Friday, February 8, 2019

Having my cake and eating it, too

After ten years on the Blogger platform, I'm moving all future blog posts over to WordPress ...
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However, the good news is that this blog will remain in place for as long as Blogger continues to support it. Which means those of you who enjoy the Kindred Spirits links in the right sidebar can continue to come here, with the added bonus that the new blog will show up when there's a new post.

Addendum (2/9/2019):

I just copied all the old posts over to the new WordPress version of this blog, but will continue to leave the original here for as long as that lasts.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Don't just stand there, DO something!

So, first things first. I have ten years of my life written on this blog. Last year I finally got around to backing it up. Today, I did it again in preparation for whatever comes next (most likely a new blog, but more on that later).

For you Blogger folks out there, here's how to back up your blog(s):

1. Go to the Blogger dashboard
2. Click on Settings in the left sidebar
3. Click Other in the left sidebar
4. Click the Back up to content button
5. Save to your computer and handle as you would any document download

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Nothing to show and wondering what's next

Simply put, some recent health challenges combined with the aforementioned issues on the mobile app for Blogger have been putting a significant dent in my enthusiasm for posting.

Then this arrived in my email:
On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts.
Well, hmmm ... I don't have any Google+ pages, but what about Blogger? The FAQ provided this ominous insight:
What will happen to Google+ comments on Blogger and other sites?
Blogger and other sites may use Google+ for their commenting system. Comments on blogs may also exist as posts or comments on Google+. This feature will be removed from Blogger by Feb 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019.
I'm pretty sure I've used my Google ID to comment on blogs. And likewise sure that many of you have used it to comment here. What I'm not clear on is the difference between Google and Google+ accounts (if any).

And then there's this to consider: Is Blogger next on the Google chopping block?


Saturday, January 19, 2019

The beginning of the end for Blogger?

I've already written this post once, but my mobile version of Blogger on my old iPhone 5s wouldn't publish it. So, back to publishing on the laptop ... for as long as that lasts. And ugh ... I hate formatting on the PC ... the mobile app was soooo much easier.

Anyway, in addition to the gift pot Deb Sposa sent, there was this beautiful bit of handwoven cloth ...


Here's the back story in Deb's words:
"I found it at an estate sale at a gorgeous mountain home where the owners had collected amazing Southwestern flavored artworks including fiber pieces & western antiques.  Not sure how old it is but I'm guessing at least 50 to 75 years old.  The weave style looked Mexican or possibly Native American and I think it was used as a small book cover.  I hope you will be able to find a use for it.  Possibly bind your own book to put inside ..."
Well that answered the question I had about the sewn-under ends ...


 And got me thinking how best to showcase it ...


I liked the idea of a book, so I played with the idea of making pages out of used tea bags ...


And then, recalling our trek to northern New Mexico last summer, I hit on the perfect idea: the petroglyphs that we saw in Santa Fe ...


 So now I'm playing with watercolors and gouache, trying to find the perfect combination ...


As Rachel Maddow is wont to say, "Watch this space ... "