Monday, May 16, 2011

Books, Comments and the BBC

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Ours was cold and rainy but fun.  I came across a Barnes and Noble gift card I didn't know I had (love it when that happens!) and bought a few new books thanks to a buy two, get one free sale and spent part of the weekend getting lost in Tudor England. 

This cat reminds me of my childhood pet Cricket!  Image via weheartit

When I wasn't reading or cooking up a storm, I was spending time with Ashlee, JY, Danielle and Kyle and celebrating Ashlee's graduation from her Master's program.  Let's just say all that regalia made me want to go to graduate school.  Badly.

Switching gears, I've recently changed the way I respond to comments on the blog and wanted to share my thoughts on the subject.  I love comments (who doesn't?!) and have been trying to figure out the best way to respond to them and communicate with you all.  I thought about using Disqus (these lovelies use it and they seem to work really well) and other options before deciding to reply to individual comments via email.  Many blogs I comment on reply to my comments this way and I love it when a response pops up in my inbox!  Will receiving fun, non-spam, non-work related emails ever get old?

For this to work, however, an email address must be associated with your Blogger account or else when I hit reply, the only email address listed is which means my message isn't going anywhere which is sad!  Kristin at A Guide to Living Graciously has a great tutorial complete with screenshots on how to associate an email address with your account and it is something that only took me a few minutes to change!

It also has occurred to me that we completely skipped over April's BBC book!  April was a very busy month for me and while I did read the book, I never got around to hosting the discussion.  A few of you have been asking about this month's book but before we go any further, I thought I'd gauge interest in the BBC as a whole.   If you belong to the BBC, do you want to continue to join us for discussions?  Would having longer to read the books be helpful?  What type of books do you prefer: ones you can easily find at the library and check out for free or the latest best sellers? 

If you do not belong to the BBC, would you ever consider joining us?  What has held you back before now?  Is there something I can do to make being a part of the group easier?

I can't wait to hear what you all have to say and respond to your comments :)

P.S.  We received our wedding album this weekend and a complete reveal post with photos will be posted soon--I can't wait to share them with you!


  1. I've been wanting to read the Happiness Project - I'm sure you will share how it is so I look forward to it!

    Can't wait to see wedding pics - I can never get enough!

  2. I'm a jerk and have been blog reading instead of book reading =/ haha I need to change my ways!

    love ya!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  3. I have been thinking about making the switch to Disqus too. But haven't. There just needs to be a better way all around to respond to comments. Let's invent one and make millions, K?! :)

  4. What's the BBC? I totally want to know more! And I'm with you on comments -- I tend to respond by email. I just find it hard to remember to return to a site to read responses to my comments.

  5. I loved the BBC! It gave me a good excuse to get in some leisure reading. However, I'm quitting my blog so I probably won't be participating in BBC anymore. :(

  6. Love Tudor england!!! If you make that a BBC selection, I'd be 100% in!

  7. Hey KT,

    Doncha love it when you find unexpected gift card? It's like receiving a gift all over again! Hehe. And $20 bill and unworn clothes hidden in the drawer, unused fabrics,...uuh I can go on forever!

    I have seen Disqus in plenty of blogs as well and I like it. I also am considering Intense Debate. If I'm not mistaken ID has the ability to show commenter's last blog post below their comment.

    In terms of BBC, I'm sure you know by now how challenged I am by the fact that there is only 24 hours in a day. I truly do want to read more books, I have them scattered around the house in the hope that I will see them and start reading - this strategy hasn't been working though. Hehe.

    What major would you consider if you go to grad school? It is in one of my options as well I must say!

  8. I'd like to join in the discussion! Would love more info on how to get started with that....

    I reply to blog comments by email also. It's so much easier.

  9. Blogger's comment system is rather annoying, isn't it? The only thing I don't like about disqus is that then you don't get to see everyone's profile photo. I think your idea of responding through e-mail is a great one!

  10. I hate that blogger doesn't let you reply the way that wordpress does. I really hope blogger is working on that...

    I was wondering about the April BBC! I was keeping an eye out for it. I couldn't get through the book but was wondering what other people thought of it... Writing that though, I realize that's probably not fair if I don't post about it myself! I'll try to be better about that :)

  11. I usually just reply by email too. I haven't heard of Discus.

    As for the BBC, I am down. I didn't read the April book due to travel, but I did enjoy reading and discussing Sense and Sensibility. I am not sure about the timing -- I don't really need longer to read the book, but it is better if it is something I can get at the library or for free online, rather than having to pay for a new book every month. (I can't find my B&N gift card)

  12. Aer you still doing the BBC, would love to join! Just learned about your blog from Kate at twenty-six to life!


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