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The Perfect Blog Comment

The Perfect Blog Comment

Thanks to joining a blogging group and getting involved in various other online communities that encourage sharing posts, I’ve had quite a few comments on my blog recently. More than I’ve had in a fair while, really, and they’re good comments. Compliments that feel genuine. Suggestions I hadn’t thought of. Personal responses that give me a glimpse into the life of the commenter just as I’ve given them a glimpse into my life in the post. It’s not that I…

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I’m Just Not Pinteresting

I’m Just Not Pinteresting

As you may have noticed, I’ve made a fairly sudden return to the blogosphere. My book blog has been completely inactive since March and this blog little better, but now that I’m finally living in one place, not trying to do a degree, and reasonably settled, I thought it was time to fix that. My stats, however, have suffered from this extended break, and while the numbers aren’t why I do this, it’s still fairly discouraging to write a post…

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Blogging Outwards

Blogging Outwards

After spending most of Sunday in bed feeling like death warmed over, I dragged myself to the doctor on Monday morning, just in case there was anything they could do to speed up the recovery process. They told me I didn’t have the flu (thankfully), but ‘just’ an upper respiratory infection, likely to make me feel crappy for about a week. I guess that’s… good news? I mean, it’s not ideal, but it’s better than having the Aussie flu, which…

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Confidence And Planning

Confidence And Planning

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the internet lately. Not a break from using it, although I probably should do that at some point, but a break from contributing anything more than a handful of tweets and Facebook status updates. You’ll have noticed my blog posts here being few and far between, and my videos even fewer and further between. I’ve been posting regular book reviews, by virtue of sitting down once every few weeks and scheduling…

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Under New Stars

Under New Stars

I’m usually pretty motivated to write. I have slow days, and days where my hands hurt, and days where writing feels like pulling teeth, but I think all of those are normal. I have other days where it practically files across the page and I end up with thousands more words than I started with. And then I have the days where I’ll do pretty much anything to avoid writing — read an entire book, even though I lost interest…

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A Culture Of Commenting 

A Culture Of Commenting 

While I was writing my last post I added links to a couple of old posts from 2012 and 2013, and out of interest decided to go back and read them. I was surprised when I did so to find that they had a lot of comments. Not, like, hundreds, but a decent collection — some of them replies turning into conversations, and others first-time readers popping in to give their thoughts. Over the past year or two I’ve really…

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Blogger’s Question Time

Blogger’s Question Time

It’s been a while since I answered any of the queries I receive in search engine terms. I get fewer of them these days — more and more search engines are able to hide that information from WordPress stats, presumably for privacy reasons, and I’ve been having fewer hits lately anyway. But I think I’ve accumulated enough to be able to enlighten a few people on important and significant ideas. Why now? Well, it’s midnight. I’ve dozed on and off…

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Thoughts On Themes

Thoughts On Themes

I’ve been changing my theme over the last couple of days, not only here but also at Miriam Joy Reads. Okay, so I was procrastinating. What’s happened now is that I have a very classy, sophisticated theme for my book blog, but I’m concerned that by comparison, this one seems juvenile and unprofessional. I only have my own opinions on blog themes to work from, and it’s very hard to find a theme that fulfils my very specific ideas. I’d…

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Under Construction

Under Construction

Hey guys, just a quick post to keep you aware of things! I’m currently trying to modify my theme (again) — I kind of broke my code, and it’s complicated, but basically things may look a bit half-finished until I figure out how to fix it again. So please excuse any missing timestamps, sudden changes of appearance, or other changes which may take place. It turns out coding is really hard, and cutting corners only causes problems later. Whoops! ETA:…

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The Untalented Techie

The Untalented Techie

I think it’s fair to say that I have many talents. Some of them I haven’t cultivated as much as I could have done; others are less accessible than they used to be because of my health (such as my music). On the whole, though, it wouldn’t be arrogant to say that I can do quite a lot of things to a reasonably high standard. But coding is not one of them. I mentioned that I’d changed the theme on…

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