8 Gorgeous Nature Blogs for Earth Day

This Sunday, April 22nd will mark the 42nd observance of Earth Day . According to Earth Day Network , “More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.” To inspire you to get in on this year’s celebration, here are eight amazing nature-related blogs on WordPress.com: Birdlightwind.com 70degreeswest-explore.com Leahyetter.WordPress.com Drawandshoot.me Beingmark.com Beetlesinthebush.WordPress.com Theblondecoyote.com Lookingatthewest.com So, how will you celebrate Earth Day 2012? Maybe Picnic for the Planet , or plant a tree? Whatever you do, be sure to share it on your blog! And don’t forget to tag your post with Earth Day to make it easier for others to find. For more cool nature blogs, check out our collection of Recommended Blogs , and add topics like Nature and Earth Day to follow in your Reader .

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Enjoy A Shiny New, Simplified Admin Bar

Remember your old admin bar (displayed at the top of your screen while you’re logged in to WordPress.com)? Up until today, it’s looked something like this while viewing an individual post: But we wanted to make it easier for your visitors to interact with you via Likes and Follows , so we’ve cleaned it up a bit. Now it looks like this: Better, right!? Now on the right hand side of the admin bar where your Gravatar is displayed, you have easy access to your user profile, all the blogs you can contribute to , and all the comments you’ve made across WordPress.com: In the blog menu on the left side of the admin bar, you’ll see all the stuff related to the blog you’re currently viewing. If you’re looking at a post on your own blog, the menu will display links to your dashboard, post editor, comment moderation panel, custom menus , and widgets . Next to the blog menu are the Follow and Like buttons, along with a sparkline , which reflects the last 48 hours of page views on the blog: When viewing posts on other blogs on WordPress.com, the blog menu on the left side of the admin bar will display the following options, as well as the shortlink and theme information: If you hover over the WordPress.com logo in the left corner, you’ll see the following quick links: Lastly, you may have noticed that you’re no longer able to reblog a post after clicking the Like button. Don’t worry — we’re cooking up some reblogging improvements that you’ll have access to very soon. Stay tuned!

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New Theme: Blogum

Today we are introducing a clean and minimalist theme, Blogum . The Blogum Theme Designed by WPShower , Blogum has a grid-based layout and is designed in a modern style. This very clean style allows your reader to precisely focus on your content. Blogum has a widget area in the right sidebar. It also includes a full-width template to hide the sidebar. You are able to customize even more with a header image, background, and custom menu. Blogum also supports three post formats, Aside, Image and Gallery. Read all about Blogum’s features on the Theme Showcase .

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