Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous that works well for my scattered mind.
- Oh, CAPTCHA, how I loathe thee. I’ve seen some variations out there that aren’t too bad, but the version that Blogger uses is terrible, and I groan whenever I come across a blog that uses it… and I know I’m not the only one. If it’s worth it to you to use it, that’s your call. But I won’t comment on them anymore, at least not for things like Bout of Books. If it’s a discussion post and I take the time to write a meaningful comment, and then find out you have it (seriously, post a warning), I’ll grumble a bit but I probably will suck it up and do it (though I won’t add the blog to my reader). But for something like BoB where I’m just trying to leave a little encouragement and visit as many blogs as I can… it’s really not worth it. And that’s my call.
- Also regarding Bout of Books, do you prefer a master post or daily updates? I’m definitely Team Daily Updates (as you can tell). It seems a lot of people do a master post as a consideration to those readers who aren’t participating, and I’m sure they appreciate it. But if I’m not participating in something, or a post doesn’t interest me, I just skip over it. No big deal. And if I’m following you, that means I want to see your updates… which I don’t get if you’re just editing the same post again and again. Daily updates ftw.
- Brain Knows Better is one of the non-book blogs I follow, and he wrote a great post this week summing up his first year blogging: The Most Honest Year of My Life. Definitely worth a read.
- Update on the cat situation. We’ve been keeping them mostly separated for most of the week, which seems to have helped not only our sanity but also their curiosity about each other (in place of suspicion and animosity). They both had vet appointments yesterday (Slider was due anyway, and Sammy hasn’t been in years), and now that we know they’re both in good health (this probably would have been a smart plan regardless, and I’m sort of glad circumstances forced us to separate them since we hadn’t even considered it), we’ll start doing more to slowly re-introduce them to each other.
- Buffer started ticking me off, and unfortunately I haven’t been sharing many blog links on Twitter since I got rid of it. I don’t like to throw them out as I read them, since whenever anyone tweets a bunch of links in quick succession, I know I have a tendency to skip over them. (Going back to my blogging rule, make decisions that you would appreciate as a reader… or, in this case, follower.) So… I need a new system.
- I read an argument against e-books yesterday that was almost entirely about how much distraction is available on an e-reader. Umm… doesn’t it depend on the reader you have? If you’re reading on a tablet, sure, you also have apps and games and the internet all as readily-available alternatives to your book (though I never hear the argument, “I’m too distracted to play Angry Birds properly! There’s too much else competing for my attention!”), but is that necessarily the case on a devoted reader? I’m honestly asking; I have a first-generation Kobo, and the only thing I can do with it other than read is browse the Kobo store. I know today’s readers can do a lot more, but do they have to? Are all readers essentially mini-tablets now?
- Football! (Or, for my readers around the globe, American Football!) I’m fired up for the second weekend of the playoffs, lots of great games… and probably less reading.
- (I’m very parenthetical today.)
Share some of your randomness this week!