Blog housekeeping update
Energized by the wonderful discussion that took place below my whine-and-complain post about the state of book talk today, I’ve made some changes and updates to my blog.
I’ve finally stopped being a cheapskate and upgraded from the basic WordPress blog. I’m unthreading comments to see if that makes talking easier. We always preferred that at DA and quite a few multi-author blogs don’t thread their comments, so let’s give it a try. Sadly, we lose the reply button unless I move the blog out of WordPress. Which I may do, but for the time being we’ll have to muddle along.
The URL for this blog is now https://readerwriterville.com. The wordpress.com one will still redirect to the site, of course.
I’ve enabled Markdown for comments. If you don’t know what Markdown is you don’t have to use it, but if you do then you can substitute it for html codes for bold, italics, underlines, etc. It’s also easier if you want to embed links (it takes fewer keystrokes than html). I’m using Markdown to write my posts as well as some other stuff and I’ll post about that at some point. Feel free to hit me up with questions, although I’m a newbie.
I have a feeling I’m going to be playing around with the theme for a while. If I’m going to blog more I want to be able to have different kinds of posts, and I want to make sure that the theme is readable across platforms and renders comfortably and easily. Please let me know if the current theme (this one or future ones if I change it) is difficult to read or download. I don’t love the theme you’re looking at now, but it is versatile and it lets me have everything I want visible on the page. I’m especially interested in knowing if it takes a long time to load on less powerful computers and phones.
On the sidebar you’ll find links to the blogs I follow in my RSS feed reader. I’m always looking for new blogs, and I imagine other readers are too, so if you have ones you particularly like please tell me about them. I’m happy to add them to the blogroll, too. The more we support each other the more our small obscure blogs can thrive. And feel free to tell me about your own blog if I don’t have it listed. Self-nominations are a good thing!
One of the things that tends to keep me from blogging more is that I worry too much about whether people will find what I write interesting, and also with respect to more personal, introspective, or ranty posts, whether it’s TMI. I realize this is not entirely rational, I’m blogging after all which is about putting words into the public sphere, but it’s hard for me to stop thinking that way. I hesitated before writing up my whine-and-complain post, and then I hesitated about publishing it. Because, whine-and-complain, who needs it? But it generated a great discussion, which I did not anticipate but which made me so happy.
So I’m asking you, readers, what kinds of posts would you like to see? What would you like to talk about? What would you like me to talk about? More reviews? Links posts? Deals I’ve found on books I know something about? I’m thinking I should post my GR reviews here more regularly, as I had originally intended to. Would it be worth me reposting my reviews here over the next few weeks/months? I’m not asking whether you would comment, just if you would find them interesting reading, assuming you aren’t on GR. I might start writing a bit on what I’m working on in terms of my research. Mostly notes and thinking-out-loud posts, but that’s worthwhile for me because it lets me work things out before I turn them into academicese (not a word but you know what I mean). Would that be of any interest? Anything that you come up with is fair game if it’s something I think I can opine about (and you know I can pretty much opine about anything).
Thanks for coming back every time I rediscover my blogging mojo. You guys are the best. And that includes you, lurkers. 😉
I like your posts and your blog is the only one I subscribe to. You’ve inspired me to blog more (posts in the works). Since my latest WIP is done, I can start reading again.
I think blogs are coming back. Social media isn’t adequate anymore, Twitter and Facebook are full of cute cat memes and vicious politics, and the things that lured us away from blogging are now not useful. My attention span is crap, and I need the discipline of reading and writing blog posts.
I’m glad replies aren’t threaded anymore. I think it’s more interactive to have to quote what someone else said and/or reference it in some other way. More time and effort, sure, but more thoughtfulness, too.
In short, I am in favor of whatever you do.
Yes, yes, yes, I would find reading your reviews very very much! Hi! I’m a long-time lurker, occasional commenter. I love your and Liz Mc2’s blog—I’ve found books that I really love from both your recommendations! so YES, please do share reviews!
