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Having Trouble Using the New Editor?

I have had many blogger friends comment that they are having issues with adding images or aligning images with the new block editor.

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I’ve been using the WordPress Block Editor since it was offered as the Gutenberg trial a year or so ago. Now I can honestly say I cannot remember how I ever used the old Classic version. In fact, I had much more trouble with images that were not in alignment using the Classic editor, than I do with the new version.

There are some changes, but there also are some great features I have not tried before.

For example, I really enjoyed using the new image compare block which I featured in a recent post.

I also like the new options for adding galleries, slideshows and the increased flexibility with media and text options. The best part of all is the ability to move blocks up and down. I do this all the time when writing a blog post.

Is it just me that does this?

Adding an Image to a WordPress Blog Post

Add an image to your post using the + button to add a new block, select image, then choose whether you wish to upload a new image by:

  • Selecting a photo from your own media library
  • Uploading a new photo from your computer
  • Selecting a photo from Google photos
  • Selecting a random photo from Pexels free stock photos (see above)
  • Copying a URL for an image found at another site (right-click on the photo to grab the “copy image location” on the photograph and press CTRL V or paste that URL into the prompt box provided on your post and click enter.

N.B. In sharing from Google photos you may need to check your privacy settings in Google photos or the image may not appear correctly.

Re-sizing or Adjusting Images for WordPress Blog Posts

A useful tip for new bloggers is to resize your photos to an optimum size for uploading.

There are many types of resizing tools on the net; I use a re-sizing app on my Android phone as most of my pics are taken with the mobile these days. Imgur is another useful tool for blogs if you are looking to add GIFs or internet memes.

I have found 800 x 600 px is a good size to aim for. Detailed pictures are awesome to see in high quality, however, they take too long to load. Slow loading of photos and therefore your site, is something that may turn readers off. This is especially true, if your site is photo heavy, as photography/travel blogs tend to be.

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This photo is approximately 800 x 600

I also adjust images on the sidebar on the right. There is a drop-down under ‘Block.’ You can choose a default normal presentation for your photo, or a rounded corner view, and set the size or enter certain image dimensions. You will even find some advanced settings such as AMP for viewing on mobile devices.

Who doesn’t use their phone to read blogs?

Do you have a favorite re-sizing tool that you use?

Add a Featured Image in a WordPress Blog Post

Adding a featured image in the “Post” settings on the sidebar, of your draft post, gives your blog a professional look and secondly, gives a visual indication of what the post might be about to the person reading your blog. It can grab the attention of new readers who are skimming through the WordPress reader and you can secure a new follower, if that is your aim?

The featured image should have a size of at least 1200 by 675 pixels or you will have a blank white section around the photo in the header. (NB. This is theme dependent).

Using the Columns block in WordPress

Anne mentioned she had trouble using the columns block.

I haven’t used this much, but always lamented that a free WordPress blog plan did not offer columns.

Columns might be especially good for posting recipes if you are a food blogger.

There is quite a choice of size presentations once you select the columns block. This one I am using here is 70/30 [text versus image].

And don’t forget to add your favorite blocks to the

re-useable blocks for fast access. It is quite handy.

How do you find the new WordPress editor?

I’d love to hear how long it took you to adjust to the new editor, or if you are still struggling, what it is that you dislike about it? Let me know in a comment below.

Are you tearing your hair out?

Do you find the Blocks Editor easier to use?

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Friendly Friday Challenge – Quiet Places

The world can be a stressful place at times. Often there is a need to step back and re-energize our tolerance to stress, pressures and worries.

Certain places in the world can be restorative to our spirit. These places may be somewhere in your own region, in your own street or even in one’s own backyard or a quiet city street.

Such ‘Quiet Places,‘ may bring solace and a settling of the nerves.

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Dalen, Norway

In the year of Covid confusion, I re-visit quiet places in my dreams. Photo archives bring those memories to life again, if only for a transient moment, in the present time.

Like the time, I stayed up in the mountains of Norway..

Or on the banks of the Tauber River in Germany.

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I am drawn to locations by the water, presumably due to the calming effect of the waves gently caressing the shoreline.

What about you?

Where is your ‘Quiet Place?’

Create a Friendly Friday Challenge ‘Quiet Places’ Post

To join the challenge, simply add a ping-back link and a Friendly Friday tag to a new post, then come back here to leave a comment with the published link, so visitors can find you and visit.

If this is your first challenge contribution, there is a full set of instructions on how to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge on my blog header.

Friendly Friday will at StPA, in two weeks time. In the meantime, next Friday, you can discover the next prompt at my Friendly Friday Challenge Co-host’s blog, The Sandy Chronicles.

