Thursday, 18 August 2022

(32) The vain Jackdaw

 A Jackdaw, as vain and conceited as Jackdaw could be, picked up the feathers which some Peacocks had shed, stuck them amongst his own, and despising his old companions introduced himself with the greatest assurance in to a flock of those beautiful birds.

They, instantly detecting the intruder, stripped him of his borrowed plumes, and falling upon him with their beaks sent him about his business. The unlucky Jackdaw, sorely punished and deeply sorrowing, betook himself to his former companions, and would have flocked with them again as if nothing had happened.

But they, recollecting what airs he had given himself, drummed him out of their society, while one of those whom he had so lately despised read him this lecture: "Had you been contented with what nature made you, you would have escaped the chastisement of your betters and also the contempt of your equals."

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

(31) The Frog and the Ox

 An Ox, grazing in a swampy meadow, chanced to set his foot among a parcel of young Frogs, and crushed nearly the whole brood to death. One that escaped ran off to his mother with the dreadful news; "And, O mother!," said he, "It was a beast-such a big, four-footed beast!- that did it."

"Big?" quoth the old Frog, "how big? was it as big"- and she puffed herself out to a great degree-"as big as this?"

"Oh!" said the little one, "a great deal bigger than that."

"Well, was it so big?" and she swelled herself out yet more.

"Indeed, mother, but it was; and if you were to burst yourself you would never reach half its size."

Provoked at such a disparagement of her powers, the old Frog made one more trial, and burst herself indeed.

Moral: So men are ruined by attempting a greatness to which they have no claim.

Sunday, 31 July 2022

(30) The fisherman piping

 A Man who cared more for his notes than his nets, seeing some fish in the sea began playing on his pipe, thinking that they would jump out on shore. But finding himself disappointed he took a casting-net and enclosing a great multitude of fish drew them to land.

When he saw the fish dancing and flapping about he smiled and said, "Since you would not dance when I piped, I will have none of your dancing now."

Moral of this story: It is a great art to do the right thing at the right season.

(29) The Mouse and the Frog

 A Mouse on an evil day made acquaintance with a Frog, and they set off on their travels together. The Frog, on pretence of great affection, and of keeping his companion out of harm's way, tied the Mouse's fore-foot to his own hind-leg, and thus proceeded for some distance by land. Presently they came to some water, and the Frog, bidding the Mouse with good courage, began to swim across. They had scarcely, however, arrived midway when the Frog took a sudden plunge to the bottom, dragging the unfortunate Mouse after him. But the struggling and floundering of the Mouse made so great commotion in the water that is attracted the attention of a Kite, who, pouncing down, and bearing off the Mouse, carried away the Frog at the same time in his train.

Moral for children: Inconsiderate and ill-matched alliances generally end in ruin; and the man who compasses the destruction of his neighbour is often caught in his own snare.

Label: Stories for kids by Aesop.

(28) The Bear and the Fox

 A Bear used to boast of his excessive love for Man, saying that he never worried or mauled him when dead. The Fox observed, with a smile, "I should have thought more of your profession if you never ate him alive."

Moral for kids- Better save a man from dying than save him when dead.

Labels: Fables of Aesop.

Saturday, 30 July 2022

(27) The Mountain in labour

 In days of yore a mighty rumbling was heard in a Mountain. It was said to be in labour, and multitudes flocked together, from far and near, to see what it would produce. After long expectations and many wise conjectures from the by-standers -out popped a Mouse!

Moral: This story applies to those whose magnificent promises end in a paltry performance.

(26) The Horse and the Groom

 A Groom who used to steal and sell a Horse's corn, was yet very busy in grooming and wisping him all the day long.

"If you really wish me," said the Horse, "to look well, give me less of your currying and more of your corn."

(25) The Two Wallets

 Every man carries Two Wallets-one before and one behind, and both are full of faults. But the one before is full of his neighbour's faults; the one behind of his own. Thus it happens that men are blind to their own faults, but never lose sight of their neighbour's.

(24) The Fox and the Lion

 A Fox who had never seen a Lion, when by chance he met him for the first time was so terrified that he almost died of fright. When he met him the second time he was still afraid, but managed to disguise his fear. When he saw him the third time, he was so much emboldened that he went up to him and asked him how he did.

Moral: Familiarity breeds contempt.

