I missed spring on my blog and don’t want to miss summer

Scorch, Elf and book
Scorch and Elf on my lap as I read one of my favorite books so far this year

You may have noticed I haven’t blogged for a few months. I didn’t mean for that happen, but as the days went by it was harder and harder to jump back in again. Summer’s here now. I missed Spring on my blog. I don’t want to totally miss Summer!

Blog updates in April

I stopped blogging in April to update and upgrade various parts of my blog. I’d been planning to do it since January when WordPress 5.0 came out. I thought it would only take a day or two, but one thing led to another . . . .

I worked on my blog much of April. I upgraded my PHP version as well as upgrading my theme. Since I upgraded my theme I decided to change some things on my blog and to freshen the look of the blog. This all took time since I didn’t know how to do some of the stuff I was doing. However, I finally did upgrade WordPress. 🙂

Frustrations

During that time I didn’t post anything since I was busy trying to get finished. As time went on I got frustrated and didn’t want to fix things or to blog. I still have things to change and fix and will gradually work on them. However, I didn’t even want to look at the blog for a while.  😦

Excited to reconnect

I’ve gotten past that now and am excited to reconnect. I know I stopped blogging at least one other time during the six years since I started my blog. Each time I thought I’d be back in a few days. Then as the days and weeks went by I had a hard time returning. Has this ever happened to you?

I don’t want it to happen to me again–but if it does I need to put a message on my blog that I plan to come back.

Sunday Post–January 19

abcb8-sundaypostmemeThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to participate in every week and I thank Kim for hosting it!

Last two Weeks

Around the House

We’ve had lots of cold weather (it is winter!), but also had a few days in the 60’s. A few snow flurries and lots of rain.

Lots of birds coming to our bird feeders…I love watching all the different birds we have. This last week we’ve had lots of red-winged blackbirds which are a bird I really like, but until we moved to Maryland I never saw them in such flocks. We have flocks of 50 or more red-winged blackbirds coming to our feeders! They clean them out, scare away the other birds and then leave for awhile. I’m not too fond of the huge flocks, but the birds also showed up last year and left after about two weeks so I hope that happens this year!

Blog

I finally moved my blog to a self-hosted site–notesfromareaderolic.com. I have so much more to do on the blog, but at least it’s moved. I spent most of the last two weeks working on the blog and was quite frustrated at times! 😦  Sometimes I get stuck in the weeds and that happened quite a bit the last couple of weeks…lol. Plus I missed posting the Sunday Post last week.

What I’m reading

Champion of the Rose by Andrea K. Höst

What I read

The Silvered by Tanya Huff

Gratuitous Epilogue by Andrea K. Höst

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

E-books bought

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach

Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson

Extracted by Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

Slip Point by Karalynn Lee

The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles

State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan

The Line by J. D. Horn

Rose Gardner Mystery Box Set by Denise Swank

The Dinosaur Feather by S. J. Gazan

Night Watch by Sergei Lukanenko

Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

Reckless by Corneilia Funke

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

Audible books bought

slave-to-sensationI’ve signed up for the Audible Deal of the Day at Amazon Audible and have an email sent to me each morning. I don’t know if this is available to anyone outside the United States, but it’s a pretty good deal (if you want the book!)

This book cost $3.95 which isn’t too bad for an audio book. I’ve read the book before, but look forward to listening to it plus this is a series I’ve fallen behind with so I’m thinking of re-reading (or listening) to some.

…And one of my reading challenges for the year is to listen to some audio books this year.

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (audible version)

Next Week

Around the house

I need to pick up, clean our house, do a little organizing and spend less time on my blog! Next weekend my husband and I are traveling to Iowa to visit his dad. I’m going to stay a little longer and visit our daughters. I can’t wait!

Posts on the blog

I’m focusing on posting the last of my 2013 reviews. I also plan to tweak my blog a little, but limit the amount of time I spend each day.

  • Review: Stray by Andrea K. Höst
  • Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne
  • Review:
  • Sunday Post

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What did you do last week? And what are you planning for next week?

