About … and Round (-ed off, a year later!)

 

This remained with a tempting little link at the top of my blog, but still with the following (for-deletion) wording for a whole year:

This is an example of a WordPress page, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.

Finally I realised that some people were actually visiting the post, and probably cursing roundly, so I thought I’d better add a bit:

26th May 2011
(and updated slightly on 14th April 2015)

   About me …?   Well, it’s all about me, isn’t it?   🙂  

  Happily married for over fifty years with two daughters and four grandchildren, I am a retired banker now running a small CC selling hazard detecting equipment and hygiene equipment.  Mainly, though, I write fantasy novels, do freelance copy-editing, and compose very old-fashioned classical music, mainly sonatas for piano or violin and piano, but with a couple of symphonies thrown in.   I like the recorder, and am now writing a second trio for alto recorder, piano and violin.  The instruments I can produce some sounds on which don’t have everyone blocking their ears are piano, violin, clarinet, harmonica, and – of course – the range of recorders from sopranino to bass.

  I am a garden judge, and a Board and Life Member of our local Horticultural Society (Est 1903) and their Webmaster.  I am slave to a number of dogs and a cat (at one stage 13 of those!), and a nature lover.   Living for over thirty years on the edge of that pond called the Indian Ocean, with a little chunk of beach and dune forest to call my own, gave me some handy nature to love, and after having to give that home up with much lamentation I am still close by enough to have handy sea and dune views and access.

  I enjoy sailing, and riding horses and mountain bikes, and have a fascination for clambering around deep holes in the ground.

  Be duly warned that I have an overdeveloped sense of humour which often places severe strain on that of others.

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134 Responses to About … and Round (-ed off, a year later!)

  1. Bryan Fagan says:

    Living the good life, I see. 🙂

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  2. Lizzie Ross says:

    I could have sworn I was already following your blog, but evidently not — up until a few moments ago. I look forward to reading more of your posts, and thanks for following me,

    Liked by 1 person

    • colonialist says:

      Something strange going on. There my avatar is in your ‘Check Out These Blogs’ and I could have sworn I was following yours — but found I wasn’t.

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    • Echoing Lizzie Ross here! It has been too busy for SoundEagle to find extra time to read more of colonialist’s posts. All in good time.

      Given what you wrote as follows, we seem to have at least three things in common: our love of music, gardening and being webmaster.

      I write fantasy novels, do freelance copy-editing, and compose very old-fashioned classical music, mainly sonatas for piano or violin and piano, but with a couple of symphonies thrown in.

      I am a garden judge, and a Board and Life Member of our local Horticultural Society (Est 1903) and their Webmaster.

      You can find a small fraction of my musical compositions at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/soundeagle-in-soundcloud-art-music-and-compositions-about-new-sensations-love-life-country-nature-dreaming-meditation-and-spirituality/

      These compositions are by no means representative of my musical oeuvres, but they do serve some important purposes, as explicated in the post.

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    • Hello! Happy May to everyone! I would like to concur with Lizzie Ross here. It has been too busy for SoundEagle to find extra time to read more of colonialist’s posts. All in good time.

      Given what you wrote as follows, we seem to have at least three things in common: our love of music, gardening and being webmaster.

      I write fantasy novels, do freelance copy-editing, and compose very old-fashioned classical music, mainly sonatas for piano or violin and piano, but with a couple of symphonies thrown in.

      I am a garden judge, and a Board and Life Member of our local Horticultural Society (Est 1903) and their Webmaster.

      You can find a small fraction of my musical compositions at soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/soundeagle-in-soundcloud-art-music-and-compositions-about-new-sensations-love-life-country-nature-dreaming-meditation-and-spirituality/

      These compositions are by no means representative of my musical oeuvres, but they do serve some important purposes, as explicated in the post.

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  3. Jacque' says:

    The wife and I really love this blog and appreciate the creativity and freedom you provide. We run a motivation blog for people looking to find their place in life, themarvelousmind.com. If you decide to take this blog to the next level by offering a Mobile App version my company Zenlight could provide service for an extremely low price, we appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog and wish you all future success in business and in life.

    Thank you for your time, it is the most precious thing we all possess.
    -Jacque’

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  4. Where is your link to be able to “follow” you?
    Randy

    or don’t you like stalkers?

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  5. Congratulations on the fifty-plus years of marriage. My parents were married for 52, and would still be married, except that my father passed away from liver cancer.
    My husband and I are coming up on 28 years of marriage soon. Time flies when you’re having fun!
    Very nice to visit your blog, and read about all of the things you do, and have done!

