Help please! Twitter feed

Hello,

I would like to add a Twitter feed to my page but I seem to be encountering confusing advice.  I found instructions of how to set it up (via Twitter settings) but it seems to want me to copy and paste HTML code and as it’s for a WordPress site, I have had no involvement in HTML coding.

I found another suggestion of plug-ins but these don’t appear to be allowed on WordPress.

To anyone with a Twitter feed on your page, can you please tell me how to do it?

Thanks in advance!

Di 🙂

New decor disaster

I decided to change the appearance of my blog.  It isn’t going to plan.  I am having great difficulty changing the site title.  I think there must be a problem with WordPress.  I tried to change the title to Diane Writes Stuff but WordPress will only let me write Diane W.  That’s not even my name.  So, temporarily my blog title is simply Diane.  It feels a bit like running out of paint halfway through decorating.

I guess maybe it’s true that if it ain’t broke, you shouldn’t fix it.  It’s definitely broke now.

My failure and success in NaNoWriMo so far

For the first time, I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo.  For anyone who doesn’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it is National Novel Writing Month and it has taken place every November since 1999.  The aim is to write 50,000 words in a month and then the editing can follow at your leisure in December or whenever.  I have flirted with the idea of writing a novel before but I haven’t made it past the planning stage.  Some of my previous planning is still saved and I may revisit for a future novel or novels but in the meantime, I thought I would take up the challenge of just writing and getting my first novel underway.

Three weeks into the challenge and I have written just short of 10,000 words.  It works out at an average of 500 words a day.  While I could see this as a failure because I am 9 days and 40,000 words away from the target, I see it as a success.

Let me explain why.

I enjoy writing but I find that life often gets in the way.  I know real writers are supposed to find their way around obstacles but sometimes it just isn’t possible.  I don’t want to make excuses but for a variety of reasons my writing was sporadic.  To have written a few hundred words most days (I have written for 19 days out of 21) is a success.  It is a success because I have been writing regularly.  I have been writing regularly and enjoying it.  And, because I am writing most days, I know where I am going with the story.  I won’t have to remind myself at a later date what I had previously written.  My plot and characters will stay with me on a daily basis until the story is told in full.

I had not previously achieved this without the goal of NaNoWriMo.

With 9 days to go, I don’t expect to have 50,000 words written but what I do expect is to have a fully formed skeleton; the skeleton being the plot outline.  I can then work on putting flesh on the bones.

I’m happy with my progress on my practice novel.  I’m glad I took up the challenge and I would do it again.

I would love to hear about other people’s experiences in NaNoWriMo.

Maybe you’re just like me, a newbie to novel-writing.  Maybe you find it easy to knock out 50,000 words.

Feel free to leave a comment below.

Di 🙂

Appreciative blogger!

I woke up this morning, looked at my phone and noticed I had EIGHTY WordPress notifications.

Wow.

This is new.

I was totally astounded by this and thought it must have been a mistake.  My first thought was it was down to the iOS 8 update I installed last night.  Then I realised that my phone was correct and I had gained around 40 followers overnight and had received numerous comments on my latest blog post.  What an excellent start to the day!

I have since realised that I owe my thanks to Opinionated Man once again.  Not only was he the inspiration for my last blog post but he has very kindly re-blogged my post.  Thanks for the piggy back OM, thank you to everyone for their likes and comments and hello to my new followers.  I will read through and reply to all comments later but I just wanted to pass on my collective thanks.  It really does feel like a community now.

Diane 🙂

Selfish blogger

I was reading OM’s post on his Harsh Reality blog about new/fellow bloggers and it inspired me.  I am relatively new to blogging and I still have a lot to learn.  I love receiving notifications telling me that someone has liked or commented on one of my posts but I have since realised that I have not been making enough effort to appreciate other people’s work.  I do follow people and I do skim through my reader but I think I should have been paying more attention.  I have not been reading as much as I should have, perhaps wasting my time looking at captioned pictures of cats on Facebook or pictures of what people eat for their dinner instead of reading carefully crafted blog posts by like-minded people.

I mentioned that I still have a lot to learn.  What better way to learn than from my fellow bloggers?  Wordpress is a community, after all, and I’m sure we can all learn from each other.  Today is the day I use it properly.  Today is the day I learn to read and appreciate the words that you have all taken the time to write.  No more selfish blogging!

Diane 🙂

OM’s post – http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/09/22/dear-new-bloggers/

Dream, Play, Write

I stumbled upon a WordPress blog called Dream, Play, Write by Timothy Pike.  Timothy is a copywriter offering advice to writers through daily recordings on his blog.  The recordings are positive, encouraging and full of simple but effective advice.  For example, he says that you should never refer to yourself as an aspiring writer because if you are aspiring to be something, you haven’t got there yet.

You can sign up for a 7 day trial which allows you access to the recordings for free.

Check it out here – Dream, Play, Write.