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Friendly Friday Photography Challenge

Can you find something in your photographic archives to share in a post?

Every second Friday, I host the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge with a different theme to challenge you.

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Do you spot something around you that fits the weekly theme?

Our imagination is your only limitation.

Weekly Friendly Friday Theme

The Friendly Friday Community is inclusive of diversity. We have participants from many regions and our sense of community grows with each weekly challenge.

Community naturally evolves when a group of people come together to achieve something. And thus, the theme for this week’s photography challenge is:

Working Together

You scratch my back and I’ll return the favour.

With many of us in Lockdown, the theme, “Working Together,” might be more difficult. So ‘Community’ is an alternate theme, you can use or think about.

Do remember this is an opportunity to search your archives for a photograph, and there are no limits as to how you decide to interpret this theme.

The whole world is trying to Work Together to defeat the pandemic, albeit in their own different, or more effective/less effective ways. The ultimate goal is still consistent.

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This Friendly Friday theme is really not that hard – nor is Danish Folk Dancing.

When we can’t be together in a physical sense, there is always the virtual community, here at WordPress, collaborating, commenting, inspiring, posting.

I look forward to seeing what you interpret as your Community Working Together.

How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

  • Create a Post
  • Tag and Linkback your ‘Working Together’ Post.
  • Add a comment here, so that we all know you have posted as pingback are unreliable.
  • Visit other entrants and join in with our Friendly Friday community.
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Do you need to know more about Friendly Friday? Find it here

Next week, my excellent co-host Sandy will have another great prompt for you, so follow her blog to find it: The Sandy Chronicles.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Yellow

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Yellow features in Bee Gees Way

It is Spring in the northern hemisphere, whilst we in the South, prepare for Autumn. Australian native plants don’t follow a strict regime of flowering as they do in the North. Some flower all year round. That is Australia – the land of eternal sun.

At least the Xanthostemon flowers below think so – Try saying that after a glass of wine!

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Xanthostemon flower

Friendly Friday Photo Prompt

As you might have guessed, the prompt for the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge, this week, is:

YELLOW

Japan might be in the north, but I found plenty of yellow there too.

Denmark may have closed its border, but I can visit my homeland via these photos of the famous “Skagen Yellow” houses.

A Link to: My favourite yellow Courtyard in Skagen Denmark

Food can be yellow too – and I do like Cake. Usually lemon flavoured, just so you know in case you come to mine for tea.

Bored at home in lock down? Feel like doing a bit of interior decorating?

Photo Credit and Link to Guardian.com article on Yayao Kusama

I will take you to Kyoto for 30 seconds. With Yellow leaves and all. The courtyard of quirky Artist – Yayao Kusama.

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Interested in joining in on Friendly Friday?

Create, Write, Tag and Linkback your ‘Yellow’ Post. Do let me know in the comments that you have posted and I will pay you a visit.

All you need to know to join Friendly Fiday here

Next week, my co-host Sandy will have another great prompt for you budding photographers, locked down or not.

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The Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is Back

The Friendly Friday Photographic challenge is about community and interacting with other bloggers, sharing everyday photographs of things from our world and is hosted by bloggers Amanda, here at ‘StPA’ (Something to Ponder About) and Sandy at The Sandy Chronicles.

Welcome back to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

With the new year, we welcome new host Sandy, to the Friendly Friday team. Sandy blogs at The Sandy Chronicles and is already busy planning some fun prompts for us.

Please note the Friendly Friday Photo Challenges will run for one week, from Friday to the following Thursday, when the new weekly prompt is released.

New to Friendly Friday? Unsure of what Friendly Friday is all about?

Scroll down to find out more.

Friendly Friday Weekly Prompt

The prompt for this week is

All in a Row

It might be photos of birds gathered on a wire, food, natural features like rocks, or people waiting in a queue, even friends lined up for a photo.

You are only limited by your imagination.

Maroochy river boats all in a row

Bloggers have until next Thursday to publish a post relating to the prompt, with a link back to Something to Ponder About.

Click here to take you to the Friendly Friday Instructions Page.

Technology is usually reliable however Blogger Pingbacks have been known to fail. Thus, it would be great if you could post a comment below, so we can find your Friendly Friday Photo entry!

Sandy will post the next weekly prompt at her blog – The Sandy Chronicles so be sure to check her blog next Friday.

Here is some of my interpretations, of the prompt, to get your imagination ticking over:

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Sunset over Machinery
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Schnauzers- All in a Row

What is Friendly Friday?

