There was an enthusiastic response, a couple of weeks ago, when I posted a story asking readers to “review” the Elderbloggers List on the left sidebar. Lilalia of Yum Yum Café made the excellent suggestion that I give readers an opportunity do this once a month or so. But there was a problem…
…the reviews get lost on an old post never to be found again. Since then, I’ve puttered around looking for a solution and came up with one.
There is now a tilde (~) in front of the name of each blog on the Elderbloggers List that has been reviewed. The tilde is a link to the review in the comments section of the post where it resides. (The name of the blog still links to the blog itself.)
This is not an ideal solution in that the link is tiny, but if you have trouble clicking it, you can increase the text size in your browser which will make it easier and I'll keep working on a better idea.
Meanwhile, even though a month hasn’t gone by, I’m inviting you again today to review additional elderblogs. With more than 250 on the list, I can't read them all every week, let alone every day, and it is terrific to have some pointed out to me that I hadn't seen in a long time. Other people seem to feel the same, so this will give us all some good reasons to get to know more elderbloggers. Here, again, are the instructions:
- Choose a blog from the list that you have never visited or have not visited in a long time and that has not been reviewed
- Take a look around the blog, read some new and some old posts, check out the features, get a feel for it
- Then come back here and in the comments section, tell us about the blog you chose
- Keep your “review” to about 250 words or fewer so the rest of us can be sure to have time to read them all
- And be nice. These should not be critiques so much a kind of report to give us a sense of what the blog and blogger are like
To give it some form and ease of reading, we’ll create a format. Start your review with a header that is the name of the blog in bold and is also a link to it. Here is the html to do that:
<strong><a href="URL goes here">Blog name here</a></strong>
Copy and paste the html into the top of the comment form and fill in the two blanks. Be sure to not lose any of the carets, slashes and quotation marks – they are necessary. Then hit the “enter” key twice for some space and start your review.
I will add the tilde links to the blogs that are newly reviewed as soon as I can after they are posted.
Blog Housekeeping Notes
- In order to link directly to specific comment reviews, I had to figure out how to link to individual comments which has not been possible before at Time Goes By.
After much gnashing of teeth and a few unmentionable words, I worked it out and now you can link to specific comments anywhere on Time Goes By either from your blog or in a comment. Just click on the date and time at the bottom of the comment and copy the URL that appears in the browser address bar.
- If you haven’t checked it lately, the Where Elders Blog feature has some new photos. And if you haven’t sent yours, we voyeurs eagerly await a chance to see where you read and write your blog. Instructions are here.
- A few more blogs have been added to the Elderbloggers List. They are indicated by an asterisk which, unlike the review tildes, do not link – they just help you find the newest additions.
There were about 25 Elderblog reviews last time we did this, but with about 250 on the list, we have a way to go to include everyone. If you reviewed two weeks ago, you are welcome to do another, and another…
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Pat Temiz shows how much a chance decision, even a small one, can change the course of our lives in How I First Came to Turkey.]