Category Archives: The Page

NewLook2

Another different look?

Okay. Theme attempt #2. I like the structure of this one a bit more, but I don’t think it’s as pleasing to look at. The fact that the comment count shows along with each full blog post (less photos) is kinda nice. I could toggle back so that each featured area only shows a snippet… the jury’s still out.

Also nice about this one is that the Favicon finally works (thank you Shamus).

So far, which one do you prefer?

If you didn’t get to see one or the other, let me know and I can switch back and forth between them.

Anewlook

A new look?

The recent trouble I had with MikeDiDonato.com was caused by a database issue. I exceeded the size of my database for what was allowable with the newest version of WordPress (4.0).

The frustrations surrounding this incident also led me to the realization that I’m well overdue for a new website theme.

Thus begins my experimentation with a few new themes. Please feel free to provide your feedback!

Woo!

The Writing Prompt

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – or maybe just me. But still, I’m excited! It’s the first ever Mike DiDonato writing prompt.

Here are the rules:

1. When you’ve got 45 minutes to spare, please click on ‘more’ below to see the writing prompt. For RSS readers, you won’t see the ‘more’ button, so if you’re not ready to spend 45 minutes stop here and come back later.
2. Once you’re ready to go, read the prompt and…
3. Start the timer!
4. When you’ve completed your writing prompt email it over to me at MikeDiDonato AT gmail D0T com. The deadline will be Sunday, March 24th at midnight EST.

Try not to read the prompt in advance and try not to spend more than 45 minutes. We are all honors system here. Jen will be taking over from here so that I will have to obey the same rules as everyone else.

Click more when you’re ready!

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Creative Writing Prompt

My girlfriend Jen aids with 3rd and 4th grade classes at a Connecticut School. At about this time of year she must participate in the miserable administration of standardized testing.

One part of Connecticut’s standardized testing methods are writing prompts. The students are given a brief scenario and are then encouraged to write per this prompt for 45 minutes. The younger students are given exciting fictional prompts like “Your friend gives you a pair of socks that will turn you into whomever you want when you put them on. Tell us what happens next!”

Older students are given really boring prompts like “Make an argument for or against extending the school year.”

No thanks on that last one.

All this led me to an idea: I thought it might be a fun exercise to give a MikeDiDonato.com writing prompt. I’ll have Jen pull out an exciting 3rd grade writing prompt from some past year and then I will post it. I encourage each of you to write for 45 minutes about this topic and submit it to me. I will post all submissions. The only rule is that you can only spend 45 minutes on your creative writing attempt.

I will do it for sure, and hopefully you will too! Let me know if you’d like to participate. I’ll probably have this happen next week some time.

What’s going on!

A few interesting things have happened in the last few months. Most noteworthy to you, good readers, is my rather sudden drop off in blog posting. I think the reason for this is that I’ve been way way busier at work. Admittedly the easiest time for me to update my blog is during breaks at work, or during lunch, or while eating a snack. Work has been abundantly busy and demands many of those minutes that I previously considered my own. Will this be the end of MikeDiDonato.com? I sure hope not. Perhaps I need shorter more potent posts. Or, maybe we need something else like Augustography to light some fire under my blogging butt.

As always, ideas are welcome.

Augustography – Pregame.

Okay Readers. August is just around the corner. So let’s get pumped for photographs like whoa. Here’s how it’s going to work. We have eight participants. Each day, we must post one photograph to our blogs – and that photograph must have been taken within 24 hours of the publishing time. As advance notice, my photos will probably be going up in the evenings.

How can you see all these photographs? The easiest way is to sign up for their RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. This can be done very easily using Google Reader. Here are the sites to subscribe to:

www.MikeDiDonato.com
www.JonAbad.com
camalittle.wordpress.com/
vivren.wordpress.com/
approximatelymika.com/wordpress/
          (a note about Mika’s site. Better to use the RSS button on the site itself.
          Jesse reports that using the recommended gooogle reader site is not actually the correct one.)
eeksabound.blogspot.com/
www.PeteWilk.com
benprivett.tumblr.com/
UPDATE: kurt is in!!
eastie04.tumblr.com/
ANOTHER UPDATE: Alicia is in!!
photinia.tumblr.com
EVEN ANOTHER UPDATE! Jen is in!!
jengriswold.tumblr.com

Alternatively, Ben has convinced me to also copy the code from each of these sites and to amass the pictures here. I can’t do this for any pictures e-mailed to me or linked in comments because formatting pictures for websites can be time consuming – and I already anticipate this will be quite a bit of work. But, if you want to make up a blog for this event and send me the link, I’ll include your photos in the bunch. For new blogs, the management here at MikeDiDonato.com recommends Tumblr.

Otherwise, feel free to post links to pictures in the comment section for each day in August.

We might have some themed days and stuff but right now I don’t know what will happen. Overall, I’m just curious to see how all this goes. We’ll see how many of the mighty eight can continue the marathon for the full month.

This will not be easy.

Augustotography

Hello good readers.

Next Monday shall start 31 days of photography here on MikeDiDonato.com. What makes this all the more exciting is that seven of my friends have agreed to participate as well: Jon Abad, Eileen, Ben, Mika, Pete, Vivienne, and Cam!

The only two rules:
1. Post a picture on your blog every day in August.
2. The picture must have been taken within the previous 24 hours of the posting time.

Maybe hugely artistic pictures will come of our efforts! And certainly there will be days where we take terrible pictures too!! But you know what? it’s something different and something to make our lives a little more interesting and memorable. If this project interests you, I encourage you to join us! I think it could be pretty fun. I’ll be posting the web addresses of my friends who are participating in order to spread the community of photography. You can sign up to their RSS feeds and everyone can marvel at the wealth of photographs! If you e-mail me letting me know that you’d like to participate before Friday, I’ll make sure your blog is mentioned in the mix. You can e-mail me at: MikeDiDonato AT gmail D0T com.

Get pumped for photographs.

Up and Coming

What can you expect in the next month here on MikeDiDonato.com?

Firstly, I hope to have my roller derby recap posted within the next 24 hours or so. Roller Derby is so great.

I’ve also edited another clip from the open mic a month or two back. I will likely post that come the end of the week.

I’m thinking about doing 30 days of pictures for the month of August. A picture each day (weekend posting still undecided). Do you guys like this idea?

Do you remember sentence diagrams? In my quest for improved comma usage I’ve decided to revisit sentence diagramming here on MikeDiDonato.com.

And lastly, I’m working with a few friends on a new kung fu party trick concept. As I have, at least for the moment, paused my Kung Fu training, this may be the last of the series. We’ll try to go out with a bang.

Stay tuned!