The weekly prompt is a guide and somewhat of a challenge, for you. It is meant to inspire, not to limit or constrain. The host bloggers would like everyone to participate as they see fit. Photos can be new or something from your albums, that the prompt has inspired in you.

You don’t need to be a ‘pro’ to join in with Friendly Friday, either. Mobile, Point and Shoot or SLR photography is perfectly acceptable.

Your blog doesn’t even have to be about photography in order to participate. We welcome your entries. Have a little fun!

I am looking forward to seeing your entry.

Amanda

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – 2020

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Are you ready to join in again?

Photographic prompts for the Friendly Friday Challenge, at Something to Ponder About, will begin again from January 31st, 2020. We have some exciting photography prompts planned.

On Friendly Friday 7th February, our new Friendly Friday challenge host, Sandy from The Sandy Chronicles will post her first weekly prompt. We will then alternate between my blog, StPA and Sandy’s blog, from week to week, on a Friday.

I do hope you will continue to enjoy and post along with us on Friendly Fridays.

Huge thanks goes to Manja and Snow for their past contributions. I hope we will still see them host again and participate from time to time.

Get ready to join in with Friendly Friday!

How to do that?

Read how below.

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How to join in the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday – xx Prompt name xx,’ post which includes a URL link to this post, and don’t forget to tag your post, ‘Friendly Friday.’
  • Add either of the Photo Challenge logo, to your post, if you wish.
  • Copy the post’s published url into the comments on the host FF post, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun to see the varying interpretations!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

While there is no deadlines for the Friendly Friday challenge, it seems that almost everyone does post prior to the Thursday, after the post is published, so from this year we will have a deadline of one week for each prompt.

Come back and visit StPA on January 31st for the first 2020 prompt.

Are you ready?

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Friendly Friday Photography Challenge Prompt – Abandoned

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This challenge is alternately hosted, each Friday, by the following bloggers:
Amanda from Something to Ponder About , Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere, and Manja from Manja Mexi Moving who is currently filling in for Snow, because she is somewhat “snowed under,” with work at the moment. Thanks so much, Manja.

Scroll down to find full Instructions on joining in with this challenge.

This week’s prompt, for you to interpret with your photographic genius, is:

Abandoned

What does ‘Abandoned,’ mean for you?

An abandoned shed or farm building, an old church or closed down mine shaft?

What windows!

It might mean a disused industrial facility or closed hotel

You might perhaps, interpret this theme in a more abstract way.

It is up to you.

Pretty as a painting

One can still find beauty in things that are ‘Abandoned”

Instructions for Joining in on Friendly Friday:

  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday ‘Abandoned,’ post and include a URL link to this post, tagging the post, ‘Friendly Friday’.
  • Once the post is published, copy an dpaste the URL for your Friendly Friday ‘Abandoned’ post, in the comment box here, so everyone can find you and visit your blog.
  • You can also include the Friendly Friday logo found below, if you wish.
  • Be a part of the Friendly Friday Community by visiting the links in the comments section. It’s fun to see how others interpreted the prompt.

Please note there are no deadlines for participating in any Friendly Friday challenge.

Follow the Friendly Friday blogs to catch the weekly prompts.

Something to Ponder About

The Snow Melts Somewhere

Manja Mexi Moving

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Friendly Friday Photography Challenge -Between the Lines

Friendly Friday

Everyone is welcome to join in the WordPress Weekly Photo challenge we call Friendly Friday.

This challenge is alternately hosted, each Friday, by the bloggers:
Amanda from Something to Ponder About , Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere, with Manja from Manja Mexi Moving filling in for Snow, who is “snowed under,” with work at the moment. Thanks so much Manja.

Scroll down for Instructions on Joining in.

This Friday’s prompt for you to interpret with your photography is:

Between the Lines

Immediately the lines in a book might come to mind, but actually, I was inspired to come up with the prompt , when I saw this sunrise.

But it may not mean a sunrise or a book for you.

It might mean a bridge, architecture, or railway lines.

Plenty of Lines to find here and what goes on between them?

Or something else you find between the lines.

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One of my favourite photos

You might perhaps, interpret this theme in an abstract way.

It is up to you.

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Between the Lines

I find beauty in ‘Between the Lines

Instructions for Joining:

  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday – ‘Between the Lines,’ post and please include a URL link to this post, and a ‘Friendly Friday’ Tag, as well.
  • Once the post is published, paste the URL for your Friendly Friday ‘Between the Lines’ post, in the comments here, so everyone can find you and visit your blog.
  • You can also include the Friendly Friday logo, found below, if you wish.
  • Be a part of the Friendly Friday Community by visiting the links in the comments section. It’s fun to see how others interpreted the prompt.

