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The Nigerian Crisis: You Can Help #BringBackOurGirls

There are things we can do to help these girls!

Forte E Bello

Four of the female students who were abducted reunited with their families walk in Chibok, Nigeria, April 21  Photo cred: ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/International/photos/kidnapped-nigerian-girls-23614913/image-23615049 Four of the female students who were abducted reunited with their families walk in Chibok, Nigeria, April 21
Photo cred: ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/International/photos/kidnapped-nigerian-girls-23614913/image-23615049

On the evening of April 14th nearly 300 teenage girls were abducted from their boarding school in the small farming community of Chabok in Northeastern Nigeria. These were young girls in pursuit of an education, in pursuit of making a life for themselves, and in pursuit of their dreams to become nurses, educators and lawyers. Mostly between 16 and 18 years old, these young girls were rounded up at gunpoint by the Islamic terrorist group known as Boko Haram. According to accounts, armed members of the group overtook the security guards at the school, pulled the girls out of their beds and forced them into trucks. The convoy of trucks then disappeared into the dense forest bordering the community. The school was the only one still…

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Free?

Some thoughts to ponder on freedom. We have all been given the freedom to choose the right way or the wrong way. The only person who can make the choice for ourselves is ourselves.

Reflections From a Cloudy Mirror

Freedom can be a sticky notion, let alone a word.  We all want it for ourselves and others we love, in particular.  We, as Americans, purport to want it for all the world, (although our reasons are not always altruistic, unfortunately.)  What exactly do I mean by the word, though? It can be a very confusing idea if you stand freedom off by itself, and don’t blend it liberally with self-control, and responsibility.  I remember hearing for the first time when I was in high school the axiom:  “The right (freedom) of a person to swing his/her arm ends where another person’s nose begins.”  So, am I really free?


I answer to myself, “Of course I am, because I have no desire to swing my arm into another person’s nose!”  But what about someone else?  If they do have such a desire, then are they more free than I?  The…

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Perfect Pitch: Developing Your Blogging Voice

The Daily Post

Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti: think what you might of the music they each performed, there is one thing that unites these (late) great singers. The moment they opened their mouths, you knew it was them. Their voice had that specific, unmistakable timbre that — above all else — said “it’s me.”

It might be trickier for writers to achieve such a level of immediate recognizability, but not impossible. The astringent wit of Dorothy Parker, the mad exuberance of a Vladimir Nabokov line, or even the winning simplicity of recent Nobel laureate Alice Munro all bear an invisible trademark — they each have a voice all their own.

While we can’t guarantee any fancy literary awards for all of you just yet, bloggers can, and should, have a distinct voice, too. And we’re here to help you develop it, whether you’re visiting from Zero to Hero or…

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Publicize Crash Course: Facebook, Google+, and Twitter

The WordPress.com Blog

“I’m publishing posts every day, but where are my readers?”

While there’s no exact science to successfully building a readership, you have a number of built-in tools on WordPress.com to share your work with the world. Our advice? Hook up your various social accounts to WordPress.com and let us do the rest. We want to emphasize, especially to our newest users, that no blog is an island. Clicking Publish is just the first step, and sharing your work across the internet is key to expanding your audience.

What is Publicize?

With Publicize, you can automatically push out your new posts to social networks: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path.

Publicize

Connecting to your accounts is easy, and you can select which ones to link to your WordPress.com account. To get started, head over to Settings → Sharing. At the top of the page, you’ll see the options pictured…

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