Five Fixes to Clean Up Your Posts

The Daily Post

While we offer tips for storytelling, social media strategy, and more, it’s important to point out quick fixes on the most basic level — such as common phrases to avoid. Below, we’ve rounded up five examples — from posting habits to customization choices — to watch for on your blogs.

1. Not linking your text

Take a look at this passage:

At my previous job in animation, I worked alongside talented compositors. (You can read about compositors here: http://www.media-match.com/usa/jobtypes/compositor-jobs-413172.php)

In your dashboard editor, you can link text in your post with the Link button, so there’s no reason to drop entire URLs into your post, as shown above. In a cleaner approach, use the Link tool to link a piece of text:

At my previous job in animation, I worked alongside talented compositors.

You also don’t have to tell your reader to “click on the link to learn more” (which we…

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Veterans’ Blogs Offer a Glimpse into Life on the Front Lines

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Last week was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the start of the Allied landing in Normandy, France, that contributed to the end of World War II.

While some marked it with (deserved) pomp and circumstance, we observed it by reading the latest from some of our favorite veterans’ blogs on WordPress.com:

Carrying the Gun

Then-infantryman Don Gomez served two tours in Iraq with the US Army in the early 2000s. After a stint in graduate school and a dissertation on the experiences of Iraqi soldiers during the Iran-Iraq War, he re-upped and heads to Afghanistan later this summer as a Second Lieutenant.

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His blog, Carrying the Gun, is a mix of  thoughtful essays on everything from modern soldiering to women in combat to the transition from soldier to civilian. Sprinkled throughout are photos and letters from his Iraq deployments — a fascinating portrait of the life on the front lines.

O-Dark-Thirty

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Can I Grow Taller?

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Being short is an inconvenience, regardless if you’re a man or a woman. Women always compare themselves to tall and glamorous supermodels, while men would like to look like those tall and muscular actions heroes from the movies. But if you got to the adult age, it’s a fact that you won’t keep growing as a part of the natural process of development.

Nowadays there are surgeries for anything. Chinese people who want to grow taller can get the so-called “leg lengthening” that can get you taller with a couple of inches. This is a trendy surgery in China but it’s so ruthless and invasive that’s unbelievable that someone would voluntarily make this choice. When you undergo this surgery, the doctor literally breaks the bones of the lower part of the leg (tibia and fibula). Then he inserts a metallic device at the ends of the broken bones. After a week, he lengthens this device in millimeter increments and pulls the broken bone apart. You’ll have to spend between six months and a year in a wheelchair to allow the bone to strengthen and to be able to support your weight. During this period of time, the bone can get infected and that means serious health problems. If the surgery is not done properly, the doctor might even injure a nerve and that means paralysis.

That really sounds terrifying so it’s obviously not worth it. Still, there is a new program called Grow Taller 4 Idiots that got lots of popularity on the Internet. It’s a program containing safe and tested methods that can make you grow taller without risking your health.  It’s based on the natural HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and it explains lots of strategies for you to maximize its potential and to grow a bit more though your growing phase is long over. Up to now, over 194,000 people tried it and those who posted reviews online are really satisfied with it. It currently features a special offer and it costs just $47.00. It also has a 60-day money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose.

Being short can be an inconvenient especially if you look up to tall people. You might be surprised that very tall people experience insecurities about their height too so you shouldn’t be too harsh on yourself. Supermodels or movie stars aren’t as flawless as they seem to be and their life is not perfect just because they are tall and attractive. If you’re really determined to be taller, try the Grow Taller 4 Idiots guide. It can help you get the solutions you’ve been seeking for.