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I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread which would list our URL's for those of us with book blogs. I am included it in this thread (ER) because, in my mind, it is closely associated with us contributing with Early Reviews as well as locations on the Web to get free books and ARCS. So, if you have a book blog, feel free to add your URL and hopefully we can help each other out by visiting and leaving comments.
I guess I will start it off with my url:
Please note that I occasionally get freebies from authors that I will be giving away - Right now I have a great t-shirt that I got from Lisa Daily which is going to be given away on my blog. I also give away, at times, my ARCS once I am finished with them - so visit often and be sure to leave me your comments saying that you have visited.
Hmm, this almost makes me want to start using mine again. I had decided to stop posting to it because I felt most people weren't really interested in my ramblings, but if we're all commenting to each other through them, it might make me change my mind there.
There's a "Hey, I'm closing this" message up right now, but that's subject to change by the end of the day, perhaps. :)
Well, I'm not sure my blog qualifies as a "book blog," but I do post book reviews and reading-related items. I haven't been with LT very long, but I did manage to snag an Early Reviewer book last month ("The Lace Reader"), and the review is up on my blog now. My URL is:
I've been toying with the idea of switching to WordPress, but for now, this is where you'll find me.
Here's my blog Literary License (short reviews, real opinions): litlicense.blogspot.com.
It's strictly a literary blog. I post short reviews of books I've read plus interesting book news. Later this month (May 29th-June 1st), I'll be blogging BookExpo America day by day. Should be fun!
My blog is all book related (mostly reviews):
Traci's Book Bag
I've been posting my book reviews to my LiveJournal (which also has lots of other things, including at the moment an episode-by-episode Torchwood squee). The book reviews are tagged, so this tag link gets you just the reviews:
I also do book log posts in which I mention the ones I've finished reading but haven't done a full review on. The tagging is somewhat erratic, as sometimes I tag fully reviewed books with this and sometimes I don't.
I have as of half an hour ago set up a WordPress account so that I can join in a group blog for a group of British writers. I think I may use my personal blog on that account as a book blog, mirroring the book posts on my LJ. There's only one post there at the moment, with my review of Pandora in the Congo.
I run a group reviews blog, at http://bcfreviews.wordpress.com :)
I've got my book/librarian blog (including stupid patron questions!) here.
I recently changed the direction of my blog to include book reviews (though it will still be partly about my life as well!). Right now I am having a contest where you can win a $20 gift certificate and I do plan to have contests in the future where I pass on my ARCs.
Looking forward to visiting your blogs as well!
Thanks for starting this thread, Nitestar!
My blog is at http://karenvanuska.livejournal.com/. This is where I post informal book reviews -- mostly thoughts/impressions about books while I'm reading them -- and responses to book reviews I find in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, etc. I also frequently post my response to thought-provoking book quotes, and document my writing dilemmas of the moment. (I'm also a fiction writer).
I'm a regular contributor of formal book reviews for the ezine Open Letters Monthly: Arts and Literature Review. My latest review on Jeanette Winterstone's The Stone Gods can be found in the current issue at http://www.openlettersmonthly.com/issue/.
My book reviews are (almost all) open to all here
I've had comments from authors a few times, which is marvellous!
The layout of the regular domain is prettier than the blogspot one, I think.
I'm adding everyone to my blogroll so that I'll remember to check everyone out and comment and such. :)
Mine is PhiloBiblos - some reviews, but also news on rare books and special collections, archives, &c.
I've added links to all these blogs in my LJ profile - might get you some passing traffic...
I have mine up at http://www.bostonbibliophile.com. I'm going to update my blogroll today or tomorrow & check everyone out too! :-)
Mine is all reviews and book-related happenings (in the world and in my life). Devourer of Books
edited for html
A few years back, I copied all my book reviews from my regular blog to a new free-standing "book review" blog ... which currently has 212 books reviewed (I don't go back in my library to write reviews, just on new books as I read them, which is why only a bit over 10% of my library is reviewed).
You can find this at:
Thanks indeed! This will make my task for tonight, checking out everyone else's journals, so much easier! My shiny new book reviewing journal is at:
because that's where my regular journal is. It does appear that this is not the "in" place to have a book journal though, so I may create a mirror site elsewhere, or something. We'll see. This one is unlikely to go away, either way.
Bah. Having some html problems. Hence the edits.
Well, mine's on my LJ, which is very much my primary blog. I'm mirroring the review posts to the shiny new WordPress for lack of any better ideas on what to do with the WordPress account.
I don't see anything wrong with hosting your book blog there. :) Livejournal's pretty cool (IMO!), and you should use what you're comfortable with. A blog is a blog, as far as I'm concerned!
I think I've got everyone added up to now. Give me a holler if I missed you! (Or if I titled you something other than what you'd prefer... I can change them if you want.)
I've been reviewing books for about two years on my livejournal:
They're predominantly English-language books, but every now and then I'll review Japanese or Korean books if I a) know they've been translated into English, or b) think the content is interesting enough to warrant a review regardless.
I feel like I've posted this on a bunch of threads already, but it doesn't hurt to do it again I guess :) My book blog is at: http://kbookreviews.wordpress.com
Would anyone be interested in doing a weekly round-robin, on the model of Booking Through Thursday? I can host it on my blog- every Tuesday (or whatever) you could post about what's new on your LT (new books, reviews, whatever) and then post a link to your post on the comments page at my blog, then everyone could visit each other's blogs and comment and/or just catch up. Thoughts? LT Tuesday or something like that?
I've never heard of Booking Through Thursday. How does it work? I'd be willing to participate, tentatively. Assuming it's something that it would be in my character to write. :)
I'd be up for a round robin..but it might be easier to use mr. linky than comments. Booking through Thursday can be found at btt2.wordpress.com
Bostonbibliophile: I love your idea, although I am not sure what exactly it is (I do have a general idea). Could you explain it briefly to us? Sounds interesting.
I like the idea, too.
I've created a 'fellow librarythinger's' blogroll on my blog with all of your links. If anyone has a problem being included, please let me know.
Mine is also brand-squeaky new, so it doesn't have much up yet, but that should change as I get the backlog from my personal journal posted. You can find me at:
I've had my book blog for almost 2 years. I love visitors, especially the kind that leave comments. =)
I'll be working my way through this list over the next week so expect to hear from me.
Here's the idea:
Every Tuesday (or fill-in-the-day), write an entry on your blog about what's new on your LT- a book just read, or started, or added, or you just received your ER book, or published a new review- what have you. Then grab the link to the entry, and visit my blog, where you will find a post asking for links for LT Tuesday to be left in the comments. Click on "comment" on the entry, and paste your link. Save the comment. As others do the same, they will see your link & visit your blog & maybe leave a comment. Results: Get new blog fans and drive up traffic to your blog.
As far as Mr. Linky, I'm not comfortable using it and I think leaving comments with links works just fine on other round-robins I do on a regular basis, so I would prefer to stick with that. I'll post the first entry soliciting comments on Tuesday.
Hi Bostonbibliophile: Great idea! I'm definitely in. Thank you (merci!)
Here's mine. I just redid it and am so much happier with it now. I'm also doing a Pay It Forward Book Exchange for anyone that wants to come and sign up :)
Now here's a question for Tim or Abby- would someone at LibraryThing be willing to design a logo that participants in this blog ring could use?
I'm no great hand at graphics so I won't design it but I'd love to have a little banner to put on my site for it!
I'm in for the Booking through Thursday, though! That sounds fun :) Maybe we could try to have vague themes or something. I've no real concrete ideas, but I know sometimes that helps me with writing posts.
I keep a bookish blog where I keep track of what I read along with other little book or reading related tidbits. Sometimes I do stray off course.
My blog is called Musings of a Bookish Kitty and can be found at:
Just joined Library Thing a couple of weeks ago and have found it a wonderful, welcoming experience! I also just started a book blog. Here it is:
I'm a first time, brand new blogger, be gentle!
Hi, just noticed the post via the RSS feeds so I need to go back and digest what bostonbibliophile says and what's on offer re the other blogs!
I tend to be a review tart as I put my reviews on any site I can but my primary site is my blog below.
Like some of you I get a steady trickle of free books and discussions with the authors. I also find that the reviews are both a good discipline for writing and help in an effective engagement with the book and the writer's skill or lack of it.
As I dislike the plot summary and 2 reasons why I like/dislike school of review as much as the long learned discussion which only mentions the book about 2/3rds down, I am always on the look out for guidance and for good reviews. This link illustrates what I am struggling to achieve
waves at K2Andrews #12 I prefer the first out of the two but both are too busy for me. I like lot of white space
I went to nearly all of your blogs and noticed that on several LiveJournal blogs that you could only leave a comment with a LiveJournal ID. I would have left a comment if OpenID had been enabled.
I have been visiting all of your blogs and they are all great. They are all very different yet with one common shared passion! I have included all of the links to my blog - this is great!
Bostonbibliophile, I think its great that you have offered to 'host' for us and I will definitely take you up on it! Hopefully, we can create our own little webring!
lenoreva, that's the reason I gave up on LJ, it didn't encourage people to comment. Wordpress gives some good options, and even Blogger now allows opedID etc.
