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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

Bloggiesta - Final Update

So, I didn't get to do much today. I guess after spending a total of 21 hours on Bloggiesta, I got worn out. But I did get a lot done overall, and may spend some time next weekend on whatever is remaining.


But first, look at my URL! :)


I finally made the jump to buy my own domain through Blogger. I'm feeling so excited about it, because my URL earlier was a compromise (booksonarainyday instead of readingonarainyday). So I'm glad now to have a domain name that matches the title of this blog. I believe you should have no issues even if you were subscribed to my old URL - you should get diverted here fine. But just in case, the URL is

http://www.ReadingOnARainyDay.com/

My whole URL transition process didn't go smooth. As soon as I bought the new domain name, my old URL should have transitioned almost immediately. Instead, I was left $10 poorer, as the owner of a new domain name but with my blog still stuck at the old URL. This was one of the cases where I can't be thankful enough for Twitter. Candace at Beth Fish Reads, immediately offered me suggestions and looked for help online. Thanks to her, I was able to fix the issue relatively soon.

I still have two tasks left out, which I'll tackle next weekend - a move to Disqus and updating the Creative Commons copyright of my blog. I wanted to wait until making sure this URL works fine and there are no issues, before doing anything more. Please do let me know if you face any problems with links at my blog, or have any trouble with feeds, etc. Blogger says that it takes up to 3 days for the whole transition process, but at this point, I don't know what that involves.

This is my final list:

Appearance
  1. Decide on a whole new look.
  2. Created a favicon.
Content
  1. Finish up pending reviews.
  2. Plan name, buttons, frequency, yada, yada, for the new feature.
  3. Copyright MY images that I've used in my blog.
  4. I had a couple of discussion posts I have already composed in my head. Now to translate that to the PC...
  5. Back up my blog.
  6. Set up my PIE list.
Cataloging
  1. Tag all review posts based on some err, standard, that appeals to me.
  2. Clean up the ancient 2010 challenge pages.
  3. Set up my 2011 personal reading project and challenge pages.
  4. Update the book reviews page.
Organization
  1. Clean up sidebars.
  2. Update About Me page.
  3. Update all those policy pages (Rating/Review)
  4. Move to either IntenseDebate or Disqus.
  5. For once and for all, clean up my emails.
Social media
  1. Update my social media profiles with more relevant info.
  2. Update my books on Goodreads.
  3. IF I get to this, polish my one group on Goodreads and archive all the old threads.


Comments

bermudaonion said…
I changed my subscription in Google Reader and this came through just fine.
You got so much done (and you helped me!). I have another request: how did you make your favicon?

I am so excited that you have a custom URL, it makes one feel official, doesn't it?!
Anonymous said…
The changes look great! And you still show up in my Google Reader without me having to change anything. Great work!