Blogging Tips & Advice

Before You Launch Your Blog

When I first started working on my blog back in October, I had close-to-no idea what I was doing. I created my blog for the purpose of sharing my thoughts, writing, and having a platform. Looking back on it, I don’t even remember how I found out about WordPress. Maybe it was through my coauthor’s blog.

Do you remember? You were there, right?


Oh yeah, I forgot, I locked you up. My bad. Not about the locking-you-up part. I don’t regret that. I’m talking about the asking-you-all-the-while-forgetting-you-were-locked-up part.

Anyway, I somehow discovered WordPress, and began designing my blog. Like I said, I had no idea what I was doing. If you know me, you know that I am terrible at managing technology (thankfully, though, this blog has given me the chance to learn more). Several times I nearly ripped the hair out of my head trying to get it all to work, trying to understand. I nearly gave up. But, thankfully, I didn’t. I kept working on it, persevering, and being consistent. As I said once, consistency is key (I said it to when dad when he made a comment for like the fiftieth time about him leaving for work in the morning, and I’m in the far corner of the table on this laptop, and him coming home hours later, and I’m still in the far corner of the table on this laptop; I did leave several times in between, but he was just making a joke about me consistently finding a place in this corner, where I am sitting now).

Finally, my blog was launched. The Right Kind of Writer was public. Little did I know how unprepared I’d be for RKW’s future. I would be tripping over myself to try to get an article posted on time; I would be making major changes months in from the theme to the color scheme to the tagline. Just recently have I gotten a good hold on the reins and been able to manage things well.

So, to try to keep you, the soon-to-be blogger and the newbie blogger (okay, I myself have only been going for around 5-6 months, but I wouldn’t consider myself a newbie anymore) from making the same mistakes I did, below are several tips, suggestions, and advice that you should know and put into action before you launch your blog (or to do ASAP if you’ve already launched your blog).

I’ll start by going through the most common pages, explaining them, and giving suggestions about what to put in them.

Contact page. Obviously, this is the page people can go to if they want to contact you. There isn’t really much you have to do for this, but you can (and should) customize it by adding a picture that represents contacting. Maybe a picture of a phone or two people talking. It’s up to you. You could also write your own quick subtitle. For example: “Send me a message anytime about anything, and I’ll reply ASAP!”

About page. This is the page people go to when they want to know more about you and/or your blog. Here you can tell people about yourself- I just suggest not making it too long or people might get bored and give up, as they are expecting a quick yet informational bio (mine is 83 words). Here, you can also give a little information on what you will be posting on your blog, whether book reviews or life updates. You can also share past experiences, and what makes you so qualified. I would recommend putting a picture of yourself there as well.

Blog page. This is the page where people can find all your blog posts. There isn’t much to this besides maybe a photo at the top of the page and a short explanation, such as, “Here is where you can find all my posts!”

Homepage. This is the homepage. If each page was spaceship, this would be the mothership. The first impression on a visitor. It can often be a mix of all the pages. It can list the most recent posts, a bit about yourself and/or more commonly what you’ll post in your blog, a short welcome, a sign-up for your newsletter or subscribe button for your blog, a few quotes and/or more.

Now that we are done with going through the pages, I’ll list several things you should do before you launch your blog, and how to do them.

Come up with a good title. Every blog needs and normally has a title. I doubt every blog has a good title. You want a short yet descriptive title. No one wants to visit a blog called “A Blog About Christianity, Writing, and A Lot of Other Things You Might Want to Read”. Don’t overthink it, but don’t underthink it. This is something you do want to think about before you start any of the tech stuff. Literally the first thing that pops up when you’re starting a blog through WordPress is a question asking you what your blog will be called (of course, don’t stress about it; it gives you the chance to change it later if you really don’t like what you have). I’m not even going to make a suggestion, because I don’t want to take the time to contemplate a good title. You should also make a tagline. A tagline can be an extended version of your title, or something related to your title. This is where you can use “A Blog About Christianity, Writing, and A Lot of Other Things You Might Want to Read”.

Choose a design/theme. This will be the format of your blog. The layout. When you start the process of making your blog, it will give you a list of themes to choose. Take time to go through them, and find one you like- just don’t take too much time. You can change it later. (Remember, do it before you launch your blog.)

Choose a plan. When you start making your blog, you’ll have to choose a plan. I recommend starting with the free plan. Maybe when your blog is bigger and you want to make money or just have a better quality site, you can choose a different plan.

