.

    Susan Oliver.



  25. Don’t Rain on my Parade.

    A woman lost a lot of weight and managed to get into a size 6. There are women out there who know what it means to lose 200 pounds, that have spent their lives wanting and needing to lose weight but their will to do so is in a pit of black tar unable to get rid of the life that led them to this.

    So when someone does lose that weight it is really hard work with a few slip ups.
    Now there are the women who are sticks, who look at fat woman with disdain wondering why they dare walk the street that come out their houses looking like that, and do not do something about it. The anal retentive who also have issues of a different kind, who puts her head above all the rest because that is all she sees, herself. Her empathy is for herself, and if she does have children they will be abused verbally for eating an extra slice of toast, or cookie. In fact a woman only fed her baby on low fat milk and it died.

    When I read an email of a woman that had lost a lot of weight one of these people had to write in. This is what she said. “Do you know that a size 6 and a size 8 are different now than they use to be, the manufacturers now supersize to make the people believe they are in a size 6 or a size 8”. SO WHAT! Who cares?
    The very fact that this woman in the magazine worked her but off, no pun intended, another woman of the stick family has ruined a good feeling inside her for what?

    Susan Oliver.



  26. Just started blogging on May 2nd, and one of my friend/followers/pushers ( he pushed me into blogging in the 1st place) told me about the post a day/week thing….this is pretty cool and should def motivate me to post more, so thanks!


  27. I’m sorting of signing up “retrospectively” as looking back, it appears that i’ve been posting at least once a week for a few months.
    Of course now that i’m actually committing to it i’ll probably dry up completely!
    I should warn anyone thinking of looking at it though, that it’s Adult in nature.


  28. Sweet Amy Winehouse.
    The summer sun seeps through the dawn.
    What shall we do now you are gone?
    You left us with so much to give.
    Your music that part of you will live.
    You flew so fast, you flew right past.
    While Camden bustled with shopping carts
    Alone at home you died and broke our hearts
    Your life slipped by with no one there.
    Parents loved and brought you to life.
    Those tender years were their golden light
    You touched hearts and sang your songs
    But nothing lasts and you broke ours.
    You drew us to your mesmerising light
    While all along your life ignites?
    Your life like gold dust disappears.
    Replaced by gems you left us to hear.
    The world was filled with vibrant song
    Then like a storm you blew away and were gone
    Our eyes filled with tears they dry on their own.
    Those words you sang are the words we sing alone.
    Now in a place where musicians play
    Teaching others a genius we no longer see
    You laugh and chuckle now safe at last
    Thank you for the songs you shared
    Sweet Amy your memory is in our care.

    Written by Susan Oliver dedicated to Amy Winehouse.
    September 17, 2011.


  29. Perversion at its Best.

    Take away my childhood, mold me in your hand.
    You know I’m not an adult, for this is an adult plan.
    Mothers think their babies are better than the rest
    Living out their own child’s life, through their passed regrets.

    A child in mother’s favor is test children want to win.
    Coaxed with toys and treats the parents one deceiving sin.
    How happy for a moment when they can sit and play
    Then taken all away. We have miles to travel,”No toys for you today”.

    As pliable as putty, soft and easy to mold.
    “Toddlers in Tiaras”, playing dress up, they are told.
    Walking back and forth upon the stage in a perverted way.
    Pleasing judges and their mothers for the trophy of the day.

    Fat mothers sway their bodies, the child copies with a smile
    How cute, they look to mother or a predator’s sleazy eye.
    Make up, plastered on their face, big hair lacquered hard and dry,
    While invisible, the predator’s watches as their child walks by.

    Children should not be sexy, displayed in such a way.
    The toddler does as it is told; mothers love is all they crave.
    They may look cute and love to dance, as mother gives a wave.
    They give up a special childhood, to have to live this way.

    Cheap media brings this hourly show, where parents rant and rave,
    Their money times and troubles made for the child, who did not win today.
    They did not win the trophy even though the toddler really tried and cries,
    This is child abuse, as parents shout we know what is implied.

    Anxiety and pressure is filled within a face to please their mother every time
    When life can seem so bleak. What self–esteem is grown when forced to win?
    What happens to that precious seed, and makes their life so cheap?
    We break that spirit of that dear child that Jesus finds so meek.

    Written by Susan Oliver.


    1. Oil and Water.

      We transport oil tankers all around the world. We transport oil through pipelines from countries to country. Yet the thought of transporting water to areas of the world that have drought seems ridiculous? Without water we DIE. Water is our only way to live and yet we go for greed every time oil.

