At one time, churches and pubs where at the heart of the community. They provided the venue for civil society to grow as small groups, independent of government, did things to bring the community together and make it better. Everything from boys scouts to the pub dart team provided community cohesion. (more…)
I’ve been using pictures of daffodils lately, to signify spring in my recent articles. I’m not sure where the quote ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ comes from. Some say it comes from a Chinese proverb. It does sound Chinese… (more…)
Today I’m going to look at how to do a photo blog, because many of my readers are bloggers! I’ve started with an image from my media library. This saves uploading another one and saves server space too. There is no alt text yet, I want that to match my focus keyword for SEO (search engines). (more…)
Today, as my title suggests, I’m going to use some of the photos I’ve taken this year of narrowboats and canals. I have a lot of readers who are bloggers, so I’m going to include some information and advice on blogging too.
24, December 2014 | Categories: Blogging, Christmas, Christmas, local, photography, Ramblings, social media, social networking, The Black Country | Tags: blogging, Canals, Google, narrow-boats, narrowboats, narrowboats and canals, Wednesbury | 1 Comment
It’s the first day of December tomorrow and so just 3 weeks to Christmas. We have the Christmas trees up in Wednesbury and the lights switched on. I was at the official switch-on by Gareth Gates on Friday. I wrote a post yesterday on A Zillion Ideas and beat all the other local news services to it by publishing early! (more…)
30, November 2014 | Categories: Blogging, culture, Humour, local, news, photography, Ramblings, social networking, The Black Country | Tags: Eastenders, Gareth Gates, Photo-journalist, photo-journo, Solo Oil | 1 Comment
I usually write a blog post every day, but I missed Monday this week and yesterday published a photography post on a Zillion Ideas. Last week’s photography post was published on my local newspaper’s website. (more…)
26, November 2014 | Categories: Blogging, culture, education, Internet, local, photography, social media, social networking | Tags: Christmas, Christmas lights, engaging with readers, photographing events, Wednesbury | 2 Comments
Here in the Black Country we have traditions and one of those traditions is to take no notice of strange behaviour. We’re all a bit weird. There are many races and many cultures and the politically correct people call it a multi-cultural community. There has always been a diversity. (more…)
6, April 2014 | Categories: culture, Humour, life, photography, Ramblings, social media, social networking | Tags: Bhopal disaster, Facebook friends, Humour, Lib dems, Norman Invasion, Prince William, Princess Royal | Leave a comment
The Black Country isn’t the prettiest place to live or take photographs, but I manage and get a lot of interest in my photography. So if you’re blogging adding pictures to your words, can get the message to your readers across a lot more effectively and you don’t really need fancy equipment for online photographs. (more…)
Yes, it was the History of Wednesbury Christmas Party last night. I can’t remember how long the Facebook Community page has been running now. It does have over 3,000 ‘likes’ and is organised by Tia-Marie Byrne who just had her name added to the Wednesbury page on Wikipedia as ‘notable native/resident’. She does the research and the rest of us try to rely on our memories.