A quick note

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I’ve had an evil flu, so despite my best intentions the wardrobe post part 2 has not materialized. :(

This may have been the worst flu I can ever remember having, I do not count Pneumonia 2003 because for most of that I was totally delirious and remember nothing other than demanding garlic prawns at 4am in the morning.

I wish that I had been delirious for this one. It was so.bad.

It might take a little time to get over so I’m just not going to make any promises on when things might appear for the time being..

In other news, I found some strawberries which were decent *and* not covered in mould before I even bought them! Major score!

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New Reads July

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Here is a new feature on the blog which will be seen monthly from now on.

Blogs added to the feedreader since 20th July –

Adventures in HEL
Alison Asher
And I Get Dressed
bbeingcool
Blurb from the Burbs
Bright and Precious
clothes and shit
Coolin with kids
CurvEnvy
Curvy Canadian
Danimezza
Drifting through life
edenland
I’m a Big Girl Now
Little foal.
My Vintage Childhood
Not Afraid to Wear Heels
Pammymela
styleitonline.com | styleitonline.com
Stylish Curves
The HauteMeal
The Je ne sais quoi
The Kitchen Magpie

Welcome to my feedreader, bloggers! There are 23 of you which represents 9 days worth of travelling the web and getting lost along the way but eventually finding my way to your blog, which I liked a lot. While there, I probably read back about 40+ posts or so.

At the end of 6 months or so, if I am still loving your blog as much as I did when I added you, I will add you to my blogroll. YAY!

Most of you will know what a feedreader is, but in case you do not, click here for info. The quick run down – it is an awesome program which collects new articles that bloggers post. So when you post something new, I get a copy, and if I have the time and something to say, I will click through and comment.

This month as I only just updated the blogroll on the 20th of July, these are new reads added to the feedreader in the past 9 days. If you are not listed here but I commented on your blog in the past 24-48 hours or so, check back late August and you will see your blog listed. :)

If you are looking for a feedreader for yourself, I’m not especially familiar with the latest ones out there as I use a home made version on our personal server, but maybe some of the commentors here can chime in with what they are using. :)

blog housekeeping, New Feeds

Housekeeping part 99 zillion trillion

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Chickens, just chilling.

I’ve updated the blogroll page – the previous blogroll was a code from Google Reader but once they went kaboom the blogroll also vanished..

This blogroll has been hell to create involving the other half, magic coding and secret tricks to alphabetise the list, plus then I had to go through the list and make sure the URLs were correct which involved manually clicking through to each blog.

Please do not think that if you are listed last that means anything other than your blog begins with Z. The list is alphabetical.

In fact, in my feedreader everything is contained within folders, and Zazzy would probably be shocked to know she is in my very first folder which is rather oddly named aaaafaves. Frogdancer and her fellow Aussies are just below in AAussies

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The aLadies folder is where people like Jocelyn from Mama’s StyleTia Cherie and Suger would find themselves.

But wait, a couple of these are Aussies? Yes, this is true. I have to go through a massive list of new blogs I subscribed to over the past 6 months to work out if they should stay in Ladies or head to Aussies. I was on a fashion blog subscribing spree and not considering the long term organisation of my feeds.

Don’t worry Ladies, you still get read on the day you publish a post – and organising my feeds is presently high on my todo list, after fixing my blogroll and choosing and customising a new blog design.

As I have been clicking through to the blogs on the list, I’ve noticed a lot of them have not updated in a while, some dating back to 2006.

After going through the entire list, there are 321 blogs listed – and that is after I deleted those which went to a wrong place, no longer existed or had not updated since 2007.

I don’t delete a blog from my feed reader unless the blog no longer exists, which means if and when people return to it, I get the next post they write. If it is on my blogroll, it is in my feed reader. :)

My current cut off for the blogroll is – 2008 – if you posted after 2008 and you are in my feed reader, you should have been listed on the blogroll.

If you are reading this and you have a blog and you are missing from the new Blogroll list please let me know in the comments for this post.

Each day I would have somewhere around 150-180 new posts to read. Some of the blogs have 5-10 posts a day, though, so numbers are not really a fair representation of, well, anything.

I’m going to put together a little featurette on some of my most favourite blogs in the world, as well as my most favourite bloggers. I might even try to get some of them to answer a few questions if possible.