(23) The Dog, The Cock, and The Fox

A Dog and a Cock having struck up an acquaintance went out on their travels together. Nightfall found them in a forest; so the Cock, flying up on a tree, perched among the branches, while the Dog dozed below at the foot. As the night passed away and day dawned, the Cock, according to his custom, set up a shrill crowing.

A Fox hearing him, and thinking to make a meal of him, came and stood under the tree, and thus addressed him: "Thou art a good little bird, and most useful to thy fellow creatures. Come down, then, we may sing one matins and rejoice together."

The Cock replied, "Go, my good friend, to the foot of the tree and call the sacristan to toll the bell." But as the Fox went to call him, the Dog jumped out a moment, and seized the Fox and made an end of him.

Moral: They who lay traps for others are often caught by their own bait.

Sunday, 24 July 2022

(22) The Kid and the Wolf

A Kid being mounted on the roof of a lofty house and seeing a Wolf pass below began to reveal him. The Wolf merely stopped to reply, "Coward! it is not you who reveals me, but the place on which you are standing."

Labels: Animal stories of Aesop's fables.

Friday, 22 July 2022

(21) The Fox and the Grapes

A Fox, just at the time of the vintage, stole into a vineyard where the ripe, sunny Grapes were trellised up on high in the most tempting show. He made many a spring and a jump after the luscious prize, but failing in all his attempts he muttered as he retreated, "Well, what does it matter! The Grapes are sour!"

(20) The creaking Wheels

As some Oxen were dragging. Wagon along a heavy road, the Wheels set up a tremendous creaking.

"Brute!" cried the driver to the wagon; "why do you groan, when they who are drawing all the weight are silent?"

Moral of this story: Those who cry loudest are not always the most hurt.

Thursday, 21 July 2022

(19) The Countryman and the Snake

A Countryman returning home one winter's day, found a Snake by the hedge side, half dead with a cold. Taking compassion on the creature, he laid it in his bosom, and brought it home to his fireside to revive it. No sooner had the warmth restored it then began to attack children of the cottage. Upon this Countryman, whose compassion had saved its life, took up a mattock and laid the Snake dead at his feet.

Moral of the story: Those who return evil for good may expect their neighbour's pity to the worn out at last.

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

(18) The Bowman and the Lion

The Man who was very skilful with his bow went up into the mountains to hunt. At his approach there was instantly a great consternation and rout among all the wild beasts, the Lion alone showing any determination to fight.

"Stop," said the Bowman to him, "and await my messenger, who has something to say to you."

With that he sent an arrow after the Lion and wounded him in the side. The Lion, smarting with anguish, fled into the depth of the thickets, but a Fox seeing him run bade him takes courage and face his enemy.

"No," said the Lion, "you will not persuade me to that; for if the messenger he sends is so sharp, what must be the power of him who sends it?"

Sunday, 17 July 2022

(17) Androcles and the Lion

A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him. As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it and was causing all the pain.

He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a Dog. Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live. But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the Lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion, after that latter had been kept without food for several days.

The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena. Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards the victim. But as soon as he came near Androcles he recognised his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly Dog. The Emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles to him, who told him the whole story. Where upon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the Lion let loose to his native forest.

Moral: Gratitude is the sign of native souls.

(16) The Man and the Serpent

A countryman's son by accident trod upon a Serpent's tail, which turned and bit him so that he died. The father in rage got his axe and pursued the Serpent, cut off part of its tail. So the Serpent in revenge began stinging several of the Farmer's cattle and caused him severe loss. Well, the Farmer thought it best to make it up with the Serpent, and brought food and honey to the month of its lair, and said to it: "Let's forget and forgive. Perhaps you were right to punish my son, and take vengeance on my cattle, but surely I was right in trying to revenge him. Now that we are both satisfied why can't we be friends again?

"No, no" said the Serpent, "take away your gifts. You can never forget the death of your son, nor I the loss of my tail."

Moral: Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.

(15) The Wolf and the Crane

The Aesop for children

A Wolf had been gorging on an animal he had killed, when suddenly a small bone in the meat stuck in his throat and he could not swallow it. He soon felt terrible pain in his throat, and ran up and down groaning and groaning and seeking for something to relieve the pain. He tried to induce every one he met to remove the bone.

