Sunday Sit-down [6-25-17]

June 25, 2017 Sunday Sit-down 9

 

Sunday Sit-down

Sunday Sit-down is a weekly recap post inspired by the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on the blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This past week marks me officially returning to the world of book blogging! I am so happy to be back and looking forward to catching up on my old favorite blogs and finding some new blogs to follow. It’s been an interesting week, to say the least. I thought I was going to be able to come in and hit the ground running as if everything was frozen in time from over 2 years ago when I last blogged. Boy, oh, boy was I wrong. (Silly, Christine)

  • Twitter used to be a huge way for me to keep track of all my bookish friends. It’s insane how different Twitter in general is. There’s so many ads and junk cluttering up the feed like advertising people to follow, what you missed, etc etc. And what happened to sharing links?! Now instead of the link staying intact, twitter automatically changes the link to a picture and preview of the website? I don’t like that all. I liked when Twitter had 170 character limits so all the tweet boxes were roughly the same size, links were distinguishable, and pictures you had to click on to see the whole thing. This new version is killing my OCD, y’all. (If you know how to get rid of website previews, I’d love to know. I’ve tried googling to no avail)
  • Bloglovin‘s platform is completely different too. Back in the day when it first started, there was this wonderful right-hand sidebar with a list of all the blogs you followed. You could have a favorite list and a general list. It would also show you how many new posts each site had. It made it super convenient to keep up with all my favorite blogs and made commenting on them a breeze. I didn’t have to remember 100s of URLs and could pick and choose what posts I wanted to go see. Now it’s a big cluttered mess too apparently. It reminds me a lot of Pinterest, and I’ll be honest, I’m one of the rare girls who do not like Pinterest. Again, OCD issues!
  • I’ve discovered Feedly (thank you, Jamie!) and I love the layout. It’s how Bloglovin’ sort of used to be but is even better! I have my nice organized sidebar of blogs. I can see how many new posts each one has. I can click on what post I’d like to read. It’s marvelous!
  • Back to Twitter again. The blogging community on twitter back in my heyday was great. People posted about booksΒ all the time, sharing all the book and blog related things, and other interesting tidbits like tv, movies, etc. Now it appears the book side of the community has taken a backburner to politics. Now, don’t get me wrong please. I know there are a lot of great accounts out there that are not going all political. It just seems like it’s a huge focus on my feed. I know there are a lot of unhappy people in this country right now and I get that, but I’m just here for the fandoms tbh. I used to cherish this community because it was my little escape from the outside world. We had this wonderful bubble that I so enjoyed being a part of. It’s one of the huge reasons I never shared my blog with my IRL friends. I like the separateness and if facebook was irritating me, I had my book friends to escape to. I probably made a lot of people mad just now but I don’t mean it negatively against anyone. I just like to keep my book world separate, I guess.

I’m looking for blogs to follow so please share with me yours in the comment section! If you’ve got a twitter account, share that too!

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If you have a Sunday recap post let me know so I can come visit! See you guys next week!

Christine

9 Responses to “Sunday Sit-down [6-25-17]”

  1. Evelina

    Welcome back! I’ll make sure I add you on Twitter. As someone from Europe, I’ve also noticed a lot of politics from the US side mostly, but it’s only started… pretty much around the inauguration. And twitter is really all about the people you follow, so you just need to go through your follow list, I guess πŸ™‚ I post only bookish stuff, pretty much. No politics, I’m dumb at those things πŸ˜€ haha.
    Also, I find I enjoy reading things on the WordPress reader. I’m not sure I like Bloglovin’ anymore, cause they… sort of take your content and place it on their website as it’s theirs. It’s bad for your blog’s SEO and just generally… wrong. And you can’t take your blog off their system either. I don’t feel that’s right. Another girl has posted about it and explained it very well, I might not be making a lot of sense cause I’m not good with website stuff myself πŸ™‚
    Anyway. So nice to meet you!

    • Christine

      Thank you, so nice to meet you! πŸ™‚ I definitely agree that it seems it all started with the election. It’s funny because people I didn’t even know were interested in politics suddenly have a lot to say about it. Thanks so much for following. I’ll follow you back. Yay new book friends! Oh no, I didn’t that about Bloglovin’. I’m going to have to look into that. Do you still advertise it on your page for people to follow you by?

      • Evelina

        Oh, I… was actually too lazy/busy to install that button so I guess I never had to take it down? πŸ˜€ hahaha. You should google “nosegraze Bloglovin’ is Now Stealing Your Posts” – the first result will be the article about this. I don’t want to link drop because sometimes it auto-spams comments πŸ™‚
        And I think all of that election jumble was a good wake up call about what happens to people who are like “meh I don’t care about the election”. I bet they will care more and go vote next time.

  2. Anna

    Welcome back!
    I’m with you on politics invading every facet of life. Sometimes you need a break from the news, you need a break from all the anger and cynicism in politics but finding places to take those breaks is getting harder and harder. That’s one of the reasons I stopped using Twitter.
    I am relatively new to Bloglovin’ but I will say the amount of advertisements just clutters up my feed! I’ll definitely check out Feedly.

    • Christine

      Thanks! It really is getting harder to avoid. It gets pretty depressing when it’s all you see. I have a personal twitter account I NEVER get on because of that and my book blog one was supposed to be dedicated to book things. It’s a nice escape during times when the government isn’t making people mad haha. I just discovered Feedly and I really like it so far. It’s simple to use and it’s a very clean platform. It’s free to join so I’d recommend trying it out! I’m still not sure how to link my blog to my profile but other than that I can’t complain yet about it!

  3. Jo-Ann

    Hi and great to meet you here! I mostly subscribe to blogs by email, but I’m finding it a bit overwhelming lol! I have tried Bloglovin but I like having everything in one place and not all blogs offer follows by them. Plus, as Evelina said above, your content is on their site.

    I will be sure to follow you on twitter πŸ™‚ Have a great week!
    Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

    • Christine

      Hi, Jo-Ann! Thanks for stopping by! I recently just made a new email account dedicated to just receiving blog emails. My main email address was getting very cluttered so I completely understand! Feedly is my new favorite thing and as far as I’m aware, your content isn’t being published on their site like I’m understanding Bloglovin’ is doing. I know I have a good size group of followers on there that still use the site so I’m not sure what to do about that going forward. I’ll follow you back! I’m always looking for new friends on there!

  4. Melissa (My World...in words and pages)

    I’ve been so tied up with family stuff (all good) lately that I haven’t made it to visit as much. I’m so glad you are back. πŸ™‚

    And yes, everything has changed so much! I use Feedly and find it so much easier to track blogs there. πŸ™‚

    Have a great week!

  5. Genesis

    Wow 2 years! That’s a long time! But good to have you back!
    I totally know what you mean about Twitter. It’s changed a lot. While I do like that people talk about books, I also love reading about their lives. It’s why I sometimes post about mine and it’s not only books.
    I miss how Bloglovin used to be!! I rarely check it anymore because of how much it has changed.
    Just in case, my twitter is @lattenightsbooks!
    I hope you had a great week!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

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