Preview the Future Design of the WordPress Dashboard

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Though nothing stays still for long with WordPress, the design of your blog’s dashboard hasn’t changed much lately. While we’ve added new features and made some adjustments along the way, the dashboard has been looking forward to a refresh for some time. With that in mind, seven weeks ago, a scrappy gang of web designers and developers teamed up to explore how to do just that. We asked ourselves the question: “What should a modern version of WordPress look like?” We decided that:

  • It should have a simple, uncluttered design; free of excessive decoration and focused on your content.
  • It should use webfonts for beautiful, legible typography that’s consistent in every browser.
  • It should have a responsive design that’s tailored to PCs, tablets and smartphones.
  • It should do all this while retaining the familiar, user-tested dashboard interface that millions of users already understand.

Screenshot of the new dashboard design

We’ve drawn new icons, increased contrast and font…

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Weekly Writing Challenge: Pink Abstraction

Upside Down

The photograph was taken with a punk style effect using our very own digital camera. This week’s writing challenge is all about abstraction and I am glad that I got a picture fitting for this week’s challenge. It’s good to know that an uploaded image via WordPress.com’s Media Library can be edited online. I tried using almost all the effects in my first tries such as cropping, flipping photos vertically and horizontally which I enjoyed since it is only now that I learned that there is an online photo editing tool on WordPress.com!

Regarding my newfound abstract photography skills, I chose to flip the above photo vertically on WordPress.com and then I realize that it did not drastically change at all. I can personally relate somehow because it seems to me that this one thing that I truly wanted to happen did happen but something just feels like I am feeling the same thing. It could be I may be looking for a missing piece in my life that I still wanted to fix but it would probably take time to catch up. I guess I need to overload my mind with so much gratefulness so I can see a much brighter morning every day!

Remembering the Days without Internet at Home

Research Bar

Research Bar (Photo credit: Rice-Aron Library)

Writing in a blog is indeed challenging.  At times, I can’t seem to find words to express myself. It’s odd but it’s very true for me.  Sometimes a good topic pops in your mind but then when you start to write, your mind suddenly turns into blank state.  It’s funny though that I am still able to write something for today.  I just want to write more often right now and I hope to develop this as a habit in the next couple of days.

Anyway, I remember a particular episode in a comedy kiddie TV show being shown here in the Philippines called Going Bulilit.  They cited instances what people do in the past as compared in the present.  I especially liked when they reenacted situations you can instantly relate with.  For instance, kids before would always go out and play with their neighbors. Most of the time they are reprimanded by their parents for staying up too late outside the house. Then when internet and hi-tech gadgets became available, kids nowadays would rather stay inside the house to use internet for Facebook or just play games in a smart phone. Another situation they showed is researching with the use of an encyclopedia. I really laughed hard when I saw that. Doing a research is a lot easier now because you can simply Google it right in front of your personal computer with an internet connection.

I immediately recalled the times when internet was only available in school and when you have to go to an internet shop.  I used to hate internet before because I also found researching difficult especially when it’s something new for me.  I even told myself that if we have personal computer with internet at home I would really study and learn searching! And yes, it’s been years since I learned how to use internet and using Google to search for topics I need to research on. Even here in WordPress, I am still learning and it’s nice to learn more!

Perfection

Natalie Portman won the Oscar’s Best Actress Award for Black Swan!

Though I was not able to watch the Oscars live, I am still updated. Thanks to the people who love sharing news on Facebook.  Before that, I was already curious since I read very short reviews about the film and Natalie Portman’s great portrayal in the movie.

Just last week, my mom and I watched the movie Black Swan. I was initially told by my mom that the film would mostly deal with psychology.  Never did I realize I would find the movie suspenseful. Some parts of the movie I really found disturbing especially for very young ones. I wondered why the movie is rated 13 only when I think it must be rated 18. Just my opinion since the movie is currently shown here in the Philippines and most people here are still not open talking which are for adults only.

Mind you my mom even told me not to watch some sensitive scenes in the movie. But at some point I wondered my mother must have forgotten I am already in my past 20s! My goodness I believe I must also open myself to some issues of sexuality. I know I am matured enough to understand these things.

Because of this I found some resemblances in Nina’s relationship with her controlling mother in the movie vis-à-vis my relationship with my mom. At times I find my mom so conservative with the way I should dress in public like for instance when we went to Boracay two years ago. Since most women wear short shorts, I also wore mine. My mom discouraged me since I looked thin and it did not suit me. I felt bad then since it became a very big deal. But then it just came to my mind that maybe what she was telling to me was right. Guess what, I changed to my more decent and comfortable clothes. Glad I did since I felt the cold air when we went outside that evening!

Anyway, the following question came to my mind after I watched the movie: Can anyone really achieve such perfection?  I suppose some who may be reading this have already watched the film. What I liked about it is it really focused to its central theme of perfection. It is told in the perspective of Nina who struggles in becoming perfect as a ballerina dancer. She has become obsessed that she overworked herself just to perfect her dance moves instead of just enjoying her moment of dancing.

In some ways, I could easily relate to her character. I too admit that I also tend to become perfectionist but now in a more relaxed way I guess. I know I have already missed a couple of days posting in my WordPress blog. But that does not mean I should get upset. I would always tell myself to take time and just be relaxed. I could still get back on track.

I realized that sometimes becoming overly obsessed with perfectionism leads to stress and extreme pressure. This has happened to me before. I must have felt toxic since it also affected my relationship with the group I headed in my community before. After that incident, I mellowed and become more relaxed in dealing with them.

It also helped that I temporarily left the community I am still part of since this enabled me to reflect on the beautiful things I did. I never thought I could accomplish great things being a leader in our community knowing that I was shy before I became all out in my service.  I am happy to have already overcome my shyness and I am embracing my better self now.

As I end my today’s post, I would like to share the most striking line in the movie:

“Perfection is not just about control, it is also about Letting Go.” –Black Swan

I’m Back!

I have been out this weekend since I attended my first ever International Conference (ICON) at Camarines Sur as a CFC-Singles for Christ. Due to my excitement, I busied myself packing up things for my weekend trip. Hence, I missed a few days writing here in WordPress. Never mind as I love to take a break and rest.

As I am trying to get back to feel writing again, I found the following quote that lighted up my mood. A great reminder to write with enthusiasm! =)

Photo Credits: http://www.care2.com/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

I love taking pictures everything in green! Taking part in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge, I am posting some of my pictures for this week’s theme “Boundaries”.  It’s better to post late than never!

Anyway, the following photos were actually taken when my mom and I had a nature trip at GK Enchanted Demo Farm in Angat, Bulacan just last week.

My Only Hope

What gives me hope? The song, Only Hope, came up to my mind instantly. I was first in love with it when I heard and watched Mandy Moore sing it in her movie, A Walk to Remember. I am hoping I could sing this lovely song someday. Who knows?

Going back to the question, what gives me hope is my belief that I can also be successful in my chosen career path. I have been down once, twice, thrice, and even countless times that I cannot let myself be drowned with self-pity again. It’s time that I move forward courageously especially in writing more posts here in WordPress. Frankly, I love seeing progress in my blogging and I enjoy seeing more improvements from me in the coming months ahead.

I would like to end this post with this beautifully made video clip of Only Hope which was sung originally by Switchfoot.