WordPress Adventures #4: Increasing Quality A Little At A Time

Sorry for the generic picture, tho.
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Fewer posts, more quality… that’s how it goes, right?

I’m not gonna do a day-by-day post like I did in the last three editions. Instead, I’m going to recap my posts for the week as well as some posts I feel like sharing from my favorite bloggers

My posts from the week

Obviously, I start with a recap of last week’s episode, where I reviewed a survey app and gave a long tutorial. (The 3rd WordPress Adventures Episode)

This week’s anti-MLM post about how MLMs leverage marriage for and against couples was published on Monday as part of the anti-MLM Monday series.

I made a post via inspiration from a fellow WordPress blogger as well as two digital artists (one is my sister). I also discussed three cases of high-profile plagiarism, two of which are from journalists. I will admit that upon making this blog I never actually thought about people stealing content for clout. After I finished it, I’m also taking measures to protect myself.

I did my first writing prompt, and I thought I did a good job. I actually enjoyed doing this for a number of reasons, among them that I prefer doing this over poems (I cannot do poems for the life of me) and writing prompts, poems, and other writing-based posts are in high demand, so I just wanted to see how it goes. I’m doing another one next week.

Finally, I end the week in the entertainment world.

The ‘Actual’ Adventures

So I re-added the home page because I finally figured out how to customize it to my liking. I might change my theme again now that I got what I wanted out of placing a “blog posts” block when I edited the home page. By the time you read this, I will have a different theme and a real home page, although I’m kinda still working on that, but it’s literally the hardest page I’ve made on here (even harder than some of my posts)

Favorite posts from fellow WordPress Bloggers from the past week

Loving WordPress is Not Hard To Do from Renard’s World

Where in the World: Western Asia Part 6 from It’s Good to be Crazy Sometimes (I may have to go back to read the whole series because this looks fun and I love geography)

Why Do Some People Get Fed Up with Blogging from Renard’s World

Do We Need to Promote Our Blog Posts on Social Media from Renard’s World

The Last Lesson on Life from dkchauhanpoetry

What I Love and Hate about Blogging from lifesfinewhine

Using Your Blog to Help and Inspire Others from Renard’s World


Writing Prompt Wednesday

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I’m actually bad at writing prompts, but I feel like I want to try this and see where we are going with this. I used this site for my first writing prompt, so here we go

This week’s writing prompt: Your friend can’t wait to introduce you to her new beau. She’s been talking about him nonstop and you’re actually a little nervous to meet him. When he walks through the door your jaw drops. You would know that face anywhere.

I know this prompt was given in the first person, but I cannot see myself in that situation, so instead, I will assign three names: Isabelle is the main character, Kerry is her best friend, and Chase is the guy Kerry is head over heels for. I will also write this in a form of a play or a script because it’s easier for me

After a long day on the job as a history teacher, Isabelle went to a coffee shop located just outside the high school to unwind. Her friend, Kerry, who just ended her shift as a morning news anchor at a local TV station, spotted Isabelle and sat at the same table. She took out her phone and showed her a picture of Chase, who works at a local bank as a teller

Kerry: Isabelle, I have to show you a picture of my new boyfriend

Isabelle: Okay, let’s see

Kerry: *pulls out phone and shows a picture of Chase*

Isabelle: Um, Kerry, are you sure he’s the one?

Kerry: Girl, he is charming, he works out, he’s very good with numbers, and he smells so good. That cologne he wore yesterday just blew me away, like, it’s freaking Christian Dior. That stuff smells so good

Isabelle: K

Kerry: He’s about to go on a 30-minute break, so I asked him to come here because you gotta meet him.

Isabelle: Will he have time? What bank did you say he worked at?

Kerry: He works at Fifth Third, right across the street from Channel 5 where I work. That’s how I met him, by the way. I went to the bank to deposit some money and he was my teller. He has a charming smile and I could not look away. Like, he was a hottie. Anyway, we’ve been dating for 2 months now. I mean, you have to meet him, Isabelle, I swear you will not look away from him

Isabelle: I don’t know, Kerry, I’m a bit nervous when it comes to guys who are “prince charming”

Kerry: Don’t worry about that. He respects women and will do anything for them even when not prompted. Like, one time, he defended his twin sister from a guy who tried to rape her at a party

(Isabelle’s ears were perked when Kerry mentioned Chase having a twin sister. She knew a guy named Chase who has a twin sister, but it could be a coincidence)

Chase: *walks into the coffee shop with a colleague*

Kerry: (looks in Chase’s direction) There he is.

Isabelle: Where?

(Kerry points to Chase, where Isabelle turns her attention to him. Chase was on the counter ordering his coffee with a colleague. When he turned around, alarms rang in Isabelle’s ears)

Isabelle: Kerry, did you say Chase has a twin sister?

Kerry: Yeah.

Isabelle: That could be him. I went to high school with Chase and his twin sister Casey.

Kerry: Yeah, he has a twin sister named Casey. Casey is still back in Des Moines.

Isabelle: I’m from Des Moines. I literally went to high school with them.

Kerry: Do you know him well?

Isabelle: Besides being in the same 3 classes with him, I don’t know him well, but he used to be on the school’s football team as a linebacker. I would not even think he would end up in the financial field.

(At this point, Chase sees Kerry and walks up to her)

Chase: Kerry!

Kerry: Hey, Chase

(They kissed)

Isabelle: Chase?

Chase: Isabelle? I didn’t know you came here to Indianapolis

Isabelle: I was not aware you live here now. Kerry was telling me about you that I never knew.

Chase: (laughs) Yeah, I moved here on a transfer from Des Moines, so that process was fun

Kerry: Chase, are you thinking of going to the Indiana state fair this weekend. It’s open until Sunday night.

Chase: I knew you were gonna ask me in a news anchor voice. Maybe Friday, since you’re off that day.

Kerry: Of course.

Isabelle: So, how’s Casey doing?

Chase: Casey is in a relationship right now with an amazing guy. It’s hard for me to not protect her since she is my twin, but I don’t worry too much about him.

Kerry: Casey is planning to come to Indianapolis next week.

Isabelle: I’m well aware of that. I have to go grade my students’ tests. I won’t give too much away, but some of these teens…

Kerry: It’s disappointing, isn’t it?

Isabelle: Not really, but you would think some of them would know about the Holocaust.

Chase: I guess judging by the description, it’s not that great.

Kerry: Girl, I feel you. I knew people who think 6 million Jews killed is a sacrifice to be made.

Isabelle: Yeah, no. I’ll go. Chase, great to see you again.

Chase: Likewise.

Kerry: Will you be back at work soon?

Chase: Yeah, it’s my final 2 hours.

Kerry: Great. I’m heading home and watching TV before I go to bed at 7.

Chase: So, I’ll see you later.

Kerry: If not Friday.

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