      Water management around the world should be a priority. No one should deny any country water. In Australia there were floods that washed away many homes and people. Those drains in the road should have many similar drains that drained away the water through a pipe to dry areas.

      Engineers who want to actually do something to maintain water around the world should come up with ideas to build reservoirs, man made lakes, holding tanks, and pipe line to the areas that flood to areas of drought. Why don’t we use shipping tanks full of water instead of oil and send water to the drought areas of the world? Please do not say it costs too much I drink water and not oil. Although some drinks have oil in them ugh!

      Think of all the oil tankers that have gone aground spilling oil ruining the environment killing fish and animals, then think what would happen if a tanker full of water ran aground, that would be a much better story, a water spill.

      Diverting floodwaters with floodgates. Floodgates were built down stream for the Thames river in London UK and made to increase in height when the water rises. of course it may not be enough today because of global warming. But it is an idea and an idea starts with just one thought!

      There are so many mind blowing people in the world who come up with many ingenious ways to make money where are those who could help all of us? Would it not be just as mind blowing to actually help the world?

      Three countries who are up and coming Brazil, India, and China, have had some terrible floods and drought, in order to save the people they should take a sip of water and think of ideas to help themselves and others.

       Texas. This year, Texas has received less than half its normal rainfall: 6.53 inches instead of 16.03. Climatologists say this dry spell is the worst one-year drought since Texas began keeping rainfall records in 1895.
       Australia. Australia’s 40 Year Drought Linked to Antarticas’s Heaviest Snowfall in 38,000 Years
       Horn of Africa Drought .A cycle of severe droughts has led to a humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa (which includes Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda). It is estimated that over 13 million people have been affected, many fleeing their homes and are now left with limited access to food, clean water and shelter.
       India. India is facing its worst drought in nearly 40 years because of a once-in-a-generation shortfall in summer rains, a meteorologist said Wednesday, a shortage that threatens to stall the country’s recovery from the global economic downturn.
       Spain. Barcelona is in the grip of a climate crisis on a scale never seen before in modern-day Europe. And now this parched city is being forced to import supplies from France.
       United Kingdom. Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes amid severe flooding across England and Wales that is now believed to have claimed four lives.
       England. Parts of England are officially in a drought following the dry spring, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said areas of East Anglia are in drought, with parts of the Midlands, South West and South East in a “near-drought” state.
       Bangladesh are usually associated with flooding, but for farmers in the northwest the problem at the moment is not too much water, but too little.

      Water security has become an incredibly important topic for many governments and environmentalists. Without water, there would be no life on Earth, and while there has been some efforts towards water conservation, world wide water shortage may happen sooner than anticipated. Based on various climate prediction centers, 2011 appears as though it will bring in severe droughts around the world.

      We need people who want to do something about this issue. Talking does not help if nothing is done. Education will help and hopefully engineers with the ideas will come along and save our water in ways we never thought of.

      Written by Susan Oliver.

      Owner of A Fun Gift Shop


  30. The Wonders of Science. A Nano Revolution.

    Now I am not a scientist but I do like to learn and after watching a documentary it really spiked my interest about nano particles and how exceptional Scientists can be.

    We as humans really know how to abuse the earth and take what ever we want from it but replacing and renewing now that is another field. In lay mans terms there are people who are actually trying to undo the stupid things we have done to the earth.

    Scientists bless them, have developed Nano Science where infinite particles are taken from the environment and through technology manipulated to control the abuse we have done to the environment and bodies.

    What is Nanotechnology? In Toronto Canada a university have been experimenting and managed to make minute particles, 80,000 particles that can fit on a finger tip. Once placed in a solution, the particles are put into the ground, and attach themselves to the poisons left by chemical factories.

    When I looked up nanotechnology I began to read and it made me want to ask “Please tell me in English”, I am not a scientist just a lay person who is dyslexic I felt like rubbing my fingers over my lips and babbling, yet my interest was heightened by the documentary I saw and I wanted to know more.

    In the Saudi desert they are promoting the energy from the sun in different ways the solar power is limitless clean and environmentally safe. They are trying to unlock the energy in many ways from trapping infra red rays in a solar cell which then can be coated or painted on any surface.