Make a logo. This is something you do on your own time, and isn’t really largely mentioned in the blog-building process. This is particularly for the favicon, but it can also be placed at the top of your blog (like mine) or something of the like. Make sure to really work on this and get good feedback. Particularly if you are making it. You could also ask a friend to make one for you, or quickly make one through a logo generator. A good one is BuildMyLogo. If you’re like me when I was a newbie, you’re probably wondering “HOW ON EARTH WOULD I MAKE MY OWN LOGO???” I’d then direct you to Canva. When it comes to graphic design, Canva is my hero. I’m sure from there you can find your way around that site, and get started with your logo.

The dashboard. If you’re starting to make a blog through WordPress, and they’ve taken you through most of the steps, then you’re probably right here (format varies by what you chose):

I suggest going to your dashboard first. How do you get to your dashboard, though? You click on the black square in the top left corner with the white W. It will give you the option to go to the dashboard.

You should browse through this for a while. A good, long while. Get very familiar with everything, till you understand the works and purposes of at least a good deal of the things in the dashboard. This is very important.

Images. You’ll notice that practically every blog has images. Photos. I’ve never found a blog without any. You probably already understand the purpose of images. What you may be wondering, is, where to get them from. I started by using my own photos. That was a mistake. Unless you’re actually a professional photographer or something, I do not recommend using your own pictures. Though several of my pictures weren’t horrible, they weren’t that good or attractive either. Start by using professional pictures. You can find plenty of good photos from Unsplash. You can also get really good images from Pexels. Though I would suggest clarifying that you are getting these images from these sites.

Make a blog post schedule. Trust me, this will save your sanity, or at least a good deal of it. Make a blog post schedule. This you won’t make public on your blog, unless you want your viewers to know what’s being posted when. And that’s just what it is. It allows you to know what will be posted when. It will also allow you to be consistent. Here is an example: “Wednesday, April, 4/14/21, post ‘How to Fly A Kite’. Wednesday, April, 4/21/21, post ‘How to Run a 5K’. Sunday, April, 4/25/21, post, ‘Birthday Special’. Wednesday, April, 4/28/21, post ‘How to Deactivate a Nuclear Bomb’.” You could even take another step ahead and begin writing some of those posts before you launch your blog or way before the post is supposed to be published.


There you go. These are just a few tips and recommendations. I’m sure that you’ll be able to figure out many things on your own, though. A warning: whatever you do, whatever you click on, don’t click “Launch” until you are really ready to launch. If you do by any chance accidentally launch your blog when you’re not ready, just don’t send out any links or anything like that. Keep this mistake fairly private, and fix up whatever you need to fix. I’m pretty sure, though, that you can un-launch (there’s probably a good word for that somewhere, but I can’t remember any; heehee) your site as well.

Another thing to note is that WordPress will be a dear and help you out a bit by sending emails with tips and suggestions as well.

Finally, DON’T FREAK OUT. Know that this will take time, and if you’re horrible at tech like me, just be patient and breathe.

If you ever need advice or anything, just message me through the contact page. 

Also, I will likely make a part #2 to this.

I hope that your future blog will thrive, and that you learned a lot from this post!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Book Reviews

Book Review of Shards of Sky

Woo-hoo! This is my first book review, and I’m ready. So, let’s jump in, shall we?


My book review for today is of Shards of Sky, by E. C. Colton (I’ve interviewed her once on the Right Kind of Writer). You may be wondering: “Danny-Boy, my good man, why do you post this on a Saturday?”

I’d have to answer with, 1) ‘Danny-Boy’ is reserved for my blog-conscious only, and, 2) this is the day I scheduled to publish a SoS (Shards of Sky) book review, as part of her blog tour, gaining anticipation for the launch of SoS on April 18! I was given an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy), and, in return, I gave this honest book review.


Will hope prove itself worth fighting for?

Nestled within the mountains of Colorado, life is anything but perfect for two children and their negligent aunt. Yet it becomes even more of a disaster when a mysterious accident leaves Aryon mute and Jenn terrified for their futures. Battling her own sorrow, bitterness, and distant memories, Jenn journeys through the mountains of Colorado in search of their father, who may only be as real as a wisp of mist. The biggest things standing in her way are the miles of seemingly endless forest, her shattered memories, and a mysterious woman trailing her.

As she journeys on, Jenn is forced to confront her past. Has time changed her memories? What will it take to be strong and unhindered by the darkness around her? And does this woman hold the key to her past—her real past?

But no matter where Jenn goes, a shard of sky shines bright overhead as a distant reminder of the hope she’s fighting to hold onto—and the person she could become. 

Heart-wrenching and emotionally moving, this story delivers a powerful message of courage and the wonder of hope.

