Hello everyone! The weather has been bitter cold the past few days, and on Saturday we had a few inches of snow. Today’s temperatures will hover around freezing, which will feel like a heat wave! Last weekend we discovered a new trail ideal for dog-walking, and were hoping to visit it again this weekend. We have a rather fat Labrador who needs the exercise (well, OK, so do I). But due to the weather, we settled for a shorter walk around the neighborhood. At the moment I’m snug and warm indoors, with my morning coffee close at hand.
On the last Sunday of the month I like to look back, and reflect on my reading. Last year, my typical monthly wrap-up post was fairly quantitative. Well, I haven’t stopped tracking the numbers, but I have decided to stop yakking about them on a monthly basis, and be a bit more qualitative and thoughtful instead. I’ll take a look at the stats perhaps once per quarter.
So … January was a great month for both reading and blogging. I am having so much fun blogging on WordPress. My favorite features are the ability to save drafts and schedule posts. These are such simple features; I didn’t realize how much of a difference they would make. I mean, I wrote drafts on my old blog, but I couldn’t save them on the site. I had to create my drafts elsewhere and copy them over when I was ready to post. Invariably the formatting would be off and it would take some fiddling to get things right. And scheduled posts? What a great idea! I’m finding it easier to take part in events like Teaser Tuesday. I also spent a little time perusing the 2009 Blog Improvement Project archive, which gave me ideas for tweaking things here and there. For example, I’m now putting a “Share” button at the end of each post. And I found a WordPress ratings feature: look for the little stars at the end of this post. I’ve only just added this, so I have no ratings yet — why don’t you try it?
Reading-wise, I read seven very good books. Thanks to Orange January, three of them were Orange Prize nominees, and all but one by women authors. Here’s what I read in January (click on the covers to read my reviews):
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
Read more from The Sunday Salon here.