    In Mexico the Mayor of a town was worried about the arsenic they had in their drinking water and he had a dilemma and wanted to remove it from the water source. They had linked cancer to arsenic poisoning. So an experiment was tried with nanoparticles that hopefully would remove the arsenic from the ground water. It was a simple inexpensive experiment where gravel – sand- and ferrous oxide (rust) was used. The particles were held in a solution and pumped into the ground and like a sponge drew the poison out of the ground. The water was tested after the experiment and the arsenic had been removed.

    Experiments have been made to remove oil and grease from soil in the toxic areas, where different nano particles have been pumped into the ground. Clear barrels with a solution in them had to used hydrogen for the experiment which can blow up so there was a some safety issues but they were careful, and you could see the clear solution in the plastic drum turn black as the particles were drawn out of the ground and the nano particles stuck to the toxins.

    We have made many mistakes making asbestos and DDT, which kills. Hopefully Scientists can change the environment.

    In Edinburgh the air is filled with contaminates from cars and buses. Doctors found that many people who have had heart attacks had breathed in toxins into their lungs from the emissions of cars and buses, which caused them to have heart attacks. Serum oxide is used to clean combustion engines so an experiment of putting serum oxide in fuel would clean up the carbon dioxide from the fumes. Ah! The Wonders of Science. I rarely think of science but I am thankful for the brainiacs on earth who try to make it a better place.

    Written by Susan Oliver owner of A Fun Gift Shop


  31. Nothing to laugh about?

    Instead of laughing at our youth and putting them down. Maybe we should educate them and just let them read about the things in life we know about.

    1. No you do not get pregnant from kissing.
    2. No you do not get pregnant from hugging.
    3. No you do not get pregnant from the seat of the toilet.

    If you think the above is stupid, then let me ask you the adult if you lived without adult supervision how do you expect to learn. If you never talk about personal health guessing is not the answer.

    Pregnant means a woman is going to have a baby, which is in her stomach.
    Getting pregnant is when a man and a woman who are married get intimate and their private parts are used for this. A boy has a penis, which gets hard when the blood flows to it. A girl has a Vagina a hole that excepts the penis and the seed is called sperm, which flows up the vagina to the egg that the girl has.

    1. Yes you can get pregnant first time this happen.
    2. Yes you can get diseases from the boy who carries a disease. Some can kill and eventually mental illness.

    Here is a list of diseases.
    Commonly known STD’s are:
    A STD is a sexually transmitted disease. STDs are spread from person to person through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Symptoms of STDs can include soreness, a skin lesion, discharge, itching, and burning pain when passing urine. If you have any symptoms of a STD, it’s important to see your doctor. Many STDs are easily treated, but some can lead to serious health conditions if you ignore them. Here are eight common STDs you need to know about.

     AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
    A very important reason to recognize and treat a STD is that these diseases can make you more susceptible to HIV.When HIV-infected blood or sexual fluids come into contact with genital, anal, or oral tissues affected by a STD, the virus can more easily enter the bloodstream. People infected with HIV may develop skin lesions related to a type of cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma (as seen in the image). About 33 million people worldwide are now living with HIV. Symptoms are often mild or absent, so the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Educate yourself about HIV and symptoms of STDs. Your best protection is prevention.

     Genital Warts
    The viral STD genital herpes affects about 20 percent of adults in America. Symptoms can be mild, so most people don’t know they have it. They include fevers, aches, and genital sores, and may occur up to 20 days after sexual contact. Genital herpes symptoms clear on their own, but may return weeks to years later. This virus is not usually serious, but can be spread to a baby if the infection is active during the mother’s labor. There is no cure, but antiviral medications can shorten an outbreak and reduce recurrences.

     Gonorrhea
    More teens and young adults are contracting, Gonorrhea a bacterial STD. It is spread through genital, oral, or anal contact. Symptoms include burning on urination, discolored discharge from the penis or vagina, and sore throat. When the bacteria spread throughout the body, they can also cause skin lesions, as seen in the image. Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics, but drug-resistant strains are increasing. Untreated gonorrhea can lead to serious infections that can cause infertility in men and women, and an infected woman can pass the infection to her baby during labor. You can have gonorrhea without obvious symptoms.

     Syphilis
    Syphilis has been called “the great imitator” because it has three stages with different symptoms. Syphilis is spread through vaginal, oral, or anal contact, and starts with a painless skin lesion called a chancre. If untreated during this first stage, symptoms of the second stage can include a rash on the feet or hands (as seen in the image), swollen glands, hair loss, and fatigue. In its final stage, Syphilis can damage the brain, nerve, heart, and bone tissues. If you see your doctor early on, a simple shot of penicillin can cure this dangerous STD. Later stages usually require more intensive treatment.