My opinion:

I expected a good book from this young author, and that’s exactly what she gave me. The pieces of the plot of this novella fit incredibly well. Right from the start, I fell in love with the wording – very well done. Not to mention that the cover portrays the book’s vibe beautifully. The main character, Jenn, was portrayed incredibly. Her arc, her flaws, her good qualities… very realistic, and fairly easy to sympathize with. I would definitely recommend this. I’d give this 124-page YA fiction novella a 9/10.


Shards of Sky sound interesting? Here is the preorder link. For those who preorder the SoS ebook (before the launch date, April 18), if you insert a screenshot of your receipt into this form, E. C. Colton will contact you with the FREE preorder goodies that come with the preordered purchase of SoS.

Below are images of some of the goodies…

Blog Tour Schedule:

April 8 – E. C. Colton at Quill of Hope (intro), Cynthia at Achinty (interview)

April 9 – Mia Harden at Windows to Mia (interview)

April 10 – Daniel L. Amador at The Right Kind of Writer (review)

April 11 – J. S. Clingman at My Little Hole in the Ground (interview)

April 12 – Allie Jo Anderson at Allie Jo Anderson (review)

April 13 – Althea Truth at Apple Blossoms (interview)

April 14 – Liesl Brunner at Quote, Unquote (interview), Ryan Elizabeth at Ryan Elizabeth Writes (interview), Hannah E. M. at Precarious Book Stacks (review)

April 15 – Allyson Jamison at Shay’s Scribbles (interview)

April 16  – Addison Vallier at Story Well (interview)

April 17 – Cara from Paper Strider (review)

April 18 (launch day) – E. C. Colton at Quill of Hope (finale), Samantha Hopper at Stuck in a Story (review & interview)


E. C. Colton is a Christian, entrepreneur, cat mom, and author of A Change of Heart. She strives to write stories that illustrate deep truths through realistic characters. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her drawing, designing graphics, and scribbling away in a vintage notebook with a cup of tea. 


Thanks for reading! I hope you do decide to get Shards of Sky. It’s a beautiful book.

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Credit to E. C. Colton for photo [of Shards of sky paperback].


A Few Fun Poems

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

As many of you may know, I’m a poet, though I don’t always own it (sorry, I just had to do that XD). I believe I’ve only shared a couple poems (if not just one) here, and I want to change that by sharing 10 poems I wrote for two classes. Five from Literature first, followed by five from Illinois History.


Recently, we (my classmates and I) have been learning about poetry in our Literature Class, and our teacher gave us a fun assignment. We were supposed to rip a few pages from a few books (imagine that; ripping pages from books in a literature class. It was an incredible experience, and we all revelled in it) and then circle different words, so that the outcome forms a poem, of sorts. Basically blackout poetry.

Here are the five I wrote for my Literature Class (I added the commas, periods, and such afterwards; I also formed them into lines they weren’t formed into before):

  1. The Coat Carriers. (Put together from page 29 of From Time to Time by Jack Finney.)

Almost at run,

Almost immediately,

The porters,

Dressed in white,


Jeweled turbans,

To the eyebrows,

Carried coats.

These woman,

The men,

A very few,

I suppose,

Were presented

With bouquets

By uniformed boys,

Some carrying

The dock entrance

Heavier luggage

  1. That Titanic. (Put together from page 30 of From Time to Time by Jack Finney.)

Sweating men,

With names

Of the city London,

Remember their streets right.

A few truly believe

I didn’t.


Along the ship,

Visored caps

Stood directly just short of the block letters.

But I,

No difficulty.

And of course yes.

That Titanic.

  1. Crazy Kites. (Put together from page 189 of From Time to Time, by Jack Finney.)

She mundanely talked

Of the English Channel

On accident.

Frank smiled

Toward the pier.

The presence

Of these crazy kites,




Over the evil construction

Of rough wood planking.

I want to fly

Like a boat!

He thought I shouldn’t.

I was seasick.

  1. Motions. (Put together from page 190 of From Time to Time, by Jack Finney.)


The kind you’d find

In an electric chair,


It seemed swift,

Our motion,

And I had

A hundred tons of sun

On my face.

I could feel the engine,

Loudly sailing fast,





  1. Mundane Business. (Put together from page 140 of Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes.)

The weather

Is the same.

The figs,



The girl gave up eating,

As do clean, medieval buildings.



The end.

Wooden customers.

Quality cares.

Shifting day


Misshapen tomatoes

Ever select produce.



The next five are haikus I wrote for my Illinois History Class. (Disclaimer: they’re not that good. I honestly didn’t have a lot of time to write them.)

  1. The Prairie State.

The Great Prairie State,

Founded in eighteen eighteen,

Is almost all corn.

