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1Nitestar
May 10, 2008, 8:58am Top

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:

www.bookshipper.blogspot.com

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.

2rainbowdarling
May 10, 2008, 9:02am Top

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. :)

Mine is:

http://the-goldenroad.net

3jlshall
May 10, 2008, 9:33am Top

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:

http://jlshall.blogspot.com/

I've been toying with the idea of switching to WordPress, but for now, this is where you'll find me.

4gwendolyndawson
May 10, 2008, 9:36am Top

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!

5virginiahomeschooler
May 10, 2008, 9:42am Top

My blog is all book related (mostly reviews):

Traci's Book Bag

6JulesJones
May 10, 2008, 9:58am Top

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:
http://julesjones.livejournal.com/tag/book+review

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.
http://julesjones.livejournal.com/tag/book+log

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.
http://julesjones.wordpress.com/

7michelle_bcf
Edited: May 10, 2008, 10:29am Top

I run a group reviews blog, at http://bcfreviews.wordpress.com :)

8kaelirenee
May 10, 2008, 10:41am Top

I've got my book/librarian blog (including stupid patron questions!) here.

9lenoreva
Edited: May 10, 2008, 10:49am Top

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.

http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com

Looking forward to visiting your blogs as well!

10kvanuska
May 10, 2008, 10:52am Top

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/.

11LyzzyBee
Edited: May 10, 2008, 10:57am Top

My book reviews are (almost all) open to all here

http://lyzzybee.livejournal.com/

I've had comments from authors a few times, which is marvellous!

12awriterspen
May 10, 2008, 11:09am Top

I started a blog recently, in fact 2. Which one do you like better?

http://awriterspen.com
http://awriterspen.blogspot.com

I would be willing to exchange links with other bloggers as well, just leave me a message.

13rainbowdarling
May 10, 2008, 11:22am Top

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. :)

14jbd1
May 10, 2008, 11:30am Top

Mine is PhiloBiblos - some reviews, but also news on rare books and special collections, archives, &c.

15LyzzyBee
May 10, 2008, 11:32am Top

I've added links to all these blogs in my LJ profile - might get you some passing traffic...

16bostonbibliophile
Edited: May 10, 2008, 11:33am Top

I have mine up at http://www.bostonbibliophile.com. I'm going to update my blogroll today or tomorrow & check everyone out too! :-)

17Nitestar
May 10, 2008, 12:05pm Top

Hi Rainbowdarling: I have posted you a PM.

18DevourerOfBooks
Edited: May 10, 2008, 1:32pm Top

Mine is all reviews and book-related happenings (in the world and in my life). Devourer of Books

edited for html

19BTRIPP
Edited: May 10, 2008, 12:48pm Top

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:
http://btripp-books.livejournal.com

 

20Kplatypus
Edited: May 10, 2008, 1:30pm Top

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:

http://inkhornplatypus.livejournal.com

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.

21JulesJones
May 10, 2008, 1:33pm Top

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.

22rainbowdarling
May 10, 2008, 1:34pm Top

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.)

23Trismegistus
Edited: May 10, 2008, 2:17pm Top

I've been reviewing books for about two years on my livejournal:
http://akujunkan.livejournal.com/tag/books.

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.

24lovemybooks
May 10, 2008, 2:31pm Top

I do book blog with my sister and mom at
http://thefriendlybooknook.com

I also review books on my personal blog but also talk about things like tv shows and my faith at
http://www.myfriendamysblog.com

25Kegsoccer
May 10, 2008, 2:33pm Top

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

26bostonbibliophile
Edited: May 10, 2008, 2:42pm Top

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?

27rainbowdarling
May 10, 2008, 2:51pm Top

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. :)

28nktk
May 10, 2008, 2:58pm Top

Sounds good to me. My book review website is http://www.bookroomreviews.com
My companion blog is
http://www.bookroomreviews.wordpress.com
Both are new but check back next month for giveaways!

29lovemybooks
May 10, 2008, 3:01pm Top

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

30Nitestar
May 10, 2008, 3:02pm Top

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.

31virginiahomeschooler
May 10, 2008, 3:36pm Top

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.

32Caramellunacy
May 10, 2008, 3:55pm Top

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:
http://caramellunacy.blogspot.com

33shakenbake212
May 10, 2008, 5:09pm Top

I've had my book blog for almost 2 years. I love visitors, especially the kind that leave comments. =)
http://educatingpetunia.blogspot.com/

I'll be working my way through this list over the next week so expect to hear from me.

34bostonbibliophile
May 10, 2008, 5:27pm Top

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.

35Nitestar
May 10, 2008, 5:38pm Top

Hi Bostonbibliophile: Great idea! I'm definitely in. Thank you (merci!)

36lgondelman
May 10, 2008, 5:50pm Top

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 :)

http://lorisreadingcorner.blogspot.com/

37bostonbibliophile
May 10, 2008, 7:12pm Top

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?

38rainbowdarling
May 10, 2008, 7:25pm Top

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.

39LiteraryFeline
May 10, 2008, 8:57pm Top

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:
http://literaryfeline.blogspot.com

40thetometraveller
May 10, 2008, 9:48pm Top

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:

http://thetometraveller.blogspot.com/

I'm a first time, brand new blogger, be gentle!

41ablueidol
Edited: May 11, 2008, 6:04am Top

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.

http://blueidol-notesofabookdreamer.blogspot.com/

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

http://chekhovsmistress.com/index.php/article/what_makes_a_good_review/

42ablueidol
May 11, 2008, 6:59am Top

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

43lenoreva
May 11, 2008, 7:54am Top

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.

44Nitestar
May 11, 2008, 7:55am Top

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!

45michelle_bcf
May 11, 2008, 8:08am Top

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.

46bluesalamanders
May 11, 2008, 8:12am Top

LJ allows openID, and anon commenting; it's up to the individual user if they want to block it.

47rainbowdarling
May 11, 2008, 8:32am Top

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!

48JulesJones
May 11, 2008, 8:47am Top

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. :-)

49Kplatypus
May 11, 2008, 10:49am Top

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.

50ablueidol
May 11, 2008, 1:09pm Top

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.

