Category Archives: Blogging

Which Editor Do You Use?

I’ve been resisting going over to the Gutenberg editor. I tried the blocks and couldn’t get my head around them so reverted to the good old Classic WordPress editor.

Picture this…

I log in to my blog after many months of inactivity and…am greeted with WordPress’s love notes: “You need to update your .php version because it is insecure and out of date” and “The version of WordPress your site is out of date…”

…and so on and so forth.

I though I had an auto job going but evidently not. The .php baffles me because I updated it in September…when WordPress asked me to…and research I did said it only needs updating every few years not every few months…so another mystery to be solved.

After updating WordPress, which I normally do with bated breath and fingers in my mouth – I mean I do have backups but it is such a mission to have to restore the site – I was pleasantly surprised to find the new WordPress Twenty Twenty theme came with it.

Let me put this out there – I LOVE the WordPress Twenty XX themes. I’m running Twenty Fourteen – still – because it is the only one that so far meets all of my needs. I’ve tried a dozen others on live preview and it quickly becomes clear that they doesn’t have what I want. So I continue looking. After many hours of exploration, I decide to just continue with the Twenty Fourteen.

Twenty Twenty is no different, although it meets most of my needs. I watched a YouTube video (link at the bottom) on how to customise it because perhaps I’m missing something (I’m not), and was led to another theme that the YouTuber loves and recommends – the Chaplin theme. It’s free and feature-rich. I love feature-rich themes.

All of this exploration has caused me to rethink my stance on the Gutenberg editor. I learned (YouTube is awesome!) that I can create and customise my own static home page with a lot more flexibility than before. I’ve been thinking of how I can incorporate my professional blog into this one – the url is after all my name, so it makes sense that I consolidate my online presence – don’t you think…? Ok, I’m not so sure about this so I’m going to give it more thought.

In the meantime I’ll keep the Twenty Fourteen going – I admit to being emotionally attached to it. And probably try the Chaplin on my professional site which is where I’ll try the Gutenberg editor.

Baby steps small steps…

So now that that is decided, let me know – Are you still using the Classic editor?

Ciao.

~ Regina ~


YouTube link mentioned above: https://youtu.be/lm7ibkJpCss

 

Well, It Became A Sabbatical…

…it sounds so much better than saying I “had no time for blogging” or “I was too busy to blog” or any other reason. It became a sabbatical from blogging, it sounds so much better. I’ve never taken a real sabbatical, oh I would so love to do it – blog all day, write, take photos – hmmm…something to look forward to indeed.

My blogging had been patchy at best since October last year. We had a bereavement in our family – I don’t know how to describe it better, it is still so raw.Click on image to go to source Click on the image to go to source

It was during this time of confusion and chaos that I decided to throw myself wholeheartedly into completing all I needed to be able to submit my application to become a Certified Scrum Trainer.  I’ve now done so and am waiting to know if I’ve made it to the Trainer Approval Committee in Vienna in October. Well, I’m going to be in Vienna anyway to attend the Scrum Gathering, it would also be amazing to make it to the TAC. I’m holding thumbs, toes and other fingers.

I’ve also been traveling a fair bit. Apart from the usual jaunts to Cape Town, I’ve been to New York (oh man!), Raleigh, Zurich, Marrakesh, Casablanca, Lisbon, and Istanbul. All triggered by work trips. I’ve taken mountains of photos and I’m busy sorting through them now. I only managed to download the New York and Zurich ones on Friday.

This means that I have loads of content. I’ve started writing a list of all the stories to tell and there are many, so ja, loads of content.

I want to post every few days to ease into things, participate in Cee’s challenges and the Weekly Coffee Shares. That’s the plan.

It’s becoming warmer hotter here in South Africa, we went straight from cold to 30 degree (celsius) weather. I’m not complaining – our days are longer and it’s easier to wake up in the morning due to the sun rising earlier and earlier each day. We have the heat of summer and the wonderful smells of spring, fresh, flowery, perfumed, all the gardens up and down the street competing to see which one contributes most to the heralding of a new season.

