That's not me ... just saying, you might have thought I was pulling a Granny Chic stunt!
I was moving the furniture around in here yesterday - I hope that didn't confuse you if you happened to drop by - and attacking the dust bunnies and the cobwebs with a virtual feather duster. I haven't put everything back exactly where it was before but most things are much the way they were. A tad cleaner and tidier perhaps, but not significantly altered! That said, there's a shiny new email subscription button over there on the right. And another addition underneath it that will add knitsofacto to Google Reader.
I mostly keep track of the blogs I enjoy via email subscription, or Google Reader/Bloglines. How about you? I know many of you use Google Friend Connect and/or a blogroll. Instead of the latter I have the Coffeehouse which was my answer to my blogroll angst, although I still feel bad about the very many brilliant blogs I don't list.Note: as of 14.01.2013 the Coffeehouse gang can be found at the bottom of the page, in a blog list titled 'People you should meet'. Without a doubt, though, email subscriptions are the most reliable - which is why I'm forever plugging subscriptions to knitsofacto* ... the people who complain they've missed a post are never the email subscribers - but of course emails are not for everyone.
By the way, did you know that Google Reader has a bookmarking option that's akin to Pinterest's 'Pin It' button? Open Google Reader up and click on the little cog top right. Now click on 'Reader Settings' in the drop down menu, and then click on the 'Goodies' tab. Scroll down until you see 'Subscribe as you Surf' and drag the 'Subscribe' button to your bookmarks bar. Henceforth, if you land on a blog you'd like to keep reading, adding it to Google Reader is just a click away!
And this isn't me either, obviously!
Bloggy housework is the only kind I have the energy for just now ... I've not been sleeping well and I'm totally bushed if the truth be told. After a couple of nights when I had little choice but to stay up until dawn - with a sickly whippet who'd enjoyed a run on the beach and a tasty snack of very dead, very green, crab** - my sleep pattern seems to be completely shot. Yesterday I made myself a cuppa, settled on the sofa with my laptop intending to catch up with some blog reading, and promptly dozed off! And I was in danger of doing the same this morning, but I pulled myself together and did the giveaway draw instead.
Thank you so very much to all who entered, and for sharing so many snippets about where you were born and bred, reading them was a joy. Listing everyone according to book preference and so on proved to be a bit of a challenge mind you - there was more than one Anonymous who left no hint as to their identity at all - but list you I did, and then I let the random number generator do its thing.
And the winners are (you'll have to imagine the accompanying drum roll) ...
And I won a giveaway myself***! Truly immense thanks to Gilly at Gilly Makes for Olive the Other Reindeer (knitted), who landed at knitsofacto yesterday, along with her charming little companion, Ollie the Owl (crocheted). I've been trying to photograph the partners in crime - they are both possessed of the kind of cheeky countenances that I fear could spell trouble - but the light here is appalling again today and the whippets have been rather too anxious to meet Miss O. All I have are some gloomy shots of barely visible soft toys obscured by assorted out of focus whippety noses, so to see Olive in all her marvellousness I suggest you pop over to Gilly's and admire her and Ollie there.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I have a lot of blog reading to catch up on, if I can just stay awake ...
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
* I promise that if you do subscribe to email updates you will only get a) email notifications of new posts shortly after they go up, and b) very occasional notifications when something important is happening on the blog. I hate being bombarded with emails I didn't ask for just as much as you do and would never inflict that on anyone.
** He's all better now, never fear.
*** I've won so many lately I live in fear of forgetting to thank someone. I'm also wondering if I should stop entering them, it seems rather unfair that I keep winning!
Images via The Commons on Flickr