Today I’m going to blog about blogs! The post will be in two parts: Firstly I’ll talk about the blogs I enjoy. Over on the right hand side of my blog page, you’ll see a list of links to Blogs I enjoy reading. I wonder if you’ve ever taken a look at any of them. I used to buy a lot of magazines but got disillusioned with the same stories and articles which seemed to do the rounds albeit slightly re-hashed. Given the steep cost of some of these magazines I decided to stop buying them. Good Housekeeping, one of my preferred ones, now costs £4.40. Astonishing! I occasionally pick up a used copy from the gym but for the most part, having a few favourite blogs that I can dip into when I want has filled the gap nicely. It’s like having my own online general interest magazine.
Part 1: Blogs I enjoy reading I’m not going to describe every one but here are a few of them with a short description of the reasons I enjoy them:
Margaret is a professional writer who lives in South Devon. I met her recently when I went to stay near to where she lives. She is such an interesting lady who has a great love for the subjects about which she writes which include day-to-day life, her family, home, antiques and cooking delicious food. She also takes some fabulous photographs of her own lovely part of England.
Jane at Shoestring Cottage writes, as you might guess by her blog name, about living on a budget. I guess we all have a budget of some kind and, if you’re like me, often wish it was a little larger. Some of Jane’s ideas are too radical for me but she offers an interesting perspective on stretching that budget whilst still enjoying life.
Fancying France’s June describes her blog thus: The musings of a ‘femme d’un certain âge’ who longs to live in France. This describes it perfectly. Passionate about the food and wine, fashion and culture, she shares her love of all things French.
Frugalfashion is written by Penny. She’s a very stylish lady who loves to shop in charity shops and imparts her unique brand of fashion advice to those of us of a ‘certain age’. Penny also writes a second blog which focuses on politics and other serious topics. This can be accessed from her fashion blog.
Starting over at Sixty is the story of Paula’s journey from finding herself unexpectedly alone at sixty to where she is today, a couple of years on. It is a very open, honest and thought-provoking account of how she has come to terms with her situation, ‘not just surviving, but thriving’ (to use her own words).
Part 2 This part will only be of interest to readers who have their own blogs.
I have become increasingly frustrated by the fact that several Blogspot/Blogger blogs won’t allow me to leave comments because apparently, I am not authenticated (i.e. my WordPress credentials are not recognised by Blogger). This didn’t used to be a problem but I think the Blogspot platform must have had some changes made to it. However, I couldn’t understand this because there are other Blogspot blogs that I have no problem with. I’ve been investigating why this might be and it seems that other WordPress users are having the same issue. I dug around the internet and this is what I have discovered. It all depends on what comment levels the blog owner has selected. If you have a Blogspot account, WordPress bloggers can only comment if the Blogspot owner has allowed comments from Name/URL.
Obviously most people will not wish to accept anonymous contributors, but restricting it beyond this prevents contributors who don’t have Blogger (i.e. Google blog) account. So, if you’re a Blogger/Blogspot blog writer who reads mine and wonders why I never read yours – I probably do but I can’t leave comments (this applies to several that I read from time to time and am unable to comment on). You might want to consider the above.
To name just a few…
Simple living 31
Life in my empty nest
Meanwhile, I appreciate the comments from those of you who do. Thank you. I will always endeavor to respond.
POSTSCRIPT: I am touched and delighted to report that within a very short time of posting this piece, some of my regular readers have already amended the access levels on their own blogs which will allow WordPress bloggers to join them. I really do enjoy the word of blogging and am loving being a part of it.