What Kind of Blogger Are You?

Originally posted on HarsH ReaLiTy:

The “hobby blogger” feels slighted that someone else can “make it” where they cannot. I can’t count the number of times I have read “you can’t do that with a blog or on social media.” What people really mean by this statement is that THEY don’t know how to do such and such on that platform. People love blanket statements and love to set limitations for others. Often it is because they themselves have failed in their own attempt and they just hate to see someone else succeed. These people are known as “anchors’ and they will weigh you down with their negativity and halfhearted attempts at advice. Cutting off these anchors will make your ship sail much more smoothly.

What kind of blogger are you and what are your goals on WordPress? What is your motivation for being on social media in general? Only you individually can answer that…

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La Boheme – Opera in the Square

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we were at the opera!

Originally posted on HelenandKirstyshow:

“Love is lifeless without a lot of laughter. Take it lightly”

One freezing Christmas Eve, a struggling poet meets a beautiful, fragile young woman who will change his life forever… Let yourself be carried away by the emotional power of The Royal Opera’s exquisite and realistic production of La bohème. Immerse yourselves in the colourful artists’ quarter in 19th-century Paris, where every moment is precious, and paying the rent is the last thing on anyone’s mind. If you’ve never been to an opera before, this is the ideal place to start. Puccini’s magical, heart-tugging music, performed by a superb cast, is guaranteed to captivate you – you may even find you know some of the opera’s wonderful melodies

Our review:-
It used to be cinema was for films and big screens were for sporting events but over the last few years the Arts have been made more open to…

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These Literature-Inspired Benches Are Unbelievable

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Originally posted on 101 Books:

I love it when people do creative things with classic literature.

That’s why I love sharing this stuff with you guys. Whether it’s Litographs (who design shirts with the text of classic books), or The Snake and Fawn (who makes pendants out of famous authors’ handwriting), I love seeing this kind of creative effort poured into exposing literature to more people.

Here’s another great example. Over in London, the National Literacy Trust has teamed with an organization called Wild at Art to create 50 public benches that give the impression of a folded paperback book. Each bench is dedicated to a different novel with roots in London, like 1984, Mary Poppins, Great Expectations and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

These are the coolest, most beautiful benches ever, and artists like Rae Smith, Charlotte Brown and Ralph Steadman created them.

If you live in London, consider…

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The Cynic’s Photography Dictionary

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Originally posted on Photofocus:

Editor’s Note:This is a guest post from Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com

Picture -  A representation in two dimensions of something wearisome in three.   Ambrose Bierce

I’m a fan of the satirical and cynical definitions of Ambrose Bierce, first written as a daily newspaper column and later collected in The Devil’s Dictionary. (It was originally called the Cynic’s Word Book, but so many politicians of the day called Bierce a Devil that he felt the new title more appropriate.)

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Unfortunately, very few of Mr. Bierce’s definitions apply to photography. Seeing a need that should be filled, I immediately began working on a Devil’s Dictionary of Photographic terms. Hopefully, some of you will join in and help to expand this desperately needed work.

The Cynic’s Photography Dictionary

Aberration – Something that is wrong with the lens by design, as opposed to something wrong with the lens…

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A CBT look at the language of ‘battling demons’…

Originally posted on Veronica Walsh's CBT Blog Dublin, Ireland:

rainbowthoughtbubblesWhat is your self talk? Is it overly dramatic and causing you over upsetness?

Modern psychotherapy does not believe that anxiety and depression are ‘just chemical’ – and it recommends learning how to develop awareness and management of your ‘attributional style’ – (how you explain the world to yourself through your thinking, either positively or negatively).

A popular definition of mental health illness includes the phrase ‘when stress becomes a disorder, it causes a shift in thinking….’ – and when we have a negative shift in thinking, we develop negative attributional styles.

Has your stress become a disorder, shifting your thinking into an unhelpful dramatic negative style? Does this thinking cause you to feel overly upset in response to situations? Does it cause you to make self sabotaging choices of behaviour? Do you want to learn how to build awareness of your thinking, and how to ‘thought-stop’ and dispute the…

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