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Leap Year Guestbook 2016

As I intended this blog for learning about portfolio posts and making a website- eventually – my main blogging is… in the main, all over the place, as most of you know. This reblog links to my primary blog (have now found the admin setting to alter that).

Thank you to all my followers here for encouragement and support along the way. I will continue to post here once a month for the recyled book challenge, with the first post tomorrow… there might be nothing else until the April post challenge, when I’ll be so busy playing April Fool’s that I’ll post on 2nd April instead of 1st…

If you’re joining in the Leapster challenge you can pingback and /or comment on any previous post and links will be rounded up asap, or leap here (your leap, your way) for my latest Leapster challenge announcement post (it’s not limited to just one day – leap your way through the next four years and be a 2020 Leapster too!)

Have a happy Leap into something somewhere and best wishes for Leap Day and the rest of Leap year 2016.

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Thanks for stopping by 🙂 My blog is born again on 28th February 2016, I hope you like the theme (one day old today!) and it’s a comfortable visit – please speak up if there’s something lacking or anything you need here?tWWlogo280216a2016~

Wishing you all a Happy Leap Day and a Happy Leap year 2016 😀

If you can spare a moment, please ‘sign’ my Leap Year Guestbook 2016

Are you taking or making a Leapster challenge #blogdare?

Please share… pingback or comment to let me know…

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Saturday’s special…with Lunar Tides

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Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 49th birthday. It’s a time to rejoice in his ever having lived at all and for the gift he was to the world. He also apparently said:

“If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on.”

I found the quotes used for this post during today’s research at brainyquote.com, (toward my guestpost here, but not using this quote) then happened across the images used for his post, including to make the picture-quote, during research at pixabay.com (toward my Leap into…pix day 5 post, again, not using these particular images).

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I almost applied the ‘light’ quote to this image instead, but thought the moon version more appropriate – what do you think?

Anyway, back to the point of ever making this post… another of the quotes (from Brainyquote.com), attributed to Kurt Cobain is: “If there was a Rock Star 101, I would have liked to take it. It might have helped me.”

WordPress / DailyPost / BloggingU team, will you ever be offering a RockStar101? I don’t expect so – and I’m still waiting for further news of Websites101 and Blogging301 (CSS)…

Wouldn’t it have been great if there’d been things like online streaming in the early days of Nirvana? Maybe there was, in smaller circles, and I’ve just been a dinosaur for too long…

Anyway, I’m very grateful for Blogging101 and other 101classes for meeting fantastic peope around the world, like Lydia – many of you might have bumped into her in class and know her as aidyl93.

Lydia’s having a blogging hiatus at the moment, but there’s lots to browse at her blog in the meantime. Last Saturday was #InternetFriendsDay, and I caught up with Lydia at Twitter, just in time for the live streaming announcement for the band she plays with, Lunar Tides.

Sadly, it was the last live gig the band were broadcasting at TwitchTV for a while – but the good news is that they’re busy recording their first CD – I hope I’m near the front of the queue to get mine and that overseas shipping will be do-able.

In the meantime, I’ll be keeping up-to-date with news from Lunar Tides, looking out for vlog announcements and crossing my fingers for that CD heading my way one fine summer’s day 🙂

I’m a glutton for souvenirs, and as I enjoyed being part of the livestream audience, I snapped a couple of screenshots of the gig. Many thanks to Lunar Tides for making music and making their live gigs accessible – and thanks again for permission to use these screenshots in my post.

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That’s Lucas at the back on drums and vocals (says he’s really a guitarist, but makes a fine vocalist, drummer and front-man from the back of the set), Lydia playing bass guitar and at front-right Randy on guitar and vocals. Lunar Tides write and perform their own music and the couple of times I’ve managed to catch their live stream show I really enjoyed it. It just happened to be their evening time but my early hours of the morning, or I might have turned up every week.

Thanks again Lunar Tides, I may be missing your live-stream, but yet again you just helped make my Saturday special 🙂

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Some things underway (blogging201)

Until today, I’d been mistaken in my belief that the only background colours I could select on this current theme were either the default colour or from the three options shown in my customisation panel. Upon closer attention it turns out that I was mistaken. Essentially, those limited offerings only really seem to apply to the font colours for the menus and widget text areas, of which there are only four colour options available – two reddish and two greenish. So, I now assume that if I first select and apply a background for the font colour I wish to display, that if I then choose a custom background colour, the font should perhaps remain the chosen colour. Have to experiment some more tomorrow. I also need to spare some time to try out different fonts. Also have to tackle this issue:

b201soonI’m probably not keeping the red, but it’s a dramatic change, and it’s having the opposite effect of ‘stop’ while making me actually stop and think about what I’m doing in a logical-ish order. It’s hot enough in colour for Bonfire Night celebrations, and will maybe stay for the weekend, or maybe not. The other thing about backgrounds is that other than on a widescreen monitor, unless the view is zoomed out the viewer probably won’t even see the background.

So, rather than adding a custom header, I’ve removed the custom header I had for a while and used the original image I created (not specifically for the blog at the time but then cropped for the header) so adding a (temporary?) site logo instead. It seems a nice way of implementing a transition to something else while retaining for now that familiar ‘brand’. I’m quite glad to be rid of the deep header hogging space before my posts BUT have also noticed in the customisation that I can select randomised headers. So, I’ll be exploring the potentials for that option maybe too.

In case you never visited before, this is what my blog looked like before these latest changes:

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The day one task for blogging201 (intermediate customisation) had suggested trying things in the theme you’d not used before, even if only a certain type of post format. I’ve not quite done that yet. I might want to change my theme and today exported my back-up file to a test blog to play there too. So I’ll be exploring the Sketch theme here thoroughly before I decide any major theme changes, informed by my private blog experiments with other themes.

I’d love to know what you think about the changes so far, any feedback (or suggestions) would be most welcome.