To my new followers …

I see I’ve picked up a number of new followers since I started sprucing up this blog last month: First of all: Welcome!

Up until mid-July 2020, this used to be my backup blog for my online activity, most of which primarily happened on a book blogging site called BookLikes.  That website, alas, took a nosedive in summer, as a result of being strangled by thousands of unchecked spam accounts and a number of other problems never addressed by the owners.  So, as I said in my final post on BookLikes (mirrored here on WordPress), this is now going to be my main blogging site.

My book catalogue lives on Librarything, where I have since made it searchable for everyone as a TinyCat library — do feel free to browse.  (It’s strictly a personal library, so there’s no option to “check out” or “borrow” books.)  My library chiefly consists of mysteries and crime fiction, classics, historical fiction, LitFic, and assorted nonfiction; with some speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia, etc.) and horror (mostly of the gothic variety) sprinkled in here and there.

In the near future, the posts / notifications you’ll see coming from this blog will basically be falling into one of two categories:

(1) Cleaning up old blog posts mirrored here but originating from BookLikes.  Due to the fact that the two sites’ blog settings are not identical, and not all formatting and other HTML / CSS of the individual posts did transfer to WordPress as designed — also, BookLikes is “dead” for purposes of image hosting — I’ll have to clean up the posts backed up here: Probably not all of them, but at least some, to actually make them presentable.  As WP insists on sending out notifications even for posts dating from the past, you may be seeing notifications for book reviews and other posts that, upon closer inspection, actually date from several months or even years ago.   All I’m going to say about that for the moment is, “as you were” … don’t mind me, I’m just cleaning house over here.  Once the house cleaning is over and done with, this blog is hopefully going to have a directory sorting blog posts not only by date and category (as currently already available), but also by associated authors and artists … or at least, that’s the plan. — My reading projects (both ongoing and completed) can be found in the side bar to the right.

(2) Reading game-related posts, most notably in September and October, “Halloween Book Bingo” posts.  Reading games were a thing that the BookLikes community enjoyed a lot, and we’ve found a place and a method where / how to continue those despite the BL meltdown.  Halloween Bingo is our signature game and is being played for the fifth year in a row in 2020: It works basically just like an ordinary bingo game, except that each square on the bingo card is associated with a Halloween-ish theme / reading prompt, and you can only count a given square towards a bingo if it’s both been called and you have finished a book answering to that reading prompt.  — If you want to follow the progress of my game, you can do so HERE (my game preparation post with my lists of book options for the squares on my card can be found HERE).  The guy in the furry black tuxedo who is providing my bingo markers, incidentally, is called Charlie; he and his tabby brother / litter mate Sunny have been sharing my home and lighting up my life for almost exactly two years now, which corresponds to a little over half their lives.

If you go back through my blog, you’ll also come across blog posts associated with other reading games (all summarized as projects in the sidebar to the right), such as Festive Tasks, BL-opoly, and Snakes & Ladders.  (Most of the “internal” links in those summary project posts / pages are still for my original BookLikes posts; replacing those by the corresponding WordPress links is going to be part of the final touches of my houseblog cleaning operation.

Again, welcome to my blog, and please don’t hesitate to share your views in the comments!

8 thoughts on “To my new followers …

  1. Ugh – you are so much further ahead than I am on the moving thing. I haven’t even considered additional pages yet. You’re blog home is looking great. 🙂

    1. Thank you! Still a lot to do, but at least I wanted to have made a head start by the time we got to this year’s Halloween Bingo …

      The “project” profiles in my sidebar were the first thing I tackled, chiefly as a recap of things past and (most of all present), and as an anchor for the individual posts feeding into them. By WP standards, they’re neither “pages” nor “posts” but a blend of both — “projects” don’t appear in your blog roll (which is why you have to create menus for them) and they have tags of their own, but you can update (and repost) them as your project progresses. I have a few author pages which I created when I first started this blog, but that is definitely a chapter still to be addressed — probably there will be an overhaul of my entire “literature”, “music” and “movies” intro pages. Or at least, that’s the plan …

      1. Are “Projects” an official part of WP functionality? I haven’t seen anything like that so far, though I’ve really just been focused on using what I need right now.

          1. Hmm… I don’t have anything like that in mine. I’ll have to do some searching.

            btw, do you use the WP app/dashboard, or Bloglovin’ or something else to keep all the blogs together? I’m trying to get properly into things but I’m finding it difficult to consistently connect – WP app seems flaky at best with updates and notifications. Curious what you’re doing and if it’s working for you?

          2. I’m using both the WP Reader and Bloglovin’, yes — I started adding blogs to both when BL first started to go all wobbly back in 2016.

            Re: “Projects” / “Portfolio”, I’ve emailed you a screenshot of my dashboard / editor sidebar menu (classic editor version). I can’t imagine that there should be something in the options available as part of the free WP plan that is NOT available to paying WP users!

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