51michelle_bcf
May 11, 2008, 1:13pm Top

I've visited you all, added most to my reader, and left a few comments along the way. However, I signed them using my other blog, http://mjmoore.wordpress.com, rather than my reviews one, http://bcfreviews.wordpress.com

52picklechic
May 11, 2008, 2:37pm Top

My (fairly new) book blog is: http://www.bookhangover.blogspot.com/

53bostonbibliophile
May 11, 2008, 2:46pm Top

#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! :-)

54Nitestar
May 11, 2008, 3:31pm Top

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?

55LyzzyBee
May 11, 2008, 4:33pm Top

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!

56rainbowdarling
May 11, 2008, 6:03pm Top

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.

57Nitestar
May 11, 2008, 6:11pm Top

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.

58bostonbibliophile
May 11, 2008, 6:25pm Top

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?

59tapestry100
May 11, 2008, 6:27pm Top

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.

60amateras
May 11, 2008, 8:16pm Top

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.

http://www.inthelouvre.org

Still shakily trying to find a balance between personal posts, writing posts and book posts, but there I am. :)

61LibrarysCat
May 12, 2008, 3:33am Top

All of these ideas sound wonderful. I think I have posted this on another list, but here is my blog:

http://libraryscatbooks.blogspot.com/

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.

FlusiCat

62LeesyLou
May 12, 2008, 9:24am Top

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.

63pennylegionbooks
Edited: Aug 24, 2008, 9:13am Top

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

64DevourerOfBooks
May 12, 2008, 11:23am Top

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.

65michelle_bcf
May 12, 2008, 12:55pm Top

I thought some of you may be interested in my other blog, for author interviews.
http://authorinterviews.wordpress.com/

66Rarcar1
May 12, 2008, 6:00pm Top

I just started my blog a month ago, http://journeythroughreading.blogspot.com.

67nktk
May 12, 2008, 7:08pm Top

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

68psychomamma
May 12, 2008, 9:46pm Top

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...

69virginiahomeschooler
Edited: May 12, 2008, 10:38pm Top

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.
Check Here

Dang, for some reason all the ones I just put in aren't coming up. Ok, have to try that again.

70rainbowdarling
May 12, 2008, 10:37pm Top

#67 > You missed mine - it's The Golden Road ( http://the-goldenroad.net ) :)

71Nitestar
May 13, 2008, 7:12am Top

I think I have entered all of your blogs on my site. Please let me know if I missed one!

72bostonbibliophile
Edited: May 13, 2008, 7:45am Top

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!
(www.bostonbibliophile.com)

73teelgee
May 13, 2008, 1:15pm Top

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/

74nktk
May 13, 2008, 1:33pm Top

Rainbow darling you are added Thanks!

75lyzadanger
May 13, 2008, 1:47pm Top

Wowza! This is very neat!

I'll toss my hat in the ring:

http://books.lyza.com

76judithkaye
May 13, 2008, 7:16pm Top

Mine is mostly book reviews at http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/

Most of the time, but not all, the reviews have a book raffle.

I'm also at MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/j_kaye_book_blog

77JacInABook
Edited: May 13, 2008, 7:39pm Top

Mine is book reviews, writing and general life but if you're interested it's Calliope's Coffee House at http://jacbookishly.blogspot.com/

78littlebookworm
May 13, 2008, 9:05pm Top

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.

79judithkaye
May 13, 2008, 9:27pm Top

I'd be lost without the Google Reader!

80JacInABook
May 14, 2008, 5:28am Top

Think I got everyone you can check if you like at Calliope's Coffee House

81medievalmama
May 14, 2008, 4:48pm Top

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?

82ablueidol
May 14, 2008, 6:19pm Top

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

83woodbear
Edited: May 14, 2008, 8:22pm Top

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.

84rainbowdarling
May 14, 2008, 8:25pm Top

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!

85LisaLynne
May 14, 2008, 9:11pm Top

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.

http://aliveontheshelves.blogspot.com/

86icedream
Edited: May 14, 2008, 9:30pm Top

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:
http://readinginappalachia.blogspot.com

87LisaLynne
May 14, 2008, 9:46pm Top

>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.)

88virginiahomeschooler
May 15, 2008, 12:05am Top

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

89bostonbibliophile
Edited: May 15, 2008, 8:03am Top

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. :-)

90LeesyLou
May 15, 2008, 8:40am Top

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.

91LisaLynne
May 15, 2008, 11:27am Top

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.

92teelgee
May 15, 2008, 11:39am Top

Hm, I don't see mine there Lisa: http://teelgee7.blogspot.com/

93Nitestar
May 15, 2008, 12:06pm Top

I am a little behind on adding you all to my site, but I am working on it :)

94NeedMoreShelves
May 15, 2008, 1:17pm Top

Well, call me late to the party, but I sure would like to join! Here's my brand-spanking new blog:

http://needmoreshelves.blogspot.com/

I think I have everyone added, but if you don't see yourself please let me know. Thanks for the great idea!

96teelgee
May 15, 2008, 2:23pm Top

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

97awriterspen
Edited: May 15, 2008, 5:08pm Top

>96 teelgee:, I fixed the broken links, all should be working perfectly now. :-)

98LisaLynne
May 15, 2008, 3:17pm Top

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.

99TooFondOfBooks
May 15, 2008, 5:22pm Top

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 :)

http://www.sheistoofondofbooks.wordpress.com

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!

100TooFondOfBooks
May 15, 2008, 5:22pm Top

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101JacInABook
May 15, 2008, 5:28pm Top

#99

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.

102Kplatypus
May 15, 2008, 6:21pm Top

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 . . .

103awriterspen
May 15, 2008, 7:22pm Top

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:

http://www.livejournal.com/customize/options.bml?group=linkslist

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.

104JacInABook
Edited: May 15, 2008, 7:31pm Top

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105Nitestar
May 15, 2008, 7:39pm Top

TheBookImp - I like the logo!!!

k2Andrews - I just sent you a message, I don't see my link on your list:
www.bookshipper.blogspot.com

Thanks.

106awriterspen
May 15, 2008, 8:01pm Top

>105 Nitestar:, thanks, I added you in.

