Exploring WordPress Theme’s

I am going to update my site to premium (at some point in the future), and my initial exploration is to explore different theme’s. The intention was to preview several theme’s by using them live on my site, so that I could get used to them and discover which I prefered. However, many of the themes that I like are premium, so I can’t trial them live without paying for them. I’m happy to pay for a theme, when I upgrade.

With all theme’s you can see a non-live preview to see how your site adapts to them, so I have taken screen shots of my favourites, which I can look through at my leisure, and then make a decision. With the premium WordPress upgrade you can alter CSS (a code which sits on top of HTML), so I will be able to alter text colour, nudge the layout a little so that it suits my taste (such as reducing the width of the side bar), and other little tweaks here and there.

Here are a few of the screen shots (I haven’t made any alterations, so the backgrounds and header photos are not included in some of the previews.

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Trying New Themes – Aircraft From The Weekend

Over the next week I intend to be trying new themes to see if I can improve the appearance of Photo Sociology. In fact what I’m thinking of doing is upgrading to the premium site and using CSS to develop the theme myself, just so that I can get a site looking exactly how I want it to.

It’s going to take me a while to get the theme that’s of the style and manner that I think is pleasing and stylish, and to decide upon  a new font and text colour. My blog will still be active, but don’t be surprised to find a new layout and colour scheme when you visit. I would really value your feedback. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

Over the next few weeks I am also going to turn my other website into a portfolio site as well. I have developed so much over the past 18 months that I want to present my photography in a manner which I believe that it deserves. I still make lots of very poor photo’s, which I’m ok with, it’s all part of my development. I also produce photography that I am proud of. It’s nice to have a positive inner voice some of the time, a welcome break from the rubbish that is usually insulting and trying to control me, lol.

 

Armed Forces Day – Aircraft

Saturday, 30th June was National Armed Forces Day and I went to Scarborough so that I could photograph the three different air displays. Those of you that know me you know how much I love aircraft, and I had the added bonus of trying new lens. The displays were short, only 15 minutes for each set, but they were wonderful to watch and photograph. Here are a few of my memories from the day.

I just can’t sign off without leaving you with a couple of macro

 

 

Featured On Happiness Between Tails By da-Al

Good morning.

da-Al asked if I would submit a guest blog, which she has just published this morning. It can be seen here. In the post I discuss how I use photography to help/improve my mental health, especially when it comes to macro and bird photography. da-Al writes her own posts, but most of her site is populated by guest posts. Thank you for the opportunity da-Al.

Liebster Award

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Feeling a touch embarrassed because I have just been nominated for a Liebster Award by She from This Door Is Alarmed. She, writes poetry, prose and fiction, in such a manner that there are times that I think I’m reading a short story and it turns out to be a memoire, and other times She combines fiction and prose in the same blog. One of the most enjoyable and fascinating posts by She is called The Shorthand anomaly, is it a memoire? Is it a short story? Either way it’s incredibly well written, and to go a way from a blog, and still be thinking about it, ensures that I will keep returning.

The GUIDELINES for the 2018 award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
    • Display the award on your post
    • Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging
    • Provide 10 random facts about yourself
    • Answer the questions given to you
    • Nominate 5-11 other blogs for this award
    • Ask them creative and unique questions of your own
    • List the rules and inform your nominees of the award

 

What makes me passionate about blogging?

This is where my embarrassment comes in for being nominated for awards. I study photography because it has changed my life. It’s given me an ability to have some management of my mental health by igniting a fire within me, a spark of creativity and the joy that has come from that. Life through a lens is a way that I can live in a world that I find frightening, and my blog, which is essentially a requirement for my studies with the Open College of the Arts, has given me a community. I am happy to not spend time with others, and enjoy being with myself, but I still have a need to feel valued and have the opportunity to give back, and that’s what my blog, and my WordPress community has given me. That’s why I feel embarrassed. Yes my blog has developed beyond being a student blog (which it still is), but I’m nothing special, I’m a student, I like this form of connection with my fellow students, and the other blogs that I follow and who follow me. That’s it, nothing special. Just a human with a camera, learning how to live.

10 Random Facts

I do not live alone, I live with myself.

Spirituality is about three relationships, my relationship with the universe, my relationship with you, my relationship with me.

I am not my circumstances, I AM.

I had no odea that I was creative, and now I am so grateful to have discovered an aspect of me that was hidden.

Meditation is vital for me to cope with life.

I have an eating disorder, men get eating disorders too, and help is available for anyone with an eating disorder (see below).

