Friday, September 06, 2019

A Summer Cleaning the Blog Weekly Link Round-Up

I finally found some time to work on the appearance of my blog. It's been looking past its sell-by date for a long time, which is not a good thing since newcomers might have taken a look and thought the poor thing had been abandoned.

There's a newer, simpler look to Kittling: Books... not that it was anything fancy to begin with. I've always thought content to be more important than looks, although in this day and age of branding and all that jazz many people would disagree.

I'm still not done tinkering with it, or maybe I am. I've discovered that, in the years since I last worked on the blog template in a big way, Blogger seems to have decided that blog owners should not be allowed to monkey with the coding in order to have everything just the way they want it. I'm not Quick Draw McGraw when it comes to HTML and all that stuff, so I may tinker a few more times and then decide to quit before I blow the thing up.

Shortly after I started this blog, I had an award-winning series called Scene of the Blog that featured book bloggers, where they blogged, their shelves, and anything else they wanted to share. I've been wanting to create a sort of "Golden Oldies" page and include that series as one of the items, but in checking through the links, I've found so many blogs that are no longer in existence. It's sad. But... life brings changes, doesn't it? 

On that note, I think I'll head on out to the corral to commune with the links. They seldom ever give me any trouble, bless 'em. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • Target has launched a Harry Potter line of clothing, accessories, and home goods. 
  • The Notre Dame fire has revived demand for skilled stone carvers in France.
  • The CW's Nancy Drew won't directly adapt any books, but it will be horny. (Honestly? Nancy Drew? Horny?) 
  • Should books include credits like films?
  • The modern American works longer with less vacation than medieval peasants. 
  • A thriller author and her forensics expert partner celebrate the literary and investigative merits of the all-time great thriller, The Silence of the Lambs.
  • Mailing babies: When it was legal to send children through the U.S. Postal Service in the early 20th century. (What?!?)
  • How women are leading the charge to recycle whole houses.

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Joy Harjo has become the first Native American writer to be named U.S. Poet Laureate.
  • Eliza Leslie: the most influential cookbook writer of the 19th century. 
  • Cara Black on her long-running detective series, her impeccably dressed detective, and how Paris is always a good idea.
  • Why 19th-century ax murderer Lizzie Borden was found not guilty.
  • JoAnn Hardin Morgan, the only woman in the room at Apollo 11's historic moon launch.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. I like your blog's new look, Cathy. Sometimes blogs really do need the occasional 'dusting out,' and I think you've done a great job of updating yours. Now, off to check out that Ancient Roman diet...

    1. Thanks, Margot, and that diet intrigued me, too.

  2. I like the new look too! But then I am fond of minimalist looks. It's how my house is decorated and how I feel most comfortable. I remember Scene of the Blog. I'm not surprised that many are no longer blogging. Some have turned to other methods and I think some have just moved on - in their own way.

    1. My house went from my own version of Victorian clutter to much more minimalist-- which means it's much easier to dust (whenever I feel like dusting).

  3. I like the blog, but the comments section has smaller print and it's harder for me to read.

    1. At this point, there's not much I can do about it. When I was having so many problems with my eyes, I became quite adept at increasing the size of the print on my browser (here at my desktop computer), on my phone, and on my Kindle so things wouldn't be so hard to read. Boy, did it make a difference!


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