Towse: views from the hill

October 17, 2009

[URL] Handwritten Recipes

Filed under: blog,recipes,URL — Tags: — Towse @ 10:32 pm

Handwritten Recipes found tucked here and there.

[via a tweet from Forgotten Bookmarks]

June 8, 2009

When the Thrill of Blogging Is Gone …

Filed under: blog,news,web2.0 — Towse @ 9:49 pm

When the Thrill of Blogging Is Gone … – by Douglas Quenqua

Interesting article. You must register w/ NYTimes.com to read.

[snippet]

Like Mrs. Nichols, many people start blogs with lofty aspirations — to build an audience and leave their day job, to land a book deal, or simply to share their genius with the world. Getting started is easy, since all it takes to maintain a blog is a little time and inspiration. So why do blogs have a higher failure rate than restaurants?

According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled.

Judging from conversations with retired bloggers, many of the orphans were cast aside by people who had assumed that once they started blogging, the world would beat a path to their digital door.

May 12, 2009

The Blogging world slows down …

Filed under: blog,life,social networking — Towse @ 10:14 pm

I kick-started Bloglines this afternoon to see which of the bloggers I follow had new bits to read since the last time I kick-started the app (a week or so ago) and …

Sara Zarr had two posts.
Zen had one, and that was a photo.
Arleen had six, one quite long, but four posts were simply daily collections of her Twitterposts.
Nikki (Nicole J. LeBoeuf: actually writing blog) had one (and that was her first post since 05 April).
Don had two, and one of those was a pano shot from the top of my hill. (Thx, Don!)
Heather had two. (One of them quite long.) And she’d posted six entries on her micro blog. Yay, Heather! Not bad for the mother of an almost-six-year-old and a new-born.
Ms Paula had six, but then she’s way conscientious about keeping her blogger peeps amused.
Alan had naught.

… and so on and forth.

What is going on?

Well, for them I can’t answer, but for me, I’ve been posting short things on Twitter and re-tweeting interesting short things I find there. Anyone can read the Twitterfeed (check it out!).

A Twitter app automagically copies what I post there over to my Facebook presence.

On Facebook, I post a bit longer stuff and stuff that I’d rather keep out of Twitter. (Photos of the wee gifty the youngest sent me for Mother’s Day, f’rex.)

I’ve been hanging out on Facebook and Twitter because they are an easy way for me to follow the antics of certain folks, post inane comments about their passions and their lives, and pick up nifty bits of fact all while I’m doing the same. More seamlessly. Less back and forthing. Less disconnection.

The blog is becoming more of a collection of longish thoughts and prettyish photos. The short ‘n sweet links will probably end up on Twitter for the most part.

Make sense?

April 9, 2009

Write Your Nonfiction Book

Filed under: blog,book promotion,URL,writing — Towse @ 9:31 pm

New blog from Crawford Kilian: Write Your Nonfiction Book … Online!

The blog is new (only three posts so far) but I’m expecting some interesting content. Currently online, the book proposal.

Blog also includes links, links, links to blogs, links to online magazines, links to a collection of Kilian blogs, links to Web writing resources, more.

January 12, 2009

/ BLOG / Bookride

Filed under: blog,books,bookstores — Towse @ 11:03 pm

Bookride, a blog from ANY AMOUNT OF BOOKS, 56 Charing Cross Road, London.

“a guide to the most wanted and collected books. There is some evaluation of why the book is wanted, what it is worth – with a range of selling prices, some trivia, apercus and bon mots, a few anecdotes, so called jokes and occasional rants.”

Entertaining blog for book huggers.

December 30, 2008

Spinning

Filed under: blog,life,URL,web2.0 — Towse @ 8:30 pm

Spinning, a blog.

The thing ^H^H^H One of the things I find fascinating about the Web is all the things I find fascinating and stash away in a links folder or delicious or a Web page or a post and then forget all about and never return to.

Too many fascinating things.

With delicious, though, if I click to save a link to a page I’ve found interesting and I’ve already saved a link to that page, delicious lets me know.

I came across Susan Marie Rose Maciog Gibb’s blog from somewhere else earlier today and found the first post or two interesting enough that I clicked on her “about” page. I found her self-description and the items that were used to categorize her self and her life interesting. So I saved a link in delicious.

I then went back to the blog and read back a ways and said, that’s interesting. I’ll keep a link.

When I clicked to save a link in delicious, delicious told me I’d already saved a link: 05-Jun-2007.

I must’ve liked it then.

I’ve never been back since. (That I remember.)

How did I find it eighteen months ago?

Ah, the Web.

December 29, 2008

100 Cereal Box Covers – from the aeron.

Filed under: blog,design — Towse @ 12:47 am

100 Cereal Box Covers – from the aeron.

The Web is a wonder. Alan Valek has cobbled together photographs of cereal boxes to show the evolution of, f’rex, the Alpha-Bits cereal box.

His blog‘s pretty entertaining too.

CUTE THINGS FALLING ASLEEP

Filed under: blog,fun,URL,web2.0 — Towse @ 12:06 am

Yes, there actually is a Web site called CUTE THINGS FALLING ASLEEP.

Found via CuteOverload.

Specifically … this post.

And why was I over at CuteOverload? Well because Jessamyn was tweeting that her Mom had never seen CuteOverload, and I said outloud (in a two-person office) that not everyone’s Mom has seen CuteOverload. And his nibs was all, “What’s CuteOverload?” and things went from there to there to there.

So there.

December 23, 2008

How I came to Believe in Santa

Filed under: blog,life — Towse @ 11:13 pm

Motherhood is Not for Wimps — How I came to Believe in Santa

*sniff*

Snitched. [via Janet Reid's blog]

Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding – David Lebovitz

Filed under: blog,food,recipes — Towse @ 2:33 am

Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding – David Lebovitz

Sounds delightful. His nibs isn’t a huge date fan, however.

David Lebovitz’ site and blog are full of foodie gems. Worth perusing.

We were discussing mincemeat over at Debbie Ohi’s facebook. I favor meat & suet homemade mincemeat with apples & brandy & sultanas, &c. Others tout a no-meat-only-fruit mincemeat. Lebovitz has a dandy meatless mincemeat.

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