Footnote 7: Of advertising and feedback

WordPress accepted our Word Ads application, so this means that we have ads on The Background Story. Those ads can’t be resized or repositioned, but they can be switched off. We do wish to earn a little extra, but we care about what you think.

Are the ads distracting or unnoticeable? Can you ignore them, or do they take up most of your attention? Do you think it will benefit our blog or harm it in the long run? We would like to know your opinion!

Footnote 6: Of 6th month celebrations and every-other-day updates

Our blog just hit its 6th month today! Thank you very much for your support. So far, we’ve had 35,174 views, 566 followers, and 8,029 unique visitors from 102 countries. We know our numbers aren’t that much compared to other blogs, but we’re still very happy with what we have so far.

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Until now, we’ve been posting entries on a daily basis. However, starting tomorrow, we’ll update every other day. This means that we’ll have more time to produce high-quality content for your enjoyment. 🙂

If you like our blog, please feel free to share it with your family and friends.

If you’re not a WordPress member, there are several ways to follow us so that you can keep up with our updates:

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Once again, thank you very much for your support!

Footnote 5: Of taking breaks on long weekends

There will be no new entries on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday because all of us will be away for the long weekend for some self-reflection and of course, sleep. We’ll be like this:

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We’ll be back with a new entry on Easter Sunday. See you!

Footnote 4: Of favorite entries to our V-day contest

Happy Valentine’s Day! May this day be full of love and joy for all of you.

Thanks to everyone for joining our little contest. We might not have received as many entries as we would like, but we did get enough for us to choose our top five. 🙂

The winning entry is from Ehpem. You can click here to view it.

Here are our four favorites other favorites, in no particular order:

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bride, wedding, sepia

Pure love begins, along with a new life,
when you choose to walk down the aisle;
and it ends not, for it is this very pure love
that will last for eternity.

Photo and text by Richard C. So

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wedding rings, gold rings, jewelry

My stories have always started with “once upon a time”
for I believed love exists only in fairy tales.
But you came along to write
“and they lived happily ever after” in it.

Photo and text by Glaiza G. Olase

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reflection, solitude, alone

I search for fragments of my love,
to skip,
like beach worn agates,
across the surface of your cold heart.

Photo and text by Ehpem

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path, walkway, road, tree-lined street

You will never find out
where the path leads
until you walk it.

Photo and text by David Agnew

Footnote 3: Of contests and Valentine’s days

Valentine’s day is less than a week away. With that in mind, we decided to hold a contest!

Just send us your photo-and-caption pair along with your name and blog link. In return, you get the chance to have your work posted as an entry this coming Valentine’s day. We’ll include your name and blog link, of course. 🙂

The rules are pretty simple:

1) Photos and captions should be your original work. If you want to work with a friend (you take a photo, they write a line or vice versa), also send in your friend’s name and blog link.

2) No blog link? Send the link to any of your social networking accounts or online profiles.

3) Photos should be 384 x 576, or 576 x 384. If you can’t get those exact dimensions, resize your photos as close as possible to the given measurements.

4) Captions should be short. We’re sorry for not being specific, but you can check our entries to get an idea of our blog’s average caption length.

5) Photo-and-text pairs should follow this theme: Love, how it ends and begins again. Interpret it any way you want.

6) Entries should be sent to thebackgroundstory@gmail.com by Feb. 14, 5am (GMT+8).

The winning entry will be posted on The Background Story. The rest will be posted here on Footprints and Margins. All the entries we’ll post will have the sender’s name and a blog link.

We hope to get many entries to choose from!