Pixabay is a great resource for bloggers.  The site offers thousands upon thousands of images that are in the public domain, which means they are free for use (even commercial use) without attribution.

Need a photo to represent a post about your sport, hobby, or talent?
BeFunky_ballet-335496_640 (2).jpgLooking for an image to go with that post about your trip to Disneyland or
cruise through the Caribbean?

be funky vacationWanting the perfect picture for your writing about favorite food, books, or games?

befunkyfood.jpgbefunkybooks.jpgHow about images to help create a mood or set a scene?

befunkymood.jpgOr perhaps the photo can come BEFORE the writing, as a prompt for inspiration:

befunkyprompt.jpgPixabay also offers illustrations, backgrounds, and clipart:

befunkyclipart.jpgAll images are available for download without registration with the site (registration is restricted to age 13 and up). Occasionally, a non-registered user may be asked to type in a Captcha code to continue 🙂

Although Pixabay’s FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page specifies that attribution is not required, it is always a good idea to indicate your source below the photo or at the bottom of your post.  You wouldn’t want to give the impression that you were the photographer or that you used someone else’s photo without permission.

Pixabay is a great addition to our other resources for images:  MorgueFile and the Compfight Photo Plug-In — and your own photography!

Happy blogging!


Image credits:  All images via Pixabay.com
Images put together with BeFunky.com collage maker






Getting Ready


Welcome, new bloggers!

We’ve been in the computer lab for the past few days, getting everyone set up with his or her own blog.  This week, we’ve been learning blog vocabulary and other basics as we explore options for style and content.  Next week, we’ll have lessons on adding media, respecting copyright, and linking to supplementary articles.  Our blogs are taking shape!

By October 1st, we’ll be ready to email family and friends, inviting them to subscribe to our blogs.  We look forward to exchanging our ideas with others as we share our writing.

Talk to you soon!

The Journey Begins with a Call to Adventure


During our discussion of Beowulf:  A New Telling, we also talked about characters from Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. In those stories, Luke, Frodo, and Harry each receives a call to adventure: a summons to leave the world he has known and to embark on a journey.

Last year, students came up with a longer list of people who have received such a call:

  • The Avengers are called to adventure by Nick Fury
  • Ender Wiggin is called to adventure when he is accepted to Battle School
  • Katniss is called to adventure when her sister’s name is drawn in the reaping
  • Amy Pond is called to adventure when she discovers the crack in her bedroom wall
  • One Direction is called to adventure by Simon Cowell
  • Superman is called to adventure by his father
  • Peter Parker is called to his life as Spider Man when his uncle is killed
  • Eragon is called to adventure when he finds a dragon egg
  • Percy Jackson is called to adventure when he discovers he is a demigod
  • Tris is called to save the factions from the Uprising
  • Tony Stark is called to adventure when his father dies, leaving him a legacy to fulfill
  • Stuart Little is called to adventure when the husband drops the wife’s wedding ring down the drain
  • Brian Robison is called to survive in the forest after the plane crash

Here in Dan Priest’s video are more scenes from more stories that develop around a character called to adventure.

Can you think of your own list of examples from fiction?

How about from reality? Can you think of people called to their life’s accomplishment by circumstance or inner voice?

In what way have YOU been called to adventure?

Give an example in the comments.