Please note there are no deadlines for participating.

Follow the Friendly Friday blogs to catch the weekly prompts.

Something to Ponder About

The Snow Melts Somewhere

Manja Mexi Moving

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Ebb and Flow

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Positive and Negative in the River Nid in Trondheim

Everyone is welcome to join in the Friendly Friday Photography challenge.

This challenge is alternately hosted each Friday by the bloggers:
Amanda from Something to Ponder About , Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere and also helping Snow out here and there, Manja from Manja Mexi Moving.

The prompt for this Friday is [drum roll]:

Ebb and Flow

Think of the cyclic changes in the tides, the comings and goings of life, recurrent patterns of decline and growth. An awakening, an ageing and a rebirth.

When I think of Ebb and flow, I think of the beach; the sandy shores gently eroding away in the warm tropical summers and returning and reconstructing in winter – a seamless transition.

I am reminded of how ebb complements flow – the yin and the yang; logic versus intuition – opposing forces that unite together. Up and down, positive and negative.

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Up and Down with the Bicycle Lift

For this Friendly Friday – show me what Ebb and Flow means to you.

Spread the word around your blog community, so others can join in too.

Instructions for Joining:

  • Publish a ‘Friendly Friday – Ebb and Flow,’ post and include a URL link to this post, and a ‘Friendly Friday’ Tag.
  • Once published, paste the URL for your Friendly Friday ‘Ebb and Flow ’ post, in the comments here, so we can find you and visit your blog.
  • Include in your post the Friendly Friday logo, found below, if you wish.
  • Please note there are no deadlines for participating. New prompts are posted each week alternately at the host blogs.
  • Be a part of the Friendly Friday Community and visit the links in the comments section. It’s fun and interesting to see another person’s take on the prompt.
Friendly Friday

Important Notice As Snow is feeling a little ‘snowed under’ at the moment with everything she has to do, our dear blogger friend Manja, from Manja Mexi Moving has kindly agreed to step in and help Snow out with Friendly Friday challenge on the alternate weeks, for a short while. Snow will tell you more about this next week, but you next week check out Manja’s blog for the photo challenge.

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From Amanda

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Monday Murals

Street Murals – Provocative, Clever, Creative but always interesting.


And another favourite mural here in Melbourne.

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Street art makes the boring neighbourhood scene fun even if a little creepy.

Murals at a fish and chip shop and railway subway

I found Sami’s blog and her Monday Mural linky party via Suvi today – funny how I cyber travelled via Suvi in Finland to find another Australian blogger on the other side of my country.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Turning Point

Which way?

Have you ever experienced a ‘Sliding Door’ moment? Those moments when you made a choice in life, that led to significant changes for you?

They are those moments in life, when you realize it was a Turning Point,  which meant that your journey would have looked quite different if you had chosen something else?

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Contemplating the Choices

We make decisions; we take a variety of paths, at times choosing to be adventurous, spontaneous or at other times, quite conservative.

Later, we reflect on those decisions.

Some of us discover the path we’ve chosen to be too arduous, the scenery too different, that we decided to turn back or even turn away.

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Crossroads

On other occasions, taking that wrong ‘turn’ might have led us to incredible discoveries and serendipitous good fortune. Life is often surprising.

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To go or to stay?

The prompt for this week’s Friendly Friday Photography Challenge is:

  “Turning Point.”  

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Create a post sharing your interpretation of the weekly prompt.

It might be a photo of a sign, a threshold, a place to contemplate, or a crossroad; something that represents a Turning Point for you.

Write as much or as little as you like to accompany the photo/s.

Instructions:

  • Leave your response in the comments section, with a link to
    your Turning Point post, so we can find you.
  • Add a tag, or link back to the Friendly Friday prompt
  • Include the Friendly Friday logo if you wish
  • Please note there are no deadlines for participating
  • Do browse the other participants’ posts to see how they’ve interpreted the weekly prompt. It can be quite interesting.

More Instructions on joining in with Friendly Friday

Friendly Friday Photography challenge is alternately hosted each Friday by
Something to Ponder About  

and

The Snow Melts Somewhere

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I am looking forward to seeing your Turning Points.

Happy Friday!

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Revisited

Weekly Prompt – Revisited

Tokyo today – from the Tokyo Skytree

Our lives become so busy, it is only in reflection that we can truly appreciate some of the places we have visited in our lives. Through our photography, memories come alive.

Tokyo skyline from Tokyo Tower – nearly 15 years ago

Sometimes things change immensely, whilst others stay very much the same.

