Welcome to the thirteenth instalment of Ramblings from my pages… I posted last Sunday, again today, I think I might finally be getting the hang of this weekly thing!
This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.
Today’s ramblings topics: Amazon Prime Reading, WordPress Troubleshooting, Bitly, and January Wrap Up. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings.
AMAZON PRIME READING
Do you have an Amazon Prime account? Have you been using prime reading? I haven’t, and realised I have been doing myself a disservice. If you have Amazon Prime, you automatically have access to Prime Reading – a service that allows you to borrow up to ten titles at a time, this can be Kindle books, magazines, short works, books with audible narration, comics and more. The content is periodically updated and titles are added and removed. If anyone knows how to get the audiobook please let me know, as when I go the list of prime books with narration, it doesn’t give me the option to ‘read and listen for free’. Even though I’m struggling with the audio, it’s still worth checking out the ebook prime library, I’ve found several titles to borrow. Visit the Prime Reading Library.
These last three weeks, WordPress (WP) has been getting on my last nerve! Once a week, for the last three weeks, one of blog posts fails to show in the ‘Followed Sites’ reader, that means all you lovely people who access blog posts via that reader (which is most of us who have a WP account) will have no idea that I’ve posted. The only way to see the post is to search for it or visit my blog directly. This caused several of my posts to get significantly less exposure/views than normal, as you can imagine, this was very disheartening. Thank you to those who boosted my ‘lost’ posts!
WP did eventually get them back into the ‘Followed Sites’ reader, but they still suffered. When this first happened, I contacted WP and was informed that this was due to me exceeding the maximum amount of ‘tags’ and ‘categories’ attached to my post, as there is a limit of 15. That was a lie, there isn’t a limit of 15, I’ve seen posts in excess of 30 ‘tags’. The second time it happened, WP said there was a glitch and they had to refresh the reader from their end. The latest time it happened, they could offer no reason for why it happened, and they are currently ‘troubleshooting’ the problem.
I know a few other bloggers have experienced this problem, and I urge you to contact WP every time it happens, so that they take this seriously and know it is a larger issue than they may think it is.
I’ve recently started using bitly to shorten URLs. I’ve often seen these shorten links used, but I didn’t realise it was as simple as pasting a URL into this website and it provides you with a shortened URL. I also didn’t realise it was free to use. This comes in particularly handy on platforms, such as Twitter, where you have a limited character count. Or when you want to make things look a bit neater, as you’ll see below in my wrap up section.
If we take a recent tweet of mine as an example, it looks much more neater to use the shortened URL.
It also works for blog posts, let’s use my latest book haul blog post as an example. The URL is: https://keeperofpages.com/2019/01/31/bookhaul-january-2019-part-two/ Once I enter it into bitly, it becomes: https://bit.ly/2G5sshr.
Whenever you need to shorten a URL visit bitly.com
JANUARY WRAP UP
Last month I read 11 books, and listened to two audiobooks. I’ve reviewed the first seven books pictured, and you can click on the bitly URLs to visit the reviews.
Book of the month
LINK AROUND THE WEB
This week’s link is from Wellcome Collection. I first saw this article on The Secret Library Book Blog, and I found it so interesting, I just has to feature it.
In the 19th century, slum housing posed a serious threat to the health of people living in Britain; authors, such as Charles Dickens and Jack London, used slums as settings in their novels. Find out more about how 19th century writers exposed the short, sickly lives of those who endured these appalling conditions in this article: How slums make people sick
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me next Sunday for some more ramblings.
If you missed my last rambling you can find it here – topics: Mary Shelley Movie, True Crime on Netflix, Audiobook Subscription Update, and 4th Estate Books.