LJ allows openID, and anon commenting; it's up to the individual user if they want to block it.
I thinks that's what lenoreva was saying - that if they enable it, she will comment. :)
I'm going to work on a post (or twelve... I'm far behind on book posts since I told myself that I was going to close this blog in March), and as soon as I'm done with that I plan to make the rounds to all of your blogs and comment on what looks interesting! :)
I'm really excited about this!
My LiveJournal is normally comment-enabled for anyone, including anonymous commentators. (I say "normally" because if I ever get a troll attack I may have to close recent posts down to only-with-ID.) LJ has a wide range of options for allowing commenting, but people who are wary of trolls often lock it down by default.
I'm still fiddling with the design of the new reviews mirror on WordPress. It's rather heavily LTER orientated at the moment. :-)
M 43: noticed that on several LiveJournal blogs that you could only leave a comment with a LiveJournal ID
Thanks for pointing that out! I have open commenting allowed on my regular journal but forgot that Resgistered Users only is the default setting. Mine at least is fixed now and open to the world.
waves at Bostonbibliopile # 26+34. Now found Booking Through Thursday AND like the notion so much that rushed and posted my thoughts on the latest topic. It strikes me as a creative writing exercise in which you write what that topic evokes for you. The link back to the mother blog works if you post the actual blog entry as the web site in the comment box. So not sure how it would work over the week if we have posted a range of topics. I have unworkable notions in my head of being a given a quote at the beginning of each month and then we have to read and review a book suggested by that quote which also has to be woven into the review. Or assigning a letter to each week and the blogs starting with that letter do a review to which we all all have do a 100 word comment on starting and ending with a word starting with the weeks letter. Or once a month we each submit a book to be reviewed and five are chosen at random to which we do a poll and the top one is reviewed. This would be over a say a six week cycle to give a chance to beg, borrow or swap a copy.
My (fairly new) book blog is: http://www.bookhangover.blogspot.com/
#50 ablueidol, I was thinking of just keeping it simple at first- like maybe the first week we introduce ourselves, maybe tell a little about our LT collections- are these books you own, books you've read, books you want to read, etc. I can come up with a question every week to get things started if that helps. :-) I like your ideas a lot though and I'm totally open to anything! :-)
Somebody mentioned earlier on in one of these posts about creating some kind of book exchange or trade. Should this be part of our mandate? I think it would be fun - I would be willing to coordinate although I am not sure how we would do it. I know Bookmooch and Bookcrossing exists, but I got to say that getting a book on either of those is almost impossible (especially if we are looking for recent or not yet published stuff). The only thing I would see is that if we do this for ARCS we would have to commit to NOT selling them -in order to respect the publishing houses-authors, etc. rights and regulations. What do you think?
Phew - I think I've now added you all to my Bloglines blog reader - and now I've got a lot of reading to do, as it automatically collects the last 10 entries from each new blog one adds!
My LJ should be open to all to comment on, as I've had anonymous comments before!
I'm notoriously bad about getting things into the mail (*cringe*) so I would hope that it wouldn't be mandated to participate in the ER ring of blogs. It's a good idea - but I would hate to have someone counting on me to send a book and me forgetting to actually do it.
Trading books would not be a 'have to' - I was just throwing out there as an additional thing that we could start for those who are interested. Just a thought and I am hoping others will give their opinions.
Nitestar- I think there are already a couple of threads in the ER group about trading books- there's a thread called "Sharing Early Reviewer books" (or something similar) and another one called "Done- who wants it next". So maybe we've got that covered?
Here's mine. I just use it to ramble on about what I'm reading now, and generally just copy the review I write here about what I've read to there.
I've been writing book reviews for quite some time online, but only recently combined my book blogs in with my, er, not-book blogs.
Still shakily trying to find a balance between personal posts, writing posts and book posts, but there I am. :)
All of these ideas sound wonderful. I think I have posted this on another list, but here is my blog:
I started this new blog last year as a means of keeping up with what I read. I hope you will come by and leave a comment. I am working my way through all of the blogs listed here and will link to them when I get a chance next week.
Mine is all purpose because I just do not have time for multiple blogs. There's knitting, spinning, weaving, books, health, medical librarian, personal, family, birding, and other postings all mixed up. Some people tell me it's kind of fun never knowing what they'll read next.
I'm at http://shereadsbooks.org/ . I do reviews, and also talk generally about bookish things. I do BTT pretty regularly as well, and Sunday Salon when I remember. This particular blog is about three months old.
It sounds as though a lot of you might find this LT group useful: http://www.librarything.com/groups/bloggers
There's a lot of useful stuff there.
#54 Nitestar -- There is an LT BookMooch group which you might find useful if you've been having Mooch problems; lots of people there are quite willing to reserve things for fellow LTers, or to act as BM Angels for them. http://www.librarything.com/groups/bookmooching
Edited to update my web address, after moving to my own domain
All right. It took me forever, but I've been to all of the blogs listed so far, commented on some, and added a ton to my Google Reader.
I thought some of you may be interested in my other blog, for author interviews.
I just started my blog a month ago, http://journeythroughreading.blogspot.com.
Hi everyone, I have added all of you to my blog, if I accidentally left any of you out please send me a message. I would appreciate you adding me too:) I love all the creative names and sites! Come by and make sure you are added. My blog is http://www.bookroomreviews.wordpress.com
My book review blog is http://www.breakingfourth.blogspot.com. I can't wait to add all of you to my Bloglines, and start participating in LT Tuesday!! Lisa...
Ok, I think I've now added all of you to my LibraryThingers blogroll - you can check (also you may want to check your link to make sure I've got it working properly). There were loads to add, so if I've skipped you over, let me know.
Dang, for some reason all the ones I just put in aren't coming up. Ok, have to try that again.
#67 > You missed mine - it's The Golden Road ( http://the-goldenroad.net ) :)
I think I have entered all of your blogs on my site. Please let me know if I missed one!
I haven't updated my blog yet with your sites (boo!) but will do so soon! (I got to about #32 so far)
The first LT Tuesday entry is up on my blog so go check it out if you want!
I don't do a lot of book reviews per se on my blog, but I talk a lot about the books I'm reading and take part in the Sunday Salon. I also talk about my garden a lot and other thrilling life events!
I'm at http://teelgee7.blogspot.com/
My own poems and essays are at http://teelgeewrites.blogspot.com/
Wowza! This is very neat!
I'll toss my hat in the ring:
Mine is book reviews, writing and general life but if you're interested it's Calliope's Coffee House at http://jacbookishly.blogspot.com/
I usually write book reviews at http://www.chikune.com/blog, but the site hasn't been working for me lately so I can't add you all to my blog roll or write reviews!
I'm told it works externally so you can all see though, and it should be okay next week.
Think I got everyone you can check if you like at Calliope's Coffee House
There are lots of words above I don't understand since I've never tried a blog. Doesn't LT have its own blog? And what is a "troll"? for starters?
Yes LT has its own Blog which like any blog is a diary that anyone can read and many of us keep our own. hence all the links. A troll is a post that sets out to annoy and create lots of chatter and fuss
I have 2 blogs devoted to books. The first one is my personal book blog where I keep everything related to books in my world. I also host a perpetual reading challenge blog for series readers.
My personal blog:
The Printed Page
Perpetual reading challenge series blog:
To Be Contined
From the looks of this thread I'll have to figure out how to switch to a 3-column blog @ Blogger so that I can add all these wonderful book blog links to mine.
Now that I've got everyone's blogs added to my sidebar, I'm beginning the mammoth task of adding them all to my google reader so that I can see new entries and comment frequently!
Wow! I've got a lot of blogs to read up on! Mine is fairly new, prompted by a lot of what I've read here.
Ok, I am in and now I will need to post a blog about this. (I tend to be a lazy blogger) I AM looking forward to checking out everyone else's blog though- I am pleased to see that I already "knew" some members here and didn't realize it! My blog is:
>Think I got everyone you can check if you like at Calliope's Coffee House
What a list! I can't wait to add everyone (I'm out of town on business right now and I can only stand typing on this laptop for so long.)
Okay I think I finally got everyone listed. Check and make sure you're there and that the link works properly:
Traci's Book Bag
I just posted a poll on my blog (www.bostonbibliophile.com) where people can vote on the name of the blogring. There were lots of suggestions this past Tuesday so I thought this would be a good way to decide it. you have until next Monday, the 19th, at 6 pm EST to vote. :-)
I think (hope) I got everyone; check my blog to be sure: http://leesyknits.blogspot.com/
This is so fun.
Where else could I have found a group so obsessed with the written word? Some people I've met here are almost as odd about books as I am.
Okay! I think I have everyone added. If you're not on the list, just let me know: http://aliveontheshelves.blogspot.com/
How much fun this has been! So great to have a community of book lovers like this.
I am a little behind on adding you all to my site, but I am working on it :)
Well, call me late to the party, but I sure would like to join! Here's my brand-spanking new blog:
I think I have everyone added, but if you don't see yourself please let me know. Thanks for the great idea!
I got my links to work finally at http://www.awriterspen.com. Everyone should be showing up. If anyone wants the link codes just pm me with your email and I'll send it over in a notepad file.
