I was forever playing around with my blog, not 100% happy with it, but also not hating it enough for change. However, when I removed my header image, my theme (Canard) was able to showcase ‘featured content’ in its stead!
I had to go into the customiser and select a chosen tag in ‘Featured Content’, then the latest five posts that have had that tag applied to them would appear as my featured content – in the place where my header image used to sit. For July I chose to feature ‘blue plaques’.
I have written six posts dedicated to blue plaques since deciding on my featured content theme for July. I found that blue plaques were an easy prompt for writing a blog. Below are the posts that I wrote to coincide with my theme.
I had also written two previous posts on the blue plaque theme when I happened to come across them on days out.
Using featured content has not made me focus on just that – take a look at July’s archives. I’ve had quite a month: two Princess Diana posts, two family history posts, two Oscar Wilde posts and a couple of others besides those with the tag of blue plaque!
I used the Blue Plaques of London App when I was in central London this month. The screen did freeze and it took a couple of hours for my location to update, which was frustrating. Eventually, I realised that searching for anybody on the App would refresh my location, but by then I was tired and limping (I’d strained my Achilles heel a couple of weeks before) and my energy had flagged and so after a LOT of walking I gave up after locating William Marsden’s blue plaque at Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
Focussing on blue plaques for the month of July does not preclude other blue plaque articles on HistorianRuby. I still haven’t written my post on David Garrick and I photographed his plaque in November last year.
Yesterday I drove around Wimbledon and photographed a couple of blue plaques dedicated to people of note, Georgette Heyer and Josephine Butler. So there’s more to come.
I was thwarted at Josephine Butler’s former property, two cars, scaffolding and a workman on the scaffolding meant any photograph I took would be compromised.
Images author’s own.