January 22, 2011

Saturday Memes


Hosted by Danielle at There's A Book
From Danielle's blog:
We all leave our “footprint” on the world, in one way or another. We each, individually, do something or are someone that makes the world a little better just by being here. I created this weekly meme to get to know the blogging community I love just a bit better. To know what makes them tick, outside of books, that is. Each week I will post a question to be answered in the following week’s “A Bit of Me(Me)”. Check back each Saturday to get the info for next week’s post and link up with your current post right here.
This week's question:  Do you listen to audio books? Why or why not? If yes, do you have a favorite?
Honestly, I have never listened to an audio book.  I have this preconceived notion, and I don't know why, but that it would put me to sleep.  Maybe it comes from when I had to listen to "tapes" during college that I just I found boring and dreaded when I found out that one would be part of the text book.  I have promised myself that one day, I will try listening to one, when all my restrictions are lifted and I won't have the free time to sit and read a book.

Hosted by Yvonne from Socrates Book Reviews
From Yvonne's site:
   I've wanted to start a meme like this for a long time. It's "Anything Goes on Saturday". It's a chance to choose any topic you want and talk about it on Saturday - it can be about a book, TV show, movie, a recipe or just an update on your week. Whatever you choose.
   If you'd like to join in, take the button above and blog about it. Use the linky below to post your direct link to your post. Then, go and visit other blogs and see what's on everyone's minds this week. Enjoy!
Topic:  Following blogs...What do you do in this situation?
There are days when I notice the number of followers I have and am amazed...truly amazed.  I remember how excited I was when I had my first follower, it was Vicki, my mentor, from Reading At The Beach. Where did all these followers come from and when?  Some of them I know because they leave me a note in the comment section stating that they a new follower and sometimes even telling me why, and in return, I usually email them back thanking them and then visit their blog and become a follower of their blog.  However, and here is my question and dilemma, what do you do if a person leaves such a note and you visit their blog and search, and search to find something of shared similar likes for and just can't find one.  Do you follow anyway?  Or do you respond to their comment explaining why you aren't following their blog after they have chosen to follow your's?  Is there a blogging etiquette regarding this issue?  How would you handle it?  What would you do?

Hosted by Michelle from The True Book Addict
Progress report:  Status quo  16.5 hrs read...didn't get any reading time in yesterday due to Bloggiesta.

Hosted By Maw Books Blog
Progress report:
Yesterday I learned:
*tips on mail inbox tips, which I need to implement
*how to make a button/banner for blog
*RSS feed for blog
*cheat sheets (I read article about them and already had them in place except I have them in a mail folders. ex: one entitled Blog Memes
*a lot of time on google documents
Today's plans:
*more time spent with google documents
*organizing my mail folders (getting rid of info not needed, putting info in proper folders
* ? favicon/gravitars
* backing up blog


Misha said...

In response to your question- I follow the blog despite no shared reading tastes. I feel too guilty if I don't. I hope someone has a better answer to this question because I am confused myself.
Btw, you are making good progress in Bloggiesta.Best of luck!

Carol said...

Backing up my blog is the one that has been on my mind for a few weeks now.
I must find time to do that.

Have a good weekend


bermudaonion said...

I started listening to audio books after I started my blog and just love them when I take a road trip - especially when I'm going by myself. They were a lifesaver for me last year.

I don't think there's any rule that you have to follow everyone back.

Marce said...

Have fun organising during Bloggiesta.

I go to the bloggers that follow me also, but I agree sometimes I can't find any similarities so I don't follow.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Hi, I like some of your Saturday Stuff...I plan to explore some of these at some point.

As for audio books: not a fan. Here's what I wrote about that:

(click my name)

Nise' said...

To those that want to begin listening to audiobooks, I have recommended to begin with a familiar/favorite book. It helps with getting the hang of listening and following along. Hope you are able to give it a try!

I don't feel guilt to follow back. I do visit every new follower and comment on their blogs and many times I do follow back because of similar interests, and connecting with their styles/personalities.

I have planned to back up my blog as well this weekend.

Gigi Ann said...

I listen to audio books that are books, with many pages, and the print is fine or small, my eyes are not what they use to be. Examples: Home by Julie Andrews, and Marley and Me, I just couldn't deal with the fine print. However, I prefer reading a book.

The follower thingy has always confused me a bit. When I first started using it, mostly the only followers I had were the ones who visited me regularly, and I visited them regularly. But as time has gone by, I notice everyone becomes a follower, whether they ever visit again or not. However, sometimes they expect you to visit them each time they post and leave them a comment. Some even offer prizes. However, to have a chance to win the prize you have to become a follower. I usually pass those by. Sometimes, I do become a follower, but if they never visit me or leave a comment, I remove myself from their blog follower thingy. I think you may already know, The follower thingy is a pet peeve of mine. ; ) But, I have it up anyway...

Teacher/Learner said...

I've never listened to audiobooks either, but from what I hear they are timesavers, more compact, and great for long drives. Still, I'd rather hold a book in my hand & read the words off the pages. As for following, the way I see it, you can visit blogs of people who comment on yours and/or follow you, but following back is not mandatory. I only follow blogs where I've read or want to read books that they have. Otherwise, why bother? Just an opinion :)

Anonymous said...

I love audio books now. It took some getting used to because I would zone out. For me it depends of what I am doing. Usually I listen while I am at work entering mundane, thoughtless work or while I am crocheting. Sometimes driving. Once you find your (no word comes to mind so I will make one up :)schlumooze, they are really great. You know there is an audiobook challenge.

Yvonne said...

I don't think there are any rules about who to follow. For me, if someone tells me they are a new follower to my blog, I will follow theirs - even if I don't find anything in common. But, that's just me.

Have a great weekend!

Jen Vincent said...

I am so not an auditory person so I thought I would space out while listening to an audiobook, but if I'm doing something that allows me to listen as I work (driving, cleaning, working out) then I have found it's no problem. I love them. :) Thanks for sharing!

The1stdaughter said...

Looks like perhaps you were able to get the favicon put in! Or did you have that already? I'm so bad at details.

Anywho, I used to feel just the same way about audio books, and I have had some that just did not work I'll admit. It's totally a trial and error thing. But once I've found great narrators, it changes everything! Love them! And in fact I'm dying to listen almost as much as read in a lot of cases. :o)

Good luck with Bloggiesta! I'm still plugging away as well.