I worship the sun, not a get down on my hands and knees and prostrate myself kind of way, but I will sit in it until I burn and then stay in it for as long as I can.

I collect crystal and gemstones.

Clothes have to have the right texture for me to be happy with them. Fashion isn’t important but how clothes feel against my skin is. I get quite agitated with the wrong texture.

Sleep doesn’t matter to me. I can, and do, function quite happily with between 0 and 5 hours sleep.

oh and one more thing… I still have not worked out how to get rid of this damned double spacing, however, WordPress for Dummies arrived yesterday.

 

She’s questions for me

How straight is straight?

Who cares? How true to yourself are you?

What would you think I was referring to if I told you to ‘put it down’?

My paranoid think or over analysing, I can be like a dog with a bone.

Why are swans graceful?

They are beautiful, protective, loyal, nurturing, fierce and aggressive. Their beauty is what I most connect with rather than grace. The purity of their white feathers, and the subtle definition, the shape of those feathers and the contours when they have their wings arched behind their backs. Those thin fine lines upon their necks where their have much smaller feathers. They are stunning, who cares if they are graceful, there is so much more to a swan than its cliched grace.

Would you be a superhero or a sidekick, and what would your name be?

I’d be called Leigh Me’Alone, and would be running and hiding to get the hell away from people – neither superhero, anti-hero or sidekick. Preferably I wouldn’t even be thought of to be included in the story or film.

If you could remove one letter from the English alphabet, what would it be, and what consequences do you see coming from it?

My gosh – what a question. I shall cheat and remove two (I just can’t conform can I). I will remove ME. The consequences – I would no longer exist, I would cease to exist – I can live with that (ironic), lol.

What was the last thing you lost and never found? What do you imagine has happened to it?

My Sanity – Not sure if I lost it, it was taken from me or never had it to begin with. It’s been hidden behind a wall so deep and so strong, but it is starting to get cracks now. Little bits of sanity are beginning to seep through as the wall ages. I think photography is a little chisel that’s slowly scraping away the cement between the bricks.

What significance does the number seven have to you? What memories do you associate with it?

A threat that my birthday would be cancelled and the fear of that, the joy of receiving a football and remote control bike, deciding there is no point trying because I would be in trouble no matter what I did, the mental decision to give up on life.

Young and completely broke or old and disgustingly rich?

If richness equates with diversity, passion, inclusion, justice, friendship, a sense of belonging, being able to give back, with equality, with living an authentic life, then I’ll go for old and disgustingly rich.

If a giant squirrel had commandeered your mode of transportation, whether car, moped, bike etc., and seemed to know how to make it work, what would you do to stop him?

Well that could be quite tricky. My mode of transport is legs and feet. If a squirrel commandeered those then I imaging it could be almost impossible to do anything. Maybe I should start to carry peanuts and a long club around with me?

If you had your own coat of arms, what would I expect to find on them to describe you/ your family?

A coffin, a camera, birds and flowers on one side, a lightening strike down the middle, and nothing on the other side.

(I am aware that at times I may come across as over serious or too honest – kinda can’t help it, sorry)

 

My Questions for my nominees

(My time is limited so I’m gonna cheat and re-feed you She’s questions)

  1. How straight is straight?
  2. What would you think I was referring to if I told you to ‘put it down’?
  3. Why are swans graceful?
  4. Would you be a superhero or a sidekick, and what would your name be?
  5. If you could remove one letter from the English alphabet, what would it be, and what consequences do you see coming from it?
  6. What was the last thing you lost and never found? What do you imagine has happened to it?
  7. What significance does the number seven have to you? What memories do you associate with it?
  8. Young and completely broke or old and disgustingly rich?
  9. If a giant squirrel had commandeered your mode of transportation, whether car, moped, bike etc., and seemed to know how to make it work, what would you do to stop him?
  10. If you had your own coat of arms, what would I expect to find on them to describe you/ your family?