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  6. madblog says:

    I came to thank you for your cool head and calm words over at my place, and especially at Ark’s. You were swimming against the current there and your words was so refreshing.

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    • colonialist says:

      I have had a long association and (mostly) friendly sparring match with Ark, but here I felt he was completely out of line, and yours was the voice of reason.
      Then, when I returned him to the main issue, all I got was bluster.

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  7. The Oracle Jasmine Kyle says:

    I would just like to say THANK you for the Guitar and Violin Tuners on the side of your page! I hate searching for them!

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  8. elspethc says:

    I hardly ever ‘follow’ any blog because I would rather have a look every so often, but today (hamster post) I thought I might be missing a lot, so I just clicked the follow button. And – yes – it is the your info at last offered on about that has contributed to that decision. I suspect that you may be like me and not totally concerned by numbers in the follow process.

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  9. Wow, married fifty years. My parents were married 52. I’m inching on my big 30. Nice to meet you. Paulette

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  10. El Rolyat says:

    I apologise for my tardiness in letting you know that I nominated you in my post yesterday. It was a busy day and time ran faster than I could.

    You can see the post here, I do hope you manage to find time to participate but understand if you are unable 🙂

    https://illgiveyoualetterforthat.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/five-photos-five-stories-challenge-day-five-rustle-crow/

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  11. El Rolyat says:

    I know you don’t ‘do’ awards, but this is one with a difference and I wondered if you would like to take part with me (you post regularly – I love your posts – so it would not mean extra ‘work’ on your part 😉 ).

    I would be so pleased if you would join me in taking part in the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge! I was asked the other day to take part by Cee from Ceen Photography and I wanted to check if you were agreeable before I went ahead and nominated you. You can see her entry for today here

    http://ceenphotography.com/2015/04/20/five-photos-five-stories-challenge-day-four-late-afternoon-delight/

    The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:
    1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive day
    2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
    3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!
    There’s a chance (weather issues) I will more than likely not be able to do a post every day, but I will be sure to do five consecutive posts for the challenge and I am sure that will be acceptable.

    Please will you let me know – I would love you to join in the fun 🙂

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  12. livelytwist says:

    … on the edge of that pond called the Indian Ocean ….. *smiles dreamily* if only, if only!

    You sound content; I mean that in a good sense. It’s a place I want to be.
    Thanks for dropping by. I like your about page. 🙂

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  13. Andrew says:

    I’d love for you to check my blog –
    and offer some constructive tips
    or share some virtual lyrical grog
    while toasting – and posting quips.

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  14. Ady says:

    Hello !! Nice to meet you 🙂 I am not good at introductions so to be simple,I liked the humor and happy feeling of your blog. Subscribing to read more from you 🙂 Thank you 😀

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  15. guyportman says:

    Afternoon Colonialist,

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, as I enjoy reading your posts.

    As a respected member of the blogging community you probably get inundated with these type of things. If you are interested and are not already participating, I include the rules below.

    Kind regards

    Guy

    Recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award

    versatile-blogger-award

    The Rules:

    Nominate 15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging
    Let the bloggers know that you’ve nominated them
    Share 10 random facts about yourself
    Thank the blogger who nominated you
    Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post (see my blog)

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  16. Thanks for coming by my site! Best regards!

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  17. kutukamus says:

    This is what happens when you give some banker-colonialist a free ‘About’ page.
    They expand the page, but wont let go the original text!
    (You have the right to remain exuberant – please nod)

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  18. equinoxio21 says:

    And, last but not least:
    “Stranglers in the night”.
    You must be choking!
    🙂

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  19. equinoxio21 says:

    What on earth happened to “Darx circle”?? I was comfortably reading the new adventures of Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis in Zululand, and then… chapter 7 disappeared in the bottom of my I-pad!

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    • colonialist says:

      Ah – Darx Circle underwent a transformation when some of the earlier characters insisted on taking a more major role, and that needed the insertion of another chapter and consequent renumbering. Then it all had to be placed on hold when, firstly, we went through major bothers, and then the editor did the same. Hopefully it is all back on track now for a release before the middle of the year.

