"One Girl from India" image by Arian Zwegers
The United Nations has declared that Oct. 11 is the "International Day of the Girl".My latest DeHaan Services
blog post, "First International Day of the Girl at Yonge-Dundas Square
", gives further details and points to the official web site."Plan Canada", a descendant of
"Plan International" (once "Foster Parents Plan International"), is organizing the event, which mixes free entertainment with fund-raising and a touch of shopping.
Publicity for my "International Day of the Girl" Article
One Charitable Writing Tip
Today's writing tip involves the use of web-sourced images.
I may, or may not, have stressed the importance of using images lawfully.
I've used Flickr's "Advanced Search" option for the vast majority of the images in my articles, taking care to select "Only search within Creative Commons licensed content" plus "Find content to use commercially".
Then I also right-click the image to find the terms. Generally "attribution" and "commercial" are shown, and sometimes "may (or may not) modify" is included.
Today I kept finding very suitable pictures by one photographer who also had a license stipulation in the right-hand margin, pointing to the Getty licensing agent.
That's fine; if I had a budget and lead time for my article, I might well have used that image.
As it was, I respectfully searched anew.
The writing tip is to be sure that you have the right to use the image before you copy it into your article. It's especially important if you want to write about such angels of charity as "Plan Canada" who organized the Toronto "Day of the Girl" event at Yonge-Dundas Square.
"A View from the North York Centre in Toronto" image by Elliott Chapin
Promoting My Second Canadian Thanksgiving Article
A Double Writing Tip
To make up for a lack of creativity this late at night, let me recycle a double writing tip.
Once again, I've written about a pair of Toronto events. They are linked by geography, being in north Toronto rather than on southerly Queen's Quay. Plus, these events are linked as food-oriented, since they are set in the kitchen and dining rooms of their respective venues. (Yesterday's article was about events at two neighbouring sites).
Also, I've re-used an image from a much earlier article. I'd considered my stand-by of creating a map for these venues, but there is not much need once I explain that Gibson House is near the North York Centre. By the way, I had another map available for the Black Creek Pioneer Village site. Now that location truly deserves a map.
Today was busy for me, so I had to save time where it made sense. As well, it's Thursday so the weekend is fast approaching; and so I needed to get this article onto the Web while I can. That excuses the re-use of perfectly helpful images for my current article about options for the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in Toronto north.
"Map to Harbourfront Centre and PawsWay in Toronto" image by Mike DeHaan from Google Maps
I felt fortunate to find and share two free Toronto venues that are practically neighbours for the upcoming 2012 Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
"2 Free Events for Thanksgiving 2012 on Queen's Quay in Toronto
" highlights Harbourfront Centre
's "Harbour Kids" for those under the age of 12; and PawsWay
's "Woofjocks Canine Performance Team" dog show.My article includes links to their official sites, as well as
an older meditation I'd published at Suite 101 called "I Have Problems with Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving
". Surely this seasonal holiday deserves some personal thought about its meaning, rather than simply racing to visit relatives and dine in celebration of the harvest.
Promoting Canadian Thanksgiving 2012 at Queen's Quay in Toronto
A Thankful Writing Tip
Today's writing tip praises the ability to use coincidence in an article.
Specifically, I'd checked Harbourfront Centre's site to learn what they were doing for Canadian Thanksgiving 2012.
Then I researched what the City of Toronto offered for this same holiday weekend. To my delight, the PawsWay event was listed there, as well as several other festivities.
I knew that PawsWay is on Queen's Quay in downtown Toronto because it's on one of my favourite routes for my long training runs.
Rather than combine even more events into one messy stew of miscellany, I decided to present one article with a sharp focus. People can experience both free events in one trip downtown, or return again and again if they so choose.
I might yet write about another autumn Toronto event that celebrates Thanksgiving for this weekend, but today's single article makes a much tidier package.
It may be a coincidence that these events "coincide" in geography as well as in the calendar; but as a writer, it's a good thing to take advantage of this opportunity to write about two separate, free Canadian Thanksgiving events in Toronto that are good neighbours.