The commercial that’s going to win all the awards

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Well, when the ad maestro Piyush Pandey himself casts a magical spell on a campaign, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the entire nation was moved.

This one’s a commercial that’s bound to sweep all the awards. It’s so insightful that it’s almost scary. Scary in the sense that the makers of the ad seem to directly speak to you than to a general audience.

The casting is flawless and the script, exemplary. This four minute video builds up like a story that doesn’t reveal the product right until the end. When you see it, you know that there couldn’t have been a simpler connect.

Watch. Weep. Repeat.

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Around the World (Cup) in Eight Photos

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Whether your country is playing in Brazil this year or not, joining in the fun of this monthlong global festivity is hard to resist. Thanks to bloggers and photographers on the ground in Brazil and around the world, we all get to have the best views.

chile copacanabaCopacabana during the World Cup.

Just before their team dispatched the outgoing champion, Spain, these Chilean fans found time to hit the beach in Copacabana, where they were captured by Rio-based photoblogger Cristina.

rio-favelaWatching the game in Acari.

Across town, in a favela called Acari, Dutch student Steef Fleur watched the Brazil-Mexico match with some new friends. This photo is part of Steef’s ongoing project to document the World Cup across local communities in Brazil.

SF mexico gamePublic viewing in San Francisco’s Civic Center.

Fans on the other side of the equator watched the same game between the Mexican and Brazilian teams. Blogger Vonn Scott…

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The joys of urban gardening

Having recently been baptized as an urban gardener I wanted to share a little behind-the-scenes action and a few of the benefits I’ve discovered on my green-fingered adventure so far.
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2013 Projects: 365 Days, 52 Weeks

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Many of you use WordPress.com as a daily or weekly outlet to develop your craft (as seen in our popular writing and photography challenges on The Daily Post), or as a platform to chronicle your own post-a-day and year-long projects. Some projects are ongoing from year to year, while others have defined start and end points. It all depends on your project’s focus and scope, and your interests and timeframe.

Before we say hello to 2014, let’s take a quick peek at some blogging projects you worked on in 2013.

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365 Days of Bacon was born on January 1, 2013, as a sort of anti-New Year’s resolution; the blogger wanted to focus on her obsession with bacon and give it the love it deserves:

Blogging about bacon everyday, and making a lot of tasty bacon recipes? Now that was a New Year’s resolution I could…

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Get your new blog off to a great start (Hint: we can help!)

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Publishing a blog can be tons of fun, and a great way to make friends and create opportunities. Starting one couldn’t be easier: sign up, pick a theme, and off you go. But maintaining one and building an audience? That takes a little more work — publishing regularly and engaging with the rest of the blogging community.

To make sticking to your 2014 blogging resolution easy and fun, we’re introducing a way to stay on top of your blogging goals. Whether you’re a brand-new blogger looking to make a splash, hope to return to a tumbleweed-strewn site you started long ago, or just want to introduce a little regularity to your blog, we’re here to help you get there.

Now, when you register a new blog, you’ll be able to pick a posting goal of weekly or monthly:

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If you’ve already got a blog, you can head to your account…

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3, 2, 1… BLOG! Zero to Hero starts now

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The Zero to Hero 30-Day Blog Challenge starts… wait for it… now!

Your first task is up on the main Zero to Hero page, along with some helpful resources and a link to our first forum thread, where you can chat with other challenge participants. You can also tag published posts with zerotohero to make it easy for us to find one another — after all, blogging isn’t just about you, it’s about community.

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Add That Personal Touch to Your Blog with a Custom Header

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Headers PanelOne of the best free customization tools on WordPress.com is the ability to upload a custom header image. Using a custom header is a great way to showcase your style and personality on your blog.

When readers visit your blog, its header is what pops out first and introduces visitors to your site and your content. That header image plays a huge part in your blog’s first impression, and now you can live preview custom header images as soon as you upload them.

Experiment by uploading header images in the Appearance → Customize → Header area. The new preview feature helps you to choose the header that best matches your site’s style and design.

To learn more, see the support page on uploading a custom header image.

Color matching for headers

If you’ve purchased the Custom Design upgrade, you can generate a color palette to match your header…

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The Low Down on Vapor in the Lungs

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Once again we find ourselves listening to the same, tired, repetitive tripe vomiting violently out of the mouths of ANTZ (Anti-Nicotine and Tobacco Zealots).  It generally goes something like this, “There still haven’t been any serious studies on the health effects of electronic cigarettes.”  This statement has been repeated like a broken record, like a broken record, like a broken record, like a… ehem… for about seven years now.  The actual level of ignorance present in this asinine statement, backed by all of the intimidating power of ulterior motives and corrupt special interests, is tantamount to me telling everyone I come across, in a self-assured, arrogant tone of voice, that nobody really knows yet whether or not Penicillin is effective.  The actual, real truth behind this phenomenon is that there have been more scientific studies, laboratory analyses, surveys, and medical professional opinion journal writings than you can shake a stick…

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