•October 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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Today, our ever-growing collection of themes grows by not one, but two with the addition of Modern News and Dusk To Dawn.

If your blog is news-oriented (or if you’re ripe to start a news blog), then Modern News, a new premium theme from StudioPress, is a great choice. Bright and stylish, Modern News offers six layout options, seven color schemes, a tabbed sidebar, and many more features. Get the full scoop on the Theme Showcase and purchase it as an upgrade for your blog.

Before I introduce our second new theme, it is important to mention that we are fond of all of our themes, even those that have been part of our collection since the beginning. However, there comes a time when themes retire after all their years in service. Today marks the arrival of that sunset period for two of our beloved classics: Dusk and Solipsus

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•October 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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November marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a project in which thousands of writers around the world work toward completing a 50,000-word novel by November 30th. Sound like something you want to get in on?

Whoa. That’s 1,667 words per day. I’m not ready for that!

We hear you — writing a whole novel is a pretty big undertaking. So why not gear up for the project by starting the WordPress.com Post a Day Challenge this October? It’s a great way to meet others in the WordPress.com community, including writers who have completed NaNoWriMo in the past.

At The Daily Post, home of the Post a Day Challenge, we provide creative inspiration each and every day. You can also find tons of writing prompts at Plinky.com, so you never have to worry about running out of ideas. Participating in Post a Day is…

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•October 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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It’s funky time in theme land and we are welcoming our newest addition, available for you today. Funki is a very versatile premium theme, with an artsy flair, offering customization and flexibility. It begins with four different layouts, from one column to three columns, all based on where you drag your widgets so you don’t have to set any special options, it just works.

Funki, designed by Themify, comes with different background patterns and motifs to choose from, and allows you to set a primary color which is used for links and other visual elements. Lastly, it comes with a featured post area which is easy to use: just add big featured images to your sticky posts and you are good to go.

There is still more to find about Funki, so go ahead and explore its showcase entry. You can then preview it for your blog…

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•October 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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Earlier this year we announced our partnership with Major League Baseball to bring their Fan, Modern, and Retro blog themes to WordPress.com.

Well, it’s playoff time, and we think there’s no better way to show pride in the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals (go Cards!)Texas Rangers, or Detroit Tigers than by donning their colors and logo on your WordPress.com blog. It’s like a digital rally cap — no true fan should be caught without one!

Head over to the theme showcase to activate an MLB theme on your blog, or start a new blog just for this occasion, and get root, root, rooting for your favorite team!

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•October 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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If you are doing a great job on your blog and posting regularly, sometimes important posts fade away from the home page. Sound familiar? Today, we’re excited about introducing two new themes that come with a featured section for prominently displaying some of these posts.

The first theme is iTheme 2 designed by Themify, is a free theme inspired by the instantly recognizable Apple style design that is perfect for your Mac related tech blog. By activating it, iTheme 2 immediately revamps your blog to a stylish, Apple themed cool blog.

What’s great about iTheme 2 is not only the look but also its features. It offers three color schemes and a cool featured posts carousel on the home page. Go find more about the theme on its showcase page.

The second entry is Bold News, a premium theme from WooThemes. Same as other fantastic themes…

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•October 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

visual journey

Mt Shuksan Reflection, Picture Lake Oct’ 2011

was hoping for more fall colors to show up in this version of Shuksan reflection. This was taking during the dying moments of the sun going down. It began as a very cold morning but gradually turned out to be a sunny day and hence attracted a lot more crowd than during my previous trip last month , so much so that it was hard to avoid having people and their cars in the photo. I reached before sunrise but it was not as spectacular as what I witnessed last time (lack of clouds perhaps) so I did not feel motivated to take out my camera. Overnight freezing temperatures had created some interesting frost patterns on the foliage that interested me more. I have a few macros that I will hopefuly post soon. You might want to check out the dawn and early-morning versions (if you haven’t before)…

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•October 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Steve's daily photo blog

 


Taken in Northern Wisconsin. To bring out the details I took several exposures and combined them in Nik Softwares HDR Efex Pro.

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