 

My Nominees

Dd AL from happiness between tails

MwsR from MwsR writings

Rising Strong

Robert from Robert Loves Pi

Songa from Songa Stories

Ulrika from instaology

Fred from Fred Gardner Blog

Indigo Turtle’s Musings

The Vaping Life

Mua from As Told By Mua

Eating Disorder Support

BEAT

Men Get Eating Disorders Too

United States

NEDA

Canada

NEDIC

India

The Minds Foundation

Australia

NEDC

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is awarded by bloggers to other bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.
Once nominated (and if you accept the award), a blogger is required to 1) write a post in which they thank the blogger for nominating them and link back to their blog, 2) answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you, 3) nominate eleven other blogs and 4) give them eleven questions to answer, 5) notify your nominees and display the rules and The Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

I have been nominated by Chloe from PearshapedLondon – one of my new followers and also a new blogger. I think its good to follow and support new bloggers, help them to grow their followers and motivate them to continue blogging. Chloe weaves her experience of living with a disability through her blog, and has an amazing story about a drunken night that led to employment in Sri Lanka. I clearly need to start drinking. Thanks for nominating me Chloe.

Chloe’s questions and my responses

what is your most embarrassing moment?

I am in my mid forties now so I have had way to many embarrassing moments. The one that always brings a smile to my face though is falling out of a tree as a teenager, whilst my cousin and I were playing. I landed upside down on a barbed wire fence and my trousers were snagged so I couldn’t move. My cousin was in hysterics. She was my closest friend, and we could honestly read each others minds. It used to scare our families.

how long did it take you to set up your blog?

Half an hour, but to be fair it’s because I began to study with the Open College of the Arts, and they have a blog theme that you can paste into WordPress. Although I have added menus of my own. The Open College of the Arts offers foundation level and under-graduate degrees across a range of creative fields. They welcome UK and international students, and as their courses are online/distant learning, which means that you can begin a course any time of the year that suits you. You don’t need to wait until a traditional term begins. If you think you cannot afford the fees, then be aware that you can apply for a bursary to cover part of the cost. Check out OCA here.

how long have you been blogging for?

Just over a year now. I can’t believe that it has gone so quickly. Through my studies I have developed creatively with photography, and also in other areas. I have developed an online community where I feel that I belong. But more than all of this, studying with the Open College of the Arts has improved my confidence no end. i have been able to ask people if I can make their portrait, go to events and photograph, and this has helped my mental health.

a sentence that describes you?

I do not live alone, I live with myself.

three words to sum up your blog?

Photography, Mental Health, Creativity through shared experience (eek – more than three words).

your favourite place in the world?

Redcar, Cleveland. More specifically the beach at Redcar looking at the wind farm. I love wind farms.

why is it your favourite place?

My mental health has been bad for a number of years and I found life incredibly challenging and frightening. I went to Redcar, maybe a year to 18 months ago, and I felt safe. That’s priceless. I couldn’t remember when I had last felt safe.

what did you want to be when you were a kid?

Somewhere and someone else. I have found life hard from an early age. I never felt that I belonged and I inwardly gave up on life early on. I self harmed and developed an eating disorder as a teenager. I didn’t have hopes/dreams or aspirations. To have found a passion in photography is such a blessing and it brings me so much pleasure. Its incredible.

do you still have a cuddly toy in your bed (I still have my blanky)?

No, but I do have four in the corner of my bedroom.

dogs or cats?

I don’t have either but I love both. However, I am allergic to cats, which makes them hard to be around cos how can you resist stroking a cat? (and then sneezing repeatedly for hours).

if you had to move country where would you go?

India, maybe Sri Lanka if you can get me a place to stay there Chloe.

My Nominees

I have had the pleasure of being featured on discover.wordpress.com recently and this has brought several hundred new followers to my site, of which I find humbling and awesome. So I have decided that I am going to nominate a few of them.

My questions to you are going to be the same as Chloe’s questions to me.

  1. what is your most embarrassing moment?
  2. how long did it take you to set up your blog?
  3. how long have you been blogging for?
  4. a sentence that describes you?
  5. three words to sum up your blog?
  6. your favourite place in the world?
  7. why is it your favourite place?
  8. what did you want to be when you were a kid?
  9. do you still have a cuddly toy in your bed (I still have my blanky)?
  10. dogs or cats?
  11. if you had to move country where would you go?

A R Jung from arjungwriter.com

Arts love of anything and everything

Marcus Antoninus from Sunshine upon my garden

Ali from the mindful gardener

Brian from Brian’s blog

No Filters Pics

The soulful empathiser from Multitude of my thoughts

Cosmic Purpose

Flores Photographic

Cathy from Wander Essence

Open Discussion

Eid Mubarak

Happy Eid to all of my Muslim friends and followers. May the blessings of Allah be with you and you’re loved ones.