And I’m always interested in think-out-loud posts too!
right, that did not make much sense! I would LIKE reading your reviews or find reading your reviews very, uh, likable? 😛
Oh, and I would love links too!
Juhi, I understood every word of that, it made total sense! And of course I know who you are! We have been on the internet together for a very long time. 🙂
I will start posting my GR reviews here again and make this my first point of review dissemination. Now that I have a program I like writing draft posts in again, it is just as easy to do it here as at GR, and people who aren’t on GR can’t see my bookshelf easily.
And one of the reasons I picked this theme is that I like the way short posts and posts with just a link or two work in it. Sharing and talking about links I’ve found is something I really miss from Twitter.
Thanks, Mojo, I will take you at your word and write whatever I feel like. If a post doesn’t work, there’s always another day and another post.
I think that as long as we quote or reference the previous commenter by name in our replies, it shouldn’t be too hard to keep track, even without the @reply plugin. I agree that overall it seems to promote better conversations in this type of context. I read a bunch of old discussions about threaded vs. non-threaded yesterday, most from ages ago when threading was still a decision to be made, and the points made on point sides were interesting. I think it works best on chat-boards with a lot of people, which we are definitely not.
One of the things I’ve been writing around and want to write about more directly is how social media has changed both the composition of who is online and where, and also the way we interact. Twitter is the most easy to see because of the character limit, but platforms are so shaped by the way they are constructed and the way they reward (or don’t reward) different types of engagement.
Just dropped by to say “Hi”
Have fun playing with different themes (I do miss the moose and find the black background on this one a little oppressive)
I really like your pen, paper and ink posts (so pretty) and the occasional recipe.
And, of course, books! New, old, good, bad, indifferent–doesn’t matter.
I’m happy you’re back. Glad to read whatever you post. Think aloud, review, whatever you feel like. I enjoy the introspection, the rants, the opinions, and the pens …
P.S. I’ve recently subscribed to the unfortunately-named blog, The Smut Report: their reviews are a hoot.
Barb, I miss the moose too. And I wish there were other colors in the theme, but it seems to be only this background. Which is weird. I plan to keep looking.
Thanks, Kay, and I’m off to check out the blog. I love amusing reviews. We need more of them.
Yes please, whatever! I miss you on Twitter although I completely understand why you left, so links or short reviews or notebooks or your research or whatever you feel like talking about I will enjoy.
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Feel free to add Kaetrin’s Musings if it suits your blog roll Sunita. 🙂
D’oh! I have serious redface now. Thanks, Kaetrin!
For readers who don’t know, Kaetrin does a lot of wonderful audiobook reviews. You can find them at Audiogals, but her personal site is Kaetrin’s Musings and you can get links to all her reviews from there (that’s still the case, right Kaetrin?).
I enjoy your reviews very much Sunita – and sometimes a redesign is the impetus to blog more!
Thanks, Cathy! And yes, I often find that redesigns help me generate more blog ideas.
Thanks, Liz. I’m glad you’re still blogging too. TBR Challenges are great for that, so we should all thank Wendy for giving us the opportunity.
LOL no worries. And yes, all the links are there 🙂
Thanks so much for un-threading the comments! 🙂
Will HTML work in the comments here? I am always afraid to try it in case it doesn’t and people see the annoying tags.
To segue a bit from the blogroll topic—I have such admiration for those of you who blog regularly on personal blogs. I would find hard to blog outside of a group blog because I’m not that prolific, but I think there are some advantages to having a small blog. I expect it makes it easier to post freely on any topic that interests you.
Regarding what to blog about, I don’t want to prescribe anything. One of the things I appreciate about small blogs is that they often have more wide-ranging topics.
You’re welcome! I’m pretty sure html still works. As far as I know Markdown is an addition not a substitution.
I don’t know how long I can keep this up (certainly I won’t post every day), but I’m trying to treat the blog as an outlet for my thoughts, not as something with a specific type of audience that I look to satisfy. I find the whole “audience” concept kind of paralzying. And as you say, not having a big readership helps with that, because I’m not trying specifically to attract readers (although I hope not to drive them away either).