Saturday, January 19, 2008

Velvet Sacks & Subsidiaries

It's a three-day weekend, and it's off to a good start.

After work yesterday, I got my car inspected, then stopped at the store for groceries. That was my complete list of errands for the weekend, so I was able to stay inside this entire nasty, cold, rainy day, and I'll probably stay in tomorrow and the next day, too.

Today has been a busy one. I've been at the computer almost constantly since right after breakfast, and, for once, I have something to show for it -- two new (subsidiary) blogs.

Blind Dog Running
I started setting up this blog the other day, prompted by the events detailed in last Sunday's "London Googler" post. Today, I searched out all the relevant (and some not-so-relevant) posts about Butch and copied them to the new site. (Since I don't want to eliminate one of my most frequent blog topics, I'll probably always put the Butch posts here first.) Next, I added links to other blind-dog sites, some of which were extremely helpful to me when I first knew that Butch might have to have his eyes removed.

In case you're wondering, there are no plans to have a blog dedicated to Kadi. She deserves it, I'm sure, but she's so busy running the household that I don't think she'll ever find out Butch has own site.

Velvet's Bookstacks
The Q&A-style book reviews on this new blog may not be of much help to other readers, but I think they'll help me when it comes time to cull my book collection. That's a task so daunting I never seem to be able to work it into my schedule. When I get around to it, I'll need all the tools available.

Read the reviews if you like, but please don't let my opinions have much influence over your reading decisions. There are lots of in-depth, informational book reviews online, and this isn't one of them. In fact, this isn't so much about the books as it's about my reactions to them. To paraphrase the old saying about art, "I don't know much about great literature, but I know what I like."


  1. Velvet, You've been such a busy girl! What a productive weekend! I'm so impressed with both blogs!

  2. OH... Velvet, You KNOW Sister Mary Katherine is all knowing, all seeing. I'm certain she will make you pay for her lack of a blog in one way or another!

  3. I posted a comment on Butch's site, and was just going along your main page over here and saw the soundtrack. What a list of beauty and order. How long did that take you or did you just build on it as it came to you? I'm so tempted...

  4. Creekhiker, thanks and shhhhhh! If Kadi finds out, she'll make my life a living hell. ;-)

    Duly Inspired, I'm glad you like the music. It took a *long* time, but that's because I did it the hard way. I collected all the links to my "favorites," then had to recopy them to blogger. If I were to do it again, I'd have a blog links window open and a YouTube window open, and cut and paste directly from one to the other. It might still take a while to get all the songs you want on your list (if such a thing is even possible), but you could start with a few favorites and build on it fairly quickly. Knowing how much you love music, I think you should go for it.

  5. Velvet, I've had such a good time reading Butch's blog. I'm so glad you did this! No worries... I won't tell Kadi.

  6. did you put a link to the baby pictures on BDR? and did you check to make sure it's a public blog?

    I have a book review blog, but nobody ever visits. *sniff* Maybe my reviews suck. I like the format of yours with the Q&A. I should have thought of that.

  7. Holly, I'm glad you like it.

    Janet, the baby pictures are there, but I didn't put up a special link to them. I did make BDR a public blog, and a Google search will find it -- although Google finds many, many other sites first.

    And I know you have a book review site because *I* visit there sometimes. Don't know if you noticed on my Bookstacks blog that there's a post that links to your Toast Crumbs site and apologizes because my reviews aren't going to be as good as yours. I came up with the Q&A idea because I'm too lazy to put as much time and thought into book reviews as you do. If people don't visit your book review site, it must be because they don't realize it's there. Can you give it a more prominent link? In the sidebar maybe?

  8. I didn't see that! I'm blushing! Here I was thinking my reviews stink, that they were too long and rambling, which is why I decided the 2008 reviews would be short and rated on a scale of 1-5. I also decided I'd review every single book I read in 2008 as opposed to "whenever I feel like it".

    Sure, you can put up a link, thanks!

    and, you MUST have a permanent link for those baby photos!


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