Thanks to Syd, Marja, and LuckyMud for their comments on yesterday's blog. If you read Dr. Healy's article, you might be interested in the follow-up articles. Also, you should read LuckyMud's comments on this blog. She's very articulate and thoughtful. I wish I could figure out how to let the comments show on the main page of my blog. Under Settings, on the Comments page, I've checked "no" for the pop-up window but it doesn't seem to matter. I've searched for this in the blogger help areas but as far as I can tell, they seem to suggest that it can't be done. If I'm missing something, please let me know.
What I'd like to be able to do is to encourage "conversation," to allow for more of a "back and forth" relationship between readers. One of the reasons I started a second blog on Word Press was to try and see if that platform has any advantages. While I seem to have gotten more "hits" on Word Press more quickly, it's more difficult to figure out how to do things. Yesterday, I went out and bought a few books on blogging, but I'm just beginning to read them.
Perhaps my problem with all this is that I'm truly old-fashioned at heart. When I'm writing a book, I write on a pad of paper and use pencils. I physically enjoy the act of writing. I like hearing the sound of a pencil on paper. When I'm a bit flush, I buy more expensive pads. My very favorites can be found at Levenger. I also love their pens and ink. Actually, in the best of all world's, I would buy everything they sell. My sister-in-law introduced me to them and has bought me some wonderful items for gifts.
In terms of pencils, my every day ones that I buy at Office Depot or Staples are Sanford Eagle Number 2. But I've also bought some great specialty pencils. My most recent purchase is Translation Pencils, which are made out of Japanese newsprint and they come in a tubular package that's also made from newsprint. For a review, you can see them at one of my new favorite online sites, Pencil Revolution.
My favorite notebook is from Moleskin. It's 3" x 5" and comes three to a pack for $9.95 (in American money). I often buy them at Barnes and Noble but there's this very neat blog, Moleskinerie, which you might like.
I must admit that so far I've learned nothing from my blogging books. What I read yesterday was that blog posts are supposed to be short and to the point. If you write about a topic, you're supposed to stick with it. The example, oddly enough, was folk music (something I love). But the author wrote, "If you write about Celtic music, then stick to that. Don't go off on tangents." Also, she said that you should be judicious with graphics because it takes longer for the blog to load.
Clearly, I don't listen. Otherwise, why would I start writing about yesterday's blog, move on to a discussion about Blogger and Word Press, end with moleskin notebooks, and include three graphics? I wonder if this inability to do what I'm told is a bipolar personality trait or just me?