Just write! Just post! Just try it!

Just when you think WordPress has done it all – well – they introduce distraction-free writing.

A screen of words on white. An empty vessel lighting the way for all font-happy WordPress writers to fill, the best way they know how, by typing.

Enter Full Screen mode.

The reason behind this genius-mode? Well, I assume it is for people like me who just don’t have the concentration they used to (totally blaming social media).

I always plan on writing, but I get too busy doing other things. I see an email pop up, a Facebook notification, or a Twitter message. I’ll be honest. I can’t help myself. I have to click! I have to see! I have to find out what’s going on. It’s just too easy to navigate away and get lost by way of interaction.

I have tried to write during my lunch hour (seems like my only free time), but it never works out. The reason? I was on an old version of Internet Explorer which had buggy WordPress issues. I couldn’t type anything without my screen mode moving to the top. Luckily, they posted about that too and now I’m on a newer, wiser version of internet surfing. Not sure if you are? Try Browse Happy to find out. It made me happy for sure!

Posting about this new feature does not do it justice. DO try it for yourself. I am super ADD on anything techy. I love technology and new formats, but get a little overwhelmed. I usually give up before I get it going (at least once or twice). So, for me, this is good. In the end – fewer distractions. This change has cleared the playground for me. I can now write.

Just write.

No tweaking of my settings, or wandering my eye to categories. No more pondering of my stats via drop down. No more checking for comments, or spam. No more gazing at the widget, links, or general setting tabs. Nope, none of that. I even applied the Full Browser toggle to end the email, Facebook, and Twitter interruptions ( F11 on windows or command+shift+F on Mac).

And since I am blonde? schooled in Oklahoma? allergy fuzzy, it took me a few tries to figure this out (and I didn’t get distracted). And because I like you, and I LOVE WordPress, I have created a very special tutorial for others – ahem – like me.

Full Screen Mode

From your post just click on the full-screen mode.

Title

Enter your title and write. It’s that simple.

Distraction Free Writing

Ta Da! Distraction-free writing at it’s best. Thank-you WordPress.

I actually got a post done today. And? I have MANY more to complete……..newborn photo shoot, wildlife photos, stepping on a snake, and a picnic vintage photo session.

Good stuff…coming soon. So please, come back, I won’t distract you…….for long (ha!).

*****All thanks go to the WordPress Blog post Just Write. Are you a subscriber? If not, why? You might be missing out on some cool WordPress information. That’s why I do. Technology, it will leave you behind if you don’t keep up.

Blog Award EXPLOSION and Giveaway!

I have to tell ya’ll, it makes my heart proud that you give me awards. ME? Really?

Seriously, I am just HAPPY to be here. Happy to be a bloggity blog blogger. I am THRILLED you’d offer me these tokens of acknowledgement.

In fact I’m so blown away that I’ve decided today is the day I give back. Not only will I pass on some awards, but I will also be having a GIVEAWAY!!! Yes!!! My FIRST EVER giveaway.

Hey, I just feel generous. What can I say? Feel the love. Reap the rewards.

ONE winner will recieve BOTH prizes below. The winner will be picked randomly by random.org.

$10.00 gift card to Borders

$25.00 Target gift card

*no compensation was given, nor am I part of either business*

You don’t have to have a blog or be a blogger to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment. That’s it!

In fact, I’ll open the floor to questions. If there is anything you’d like to know. Ask away. If there is anything you’d like to share. Share away. This is a free-for-all. Share, ask, or just comment.

And let me just say to YOU. THANK YOU! Thank you for commenting. Thank you for following. Thank you for being YOU. I LOVE every comment. I read every one and although I try to respond, sometimes I don’t but believe me, they make me laugh, chort, smile, and just feel REALLY special. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

Now for the awards.


This is from Jeanice at Journezine. She is in the process of rebuilding the site bigger and better. Go Jeanice! You are amazing and THANK YOU for this. I am so humbled. I don’t feel worthy of such an honor. I contributed two articles if you’d like to check them out in archives.
August 2009- A Father’s Love.
November 2009-A Day in the Life, A Day in the Park.

Um. Guys? You might think I’m a little HAPPY. YES?

This is not a mistake. I recieved the Happy 101 award from SIX bloggers. That is not counting the two previous ones I was given on my 100th post. Eight times I’ve been given the happy. Can I just say…..that makes me VERY HAPPY!!!!!!

I love happy. I do happy. I bounce happy, be happy, am happy.

I am not pretending I promise. I really am THIS happy. Now, during that PMS time of the month (you know). Well I hide. I don’t do UN-happy.

Thanks goes to.
DJ Kirby at Chez Aspie. My wonderful England blogger twitter friend.
Spot at What Passes for Sane on a Crazy Day. The funniest conversationalist I know.
Mrs. Foxy at Foxy Den. She did this award up nice. With an Oscar dress and everything. Woot!
Heather at Welch Happenings. My fellow Texan. Incredibly sweet and down to earth.
Holly at My Bubbled Mess. This girl is so full of heart it overflows in all she says and does to the people in her life she loves. What a blessing it is to know her.
MOTPG at Mom of the Perpetually Grounded. Hers was in a meme but it’s the same as above, so I am adding here. I immediately connected with her because we are both moms of teenagers.

List 10 things that make you happy.

1. Blog Awards.
2. Giveaways.
3 Winning giveaways.
4. Getting to know people.
5. Smiling.
6. Laughing.
7. Singing.
8. My new camera.
9. iPhone.
10. My wedding date being 8 months and 1 week away.

And the award goes to…. I just recently passed this on. But I do want to honor a few happy folks.

Jean at Jean has been shopping. She makes me smile. She makes me laugh. So HAPPY to connect with her.

Just a Mom at The Eyes in the back of my head. Her children made posters saying, “Less Homework. More video games. Signed the Angry Mob”. They posted them all over the neighborhood. Funniest thing EVER.

Stephanie Not the Oxygen, Stephanie is doing love horror stories by guests. I probably shouldn’t laugh, but I have some of those. I can laugh NOW that I have Jason, but man I was there in thick of online dating madness. Ah Steph, you gotta be happy to get through it. 🙂


Given to me from Deiala. My dear German friend who says the SWEETEST things about me. I can never repay you for your incredible kindness.

I am passing on to a new blogger who probably won’t know what to do with this and that’s okay!

Square Peg in a Round Hole-New blogger, sister to Suzicate. She writes super funny stories. She has beautiful daughters. I can just relate and laugh at what she writes.

Award from Believe in yourself. Stop by and see Luisa, you will LAUGH WITH DORAZ too.

I have to award this to my friend and NOW blogger. Brooke Brooke Knows Beauty. Does she ever! You have to stop by and read all her wonderful ideas, beauty tips, and beauty advice. I had NO clue. It’s really not just about outward appearance but things you can do with your girls.

Thanks to Wide World of Gary. Dude! (sorry every time I hear sweet- I think of that movie Dude, Where’s my car?). If you’ve seen it you get what I’m talking about. Dude! Sweet!

Please stop by and say Hi to Gary. He is the greatest!


From Purple Hatter. If you love adult humor and fantastic art work (free blog awards). Go see this super talented guy!

PLEASE no one feel obligated to do ANYTHING with these awards. If I missed someone that gave me an award. I am so sorry! Please let me know. I lost my notes and tried to remember.

And don’t forget…ask any question, share anything you like, or just leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.

I can’t wait to see who wins. That’s the most exciting part. I will announce on WEDNESDAY morning FEB. 10th. On the day my wedding is eight months away. Yipppeee!