Sunday, March 24, 2013

Updates and Week to Come 24MAR13

Eye Surgery:
So I've been a bit absent from the blogging world due to my eye surgery this week. I noticed an immediate improvement but alas reading is still an area where I'm weaker. It is supposed to continue to improve through this week. I have not been in any pain after the first day (where I had a headache and general wooziness from the anesthesia) but I haven't really felt up to much reading. Thankfully I scheduled some posts in advance and I'm planning to start tackling commenting today and through the week. I promise-I will be back with a vengeance!

Google Reader Alternatives:
Last week, I lamented the loss of GR but this week I am feeling more optimistic. I tried Feedly, Bloglovin', and Netvibes (my feed is STILL waiting to be imported at The Old Reader; it's been over a week!). Netvibes was an early favorite but I have switched back to Feedly for the time being. Now that I have discovered I can arrange my groups by title, it more closely mimics GR and I find it pretty easy to click through and comment.

Followers:
Somehow I have had a big surge in new GFC followers; I'm not really sure why as I haven't been doing any special promotion. I am very appreciative though and am planning a giveaway for when I reach 500 followers.

Week to Come: this is a little up in the air depending on how much I feel up to reading
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe (yes, I finished reading it before my surgery)
Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren
Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Ender's World edited by Orson Scott Card

What are you up to this week? Happy reading :)

24 comments:

  1. Pleased to hear your surgery went well, make sure you rest up. Looking forward to your review of The Sweetest Dark, you know how much I loved it. Legend and Prodigy are on my TBR stack :)

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    1. I am feeling so much better, even now just a week later. I really looked forward to The Sweetest Dark because of your review-I'm so glad I read it :)

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  2. So glad that everything went well and I'm sure you will be reading like crazy again in no time!
    I'm going on vacation tomorrow, so I will check in with you in April when I get back!

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. Hope you're enjoying your vacation-I've done a bit of reading and am planning to ramp it up this weekend!

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  3. Glad you aren't in pain but sorry you can't read well

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    1. It's getting better now-it was just hard for me :(

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  4. I hope your eyes continue to improve and that you are able to read more this week. Looks like you have a good selection to pick from. I still haven't read Legend but I want to. I know a number of people who had eye surgery and were very happy with the results. I've been absent from blogging too and hope to start getting caught up this week. I'm definitely behind on reviews but that seems to be an ongoing thing!

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    1. You should definitely read Legend-very good! I'm so far behind on reviews but I'm perpetually hoping to catch up.

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  5. Surgery didn't help my reading much, but it helps with other stuff! Interesting about Feedly. I tried it once and couldn't figure it out, but you have inspired me to go back and give it another go!

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    1. My eyes have been so amazing-I can't believe how well I can see but it's a little hard for reading and close work unfortunately. I really like Feedly but I keep seeing so many bloggers on Bloglovin that I'm sure I'll be trying it out more to see what they see in it.

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  6. We wonder if the surge in followers is due to the whole Google Reader debacle? Like, maybe people are becoming more aware of alternatives and looking into feed readers in general. Btw, we're using The Old Reader, and we got our import in before the big queue started, but just so you know, you could manually import your feeds (or even just the important ones) and there won't be any duplicates from the import.

    Glad the eye surgery went well and hope you continue to see (pun intended!) improvement. ;D

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    1. I wonder if your theory is right about GFC? Either way I'm pleased to see that I've reached 500+ and am busy working on the promised giveaway!

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  7. I'm glad your eye surgery went well! I bet it will be great to not have to worry with glasses/contacts! :) For some reason, this past year contacts have bothered my eyes to the point of unbearable. I'm on my 3rd trail pair trying to find some that work for me now. :S

    Yay for new followers! And congratulations on 500!

    You have a week full of books I'm excited to hear your thoughts about.

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    1. I am so happy I went through with it and I can't wait to do more outdoorsy stuff as I think that's where I'll really notice a difference.

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  8. I am glad your eye surgery went well. I had PRK about 10 years ago and now have to wear glasses again and may lose the better part of the vision in my left eye. I had been told PRK was safer.

    I don't know all these feed managers. I feed to Networked blogs and I LOVE Mail chimp.

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    1. Oh my gosh-I looked at PRK but ended up liking ICL more. It sucks that it only lasted about 10 years.

      I don't know much about Networked or Mail Chimp-I guess that's something else to explore.

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  9. I'm glad to hear your surgery went well. Never fun! Hopefully you can get back into reading soon. :) I really want to read Gail Carriger's book, so I'd be curious to see your thoughts.

    I see you have 500 GFC followers now too- congrats!!

    -Lauren

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    1. I am hoping to ramp up my reading this weekend-I'm so far behind :(

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  10. Glad your surgery went good. Can't wait for your reviews this week.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  11. I've been really sad about the Google Reader thing too, but I've also settled on Feedly so far. I actually like the layout better than that of Google Reader, so I hope it continues to be a good alternative.

    Glad to hear your surgery went well!

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    1. I've been liking Feedly a lot too and I love being able to customize the color background.

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  12. I'm glad your surgery went well and your reading is getting easier. Thanks for the info on feed readers. I still haven't decided what to do (outside of "ignore the problem") so it's very helpful to hear opinions from other blog readers. Looking forward to your week!

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    1. Ignore the problem was my first reaction too but I wanted to get used to whatever alternate I select so I decided to be proactive.

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