"I would give anything." said he, " if you would take it out." At last the Crane agreed to try, and told the Wolf to lie on his side and open his jaws as wide as he could. Then the Crane put its long neck down the Wolf's throat, and with its beak loosened the bone, till at last it got it out.

"Will you kindly give me the reward you promised?" said the Crane. The Wolf grinned and showed his teeth and said: "Be content. You have put your head inside a Wolf's mouth and taken it out again in safety; that ought to be reward enough for you."

Moral: Gratitude and greed go not together.

Saturday, 16 July 2022

(14) The Cock and the Pearl

A Cock was once strutting up and down the farmyard among the Hens when suddenly he espied something shinning amid the straw.

"Ho! ho!" quoth he, "that's for me," and soon rooted it out from beneath the straw. What did it turn out to be but a Pearl that by some chance had been lost in the yard? 'You may be a treasure,' quoth Master Cock,' to men that prize you, but for me I would rather have a single barley-corn than a peck of Pearls.'

Moral: Precious things are for those that can prize them.

Labels: Aesop's fables series for free digital reading.

Thursday, 14 July 2022

The Lion's share

The Lion once went hunting with the fox, the Jackal, and the Wolf. They hunted and they hunted till at last they surprised a Stag, and soon took its life. Then came the question how the spoil should be divided.

"Quarter me this Stag," roared the Lion; So the other animals skinned it and cut into four parts. Then the Lion took his stand in front of the carcass and pronounced judgement: "The first quarter is for me in my capacity as King of Beasts; the second is mine as arbiter; another share comes to me for my part in the chase; and as for the fourth quarter, well, as for that, I should like to see which of you will dare to lay a paw upon it."

"Humph," grumbled the Fox as he walked away with his tail between his legs; but he spoke in a low growl. "You may share the labours of the great, but you will not share the spoil."

Labels: Aesop's fables, story series for online reading.

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Online stories for kids

The Dog and the shadow

It happened that a Dog had got a piece of meat and was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook.

As he crossed, he looked down and saw his own shadow reflected in the water beneath. Thinking it was another dog with another piece of meat, he made up his mind to have that also. So he made a snap at the shadow in the water, but as he opened this month the piece of meat fell out, dropped in to the water, and was never seen again.

Moral of the story: Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.

Labels: Aesop's Fables story series for kids.

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Aesop's Fables

1. The Wolf and the Lamb

Once upon a time a Wolf was lapping at a spring on a hillside when, looking up, what should he see but a Lamb just beginning to drink a little lower down.

"There's my supper, " thought he, "if only I can find some excuse to seize it."

Then he called out to the Lamb, "How dare you muddle the water from which I am drinking."

"Nay, master, nay," said Lamb; "if the water is muddy up there, I cannot be the cause of it, for it runs down from you to me."

"Well, then," said the Wolf, "why did you call me bad names this time last year?"

"That cannot be," said the Lamb; "I am only six months old."

"I don't care," snarled the Wolf, "if it was not you it was your father"; and with that he rushed upon the poor little Lamb.

Moral- Any excuse will serve a tyrant.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

How to write a good Blogger blog post?


1. Select your subject based on your experience, academic qualification or hobby. Don’t write on subjects having no connection for search value.

2. Unique content is the key success tool in a blog post. For updating specific knowledge, refer to the top 10 sites. Then take note and compile or edit. Never cut and paste from other sites!

3. Always write in a single language. Regional languages will have less traffic while global languages will get global outreach and heavy traffic!
4. Use a responsive theme for your website because it displays well across any device size.
5. Don’t use italics or underline in text content that makes a poor reading experience.

6. Try to limit post titles within 50 characters. Avoid stop words like A, AND, THE etc.
7. Mixing several font styles is a bad thing.
8. Only 2% keywords are necessary in each post. No need for keyword stuffing. But synonimous keyword can use.
9. In each post comment option with identification (ID with) is a good thing to avoid spam comments.
10. You can use free 15 GB Google storage for a single Google account. But video less than 100 MB will move to Blogger, not to your account. So, don’t exceed 100 MB for each video.

11. How to copy and paste text content from other word processors to a Blogger post editor?
If you are copying text from your own word processing software like Microsoft Word, Open Office or Notepad, then paste in blogger post editor as plain text. There may be a chance of previous formatting hence Blogger additional formatting may cause some errors. To avoid that, you can paste as plain text, then select all. Then click on three dots at the top right corner of the post editor. There right last, click on Tx icon as clear formatting option, done!

