As a kid, I used to be afraid of caterpillars. That’s changed. I now do everything I can to attract and sustain butterflies. That includes naturalizing milkweed to feed monarch caterpillars. Yesterday, WordPress blogger timethief also flipped time and place for me as I continue blogging, learning and applying social media.
It was a dull, grey day and I was hours into research, chasing links, weighted down by thousands of word about SEO, tips and tools, my energy and confidence draining. I slogged on, looking for wisdom. .
Somehow, I ended up back at WordPress. I think it was all the SEO talk that got me thinking about optimizing the usability of my blog. I dug into the dirt on fonts. And that’s when I found timethief.
Unearthing her blog, I came across a posting on free image hosting services where you can store, share and use to publish your blog photos. Most of the providers offer many more options as well. Good stuff.
I dug deeper, finding another link on optimizing your images –reducing their size so the page loads faster. As someone who was on dial-up less than a year ago, this shouted out–yes, yes, pick me!
Something drew me to Web Resizer at the bottom of the list. It was the only one I checked out. Their landing page was promising, crisp and clear like the way timethief presents her own tech tips. Yes, you can add borders to your images here. I clicked on the “Resize Photos Now”. Then I saw it: Free Rice. PLAY and FEED a Hungry Person. I don’t normally play games, but this was different. I set the image testing aside for the time being.
What followed was a fun little word challenge.
For each right answer, Web Resizer donates grains of rice to the world food programme. The page also gives you the option to follow a discreet link on more ways to fight hunger or “learn more” via a bottom banner placement.
The world food programme fights hunger worldwide. As they explain on their red cup page, 25 cents fills a cup for a child.
So I was also able to give back in turn. Double thanks, timethief. Oh, and I did go back to try out the image resizing on Web Resizer and it too fits my need.
Today my office is brighter and so am I.
BTW, I found the following video on 25 days of the Monarch Butterfly life cycle represented in four minutes. The music is somewhat intrusive, but the images are quite interesting.