This is a Weekly Coffee Share hosted by: Eclectic Alli.
Alli manages a weekly list of posts from a small group of bloggers who want to just stay in touch, chat about blogging, writing, travel, photography, children, pets, work, life hacks or just about anything else that might be of interest.
Hi y’all! Welcome to the couch on my side of the coffee share. Today, we get to chat while my oldest son, Connor Wilson, experiments with new strum patterns on his really nice acoustic guitar. I could listen to this all day and if you’d like to hear him too, just click on his CD covers above to sample his work.
If I’m casual about it, I might be able to get him to play the song he wrote for my dad and played at dad’s funeral so many years ago now. Sweet, nostalgic and soothing sounds, magically drifting slowly out of those 6 strings – ummmm. I’ve given him 3 weeks to stop it so I can concentrate. . .
I’m done with my dreaded week at work. I survived and even managed to do a reasonable job of something that should have been, but proved to be anything but, easy. My manager and the group were kind enough to recognize how hard it was, were thankful they were that the task landed on me and not them (not sure that makes me feel much better. . .) and all told me how they appreciated my efforts (okay, that does make me feel better).
Hey, did you notice my new section divider from last week? Recall that I’m using a free WordPress plan and thus have limited control of my display fonts, spacing and such. If you know your HTML versus CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), then I can tell you that I believe my display options allow most of HTML, but none of the CSS features which keeps my blog site looking a tad less spectacular than it could.
In the meantime, I accidentally discovered a simple trick to produce effects like the below gray-outlined box with text inside. It makes a really nice topic spacer.
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Maybe you already know how to do such things, but I just learned it, so under the rules of being a decent friend, I’d like to make sure you know how to do this if you ever want to:
- Open your spreadsheet program. I used Excel.
- Type your text into a cell. I like to widen the cell.
- Hit Enter when done. You’ll be able to change the test later as desired.
- Mouse over and click right on the cell containing your text. Select “Copy”.
- Go back to your blog page and click where you want the text box to land.
- Do a: Ctrl-V (Control + the letter “v”) or right-click and Paste. You should see the box appear.
- Display attribute options now include: left, center & right justification, bold, underline and/or italics, multi-lines, plus a few others and I even managed to drop in a photo and make that photo a live-link to another page.
Kinda neat -right?
I’ve settled another thing about my blog setup that seems to be the best I can get from my free theme. I improved the menu layout for the collection of Coffee Share essays. My collection has topped 40 now and was overwhelming my old menu system so I pushed it up to the menu bar for it’s own separate menu. I added an “About Coffee Shares” page to explain what our coffee sharing is all about and my naming system.
The menu design for this theme wastes too much space to last much longer, but that’s a bigger issue I’ll need to address later. The only thing I want to add now is some kind of topical indexing of the essays. Well, that should be enough blog housekeeping for now.
Hey, while you’re here, I have a question you might know the answer to. I often post a notice to some Facebook groups when I post a new story to my blog. Facebook, when I provide the link to a story, also shows the “featured” image and this works great unless I share out the main link to my blog.
When I share my main link, it uses the wrong photo and I can’t find where to correct the problem. What I get is the photo for the story titled: “Jacquie’s Story”. If I share the link directly to that story, I get the desired photo.
I’d like to blame Facebook because this is the only place where I see the problem, but how could Facebook be pulling the wrong photo when it works everywhere else? I’m thinking I must have that photo tied somehow to the main link and the main link is special.
I’ve prowled around my WordPress admin settings and I can’t find a place where this has been selected. Do you have any ideas? You can see the correct featured photo when you go to: https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/. If you happen to see one of my posts of the main link to Facebook, you’ll the photo shown below. Anyway, if you are WordPress experts and happen to know the answer – I’d love to hear from you. It’s not a big deal, but, for me, it’s like a white cat’s hairball on the front of a nice navy blue vest. I constantly want to brush it off.
Thanks again for stopping by. Did you post your coffee share yet? I’ll straighten up here some and be by your place for a visit in just a bit.