     Herpes
    Herpes is a common, relatively benign condition caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of this virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is usually associated with cold sores around the mouth, while HSV-2 typically causes a skin rash or sores in the genital area. Both viruses are transmitted by close contact with an infected person. Despite the fact that it’s a common infection, many people don’t know they have herpes or confuse it with another skin condition or sexually transmitted disease (STD). Do you know how to recognize herpes?

     (HPV)
    The human papillomavirus (HPV) can infect the genitals, mouth, and throat. It has been estimated that 20 million Americans are infected with HPV. However, many people with HPV never have symptoms and may clear the virus on their own. Some types of HPV cause a wart-like skin lesion called a genital wart, while other types of HPV can cause cervical and oral cancer. The best way to protect your self from this STD is to practice safe sex. A vaccine can help protect you against many types of HPV, but it needs to be given before you become sexually active.
     Chlamydia
    Chlamydia, the most common bacterial STD, is easily treated with antibiotics. But Chlamydia symptoms only occur in about half of infected men and a third of infected women — and untreated Chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility in women. When symptoms do develop, they occur about three weeks after contact and include discharge and burning during urination. Have a screening exam if you are sexually active.

     Pubic Lice or Crabs
    Pubic lice, commonly called “crabs,” are parasites spread by skin contact with body hair during sex. They can also be spread through infested clothing or bedding. The lice burrow into skin to feed on blood and cause symptoms of itching and inflammation. Spots of blood or the lice themselves can sometimes be seen on the skin. Special shampoos and lotions kill the lice on skin and washing in hot water will kill lice on clothing and bedding.

     Vaginitis
    (Vaginal Irritation, Vaginal Discharge, Female Yeast Infection, Yeast Infection)

     Hepatitis
    Hepatitis (plural hepatitides) is a medical condition defined by the inflammation of the liver and characterized by the presence of inflammatory cells in the tissue of the organ. The name is from the Greek hepar, the root being hepat, meaning liver, and suffix -itis, meaning “inflammation” (c. 1727). The condition can be self-limiting (healing on its own) or can progress to fibrosis (scarring) and cirrossis Hepatitis may occur with limited or no symptoms, but often leads to jaundice, anorexia (poor appetite) and malaise. Hepatitis is acute when it lasts less than six months and chronic when it persists longer. A group of viruses known as the hepatitis viruses cause most cases of hepatitis worldwide, but it can also be due to toxins (notably alcohol, certain medications some industrial organic solvents and plants), other infections and autoimmune diseases.

     Trichomoniasis

    This STD occurs in both men and women through vaginal sex. Women are more likely to notice STD symptoms that include vaginal discharge, a strong odor, irritation, itching, and burning during urination. Many men have no symptoms and can pass Trichomoniasis unknowingly. You should let any sexual partner know if you have been diagnosed with this STD. If left untreated, Trichomoniasis makes you more susceptible to HIV, symptoms may continue, and the infection can spread to the prostate in men. Trichomoniasis is easy to treat and cure with antibiotics.

    Some signs and symptoms of STD’s include
     sore or blisters around the sex organs or mouth
     swelling, pain or itchiness around sex organs
     pain or burning on urination
     discharge from the penis or vagina that smells or looks strange.

    This is commonly found in women and men who sleep around and have many partners without using a condom. A condom does not always work if it has a small hole in it or breaks.
    You must go to the doctor. The longer you leave it the worse it gets.

    Written by Susan Oliver owner of A Fun Gift Shop


  32. I don’t think WordPress is doing the post a day challenge this year. You can always head over to Blogher for the monthly NaBloPoMo contests.


  33. A CBC Treasure

    What happened to the CBC culture we knew?
    That National voice we always listened too.
    We knew the truth whether right or wrong
    No matter what Government belonged.

    With the CBC we knew what was going on.
    They earned their honour and integrity
    We had a voice and reliable news on TV.
    It was listened to daily and every night.

    Our arrogant Government found a way to rid
    The irritating news of them they heard each day.
    It was easy to do in an underhanded hateful way.
    They thought the joke was on us, like a thief in the night.

    They were right it was they who gave it all away
    Our own cultural tradition, to the highest paid.
    Five easy questions they got rid for the right bid.
    Was it a bitter pill to those who voted them in?

    Over 75 years of tradition now replaced
    In an underhanded parliamentary way
    They had too many sores to cover up
    Ditch that CBC bug that draws their blood

    Send it to Yah Hoo Land where all is canned.
    Seared or mindless easily removed tasting very bland.
    Our Government crushes those who take a stand
    Jack Layton won, he was our man a great brand.

