Lighting your Avatar

If you are going to blog, you will need an Avatar.avatar

No, not this one. I mean an Avatar that fits YOU! This could be a personal portrait or a picture that fits your blog or personality. This will help people identify with you or your blog. I mean, when we meet people, you see their visage. When we buy something, you see the image. So it’s only right if you are online, people have SOMETHING to relate to. An image should do the trick. I mean an Avatar.

But in order to make that avatar, you have to decide if you want something professional or a quick photo shot. I recommend professional, if you have the resources. If you really would like to do a professional Avatar, you will need a special kind of lighting. In Professor Coughlin’s class, we learn about two kinds of lighting. (Patience, I’m on lunch break and have to wash my dishes. I’ll be back this evening to talk about the lighting and show you the BEFORE).

Ok. I’m back. As promised, I am going to show you some BEFORE pictures. Next week, we will work on AFTER pictures.

So remember, to add a pic, you click ADD MEDIA.


and then click upload files.

then click select files.

then click insert into post.

You must put your cursor in the place you want your pic/s.

I put a far shot and a close up. This is my avatar BEFORE.

Now, back to the types of lighting for your professional avatar portrait.
Three point lighting, see below:

Above i used another function to insert the URL.

First, I went to the website for Three Point Lighting.

Next, I went to the top of this post below Add Contact Form.

Below the “M” in Form you will see a link. Click that link.

It will allow you to insert the website URL into a box that appears on your post.

Then click apply. It is an arrow going in the left direction. then click any space around the box and voila, you are done!

And here is the second type of lighting: Cross Key.

More next week when we do photo-something?

Creating Visual Content

In George Plumley’s “Teach Yourself Visually” WordPress, Chpt. 6 is Pictures are almost a perfect way to capture your readers attention. We live in a didactic world. Image is everything. The book recommends having a camera handy and take a picture of anything that you deem interesting. One image per page is sufficient. Use real people when possible, as stock photos come off as contrived. Below, I took a photo of pgs. 110-111 from the book, where I am taking my information from tonight.

Thinking Visually about Content

First, I took the photo with my camera.

Second, I uploaded it to my email.

Third, I emailed it to myself to transfer to the desktop.

Fourth, I opened my blog site and clicked on EDIT or ADD NEW POST.

Fifth, I entered the title “Creating Visual Content” from Chpt. 6. pg. 108 (Purple chapter).

Sixth, I consulted pg. 114 under “Upload and Insert an Image to a Post”.

Seventh, I clicked on the location (above) where I wanted to add my photo.

Eighth, I clicked “Add Media”.

Ninth, I opened my email and downloaded the picture to the desktop.

Tenth, I clicked select files and uploaded the image.

Eleventh, I selected the image and inserted it into the post.

Twelfth, I noticed that my original picture was blurry. So I clicked on the image and a menu appeared above.

Thirteenth, I clicked on the pencil icon.

Fourteenth, I edited the caption, which appeared beneath the picture. (I like how it printed. Simple yet elegant.)

Fifteenth, I looked down at the display settings and clicked “Full Size.”

Sixteenth, I clicked update, which returned me to this page.

Now my picture is clear!



When i first signed up for this class, i didn’t know what i wanted to blog about. First, I thought that since there were 12 weeks, I would blog about the 12 Doctors, from Doctor Who. But then I noticed that other people had done the same thing, Then I attempted to write about the decay of morality, but I went through mood swings. So I decided to actually blog about blogging. I figured this would help keep me in the present, keep me focused on what i was doing while helping others who are blogging for the first time. So those of you who are blogging on your own without the benefit of taking a class, I will walk you through it. You can vicariously blog through me. This way I can learn and teach, or teach and learn, and you can learn and see if this is for you. And I can see if this i for me. I am using George Plumley’s 3rd Edition of “WordPress”, Teach Yourself Visually. It is a very informative book that not only teaches you in text step-by-step, but has accompanying screenshots for further clarity. I will add pictures in the very near future that will correlate to steps in the process and every widget, plug in, etc. I learn to do, I will show you too.
So follow me, because I’m lost too.

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

This was my first post. I didn’t edit or delete it but i feel I should go back and address it. When I first decided to blog, I guess I waited a week, though I have not re-read that blog. I was a bit undecided and nervous, as I remember. Wait, should I be saying this in the beginning if I have already done 9 other posts? I guess this is my opportunity to turn back time. If I had a Time and Relative Dimension in Space, I would. I am? I did! Well, looking back, I am satisfied with my theme, which was a chronicle of my blogging class. I suppose I should be doing this in a month, as we have 4 more classes, but I figure today is as good as tomorrow.  I just wanna thank all the little people who made this possible, and all the medium and all the big people too. I have had a little experience with wordpress back about 10 years ago, when an ex-gf popped back into my life to ask if I would work on a blog-book with her. So I worked on it with her for a bit but then I started my first master’s and she was getting engaged (she didn’t mention that, and I thought it was weird she appeared out of nowhere), and then we lost contact. The computer I had wordpress on was finally lost and that was that. Never thought I’d come back to it but alas, here I am! and here I go!