You need to edit the one for me - Reading, Writing and Retirement -- there's some LT address mixed in with it. Thanks! Oh, same for Need More Shelves and Alive on the Shelves
>96 teelgee:, I fixed the broken links, all should be working perfectly now. :-)
Well this has certainly driven some traffic on my fairly new blog! The only problem is going to be finding time to read everyone's posts.
This has been an incentive! Brand new blog from a non-technical LTER. No pics or links yet, but I'm working on this slowly but surely :)
I'm not even sure I'll get a link to work in this post. Bear with me as I learn, and thanks for any feedback you have!
Well your link worked and you're now on my blog roll so well done to you! I mean for the link working not because you're on my page LOL :)
You're not on my Google Reader though, couldn't find an RSS Feed but I'm not really familiar with wordpress so maybe I'll find one next time.
Is anyone else here totally feeling performance anxiety now? I'm half kidding, but I feel so bad that everyone else is putting me on your sites and I have no idea if I can do that on LiveJournal, much less how to do it, and there just aren't enough hours in the day. Yikes. I do really appreciate the comments I've gotten though, and am trying desperately to get caught up. If anyone has experience with creating blogrolls or their ilk on a Livejournal, I'd love some tips on how to do that.
I have 45 minutes before I go to work . . . eat, read, or try to catch up online? The eternal question . . .
For those of you with live journal, as long as you have a sidebar this link should work for you to be able to create a link list:
Some templates don't support this, and you have to be logged in before you go to the above link. Hope that is of help to some of you.
TheBookImp - I like the logo!!!
k2Andrews - I just sent you a message, I don't see my link on your list:
#102 - Yep, I get the performance anxiety too. I'm not altogether sure how well I will do with the blog thing. I do think it will be fun to try, though!
Now a blog newbie question - how do I get pretty pictures like in post #104 into my blog? And when I post the link to my entry in BostonBibliophile's blog, how do I make it a link?
Thanks for your help!!
As to the pictures I can tell you how to do it if you're using IE if you're using another browser someone else will have to fill you in, though it's all probably similar.
You need to have a picture online somewhere... that one is posted on my blog. Then when you have your picture you find out it's url, easiest way is to right click on the picture with your mouse then click on properties and look for the section that says Address (URL) in this case it's http://bp0.blogger.com/_Lqac-RNVwLs/SCzGYhLoIaI/AAAAAAAAAFE/Pa1U3x-oaZo/S150/Thi...
Copy the address by clicking and holding the left mouse button and dragging the mouse down until everything is highlighted, some of the address can be hidden - then in your post you type img src="The copied URL Address here" but put either end of the whole thing and that's it.
103 - cheers for that, but also I have just posted the whole set of them in my profile - a lot of individual cutting and pasting to put them one by one in the links - unless there's a way to just dump a load in one place???
Hmm ok I don't remember deleting the post so I'll post it again LOL... Here's my idea for a logo/button for the blog ring. Any ideas, thoughts, comments obviously it's just me messing in Paint Shop.
(For the winning name of the blog ring and the logo see post #144)
111 - great logo (even though I voted for LT Tuesday :) ) !!
Would a bright yellow text show up better? or print instead of script? Are my eyes getting old?
#111 LOL... I put that name because it seemed like the most text but being a clever imp I also copied the background so I can mess with fonts and colours and obviously when the vote is in I can put the real name.
I was thinking that the colour didn't stand out enough so yellow sounds good to my old eyes as well.
Thank you, thank you #95 for the list of blogs. I was trying to pick thru the thread, adding them one by one, your list made it much easier. What fun they are to read! I think I got everyone but if I missed you just send me a note!
Everything looks great!
Something worth mentioning for Livejournal users is that if you go for the Link list feature, you have a limit of 10 links for a free account, 30 for a plus or early adopter (that's people who got livejournals before 2000 IIRC) or 50 for paid users.
If you are semi-familiar with HTML, you might find it easier to use the "blurb" section in the sidebar customization to add all of the links line by line. With the HTML that someone was offering up above to list all of them, that may be the easiest way to get everyone added without limits.
Just thought I'd throw that out there. :)
>Is anyone else here totally feeling performance anxiety now?
Just a bit! I was really nervous, putting the web address out there for some friends and folks on other forums where I post. But I've gotten good comments so far and it's lovely to see the hit counter go up and up!
I stole an idea from a couple of you who have a note encouraging authors or publishers to send me their books. I'm hoping that having a bunch of reviews, a lot of hits, links and comments will encourage TPTB to SEND ME BOOKS.
If nothing else, this will encourage me to keep posting and keep reading. I can get into a bit of a rut, where I spend a lot of time re-reading old favorites or starting books and not finishing them. Now I feel like someone is watching to make sure I get my reading done.
Mine is http://purplemoonmyst.blogspot.com
it is very new but I hope you like what you see so far!
I updated the link list in msg #98. Pls let me know if I'm missing anyone.
Wheh! Quite a job adding all these wonderful blogs to The Printed Page. It required me going from a 2-column to a 3-column blog which was a big adventure seeing as I don't know HTML. I think I have everyone's. If you would like me to change the link title just let me know. It might take me a while but I'll work my way through visiting everyone's blogs.
Also, I'm looking forward to participating in the meme this thread has created.
Right, I've been through commenting where I can... just a couple of questions... *
I can't see where to post a comment on these ones:
BCF Book Reviews
Book Room Reviews
For these you need a blogger account or google password, I don't have blogger and my google password has never worked. WOuld you consider setting up the Open Access method of commenting, where for example, I can comment as a LiveJournal user?:
Breaking the Fourth Wall
*Actually I've got down to the one alphabetically above LyzzyBee (that's me). I really do have to PACK for my trip to Hay on Wye tomorrow... watch my blog for a report of the purchases!
Lyzzy, I see you managed. I actually had my settings wrong, so that everything was moderated. Now, once you've commented once, it should allow it past moderation next time. :)
Michelle - aha - that's how come it worked this time! Cheers for that. I love this new feeling of being involved in a community of bloggers rather than, as previously, just reading the LJ updates of people who I already know!
I have a blog in which I review mysteries and thrillers
Feel free to take a look and make a comment.
Lyzzy, You can comment on the companion blog which is http://www.bookroomreviews.wordpress.com See you there!
Hi, I'm relatively new to Library THing.. just got a note this month that I'll be receiving my first ER book and am totally excited!
I have a book blog called Books on the Brain. You can find me at:
Thanks nktk for pointing me in this direction~
#131 - I immediately noticed the name of your blog - Sitting on a Cornflake - I LOVE IT - its also nice to find out where it came from - I never knew that is what the Beatle were saying at the beginning of that sentence (I am obviously not a Beatles fan).
I was away last week and so didn't check up on LT as often as I normally do. I love learning about everyone's book blogs though. =)
For those interested mine can be found here:
Many thanks k2andrews for making the linking easier! You saved me a lot of time. I think I added everyone, including those who posted after the k2andrews' last update.
Thanks everyone for the traffic. :P I've gotten a lot of interesting comments lately, and look forward to finally having the time to participate this week! I'll be adding everyone's links (hopefully) after work...
*Done! I don't have room in my layout to display everyone prettily on the front page, but I *should* have everyone down in my book links section. Let me know if I forgot you!
I updated the blog list in message 95. If anyone needs the hmtl code file, please leave me a message on my profile. If you need help adding it to your blog I may be able to help as well.
I think I'm updated to here at The Golden Road. Let me know if I missed your blog or called it something funky!
I'm new to LTER, but snagged a book in April called The Wednesday Shippers, that just came recently.
My blog is mostly about books, but I post about other stuff, too.
Wow, what a neat thread!
My book review blog is at: http://amysreviews.blogspot.com/
I started it back in February, for reviewing purposes. I know it works through Google Reader.
Looking forward to checking out some other review blogs!
WOW! So glad I found this thread. Some great book sites to spend my days perusing:-)
My personal blog is http://www.randomwonder.com/ and one can find all my bookish stuff through that site. There are link buttons on the right side marked: Book Reviews & Children's Literature which will lead to my other two book blogs.
And the Winner is
Feel free to copy this image to your computer and then upload it to your blog.
teelgee, the theme will vary from week to week. i'll also happily take suggestions. for this week's, go on over to my blog at www.bostonbibliophile.com. thanks to TheBookImp for the logo!
Did everyone remember to put their post up? Mine's up at:
Mine is posted as well: http://aliveontheshelves.blogspot.com/2008/05/tuesday-thingers.html
(pssst, LisaMM: I'm not on your blogroll)
hello everyone...i have to agree with rainbow darling who said folks probably weren't interested in personal ramblings...but i'll post mine here, too.
This seems a little like overkill since I already left a message on bostonbibliophile's site. But my post is here:
I did blog on this and hope to keep participating. Thanks for creating this ring and getting it going!
Ok, can someone help me? If I add all the LTer people to my existing blogroll it will be a mile long. Does anyone (from wordpress) know how to make a link to a blogroll? I mean, so that they click on it and see the blogroll someplace else-perhaps a second page or a drop down menu? I want to put everyone up but I'm not sure the best way to go about it.