    What happened to our cultures and native ways?
    Dr. Suzuki taught us all, which will always stay.
    Many faiths and cultures now live in Canadian homes
    This is the place we chose to live and no longer roam.

    We need Canadian Billionaires who really care
    We have Dragon’s in Canada, Air Farce, Red Green,
    Musicians, Writer’s all who could take a stand
    This is our CBC a cultural treasure, soon to be rare.

    Written by Susan Oliver.


    1. Thank you Joe for liking my badge
      Just a Suggestion i made for our Mother Site I change it soon when the original one is come out the links are here already in my comments if you want the badge for temporary use thanks again :)


  34. Ok, Jake, will now head out to your blog, download the image, and use it.. If it’s all okay?! Thanks, before I forget! :o


    1. Yes Great I love too, No need to go in my site the links are here in my comments thank you for support in my badge 3rdCultureChildren
      You may use it as Temporary like i did :)


    1. I’d love to add a button for 2012 as well. I’m off to a good start! Entry a day every day so far!! But I’d love to celebrate that with a button!


  35. I don’t know how to get pride badge, I have tried but dyslexia is getting me down. Now if you sent me an email with easy terms I may be able to get it.


    1. YOUR LIFE.

      Life is precious, so divine
      A privilege, a great gift of time.

      Life is a teacher if we learn
      Bringing brilliance in return.

      Life can be brutal filled with shame
      Life can be lonely and you’re to blame.

      Don’t blame others for what you do
      For the rest of your life it will crucify you.

      Abused and battered, that hate is strong
      Crushing your life, wasting you that is so wrong.

      Blaming others who hurt you is an easy excuse
      In the long run it’s your life not theirs to use.

      Pray to the Lord then walk away
      Open another door to a shining new day.

      You are so precious; the Lord made a unique you
      He did not make factory rubbish, only one of you.

      Many have suffered, poor, hungry, no school or abused
      Overcoming fear, they educated themselves and renewed.

      Your inner critic steals your ego makes you feel like a fool
      Find spiritual adults those who educate and care for you.

      That first hurdle may seem very high to climb.
      If you don’t try or believe, then throw your life away.

      Intellectual knobs may look down at you
      Lacking the emotional insight that makes you.

      A friend took the exam six times to achieve.
      Imagine how she felt each time she failed.

      That determination, is very hard to find
      Knowing you can, no matter how long the time.

      Don’t let a moment seem like a chore,
      This moment will pass and will be no more.

      There is nothing to stop you when your really try
      So start this new chapter now is your turn to fly.

      Written by Susan Oliver.


      1. excellent one!!! the substance is great. it is very sensible and realistic..i am also fond of writing and i really like playing with words, especially the rhymes which is showing great effort and creativity of the writer… hope you’ll be writing more to inspire a lot of people. thanks..


    1. oh for an easy life. Boring you have to be kidding. I am trying to put my picture up on this site.
      One hour the life of a dyslexic. How wonderful if it was this easy.
      Same goes for the badges.