This week on Friendly Friday, I am asking you to Re-visit your memories, places and experiences.

Asakusa Temple Now
Asakusa Then – July 2004

The prompt ‘Re-visiting’ might mean something entirely different. It might simply mean a return to a place, but in another time. A ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo, of a project, from start to finish, or a time warp showing changes from one decade to another. Such as revisiting the changes from baby to child or child to adult. It might even be a place you wish to re-visit one day.

Such as a little village in Denmark.

A perfect summer in Denmark

You are limited only by what revisiting means to your imagination.

Photography Challenge

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is alternately hosted at The Snow Melts Somewhere and Something to Ponder About, each Friday.”

Like the former WordPress Photo Challenge, we’ll post a prompt each Friday and invite you to create a ‘Friendly Friday‘ post using one or more photos of your choice, relating to the weekly prompt.

Write as little, or as much, as you like in the post. That part is really up to you!

Once you hit publish, come back here and leave your comment and link for your Friendly Friday post, in our comments section.  Find further instructions here.

The New Friendly Friday Logo

Snow and I have created individual logos, for Friendly Friday, that you may like to add to your Friendly Friday post, but this is entirely optional. This week, my daughter created a new, unique logo using her quirky art. You are free to use this logo, or the former one, in your post if you wish.

And don’t forget to add a tag, and pingback to Friendly Friday.

This will make it easier for us all to find you and your post.

See you again in two weeks!

Amanda

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Pathways

Weekly Prompt – PATHWAYS

Share your ‘Pathways’ photos on Friendly Friday.

The Photography Challenge

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is alternately hosted at The Snow Melts Somewhere and Something to Ponder About, each Friday.

Similarly to the former WordPress Photo Challenge, we’ll post a prompt each Friday and invite you to create a Friendly Friday post using one or more photos of your choice, relating to the weekly prompt. Write as little, or as much, as you like in the post. That part is really up to you!

Then leave your comment and link for your Friendly Friday post, in our comments section here.  Find further instructions below.

This is my first week hosting the challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing your own interpretation of this theme. Here is my version of the challenge logo.

Friendly Friday Logo

Snow and I have created individual logos that you may like to add to your Friendly Friday post, but this is entirely optional.

Pathways

In sourcing suitable photos for this prompt, I am reminded of an old adage that states, ” Life is a journey not a destination.” Pathways can be a metaphor for life. Let us walk along some of my ‘Pathways.’

When we are young, it seems we skip along pathways so very quickly, enthusiastic about life and what it has in store for us.  We are keen and readying ourselves for loads of new experiences.

Often it seems we aren’t looking too far in the distance and yet we embrace life fully, more as time gathers pace. In leaping ahead, we are rarely mindful of obstacles or hazards.

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In adolescence, life is frequently twisting and turning in on itself; spontaneity rules the day. A few don’t see their destination.  Some choose to follow a path wherever it takes them; whilst others are more concerned with experiences, than the actual destination, itself.

It is only later that some discover the paths they took didn’t turn out to be thoroughfares, at all; they were in fact, dead ends, or they might have been forced to make ‘U’ turns, away from the darkness and back on the straight and narrow.

Time passes and as some approach middle age, they might mellow seeming to be much more decisive about the paths, they take, in life.

As in life, every pathway has beauty – if we are open to seeing it.

 

Instructions for joining the Friendly Friday Challenge

  1. Title the post Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Pathways
  2. Tag the post Friendly Friday and add a ping or link back to my blog, (see below)
  3. Publish your post and copy the published URL hyperlink on that post.
  4. Leave a comment below, pasting the URL hyperlink! That way readers can visit you and see your photo/s.

How to Create a Ping back

To add a ping back to the host blog, simply copy the Blog Title/s, highlighted below, or the URL address for each Blog you want to link to, that is:

 Something to Ponder About or The Snow Melts Somewhere or both, and paste this into your Friendly Friday post.

Alternatively, once you have highlighted the linked blog names above, you can also click the ‘chain (link)’ icon (next to the Bold and Italic icon), in your editor’s taskbar. Then paste that URL for the linked blogs, into the text box that pops up, and press enter to activate.

I should then get a notification, which means I will know that you made a Friendly Friday post! Others can then click the highlighted blog name, in your comment, to find the weekly Friendly Friday Photo Challenge and join in too!

N.B. Sometimes ping backs don’t work, so it is best to leave the link in a comment with the URL link for YOUR post,  on our Friendly Friday blog post!

Let’s have some fun exploring the pathways! Amanda

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