STYLE SHEET – THINKING BIG WORKS BLOGS

TITLE OF THE ARTICLE (AS ABOVE)

USE CAPS ON THE FIRST LETTER OF EACH WORD – EVEN THE “SMALL” ONES TO MAKE THE TITLE STAND OUT A LITTLE MORE FROM THE BANNER BELOW. eg:  The Dog Jumped Up And Ran Into The Room.

IF YOU NEED TO CHANGE THE TITLE OF THE POST –

NOTE THE PERMALINK BELOW THE TITLE – HIT EDIT AND MAKE THE CHANGES HERE ALSO – IF YOU DO NOT -  THE SYSTEM WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THIS POST WHEN YOU PUBLISH.

REMEMBER TO HIT SAVE – AND CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR NEW TITLE IS NOW SHOWING AS THE PERMALINK.

DATE STAMP

THE SYSTEM WILL AUTOMATICALLY PUT YOUR NAME AND THE DATE WHEN YOU PUBLISH.

eg: January 19th, 2009 by Judy Berg

Our world in good hands
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BANNER

CHOOSE THE APPROPRIATE BANNER FOR YOUR SUBJECT AND DAY OF THE WEEK. THESE ARE IN THE FILEBOX AS “DAVID’S TEMPLATES”. COPY THE BANNERS AND TEXT BOXES YOU WILL USE AND CREATE YOUR OWN TEMPLATE FILE.

FROM THE TEMPLATE FILE, COPY THE BANNER AND CONTENT DOWN TO THE HEADER SO THAT YOU WILL HAVE THE RIGHT SPACING FOR THE BANNER, PHOTO, TAGS AND THE FIRST HEADER.

TAGS

Consciousness: inspiration

THESE TAGS REPEAT 2-3 OF THE TAGS YOU WILL CHOOSE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS FILE ADN REFLECT THE KEY THEMES OF YOUR POST. THEY ARE ITALICS, LOWER CASE, SEPARATED BY COLONS.

PHOTOS

ALL PHOTOS ARE 150PX

DIV TAGS ARE 150PX

CLICK ON THE HTML EDITOR AT THE TOP OF THIS FILE AND CHANGE THE SIZE OF THE DIV TAG, IF NECESSARY. IF YOU HAVE COPIED A SAMPLE FROM THE TEMPLATE FILE, IT SHOULD ALREADY BE SET TO 150PX.

TO CHANGE PICTURE, CLICK ON THE PHOTO AND ON THE IMAGE BOX THAT APPEARS.

THE URL FOR YOUR NEW PHOTO IS PLACED IN ADVANCED SETTINGS AT “SOURCE.”

REMEMBER TO REMOVE ANY ESIXTING NUMBERS IN THE SIZE BOX.

CLICK ON THE OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW IF YOU PLAN TO HAVE A LINK BEHIND THIS PHOTO.

ANY LINKS FOR A LARGER PHOTO, OR OTHER SITE BEHIND THE PHOTO, IS PLACED IN THE “LINK URL IMAGE” ON THE EDIT SCREEN.

ALWAYS NAME THE PHOTO USING THE “EDIT IMAGE TITLE” BOX – THIS TITLE WILL LATER APPEAR WHEN THE CURSOR IS DRAGGED OVER THE PHOTO ON THE POST.

PUT THE TITLE OF THE PHOTO -  (DIFFERENT FROM HAVING NAMED IT ABOVE!) – AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX – IN ITALICS (THAT IS DONE BACK HERE AT EDIT POST)

INSTRUCTIONS – SUCH AS “CLICK TO ENLARGE” – ARE IN STRAIGHT TEXT

USE SHIFT/ENTER AT THE END OF THE PHOTO TITLE, TO MAKE JUST ONE ONE SPACE BETWEEN THE TITLE AND THE DIRECTIONS – THAT KEEPS THE SIZE OF THE PHOTO BOX AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE

HEADERS

ONE MANS LIFE WORK ABANDONED – FOR HIS VALUES

HEADERS ARE IN ALL CAPS – AND IN THE RED COLOR THAT APPEARS IN THE COLOR TEXT BOX ON THE FAR LEFT – SECOND FROM THE TOP.

