Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Collage Quilt

I started on a new collage quilt. I've put the bluebird quilt aside for now. I shared that quilt a few posts ago. I have been very busy lately with some DIY home type projects, and I haven't had the time to really work on the bluebird quilt. I don't like doing that type of work when I only have a few minutes here and there...so that is why I started this collage quilt. Funny how some activities are easier to work on with limited amounts of time.


I've started with the free-motion quilting on this piece. And, YES, I checked the back before I started stitching. Didn't find any stow away scraps.

This morning I was reading through my list of blogs that I follow. I do this in Google Reader. A very handy tool! Anyway, a couple of the blogs that I have on my list to follow have chosen to share only a small portion of their blog post. They have set their blog settings in such a manner so that I can't read their entire post in my reader. Why do bloggers do this? Are they wanting me to click over to their blog to finish reading? Here is how I feel about this. I don't like it. I know it's their choice because it's their blog, but I personally don't have the time to click to everyone's blog to read their posts (I do take the time to click to blogs when I want to leave a comment), that is why I use Google Reader. I actually will unsubscribe from blogs who do this, or not subscribe to a blog that does this. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Do you have your blog set to only share the first couple of sentences with readers? Why or why not? Do you subscribe to blogs who share just the first couple of sentences with readers? Why or why not? Thanks for your input!

Update: Many of you are wondering how to add the "Next" button to your browser bookmark bar, as described by the first comment in this post. While logged into your Google Reader account, you'll see at the top to the right, is a link called "settings". Click that. When you get to the next screen, you should see a link labeled "goodies". Click that. Read the section labeled "Put Reader in a Bookmark". This area describes what you need to do. The bookmark bar is the area on the browser window near the top underneath the line of text that gives the web address or URL of the web site you are on. At least this is how it appears on my Firefox screen. Your browser bookmark bar may vary from mine.

27 comments:

  1. I use the handy little tool that surfs you through the blogs on google reader, I have it in my tool bar and just click on it. That way, I can leave a comment it I want and it gets me through them quickly. There are some that I just look at in google reader and then I use the next tool, Go to Reader settings under goodies to find the next tool.

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  2. Well that certainly looks like a handy tool Gerrie! I didn't know about that. Will have to give it a try. Thanks!

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  3. Yes, yes, what Gerrie wrote. The "next" tool in Google reader is the ticket! I really like seeing blogs in their original forms, with headers, sidebars, etc. I do have a few blogs that post so often that when I get behind I still go back to the Google reader pane and zip through multiples, but for most I now use the next tool.

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  4. The next tool is good but, like you, the ones that send a partial post make me very unhappy.

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  5. i am also annoyed by the shortened posts but thought it was a function of the blogging software they were using as opposed to settings. i use google reader but don't see the "next tool". where the heck is it?

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  6. I don't like the ones that just offer the teasers either. I've gotten so I just pass those by now. I really don't understand the logic...if I want to comment, I'll go to the blog to do that. With so many to read, I wouldn't get through them with out google reader.

    The new work looks very interesting!

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  7. Not only do I not like the teaser blogs, but the ones that have music are even more annoying. Since I usually have some music going on my own puter, it's really a hassle.

    There are so many blogs out there, I guess I can winnow out the ones that annoy me without much loss. *S*

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  8. I totally agree with you on those blogs with teasers. I just unsubscribed to several of them yesterday. It bugs me that they think I have so much more time for them than for others.

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  9. This is an interesting discussion. I am one of the bloggers who has the abbreviated post on Google reader & this is why I did it. I people only read your posts on reader & don't go to your blog page, they never see the links on your side bar. They don't see your Etsy store link or any other links you would like to direct traffic to.
    But I had no idea that people were so turned off by the abbreviated posts that they are unsubscribing. I will reconsider my setting...

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  10. If you use IGoogle for your home page, you can have Google Reader show up on your home page that will take you directly to new blog posts - the original posts. I use this often to check out my fav blogs.

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  11. I didn't know there were all these options. I now see google reader but I'm like Joan; where the heck is this next tool. I also need to figure out comments so keep the info coming. Blog reader was the way I have been doing things but this may be better. See, I haven't just been learning creativity, but all kinds of things to make me a happy, creative and better organized. YES!!!

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  12. Yep I hate when the blog comes up shortened. So I unsub from them. I don't want to waste my time and I'm definitely NOT going to the blog just to see what they posted. I have my reader set to only show me blogs with the current update.

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  13. I click on the thumbnails on my blog list, as well as clicking from my dashboard, to open blogs in a new windows. I have only used the google reader once or twice, and personally don't care for it.