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A small update on the work front – this is going to be a longer process than I’d hoped. I’d love to be able to talk about it here but it would not be especially safe to do so. I might put up a protected post later if this drags on too long because I might want to rage type it all out. If I do, all you need to do to get the password for it is email me – best to use the contact form here on the blog. :)

blog housekeeping, feed readers, work

Top 10 Most Read Posts 2012

With 2012 in the rear view mirror now, I thought it might be a good time to look back at the most read posts on the blog over the past 12 months. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them were written a while back, in 2006, 2007, 2008, when I was blogging a lot more..

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Romeo + Juliet – a review..

A lot of kids looking to research school reports on these first 3 movie reviews..

9.

Chocolat – A movie review

For a while there I had no idea why people were finding my blog for weird French names – now I know. :)

8.

Dead Poets Society – a movie review

This is clearly still a popular topic for high school english class, with lots of searches for things like this – “what is the social message of dead poets society”.

7.

Men I love to watch – Morten Harket

Morten is still popular, y’alls! I’m planning some more of these types of posts this year – stay tuned. :)

6.

red belly black snake how to bait

Please, people, leave them snakes alone! I get constant searches for how to kill red belly black snake. Don’t kill them. Leave them be. Call a snake catcher. Seek professional advice. Stay away from the snake. Snakes can kill you!

5.

Snoskred made 5 MILLION DOLLARS online this year!

I would like to see this at #1 for most read posts. At least it is in the top 10! Online scams are becoming more of a problem and the scammers are changing tactics all the time.

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Lite N Easy – Some thoughts & wrap-up

I knew when I started blogging about Lite N Easy that these posts would end up being referred to a lot because there was not much out there in the www about the food supplied by the company. Not surprised to see this wrap up post in the top 10 for 2012. This was the only post written in 2012 to make it onto the top 10 list!

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Time Management – Tuesday Think Tank

Time Management is a popular topic, many people searching for this and this post has some great ideas many of which I still use.

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Warm Feeling In Leg – Oh Bye!

I never thought when I wrote this post back in 2008 about a lack of vitamin B causing warm feelings in my leg that it would become one of the most read posts here on the blog. People search for this all the time.

1. Drumroll – the most read post of 2012 was –

The Much Awaited Miele Condenser Dryer Post..

This was an excellent post full of detail, and also because this kind of dryer has become more and more popular. We still have the dryer, and it is still going strong.

Anything you haven’t read in the links above? Click through and have a read. You might be surprised. :)

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KTHXBAI Entrecard..

For those who were visiting the blog to drop their Entrecards, apologies. I have now removed the widget because I just received yet another email with yet more changes – ones that were going to put paid ads onto my blog so Entrecard can make money.

Entrecard was a great idea but the people behind it have well and truly screwed the pooch.

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Some Search Terms

Some of today’s search terms –
sock stuck in front loader
how do cows know the time??
make myself a fake check online

To the person searching for the last one – that would be *illegal* – not a good idea! I’ve been asking myself how do cows know when it is time to go home for ages, but I suspect they really don’t care what the time is otherwise. ;) It isn’t like they have to get to an appointment. And congratulations to the person who got a sock stuck in their front loader – I did not know that was possible, quite a feat!

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Apologies to Lightening and Sandy..

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I have to say my email inboxes are becoming a major problem for me – I just can’t keep on top of everything.

Last week Lightening sent me an Out Of Your Niche post. I got so busy late last week I totally forgot to post it.

Then this week Sandy from Fighting Fatigue sent me an Out Of Your Niche post. I was going to post them both yesterday but again, I totally forgot.

Today I am going to post both of them and I deeply apologise. I am going to find a way to get on top of all of this – a habit to get into so I can find things in my inboxes. I also have to go back to shutting down my email and focusing on what I’m doing because I keep getting interrupted with new emails and I drop what I’m doing to tackle those. The main reason for that is because I want to be able to help those I am hosting with their issues and problems as soon as they contact me, but this isn’t working out. Especially when I’m getting 50+ emails a day!

So if I don’t reply to your email right away please be patient. There’s only one of me. :) I do type fast, but there’s a lot to cover sometimes.

blog housekeeping, Get Out Of Your Niche

Changes To The Blog – An Announcement..

At this point in time Snoskred no longer has time to write paid reviews, and so you’ll notice a few changes to the disclosure policy which can be found in the beautiful graphic bar which runs across the top of the page there. I’m not saying this is a permanent change, just that right now given all the work involved in hosting blogs for people, creating graphics and moving blogs etc I simply don’t have the time or energy to do paid reviews.

