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Backstage at the Blog: Q is for Quote

April 19, 2014

Q © A Scenic RouteI’ve always considered it good manners to be very clear when the words I’m posting belong to someone else–even when the words are my own, but belong in a story …

That’s where the quote box comes in handy. Block Quote

My theme determines what the quote box will look like, and mine happens to be a beautiful shade of sepia that looks especially enticing when set off with feathers.

How about something Muse-worthy?

Image courtesy of Gerla Brakkee @stock.xchng“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation…We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” ~ Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

 

How do you credit someone’s words on your blog? Do you have any favorite quotes to share?

(Here’s your link back to the A to Z Challenge Sign Up list.)

Feather image courtesy of Gerla Brakkee @stock.xchng

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18 Comments
  1. April 19, 2014 9:56 am

    I used a quote today in fact! I used quotations, bold and highlight, and link to the source. Usually the only quotes I post are review blurbs and snippets from movie news sites.

    • April 19, 2014 10:27 am

      Yes, you are very clear what parts are the reviewed sections, and which are your own comments. Linking back to the source is also a good idea.

  2. April 19, 2014 11:51 am

    WordPress has lovely quote boxes. I don’t think blogger does that. I’m not much of a quoter on my blog, but I usually just use quotation marks and link to the person if possible.

    • April 19, 2014 8:13 pm

      I was pleasantly surprised when I hit that quote button to see that nice-looking quote box appear on my post! I think that sometimes I quote things just so I can use it. 🙂

  3. April 19, 2014 1:41 pm

    I can’t think at the moment of anyone I’ve quoted in a blog. Perhaps in a book review. I do use the quote box – it comes out as italic on my theme and then I may add a different colour to it to make it stand out

    • April 19, 2014 8:15 pm

      If I can’t find anyone to quote, I quote myself … that’s probably strange, isn’t it? 😉
      I like your idea of using color to change things up a bit!

  4. April 19, 2014 3:20 pm

    Just read your comment on mine. I’ve got a fair bit about this character. He’s based on someone I know. That’s a great compliment that you wanted to know more Thank you

    • April 19, 2014 8:16 pm

      Yes, I felt as if your snippet was only the beginning! 🙂

  5. April 19, 2014 5:03 pm

    I haven’t used the quote box (so many things to try yet) but I use quote marks and italics as well as author’s name. I will see what my theme offers. Thank you for all these lessons. They are very helpful and just the right amount of info so as not to overwhelm.

    • April 19, 2014 8:20 pm

      I’m glad these posts didn’t come across as too pedantic as I was worried they might. Maybe it’s because I’m so excited to share my little discoveries. 🙂

      • April 19, 2014 9:49 pm

        Not at all, Kirsten. Yours are perfect for a new WP learner’s speed, and it really helps for you to show the portion of the WP screen in your post. I will definitely be using all of these in the future. I wish you made house calls. 🙂

  6. April 19, 2014 5:51 pm

    Wow, talk about kismet! Same Q topic! I do use quotes a lot but have never used the quote box. I actually just noticed it today and made a mental note to myself to try it sometime, though it wouldn’t have worked well for today’s post. I actually didn’t credit the source of any of the quotes I used today (except for my footnote), but usually I either use footnotes or link back to the original sources.

    • April 19, 2014 8:21 pm

      I had to smile when I saw your topic in my Inbox! 🙂
      I will be curious to see what the quote box looks like in your yellow note pad them. I’ll bet it’s a fun one.

  7. April 20, 2014 12:46 pm

    I just use regular quotes. Honestly, I’m so busy/lazy I haven’t explored much of Word Press at all, but you’ve showed us such cool stuff I can’t wait to use it. So, that said, I’m posting a poll today!

    • April 20, 2014 1:21 pm

      I’ll be there to weigh in! I’m always pleasantly surprised by how easy some of this stuff is, and excited to share. 🙂

  8. April 21, 2014 10:56 pm

    I’ve never used this feature, I may just have to find a reason to!

    • April 22, 2014 7:08 pm

      I was happy and surprised to see how nice my quote box looked in this theme. I’ll be curious to see what it looks like in yours!

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