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      • equinoxio21 says:

        Never give up. (I posted that remark months ago. I thought the dark powers had erased it) again happy easter to you and your family. Brian

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  20. bytetime says:

    Thanks for dropping by and liking a post on geokult-travel.com. Your blog looks great so am following 🙂
    Cheers
    Tracey

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  21. PookyH says:

    I think I will like it here, though your final sentence made me laugh so hard I spat wine at my laptop.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Mahesh Nair says:

    Hello dear, it’s my pleasure to nominate you for the Sunshine Award. Please follow the link http://thewritemight.me/2014/04/14/sunshine-award-positively-and-creatively-inspiring-me/ Thanks!

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  23. equinoxio21 says:

    Ha! Ha! You have a point, though shame is sometimes is worse than death!
    Happy Easter

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  24. equinoxio21 says:

    Dag broer meerkat? As someone has commented? You must be Afrikaner I guess. Love your comment on Bulan’s camera trap. (I would just swap the gun for a blue car paint spray can with facial recognition to shhot in the face) Having been a cat in (several) prior lives, curiosity has drawn me here. Interesting blog. I’ll come back. Now if you are “into” Africa, (where I was raised) stop by Equinoxio. Kindly invited.
    Tot ziens! (Just in case!)
    Brian

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  25. aj vosse says:

    Dag broer Meerkat… passop vir die sout water krokidile wat bly in daai poeletjie… 😉

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  26. How jealous do you want to make us feel? What a great place to live, and with pets, can we move in, we love, walking, running, swimming and chasing ogres? We woke to another wet, windy stormy day, Ireland is sinking under rain water this year.

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  27. Kev says:

    Sounds like your animals keep you busy! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for the kind comment and constructive criticism of my latest book…I’ve already edited again and re-uploaded it to Amazon. Thanks again.

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  28. Dear Colonialist,
    I don’t even know your real name, and certainly don’t have your email address. But I have an urgent need of the help of a retired banker, who might be able to tweak my draft poem so that it gets results. Please could you email me at viviblake@orange.fr? and I will send it to you.

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  29. Heyjude says:

    I read your comment on Sonel’s blog where I seem to have put my big Yorkshire foot in it. I hadn’t realised that all comments have to be praiseworthy and that mine would tip her over the edge – oddly enough I thought that if people allow comments on their blogs that’s what they want – a comment, whether favourable or not, they like to hear your opinion. Anyway I have learned my lesson now, to like or go away.

    One good thing to come out of it though is that I got to land here. I have just finished reading your William of Orange posts and I liked them. Really I did, I am not just saying that to please you. What’s not to like about cats and campervans and South Africa. I (or should I say my ex) owned a combi in SA at that time too – I will always remember running out of petrol in the middle of the Little Karroo with not a blade of grass to shelter under.

    Anyway, thanks for posting such a reasoned response. I never meant to hurt her. 😦
    Jude

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    • colonialist says:

      I did think that was a totally oversensitive reaction to a well-intentioned comment. I recall that in the past Sonel once overreacted rather spectacularly to something I’d said when trying to be helpful, so don’t feel bad.
      Glad you like my Ginger William series. Those recollections give me great pleasure, and sharing them gives even more.

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  31. tobyo says:

    so many interesting people on the internet!! I got here via the photo challenge and I can see that I will need to come back to see more. Nice to meet you!! I like your sense of humor 🙂

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  32. Hello! I’m so sorry I’ve been meaning to pop by for so long… and now I realise we have so much in common too! Hooray for new firm furiends! Looking forward to following your adventures! =^.^=

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  34. AnnMarie says:

    I’ve been reading your comments on disperser’s blog and when I read your reply today to his “Random Photo of the Day – Post 21” I was overjoyed! To read your perspective that the chickens could CONJURE hurricane Iniki to get their freedom is creation at its best! Ask and it IS given . . . you made my day, colonialist!

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  35. Hi There!
    Would you be willing to participate in something we are doing for Susie Lindau on Friday morning? I am contacting as many of her followers as possible. My thought is that we all post on our own blogs on Friday with the same title, “Susie Strong”. The content would say something simple like, We are thinking of you. I haven’t known Susie for long but this blogging world is such a family. I thought it would be nice for her to see this message from as many of us as possible. Her husband is going to be updating us after her surgery. He can tell her or she can see it once she is up to it. Are you in? Thanks, Maria aka brickhousechick

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  36. viv blake says:

    I came, (via The Kitchen’s Garden) I saw, I was conquered. Living beside the Indian Ocean (Seychelles) was where I spent the happiest two years of my life! I love your quirky round about about, specially your sense of humour which resembles almost too closely that of my husband.
    Your interests, too, resemble my own as a poet, eg: http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/for-the-love-of-worms/

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    • colonialist says:

      The ‘too closely’ means, that – like my wife – you want to bash on occasion!
      Hey, I had seen that squiggly piece and left a comment there 5 days ago – just as I have often read your comments and some posts.
      Seychelles is wonderful.

