Been There, Done That, Blogged The Badge

Nearly four years ago now I started a project to blog each of my badges that I’d collected. With nearly three hundred badges to blog, I set myself the target of blogging two badges each week. As I have done that though, the collection has grown to over four hundred badges to date (due, a little more than I’d like, to some mischievous people who think that buying me badges whenever they can is a fun thing to do).

Now, I am finally up to date. And, although I’ll still be blogging new badges as I acquire them, the end to weekly ‘badge homework’ hopefully means I’ll have more time to devote to this blog and all the things that get me badges in the first place.

Do however take a look at my life in badges – so far.

Been There, Done That, Got The Badge

As with most geeky people I collect things. In my case, it’s badges. Over the years and my many visits to places (transport related and otherwise) my first cry on reaching the inevitable gift shop is ‘Do they have a badge’?

Although often disappointingly the answer is no, I have somehow managed to amass almost three hundred badges so far. I’m now making an attempt to catalogue and record them in the form of a blog, so in no particular order and without much fanfare, feel free to pop over and share my life in badges if you will.


How Do I Illustrate This Blog Post

A picture is (apparently) worth a thousand words and although I like words I also like to use pictures as well. In general the photos I use here are my own but what would I do if I wanted to illustrate a blog post with an image and I hadn’t a suitable photo to hand?

I could of course go on the internet and shamelessly rip off an image from some other website.
In recognition of the fact that this is so easy and so prevalent, Getty Images have released a huge catalogue of images to be used freely in blogs and social media via an ’embed tool’ that allows them to track the use of their pictures. Getty Images also reserve the right, in future, to add adverts to the viewer or simply remove the content. I’m not sure how popular this strategy will be but it’s certainly an interesting approach.

And in answer to my original question I used one of their images for this post. How do you think it looks?

It is as simple as going to the Getty Images  website, viewing the picture you want and clicking on the little </> icon and pasting the resulting html wherever you need it. It certainly seems to work seamlessly in WordPress (even converting into a neat shortcode) and I have no doubt Twitter and Tumblr will handle it equally well.

On the whole though, in general, I’ll keep taking my own photographs because, for me, that’s half the fun.