What you can do, if you're somewhat comfortable with HTML, is make a page on your blog and add just a list of links to that. I'm not aware of any way to make a blogroll into a separate page offhand. The website for wordpress might have more information on how to do that possibly, but I've never thought to do it so I never looked.
Hope that helps!
Thanks rainbowdarling. What I really wanted was a drop down menu but that wasn't an option, so I made a new page called "Things". I think (hope) I got everyone's links but if I accidentally left someone out, please be sure to call my attention to the error and I will fix it.
Well, since everyone else is doing it :)
154: I think you would have to code a drop-down with the links if you wanted to have one - I don't believe there's an option for that built into wordpress. I could be wrong, though - don't quote me on it! ;)
Are such contests open to non-bloggers from Canada?
You have all certainly given me lots more to read on a daily basis! I'm (almost) tempted to start my own blog...
> 158 I love contests! Will be viewing and linking :)
> 95 huge public THANK YOU to k2andrews for code for all the blog links
I've added my Tuesday Thingers post for this week.
Okay so I will try to jump in as well. This is quite the blog ring going.
I had started this blog but had no idea what to do with it and then the idea of using it as a place to review books came along and I just love the opportunity. Now I just have to.....1. Get computer savy enough to manage the blog. 2. Not get overwhelmed. and 3. Still save some time to read ER books.
I am thrilled that we have an offical name! :)
I would also like a drop down box..with the most recently updated blog floating to the top. (so it rotates) so if anyone knows how to do that...
I don't see why not. It would be just the same as sending you a book through bookmooch or something.
I'm doing a Pay it Forward Book exchange on my blog ;) The lucky winner gets 5 brand new books from me. Come sign up and pass the word!
Wow, look at all the pretty book blogs. I've been lurking around this thread, and it looks like I'll have even more blogs to put on my feed reader.
If anybody wants to see my book blog, it's right here.
I wrote a bit more in my blog entry - some about the nature of current modes of communications. It would be fun to hear some of your opinions about it!
Here's a link.
Hi all, I think I finally managed to get everyone's links in one place on my blog.
Click either the page up top that says "LibraryThing Bloggers" or the link on the side with the same name, to make sure you're listed.
I post reviews (of sorts) for the books I read at Experiments in Reading. I keep it mostly for myself, so I've never run any contests (not many people really stop by it much, anyway). An intriguing concept though!
Wow! thank you to all of you for making this blog web ring so great! When I first posted the idea, I thought we might get 10 or 20 - but we are doing so wonderfully!!!!
For those offering contests, I have posted the links on my blog (the ones that I could find anyway) - if you have a contest that you would like me to post a link to on my blog please let me know.
and let's keep the blog web ring rolling!!!!
I am *very* late to the party, but want jump in!
My blog is http://shhhimreading.blogspot.com/
Thanks so much for the wonderful list of all the blogs. I can't wait to get them added to mine, and will check out the Tuesday Thingers too!
ETA: I want to do some tinkering on my blog, but dont know HTML. How do I change it to 3 columns?
ETA again: Oops, yes, I figured the 3 columns out, but forgot to come back and change my post!
Lallybroch -- it looks like you already have 3 columns.
You don't have to know HTML to do stuff like that, just go to Customize and Layout and pick a new template.
Here's my blog ... I'd love more visitors! www.age30books.blogspot.com
Would there be any interest in setting up a real "Web Ring"? This would provide one central list of participating sites (as opposed to having dozens of folks trying to keep their own lists updated), and a handy graphic to put on our blogs.
Being that I'm pretty "old school" on web things, I'd recommend Bravenet's ... they've been providing high-quality free web modules for over a decade ... all we'd need is to find a volunteer to be the official contact/maintainer.
Just a thought ...
I agree BTRIPP, that would be easiest. But I'm not volunteering to be admin!
I would be happy to volunteer to do the Admin - as long as its not too technical - since I am not great at the technology side of it - but if everyone wants to do it - then I am there - just let me know either here or through my blog at:
I'm not a fan of bravenet but if we could find a webring thing that could be done inobtrusively (as in, it wouldn't require giant buttons and the like), I would be in favor of this.
Ringsurf has a variety of buttons. I'm on a bookaholic ring there and the button I use isn't really a button, just words. If you look on my blog it's in the left hand column, under the Sunday Salon button. It says Bookaholic Blogring and under that Power by Ringsurf. Clicking on it takes you there.
Yeah, that wouldn't be bad at all. It's the gaudy buttons from some of the sites that bug me. I'm big on aesthetics. >.> I can do things with text but buttons aren't as flexible. :)
Love book blogs so I'm happy to have found this thread. My blog is www.mysoulforabook.blogspot.com.
Can I join still? I am late to the party, I know, but I think this would be so fun, to go around everyone's blogs in a ring :-)
My book blog is located at:
Edited to add: Oh, I missed the Tuesday Thingers this week- next week, for sure :-)
What a great idea this blogring is- well done, Nitestar!
170: Are people able to leave comments on your blog? I stopped by but was unable to find anywhere to do so.... (It is possible I am a complete idiot and it's staring me right in the face!)
I hope that it's not too late to join this group. Here is the link to my book blog:
I will make sure to post on the next Tuesday Thingers.
Okay, now I'm going to ask a stupid question. How do you create a blog ring?
me too!!!! I have a book blog:
come check it out!!! Oh, and I want to join the Tuesday Thingers!!!
We don't officially have a book blog web ring. I am looking into how we can create one - there seems to be a few different opinions on the best site to use to do this - so I am hoping someone can help me decide which we should use and I can attempt to make our web ring more official :)
I've just started a book blog, which I've been meaning to do for AGES. It's at http://anovelideabookblog.blogspot.com
...Now I have to go and look at all of your blogs!
I am somewhat new to blogging and checking in here, but wanted to add mine to the list.
Looking forward to checking out everyone's!!! :)
I have not been keeping up with this thread like I had hoped but plan to check everyone's blogs this weekend!
In message 95 I updated the list of book bloggers.
If anyone wants the notepad file for easy uploading to your blog, let me know via a message on LT, or a message on my blog at http://awriterspen.blogspot.com.
I am not on there k2andrews, my blog is
and is called Medieval Bookworm. Thank you. =)
I have a livejournal blog that I was originally planning to use as a book blog. It turned into another personal one with a measly three entries. However, I'm planning to delete those and revamp it to post reviews on. I'll post the addy here as soon as I get it fixed up.
Here's mine into the pot :
Come and visit! Right now, it's only book reviews. I'm trying to get up-to-date with the last two years of trying the 50 Book Challenge. Once I've got all the reviews up, will probably add some more witterings of all things book related. Do leave comments if anything interested you!
Just got my book blog up and running on blogspot. Check out:
Don't have any reviews up yet, but that will be changing soon.
#191 > Don't think you've got me on the list. My blog is Joy's Blog:
Not a very memorable name, I'm afraid.
Heya Child_of_Light, I think you commented on my Murakami review on the blog http://50book2007.blogspot.com/, I've replied on there with my humble recommendations!
Wow - I've got some updating to do!
I wish I could get the 3-column thing figured out. I tried the 3-column format that's available at BlogCrowds, but all I get are errors. I'm going to check with a friend over the holiday weekend - he's good at this stuff and I think I can get it sorted.
Kegsoccer, 170>Are people able to leave comments on your blog? I stopped by but was unable to find anywhere to do so
I had a bad experience with one of my other blogs, so I never turned comments on for my reading blog. I might be able to be convinced otherwise now that Blogger has added some additional security since when I began. :-)
#198- I want the 3-column thing, too! I have no clue how to do it. I think it looks so classy :-) I can't even figure out how to change the color of my blog, though, so... maybe 3-column would be too much for me to handle.
#198, #200 and everyone else
This is the site I used to help me change to a three column blog on blogger plus it has lots of other tips and tricks.
Thanks BookImp. I'm going to be making thorough use of that site over the next weeks.
I followed what others are doing and moved my LibraryThingers book blog list to a page of its own since there are so gosh-darn many! If you notice your blog is missing for whatever reason, let me know and I'll fix it lickety split!
I have a free book giveaway on my blog:
That's a great site, thanks for the info!!! :)
When I was looking for a new template I just googled *blogger templates* and found a ton of great sites that way too!! :)
I've added you all to my bloglines account and will comment as I see interesting articles - my LJ account is a free one and I can only post links in my profile (or 10 on the sidebar - how to choose?? Can't!) so seemed the best solution.
#201 (or anyone) - I tried using those tricks and tips to change my blog into 3 columns, but I have a problem changing the layout editor. It says to scroll down until you see this:
/** Page structure tweaks for layout editor wireframe */
However this is nowhere to be found in the HTML code. I am using the minima template. Anybody have a clue what I'm doing wrong?
I'm using minima as well, and couldn't find that code either. I just skipped to the next step, and it seemed to work just fine.
#206: Depending on what layout you use, you may be able to use the free text bit in your sidebar. I don't know what the text limit is in it, but it might work better for you. :)
# 209 I can't get it all to fit in there and I can't justify paying for a subscription just to do that, unfortunately.
I hope it'll be acceptable that I list all that I can my profile, and as I said I have you all listed in my bloglines so will read and reply to any appropriate. I hope that's enough!