    I have found since Christmas that a lot of blogs aren't loading properly. They will only load partially, or load without any of the pictures. I know it's a blogger issue.

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  14. I agree with you, I do not like partial posts in google reader. The only ones that I have kept are ones that I particularly want to read (only one or two), the others have been deleted. I don't have enough time to click through to every post everyone makes. I'll have to check out the next button to see how that works.

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  15. I don't like seeing only a teaser in Google Reader either, but that is not a determining factor as to whether I'll read a blog. I was interested to read what Regina had to say about why she has her blog set that way. I also don't like music on blogs, but since I usually have my speakers off, I don't hear it (unless I've turned them on for something and forgotten to turn them off).

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  16. And here comes the question from The Poster Child For The Terminally Computer Challenged: Am I one of the bloggers who has her blog set to only show a few sentences? How would I know? I'd hate to think people aren't reading my posts because of this. Can someone educate me????

    Diane

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  17. well my goodness you seemed to hit on a sore spot with a lot of blog readers! I don't like the abbreviated posts either and I don't have any blogs in my reader that are set that way. Regina mentioned that if they don't click over they don't see the links to your etsy shop and stuff but my feeling on this is that if they're following me they are aware of my etsy shop already. It's a bigger risk to lose a reader altogether. If you're that concerned about it though, just add a one liner at the bottom of each post about visiting your etsy shop.

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  18. Alright, am I one of the annoying ones also? I mean in this way, where you only get a limited view?

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  19. I use Vienna instead of Google Reader. I will pop over to finish reading the post, usually, and I pop over when time allows if links are listed in the post. The Readers do make the blog hopping faster, but like Regina, I think there is value in seeing the whole blog page - side bars have lots of interesting stuff listed! That is how I found 2 Creative Studios! On a side bar!

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  20. Wow, I have no idea what you're talking about LOL. Google reader and half posts? The world is moving too fast for me... if mine is one of those blogs you can only see a portion of, could I burden you to send me a PM somehow and tell me? Cos I'm lost here, and I don't wanna be left on the side of the road! :D

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  21. Cool -- just learned something new! I am brand new at blogging -- my blog is only a couple of days old, still learning my way around and haven't posted yet. I've just been reading blogs through my Dashboard, where they are all abbreviated, hadn't used Googgle Reader yet. Personally, I like the abbreviated bits on the dashboard. Some of the bloggers I follow are very prolific, some post daily, some only weekly. I can scroll down quickly and see all the recent posts; sometimes I don't have time to read them all. In Reader, I am likely to never make it to the end! I don't understand the "don't have time to click through..." arguement; it only takes a second to bring up the blog in a new window. Maybe it's because the novelty of seeing everyone's blog hasn't worn off for me yet? ......

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  22. OK, now I'm nervous because I don't know if my blog offers teasers or can be read in the reader? Anyone read Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles? Please tell me if it is set okay or only a teaser. Whichever way it is -- it wasn't intentional! :)

    www.subversivestitch.blogspot.com

    Thanks,
    Dawn

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  23. They may have changed, but the "next" button didn't used to work on internet explorer. To check on how much of your blog appears in the reader (if you use Blogger): go to your dashboard; click "settings" and then "site feed". The first item is "allow blog feeds" and you want to set it to FULL instead of SHORT.
    Hope this helps!

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  24. Wow, I'm so glad to hear about the 'next' tool.. just added it and it's brilliant. Except I wish I could just go to the homepage of each blog rather than each new post individually but I suppose you can't have everything.... Great to see intact blogs again after so long just skimming through Google Reader!

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  25. I too love google reader. I haven't been too bothered by sites that you can't read the entire post in google reader, and need to click to read the post on their original site. But it would be good to know what the settings should be for those bloggers that don't want their readers to have to do that extra click, if they read via google reader. I am just not sure what that magic step is. Can you enlighten everyone?

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  26. My time is very important but I personally like visiting blogs. I also feels that it shows respect to the blogger. I agree, had I not visited other blogs I would not know about a lot of the sites that visit now.

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  27. I subscribe to my favorite blogs via their RSS feed and browse using Safari. I love this because I can see in my menu just who has recently posted and how many posts there are to read. I am sort of neutral about the "teasers" though. On the one hand, I hate the extra click to get there, but on the other hand, if I'm always reading via teh reader, I miss out on sidebar links and pretty blog headers, so I think it's OK to occasionally go to the "real" blog and check in. My husband subscribes to a ton of blogs and I think he likes the teasers because he tends to just skip by the posts that don't interest him that day, although he may click to read a whole post from teh same blogger another time.

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