How To

UPDATED: How to Make a Blog Badge and Code Grab Box

I know there are a fair few of these tutorials kicking around on other blogs, but after Not Just a Mummy’s  post asking for help, I thought I’d show you how I make mine. All you need is a picture or design you want to use, a Photobucket account and your PC’s notepad. If you don’t have a Photobucket account, go and get one now!

1. First things first, open notepad and copy and past this in:

<a href=”PASTE YOUR PAGE URL IN HERE”_blank”>

go to the page of your blog that you want the button to point to, copy the URL from the address bar and paste it onto Notepad where it says PASTE YOUR PAGE URL IN HERE, ensuring you keep the speech marks either side.

2. Upload the photo you want to use to Photobucket (I’m using the badge for my new fortnightly fiction meme <—- cheeky plug) Once it’s uploaded, click View Album.

3. Find the picture you want in your Photobucket album and hover over it with your mouse so that the code options appear. You want IMG code, so click on it once and it’ll copy it for you automatically. Go onto your notepad file and paste the image code directly over where it says PASTE YOUR IMAGE CODE IN HERE. Once you’ve pasted it, go in and remove the highlighted bits below:

You want to delete the square brackets and everything within, making sure you don’t delete anything else around them.

4. Hey presto! This should be your completed code, I suggest pasting it into a widget and briefly publishing it to check that it’s worked.

If anyone has any questions or needs any help, just let me know, I’m more than happy to.



If you want to add a badge in your sidebar with a box for others to be able to grab your code (like my Closer to Nature one in the sidebar ——>) use the following code, obviously replacing the image URL and page URL with your info:


<a href=”PAGE URL HERE”><img src=”IMAGE URL HERE” border=”0″ alt=”NAME OF BADGE HERE” /></a><br />
<textarea cols=”20″ rows=”10″><a href=”PAGE URL HERE” target=”_blank”><img src=”IMAGE URL HERE” border=”0″ alt=”NAME OF BADGE HERE” /></a></textarea>


This should give you the perfect button and grab box to place in a sidebar 🙂

Lady J's Fiction Festival

Lady J’s Fiction Festival – Week One

Here’s the first list of topics for you to choose from:

  1. You meet a version of yourself from an alternate universe.
  2. 48 hours since your country was invaded – how are you surviving?
  3. Zombie apocalypse.
  4. Love at first sight.
  5. A story with a twist.
  6. A story/poem based on one of your five senses (or a sixth sense)

1. Once a fortnight, I’ll post a list of topics on my blog. I’ll make them as diverse as I can so you have plenty to choose from.

2. You choose a topic and go away and write a FICTIONAL story about it. Nothing like your usual blog posts. It doesn’t matter if it’s a kids’ story, a Sci-Fi short, a Romantic tale, as long as it’s fiction.

3. Once you’ve written the post, come back here, link your post up and read all of the other offerings, leaving lots of lovely supportive comments.

 There’s a lovely little badge that you can nick and place at the bottom of your post so that all of your regular readers will know that it’s part of a link up and can go and read lots of other posts too.

Now, go and write a post and put it on your blog next Friday and then come back here and link up. Simple!

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Around the World in 80 Words – Southend on Sea

My lovely Husband left this as a comment on my Around the World in 80 Words and I just think it’s miles too good to remain a comment, it deserves it’s very own post and entry into SAHD and Proud’s linky!

Wet. Miserable. Grey skies make me feel claustrophobic and the kids hocking up grollies outside the chippy add to the overall feeling of winter misery. I trudge down to the shops, carefully avoiding the dog shit that clogs up a pavement for which I’m charged a king’s ransom in tax every month. I make my way through the alleyway, across the estate and into the park, careful to avoid the crackheads on the swings. Oh! Southend. I do love thee.

Bloody brilliant!


Around the World in 80 Words

SAHD and Proud has a new Linky up on his blog called ‘Around the World in 80 Words’ and although I’m not the most well-travelled blogger around, I’ve been to some places that have made an indelible mark on my soul. I found it so hard to choose between these places but, ultimately, paradise won. As it often does.

Around the World in 80 Words – The Maldives

Plane, plane, sea plane, boat…we finally set foot onto the island, the white sand literally too hot for our bare feet. August, 2006. Two young people, impetuous and in love. The sea is clear by your feet, graduating into darker hues of blue as it reaches the reef, tiny fish and sharks swim around your ankles. The sun never leaves a place like this. Night time is the darkest of dark, with a billion stars to guide your way. 

I hope I’ve done justice to my favourite place on the planet, although I fear my words will never be enough.