  1. Illinoisians.

Obama and Abe…

Reagan and crazy Capone…

All Illinoisians.

  1. Chicagoland.

Great Chicagoland

Home to more than eight mill. peeps

What an awesome place.

  1. Cairo, Not Cairo.

Cairo, southern Il

Not the Cairo in Egypt;

Get it right, people!

  1. Things and Things.

Baseball, Wrigley field

Sadness in the Civil War

Meat from big stockyards.

And there you have it, friends! Ten poems for you to read simply for fun. I hope you enjoyed them!

With God’s Help,

Daniel L. Amador

Tags & Awards

The Narnia Tag

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

My good friend Esther tagged me for a “Narnia Tag” (thank you!). The only thing I was wondering about was… What on earth is Narnia?

I had heard that word again and again, but never knew what it was. I assumed it was some Greek mythological place or whatever, and didn’t really put much thought into it.

Finally, I had to research it. After about 30 minutes or so I found out that “Narnia” was a place in a book series called The Chronicles of Narnia, by some guy named C.S. Lewis.

Clearly, I had never read it before, so I hopped onto this laptop to write out an explanation and apology…








So, I apologize for those few paragraphs of false nonsense. I was just joking. Heehee.

That was seriously one of your worst jokes ever. Especially because HOW ON EARTH COULD YOU BE BOTH AN AMADOR AND A WRITER WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT NARNIA WAS??? You didn’t fool me for a second, Danny-Boy.

I know it was a horrible joke. Why do you think I apologized?

…Good point.

Of course it is. Now leave me be. You aren’t even supposed to be here. How did you get out of that cell anyway?

Secrets. And I will never leave!

You. Shall. Not. PAAASSSSSS!!!

*gasps, and flees in terror*

I apologize for that whole… scene, as well. *eyes him running away* He shouldn’t be back for a few posts, I think.

Anyway, on with the tag!

Below are the tag rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you (Done and done).
  • Describe the rate of your Narnia fanatic- nostalgic, serious, or maniacal (…still to be done).
  • Answer the questions below (will do).
  • Tag 5+ other bloggers (okay).
  • Have fun (I intend to)!

The levels of Narnia fanatic:

  1. Nostalgic fanatic- You read the book and/or watch the movies as a child and the word “Narnia” gives you a warm feeling.
  2. Serious fanatic- You rediscovered the wonder of Narnia after you were older and have read the books and watched the movies.
  3. Maniacal fanatic- You have lived Narnia from childhood, hid in closets on more accounts than is healthy, and have read and watched all the movies, including the BBC version.

Hmmm… I don’t think I fit into any of those categories… SO I WILL MAKE MY OWN!!! AHAHAHA!!!

I call it… *drum roll*







The ‘DanLA fanatic’! *gasps* Oooh, I like it, actually! Kind of… sort of… not really… Maybe! I could use that some time actually… Let’s just say it’s a work in progress that I’ll likely never work on ever in my future.

  1. DanLA fanatic- You’ve watched all the Disney movies, and read through Prince Caspian. You never even knew there was a BBC version. You have hid in closets, but only for hide and seek, and you weren’t even thinking of Narnia at the time.

Now for the questions!

  1. Who is your favorite Pevensie sibling?

Hmmm… I think I’m going to have to go with… Peter… or maybe Lucy… For this tag, I think I’ll just go with Peter. He just seems like a good older brother.

  1. What is the most underrated book in the series?

It’d have to be The Magician’s Nephew. I don’t hear much about that book, but it’s honestly so good! Now they just need to make a movie… and make it accurate.

  1. Who is your favorite Narnian king?

Peter. A brave, just, strong, fearless leader, he is.

  1. Who is your favorite Narnian queen?

Lucy. A brave, kind, just, wise queen, she is..

  1. Which non-human Narnian do you like best?

Reepicheep. REEP-I-CHEEP!!! REEP-I-CHEEP!!! Second place is Aslan.

  1. Which book deserves a movie?

The Horse and His Boy. I’d love to see that as a movie- it would be so good! All they need to do is MAKE. IT. ACCURATE. FOR GOODNESS SAKES, ALL WE WANT IS THE ORIGINAL BOOK IN A MOVIE, OKAY, PRODUCERS??? PLEASE???? FOR ONCE??????

  1. What is one thing you did as a Narnia fanatic you did not regret?

Uuuummm… I’m not sure. Read at least some of the books, I guess?

That’s all for the questions! Now for the tags.

Timothy Benefield

Caleb E. King

Mia Harden

Liesl Brunner

Felicity Wales

Please note that you do not have to do this if you do not want to!