107awriterspen
May 15, 2008, 8:01pm Top

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108NeedMoreShelves
May 15, 2008, 8:15pm Top

#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!!

109JacInABook
Edited: May 15, 2008, 8:34pm Top

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.

110LyzzyBee
May 15, 2008, 9:05pm Top

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???

111JacInABook
Edited: May 20, 2008, 4:18am Top

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)

112TooFondOfBooks
May 15, 2008, 9:32pm Top

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?

113JacInABook
May 15, 2008, 9:45pm Top

#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.

114nktk
May 15, 2008, 10:49pm Top

Great logo! Thanks for all the work on it!!!!!

115franchi
May 15, 2008, 11:27pm Top

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116thetometraveller
May 15, 2008, 11:33pm Top

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!

http://thetometraveller.blogspot.com/

Thanks again!

117rainbowdarling
May 16, 2008, 6:26am Top

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. :)

118bostonbibliophile
May 16, 2008, 6:31am Top

BookImp, nice logo! :-) thank you!

119LisaLynne
May 16, 2008, 9:21am Top

>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.

120purplemoonstar
Edited: May 16, 2008, 9:48am Top

Mine is http://purplemoonmyst.blogspot.com
it is very new but I hope you like what you see so far!

121awriterspen
May 16, 2008, 11:08am Top

I updated the link list in msg #98. Pls let me know if I'm missing anyone.

122ThePam
May 16, 2008, 12:43pm Top

if this fits you can add Don B. and I:

http://www.booksforkids-reviews.com/

==============

as well I have my own blook and blarticle site:

http://pageinhistory.blogspot.com/

123woodbear
May 16, 2008, 4:32pm Top

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.

124LyzzyBee
May 16, 2008, 4:38pm Top

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!

125awriterspen
May 16, 2008, 5:10pm Top

woodbear, I left you a private message on your profile.

126michelle_bcf
May 16, 2008, 5:19pm Top

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. :)

127LyzzyBee
May 16, 2008, 5:25pm Top

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!

128wpriest
May 16, 2008, 5:29pm Top

I have a blog in which I review mysteries and thrillers

http://bloodstainedbookreviews.blogspot.com.

Feel free to take a look and make a comment.

Lillian

129nktk
May 16, 2008, 6:35pm Top

Lyzzy, You can comment on the companion blog which is http://www.bookroomreviews.wordpress.com See you there!

130LisaMM
May 17, 2008, 2:38am Top

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:

http://lisamm.wordpress.com

Thanks nktk for pointing me in this direction~

131michelle_bcf
May 17, 2008, 5:38am Top

My sidebars are pretty full on my reviews blog (http://bcfreviews.wordpress.com), so I've added a link to this page (http://mjmoore.wordpress.com/book-related-blogs/), which is hosted on my main blog! :)

132Nitestar
May 17, 2008, 9:52am Top

#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).

133Irisheyz77
May 17, 2008, 10:30am Top

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:

http://tickettoanywhere.blogspot.com/

134LiteraryFeline
May 17, 2008, 12:01pm Top

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.

135amateras
Edited: May 18, 2008, 8:07pm Top

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!

http://www.inthelouvre.org/library/book-links/

136awriterspen
May 18, 2008, 2:39pm Top

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.

137rainbowdarling
Edited: May 18, 2008, 3:11pm Top

I think I'm updated to here at The Golden Road. Let me know if I missed your blog or called it something funky!

138trishbrowning
May 18, 2008, 5:29pm Top

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.

http://trishsdiary.wordpress.com/

139awriterspen
Edited: May 19, 2008, 1:47pm Top

I updated the list again in msg 95.

140amysisson
May 19, 2008, 2:05pm Top

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!

141Nitestar
May 19, 2008, 5:29pm Top

Hi Nktk: I just left you a message on your profile page.

142teelgee
May 20, 2008, 2:34am Top

Is there a theme for the Tuesday blogathon?

143Tasses
May 20, 2008, 2:40am Top

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.

144JacInABook
May 20, 2008, 4:17am Top

And the Winner is



Feel free to copy this image to your computer and then upload it to your blog.

145bostonbibliophile
May 20, 2008, 7:55am Top

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!

146LisaMM
May 20, 2008, 9:29am Top

Did everyone remember to put their post up? Mine's up at:
http://lisamm.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/tuesday-thingers/

147LisaLynne
May 20, 2008, 9:34am Top

Mine is posted as well: http://aliveontheshelves.blogspot.com/2008/05/tuesday-thingers.html

(pssst, LisaMM: I'm not on your blogroll)

148awriterspen
May 20, 2008, 10:09am Top

I posted my response at:
http://awriterspen.blogspot.com/

149kathy_h
May 20, 2008, 10:11am Top

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.
http://2manybooks2read.blogspot.com/

150jlshall
May 20, 2008, 12:49pm Top

This seems a little like overkill since I already left a message on bostonbibliophile's site. But my post is here:
http://jlshall.blogspot.com/2008/05/tuesday-thingers-discussion-groups.html

151LeesyLou
May 20, 2008, 12:50pm Top

I did blog on this and hope to keep participating. Thanks for creating this ring and getting it going!
LeesyKnits

152LisaMM
May 20, 2008, 1:01pm Top

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.

153rainbowdarling
May 20, 2008, 1:07pm Top

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!

154LisaMM
May 20, 2008, 1:30pm Top

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.

155Kegsoccer
May 20, 2008, 1:58pm Top

Well, since everyone else is doing it :)
http://kbookreviews.wordpress.com/

156rainbowdarling
May 20, 2008, 2:09pm Top

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! ;)

157teelgee
May 20, 2008, 2:33pm Top

Homework's done Ma! Find it here:
http://teelgee7.blogspot.com/

158DevourerOfBooks
May 20, 2008, 3:20pm Top

By the way, I just posted a big contest...

159avisannschild
May 20, 2008, 3:55pm Top

> 158

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...

160TooFondOfBooks
May 20, 2008, 3:56pm Top

> 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.
http://sheistoofondofbooks.wordpress.com/

161silverheron
Edited: May 20, 2008, 4:43pm Top

Okay so I will try to jump in as well. This is quite the blog ring going.

http://silverheronsnest.blogspot.com

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.

