See, I sat at this computer about 6 hours ago to finish up the review on the last document I read. The thought of that is enough to send me into a zombie state. That’s how fed up I am of the reading and reviewing that I have been doing for the last few weeks. But still, one has got to do what has to be done! Right?! So yes, my notes are sketched, all my thoughts are in my head. I just have to reproduce it on a word document in a coherent form. That’s all the work that is left now.
And I keep promising myself I will check out the news first. When all the news is done with and I get bored with it, I open up my word document and think to myself, “let me just quickly check my blog visitors and just read a bit on their blogs”. So there I go, for another few minutes, which eventually turns into hours. And when I get tired of it, I come back and by that time my eyes are tired of reading so I go onto Facebook to just check on some statuses and to leave a like here and there and a status update if I fancy that. And as it happens, today there is nothing much exciting even there.
I come back to my boring document and I am just about to start writing when I remember I haven’t checked out my fellow Maldivian bloggers who are not on WordPress hence not followable on the WordPress Reader (Seriously I have no idea why they are are on Blogger. WordPress is way cooler with its following and liking features). Anyways, while surfing here and there, I come across this cool looking text that says “in tongues”.
IN TONGUES …
Check out how it works on http://warmpixels.blogspot.com/. That’s where I stumbled on it. Pretty cool to see the whole blog changing to another language altogether, instantaneously.
(P.S. warmpixels, if you are wondering why I didn’t leave a comment – well I have been so wanting to. But something holds me back for some reason. Must be the social construction of our minds about sexuality. Guess I should address that in another post).
I am a naturally curious person and I click below the “IN TONGUES” and I clicked on Urdu, Arabic, and French (that’s about the only other languages except Dhivehi and English that I can decipher even if to a much lesser extent). So yes I wake up from my Zombie state upon seeing the blog in Urdu, French and in Arabic. And to my astonishment it actually is a translation not a transliteration!
Voila! I think. I need that. I want that! I want that cool feature on my blog. So I started to Google around to see how I can get a widget like that for my blog. I even found a translate Plugin for WordPress. Downloaded it. And then set out ‘Googling’ how to get that Plugin to work with my blog.
To my dismay I am told “The Google translation widget cannot be used on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.”
I didn’t want to give up. If Blogger can allow that feature, there should be another way of going about it on WordPress and I continued Googling – to find this ONE COOL SITE BLOGGING. That blog sure is cool.
I followed the instructions and voila! I get it working for me. (I know it’s not the exact same as using a Plugin. But I am Ok with it).
Another precious minutes spent on writing up this post. And I am cursing myself for not having done what I originally sat here to do. I guess I can do it later. Now I need a break from this screen.
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