Thank you for reading!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador


Interview With Lucas Roberts; Artist

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

Intro: Now, I myself have dabbled a few times in music making, but nothing I have made has ever been as good as 12-year-old Lucas Roberts’ two instrumental songs Tsunami and Spring Rain. I met this young Virginian through the Young Writers Workshop, and when I heard one of his drafts, I had to hear more- okay, I wanted to hear more.

I am more of a Christian rap and hip-hop guy, but Mr. Robert’s songs are there with Electric Daisy Violin by Lindsay Sterling as some of the catchiest songs I’ve listen to; those three, along with Moon Trance by Sterling, are literally the only instrumental songs I like to hear. If I were to choose-

Alright, Danny-Boy, I think they get it; you like his music, and you don’t normally like instrumental music.

That’s true.

Now get back to your interview.

Yes sir.

You’re never this submissive…

Shush. I’ve got to get back to my interview.

Lucas Roberts is just one of the many amazing examples that prove that young people can.

When I looked at my blog post schedule, I saw that the post I was supposed to publish today was a ‘Book Review of ____’. I realized that I had not read any book that I really wanted to do a review on at the time, and that I did not have enough time to read another book, so I switched it to an ‘Interview With ____’, and immediately started thinking of a good person to interview. I was listening to Spotify at the time and had the YWW Community tab open at the time, and the combination of both made me remember Mr. Roberts and his amazing draft he let me listen to. I came to him with an interview request, and he accepted.


Let us now get started with the actual interview!


Question (Q): To start off, what are a few of your hobbies?

Answer (A): I like (of course) creating music. I also like playing sports including Basketball and Baseball.

Q: When, and at what age, did you start making music?

A: I started almost a year ago, right after I turned 12.

Q:  What inspired you to start making music, and where do you draw inspiration from still?

A: I listened to a lot of music, and I was interested in how it was made. So I looked it up. I realized that I could make it too! So that’s how I became interested.

Q: Are you ever going to put vocals into your songs, or will you stick with instrumental?

A: I am collaborating with other people, and they are singing, but no, I will probably never sing to my songs.

Q: Do you plan on pursuing music as a career?

A: All I can say is that I’ve thought about it. I don’t know how well I could become a pro.

Q: Who are your four favorite artists?

A: NF, Lecrae, Au5, and Capital Kings.

Q: Where can we find you- and your music?

A: You can find my music on basically any music sharing sites, with examples like Amazon Music, iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, and many others. My name on all of those sites is LJRoberts Music.

Q: What do you use to make music, and what do you suggest to others?

A: I use FL Studio (A digital audio workstation) and that’s what I would recommend to anyone else who decides to try out the music industry.

Q: What advice for anyone who may want to start making music as well?

A: The first thing you should do is watch some tutorials on how it’s done instead of trying to figure it out yourself. I know from experience that it takes a lot longer to do it yourself then get help from others.

Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to say?

A: Nope!

Outro: I’d like to thank you, Lucas, for allowing me to interview you! I now dub myself as one of the top twenty biggest fans of your songs. I’m not sure if I’m even allowed to do that… I’ll let someone else dub people, I guess. Maybe I’m in the top 50, or something. I don’t know.

To my readers, I hope you listen to the songs and love them as much as I did, if not more!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador



Major Blog Updates

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

As you all may have noticed, I have majorly updated my blog. I wasn’t really much of a fan of the darker theme, and so I found something a bit brighter and… jumpier. I put a lot more thought and time into the design and colors. I came up with a color scheme. I changed my logo up a bit. I added a header… which is now the footer (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s the blog title, tagline, two red lines on the top and bottom, and a Bible on the left and right).

As for photography… I’ve made the decision (starting from the last post; before that all the images were self-taken) to mostly use the professional pictures from Pexels (maybe I switch to another photography site later). If I use photos not from Pexels, I will give the photographer credit.

I am currently working on changing the blog post tagline “Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!”. I honestly don’t really like it… I’m also thinking about taking it out entirely. (It would be appreciated if you would let me know your opinion on the matter, whether through the contact page or comments!)

 There were a few other changes, of course, among those already mentioned, and there will likely be more to come.

I’d also like to point out something in the URL. It shows it as “therightkindawriter”, instead of “therightkindofwriter”. The reason for this is because my blog was originally called “The Right Kinda Writer”, but when I changed it, the URL didn’t change. I’d just like to point that out to limit confusion. I’m working on a solution.

Finally, I’ve decided to move the day I publish posts from Sunday to Monday, as of this post. I was already publishing later than 9 pm… so it just works out for me, and is more convenient.