  36. An ounce of equal truth

    One journalist explains what it really means to be a journalist. He said that they are holding the responsibility and credibility on imparting information to people. That in journalism, conveying the truth is very important, for it is where credibility is tested and measured. He is right; words are powerful enough to move a mountain or to cause a volcano eruption that is why being a journalist withholds great responsibility and accountability. I still cannot forget the things he said on one of his articles and I quote, ‘Write because you want to impart true information. Do not write if you will initiate miscommunication’. Again, he is right but there are certain ideas that I am not agreeable with, well maybe it is because we, as humans have different way of thinking and looking at things. For him failure to convey what is the truth to the readers is a writer’s sin, people read in order to be informed not to be captivated by crafty and poetic words. I definitely understand that he is being professional because that is how things are in the world of journalism. However, I write not as a journalist, not only to speak my mind but also to pour out my heart. I write not just to inform but also to express not just my thoughts and emotions but of other people as well, for I believe that people read not only to be informed but also to relate. There are many individuals in the world that has hypersensitive things to tell but have no courage to be exposed. That is why I am writing for them. Others might found it odd but I am neither selfish nor self-centered. I am not into negativities of living in this world but let us face the fact that this world is not a paradise, not because the world is imperfectly created, for God is a magnificent artist, the imperfections are due to our nature as human beings. I think that this is also a very significant truth; facing the reality of life. When people see themselves in my words, they are able to wake up and discover the truth within them. Understanding what is going on in their life and feeling the real emotion in their hearts can help in coping with the current situation they are in. As of the poetic and crafty words, for me they are a part of the art of writing. I agree that substance of an article is more important but it will not hurt to put a little art on your writing because creativity is a gift. I am also aware that for readers to understand the article well it must be clear and simple but it does not mean that using shadowy words is concealing the truth. Others might have easiness and directness with words but it is not always, because they have brilliant minds but can also be because of the shallowness of their thoughts. I am not here to offend anybody, just reveal a different kind of truth. I do not write to initiate miscommunication but make way for an understanding. I am not a journalist nor can I consider myself a qualified writer but still I hope that people will open their hearts not only to reality that is floating on the surface but also to the reality that is beneath the surface. You don’t have to be a journalist to be a good writer for one can be a writer on their on way, you don’t have to be a journalist to impart the truth for one can reveal the reality in many different ways, this might sound a bit peculiar but that is the truth. I admire those journalists for having the courage on devoting to their profession; I know that the risk they are taking is immeasurable that it may even destroy their name in a minute. They can influence and change the beliefs of people and even make an event to happen that can mark the history still they stand for what is right and what is true. However, as what I have said, I write not as a journalist, the one thing that I have in common with the journalists is that I am also taking a risk to convey and impart the truth. I do not exist to make people believe in me and influence their thoughts and behavior towards things; I am here to speak the hearts of those who conceal their own truth. I do not even consider myself credible, I just have my own reasonable grounds to offer and it is still in you if you will believe or not. We all have our own reasons and philosophies in life and no matter how convincing and persuasive an article is, it is still in us if we accept it as true or not. We are granted of free will and freedom of choice, hold on to that and make your own stand, just make sure that you are standing on the right ground.

    By: je guarra


  37. Round of Emotions within the circles of Confusions

    I am bouncing; I have to be alone
    Where do I belong, where’s my home?
    Is it wrong to say what is true?
    To reveal what is real.
    Floating in the air full of doubts,
    Bound with the chain of louts,
    Where is freedom, where I am?
    To go astray is not my dream to be,
    It is to make my stand, make it my own,
    On the contrary, what I got is a night of confusion until dawn.
    I am half-asleep but narrow-minded people are wide-awake,
    Criticizing everything, no matter what it takes.
    Sensitivity is my worst enemy,
    But never did I feel guilty, regret maybe.
    What do they expect, a conventional one or a martyr someone?
    What do they want, a pet or a puppet?
    Will I make it or just let them recreate my state?
    Am I going to choose or let myself lose?
    Shall I follow what I believe or just let my soul be concealed?
    This reeling must end; I do not have to pretend.
    However, a dirty mind can make someone blind.
    It is hard when its understanding you cannot find.
    What is the worth of living when you always give in?
    Still you gain nothing.
    Why can’t they understand that everyone has to make an own stand?
    Where is freedom in this land?
    Why others think that they know what is best?
    When they have their own ill tempers to put at rest?
    What is the real score in this everyday test?
    Why do some people believe that they are always right, when they listen to nothing and no one but their spite?
    They are like a heart without a light.
    Not listening to reasons, giving no options and roaring like lions.
    My heart is loaded; my mind exploded.
    On the ground, crazy words stand.
    I have been grieving and the pain is never ending.
    What is my power to sustain?
    Is there happiness in the world full of tombs?
    What is there in the graveyard of dead spirits and dead hearts?
    Where am I to start? What is my part?
    If only they believed, if only they trusted
    I would never have to grieve.
    Where is life, do I have mine?
    Negative thoughts are spreading everywhere.
    Do I have to endure forever?
    I do not want to cry anymore
    However, tears are overflowing,
    In my eyes, it does not fall but my heart is drowning.
    Everyone has weaknesses, but why do negativities drawn all over me?
    Where is open-mindedness? Is there a room for happiness?
    I cannot change the way I am nor ca I predict what I will become but I can try to be a better someone.
    It is not my fault to have weaknesses inside and now I am getting tired.
    So I write for those who do not believe in me,
    also for everything that I cannot say,
    For the life that I’m losing hold,
    For everything that I have been told,
    For the game, that I never know the rules because I feel like a toolbox without tools,
    And for not having a matter of choice cause bias ideas are such a noise.
    Now look at yourself and let me ask you;
    What is your issue? Are you one of them typically or are you just another me?

    by: je guarra