No matter what, the number of links we have wouldn't fit into the links list. You only get a grand total of 50 as a paid (or permanent) user, so since it doesn't fit it's either that or an entry, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
Needless to say, were we to have a "web ring" it would just require ONE link to get to the centrally-maintained list of links.
While setting up a classic "web ring" would involve minimal effort, I don't have time to "manage" something like this, so while I'm advocating having a web ring, it's got to be somebody else's baby.
Hi all: Like I mentioned, i would be okay with managing the webring, but I am trying to get a feel to see if enough people would be interested to make it worth it for all of us! So far, only a few people have commented on a web ring so if you would like a web ring, please let me know.
That would be fine with me--I really don't have time to keep coming back to this thread every day to add a few new blogs at a time.
I'd be happy, as long as it was a very small graphic, nothing too over powering.
I vote for the web ring. I have not been able to get everyone listed on my blog yet and I don't want to miss anyone.
I have a book blog where I post reviews, author interviews, guest blogs, contests, etc
Check it out http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/
Count me in on the webring as well:
I have just created a real webring. It will take a few days to get it all processed through their website - so please check back here in a few days - as soon as I get the webring information, I will post it here and you can all add your blogs to it!!!
A bit late in the day but yes I'd like to be in on the web ring. Just goes to show how fast this thread is moving.
I'm in too, thanks Nitestar!
Can someone explain exactly how a webring works? I remember them from years and years ago (ok, years ago) and wonder if they've evolved at all.
M236 basically a webring works sort of like a starting point. That is I register my website as the administrator and after a few days, i will give all of you the url to join. You register your website and as you do so, a button will appear on your website. When someone clicks that button, they will be directed to the next website within that webring. They can keep clicking on the button and eventually will be brought to all the websites within the ring. I hope I explained this okay.
I am not sure if the webring I created is actually active so I am going to ask you to register on the webring and we can test it that way!
the site is:
www.ringsurf.com and the name of the blog is: booksANDblogs
Sorry. I am not all that great at technology and this site was not very helpful - so let's give it a try. Thanks.
I went there, did a search for booksANDblogs to join an existing blog ring and got this answer.
Your search - booksANDblogs - did not match any documents
So maybe it's not active yet?
I just tried to find the book blog ring and it didn't show yet. my blog is Novel Lovers at persianpicklers.edublogs.org. I'll keep checking to register at ring surf. Thanks for doing this.
Sorry it won't find that blogring when I look for it on the site. But that's probably me!
Sorry all - the site does not seem active yet. Does anyone else know about this webring site? Maybe I am doing or not doing something???
Man, what a lot of bloggerhea there is out there! Well, no sense hiding, I've been blogging kidlit for the past couple of years at
I read a lot more than children's literature, but my blogging is strictly kidlit. Drop on by for a spell if you get the urge.
After deeply entrenching myself in the food blogging world, I've jumped into the book blogging world as well. My site is Consider the Daffodil.
And I can't wait to get a chance to look through all of your blogs as well.
Okay, after much pulling of my hair, I think I finally got the webring to work (I hope - keeps fingers crossed). Can I ask you all to visit my page at:
www.bookshipper.blogspot.com and you will see the webring in the right hand corner of the sidebar (it is only words). I *think* that if you click on it, you will get linked to the website to enter your blogs. If possible, can I ask you to all enter your own blogs? as my tech knowledge is not great enough to enter all your blogs directly from message 95.
Please let me know if it does not work and I am really, really, hoping that it does :)
I think its working!!! I will okay all the new blogs as fast as I can. Enjoy!
Great! I've logged myself in. Hopefully everyone will join because I am far too lazy to add new links to my website. :P
Right - done that (I think). Can someone good at LiveJournal please kindly visit my page http://lyzzybee.livejournal.com and see if the link buton is showing - and if not, tell me how to set up my LJ so it shows permanently? Please? Thank you!
LyzzyBee ... the link is in your "bio" section on your "profile" page.
I've joined and am just awaiting approval!!! Thanks for setting this up!!! :)
> 255 - and that's not right, right? It needs to stick on the page that a viewer sees. How do I do that? I'm really really rubbish with LJ, so feel free to treat me like I've never used it before!!!
LyzzyBee, you might want to change to a layout on LJ that has a sidebar, which will (with most layouts) allow you to put that directly onto your content page.
Hi all: I have approved everyone who has submitted their blogs so far - so you should all be active.
I have a "welcome" message that's dated far into the future, so it's always the top entry in my review blog ... to make that happen, just write a post (with the links, etc.) and then go into "edit entries", select it, and edit the date to something a decade or so ahead ... then all your subsequent posts will just slot in behind it!
I've added mine!
As for the switch to three columns - Blogcrowds had a 3-column version of the template I'm currently using, but I kept getting some odd HTML errors. Instead, I had a pal who is handy with these things change the margins for me. I don't have 3 columns, but the 2 I have are much wider, so I don't feel like I'm reading a narrow column of text with huge borders down the side. This should work for me.
Looks great!! Thanks, Nitestar, for putting it together!
It's Tuesday.. do we have a Thingers question? I checked at Boston Bibliophile and didn't see one. Maybe she's thrown off by the Monday holiday??
Btripp: There are some types of layouts that allow you to do that without even having to make a post. Smooth Sailing is the one I'm using right now and if you go into page text in the customization area, you can put that in without even needing to worry about that date someday getting here and your "sticky" post going away. It's all in the layout that you choose, of course. If you like the one you're using, then of course there's no obligation to change. :)
(I hope you guys don't mind me giving tips about LJ; I'm pretty familiar with LJ stuff so I try to help where I'm able.)
LisaMM, it's up now, sorry for the delay. sometimes life gets in the way! :-)
I finally managed to get my link to the web ring working. If I saw you listed as a ring member, I removed you from my individual links list.
lyzzybee -- I'm an LJer and can help if you're still having trouble getting the link up. Drop me a note at LJ or on my profile here at LibraryThing if you need me.
I signed up for the webring too. Thanks so much for setting this up!
I also got my Tuesday Thinger posted!
> 265 I saw your message first and have sent you a message to ask for more spelling out - best to keep it private so as not to clog up this list and I'm a bit embarassed at my inability to manage LJ!!!
> 268 thank you also - any tips gratefully received too!
>268 kvanuska: "If I saw you listed as a ring member, I removed you from my individual links list. "
brilliant plan; as more people join the ring, the list cluttering the sidebars get shorter; thanks for the tip! (will clean up my individual links list tonight!)
Someone was asking me where the "Tuesday Thingers" group is just a moment ago. I pointed them towards this thread, but maybe it would be a good idea to have it be a group as well, if people want to continue to have discussion about it other than on blogs. This thread's getting awfully long...
Here we are! http://www.librarything.com/groups/tuesdaythingers
I'll get the webring link put into the profile and all that soon.
I finally managed to find time to blog the Tuesday Thinger question this week. =)
It can be found on my blog for anyone interested:
I've also got the blog ring text/icon posted on my sidebar....thanks nitestar for getting that all set up. =)
Rainbowdarling you're a star. I posted a welcome notice on the new group, I hope that's ok and I'm not stepping on anyone's toes.
I'm now officially in the ring. I also got the Tuesday Thinger posted earlier today. Feel free to head on over to bookspirit.blogspot.com and check it out!
Yea! I added myself to the ring as well. This is really cool - thanks nitestar!
I just joined the ring and posted my Tuesday Thinger post. I am slowly making my way around to all of the blogs.
I've been watching you all have so much fun...I've signed up for Ring too! Hope it goes through...it doesnt show yet..but will keep checking!
Here is my blog..just getting started!
Just an idea, but maybe we should have a separate thread for contests and giveaways on blogs...? It would be easier for people to see when a new one is announced, and you'd probably get more traffic.
Right - I think I've set up my LJ so the ring shows - thanks rainbowdarling! CAn someone check I've done it right though? http://lyzzybee.livejournal.com
I have managed to lose my LT random books from my library widget though - I pasted it in the same place as the ring icon... any ideas?
Cheers all for helping me along. I do know how to read lots of books and review them, which I spose is the main thing!!!
It looks good, Lyzzybee! Let me look at the widget code for LJ and get back to you about how it might or might not work. They should both be able to coexist in the same text widget.
Edited... It looks like all you'd need is a blank line between them. Do you want to PM me the code that you put in and I can take a look-see at it? I think if you put around the tags it should work without parsing the html.
I decided to keep the blog roll on my blog and add to it as and when. I don't have the problem of it being too long for the page anymore as I found out how to add scroll bars to my widgets LOL. Don't I just sound like I know what I'm talking about...
Nitestar, I've joined and activated, but I'm not showing up in the ring. I'm assuming you have to approve me?
I definitely want to keep the folks on the blogroll that I visit and who visit me. And now I'll need to check out the Tuesday Thinger group! This is like a part-time job!
> 285 I have LOST the code, that's the only place it was... ack! I will search it out again and enter it with a blank line in between - let's just hope!