I’ll keep you, my readers, updated on any other major changes to my blog!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador


February- Black History Month

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

Wow. It’s just like me to post an article about the month of February less than an hour before February’s end. I sincerely apologize. I’ll try to get better at punctuality.


Black History Month, a.k.a African-American History Month, is observed and celebrated by the United States and Canada in February and Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands in October.

These two months in these two continents are dedicated to honoring and celebrating the culture and history of black people.

It was chosen to be celebrated in February, as that was the month when Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Doulgas were born.

For this post, I would like to acknowledge one very influential black person from every country that observes BHM (Black History Month).

  1. Canada. Viola Desmond. You see Viola Desmond everytime you pick up a Canadian ten dollar bill (sadly I haven’t been able to add one of those to my foreign coin collection). Desmond was born in 1914, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to a black father and white mother, which was uncommon at the time. She was a businesswoman and beautician, and was also likely a Christian.

She is famous across Canada primarily for the event that took place during 1946, in Roseland Theatre, Glasgow, Nova Scotia. She was driving when her car broke down, and being told that it would take several hours to repair, so she went to a theatre to spend some of that time. She requested a ticket for the main floor, but was given one for the balcony, where all the black people would sit. Desmond sat on the main floor anyway. When she wouldn’t leave, she was forcibly taken out of the theatre (causing a hip injury) and taken to jail, where she was kept all night, given no access to a lawyer, bail, or other. She was also charged $26, which is around 300-600 Canadian dollars today.

Because of this, she is often compared to American Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks.

Desmond died in 1965.

  1. Ireland. Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali and Barack Obama -though Americans by birth and residency- both have Irish roots. Let us take a look at Muhammad Ali. If you don’t know what he is then you have more in common with me than you thought then you are clearly not a fan of boxing, or at least not of boxing history. Ali was one of the best boxers, if not the best, in all of history. He was born in 1942 and died in 2016, at the age of 74. One of his most famous actions in the Civil Rights Movement was refusing to join the army when he was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, believing that it was unjust, and also it was a move by the white government to make black people work for them.

Ali had a score of 56 wins and 5 losses. Some of the many awards he received were Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year,  Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and the Millennium Bambi Award. About his Irish heritage, he is descended from an Irishman named Abe Grady, who moved to Kentucky in the 1960s and married an African-American woman. They had a family, and one of their daughters -Odessa Grady- married Cassius Clay. Cassius Clay Jr. -their son- changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1942 when he converted to Islam.

  1. Netherlands. Boy Ecury. Boy Ecury was born into a big and wealthy Catholic family (I’m not sure if he remained a Christian for the rest of his life, but I definitely hope that he did for his and his family’s sake) in 1922, in Oranjestad, Aruba, an island owned by the Netherlands.

His story is a sad one, but noble. He went to the Netherlands for college, where he got a diploma. He did a lot of travelling in the Netherlands (funny, because the Netherlands isn’t very big) with his brother Nicky, and where there when World War II kicked up. At that time Boy befriended a boy (man, really, but I couldn’t help it, even if I could) name Luis (nice name) de Lannoy, who was part of an underground resistance against the Nazis.

In the resistance they would often go on dangerous missions, which included planting bombs on German trucks. Though colleagues would often betray them. Luis was once betrayed, imprisoned, and tortured, but he eventually managed to escape. When Ecury was betrayed and imprisoned, he was tortured for information, but did not betray his friends. He was executed the next day at the age of 22, in 1944. Ecury was buried and given military honors in 1947, and a statue was made of him in 1949. A movie was even made of him.

  1. United Kingdom. Mary Prince. 1788 – 1833. Born into an enslaved family in Bermuda, she experienced horrible, inhuman treatment. In 1828, her masters took her with them to England. There, she ran away and found freedom, though only in England. She campaigned against slavery, joining the Anti-Slavery Society. Prince was the first black, English woman to ever present an anti-slavery petition to Parliament. She was also the first black, English woman to write and publish an autobiography, which she called The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave. Maybe I’ll read it… after everything else I have planned to read. XD Anyway, it was a huge part of her campaigns. It helped raise awareness in England, that, even though slavery was banned there, it was still practiced elsewhere. (Uh, well, duh! Come on, peeps. Get your head in the game, por favor. Gracias.)
  2. United States. Jackie Robinson. Hmmm… I know a lot more notable black people from the U.S. than the other states… which one… how about Jackie Robinson. Yeah, that’s cool with everyone, right? Yeah? Cool.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson (1919 – 1972) was the first African American to make it to Major League Baseball. (Aaayyyy good for you, Jackie! Nice! *back pat*)

A few fun facts featuring him… 1) Robinson’s older bro, Mathew, was a huge inspiration to him. Mathew won a silver metal in the 200 meter dash- just behind Jesse Owens (look him up; fascinating guy, that Owens), in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. 2) He played American football for the Honolulu Bears, though his time with them was short cut when the U.S. joined WWII. 3) He was a second lieutenant in the US Army from 1942 to 1944.

