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Christmas Versus Blogging And Other Blog-Related Things

A photo of Christmas decorations

I’m typing this out a week before the week before Christmas because I just looked at the calender and can’t believe that there is less than a fortnight to go until Christmas day. I’ve all these reviews to post and didn’t think for a moment that they would have to wait until January.

Anyway, I’ll start in reverse, letting you know about the “blog-related things” first. Several days ago Trish tweeted me to ask if I’d ever considered adding a subscription for comments to this blog, and Bookworm joined in to second the request. I’ve seen the feature on blogs before but it had never occurred to me to use it here. So I did some research and, as you may have noticed, this feature has now been added. Adding it has made me realise that it’s a popular feature, as the plugin allows me to see how many people sign up and so far a fair few of you have. So I have to thank Trish and Bookworm for this as I feel it’s added something very positive to the blog, aiding discussion.

Regarding my blog’s design – the structure of it – I’ve been thinking for a while now that I need to get an archive list and search function to make the site easier to navigate. The reason I don’t have one is because I used a blank theme when creating the site and the coding for those features didn’t work; I never got round to sorting it out. I have tried a few times but where I haven’t done any coding for a while I’m a bit rusty. I’m hoping over Christmas I can get some help from my savvy boyfriend to work it out.

And I really want to get one of those plugins/features that open up a mini window when a person clicks on an image. The way I’ve currently got it, that you have to right click and open in a new tab, is really outdated. If anyone knows the sort of thing I’m looking for please let me know where to find it because the reason I’ve not done it yet is because I haven’t found it.

Christmas in my family has always lasted longer than a few days. We tend to spend as many days together between the 24th and the 1st as jobs will allow, and in addition to this I have my boyfriend’s family to see. Because of this I am going to take some days off from blogging. I may be back as early as 28th December, the latest I’ll be back will be 2nd January. No matter which, I intend to comment on some blogs during the holidays, and my break doesn’t extend to Twitter – I’ll be there to celebrate with you all.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


Tanya Patrice

December 21, 2012, 1:17 am

Hope you have a great Christmas with your family. I also didn’t know subscribing to comments was a popular option – not one I ever use though.

Laurie C

December 21, 2012, 11:06 am

Enjoy your blogging break! I don’t post a lot of images that people want to enlarge and look at, but in WordPress, you can click in the upper left corner of the image to edit it, and under the Advanced Settings tab at the top, you can click on Target: Open in a New Window/Tab. That might be the feature you’re looking for?

Alex in Leeds

December 21, 2012, 12:25 pm

Happy holidays, I must admit I love this time of year for tinkering with the blog and making improvements. :)


December 21, 2012, 2:57 pm

Have a wonderful holiday season! See you when you get back :) I’m glad you’ve added the comment subscription option, yay!


December 22, 2012, 9:14 pm

Have a wonderful Holiday week or so :-)


December 22, 2012, 10:38 pm

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Here in Spain the whole think last until the 6th of December because we celebrate “The three Magi’s Day”, and also in Christmas Eve and New Years Eve we have a get together to have dinner all the family, like in Christmas Day. So we have two weeks full of food and get togethers!!


December 22, 2012, 10:50 pm

Tanya: You too, merry Christmas! I haven’t used it much either (though I’m starting to wonder if I should – the WordPress dashboard that lets you see replies is so useful!) it’s a good thing to provide. I know you’ve got it on your blog as well.

Laurie: Merry Christmas, Laurie! The image thing could work, though I upload mine to a different folder rather than to WordPress so I’m not sure. I’ll keep it in mind to try over the holiday. It does sound pretty much what I’m looking for, and it would make sense that it’s that one as so many people seem to have the same.

Alex: Merry Christmas! Yes, there’s something about the holidays and a break that gives you that breathing space to look at things differently.

Jennifer: Merry Christmas! That’s another ballot for the “this was a good idea” box, then :)

Suzi: You too, Suzi, merry Christmas!

Isi: Merry Christmas! I know Christians here celebrate the 6th, though there is school and work on those days. It’s the last day for taking down decorations. It’s a great idea to extend the holidays as much as possible, they go by so quickly!


December 25, 2012, 12:20 am

Merry Christmas! Have a lovely holiday with your family and lots of fun tinkering with your blog.



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