Thanks Everyone

162judithkaye
May 20, 2008, 5:13pm Top

I am thrilled that we have an offical name! :)

J. Kaye

http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/

163lovemybooks
May 20, 2008, 5:34pm Top

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...

164DevourerOfBooks
May 20, 2008, 5:39pm Top

>159 avisannschild:,

I don't see why not. It would be just the same as sending you a book through bookmooch or something.

165lgondelman
May 20, 2008, 6:17pm Top

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!

http://lorisreadingcorner.blogspot.com/2008/05/may-pay-it-forward-book-exchange....

166yourotherleft
May 20, 2008, 7:04pm Top

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.

167teelgee
May 20, 2008, 7:59pm Top

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.

168avisannschild
May 20, 2008, 8:05pm Top

>164 DevourerOfBooks:

Yay, thank you!

169Kegsoccer
May 21, 2008, 4:14pm Top

Hi all, I think I finally managed to get everyone's links in one place on my blog.

http://kbookreviews.wordpress.com/

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.

170PhoenixTerran
May 21, 2008, 4:21pm Top

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!

171Nitestar
May 21, 2008, 4:40pm Top

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.

www.bookshipper.blogspot.com

and let's keep the blog web ring rolling!!!!

172Lallybroch
Edited: May 21, 2008, 9:21pm Top

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!

173teelgee
May 21, 2008, 6:36pm Top

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.

174SharingMyStory
May 21, 2008, 8:41pm Top

Here's my blog ... I'd love more visitors! www.age30books.blogspot.com

175BTRIPP
May 21, 2008, 10:08pm Top

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 ...

 

176lovemybooks
May 21, 2008, 10:12pm Top

I agree BTRIPP, that would be easiest. But I'm not volunteering to be admin!

177LisaMM
May 21, 2008, 11:45pm Top

Ringsurf would probably work, too!

178Nitestar
May 22, 2008, 6:54am Top

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:

www.bookshipper.blogspot.com

179rainbowdarling
May 22, 2008, 8:45am Top

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.

180LisaMM
May 22, 2008, 9:45am Top

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.

http://lisamm.wordpress.com/

181rainbowdarling
May 22, 2008, 9:47am Top

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. :)

182BookJunkie
May 22, 2008, 9:50am Top

Love book blogs so I'm happy to have found this thread. My blog is www.mysoulforabook.blogspot.com.

183aarti
Edited: May 22, 2008, 4:19pm Top

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:

http://aartichapati.blogspot.com

Thanks!

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!

184Kegsoccer
May 22, 2008, 3:43pm Top

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!)

185LiterateHousewife
May 22, 2008, 6:06pm Top

I hope that it's not too late to join this group. Here is the link to my book blog:

http://literatehousewife.wordpress.com

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?

186Bbexlibris
May 22, 2008, 6:45pm Top

me too!!!! I have a book blog:

http://exlibrisbb.blogspot.com/

come check it out!!! Oh, and I want to join the Tuesday Thingers!!!

187Nitestar
May 22, 2008, 6:52pm Top

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 :)

188ankhet
May 22, 2008, 7:44pm Top

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!

189Melsy626
May 22, 2008, 8:39pm Top

I am somewhat new to blogging and checking in here, but wanted to add mine to the list.

http://melsysplace.blogspot.com/

Looking forward to checking out everyone's!!! :)

190Rarcar1
May 22, 2008, 9:16pm Top

I have not been keeping up with this thread like I had hoped but plan to check everyone's blogs this weekend!

191awriterspen
Edited: May 23, 2008, 9:05am Top

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.

192littlebookworm
May 22, 2008, 10:30pm Top

I am not on there k2andrews, my blog is

http://www.chikune.com/blog

and is called Medieval Bookworm. Thank you. =)

193DeusExLibris
May 23, 2008, 4:27am Top

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.

194klarusu
Edited: May 23, 2008, 6:28am Top

Here's mine into the pot :

http://50book2007.blogspot.com/

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!

195DeusExLibris
Edited: May 23, 2008, 5:42am Top

Just got my book blog up and running on blogspot. Check out:

http://bookspirit.blogspot.com

Don't have any reviews up yet, but that will be changing soon.

196jlshall
May 23, 2008, 7:34am Top

#191 > Don't think you've got me on the list. My blog is Joy's Blog:

http://jlshall.blogspot.com/

Not a very memorable name, I'm afraid.

197klarusu
May 23, 2008, 7:34am Top

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!

198LisaLynne
May 23, 2008, 8:15am Top

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.

199PhoenixTerran
May 23, 2008, 8:50am Top

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. :-)

200aarti
May 23, 2008, 12:04pm Top

#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.

201JacInABook
May 23, 2008, 12:18pm Top

#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.

http://tips-for-new-bloggers.blogspot.com/

202DeusExLibris
May 23, 2008, 4:57pm Top

Thanks BookImp. I'm going to be making thorough use of that site over the next weeks.

203rainbowdarling
May 24, 2008, 7:39am Top

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!

204Nitestar
May 24, 2008, 10:06am Top

I have a free book giveaway on my blog:

www.bookshipper.blogspot.com

205Melsy626
May 24, 2008, 10:41am Top

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!! :)

206LyzzyBee
May 24, 2008, 1:25pm Top

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.

207lenoreva
May 24, 2008, 4:59pm Top

#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?

Thanks!

208DeusExLibris
May 24, 2008, 5:37pm Top

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.

209rainbowdarling
May 24, 2008, 8:56pm Top

#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. :)

210LyzzyBee
May 25, 2008, 5:33am Top

# 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!

211rainbowdarling
May 25, 2008, 8:20am Top

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.

212BTRIPP
May 25, 2008, 8:48am Top

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.

 

213Nitestar
May 25, 2008, 8:51am Top

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.

214lgondelman
May 25, 2008, 9:13am Top

I'm in on the web ring.

215LeesyLou
May 25, 2008, 9:24am Top

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.

216LyzzyBee
May 25, 2008, 9:36am Top

I'd be happy to have that and to post a link to it on my LJ!

