New blogs!

In an effort to keep very much my own personal blog, say hello to two new blogs from me: Photos and Just Another Email Blog

To be totally honest, I am umming and ahhing about the photo blog. I’ve created in the hope that I will share more of my photos and have them all be in one place. Only time will tell.

I’ve been wanting to create Just Another Email Blog for a while now. I know it’s going to take a lot of work though. Work I feel like I should be able to put into it.

I am who I am and that’s who I say I am

Is it me, or is it incredibly hard to represent yourself on Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/etc without managing to alienate one interest group or another?

It’s sort of “best practice” to choose a niche subject/core interest and concentrate on that on whatever social network you choose. That’s usually a good way to find people who’ve got the same interests as you and to expand your network.

But what if you’ve got a variety of interests and you want to talk about all of them on social? I guess the option is to create different accounts for your personas. The problem with this? Keeping track of all of them! Trust me, I’ve tried and failed pretty miserably. (Perhaps I’m doing something wrong.) Continue reading I am who I am and that’s who I say I am

RIP Google Reader

RIP Google Reader

It’s the 1st of July and the official death date of Google Reader. It’s a sad, sad day. Google Reader’s been a massive part of my day-to-day Internet life. So many blogs, websites and posts all happily bookmarked and organised in it. Sure, it sometimes wasn’t the prettiest of applications. But it got the job done.

I’ve not used Google Reader for a few months. Feedly’s been my feed reader of choice for the past few months and I’ve been using it on and off since its initial release. There are a fair few other choices out there, I won’t list them here, you’ve probably read them all already and made your decision by now.

Just wanted to say farewell to a massive part of my Internet-ing life. Though, Feedly’s done an amazing job of replacing you. In fact, it’s what I wish Google did with its reader!

Thank you not-so Secret Santa

A little while ago I posted that I was taking part in a Secret Santa run by Money Supermarket.

It’s been a couple of weeks and I’ve not only purchased and sent my present, but received mine from my Secret Santa.

Firstly, I need to have a grump. It wouldn’t be a post from me without a bit of a groan. So here goes. Dear Money Supermarket, I think you need to be taught what a Secret Santa is. See, I found out who my Secret Santa was. Turns out, it’s the blogger (Dragons and Fairy Dust) who I was buying for! Turns out all they have done is pair up bloggers rather than doing a true Secret Santa. Should have just been called a bloggers present exchange!

Okay, gripe over. Onto the exciting stuff!

The other week I received a couple of interesting looking parcels. Cracked into them and this is what I found:

Secret Santa
(Danbo not included)

A personalised diary and an awesome lens cup! I’ll be completely honest, I was a whole lot more excited about the lens cup than the diary. It’s a lovely touch that the diary is personalised, but as you know, Google owns my life. So, my diary is totally online in my Google Calendar. I haven’t used a physical diary in years! Slave to the digital era.

But the lens cup is brilliant. The lens hood doubles as a lid and a little biscuit/mince-pie plate. An excellent present for someone who’s a fan of photography.

I hope my gift receiver likes her gift. I was aiming to get her something that has a bit of my influence in terms of my interest, but something that she could use with what she loves too. Fingers crossed!

It’s Secret Santa time!

A little while ago I got an email from the people over at Money Supermarket asking if I’d like to participate in a Secret Santa Challenge. Now, I’m not much of a Christmas person. Sure I’ve got a Christmas tree (Which I’ve yet to put up.) but I’m not much of a gift buying person. Christmas for me is all about the over indulgence of food and TV. Also, whenever I hear the words ‘secret santa’ my memories remind me of some rather hilariously ridiculous office secret Santas which I did in the past.

But this one sounded good. Money Supermarket are going to pair me up to a blogger in the same niche as my blog. There’s a £25 limit (All good secret Santas need to have a reasonable limit.) and it’s up to us to buy whatever we feel is a good fit for whichever blogger we’ve been paired up with. We can buy the gift online or offline. It’s totally up to us. There is of course a prize for the blogger who comes up with the most creative secret santa gift. Sounded, potentially, like it could be a little bit of seasonal fun. So I replied to the email with a big, why not! Well, not literally that, that would be a bit weird. But you get my drift.

A couple of weeks passed and I got my email telling me who I’d been partnered with – Dragons and Fairy Dust. So I checked out the blogger who was my secret santa. Have to admit, I did wonder why I was partnered with this particular blogger as I don’t think our blogs fit in the same sort of niche. But oh well! Just makes it a tad more challenging. I’m hoping it’s something she’ll like. Hopefully!

Anywho, I’m happy to say I’ve bought the gift. Should be winging its way over to Dragons and Fairy Dust shortly.

I do wonder who I have got paired up with and wondering what sort of gift I’ll end up getting. To be honest though, it’s always fun getting gifts, no matter what they are. Usually!