Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Really Random Tuesday #3: Blogging Woes, Thanks, and The Book of Love

Welcome to the third "edition" of this new meme. Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes--any blogging and book-related things you can think of. If you're inspired by this idea, please feel free to copy the button, use it on your own blog, link back to me, and let me know. Last week, Avisannschild from she reads and reads did this meme on her book blog, which focuses on fiction written by women. I hope more of you will join the fun and "be random" this Tuesday!

I've been with Blogger for about two years, and there are a couple of things that I'd really like to see changed. First of all, I think an expandable rectangle for typing (and editing) posts would be an improvement. Presently, when you type a post you can only view a couple of inches of text. However, if you create a page, the rectangle is expandable, so hopefully this feature will be available soon for regular posts as well (please hurry, Blogger!). The second thing I'd like changed is that I'd like to be able to list my blogs in my Blogger profile. Because I changed the graphics of my title header, it eliminated the name of my primary blog in my profile, so had to I list this blog as my Webpage. (Update: I've changed my blog header again to include blogger text because I wanted to be able to list my blogs in my profile.) There really should be another way to be able to add your blog(s) to your Blogger profile. And wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to underline text without having to use HTML tags? There's an option to italicize text while composing posts, but not yet one to underline text.

On Monday I went to Barnes & Noble to get a book for my daughter, Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. Visiting the bookstore is always fun, but I felt a sense of guilt when I left. At Barnes & Noble, I saw many of the books I've been meaning to read, staring me in the face. I spend too much time not reading. I feel disloyal to some of the authors I blogged about when I first started this blog, such as Alexander McCall Smith. It's hard for me to keep up with series of books now, or read sequels. I have the same problem as many other book bloggers: I keep acquiring new books--but not more time to read them! Ah, the plight of the book blogger!

Thanks to all of you who visited my daughter's new book blog for young adults, Chapters. She's off to a great start! On Friday, during the Book Blogger Hop, she beat me traffic-wise, surpassing triple digits! She also received awards from Gramma Ann from My Reading Corner and from Alissa from The Grammarian's Reviews. Thank you all for giving her such a warm welcome. I think her book blog will help her keep track of her reading and motivate her to read (and develop her writing skills).

Now's as good a time as any to post this beautiful song:

And a favorite quote from Dr. Seuss:
"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."


  1. How did I miss your daughter's blog? I'm going over there now to check it out!

    I so agree with you about time - there just doesn't seem to be enough of it. I can't understand it when people say they're bored.

  2. Oh I totally understand where you are coming from when you said, "I keep acquiring new books, but, not more time to read them." I am the same way, wherever books are displayed I think I have to see if there are any new ones I missed, and of course I always end up buying one. I have begin limiting myself to only buying one book at a time. But, when new releases are released on the same day, I throw that rule out the window.

  3. Sorry to hear about your blogging woes. I know that Blogger recently made some changes to their layout, designs and also editing and previewing options for users. Maybe you can check out their forums and see if there's any help for your particular issues. Take care : )

  4. I have some of the same gripes about blogger and I wish that their features were expanded and easier to use. I have been thinking about Word Press, but I really don't want to have to move everything! I am glad to hear that your daughter got such a warm reception in the blogosphere! It's also nice to know that there is a blog that I can send my kids to for great reviews!

  5. Great post Suko, and beautiful song. I like Peter Gabriel very much.

    I agree Blogger can do with some improvements. Sadly my profile link stopped working about two years ago, and I kept asking them for help with no response.

    It is hard to keep up with books and series especially.
    Glad your daughters blog is off to such a great start :)

  6. Congratulations on your new meme. I have been debating doing it. One day when I my work stops interfering with my blogging:)

  7. Great new meme! When I get a chance I'll join in. Probably next week...

    I so know where you are coming from as far as acquiring new books and not reading them. That happens to me all the time. I need more reading hours!

  8. I appreciate all the comments and thanks for visiting!

  9. Thanks for mentioning my blog! I participated again this week: my RRT post.

  10. Oh and I can totally relate to having too many books and not enough time to read them all!

  11. Avisannschild and Naida, thanks for participating in this meme. I will try to have a Mr. Linky up for the next round! :)

  12. Count me in! I will do this meme too. I think I can talk about Aarya and the books I am reading and oh my there is just so many random things rumbling in my head.. I hope.. i can write them down :)

    I loved your Daughters blog, I think it is a place teens can get gr8 recommendations!

    I know about having no time! I am so busy with Aarya, I have no time to read :D!

  13. Thank you, Veens. I know you are very busy with your darling baby and appreciate your visits all the more.


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