217Kplatypus
May 25, 2008, 10:50am Top

Seconding M 215

218michelle_bcf
May 25, 2008, 11:07am Top

I'd be happy, as long as it was a very small graphic, nothing too over powering.

219Melsy626
May 25, 2008, 12:59pm Top

I'm all for a web ring!! :)

220virginiahomeschooler
May 25, 2008, 1:44pm Top

Add me to those who'd be for the web ring :-)

221Rarcar1
May 25, 2008, 2:04pm Top

I'm for the web ring too.

222LiteraryFeline
May 25, 2008, 2:23pm Top

I am willing to be a part of the web ring too.

223silverheron
May 25, 2008, 2:29pm Top

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.

224Cherylk
May 25, 2008, 2:48pm Top

I have a book blog where I post reviews, author interviews, guest blogs, contests, etc

Check it out http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/

225nktk
May 25, 2008, 3:44pm Top

add me to the web ring http://www.bookroomreviews.wordpress.com thanks

226bostonbibliophile
May 25, 2008, 4:02pm Top

i'm for the web ring too, www.bostonbibliophile.com.

227DeusExLibris
May 25, 2008, 4:08pm Top

Count me in on the webring as well:

http://bookspirit.blogspot.com

228Nitestar
May 25, 2008, 4:28pm Top

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!!!

Stay tuned.

229Rarcar1
May 25, 2008, 5:05pm Top

Thanks for taking the time to do this Nitestar!

230JacInABook
May 25, 2008, 7:46pm Top

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.

231virginiahomeschooler
May 25, 2008, 8:31pm Top

Thank you, Nitestar!

232littlebookworm
May 25, 2008, 9:39pm Top

Thanks for doing this, Nitestar!

233silverheron
May 25, 2008, 9:46pm Top

Thank You Nitestar!

234ankhet
May 25, 2008, 10:27pm Top

Yay for the webring! Thank you Nitestar!

235thetometraveller
May 26, 2008, 12:12am Top

I'm in too, thanks Nitestar!

http://thetometraveller.blogspot.com/

236teelgee
May 26, 2008, 1:52am Top

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.

237lgondelman
May 26, 2008, 3:06am Top

Thanks Nitestar!

238DeusExLibris
May 26, 2008, 3:07am Top

Thanks Nitestar!

239Nitestar
May 26, 2008, 5:27am Top

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.

240Nitestar
May 26, 2008, 7:13am Top

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.

241JacInABook
Edited: May 26, 2008, 8:11am Top

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?

242bransonb
May 26, 2008, 8:36am Top

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.

243LyzzyBee
May 26, 2008, 8:46am Top

Sorry it won't find that blogring when I look for it on the site. But that's probably me!

244Nitestar
May 26, 2008, 8:55am Top

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???

245delzey
May 26, 2008, 11:07am Top

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

http://excelsiorfile.blogspot.com

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.

246paghababian
May 26, 2008, 11:13am Top

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.

247Nitestar
May 26, 2008, 6:39pm Top

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 :)

248lgondelman
May 26, 2008, 6:55pm Top

Done. Just waiting for your approval :)

249rainbowdarling
May 26, 2008, 7:12pm Top

Added mine :)

250Nitestar
May 26, 2008, 7:45pm Top

I think its working!!! I will okay all the new blogs as fast as I can. Enjoy!

251JacInABook
May 26, 2008, 8:38pm Top

Done and thanks again for setting this up.

252amateras
May 26, 2008, 8:42pm Top

Great! I've logged myself in. Hopefully everyone will join because I am far too lazy to add new links to my website. :P

253LiteraryFeline
May 26, 2008, 9:18pm Top

Thank you for taking the lead on the webring, Nitestar!

254LyzzyBee
May 26, 2008, 9:57pm Top

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!

255BTRIPP
May 26, 2008, 10:30pm Top

LyzzyBee ... the link is in your "bio" section on your "profile" page.

 

256LisaMM
May 26, 2008, 11:12pm Top

I think I did it right and I'm just waiting for Nitestar's approval.

257Melsy626
May 27, 2008, 12:00am Top

I've joined and am just awaiting approval!!! Thanks for setting this up!!! :)

258LyzzyBee
May 27, 2008, 1:30am Top

> 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!!!

Thank you!

259rainbowdarling
May 27, 2008, 6:04am Top

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.

260DeusExLibris
May 27, 2008, 6:28am Top

Just joined, waiting for approval.

261Nitestar
May 27, 2008, 6:42am Top

Hi all: I have approved everyone who has submitted their blogs so far - so you should all be active.

262BTRIPP
May 27, 2008, 7:56am Top

LyzzyBee ...
Re: #258

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!

 

263LisaLynne
May 27, 2008, 8:37am Top

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.

264LisaMM
May 27, 2008, 9:29am Top

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??

265rainbowdarling
Edited: May 27, 2008, 9:50am Top

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.)

266bostonbibliophile
May 27, 2008, 11:00am Top

LisaMM, it's up now, sorry for the delay. sometimes life gets in the way! :-)

267aarti
May 27, 2008, 12:49pm Top

I joined! And am now going to try and do the Tuesday Thingers entry.

268kvanuska
May 27, 2008, 2:46pm Top

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.

269Lallybroch
May 27, 2008, 3:45pm Top

I signed up for the webring too. Thanks so much for setting this up!

I also got my Tuesday Thinger posted!

http://shhhimreading.blogspot.com/

270LyzzyBee
May 27, 2008, 5:03pm Top

> 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!

271TooFondOfBooks
May 27, 2008, 5:27pm Top

>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!)

272DevourerOfBooks
May 27, 2008, 6:05pm Top

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...

273lgondelman
May 27, 2008, 6:08pm Top

Great idea! I can start if if no one else wants to :)

274rainbowdarling
May 27, 2008, 7:05pm Top

Here we are! http://www.librarything.com/groups/tuesdaythingers

I'll get the webring link put into the profile and all that soon.

