Trying Out the Facebook Embedded Post

How nice, I just tried embedding a Facebook post!

I learned that Facebook recently enabled the Facebook embedded post functionaliy to big online publishers like CNN, Mashable and The Huffington Post.

A workaround I read from Digital Inspiration‘s site shared by Ana Hoffman in her blog as well was really intriguing and helpful.

Wanting to share a Facebook post you liked in your blog?

First, make sure the post is set in ‘public’.  Then copy the link address by right clicking the date the Facebook post was posted. Afterwards, paste the link you’ve copied and voila!

This particular Facebook tip is worth trying as I learned something new! See what I applied below. 🙂

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Why Keep Learning

“I think it’s so important to keep learning and keep your brain active.”
~ Beverley Mitchell

Such a coincidence that WordPress.com’s latest topic is about going back to school.

I longed to see myself studying again to improve myself. I also feel excited of learning specific skills at my own pace and time.

Back in college, our professor asked us in one of my subjects to create a website as our project. Since we’re grouped as duo and to make things easier, I volunteered to do it for us two. And I used Microsoft FrontPage then.

I felt prouder of myself when our professor gave us the highest grade for that project. I remember I made an online clothing shop which I derived inspiration from popular online clothing shops then. I know basic HTML. What I did was to copy easy to understand HTML codes from a small Computer book.

Just thinking about how I made a website before made me wonder how I really did it! I could have been motivated so much since it was required in our class. It was only one subject but that made me revisit my old interest to pursue learning more about it!

And I believe it’s never too late to learn something that interests me!

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A Month of Observance

A month ago, I met this interesting creature in our garage.  For the past several years, we’ve had lots of cats residing outside our house.

And then came a time we’ll have a dog! Who would’ve thought this would happen? None of us in the family dared to take care of one before. And I was wrong.

Funny that it took me a couple of days before I realized there was indeed a dog staying with us for quite some time.

At first, I was amused that the dog kept following my father and my brothers every time they’re going out. I even tried to walk farther from our house just to see if it’d also follow me.

To my frustration, I realized that it didn’t. I just laughed it off afterwards. This led me to a realization that the dog is very choosy! And I haven’t tried again to avoid embarrassing myself further.

Since it was the very first time we have a dog, I became observant of her. I began to recall the advices made by Dog Whisperer’s Cesar Milan about owning a pet dog. I never thought time will come I’ll also be checking out on him again.

The first thing I noticed about the dog? I find it odd it’d always howl when it returns our house. There were days when my ears got irritated because it howls disturbingly to think it’s still early in the morning and we’re watching a TV show.

And so I searched in the internet and looked for answers. I learned that some dogs howl because of separation anxiety. It’s their way to communicate for their pack leader (or the owner) to return safely.

I had to do a psst sound to prevent her from howling incessantly. Good thing it stopped.

Then after a few days, my younger brother noticed that the dog became territorial. From being meek and scared, the dog began to bark continuously every time someone comes nearer to our house.

Another problem came up when the dog is dealing with the other cats staying at our house. She went aggressive mode when it’s eating time. She became selfish she thinks all the food was all hers when another set of food is for the cats.

I got affected when she fought off with the lone cat she became close with. And I can’t afford to see the situation to worsen so I opened a hose to silence the dog from her aggressiveness.

And just recently, the dog became sickly. I thought she had recovered from diarrhea but her situation worsened. She looked helpless that I felt we had to let her go. And she has not returned home.

It’s been days since she left us. I heard the dog followed my father for the very last time. I interpreted it as her last goodbye.

Indeed, it was a short stay but her presence was something special. She created an undeniable impact that I cannot forget.

Her stay with us taught me how to extend my patience to connect with her. I was amused and envious at the same time when she’s being playful every time she sees my father. When I tried to approach her, the response was different.

And I just let it be. I did not force myself to be so close with her. We’re like casual beings. I see her and she sees me when I go out of our house.

What I especially like about her is when she found an unlikely friendship from one of the cats who I find very sweet to develop such closeness.

And the dog’s wagging tail and calm face! Those will just be beautiful memories.

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Being Socially Modern

I believe I truly belong in this modern age!

I remember my grade school days when computers were still limited to school’s computer room and to those who can afford to have one. I was thinking if only I could own a personal computer, it would be easier for me to study doing an online research.

Web research was a required project for us in our computer subject back then. I even dread it when I had to go to a computer shop (which was several walks from our house). I found online research more complicated before compared to now. I’m glad we have Google now!

When I reached high school, I’m glad we started having our own computer at home. Most of our school projects also encouraged us to use internet for online research and to create presentations in Microsoft Powerpoint.

And then came Friendster which was a hit during my college days.  Since I’ve met several classmates in high school, it would be great to catch up with them through this most popular social network back then. I recall there were personal testimonials from close friends and classmates who visit your Friendster profile.