Ooph! Okay, I should have the ring link up now, on an ever-renewing top page (thanks for the post-dating tip, BTripp!), though I imagine I'll need to be okayed before I show up. Also, I created a WordPress mirror site that I've been playing with, if anyone prefers. It's still a baby though, so don't expect too much. Alas, my Tuesday have been rather busy and I have not been over to TuesdayThingers, or almost any journals, but I will! Someday the work will slow down enough to catch up! Sigh.
Okay, I now have a blog with which I do not know what to do. But here is the address:
Hopefully, I will figure this out someday this summer.
How do I get a counter thingie??
And I did post a message about Lori's Reading Corner, as asked.
Hi: Just a reminder - if you would like to register your blog to our webring - please visit my site and register (you will see the button on the top hand right corner on the sidebar). It says:
BooksANDBlogs and has a cute little picture of someone reading.
First time I've had a chance to stop by since my router took an extended Memorial Day holiday. The participation is wonderful and visiting all the blogs is starting to replace my reading time! I've joined the web ring and added the ring link to my blog, The Printed Page replacing all the inidividual blog links.
Thank you to Nitestar for stepping up to be Admin of our ring.
I'm trying to register, and I do fine right up until it wants me to activate. It says "Please place the below code on the following page of your site:"
I can cut and paste the code, but where do I paste it? What is "the following page" of my site? Does that mean I can paste it anywhere? I'm using blogspot (also known as blogger, I guess) so it's not clear at all where to paste this code. Anybody know where it goes?
just wanted to say, i too am loving the web ring. thank you nitestar! :-)
Amy, the ring site is really not intuitive. I have had a terrible time trying to navigate through it.
LisaLynne 296> I really disagree! I just flipped through all 34 blogs on the ring and commented on several in about 15 minutes time. I love it and think it works great.
^296 and 297
I think it's not intuitive for signing up. Flipping through blogs that are already signed up isn't too bad, though.
What Amy said. Going from blog to blog is easy. Figuring out where to find the bit of code if you want to change the icon on your blog? A mess.
Thanks for setting this up! I have joined the webring and am waiting for activation!
Someone help out a newbie blogger. I have not been able to figure out how to put a link into comments when I am leaving them on other blogs. I end up leaving my url which I hate doing because I know people have to cut and paste it to go to my blog! I have been trying to learn html but don't seem to be doing something correctly. When I create the link it just goes to blogger.com when I put in my blog url : http://thetometraveller.blogspot.com/
There must be an easier way. Or else everyone else knows html much better than I do. Help! I'm sure I'm missing something obvious.....
ok you need to put the link in those things so for example
a href="http://thetometraveller.blogspot.com/" put at the end.
If you want to have the link called something else -
After > type in whatever Vist Me Here maybe. Then close everything up by putting /a with the around it.
Vist me here
An easier way to explain it is if I substitute with & and *
&a href="http://thetometraveller.blogspot.com/"* Visit Me Here&/a*
Thanks Book Imp, I've printed that out and am off to try it. I appreciate the help!!
I'm so lost -- where am I putting the a href="http://fransfeastforeword.blogspot.com/" ???? on your site? on my site?
Whoops! spelled my own name wrong. Fixed it.
Thanks #303! I'd been wondering the same thing myself. The brain is moving alittle slow this time of night but I managed to follow your instructions and get it work.
Ack! I finally had a minute to start looking through the blog ring and decided to check for my own presence, only to find that I'm not there! I know I added myself . . . Hey Nitestar, O brave admin, should I re-add myself? Or am I just crazy?
#305 -- I was trying to figure out how to put in a link when you do a comment on someone's blog. Those of us who do Tuesday Thingers leave links to our own blogs in the comments section of http://www.bostonbibliophile.com/ , since she is the one who has been coming up with the questions. For some reason when you put your url in the comments section it does not light up like a link should, causing anyone who wants to see it to have to cut and paste the url into their browser. I noticed some people knew how to make the link "live", so I wanted to know how to do it myself. Unfortunately it involves learning some html, but it works once you know the right formula!
Hi all: Just a very quick note. I am out of town on business and limited access to email. Back Friday and will admin you into the site.
Hi all: Just a very quick note. I am out of town on business and limited access to email. Back Friday and will admin you into the site.
304 and 306
Hope it helps if you need to know anything else drop me a line and I'll see if I can help or if I know someone who can :)
I thought I joined the webring- at least, I have a link on my blog that says that I'm a member. But I actually am not sure that I am! I went through the listing of blogs in the ring, and mine is not listed- is that because I'm viewing *other* member blogs, or am I supposed to see mine on there?
Mine is at http://aartichapati.blogspot.com , if that helps! sorry for not knowing how to do it myself.
I see mine when I go though the list of blogs. Are you listed on the ring surf pages for BooksANDBlogs?
I just checked and "Book Lust" isn't listed... you need to talk to Nitestar when she gets back and she'll tell you what you need to do I guess.
Book Imp, you're the best, it seems to be working. I'm so grateful for the help!
I love LT!
Yes, I'll see what happens. I feel a bit silly having the link on my page if I'm not actually in the ring, but hey... I don't feel like taking it down :-)
Tome - Glad it worked!
Aarti - Nah don't take it down I'm sure it's just a glitch that will be sorted out. Just as a matter of interest did you actually write the blurb about your site so that it's posted on the main menu? You may have only done the first half of the sign in. You could try logging in to ring surf and seeing what your status is.
Yes, I thought I went through the whole process. Now I just went to my "User Panel" and clicked something that said "Activate," so that it now says "In Queue." I'm not entirely sure what that means, but it sounds like I must have missed a step before. Activate seems like an important step, anyway!
And here's another basic question for you folks. Pardon my noobness.
I've tried leaving comments on several blogs on the webring throughout the past few weeks. I've tried using the OpenID deal for most of them. I type my comment, the letters in the word verification box, and click the OpenID bullet. This takes me a page which sends me to my lj, where I verify that I am its owner.
Checking back several days later, I find that none of these comments have actually made it onto anyone's blogs! Does anyone have an idea as to what I'm doing wrong? I've stuck pretty closely to lj since I started blogging years ago, so I really don't know much about using other services. Anyone have any ideas?
I don't know Trismegistus but I have the same kind of question though I'm a blogger user, I have tried to leave comments on some wordpress sites using the open id most of the time it works but sometimes my comments just disappear into the ether. I'm wondering why that happens too.
It might be the blog site itself...maybe the blogger doesn't have they're profile setting to allow open comments? Just a suggestion....
Since this ring was started, I've been inspired to jazz up my review blog (which I'd started a few months ago) with a nicer layout, etc. Wow! It really wasn't easy, and I actually know how to code html. I wish blogger had 3-column templates, but I was able to find a help article that laid out the code for me and where to put it in my own template. But even though blogger is super-easy to start a blog whether you know code or not, it ISN'T easy to do the more advanced stuff with. (Which is why it would be "advanced" stuff, I know!)
Anyhow, now to get back to the reading and reviewing!
I wish Blogger had a three-column format, too. Or that it would allow you to change the colors on its templates without having to go through the HTML code. Would be nice to switch it up easily once in a while, just for a change.
I use the "Son of Moto" template and I don't know how to make that three-column...
#319 and #320, if you have the time, I think it would be appreciated by anyone in this blog ring who was having comments disappear to know it. By this, I mean that if you post comments to a fellow LT webring blogger and 24 hours later it doesn't appear, if you are able to drop the blogger an email I think they would appreciate it. At least, I know I would if it were me. I love getting comments and I wouldn't want a commentor frustrated by having his comments seemingly ignored.
When the comments are disappear, is it your first comment to that blog? If so, they might need to be moderated. It is also possible that comments are getting caught in spam filters. There are 2 people (not from LT) whose non-spam comments get caught in my spam filter EVERY TIME they comment. I agree about letting the blog owner know, though.
Good idea about letting the blog owner know, I'll do that in future if it happens again. I think the blogs where the comments disappeared I'd already commented on before so it's always possible it was something I did. It only happened on the one day if I remember rightly so could have been server related. So many things it could have been but if it happens again I'll let the person I'm trying to send a comment to know.
The problem for me would be that I get going, comment on a dozen blogs, and I would never be able to remember which ones I posted to.
I like most things about Blogger, but the formats are pretty lame. They are really big fans of those super wide side margins, so you have a tiny little column of text down the center. I got a friend with some HTML-fu to work on mine - we couldn't get 3 columns, but we made the text column very wide, so at least it's an improvement.
For 3-column help in Blogger, check out Tips for New Bloggers. Just make sure you save the template you have first! I've used the site to make successful edits to both my sites.
M 317: Looks like I was in the same boat- thanks for posting your solution! Now I'm in the queue too.
In the tradition started by Nitestar in hosting the ER Group book bloggers web ring and Marie at The Boston Bibliophile for hosting the Tuesday Thingers meme I liked to throw my hat in the ring and offer to host and admin a blog site to gather and post our book giveaways and contests.
I couldn't sleep last night (look at the post time) and took the liberty of putting together a blogger site for us. Please feel free to stop by, take a look around and let me know if you like what you see or not. In no way will my feelings be hurt if this doesn't fly. It was simply an idea that was keeping me up tonight.
If you have any ideas, comments or concerns please let me know. If there is enough interest I'm more than happy to continue the site. Also, if I can link two blogs to the web ring I will link this new blog that so it will be centrally located.
