Category: "Writing Exercises"
Christmas Eve is magical just because it comes right before Christmas and all the stuff everyone has been looking forward to, thinking about and planning most of this month (if not before). Most families have Christmas traditions and rituals of one kind or another. Think of your own. Now, think about holiday and seasonal rituals and how some one from another culture, another planet even, might see all the things we do for and around Christmas. What would seem to be the strangest thing of all? Write about it from the point of view of an alien or time traveler who has never heard of Christmas.
It's been awhile since I wrote any New Year's resolutions. But, in the spirit of trying to get organized, turning over a new leaf and setting some goals for myself, I'm going to give it a try. I am only going to make three resolutions:
- I will be more physically active, exercise or just getting myself out of this chair and out of this room/ house more often.
- I will make a plot/ plan for the fiction I want to write and use this to keep myself on track with the writing of the whole thing.
- I will keep drawing or in some way illustrating my own posts myself. Though, I give myself leeway to skip some days if I have too much on my plate at the time.
Tags are getting me down. I spent time working on my categories and have them pretty good. Only pretty good. In the case of tags it is a massive mess. I want/ need something that will auto suggest tags for me. Rather than me trying to weed out a few from the huge list and then missing the very one I would have used, if I hadn't forgotten it existed. There may be some people who have perfectly organized and uncluttered tags in their blogs, I'm not one of them. So I am looking at WordPress plugins to help me get the job done. Here are my top four out of 11 which I installed and tested. Strictly Auto Tags - Two features which I really appreciate are being able to block common words from being used as tags and the other was being able to automatically delete all tags which are only used once. This was great as I had an excessive amount of these from another plugin I tried tonight. This plugin is one of my top two picks! Simple Tags - This is the keeper for me. You have a lot of features to work with, including re-tagging old posts, setting up meta keywords, tag cloud and sorting through your tags (merging and deleting them). This is the second of my top two! WP Tag Generator - Simple and it came up with good choices for the auto generated tags. I'm going to keep it as a back up. Even though it is light on extra features I like this one third best. Web Ninja Auto Tagging System - I like this one. It lets you go back and tag old posts over again. Though, be warned, you will have a huge, bloated list of tags to deal with afterwards (most will not be tags you will want to keep). Still, this is one of the best plugins I tried, but I didn't keep it.