Enjoy the festival of Eid al-Fitr

 

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The Photo Sociology “I Can Do Better Than A Turner” Photography Award

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Have you ever wondered what makes a photographer or an artist famous? Felt that you or others have achieved equal or better results but do not hve the same recognition? Who decides that one persons work is worthy of critical acclaim? I saw a winning Turner Prize series of photo’s recently and thought to myself “I can do better than that”.

Do you feel that your photography is better than a photographer that has achieved worldwide recognition? Whether you believe this or not you can enter one photo into this free competition. You may consider yourself to be a photographer or you may not. It doesn’t matter. If you have a camera or smart phone then you can enter.

There is no entry fee.

Any one over 18 can enter this competition and can submit one photo. I cannot accept photo’s of minors due to the ethics around consent, and any photo that you submit must be taken in a manner that is in keeping with the legal requirements of the country that you reside. If you photo is of an individual then you are responsible for obtaining consent. We will not accept photos of a sexual nature, nor that promote hate crime or terrorism.

There will be one winner and two runners up. The winner will recieve a £50 Amazon voucher converted to the currency of the country in which the winner resides, and the two runners up will recieve a £25 Amazon voucher each.

The competition runs from the 6th June 2018 and ends on the 5th June 2019. The earlier you enter the longer people will view your photography and follow the link back to your blog.

How to enter

To enter the competition please create a WordPress blog post with the title “The Photo Sociology “I Can Do Better Than A Turner” Photography Award” and the copy the following text into your post.

“Have you ever wondered what makes a photographer or an artist famous? Felt that you or others have achieved equal or better results but do not hve the same recognition? Who decides that one persons work is worthy of critical acclaim? I saw a winning Turner Prize series of photo’s recently and thought to myself “I can do better than that”.

Do you feel that your photography is better than a photographer that has achieved worldwide recognition? Whether you believe this or not you can enter one photo into this free competition. You may consider yourself to be a photographer or you may not. It doesn’t matter. If you have a camera or smart phone then you can enter. There is no entry fee.

Any one over 18 can enter this competition and can submit one photo. I cannot accept photo’s of minors due to the ethics around consent, and any photo that you submit must be taken in a manner that is in keeping with the legal requirements of the country that you reside. If you photo is of an individual then you are responsible for obtaining consent. We will not accept photos of a sexual nature, nor that promote hate crime or terrorism.

Please visit the gallery website so that you can submit your photo”

Add the photo that you wish to enter into your blog post and then visit my contact page. In the comments box on the contact page provide a link to your post. I will then copy your photo and add it to the competition gallery website with a link back to your page. I will only use your photo on the gallery page and you retain the copyright and license. The winner and two runners up will have their post featured on this blog and the competion gallery website.

I am recommending that you nominate people who you follow to enter the competition, the more entries that we have, the larger the community we create.

Please feel free to Press this post, re-share it, and post it on your social media accounts. Even if some viewers choose not to enter, they may still visit your site and see the wonderful work that you produce.

There will be three judges, including me, who will decide the winner and runners up, and our decision will be final.

Best wishes and good luck

(I may occasionally take three or four days to upload your photo).

 

 

Coming Soon

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A photography competition and opportunity to exhibit your photo with a link back to your site. There is no entry fee and anyone over 18 will be able to enter.

The competition will run from 6th June 2018 – 5th June 2019 (which will give your site lots of exposure).

First prize £50 Amazon voucher

Two runners up £25 Amazon voucher

Prizes will be converted to the currency of the recipients home nation.

Photo Sociology Featured On WordPress Discover

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Yay. Oh my gosh, I feel very excited and extremely grateful. Discover is an official WordPress site which has some important roles. One of those is to feature the writing and blogs from the WordPress community – Editors Picks, which I have featured on today, another is to provide information, hints and tips so that you can improve your experience with WordPress, and they also showcase examples of other people’s sites so that we can find inspiration with the development and presentation of our sites.

As a WordPress blogger you can submit your site, or that of a blogger who inspires you, to the Discover editors for their consideration. To do so you can visit the discover.wordpress.com about page.

Many many thanks to the Discover team for featuring Photo Sociology. Richard

I AM Flying HighTyphoon Display Team

 

Big Thanks To “What You Blog About?”

Anar from What You Blog About? approached me last week to ask if I would like my blog to be featured on their site.

What You Blog About? features other blogs as a way of developing links and growing traffic within the WordPress community. As well as asking people if they would like their blog to be featured, Anar has a contact page in which you can submit your own blog, there are a couple of questions on the page so that you can write a brief introduction to your blog.

Here is the link to photosociology on What You Blog About?

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