12. Always align text as left, not as justified. Make the main heading, subheading, paragraph for text. Align a picture as a large size option at the centre. Avoid wrapping text over pictures.
13. Avoid third party widgets and themes.
14. Normal text size in post editor is a good, standard option. Use the default font.
15. Publish 1 or 2 posts in a week is a good thing. Monday and Friday at 7 AM is considered SEO friendly.

16. You can use Google Keep for writing instant thoughts and ideas. Easy writing method is Google handwriting input tool. Then paste to Blogger post editor.
17. Share your post link in social media.
18. Instead of more small published posts, you should focus on large authentic posts. People will trust you as an authority in a concerned subject, they will come back to the website again.
19. About page, privacy policy page, contact page, follower widgets, popular posts, featured posts etc, are very essential for a good website and will be suitable for adsense approval.

20. Use any simple and minimalistic template for fast download of websites.
21. Never use any translation software from your original language to other languages. The chance of Adsense approval is difficult because as an automated sub standard post.
22. In general, the number of words in a single blog post must be 1400-2400 is SEO friendly.

Sunday, 6 March 2022

Best Blogger default themes?

How to select the best free blogger default theme?

I have more than 10 years of blogging experience with Google Blogger. Based on Blogger platform, This is a comparison of all default lists of themes by blogspot. First of all, two major categories are there- responsive themes and non responsive themes. As the name indicates, you should select a responsive one.

What are the advantages of responsive over non responsive?

In responsive themes, your website will be flexible for quick reading without zoom or manual click or touch. So, it will automatically adjust its uniform look similar to that of any device size. then, the user experience will be higher and they will return to this site again. Navigation will be very easy with the hamburger menu. Around 60% of the websites are running with responsive themes. It is very fast and SEO friendly. Number of pageviews will be higher. There is no option to select a mobile theme because this is a combination of both desktop and mobile version. But, if you edit the html of the website theme, then the option appears as a modified theme shows desktop and mobile themes version. Google adsense recommends responsive themes with auto ads.

In non responsive themes, it looks very old design. On the desktop it is very good for getting the overall idea of a large website than responsive themes. In mobile phone reading, we should select the mobile version and that is not good. If the desktop theme is for mobile, then search engines will display as your site is not mobile friendly. Also, the desktop version in mobile is not good for readers as they have to zoom and set a reading size. A traffic block is usual.

Comparison of default non responsive Blogger themes

Simple, Dynamic, Picture, Awesome, Watermark, Ethereal and Travel themes are coming under this category. Dynamic themes have a partial responsive nature. The desktop display is super but they are not good for mobile display width and line space. Simple themes series are good. Simply simple is best among but the font is bad. In simple literate, large header images will split but good for writers having content background is just like a book off white colour with overall images are bookshelf. One important fact is that adsense auto ads are working well with no responsive themes if you have any errors in responsive themes.

Comparison of default responsive Blogger themes

Try to select default blogger settings and themes. When you make a blogspot site it will be Contempo light. This is the best choice. Before that, we are comparing the pros and cons of all responsive themes.

Contempo themes- don’t select dark contempo and flamingo as having negative feedback. Pink is good for beauty, cosmetics, families, girls, fashion etc. Aqua is a colourful but blue content background with cursive header fonts. Blue colour dominance is more than usual. You can customise all these but not a good practice. Now, my two sites are running on contempo light. Good tile format, beautiful Roboto font, separate header image option, neutral grey body colour, post snippet, featured post, search bar, page bar with more, blue click navigation are very attractive features. Good for text rich content, writers, authors and online digital libraries. Demerit- there may be a chance of adsense auto ads errors with bugs.

The Soho theme is good for photography, brand promotion, designers, painting and artists. Large default photograph is a key attraction. No text snippet tiles and not suitable for writers. Small text font size in mobile is difficult for senior citizens. No ads inside the text content post. Dark, Neon and pink themes have dark depressing colours. The Soho Red theme is best with an off white background. Light theme is the standard one. Soho theme tiles are not uniform on the desktop.

Emporio is the most responsive default theme. Tiles are beautiful on the desktop. Large text fonts. Desktop version displays a side widget bar also. Very easy to navigate because the entire tile is clickable. No text snippet in mobile. Very good for any product display site. While shifting from other themes to this theme, there is a chance of text content and auto ads width problems. Emporio Porcelain is good. If pink colour is your favourite, use emporio Flamingo. The Toolbox and Technica and Apron are dark themes. 