275Irisheyz77
May 27, 2008, 7:14pm Top

I finally managed to find time to blog the Tuesday Thinger question this week. =)

It can be found on my blog for anyone interested:
http://tickettoanywhere.blogspot.com/

276Irisheyz77
May 27, 2008, 7:30pm Top

I've also got the blog ring text/icon posted on my sidebar....thanks nitestar for getting that all set up. =)

277JacInABook
May 27, 2008, 7:36pm Top

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.

278DeusExLibris
May 27, 2008, 8:25pm Top

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!

279NeedMoreShelves
May 27, 2008, 9:25pm Top

Yea! I added myself to the ring as well. This is really cool - thanks nitestar!

280Rarcar1
May 27, 2008, 9:30pm Top

I just joined the ring and posted my Tuesday Thinger post. I am slowly making my way around to all of the blogs.

281Allie64
May 27, 2008, 9:31pm Top

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!
http://allisonsatticblog.blogspot.com

282bostonbibliophile
May 27, 2008, 9:37pm Top

I'm doing a giveaway on my blog- guess the beach in the picture and win an ARC of When We Get to Surf City by Bob Greene. Go see! www.bostonbibliophile.com. :-)

283Kegsoccer
May 27, 2008, 10:37pm Top

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.

284LyzzyBee
May 28, 2008, 1:32am Top

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!!!

285rainbowdarling
Edited: May 28, 2008, 6:44am Top

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.

286JacInABook
May 28, 2008, 7:04am Top

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...

287LisaLynne
May 28, 2008, 9:10am Top

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!

288LyzzyBee
May 28, 2008, 11:34am Top

> 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!
Thanks again!

289Kplatypus
May 28, 2008, 1:20pm Top

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.

290medievalmama
Edited: May 29, 2008, 11:52pm Top

Okay, I now have a blog with which I do not know what to do. But here is the address:
http://fransfeastforeword.blogspot.com/
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.

291Nitestar
May 30, 2008, 7:24am Top

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.

www.bookshipper.blogspot.com

292woodbear
Edited: May 30, 2008, 1:57pm Top

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.

293amysisson
May 30, 2008, 2:20pm Top

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?

294amysisson
May 30, 2008, 2:29pm Top

I think I have it now.... Sorry!

295bostonbibliophile
May 31, 2008, 10:00am Top

just wanted to say, i too am loving the web ring. thank you nitestar! :-)

296LisaLynne
May 31, 2008, 10:02am Top

Amy, the ring site is really not intuitive. I have had a terrible time trying to navigate through it.

297LisaMM
May 31, 2008, 11:43am Top

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.

298purplemoonstar
May 31, 2008, 8:27pm Top

Wow I am behind! I just added my blog to the book ring.

299amysisson
Jun 1, 2008, 2:40pm Top

^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.

300LisaLynne
Jun 1, 2008, 4:08pm Top

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.

301LibrarysCat
Jun 2, 2008, 1:51pm Top

Thanks for setting this up! I have joined the webring and am waiting for activation!

http://libraryscatbooks.blogspot.com/

302thetometraveller
Jun 3, 2008, 10:02pm Top

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.....

303JacInABook
Edited: Jun 3, 2008, 10:13pm Top

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*

304thetometraveller
Jun 3, 2008, 10:45pm Top

Thanks Book Imp, I've printed that out and am off to try it. I appreciate the help!!

305medievalmama
Edited: Jun 3, 2008, 10:47pm Top

I'm so lost -- where am I putting the a href="http://fransfeastforeword.blogspot.com/" ???? on your site? on my site?
Help?
Whoops! spelled my own name wrong. Fixed it.

306BookJunkie
Jun 3, 2008, 10:53pm Top

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.

307Kplatypus
Jun 4, 2008, 12:49am Top

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?

308thetometraveller
Jun 4, 2008, 2:08am Top

#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!

309Nitestar
Jun 4, 2008, 6:43am Top

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.

310Nitestar
Jun 4, 2008, 6:43am Top

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.

311JacInABook
Jun 4, 2008, 9:56am Top

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 :)

312aarti
Jun 4, 2008, 10:17am Top

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.

313JacInABook
Edited: Jun 4, 2008, 10:25am Top

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.

314thetometraveller
Jun 4, 2008, 10:48am Top

Book Imp, you're the best, it seems to be working. I'm so grateful for the help!

I love LT!

315aarti
Jun 4, 2008, 10:53am Top

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 :-)

316JacInABook
Jun 4, 2008, 10:58am Top

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.

317aarti
Jun 4, 2008, 11:43am Top

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!

318JacInABook
Jun 4, 2008, 11:59am Top

Now you have to wait for Nitestar to activate you.

319Trismegistus
Jun 4, 2008, 12:30pm Top

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?

320JacInABook
Jun 4, 2008, 12:59pm Top

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.

321Allie64
Jun 4, 2008, 1:29pm Top

It might be the blog site itself...maybe the blogger doesn't have they're profile setting to allow open comments? Just a suggestion....

322amysisson
Jun 4, 2008, 1:41pm Top

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!

323aarti
Jun 4, 2008, 1:48pm Top

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...

324LeesyLou
Edited: Jun 4, 2008, 1:52pm Top

#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.

325DevourerOfBooks
Jun 4, 2008, 2:17pm Top

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.

326JacInABook
Jun 4, 2008, 3:48pm Top

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.

327LisaLynne
Jun 4, 2008, 4:27pm Top

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.

328paghababian
Jun 4, 2008, 5:17pm Top

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.

329Kplatypus
Jun 4, 2008, 7:49pm Top

M 317: Looks like I was in the same boat- thanks for posting your solution! Now I'm in the queue too.

330woodbear
Jun 5, 2008, 9:13am Top

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

331aarti
Jun 5, 2008, 2:50pm Top

#329 - No problem. I'm all about helping through complete mischance and trial and error ;-)

332Trismegistus
Jun 6, 2008, 12:51pm Top

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!

333DevourerOfBooks
Jun 6, 2008, 1:03pm Top

>332 Trismegistus:,
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.

334Nitestar
Jun 6, 2008, 8:44pm Top

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!

335aarti
Jun 9, 2008, 12:32pm Top

I'm on there now- thanks, Nitestar!