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Henry James

So my sincere hope on this summer afternoon is that you’ll continue visiting me here; I will also be doing some catching up.

Until the next post…

 

The Observer With A Lens

Mslazyboots in Himalayas wrote something that resonated with me. She said that:

“The more you document your life, the more you check in, you tweet, you blog, you capture moments, the more you do all of this stuff, the more you make stories out if it, and if you do that much, you become a spectator to your own life.” (Mslazyboots in Himalayas).

I like the proposition of using this blog to document my life. Not everything but most of it, especially the fun parts. The wandering and wondering parts. Especially where there are lots of photos to accompany it.

Then there is the part of becoming a spectator in my own life. The 1st position of being a part of it and also observing it, from 2nd position. That is an enticing prospect because of the insights from the past that I will get, and applying the learnings from that into what I do going forward.

That is why I blog and post photos.

Many times the words are inside me, roiling around, lost in my critical notions of what should see the light of day and what must remain in the dark, locked inside me, the depth of varying degrees, the conversation eclectic, chaotic and noisy.

When this happens no words come out and instead I post photos, like a silent 3rd position, the observer with a lens.

 “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” 
? Ansel Adams

 

My Blogging Proclivity

Dear friends,

As 2017 starts transitioning to 2018, I want to thank you for visiting Wide Eyed In Wonder during the past 12 months.

I thought it would be fun to have a look at the year in stats, and see what insights I get, so here goes, according to WordPress:

Number of posts - 165

Number of views - 9043

Best month in terms of views - January with 1,400 views

Best month in terms of number of posts - September with 24 posts

Most popular day - Tuesday

Most popular hour - 7:00PM

Number of likes - 2,476

Number of comments - 367

I didn’t blog as prolifically this year, not like 2016 which has been this blog’s best year to date with more than double the amount of posts and views.  There’s room for improvement and probably the biggest one I can make is to prepare posts in advance and schedule them because it is still my intention to post at least once a day. Blogging is a proclivity of mine.

I’d like to close off this post by wishing you and your loved ones an amazing festive season and a fantastic transition to 2018…and a few thoughts…

It’s more fun when you have to go through Z to get to M…imagine all the learning…and the photo opportunities 🙂But remember to focus on your priorities first…whatever your fuel, remember to always top up…Thank you for following.

Stay cool.

Regina

 

Oh, How I’ve Missed You!

Indeed yes!

As I go through the comments left 2 weeks ago (sorry I’m only answering now), I smile, and realise that I’ve missed this space and the people who make it richer – you, yes, you!

In the last 3 weeks, I’ve spoken 3 times at conferences and user groups, all out of town – number 4 coming up on Thursday. Not to mention the final scramble to finish my action learning project and exams and I feel like my time is not my own.

After December 2nd I am going to celebrate. Of course,  for a few weeks, I know that I’m going to feel a tad aimless and like I should be somewhere or doing something.

Fortunately, Christmas is coming up. As usual, we’re staying home, getting together with family and enjoying the summer weather around the pool. There is also home renovations that I’ve been putting off since May mainly because of my studies.

I’m hanging in there for a couple more weeks. I hope you will too. Thanks for still coming by even though there’s not much new content.

If you haven’t yet read these posts, try them and let me know what you think – oldies but still goodies…

This is my most read post, can you believe I wrote it in 2014 and it’s still top of the pops:

15 things that happened the year the internet was born – written on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

I delivered this piece as a speech at Toastmasters and then posted it here and on LinkedIn. I got some good views and feedback:

How to realise your dreams, aka the deaf frog – written in January of this year.

This post is one of my personal favourites. I was relaxed when I wrote it and it’s about what being South African is:

South Africa, my house, my home – proudly ZA! – it has music too.

I hope you enjoy them.

Cheers for now…