I don’t want to make this too long, so I’m just going to share a few interesting things about his baseball career.

At the time he started professional baseball in 1944 (hey, isn’t that when Ecury died? Wow. Strange how history overlaps), it was still segregated, so he played in the Negro Leagues. Though, he was soon chosen by Branch Rickey (Han Solo [Harrison Ford] in the movie about Robison, 42, in which T’Challa [Chadwick Boseman; RIP] acts Robison), the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, to join their team.

Jackie Robinson and his wife Rachel suffered so much racism, but they pushed on. Jackie was countlessly tested and mocked, though he persevered. A line I found interesting from the movie was when a reporter asked what he’d do if someone threw a ball to his face. He replied, “I’ll duck.”

Some of the people who stuck by his side included Leo Durocher and Pee Wee Reese.

When members of the Brooklyn Dodgers were saying that they didn’t want to be on a team with a black man, Leo Durocher, manager of the Dodgers, said that he would sooner trade any of them than Robison.

When people were yelling at and harassing Robinson on the field, team captain Pee Wee Reese walked up to him, and put his arm around him. That act then became famous throughout baseball.

Another interesting thing is that two of Robison’s children have the same name as two of my grandparents. Sharon and David, and sadly Robison’s other son Jack Jr. died in 1971, at the age of 24, the year before his father died.

To finish this part up, I’ll say that Robinson really did make a huge difference in baseball.


Though history can be boring at times, it is also very fascinating. Let’s give a round of applause for these five!

The photo’s credit goes to Pexels Free Photos. More explanation on this to come in the next post.

Holiday Specials

The Origin of Valentine’s Day

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

Valentine’s Day has been advertised and globalized as the day that seems to celebrate love/romance, chocolate, and apparently the colors pink and red also.

That’s wrong on various levels. First of all, they didn’t even have chocolate in the 5th century (when the origin occurred). I know, really sad, but I guess not for them since they didn’t even know it existed. Also, I guess the point of the pink and red is because those colors symbolize love… and about the love/romance thing, originally, St. Valentine’s Day was made to celebrate marriage, but, like many things, it has changed over time. Now forward with the origin!


During the 5th century, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, likely so that more men would go out to war and spend less time with family. (He wasn’t the brightest guy, if you know what I mean.)

Of course, banning marriage is like… One can’t just ban marriage! Not even if you’re a crazy emperor.

Anyway, there were some people who were not okay with this (if not most people). One of the people who was strongly against Claudius’s decree was a saint named Valentine. He continued to marry couples in secret. One cannot simply ban one of the greatest gifts God gave people and get away with it.

After hearing many reports of secret marriages and the one who marries the couples, Claudius sent men to find Valentine. They did eventually catch him, and locked him up like a firefly in a tight-sealed jar, to be executed.

In prison, Saint Valentine met and befriended the jailer’s daughter, Julia, who was blind and therefore, according to her times, was supposedly only good for serving food to the prisoners.

The two grew to be great friends, and one day, with God’s amazing help, Valentine healed Julia of her blindness and she could see once again.

Claudius decided to give St. Valentine the chance to be free and not executed (because he didn’t want to risk riots and revolts if Valentine was killed. Never underestimate the power of the public) if he would deny his faith.

St. Valentine was brought before Emperor Claudius II, but, like every Christian should, he did not deny his faith. God was his number one, and God told him to marry people.

So then he was thrown in jail and beheaded. Sad, but not the ending. When Claudius died, marriage was legalized again. And people could legally marry each other. Like they should if God calls them to. Because you can’t just outlaw marriage. Oh right, I’ve already said that. Moving on.

Before Valentine was killed though, he wrote a love letter to Julia, and signed it “from your Valentine” (kind of disappointing, honestly, because I was going to say this whole thing on the fallacy of the popular phrase “will you be my Valentine” and how it didn’t make sense because people would say it to their lovers even though Valentine was the person who actually married the couples, but then I realized that Valentine himself was a lover. Fun fact, I’m a Lover. No, really, the last name “Amador” means “Lover”. Look it up. Random fact. Whether it is convenient or not for this not-actually-national holiday, I am still unsure).

Anyway, that is the story of Saint Valentine; the origin of St. Valentine’s Day. Even though I posted this around 11 O’ clock p.m., it’s still Valentine’s Day, so I can still say, I hope you have a happy rest of St. Valentine’s Day!

