Many of the houses in my suburb, including mine, are what the Americans call "snout houses". These are houses where a double garage door dominates the streetview. Continue reading "Snout Houses and McMansions"
On the walk between my house and the supermarket there is a house with five "Smile, you're on camera" signs. Five!
When this pandemic is over, will your organisation still have a reason for being? Will all your members come back to meetings or events, or will they have found other ways to fill their needs? Continue reading "Will your organisation survive COVID-19?"
In the past decade, I've finally had the time to become a real gardener.
The interest has always been there, and I've had indoor plants and for most of that time a garden to maintain. But I was a dabbler, a homeowner who kept on top of the mowing, at best an aspiring gardener. Continue reading "Do you call yourself a Gardener?"
I discovered this book, “Metaphors We Live By” by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson after an aside by Dr Joan Mulholland during a university lecture sometime in the 1990s - if you’re interested, you might find this book interesting - so I jotted down the name and checked it out in the library. Continue reading "Metaphors We Live By"
A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, or growing where it is not wanted, is usually considered a weed.
Clover is beneficial to bees and to the soil. Lying on cool, soft clover watching the clouds move across a Queensland sky is one of the lingering memories of my childhood. The only downside of clover in the lawn is that, while it is in flower, you have to watch out for bees when walking barefoot. That is not enough to designate something a weed.
How and why did it change? Continue reading "Since when has clover been a weed?"
Resources For Websites
- WPforms - I use this workpress plug-in for registration on several sites, and for the surveys on Shady Lanes. There is a free version but I use the paid version for the additional features I want for the surveys.
- Panthur.com.au offers web hosting in Australia. You can order your domain name and hosting through them, and set up WordPress by following the steps on their cpanel. You'll also get email addresses @yourdomainname. Choose the cheapest plan and you can always upgrade later if your website is hugely successful and gets lots of traffic. It will give you the option of getting a domain name as part of the sign-up.
- WP101 WordPress training - If you need help getting to grips with the WordPress system, there are lots of general courses online - one that offers online video courses to help you build or maintain your website is WP101
Resources for Writers
- The Write Practice lots of free articles and resources as well as a paid membership site / writing group.
When I started making webpages, we wrote the code in Notepad. Later there were programs like Homesite, Frontpage, Dreamweaver for designing and managing websites. Continue reading "Setting up a wordpress website"
The internet offers many opportunities for non-profit organisations… and many pitfalls. These are some of the common problems I have seen over the years. Continue reading "Website Pitfalls for NFP Organisations"
The early internet created a new way for support groups and non-profit organisations to reach out to a wider audience, proving information on a website at a fraction of the cost of traditional means. I used to see a lot of these in my days of creating the bcl.com.au directory. Continue reading "5 Reasons Support Groups Should Be Wary of Social Media"