Here's the link:
Up For Grabs
#329 - No problem. I'm all about helping through complete mischance and trial and error ;-)
324 & 325, thanks for the suggestions and advice. I hadn't considered moderation and spam filters as a possible cause.
I'll keep a closer eye on the comments I post & if they don't go through, it'll be time to start bugging blog owners!
Something like this happened to me yesterday, on a blog I comment on frequently. She told me that wordpress basically went insane and ate her post (my comment included) and she had recreated her post as much as she could and that's why my comment disappeared.
So I guess that's always a possibility.
I am back from my trip and I have approved everyone who had requested access to the webring. Please let me know if you can't see your blog!
I am going through this thread a little at a time, to see what's out there. I have book reviews on my site, about 1/2 reviews, 1/2 other stuff. I'd love more visitors and would appreciate links to my site.
336 and 337. I added you both to my blog roll. Are you going to join the blog ring too?
I started my own book blog a few months ago to try and at least keep up with what I've read.
It's still new, but drop by and comment. I plan to surf through the blogs here and try to return the comment favor.
I'm new to the LT Groups. Who knew!
My book review blog is http://jennsbookshelf.blogspot.com/
I review books for my blog, and I'm also a new reviewer for bookbitch.com.
I am a new book blogger, but this seems like a great idea & a fun group. Count me in!
I've been reviewing books on my blog http://bloodmuse.blogspot.com/ for a couple of months now.
Mostly, I've been concentrating on genre fiction like fantasy and science fiction, but hope to have general fiction reviews in the future. Also, I am into signed first editions, so I've been trying to create a resource of authentic author signatures.
There is a list in the Group - Tuesday Thingers that is being updated to include book review url's from this thread and those that are joining the Tuesday Thinger book blog ring. I think I've added in everyone from here but you may want to take a look.
I'm re-purposing one of my livejournals to be a book blog.
So if you're on Livejournal, add me! Since it was formerly my fashion ramblings/art journal, there will probably continue to be a focus on fashion and art, but I also read a lot of historical fiction, science fiction & fantasy, manga...and honestly, anything that'll sit still long enough for me to pounce on it. So check it out. There's only one book review up at the moment, but I'm adding another one today (one of the Early Reviewer books) and The Lace Reader will be going up tonight or tomorrow.
Well, I mainly just have reviews on regular books I've read, but when I finally get my May ER, and any other ER I ever get, I will of course put my review on there too. Here is my blog address-- feel free to stop by anytime, but realize that 90% or more of my books that will be reviewed on there will be romance. Some teen fantasy, and that's about it. But if you want to see what books *in my opinion* are good or not, stop by. So far, I don't have much on, just started it Friday, but I am trying to update ASAP.
I have a book blog. I review a lot ARCs and Review Copies from publisher's plus everything else I read and read-aloud to my 8yo too.
For those who are new to this site: we have an official webring for our book blogs:
please log into my book blog site at:
www.bookshipper.blogspot.com and on the right hand side you will find the words
BooksANDblogs - you can click on that and you will be automatically directed to the webring website where you can enter all your information and register your book blog.
Just wanted to let you know that as of today, we have 54 book blogs in our webring!
After reading only 348 messages in this ring, I finally decided to get off my tookus and finally set up the blog that I registered a couple of months ago when the thread started! Yes, I'm a tad slow sometimes. Forgive the newbness of the blog, any suggestions for making it better are appreciated and will most likely earn you a place in bookworm heaven. You can see it here:
Do you have to join RingSurf to add a link? I'm trying to avoid registering for any more websites/services. :(
Yes, I agree with Valkylee.. I hate signing up for too much, especially if I don't know or trust the site *not that I don't trust you guy's opinions on the site, of course*...
I just joined the Web Ring. Not sure why I waited so long!
Pop Culture Junkie
I just started a new book blog and joined the webring!
I just joined too (three?). Still working the kinks out of my site:
My blog is 75% books, 20% tales of my travels and 5% other stuff that gets me fired up:
I tried to register my blog w/ the book web ring, but no luck! I keep getting a 'Server is no responding, please check!' notice - has anyone else had this problem?
I joined it a couple of hours ago and didn't have a problem--which is unusual for me. I'm normally the one the server likes to diss!
Everybody's doing it, so why not? I've also joined the ring, over here.
Is it too late to join the ring?
I've been blogging about books for three-and-a-half years:
Its never too late to join. Just go to my blog and register, I will then activate you.
I managed to join, but I also managed to misspell-gasp!-the name of my blog. I did not see anyway to edit. So if you know a way to change "pages tured" to "pages turned," I would greatly appreciate it.
Just log in to Ring Surf, go to the user panel and click edit beside your website. :-)
Im a long time reader but a first time blogger ... I love the idea if posting reviews on a blog because it makes it so easy to find and share opinions.
So here is my blog Book Zombie
I just started a books only blog on wordpress.
Tell me what you think!
Just wanted to say that I haven't been commentig on the webring posts much recently - sorry - I do read them all but my and my OH's work has gone really stressy and busy recently, and all I can bring myself to do is write my own book reviews and read yours!
I do appreciate the comments others have made on my LJ, and will take part more soon!
My blog can be found at:
I have enjoyed reading others blogs!
I just started a book blog of my own. Check it out at:
Just started blogging about books and my reviews tend to be plain and simple.
I started a couple weeks ago, and things are looking good so far--reviews of literary fiction, memoirs, and random nonfiction. I'm currently featuring reviews of The Gargoyle, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Glass Castle, and others.
coming soon: The Lace Reader
visit me at http://readerville.wordpress.com
I've finally started a book blog! For now it contains only some of the reviews I've already posted here, but once I get the hang of it, I'll post more recent reviews and other thoughts on books, etc.
Visit me at http://shereadsandreads.blogspot.com
I tried commenting on your blog, avisannschild, but you have to have a blogger account or an OpenID, which I don't have because I self-host my Wordpress blog. You'll get more comments if you open it up to other people.
Wow, I've got a lot of reading to do, don't I?
I've got three blogs, the most pertinent of which is Children's Books Too Cool For School where I review (duh) kids' books. I do get some ARCs for that one.
I've also got B.A.B.A.E.L. which is mostly about my utterly boring life, but does include some book reviews. I've got a nice tag cloud that can get you right to them.
Then there is Storytimeland which isn't reviews per se, but since I describe many of the books and talk about my kids' reactions to them, it sort of is.
Now, off to check out some new book blogs!
Thanks, Anysia, for pointing out that problem to me! I've fixed it now (I hope), so please feel free to comment on my blog! Any other constructive criticism will be appreciated, as I'm very new to this blogging thing.
My book reviews and thoughts on writing are posted at http://worducopia.blogspot.com. I have another blog also, the book one is pretty new. I'd like to join the web ring once I actually get an ER book. Right now I'm still just a wannabe Early Reviewer. ;-)
Hi all: Just thought I would give a little update. We now have 80 book blogs on our ring!!!
If you want to register for this ring, just go to my site and click the Book Ring button, you can register from there and I will activate you.
I loved looking at some of the book blogs (didn't have time to look at all of them yet...). I "think" I added mine to the ring. I have received several early books and hope I get many more... I'm going to stay up on these posts from now on!
I have a blog that is all about book reviews,
Check it out! :)
Okay--I'm still pretty nooby about all this. I'm adding the blogroll to my blog and am wondering if there's a better way (ie faster) to do this. Do you have to add each site one at a time or is there just a place where I can snag all the addresses?
I've been wondering about favorite literary quotes, if anyone wants to share theirs, I've put the topic up at my blog. http://bananas4books.blogspot.com/ Feel free to join in the conversation!!
I have registered three times at the Library Thing Books & Blogs Ring and placed the little code link reading person on my blog, but my blog is not listed. Any help would greatly be appreciated :-)
Hi Tasses: I just went into the administration site and there is no record of you registering. I am not all that technical unfortunately and I have to say that this site is not particularly helpful either - so I am throwing it out to the wonderful people on this board - can anyone help us figure this out???
Spam folder eating confirmation e-mail or blocked cookies breaking the registration? Those are the usual suspects.
Tasses, Try this:
1)go to the Ringsurf site and log in to make sure you're registered. If not, there's a confirmation email you should have gotten, like #387 said.
2) If you're registered, you'll be able to log in--then, click on "My sites" on the left hand side of the page. See if BooksandBlogs is listed with a link that says "Activate" or something like that. If so, click on it.
3) That will send the message to Nitestar so you can get approved.
So, what exactly does the blogger get from RingSurf. I just activated myself today, but as far as I can tell, I'm just giving them free advertising. Do we get any benefit from it? It seems only those listed on the first page of the BooksandBlogs would be seen.
here's my book (and other things) blog... comments are welcome
389>So, what exactly does the blogger get from RingSurf. I just activated myself today, but as far as I can tell, I'm just giving them free advertising. Do we get any benefit from it?
Well, I know that I have been getting more traffic from it. Whether it's coming from you all here at LT or from others, I'm not sure.