Blog Moved

notes-for-a-readerholicI finally moved my blog to my self-hosted site! I’ve been talking about it for several months and had decided the first part of 2014 had to be the time!

I kept the same name–Notes from a Readerholic–but the link is slightly different: notesfromareaderholic.com. I hope if you subscribed to my blog or followed me in the past that you will continue to do so. My old site at wordpress.com is automatically redirecting people to my new self-hosted site.

I have more updates to complete and plan to do a few more changes, but have decided to let people know this is the new site. If you have problems connecting let me know. Or if you find problems on the new site let me know that.

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Thanks!

Jan

Sunday Post–June 16

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

Last Week

Around the House

A quiet week…some reading, working on the blog, lunch with our son.

Blog

I’ve been taking a WordPress Blog and Website class so I decided to take the plunge and move my blog. To my surprise it was a pretty painless process. I spent most of the time after the blog exported and then imported picking out a theme and then deciding on categories and tags. I still have a few more things to do and I may decide on a different theme, but I’m enjoying the process!

  • Sunday Post
  • Quote-Tastic
  • Top Ten Tuesday–Beach Reads
  • Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books read

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

What I’m reading

Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander

E-books bought

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The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase

memorys-wake

Memory’s Wake (Memory’s Wake Trilogy) by Selina Fenech

blood-seduction

A Blood Seduction: A Vamp City Novel by Pamela Palmer

Clarity by Kim Harrington

Around the web

The Sync free downloads for this week (June 13 – 19)

June 13 – June 19, 2013
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)

Next Week

Around the house

A busy week ahead of us. We have a couple sets of visitors coming this week and next. Time to get the house cleaned!

Posts on the blog

  • Quote-Tastic
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
  • Sunday Post

Out with the New, In With the Old

I’m back to my old Blogger comment system. The way they were before I decided to fix what wasn’t broken. I like to tinker with things, but when they don’t work the way I want I get frustrated. I’ve been frustrated with this most of the week.

I’ve lost a few comments which were made after I switched to Disqus and I’m sorry about that. However, I have all the old comments formatted the way they were and I’m happy about that.

I’m sure Disqus is a good system. Many people like it and perhaps it’s so good that’s the problem. They apparently have problems keeping up with all the people who want to use their services.

I emailed Disqus after 36 hours when I didn’t have comments. They said it could take longer than the 24 hours stated at their site. The import was finally finished on Thursday morning (I started this process on Sunday), but for some reason my comments still didn’t show up (though I had over 2 billion reactions for every post!)

I’ve emailed their customer service again, but haven’t heard from them yet. This morning when I still didn’t have comments I tried to figure out how to delete Disqus from my site. When I finally figured that out I also figured out what was wrong and did get Disqus to work, but by that point I just wanted the status quo back.

As I stated on Tuesday: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m sure I will tinker more with the blog as I go along, but I hope future tinkering has a better outcome.

I’m sure Disqus would have worked fine for my blog. The problem was mostly with me–I made a mistake which made the comments not show up, but at best the comments wouldn’t have shown up until Thursday (on Tuesday they said they were moving me up in the queue). I’ve decided Blogger comments are just fine.

Blog Update…How I’m Learning an Old Saying Is Still True

Have you ever heard the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?”

Well, I’m beginning to wonder if I should have thought of that. My comment system for the blog wasn’t broken, but I decided to tweak it. 😦

Yesterday I updated my blog to Disqus–a commenting system on the internet which works with different blogging platforms. It helps eliminate spam and helps encourage conversations between people. I’ve seen other blogs which use Disqus and read a little about it so I decided to give it a try.

I’ve signed up for it and it’s supposed import the comments I already have into my new Disqus system. So far nothing has happened. The Disqus site says it may take 24 hours, but since I only have a few blog posts and comments I would have thought it could be done very quickly. It has already been nearly 24 hours and I see nothing. Very frustrating.

Just wanted to let anyone know who might have commented in the past that I’m aware of the problem. I may go back to plain old Blogger! I do still have the comments so I hope I can restore them if I decide to return to my old system. I want my comments back…