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  37. Bams Triwoko says:

    Hi Col… glad to meet you. Thank you for dropping by and commenting.. 😀
    Blessing to you and yours.. !!

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  38. Hi. Thank you for your frequent visits and comments on my web site. I really do appreciate them. I thought I would let you know, in case you thought I was routinely ignoring you, that I try not to fill the comment threads on that site with comments of my own – it’s a point of presentation. 🙂

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    • colonialist says:

      Ah, thanks for the explanation. As you will see from a recent post of mine, I don’t expect regular tit-for-tat, but do like some evidence that I am not simply pouring words out into the ether.

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  39. AnElephantCant help thinking
    This is some crazy stuff you have created
    You may be slightly mad
    But please don’t be sad
    AnElephant thinks sanity is vastly overrated

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  40. Hi, just to let you know that I nominated you for a Sunshine Award as I have been really enjoying your blog. http://barktime.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/sunshine-award/ Best wishes Agata via Bark Time

    Liked by 1 person

    • colonialist says:

      Thank you very much; I greatly appreciate the gesture.
      I have issues, though, with nominating more than, say, two as a condition of acceptance, and therefore have made a policy decision not to accept further awards I haven’t won by votes or something of that kind.

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  41. huntmode says:

    Hi Col , I’ve nominated you for the Word Press Family Award. Thanks for all you do. I found today that I can recognize your column before a credit is given because of your lovely photography and the greens where you are.
    Here is the link:
    http://chasingrabbitholes.com/2013/04/22/friends-who-become-family/

    I know how precious our time is, please participate or not as it fits… Best ~ HuntMode

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  42. Granny Blossom says:

    Hi Col, is there any chance we could get together with Ad and Pussycat at Gateway at about 3 pm on the 17th or 5pm on the 19th?

    Liked by 1 person

  43. huntmode says:

    Col, I thought to change up your day – you’ve been tagged ~ go here and see if you wish to play with me ~ http://chasingrabbitholes.com/2013/03/26/ive-been-tagged-by-knowledgeknut/ HuntMode ~ 😉

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  44. huntmode says:

    Colonel, sir! Somehow or another I found your blog, clicking to think you might be the Col from Jayce68’s site – doublechecked and yes! Delightful sense of humor and a keen eye for photography. Great to see your work. Best ~ HuntMode

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  46. disperser says:

    So, an editor too, eh?

    One question . . . do you cringe when you read my stuff?

    Anyway, don’t know why I had not checked out your blog before. I tend to do so when I see someone “new”. Regardless, I’m here, I’ll look around, and probably subscribe (unless, you know, you don’t like FireFly and Joe Versus the Volcano).

    Oh . . . and thanks for the comments you’ve been leaving on my stories. It does help to know someone is actually reading them.

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    • colonialist says:

      I do have a few published books under my belt (as well as my own!) in that capacity.
      No, if I did I wouldn’t be reading it!
      Sadly, I find that bits of writing that cost lots of bleeding, perspiration and weeping usually gets far less attention than a couple of pictures or some lightweight account of daily life. That (he said profoundly) is how it goes.

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      • disperser says:

        Yeah . . . my other hobby is photography. I tend to do long posts that get hardly looked at, but if I put up single photos, I get lots of views.

        It probably has to do with what we all face . . . extreme competition for our time and attention.

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        • colonialist says:

          Maybe coupled with a spot of laziness!

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        • Hello colonialist and disperser,

          I concur with both of you!

          All things being equal, a blog that publishes short posts tend to receive (quite a lot) more “Likes” for each post than a blog that publishes long posts, as far as I can ascertain from my observations. This is definitely a disadvantage for me as I tend to publish very long posts, many of which are also multimedia-laden and multidisciplinary.

          Living in the age of soundbytes, newsbytes and portable devices such as iPhone with very small screen, we are increasingly being inundated by fast turnovers, fast food, fast posts, fast blogging and other manners of fast consumptions with easily digestible bits and pieces. All of these are quite contrary to my approach to blogging and writing, which frequently mandate very long posts, sometimes even paginated. For example, some of the posts can be about 30 pages in length on one of my other websites called ✿❀ Queensland Orchid International ❀✿ at https://queenslandorchid.wordpress.com

          Many of the comments left by colonialist’s readers are also very interesting to read. 🙂

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        • In spite of the odds against very long posts, my latest post, another very long one at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-quotation-fallacy/, manages to garner 240 likes so far. Perhaps there can be exceptions, or there is something about that post that some people indeed like.