I can't speak to how others do it, but when I go into a list of rings like that, I usually go to one of the middle pages or the last page to start looking - I rarely start with blog one, because I figure they get the majority of the traffic. But, once you've clicked on one of the blogs, at the top, there's a bar that shows next and previous, so you can visit every blog in the ring that way. Whether you think that's particularly good for your blog, is I suppose a personal thing, but I think mine has gotten more traffic since signing up. And, I know I've visited quite a few blogs through the ring that I'd not have seen otherwise.
I have GoogleAnalytics attached to my blog, so I'll keep an eye out for the next week or so to see if any traffic comes from RingSurf. It's not like it costs me anything, right?
Right now the majority of visitors come from here and about half as many come from BookMooch.
I'll keep ya'll posted.
About 5% of my visits come from this book ring (and i'm nowhere near the first page). It would be nice if clicking on the picture took you to a random book blog instead of the list, but I don't think that's how RingSurf works.
Edited to add: Once you click on a blog in the list you visit it with a top bar that provides next and previous links which makes it easy to check out a lot of blogs quickly. There is also a choice to surf 'Random' blogs in the list at that point. (and all this was already said in 392 ... I didn't read back far enough in the thread).
I started my blog in April:
I joined the Books and Blogs webring a week ago. So far, I am having a great time!
I just signed up for early reviewers books, and look forward to seeing the list of August books, which so far, as of August 4, I don't see.
My blog has lots about gardening, bits about my journey getting my book published, and book reviews and book giveaways.
My book Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts has its own blog at
My book co-authors and I post a new tip each day.
Mine is a Books and Reading blog with books new and reviews:
My blog is http://agirlwalksintoabookstore.blogspot.com. It's amazing to see how many book bloggers there are out there!
In case you've missed it:
No best-sellers. You might find something interesting.
Blacklin here. I just joined Early Book Reviews. My blog is: http://blacklin.wordpress.com. I write book reviews and I'm also trying to make my site a kind of resource center/online library, so I have links to search engines, info on crediting material used in research, history links and the like. I have also found myself writing reviews of sites that I am adding to my blog (I get a little excited about some of my finds.) Anyway, hello!
A friend and I write reviews at http://hollybooknotes.blogspot.com. It started out as a book club and has turned into primarily a review site. We both read a lot of fiction and juvenile fiction. We'll be doing our first giveaway and author interview soon.
I started a blog in may that is a little different twist on a book blog. I host guest authors who blog about how they got started writing: http://www.megwaiteclayton.com/1stbooks.
I just launched my first book giveaway, inspired by several bloggers I've met her on LT. Stop by and leave and comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper. Add a cross-post to your blog and if you're the winner I'll throw in a copy of The Wednesday Sisters - just in case you missed the Early Reviewer ARE giveaway, or want a hardbound copy.
I'm marking this page so I can start visiting blogs!
I, too, have a book blog. I've only been going for about a month and a half, but I'm having a great time. I still have a backlog of reviews to get posted (stuff I wrote for ER, etc. before I started the blog), but it's getting there. I like to highlight others' blogs too- showcase their contests, and I'm cooking up a series of posts right now on beautiful blog design. I'm located here:
I've had a book blog for more than three years, but I've just started being really active over the course of the last four or five months. It can be found at Reading and Ruminations
Hi all: According to Ring Surf - we now have 103 blogs in our book ring!!! Yeah!!!
That's great! Thanks again, Nitestar, for setting up this ring. Though time constraints often prevent me from participating in Tuesday Thingers, I sure love checking in on the ring whenever I have a chance.
Re. #408: "According to Ring Surf - we now have 103 blogs in our book ring!"
Now, if we could only figure out a way to market that ring as a resource to the P.R. departments of the publishers, we'd all be swimming in ARC's!
Btripp: I like your idea of marketing the ring! I have tried to figure out a way of doing this, but short of sending them the link, etc. I can't quite see how we could do it.
Our ring is very diversified which may be good or bad, depending on how we look at it - on the other hand, there would be bloggers for absolutely every type of book printed!
If anyone has any ideas, please share! I would be curious to find out if there is a bigger book blog ring out there right now?
I've corrected my link waaaaaay up there in the thread, but I also wanted to post here that I've recently moved to my own domain: http://shereadsbooks.org ! I'm pretty excited to be blogging at my own place.
That being said, I'm still noticing a number of new links to my old site. If you see this message, and have linked to my old side (shereadsbooks.wordpress.com) I'd be tickled pink if you would change that link to http://shereadsbooks.org .
I just visited your new site. It's cool! I like that your header images change each time I visit another page of your site. Nice layout.
411 - Nitestar, I have been working on a way to do this, but I'm just off on vacation and it's not quite ready (first thing on my list when I get back in a week)
I have two questions for the ring members though:
1) How many post in the "here's my latest review"-type threads?
2) How many who don't do it, would do it if it reached a wider audience than fellow book bloggers/LT members?
When I review an ARC or an ER book I post a link in the "Penny for your thoughts" thread in ARC Junkies. I don't announce my reviews of other books anywhere, but I would if there were such a place.
Anysia: that's great - let me know if you need anything from my end. I am glad you are doing it, because I have been driving myself a little nuts trying to figure out a way - can't wait to see your idea!
In answer to your questions.
If it is an ER book, then I post the review on my library AND I post it on the forums - usually I start a new caterogry in the Early Reviewer thread or if it already exists I post it there.
If it is not an ER book, I just post the review in my library.
However, I would be more than happy to post my reviews everywhere! I do post them at Amazon and Chapters also!!!!
I clearly have a lot to learn in blogging from you all. I'm off to hunt for the Tuesday thing.
On the outreach to publishers thing, I do know from watching how Random House/Ballantine has been marketing The Wednesday Sisters (my novel) that there is great interest in outreach to bloggers. If there is a list somewhere of all the LT blogs or some other link I could pass along, I'd be happy to send it to the woman who heads their internet marketing team. Seems to me a marriage made in heaven.
I know the Wednesday Sisters Early Reader Giveaway was a huge success, and resulted in a lot of blog coverage, too.
I just signed up for Early Reviewers, so I haven't written any reviews for ER yet, but I do write reviews on books that I read on my own which I post on my blog: http://blacklin.wordpress.com. I have begun (very slowly) to copy these reviews to my review spot here on LT. When I post a review on my blog, I create a category for the author and select a genre category. I have archives by month and by category. When someone clicks on the drop down menu for category, he or she can click on an specific author for a listing of reviews. (I hope that makes sense.)
Like your site, and where did you get the cool format. Awesome. And Refreshing.
ThePam -- thanks! I had been wanting to do it for a while, and the whole install/import process took a lot longer than I had planned... and so I'm super happy to be where I am right now.
Blacklin as well,
The theme I use (with the rotating headers) is called PrimePress, and it's done by a guy called Ravi Varma. I got it through the WordPress theme viewer, I think, but you can also download a copy here: http://www.techtrot.com/primepress/ . I'm very pleased with it -- it's very clean, very simple, and I have a lot of fun with the rotating headers.
It used to be that I'd have to discipline myself to not spend too much time of an evening cataloguing. Now I have to watch that I don't spend all night cropping new headers with the GIMP!
I visited the link you gave for the Prime Press layout. Still nice! Whatever makes it cool is subtle. I'm on Wordpress.com so they don't have that design :(
I am so happy!! Deanna, from HarperCollins Canada has agreed to do an online interview for my book blog. I finally got to ask all those questions that I have been dying to know about online marketing, publicity and exactly how publishers feel about book bloggers. I will let you know when I post to my blog. I think we will get some great tips
Also, if you register for Book Blogger Appreciation Week your blog will go in a searchable directory we are currently working on....the whole idea is to help authors, publicists, readers, etc. find the right kind of blog for their books.
We've had so many different kinds of book blogs register, it's been cool!
>415 anysia: Anysia and Nitestar
1) I haven't been posting in any threads, but do post my reviews in my library here on Library Thing. I haven't won any ER books as of yet. ( and on my blog of course)
2) Reaching a wider audience would be great
I think this is a fabulous idea to market ourselves as a group ring that reaches many many different audiences and different niches~!
Oh dear, I'd love to join the book bloggers appreciation thing and I did manage to get a button for the webring onto my LJ (I think) but I can't see how to pick up and add the button. Also I think my book blog is probably too general and boring to apply? Not sure. Can anyone help. I'm LyzzyBee on Livejournal if it helps to look at the set-up I have so far.
Sorry to be so rubbish! I did add the blogring thing and do read your blogs on my bloglines account, even if I don't comment much...
I have just started blogging on the few Harper Collins First Look I have received in the last year. I am very excited about joining up with other bloggers and am still learning as a newbie reviewer.
Any technical advice would be greatly appreciated and right now I am not only reading books but all the help menus attached to various sites.
Anyone interested in getting more eyes on their book reviews, please come comment on my meta-blog review link thread. (Sorry for the multiple thread posting, I'm just trying to find people who are interested in this topic and they're spread over about 4 groups.)
My blog reviews books in a series, it is
I also keep track of books that I'm waiting to come out:
I just started a livejournal book review blog.
It can be found at http://aprilperlowski.livejournal.com/
I don't write as often as I'd like, but I post book reviews, ARC giveaways, general book stuff, and keep a list of what I've read at http://badgerbooks.blogspot.com. :D
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