336hwphoto
Jun 9, 2008, 6:53pm Top

337cmbohn
Jun 9, 2008, 8:52pm Top

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.

http://diggingupbohns.blogspot.com/

338JacInABook
Jun 9, 2008, 9:14pm Top

336 and 337. I added you both to my blog roll. Are you going to join the blog ring too?

339bostonbibliophile
Jun 9, 2008, 9:53pm Top

336 and 337, don't forget Tuesday Thingers :-)

340bigorangemichael
Jun 10, 2008, 10:52am Top

I started my own book blog a few months ago to try and at least keep up with what I've read.

http://nashvillebookworm.wordpress.com/

It's still new, but drop by and comment. I plan to surf through the blogs here and try to return the comment favor.

341jennsbookshelves
Jun 10, 2008, 3:19pm Top

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.

Jenn

342julyso
Jun 19, 2008, 12:05am Top

I am a new book blogger, but this seems like a great idea & a fun group. Count me in!

http://julyso4463.blogspot.com/

Julie

343pstotts
Jun 19, 2008, 12:24am Top

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.

344JacInABook
Jun 19, 2008, 1:08pm Top

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.

http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=38483

345makaiju
Jun 22, 2008, 2:42pm Top

I'm re-purposing one of my livejournals to be a book blog.

http://fashion_piranha.livejournal.com

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.

346The_Book_Queen
Jun 22, 2008, 3:09pm Top

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.

http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot.com/

Thanks!
~TBQ~

347ElizaJane
Jun 22, 2008, 11:55pm Top

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.

http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/

348Nitestar
Jun 24, 2008, 7:39am Top

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.

349Nitestar
Jun 24, 2008, 7:43am Top

Just wanted to let you know that as of today, we have 54 book blogs in our webring!

350NovelBookworm
Edited: Jun 24, 2008, 9:31am Top

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:

http://bananas4books.blogspot.com/

351makaiju
Jun 24, 2008, 11:12am Top

Do you have to join RingSurf to add a link? I'm trying to avoid registering for any more websites/services. :(

352Nitestar
Jun 24, 2008, 11:36am Top

Valkylee - I am not sure actually. Someone else may know?

353The_Book_Queen
Jun 24, 2008, 1:25pm Top

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*...

354mint910
Jun 25, 2008, 1:29pm Top

I just joined the Web Ring. Not sure why I waited so long!

Pop Culture Junkie

355skrishna
Jun 25, 2008, 1:40pm Top

I just started a new book blog and joined the webring!

http://skrishnasbooks.blogspot.com/

356anysia
Jun 25, 2008, 2:57pm Top

I just joined too (three?). Still working the kinks out of my site:

http://www.booklorn.com/

357cathyskye
Jun 26, 2008, 1:52pm Top

My blog is 75% books, 20% tales of my travels and 5% other stuff that gets me fired up:

http://cathyskye.blogspot.com/

358makaiju
Jun 26, 2008, 2:50pm Top

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?

359cathyskye
Jun 26, 2008, 4:15pm Top

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!

360icedtea
Jul 2, 2008, 4:24pm Top

Everybody's doing it, so why not? I've also joined the ring, over here.

361pagesturned
Jul 2, 2008, 4:43pm Top

Is it too late to join the ring?

I've been blogging about books for three-and-a-half years:

http://pagesturned.blogspot.com

362Nitestar
Jul 2, 2008, 7:13pm Top

Its never too late to join. Just go to my blog and register, I will then activate you.

www.bookshipper.blogspot.com

thanks.

363pagesturned
Jul 2, 2008, 8:42pm Top

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.

364anysia
Jul 2, 2008, 10:16pm Top

Just log in to Ring Surf, go to the user panel and click edit beside your website. :-)

365xombie
Jul 2, 2008, 11:49pm Top

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

366Valkitty
Jul 3, 2008, 8:20pm Top

I just started a books only blog on wordpress.

Mine is:

http://www.studentofsaga.wordpress.com

Tell me what you think!

Kris

367LyzzyBee
Jul 4, 2008, 12:05pm Top

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!

368Brianna_H
Edited: Jul 5, 2008, 4:57pm Top

Hi All!

My blog can be found at:

http://www.bitsoflitandmore.blogspot.com

I have enjoyed reading others blogs!

Happy reading,
Brianna

369iubookgirl
Jul 10, 2008, 4:06pm Top

I just started a book blog of my own. Check it out at:

http://iubookgirl.blogspot.com/

370loopyloo100
Jul 13, 2008, 1:52pm Top

Just started blogging about books and my reviews tend to be plain and simple.

http://bookannelid.wordpress.com/

371retropelocin
Jul 13, 2008, 1:56pm Top

I just started 2 blogs and will post them anywhere. They're very simple right now because I'm new to the whole experience and have yet to figure out all the nuances. Please enjoy!

http://nobsbookreviews.blogspot.com/

http://saturdaysilliness.blogspot.com/

372bnbooklady
Jul 13, 2008, 9:07pm Top

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

373avisannschild
Jul 15, 2008, 6:16pm Top

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

374anysia
Jul 16, 2008, 7:11pm Top

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.

375C.Vick
Edited: Jul 17, 2008, 1:14am Top

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!

376avisannschild
Jul 17, 2008, 10:46am Top

>374 anysia:
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.

377Alirambles
Jul 18, 2008, 11:42pm Top

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. ;-)

378bostonbibliophile
Jul 19, 2008, 11:05am Top

#377- you can still join the blog ring! c'mon! :-)

379Nitestar
Jul 19, 2008, 3:42pm Top

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.

www.bookshipper.blogspot.com

380caseylondon
Jul 24, 2008, 10:02am Top

Wow,

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!

381temppatt
Jul 24, 2008, 1:08pm Top

I have a blog that is all about book reviews,

http://temppatt.blogspot.com/

Check it out! :)

382NovelBookworm
Jul 25, 2008, 11:28am Top

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?

383NovelBookworm
Jul 27, 2008, 10:25am Top

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!!

384nicolemaddock
Edited: Jul 30, 2008, 9:54am Top

Book reviews, book news and some library/librarian stuff. Stop on by!

Librarians
do it in the Stacks


I'm also an author on SaturdaySilliness. Fun posts about books, bookstores and libraries.