With God’s Help, 

Daniel L. Amador


Christian Living

Christians vs. Society; About Discouragement and Encouragement

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

Let us face it, friends: We live in a fallen world. Our everyday lives can reflect that. From a little fib, to maybe even physical abuse.

And society hasn’t helped much. We, as Christians, are in a continual battle against society.

What exactly is society? Here is one of the Google definitions: “The community of people living in a particular country or region having shared customs, laws, and organizations.”

Here is my mother’s exact definition of society: “A group of people living together. Establishing culture and customs.”

Now, bear with me because this will get a bit confusing (for both me and you).

Society isn’t really a bad thing, when looked at one way. It’s a group of people who live together, to establish customs, laws, and organizations. But try looking a little closer at its center.

The Google definition doesn’t say “The community of people living in a particular country or region having shared customs, laws, and organizations under God.” It just means the group of people, just themselves. But don’t start thinking “Oh, he’s looking at it too deep, from a different angle without common sense” or anything of the like! Just hear me out!

The society we live in right now is a group of people establishing laws, customs, and organizations, but, not gathering under God, it is chaos. There is so much hatred, discouragement, and just plain wrongdoing, to both others and one’s self.

I suppose what I have been trying to say in 199 words, is that, in this case and sense, society is people not under nor following God. People have been trying to rule themselves since the beginning without God’s guidance.

Alright, we’ve covered that part. Took me long enough.

Now to the point of this post! I would first like to share a story with you all.

I came into the building where my running team would meet. Our coach called us all together, and directed our attention to a piece of cardboard. On it was written ten math problems. We looked at them, and before my coach could explain, one of us pointed to a problem that was wrong, and we backed him up. Our coach then began to explain. He said that we noticed the one wrong one, and completely overlooked the nine right ones.





Talk about the perfect chance to drop the mic.

He then pointed out that when one of the guys there planned to run five miles, but ended up running four, our coach fist-bumped and congratulated him for the four miles he did run.

He said that so many people focus more on the wrong things people do, and less at the accomplishments that are beside the wrongs.

Then he wrote two things on the cardboard beside the math problems. The first thing he wrote was “yourself”, then, below, “society”. Our coach said that those are the two things that can (and often do) bring us down.

He further explained that we can’t control what society thinks of us, and what it tells us, but we can control what we ourselves think! So many of us -including myself- are guilty of thinking lowly of ourselves. We make one mistake and beat ourselves up for it. In those moments we ignore the accomplishments we have done. We see what other people have done and how they are ahead of us, and we overlook what we ourselves have done, and that we are not in a race. We should try to be like God, not humans.

I have to confess, it’s hard not to feel jealous or unsuccessful when I see other bloggers “getting ahead” or publishing posts on certain topics I wanted to post on but couldn’t get to it first (even if they have been going a lot longer than me!).

I forget sometimes that I’m in this for Christ. I’m living for Him. Not for my own human want. I’m also going at my own pace. We all have our own paces. LIFE IS NOT A RACE!

Let me hand the mic over to God’s word for a second.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” -1 John 2:15. “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” -John 15:19. “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”-1 John 5:19. I think God says it very nicely. Don’t you?

To continue with what I was saying, we must learn to not hate or beat ourselves up. Friends, we live in a broken world. We are broken humans. And we break ourselves even more when we say: “I’m not good enough.” “I’m too weak.” “I’m not handsome or pretty enough.” “I’m not strong enough.” “I’m not smart enough.”

What are those called?





My coach said something similar to, “‘Oh, that girl’s too pretty for me to take out’, or ‘oh that class is too smart for me’. Those are lies! That’s deception!”

He’s right. We are strong, wise, and beautiful in Christ. Don’t let society tear you down and tell you you’re not good enough.

I’m not a pastor. I’ve never been to a Bible college. But I know enough to say that life in God is better than anything society can give you. So don’t believe the lies Satan tries to feed you. Stay true to God, and His beautiful Word.

With God’s Help, 

Daniel L. Amador



About My Blog Updates

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

 Dear readers… me being a fairly new blogger, I’ve been continually trying to update my blog to make it run better, look better, and just be better in general.

I have made the most updates on the homepage, and a few on the blog-page.

But are they improvements? Do they worsen it? Or do they just not really make a difference?

I am making these improvements for the sake of you, readers, so that things are more organized and appealing, not just to me, but to you all.

So I’ve set up this poll for you to share what you think on the matter.

Please answer, and please answer truthfully. Thank you!

With God’s Help, 

Daniel L. Amador