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Random Reading Roaming Online – 1.0

Last week I managed to keep up with my RSS reading on feedly and came across some neat articles. If you didn’t see these last week, here’s a chance to check them out 🙂

On Books

Nat on Reading Romance – (Blogging Outside the US) International Guide: Where to buy books?
One of the pain points of not living in the US is that getting books isn’t easy. For that matter so many giveaways are just for US citizens. This list helps those of us who don’t live in the US.

LitStack has a list of Six Writers Who Loved Weed
Here are the ones I know from the list – Stephen King, Alexandre Dumas and Shakespeare 😀

Kim Ukura on BookRiot – Pay-What-You-Want Ebook Service Curates Book Bundles for Readers – recommends Story Bundle
The concept of Story Buddle sounds great and I’d be happy to give back to indie authors by paying for curated books. They are currently featuring The Second Degree Bundle. I don’t really want to read crime and thriller right now but have subscribed for future bundles.

Dianna Dilworth on AppNewser – BookShout! Lets You Centralize eBook Libraries
If you are a reader on multiple platforms – Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, etc. “Enter BookShout!, a free tool that lets you legally import and aggregate all of your eBooks into one central portal.” I’m yet to get to multiple platforms, (its paper and Kindle for me now) but I’m bookmarking this app for the future.

Dianna Dilworth on AppNewser – Rovio Enters eBook Business With Angry Birds Cookbook App
The idea of an interactive cook book sounds like fun and I’ve bought it on the app store but sadly can’t use it for a while since Che’s iPad has gone in for repairs and it doesn’t run on the Mac 🙁

Craft (DIY)

Licia Politis’s Quilled Babushkas on All Things Paper
I’ve always loved nesting dolls but the set Licia has made from paper with quilled embellishments is way cool!

Household Tips

Thorin Klosowski on LifeHacker says Layer Wax Paper On Top of Hard-to-Reach Shelves to Make Dusting a Breeze

Whitson Gordon on LifeHacker has shared a neat Cooking Methods Infographic. I’m going to up this up in the kitchen soon.
The Cooking Methods Cheat Sheet Clears Up All Those Confusing Cooking Terms


LifeHacker shared this cool idea to train dogs to keep off the couch. The Monkey Couch Guardian Keeps Pets Off Furniture When You’re Not Home But if you’re like me and have given over the divan to the dogs, then don’t bother 😛

NOVA has made an insightful video on dogs – Dogs Decoded. I’d shared the video along with my thoughts last week. See it here – My Dogs Decoded.


Heidi Cohen on Actionable Marketing Expert – 7 Steve Jobs Quotes Guaranteed To Make Your Blog Excel
“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

Social Media

Jeff on – 6 Tips for Marketing your Business with the Social Media Mobile App Instagram
I use instagram on the Nexus One but I haven’t really understood it well. The other I guess is that I have an older phone that means the camera is not so great. Instagram doesn’t manage to make my picture ‘way better’ or at least so it seems to me on my screen. This one’s for those who have phones that take great pictures. 🙂

Heidi Cohen offers some useful tips on using Twitter to its best potential. Twitter: 12 Guidelines to Engage & Build Your Following

Articles for Authors

Carol Costello shares 5 book marketing tips for self-published authors on The Book Designer. The 5 Keys to Pain-Free Book Promotion

Joanna Penn answers 10 questions for authors that will help us readers find better books 😀 Help! My Book Isn’t Selling. 10 Questions You Need To Answer Honestly If You Want To Sell More Books

Mac Tips

Obscurity Hides Files in OS X in Plain Sight on Lifehacker by Thorin Klosowski

Amelita Puts Useful Commands and Actions in Your Mac’s Menubar on Lifehacker by Alan Henry

Did you come across anything interesting last week? Any posts you’d recommend for me?

October 16, 2012   No Comments

Second Chances and My-Want-to-Change List

We celebrated an second wedding anniversary in May and realizing that we’ve stuck it out for two years together hit me hard and set in motion a lot of realisations.