Graphics

There is a new page in the navigation bar called Graphics. At the moment this contains a set of gorgeous (even if I say so myself) metallic RSS icons which are available for ya’all to download and use. More RSS icons will be coming, probably in color packs like greens, blues, pinks, reds, etc. You’ll notice in there that I mention creating header graphics for blogs – I do that for free if you’re hosting a blog with me, but if anyone wants one for their blog that I’m not hosting I’m happy to put it together for a small cost.

WordPress Blog Hosting

There is also a page up there for WordPress Blog Hosting, with a bit more info about what is included.

Advertise

In order to make room for these pages the Advertise page had to go. If anyone has queries about advertising just use the contact form to get in touch.

Back To The WordPress Training Wheels

It’s been a crazy few days here at Chalet Snoskred. I wanted to take a moment to make those changes to the pages today and also to make those RSS icons available to everyone. Hopefully I’ll be able to put together some more WordPress Training Wheels posts this week.

Any Requests?

Is there anything specific that people want a WordPress Training Wheels post written about? Say so in the comments. ;)

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All Apologies..

Ladies and Gentlemen –

I have to let you know that I’m feeling unhappy. I’m unhappy because I am not Superwoman, and I am not able to do everything. I am not even Batman though I used to have a trusty sidekick but he seems to have vanished just lately.

There are a lot of things that I need to do every day just to keep my head above water. Then there are things I would like to do, things I want to do. One of those things I want to do is respond to comments when people leave them here on the site. I also want to make comments on the blogs I read. But time is my enemy. Recently I have not had time to do much commenting or responding to comments and I wanted to let you know that this might be something that I’m not going to have time for over the next couple of months.

Blogger Becomes A Nightmare –

You see, Blogger / Google have made some changes to their free blog system, the most annoying one being that people now cannot leave comments like they used to. Meg from Dipping Into The Blogpond has been writing a few posts about it –

It seems they have really screwed this one up – people are now not getting notifications that a comment has been left. And something has gone majorly wrong with photos as well. Blogger users are furious, blogging up a blogstorm – and the mass exodus to WordPress has begun.

A Cheap And Simple Solution –

That’s where I come in. I now offer hosting for WordPress at the bargain price of $5 per month, and I also offer to make it all happen without much effort on the part of the person moving. However it is quite a big effort on my part to do this, especially if the blogger has a lot of photos which they had on their old blog. I have to go to each photo and click on it, and then save the image to my hard drive, and then upload all the images to their new WordPress blog. There used to be a plugin that did this almost automatically but because something has gone majorly wrong with photos? That no longer works.

Out Of Time – Sometimes –

Do not get me wrong – I am happy and thrilled to be helping people to move away from Blogger and take control of their blogging. I enjoy the process – some parts more than other parts. I’m saying it takes time and some of that time I used to use for responding to comments here and commenting on other blogs. If you’re on Blogger and you want to move over to WordPress I’d love to help you do it, just use the contact page to get in touch.

What Does It All Mean?

There may be a few changes here on the blog. There may be days when you only get the song of the day post. If this happens please do not panic, it just means I ran out of time to post. I am also going to be posting a few how to WordPress things for everyone who is moving over to it, which may not be of interest to those who don’t use WordPress.

If I Don’t Respond –

to a comment you leave, please do not take it personally. I am still reading all the comments and I appreciate them hugely, and when I do have time I certainly will try to respond to them.

The Time Is Now –

If you have been thinking about moving away from Blogger, the time is ripe my friends. You may notice a drop in comments to your blog simply because Blogger have made commenting like jumping through a bunch of hoops – or they have simply taken away the option for people to leave their URL. Many commentors will now steer well clear of Blogger because it is all too hard, or they feel annoyed that they can’t leave a link to their blog. And if you DO get a comment, you might not even know about it, because it seems the comment notification system is broken.

This Might Be Temporary –

But who knows what is next? The thing is, Blogger might be free, but you have absolutely NO control over anything that happens there in the future. If you move now, you can get started on building up links to your blog again. If you stay to see what happens and decide to move later? Any links you may get to your blogspot blog in the meantime will become worthless to you.

At The Very Least –

You should get a custom domain and use it with Blogger. That way if you choose to move, the links can move with you. Custom domains are available from many locations, I personally use Go Daddy and I recommend them. You can get a domain starting at just under $3US.

My Apologies –

If I could double the amount of hours in the day, I would. Until then, I apologise that I can’t get everything done that I would like to do. I especially apologise that I can’t comment on blogs as often as I would like. I’m still reading, though.

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