Expanding Your Blog Network and Readers

Ever have one of those moments when you’re thinking, “Why the hell didn’t I think of that before?” And it turns out that idea is incredibly simple and obvious? I did as I read this post by Jason of HarsH ReaLiTy.

In this post, he talks about refreshing your network and keeping in touch with your followers, especially the ones who leave comments on your blog. Simply go to your comments sections and click on the names of the commenters, visit and read their blogs. And most importantly, leave a comment. They will appreciate it and are more likely to return to your blog.

But then it hit me. Why not take it a step further? The people who comment on your followers’ blogs probably have similar blogs. Visit those blogs and follow them if you like what you see. Make sure to leave comments! Not only will you maintain your network and keep in touch with your readers, but you’ll grow your network. You’ll gain new readers.

And seriously, go to HarsH ReaLiTy and follow that blog. Jason gives some of the best blogging advice. He’s helped many people improve their blogs and blogging habits, including mine.

Can you guess what I’m doing tonight?

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Some Amazing Home Libraries

I’ve posted about home libraries before, and there were some impressive ones. Bookbub has now shown us twenty more amazing home libraries. I’ve seen only one of them before, so all the others are completely new to me. Let’s take a quick look through them all. I suggest going to the Bookbub page while you see what I have to say about them.

1. The bedroom is interesting. A bit too white for me, though.

2. The blue room looks like it has a good sized bookshelf, but I’m not impressed very much. Looks classical, though.

3. The green one is also classical, but like the blue room, doesn’t impress me. Maybe I’m not so interested in the classical?

4. Now, this is more like it. I like this one. It’s big and airy. The bookshelf is fairly big, too. I like the big open space this room provides.

5. I hadn’t thought of this before. A walk-in closet converted into a home library. This is an interesting idea, though nowhere to sit. I could go for it, though.

6. This is another simple design, but look closely at it. There are books in every single possible space. Even under the sofa. I like it.

7. This is impressive. High bookshelves, and a nice view through the window. This is probably one of my favourites.

8. Another classical design. For some reason, I like this one better than the other ones. It seems cozy.

9. Wow. That is a tall bookshelf! My only question is how they get the books down. I haven’t been able to find a ladder.

10. These blue bookshelves aren’t doing anything for me. Not interested in the room’s design.

11. This isn’t bad. Love the amount of bookshelves, but I don’t think the room’s design is very inspiring.

12. Very red! Actually, my dream home office/library has red walls, but dark red. And the shelves have to be wood, not painted red. And I’d like a modern couch and desk.

13. The couch dominates in this one. The shelves seem smaller than in other rooms. Looks comfortable, though.

14. This is Neil Gaiman’s library. Impressive collection, though I don’t like the ceiling. To me, it feels unfinished. But maybe he likes this design.

15. Simple. Nice TV. I could go for this, but it’s not the greatest. But I could live with it.

16. This is interesting. I like this one. Maybe it’s because of the shape of the room. I tend to like rooms that aren’t the standard cube. We have angles here!

17. I am impressed! That bookshelf is incredible. Extremely high. I’d be afraid of falling down. But very nice.

18. This is kind of cozy, but I’m afraid it’s not my kind of design. I think I’d pass on this one.

19. Very simple. Looks like it belongs in a museum, though. The books all look fake in this picture. They’re all the same colour!

20. The colour looks a bit old-fashioned to me. Not really liking this one very much.

I think that out of all of these rooms, I like the design of number 7 the most. I could see this in my future home. Modern, spacious, and lots of bookshelves.

How about you? Which ones do you like?

I’m Cold, and It’s Killing My Creativity

Ever feel like you just don’t want to do anything? Or you want to do something, but you don’t want to put in the effort? That’s how I feel right now. Of course, I managed to push myself to write this blog post, but my mind doesn’t seem to want to think about much at the moment.

The problem? I’m cold. It’s cold in my apartment. But that’s the way homes are in Japan during winter. Insulation isn’t very good and there’s no central heating. Our heat source is an air conditioner. It dries the air, so gives us sore throats if we use it during the night. So, I’m sitting here on the sofa with my feet off the floor. And I’m cold. It took a lot of effort just to reach over to my keyboard and type this. Sometimes, this is how I feel in winter here. I don’t want to move. I just want to cover myself up and remain immobile. I don’t want to leave bed in the morning, either.

When I was a kid, and it was cold, I’d always lie down on the floor or sofa wrapped up in an afghan. It helped keep me warm while I enjoyed watching TV or doing something else. But now, I live in an apartment that has wood floors that get cold in winter. I don’t want to be down there on the floor.

Cold is my kryptonite. It makes me shut down. I’m from Canada. Some Canadian, huh?

What keeps you from doing what you want? Share your personal motivation killer in the comments below.