FIRST PARAGRAPH

THE WRITING STYLE IS MORE JOURNALISTIC, WITH THE KEY POINTS IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH… PERHAPS 5 W’S – BUT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT IN THAT THE FIRST APPROX 150 CHARACTERS MAY SHOW UP IN A TWITTER OR OTHER SUMMARY, SO YOU WILL ALSO WANT THE FIRST 1-2 SENTENCES TO CATCH THE ATTENTION OF THE READER…WITHOUT HAVING TO GIVE ALL THE USUAL 5 w’S DETAILS -

THIS MEANS YOU MAY NOT BE WRITING IN A “LOGICAL” WAY TO INTRODUCE THE TOPIC BUT INSTEAD JUMP INTO WHAT WOULD GRAB ATTENTION AND COME BACK TO EXPLANATIONS OR BACKGROUND INFORMATION LATER.

WIIFM – THE STYLE IS A LITTLE MORE OF AN ADVERTISING STYLE – RECOGNIZING “THE WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME”

CONTENT IS USUALLY BETWEEN 500 – 1000 WORDS.

OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE A SITE WITH AN UPBEAT, POSITIVE TONE. THAT DOES NOT MEAN YOU CANNOT DRAW ATTENTION TO THE PROBLEMS – BUT WE LOOK TO PROVIDE SOME SOLUTIONS OR POSITIVE OUTLOOK, ALONG WITH AN HONEST, FAIR DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEMS.

SHORT PARAGRAPHS WITH LOTS OF HEADERS, TEXT BARS, INSIGHT TABS, AND WHITE SPACE.

BLOGS ARE OFTEN CHATTY, AND NOT RESPECTFUL OF GOOD WRITING/GRAMMER – WE WANT TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL WRITING STYLE -  BUT KEEP THE TONE CHATTY – AND EASY TO READ QUICKLY.

DAVID HAS A FOG INDEX POST TO TEST YOUR WRITING LEVEL – S/B ABOUT A GRADE 7-8 LEVEL – (RECENT RESEARCH IS EVEN SAYING GRADE 5!) – NOT THAT OUR READERS ARE NOT BRIGHT – BUT IT REFLECTS THE AMOUNT OF TIME PEOPLE WANT/HAVE TO SPEND READING AT YOUR SITE.

RATHER THAN USING A BLACK TYPE WITH BOLD IF YOU WANT TO DRAW MORE ATTENTION TO THE TEXT – USE THE RED COLOR BUT DO NOT USE CAPS.

Would you walk away from ten years of your life work and passion – because your conscience now tells you, your work is not safe for the environment? Well, that is exactly what our Friday Enlightenor just did.

John Lacy, astronomy professor at the University of Texas, has had the courage to stand up for what is right, and has walked away from awards and accolades and future success for his life work for NASA, because it is the right thing to do. With people like Lacy, our world will be in good hands…

KEEP THE FOLD AT ABOUT THE SAME LENGTH AS THE PHOTO – WITH ENOUGH TO MAKE THE READER WANT TO CLICK FOR MORE.

YOU MIGHT END WITH A QUESTION – OR WITH THREE DOTS – OR WITH THE NEXT HEADER.

IN THIS EXAMPLE I COULD HAVE PUT THE FOLD AFTER THE FOLLOWING HEADER…(TOP PHYSICIST IN COUNTRY WALKS)

BE SURE TO USE AN ENTER AFTER THE END OF YOUR LAST SENTENCE PRIOR TO INSERTING THE FOLD. THIS WILL PUT THE  DIRECTION – “PLEASE KEEP READING” ON THE NEXT LINE” ( YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE THIS LINE  UNTIL IT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED.)

(IT’S NOT OVER YET :) – SCROLL FOR MORE)

TOP PHYSICIST IN COUNTRY WALKS

Lacy has been working on a project for NASA for which he received the Mulmann award in 2004. The award is given for “recent scientific observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software or observational infrastructure.”

Congratulations to John Lacy!

It seems his colleagues values are based, not on whether it is wrong or not, but if it is not as bad as what others are doing… why be concerned?

Hhmmm – this is a little like saying we only robbed the bank for ten thousand dollars, and since others have ripped it off for billions, we do not really believe we have done anything wrong or unethical.

BANNERS OR INSIGHT TABS

USE THE GRAPHIC TEXT BANNERS OR INSIGHT TABS TO DRAW ATTENTION  TO KEY PARTS OF YOUR POST.

NOTE: WHEN YOU CREATE YOUR OWN TEMPLATE FILE, YOU WILL WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN YOU GRAB THE TEXT BOXES WITH THE SAME COLOR CODE AS YOUR BANNERS.

Lacy is a wonderful example of how each and everyone of us has to stand up and act on what it right.  When we finally have enough people doing that , we will see collective results.