We are both freelancers. What that means is we have a lot of time for life but we don’t necessarily always have the money. This is usually a good place to be until of course one of the credit card bills arrive to shatter the peace for a bit. The first few years of being a freelancer are hard. You have to learn that less is more and most often the hard way, you have to close old chapters and debts and it takes time to sink-in that you really have a good life.

The last couple of years have been those years for us. Che took up photography full time just days before we got married. (It still remember the looks I got from family when I told them I was marrying a jobless man :D) And we’re still working our way to that peaceful place.

Our anniversary set me off on thinking for days on end about all the difficulties we’ve faced in the last two years. I was in this confused place where I wasn’t sure if I was happy or sad – a mixed bag of emotions. Days crept by with my lists of things I wish I could change just getting longer and longer. The more time I spent the more stuff that had gone wrong surfaced.

One day returning after a visit with Mom, I sat-up and noticed that I didn’t have a do-not-want-to-change list. So I started making it. It did get long, not maybe as long at the want-to-change list but I had some great items on it.

My top item was having Chenthil in my life. I’d like to change a lot of things but in every change I want him around. (I want others too but this post isn’t about that :P)

Since I titled this post ‘Second Chances’ I’m taking mine – Happy Anniversary, Valetine’s, Birthday, etc. today and everyday baby. Everyday with you is a celebration; Love you. Corny, but true. xxx

What’s on your do-not-want-to-change list?

June 22, 2012   5 Comments

Creating ‘Lists’ on Facebook: Organise your Friends!

Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with both close and distant friends but, as your number of friends increase you will start to miss out on updates or see too many updates from someone you aren’t very interested in. This dilutes the value of Facebook both as a personal network builder and marketing tool. So, here is where lists come in…

Creating lists for your friends and categorising them helps makes sense of the chaos. (Friends can be added to multiple lists too.) These lists can then be used to view New Feeds and send out information and updates.

Categorising friends may seem like a lot of work initially but in the long run it will help organise Facebook for you. Among other things, it will allow you to send group mails and most importantly set-up you privacy well. Do it, you’ll be glad you did it : )

Create your lists based on how you would like to group your friends and how you know them or interact with them. For Example – As a gamer I have created atleast two lists for games – e.g. Frontierville and Friends on Frontierville. On one list I have friends who play the game too. On the other, people I do not know at all but who are friends I play games with on Facebook.

Why do you need these lists? Here’s why.

Viewing Updates from Friends by List

What if I told you that you can choose to view updates from just school friends, or college friends, or work friends, or even your marketing circle? You can do that, here’s how.

1. Click on ‘Most Recent’ above your News Feed on Facebook Home.
Viewing Friend Lists
2. In the drop down menu, click on ‘Choose Another’ to see more Lists.
3. Choose the list you would like to view.
I love this method to see group updates or game updates.

Marking Status Updates viewable only to specific Lists

You can even mark each status update to be viewable only by specific people or not. This helps send out targeted messages not only for marketing but also when some information you are sharing is private or hidden from some.

1. Click on the little ‘Lock’ icon below the Status Message box, right next to Share.
013 Setting privacy for messages
2. Choose the ‘Custom’ option.
3. Select the audience that can and cannot view your post.
014 Setting privacy for messages 2

Now onto creating those all important ‘Lists’. Here’s how to create them –

1. Click on the ‘Account’ tab on the right-top-corner of the page.
2. Choose and click on ‘Edit Friends’
001 Account - Edit Friends
3. Click on the ‘Create a List’ button
002 Create a list
4. In the pop-up type the name of the list
003 Create List Pop-up
5. Select friends for the list. (You can do this later too.)
6. Create as many lists as you need following the same process from Step 3 onwards.

You can also add friends after the list has been created.

1. Choose the ‘All Friends’ option on the ‘Edit Friends’ page.
2. For each friend choose the ‘Edit Lists’ option and choose the lists.
004 Add friends to lists

Creating Lists is a tedious process the first time its done and the more friends you have the more time and effort it takes. So start early and maintain the lists as you go. You’ll be glad you did this as your Facebook group gets bigger.

How do you categorise/group friends? Do you have any special lists?

November 15, 2010   4 Comments