If you follow me on Twitter, @frandobagel, you may be aware of the fact that my dearest Cloudbook is about to head off to the PC Hospital. If you’re interested there’s an issue with the RAM and also the physical hard drive, and possibly the fan, all due to the laptop’s ‘yoga’ gimmick. It’s kind of annoying. I do thankfully have my old laptop, a huge 17 inch monster, and also my tower PC- but the latter can only be set up once the desk is – and there’s no guarantee that my laptop still works that well.
As the pick up is imminent I thought I’d whip up two quick blogs to cover at least a fortnight, along with my usual quote posts. So if you’ve only recently found me you can read up and see some of my earlier content, each of the images below is linked to the original post if you want to read the full piece rather than the brief one.
Let’s explain some stuff
Why Wednesday Wisdom?
Before we get under way I should probably explain why I do them.
Harking back to my time when I handled the social media for a business, I introduced this into the calendar. People like having a beautiful image, but also it has to have meaning, a second layer. Images like this not only have great engagement but also tend to be shared and that means you and your message will be as well.
How do you make them?
I use Canva to produce the images themselves but keep to a similar profile for each image.
Every image I produce includes;
- Font “Architects Daughter”
- Font “Arimo”
- Summary line at the bottom of the image
This is to produce a standard image and establish a branding. The summary line is a way that subtly brands the image as my content (I use free use images from Canva or Wiki Media so the images generally aren’t mine), people can see what it relates to and possibly trace it back here, and the post it relates to.
Of course, there is an exception to the rule, as you’ll probably have guessed from the image above this section and you’ll see down below!
How do you pick the quotes?
With Wednesday Wisdom I explicitly use traceable quotes. Wisdom is a considered intelligent person passing on what they’ve learnt. I hate when people just choose untraceable saccharin sweet pointless quotes- it isn’t wisdom. It’s bubblegum jamming up the works. I have only one used a non cited quote- due to the conflict over who actually said it.
Sometimes I have themes, other times when I’m planning out the calendar I just take random ideas and put them down. Most of the time I don’t like something too long- after all, it’s going to sit on an image. There’s got to be some form of connection as well, as I’m making a point about writing about its relevance to me and people in general.
Neil Gaiman | 280616
My first one, it’s not as well padded as I would have liked, but you’ve got to start somewhere. As I started compiling this list I realised that my copy of In The Cheap Seats is here now! At least whilst the PC is being fixed I can catch up with my reading.
Douglas Adams | 050717
Carrying on with my writers theme, I remember I wanted something scifi- and as I love Adam’s writing this was a perfect fit. It’s also when I started expanding on why I like the quote and it’s personal relevance- in this case leaving a black biro at his grave.
V for Vendetta | 120717
Now this is when I start to really expand, and let fly some politics. It is my aim one day to have and read a full copy of V for Vendetta it really set a standard for visual novels only a few have achieved since.
(Possibly) Diana Vreeland | 190717
This is the quote whose speaker no one is rather sure on, it’s also a snippet of the full quote as well. It could be a selection of people, Vreeland has been the most indicated but isn’t necessarily the correct one. Definitely, and I can’t one of the longer Wednesday Wisdoms I’ve done (to this point at least).
Jacob Grimm | 260717
I wanted to feature a German writer, and few are as prominent (outside of Germany) than the Brothers Grimm! This is when Wednesday Wisdom, for me, starts delving more into the historical and cultural side of things- using a quote as a starting point. One of the more interesting ones so far.
Carl Sagan | 020817
Carl Sagan’s quote came out my science focus, and who better than Sagan? He’s a wonderful man and I only managed to gloss over some of his more famous contribution to science. Have a read of the full post- but I really do suggest if you have time to read up on him completely.
Toni Morrison | 090817
This came out of the blog landing on Book Lover’s Day and the thought processes behind what I was doing to create the Wednesday Wisdom. One of the big reasons I like doing these is because I learn something, just as much as you- for example my over reliance on old white authors as well… authors. If we can make the effort to see past them, and look at not just rising authors of colour now but ones that wrote and published some time ago we can start to appreciate their experiences and issues- and do something about it!
Captain Jack Sparrow | 160817
A bit of a cop out but still it was valid- as this landed on Rum Day! I wanted to explore the background of the drink- and like most things from that point in time it wasn’t particularly pleasant. It was an interesting day of research on my part.
Mewtwo | 230817
Carrying on my theme of Pokemon I thought it would be best to show off one of the elegant and poignant parts of the fictional world. This particular one is a better known quote, and comes from (I think) the first full Pokemon movie. It’s not just for kids people! Adults can learn a lot from the fictional pocket monsters!