SaturdaySilliness

385Tasses
Aug 2, 2008, 9:28am Top

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 :-)

www.randomwonder.com

386Nitestar
Aug 2, 2008, 10:33am Top

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???

387anysia
Aug 2, 2008, 8:22pm Top

Spam folder eating confirmation e-mail or blocked cookies breaking the registration? Those are the usual suspects.

388Alirambles
Aug 2, 2008, 9:33pm Top

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.

389retropelocin
Aug 3, 2008, 4:51am Top

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.

390clif_hiker
Aug 3, 2008, 7:37am Top

here's my book (and other things) blog... comments are welcome
:-)

http://kcsthisandthat.blogspot.com/

391PhoenixTerran
Aug 3, 2008, 9:52am Top

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.

392virginiahomeschooler
Aug 3, 2008, 12:36pm Top

>389 retropelocin:

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.

393retropelocin
Aug 3, 2008, 2:29pm Top

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.

394anysia
Edited: Aug 3, 2008, 10:39pm Top

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).

395lovemybooks
Aug 3, 2008, 6:01pm Top

I get a couple of visits a week from it. :)

396monkimom
Aug 3, 2008, 6:34pm Top

I started my blog in April:

www.abookeveryday.blogspot.com

I joined the Books and Blogs webring a week ago. So far, I am having a great time!

397Tasses
Aug 3, 2008, 9:43pm Top

Thanks... I'll try to register again.

398hangen
Aug 4, 2008, 1:07pm Top

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.
terragarden.blogspot.com
My book Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts has its own blog at
scrapbookofchristmasfirsts.blogspot.com
My book co-authors and I post a new tip each day.
Terra

399posthumose
Aug 16, 2008, 9:35pm Top

Mine is a Books and Reading blog with books new and reviews:

http://www.opendiary.com/entrylist.asp?authorcode=D711518

400Kasthu
Aug 18, 2008, 6:40pm Top

My blog is http://agirlwalksintoabookstore.blogspot.com. It's amazing to see how many book bloggers there are out there!

401retropelocin
Aug 19, 2008, 1:12am Top

In case you've missed it:

http://nobsbookreviews.blogspot.com

No best-sellers. You might find something interesting.

40224girl
Aug 20, 2008, 12:14pm Top

I just started my blog Reading With Monie last week. I have an ARC giveaway of Impossible listed.

403Blacklin
Aug 21, 2008, 11:44am Top

Hi,

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!

404noranydrop2read
Aug 22, 2008, 11:07am Top

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.

405megwaiteclayton
Aug 22, 2008, 5:51pm Top

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!

406lahochstetler
Aug 22, 2008, 5:59pm Top

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:

http://inlauriesmind.blogspot.com

407shootingstarr7
Aug 22, 2008, 6:07pm Top

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

408Nitestar
Aug 23, 2008, 7:25am Top

Hi all: According to Ring Surf - we now have 103 blogs in our book ring!!! Yeah!!!

409kvanuska
Aug 23, 2008, 11:20pm Top

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.

410BTRIPP
Aug 24, 2008, 4:02am Top

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!

 

411Nitestar
Aug 24, 2008, 7:21am Top

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?

412pennylegionbooks
Aug 24, 2008, 9:34am Top

Hello, all!

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 .

Cheers :)

413Blacklin
Aug 24, 2008, 10:02am Top

#412 SadOatcakes:

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.

414Uninvitedwriter
Aug 24, 2008, 10:08am Top

My blog is mostly a place to gather my online writings. I have started posting my Early Reviewer reviews there. So far there is only one. But, I received copy of the Emily Post biography that I'll be reviewing as soon as I finish.

My blog address is:
http://www.uninvitedwriter.com

415anysia
Aug 24, 2008, 11:48am Top

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?

416Alirambles
Aug 24, 2008, 1:14pm Top

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.

417Nitestar
Edited: Aug 25, 2008, 6:48pm Top

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!!!!

418megwaiteclayton
Aug 25, 2008, 12:06pm Top

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.

419Blacklin
Aug 25, 2008, 12:40pm Top

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.)

420ThePam
Aug 25, 2008, 1:08pm Top

SadOatCakes... CONGRATS!!!

Like your site, and where did you get the cool format. Awesome. And Refreshing.

421pennylegionbooks
Aug 25, 2008, 10:36pm Top

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!

422Blacklin
Aug 26, 2008, 11:31am Top

@SadOatcakes--

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 :(

423Nitestar
Aug 26, 2008, 12:58pm Top

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

424lovemybooks
Aug 26, 2008, 1:04pm Top

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!
http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2008/08/book-blogger-appreciation-week.html

425Twink
Edited: Aug 26, 2008, 2:20pm Top

>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~!

426LyzzyBee
Aug 26, 2008, 3:28pm Top

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...

427cassiopia_cat
Aug 26, 2008, 5:54pm Top

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.
http://booksbytjbaff.blogspot.com/
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.

428anysia
Sep 3, 2008, 11:35pm Top

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.)

429ChainedLightning
Sep 26, 2008, 3:06pm Top

My blog reviews books in a series, it is

http://bookseriesreviews.blogspot.com/

I also keep track of books that I'm waiting to come out:

http://bookseriesreviews.blogspot.com/search/label/Anxiously%20Awaiting

430ThePam
Sep 26, 2008, 6:58pm Top

I like your blog, Chained. The color is very good.

431d_perlo
Sep 26, 2008, 10:25pm Top

I just started a livejournal book review blog.
It can be found at http://aprilperlowski.livejournal.com/

432velocibadgergirl
Sep 27, 2008, 9:44am Top

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

433Nitestar
Sep 27, 2008, 10:40am Top

Just a little update! We now have 123 members on our blog ring!!!

434maribs
Sep 28, 2008, 8:49pm Top

You can find my reviews at http://marireads.blogspot.com

I have posted my first Early Reviewers post for Any Given Doomsday just Saturday.

435lisalouhoo
Nov 4, 2008, 10:40am Top

Haven't been sent an early review book in some time, but my blog is: http://www.bookthoughtsbylisa.blogspot.com

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