Notable themes are considered as the best theme without any errors for adsense auto ads display. Technical websites or instructional sites can choose this for large display fonts and images. No tile separation margin in mobile. Full width site display with sidebar widget. Large volume writers should avoid this theme because desktop large fonts are not suitable for reading large volume text like a novel. At the sametime, mobile fonts are too small! Notable light is good. Antique theme main colour is blue hence blue colour text content background. Coral theme is dark, notable pink theme font styles are bad.

Essential theme is the latest default theme where you have a chance to customise this minimalist theme. Tiles, text snippets, fonts are clean but simple. This theme will look like a primitive one. Our own header image upload is difficult because there is no separation there for body and header. Header blog name title font size is very large in mobile display. In all the above themes, we can customise many widgets but it is not so easy for common people.

Thursday, 3 March 2022

Serif or Sans Serif font typeface?

How to select a good English font typeface for online and print articles?

First of all, You should remember two major categories of font typefaces are Serif fonts and Sans Serif fonts.

Super facts of Serif fonts

1. Serif means decorative small lines or strokes that extend from letters.

2. These fonts are very familiar to our eyes because most of the print media are using this font. That means, it will give you an old print book reading feel.

3. Very stylish alphabets having curls, beautiful edges and traditional look.

4. Comfort, reliability and well acceptance.

5. Most of the devices have these old type fonts by default. No installation is required.

6. Serif fonts are not so good for online media and websites. If font size is small, then letter edges may be invisible. When we are zooming in on the online text, it will change the shape of fonts without uniformity, which leads to disturbances to our eyes.

7. Examples of Serif fonts- Times New Roman, Georgia, Garamond etc. majority of newspapers and print books are with Times New Roman. If you are looking for a large font when compared to others, use Georgia. Windows platform is with Times New Roman.

About Sans Serif fonts

1. Sans means ‘without’. So, without serif is the key fact here. There are no strokes or decorations in letters.

2. Very popular typeface in digital media, online screen reading in smartphones, tabs, laptops and millions of website texts.

3. Main advantage- this will keep the uniform design both in small and large font sizes.

4. No zoom irritation to our eyes.

5. Less feel of readability in print media and books.

6. Examples of Sans Serif fonts- Arial, Verdana, Helvetica. Roboto etc. Arial font is default in Google Docs and the most widely used web safe font. Helvetica is favourite for designers. Calibri is the font for Microsoft office by default. Google android default typeface is Roboto. Google Chrome default is Noto Sans. The Mac OS typeface and Whatsapp are Helvetica. Google has their own font typefaces as Google fonts. In Noto Sans and Noto Serif typefaces you can select for different regional language fonts.

Conclusion

If you want to use a font typeface for print newspaper, notice board, banner or book- select Times New Roman. Georgia is also good but the number display is bad. For digital books, websites and social media try to use Arial which is pre-installed in all software systems hence no font substitution is required. also, good for SEO. Second choice is Helvetica or Roboto.

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Contempo Theme Featured Post gadget error solved!

Contempo Theme- How to remove the error of featured posts on all the post pages?

In the Contempo Blogger theme, any previous removal of this Featured Posts gadget is the real cause of this problem by automatic deletion from theme html. As a result, this post snippet will appear at the top of all your pages! This is somewhat worthless repetition. So, we should avoid that error.

Here is the solution-

1.Go to Blogger left sidebar ‘Theme’ and click

2. Then, click on edit HTML of your blogger Contempo theme

Now, full HTML code page is displayed

3. At the top line, press Ctrl + F key together, then type- id=’Featured’

Now, the position of the featured post will be highlighted.

4. The line error will look like-

<b:widget id=’Featured post1…..

5. Type some code after the widget, the correct single line is

<b:widget cond=’data:view.isHomepage’ id=’Featured post1….

6. Click save

If ok, then display as -update successfully!

The position of featured post in edit html can also be found with jump to featured post gadget by clicking top right side star like icon.

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(32) The vain Jackdaw

 A Jackdaw, as vain and conceited as Jackdaw could be, picked up the feathers which some Peacocks had shed, stuck them amongst his own, and ...