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Blog Challenge: Symbols

Symbols Dictionary is an online encyclopedia of “Western Signs and Ideograms” which makes the Da Vinci Code look like child’s play.

Your this week is to find a symbol from among the thousands of symbols in the Symbol Dictionary and write a blog post that incorporates the meaning and history of that symbol. You can related it your blog’s focus, design, or make it personal, writing about a symbol that means something special to you.

infinity symbolA favorite of mine is the infinity symbol, which describes as the “snake biting its tail” and representative of the similarities of the circle, denoting double endlessness, eternity, infinity, or infinitely great. They also say the image was used in meteorology to represent heat haze or sun haze.

Personally, I love the idea of the never-ending, the continuity of the whole.

As George Carlin says:

I say life began about a billion years ago and it’s a continuous process! Continuous, just keeps rolling along! Rolling, rolling, rolling along!

And say, you know something? Listen, you can go back further than that! What about the carbon atoms, huh? Human life could not exist without carbon! So is it just possible that maybe we shouldn’t be burning all this coal?

What’s your favorite symbol? Do you know the history of it? We use symbols in the form of letters and numbers every day. How much do you know about how these shapes were created and developed over the years to become attached to our keyboards?

Blog about a symbol and its history and share your personal connection with it.

These are published weekly and are an attempt to kick your blogging ass. They serve to challenge your thinking and efforts in blogging and blog writing. To participate, start challenging yourself now. Today. Go for it.

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  1. Posted May 1, 2008 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    well, thats quite tough.. I feel.. isn’t it ? but it really is a “challenge” will try it 🙂

  2. Posted May 1, 2008 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Looks more like a snake eating its own “tail”

  3. Posted May 1, 2008 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    @ Joey Sichol:

    Ah, yes, never do these in a hurry. Thanks for the correction! It was part of the challenge, you know. 😀

  4. lionelvaldellon
    Posted May 1, 2008 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    It’s not a snake, it’s a lazy 8!

  5. Posted May 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m also a fan of the infinity symbol, seen here with WordPress hoodie and WordPress “W” gang sign. 😉

  6. Amber
    Posted May 2, 2008 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    I have a symbol that I don’t know what it represents or what it means. Where can I send it to find out it’s meaning? I have found it in the US and also in France.


  7. Posted May 2, 2008 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    @ Amber:

    Well, this is an article about blogging about symbols, a writing challenge, not helping you find them. I recommend that you check the recommended site, Symbols, within the article, and keep looking, but not here.

  8. Posted May 2, 2008 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    This is a really hard challenge, but I attempted it nonetheless, hopefully I passed. What would be your grade Lorelle?

  9. Posted May 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    @ darran:

    Grade? Oh, honey, you get five stars before you even begin. 😀

  10. Posted May 3, 2008 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Now that’s a morale booster.

  11. Posted May 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle: I’ve been a fan of your works for a year or so, but this is my first contact. In searching for a standard permalink symbol, I’ve found the octothorpe (#) most widespread.

    I like the infinity symbol, but would rather cast my vote for a paperclip or a thumbtack. Presently, though, ihave opted for an attractive image of the pound sign.

  12. Posted May 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    @ John Sinclair:

    A permalink symbol? What’s that? A permalink is a link. Why do you need a symbol? I think that blogs that use a permalink “link” on them are clutter, and changing them to a symbol just adds more visual clutter. The link is the link. If you are using a blog platform that continues to use and reference permalinks, I’m sorry. It’s a terrible practice. The link to the post is the link to the post and there shouldn’t be anything else.

    Since I don’t understand the usage, I couldn’t recommend any symbol. Sorry.

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