What will happen, if instead, everyone continues to follows the values thinking of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas – as long as others are doing more damage than me -why should I qu

RED END SYMBOL

YOU MAY USE THIS RED SYMBOL TOWARDS THE END OF YOUR POST ONLY – PERHAPS WHERE YOU MIGHT WANT A CALL TO ACTION FOR YOUR READER OR JUST TO INDICATE THE END OF THE POST, IF DESIRED – NOT REQUIRED AND IS NOT USED ALL THE TIME  – BUT IF YOU WANT TO USE SUCH AS SYMBOL – THIS IS THE ONE!

SIGNATURE

YOU CHOOSE HOW YOU WANT TO SIGN OFF YOUR POSTS – THE KEY THING IS TO DO IT THE SAME ALL THE TIME. DETAILS ABOUT YOU ETC SHOULD BE IN ITALICS.

BLESS BLESS
JUDY BERG


Organizational Behaviour Consultant
author: Imagine Your Soul Abudant: Attracting Success, Fulfillment and True Happiness
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ADMINISTRATION

TAGS

ONCE YOU HAVE COMPETED YOUR POST, GO TO THE RIGHT SIDEBAR AND PUT IN THE KEY WORD TAGS YOU WILL WANT TO APPEAR AT THE END OF YOUR ARTICLE.

CATEGORIES

CLICK THE CATEGORIES YOU WANT THIS ARTICLE TO APPEAR IN, NOTE THE SYSTEM SEEMS TO HAVE PRESET TO “MARKETING” -  SO YOU MAY WANT TO REMOVE THAT IF IT DOES NOT APPLY TO YOUR ARTICLE.

EXCERPT

IN THE BOX DIRECTLY BELOW THIS POST – TYPE – OR CUT AND PAST ABOUT 1-2 SENTENCES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE APPEARING ON A SEARCH TO SUMMARIZE YOUR ARTICLE AND DRAW PEOPLE IN TO READ THE POST.

TRACKBACKS

IF YOU ARE REFERRING OR LINKING TO A BLOG THAT HAS TRACKBACKS PASTE THE URL HERE.

DISCUSSION

MAKE CERTAIN THE 2 DISCUSSION BOXES ARE CHECKED.

FINAL EDITS/GOOD FORM/TIPS

1. IN THE TOP RIGHT YOU CAN SET THE DATE AND TIME FOR THE POST TO BE PUBLISHED. SET YOUR DATE – NOTE THAT THE SYSTEM IS ON SOME KIND OF STRANGE CLOCK SO SETTING -  SO 00.00 MAY ACTUALLY POST IT THE DAY BEFORE ABOUT 10:00PM EST.

2. I FIND IT HELPFUL TO FREQUENTLY VIEW THE POST AS I AM EDITING AS TYPOS, GRAMMER, PUNCTUATION SEEMS TO STAND OUT MORE.

ONCE YOU HAVE SET THE DATE AND TIME  – YOU MUST ALSO HIT “PUBLISH”

3.  I FIND IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO READ THE ARTICLE AGAIN ONCE IT IS PUBLISHED – AMAZINGLY SOME EDITS, TYPOS SUDDENLY JUMP OUR – OR ELSE LITTLE GREMLINS PUT THEM THERE!

4. THERE IS AN HTML GREMLIN ON THE HOME PAGE  –

CHECK THE HOMEeast jump PAGE WHEN YOUR POST IS PUBLISHED. YOU MAY FIND SOME INTERESTING LITTLE BLACK DIAMONDS – THEY APPEAR IF YOU USE TWO SPACES AT THE END OF A SENTENCE – IF YOU WERE TAUGHT, AS I WAS TO DO THAT, YOU WILL HAVE TO UNLEARN THAT ONE !

THE BLACK DIAMONDS ALSO APPEAR FOR SOME SYMBOLS THE HTML DOESN’T RECOGNIZE – OR IF YOU LEAVE A SPACE AFTER A DASH – LIKE I HAVE DONE HERE :)

YOU CAN GO IN AND EDIT YOUR POST AFTER IT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED.

IRONICALLY, THIS DOES NOT APPEAR IF YOU GO TO THE” THINKING BIG WORKS BLOG” PAGE OR TO THE FULL POST – IT ONLY APPEARS ON THE HOME PAGE – SO MAKE CERTAIN YOU CHECK THAT ONE!

5. YOU CAN POST SOME STARS ON YOUR POST TO GET THINGS HAPPENING!

C’EST TOUT!!



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