Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Really Random Tuesday #38: A Giveaway Winner and Something New

Congratulations to Darlene from Darlene's Book Nook, the winner of A Small Fortune by Audrey Braun, and Carry Yourself Back to Me by Deborah Reed. These books were written by the same person; this author used a nom de plume for her first book, A Small Fortune (please refer to my interview with this author if you want to find out why). Darlene has an ample supply of great reading ahead!

If you didn't win these two books, "check out" the other giveaways listed on the right side of my blog. There's a plethora of book giveaways thanks to the generosity of many bloggers, authors, and publishers, so if you're a bonafide bibliophile or an empty-bellied bookworm, you might try your luck again.


I wonder how many of you have switched to the new Blogger interface? I am trying it for the first time today, right now, a bit nervously, learning on the spot how to do things as I type up this post in a larger rectangle than previously (yay!). The new Blogger interface includes some nice, new features, such as underlining, which comes in handy for book titles (instead of inserting HTML code, the cumbersome method for underlining). You can also preview your post on your blog, to see how it will appear, so there are less surprises. At first, I was reluctant to use the new interface, because the old way is familiar and comfortable after using it for three years (even the different font throws me off, slightly),  but I must admit that Blogger has made some terrific changes. (I felt the same way about the updated StatCounter, a bit wary initially, but it took me very little time to get used to it.)  At this point in time, I'm still using both interfaces, switching back and forth.  Hopefully,  I'll learn all the ins and outs of the new interface before too long.  Have you tried it out yet?


Appearing on random Tuesdays (and Thursdays, once in a while), Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of. If you're inspired by this idea, feel free to copy the button and use it on your own blog. For another recent Really Random Tuesday post, visit Naida's blog, the bookworm. Please leave a link in the comments if you’re participating and I'll add it to this post.

As always, thanks for reading!


  1. Woo hoo! Wow, thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

  2. Congrats to the winner :)
    Suko, I haven't tried bloggers new interface yet. I'm stubborn when it comes to upgrading things like that...lol.

  3. Naida, I didn't really want to take the time to learn new stuff, but it's been pretty easy to work with the new interface, and I like some of the changes as mentioned in this post.

    Thanks for all the comments. More are welcomed.

  4. I'm not sure but I tbink I'm using the new blogger interface. I'm so klutzy with technology even simple things!

  5. Congratulations to your winner! I haven't tried out the new blogger changes yet, but you are making me think that I need to!

  6. I abandoned Blogger a year or so ago but I'm glad to hear they are still improving it and giving you more options.

  7. Congrats to Darlene! I too abandoned Blogger when I got my new design. I'm glad they're making some good changes though.

  8. I remember seeing the new blogger interface message, but haven't checked it out yet.I tend to stick to old, tried stuff where technology is involved :-).

  9. Congrats Darlene, it looks like you're going to be busy reading!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  10. Congrats to Darlene.

    I also use the new blogger interface, and I do like it. I do wish there was an easy way to respond to comments on blogger like, perhaps something like WP bloggers have.

  11. Congrats Darlene!

    I haven't used the new blogger interface. I have to really play with it a little bit.

  12. Congrats to Darlene on the win.

    I use WordPress but I don't use the interface. I type all my posts in html. I have more control over format that way.

  13. I agree Blogger has made some wonderful changes - I just hope we don't have lots of problems as we seemed to have in the past.

  14. Congrats Darlene!

    I LOVE the new interface. I think it works much better than the old for composing blog posts. My only problem is that on the dashboard, I can't manage the blogs I follow. I'd light to delete some abandoned blogs and replace them with new ones I read, but I can't get it working!

    I've thought about going with one of their new formats for my blog, but I'm afraid to mess up my page!

  15. Congrats to Darlene, Happy Reading.

    I really don't know what I use. If blogger updated it for me, I am probably using it, if they didn't, I don't know what I am using. Whatever it is, it works for me.

  16. I'm always a little nervous when I try to chagne something on my blog ! I'll try the new blogger soon but slowly (as always !)


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