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          • disperser says:

            You have to be somewhat careful with equating “likes” with reading.

            I have many instances of people liking a post of mine mere seconds after it goes live, this despite the fact it would take multiple minutes to just look at the photos and many more minutes to actually read what I wrote.

            I typically have readers who will “like” a number of my posts all within the span of a minute. Likely, this comes from people using the Reader and seeing only one photo and a small portion of my post. This assumption is corroborated by the fact actual visitors to my blog seem to be the same 10-15 people but the numbers of “likes” can hit up to 100 or more.

            Charitably, I assume they want to show me that they’ve seen the post. Uncharitably, I assume they couldn’t be bothered to read the actual post and the “like” absolves them of that responsibility.

            I typically ignore “likes” unless involved in an exchange of comments with a person as — anymore — “likes” have become both a status symbol badge and a way to stroke someone’s ego without actually investing any time in the fruits of their efforts.

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            • Speaking of the Reader, it is quite disconcerting to discover how my latest post at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-quotation-fallacy/ actually appears there.😮 😦 😧 😨 It seems that the Reader can sometimes be somewhat limited in how closely it reproduces contents of blogs, given that it has to deal with a wide range of blogs.

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              • colonialist says:

                My reader only produces fragments of blogs and one has to click ‘Visit’ to get the rest. I deplore being able to ‘Like’ posts after the snippet, but at the same time admit to using the facility to show I have been there even when I simply haven’t the time to go further.
                Most bloggers do seem to be put off by long posts. When I posted bits of my books, the large selections had readership falling away like leaves in autumn, but a few pages at a time seemed to work better.

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                • Well done, colonialist! You seem to have struck a balance in providing the optimum length for retaining the attention of your books’ readers.

                  Do you need to adjust the length of a post according to the book?

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                  • colonialist says:

                    I try to judge bite-sized chunks that will pique and retain interest. A couple of pages of description will need to be balanced with some action, so that would be a longer segment. Nowadays I rely more on links to books or teasers. These are not followed often, but they are followed.

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            • disperser says:

              There used to be a way to limit how much the Reader can see and force people to come read the post on the actual site. That feature went away in favor of presentation being constant across different platforms.

              If it’s any consolation, I read the post in its native format on your blog. I rarely use the reader because I rarely read blog posts using my phone.

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  47. Hello Col! Still as entertaining as ever! btw, we are now swimming (or is it fishing?) in the same pond 😉 Catch up laters

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  48. Nice to meet you. I gather we are neighbours; I mean, we live in opposite continents! But more or less on the same parallels… Thanks for commenting on my blog, but you did so in the one about translation (in Spanish). You can visit my photoblogs: http://www.tryingtodomybest.wordpress.com and http://www.elojodemicamara.wordpress.com
    Best regards from Uruguay.

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  49. Colline says:

    Today I have nominated tou for the Sunshine Award – see my post for details: http://collinesblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/sunshine-award/

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  50. colonialist says:

    It took me a while to catch up with this – since you posted it – but I have been visiting your blog anyway.
    Have now lived most of my life in Durban, but I also came from ‘The Reef’ originally, and went to school there. My mother grew up in Johannesburg, but my father came from the Knysna area.

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  51. Hey There. I actually saw you on Simple Observations post and then saw that you are from Durban. I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and have been to Durban – albeit when I was 3 years old, but still….
    I’m also into gardening, animals, writing, music, etc.
    Anyway, just thought I’d say hello.
    Not sure if my blog would appeal to you, it’s very random, actually. I’m new to all of this.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lisa

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  52. paul says:

    With all you are capable of doing you dont have to worry about not being able to draw a toffee!

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  53. Tooty Nolan says:

    I think they still call people like you ‘multi-talented’, Love your book covers. Your work?

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  54. colonialist says:

    Thanks for the link – I have dropped a comment. Hope she finds time to respond. I was hoping to get a sample of her compositions, but she doesn’t seem to have a player linked as I do. I like the sound of her books, though.

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  55. Nice to meet you – you sound like a novelist friend of mine (Thomma Lyn Grindstaff) who lives in the mountains (USA) – she composes music, is writing a fantasy novel, loves cats and gardening, and does freelance writing. ps You know you are supposed to delete the top bit of this post – the example of a wordpress page – haha 🙂

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