Soon I found my very first job in a Business Process Outsourcing company here in the Philippines. After several months of staying in that company, I received an invite from a colleague for a newcomer social network. And I was like why bother create another profile?!

It took me a while before finally joining one of the biggest social networks in the cyberspace now. That is Facebook!

I never thought I’d also dare to create a Facebook profile. That I’ll be eager to learning to use it without having to read a manual!  Kidding aside, this also led me to be temporarily addicted with Facebook games which became my pastime and favorite destressor.

And now we have Twitter which is one of my most favorite!  The first time I used it I felt at lost. I couldn’t understand what it is for.

But as I learned to explore using it I appreciated it even more. I got to learn using it by observing others how they use theirs.  I admit I get updates of latest news mostly from this site and I also learn from other people’s Twitter updates which is great!

Still there are other social media sites that have become popular to most people such as InstagramPinterest, and who would not forget Youtube!

Being socially active online seems to be a norm. Sometimes, it can get overwhelming but still they are great avenues for us to connect, not only to people who matter to us but also follow popular people whom we admire.

Just Give Me a Reason

I felt guilty that I was not able to post daily in my WordPress blog before.  But early this year I resurrected my blogging interest sharing things I derive mostly from my past personal experiences, my own personal thoughts, and to WordPress.com’s Daily Prompt. There were even times when I also clicked the “Inspire Me” link (via posting New Post found top right of blog page) just to help me squeeze out my thoughts into blog writing.  

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It’s nice to be prompted again with such a question whether I have fulfilled my goal of daily posting. Well I did last March 2013 where I managed to keep up despite staying up late. Blog writing is definitely a challenge more so posting daily. A couple of times I kept asking myself why I still blog. It’s no joke to write about a topic of interest even when I’m prompted to answer a question. There are times that I’m not comfortable sharing it or I find myself having difficulty translating my thoughts into written words.

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But being able to come up with a great post is something fulfilling on my part as well. It just feels great to have successfully put into writing what I have in mind. And then I will realize that I have already written not only sentences but a couple of paragraphs much to my surprise and delight!

I once read an article that writing daily is good since it helps one to be reflective on what has happened in his/her daily life. What’s even more pleasing is to be able to read previous posts realizing I wrote something I never thought I have something to share and even inspire.

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A Daughter’s Story

I used to hate my mom when I was little.

One of them was about our former neighbor (almost the same age as mine) who taunted me and made me wet using their hose. Another instance was when my younger sibling and I got into petty quarrels and I would tell her to scold him. But it turned out that I am reprimanded instead!

A pink tulip.

Only a couple of years have passed my hatred towards my mom moved to a 360 degree turn.

I got influenced by a good friend and former elementary classmate of mine who is really close with her mom. I never imagined that time will come I can also develop closeness with my mother as well whom my siblings and I fondly call our Mama.

I started thinking differently. Instead of bursting into negative emotions when she’s angered about silly mistakes, I would try to calm myself first. Then I will make the situation lighter by putting humor out of it to have a more positive environment. At times both of us would just find ourselves laughing them off.

What I especially like about our relationship as mother and daughter is that it also developed into friendship. We would hang out in a mall and watch the latest movie being shown in local cinemas.

There’s never a day that I would want to chit-chat with my mom about everything we like to talk about from the movies we watched, foreign and local popular celebrities alike, and even sharing life lessons which I greatly treasure. And I believe the things I learned from her also helped me become a stronger person every day.

We may have personality differences at times, still I am grateful for having a mom like her who never fails to reassure me that everything will be alright despite feelings of disappointments and failures from the past.

My mom is definitely not only a mother to me but my very best friend, my prayer warrior, and most of all my best encouragement booster. I also hope to treat her for an out of the country travel trip where we can bond more!

What I Learned about Love

Frankly, I literally sang postaday’s latest title post which is also the same title of a popular ballad song I am familiar with.

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Sometimes I still ask myself what really love is! As I was growing up I observe how love is demonstrated in our family especially the way my parents treat us at home.

I’m blessed to have parents who are very supportive in our personal endeavors. There were a couple of times I wanted to tell them not to allow me to go out very late with friends when I inform them beforehand about my trip.

And then I will also hear from other friends that their parents are very strict on them. They have curfews and ironically I wondered why my parents do not impose that to us.

I also like that I am strengthening my relationship with my family from my parents to my brother-siblings.

Just like in a group of friends, there is a possibility that I will have one or two closest friends whom I can share interesting topics to talk to. That also happens in a family. I am closer to my mom and my younger brother since the three of us almost have comparable personal mood swings, traits and interests.

But as time went by, I learned that it is also important to connect to the other members of the family whom I do not have frequent interaction.

How I did it? I just initiated to have a conversation separately with them which I think we can both talk about which started from their personal interests. Such gesture was a great improvement from me since I did not imagine that I can also have longer talks with them.

And to end my post, I would like to share a quote from Mother Teresa:

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”