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#WDYTWed: Blogs

August 14, 2019

#WDYTWed: Blogs

Important update: due to a glitch, some of this week’s polls which should have been multiple choice appeared as only single choice. I have corrected that and you are able to vote again.

In the almost ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who recently suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, every Wednesday, but we’ll see how that goes.

Blogs are on my mind this morning…including this one. Amazon just announced (well, sent e-mails) that they are discontinuing publishing blogs through the Kindle store on August 19th. I’m probably unusually affected by that, since this blog has been one of the most popular (and for close to ten years). I have to others, but they are probably more typical (very few paid subscribers). Here’s my piece on the change from yesterday:

Amazon discontinuing Kindle store blog publishing on August 19, 2019

So, let’s focus on blogs:

Well, that’s enough for one post! 🙂

Thanks again to everyone who has been a paid subscriber to this blog!


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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#WDYTWed: Randoms

August 7, 2019

#WDYTWed: Randoms

In the almost ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who recently suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, every Wednesday, but we’ll see how that goes.

Oh, and I’ve been considering writing a wrap up post some time after the poll post runs, commenting on the results. If you’d like to see that, let me know.

I’m a bit short on time this morning, so I’m not going to do a theme…just a few random ones.

This is something which just occurred to me this morning.

Sometimes, when I see a TV show or movie, it just seems to over or under affect me. For example, I might think everything on an episode is funny, even though objectively, I can see it’s really just average. On the other hand, I might go see a movie lots of people with my taste like, and think it’s well done, but then just feel the movie was meh (nothing to write home about).

In that case, we might say, “I guess I was/wasn’t in the mood.”

Is that true for books? Have you had a book just really go one way or the other for you, and think that it was because of how you were, not how the book was? I suppose it’s different with books, since they take so much longer to consume, and your mood probably doesn’t last that long. My record reading, though, is three and a half novels in a day, and a mood could certainly extend that long!

I prefer listening to a book with text-to-speech, rather than with an audiobook, unless I’ve already read the book: I don’t like an actor or even the author interpreting the characters for me. Almost every day, I both sightread and listen to text-to-speech. I had a bit of a discussion about that (just a tiny one), so I was curious: how do you read your books? Note: I’ve included some options here that many people might not consider to be actually reading the book. I’d still like to know if anybody chooses any of those: you can choose more than one answer, so somebody might do something you consider “legitimate” as well as something you think is “cheating”…

We recently just installed a videocamera at the door (a Ring). I may write more about that, but my Significant Other and I were discussing this. Our Amazon drivers tend to just put a package at the door (we prefer to send it to the locker…there is a mail theft problem in our neighborhood, but not everything can go to the locker) and leave. They don’t ring the doorbell or knock.

That seemed to us to be…somewhat rude, at first. Then, I was thinking about it more. Knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell would drive the dogs nuts. In the modern world, I’m sure most people are notified of Amazon deliveries another way: on an Alexa device, on their phones, and so on. Maybe it is actually more polite not to ring the doorbell, if people are going to already know about it.

There you go!

If you have any thoughts on these, feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

#WDYTWed: when you read a book someone you know recommended to you

July 31, 2019

#WDYTWed: when you read a book someone you know recommended to you

In the almost ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who recently suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, every Wednesday, but we’ll see how that goes.

For this third one, I want to talk about what you do when you read a book someone you know recommended to you. I’m using “know” pretty loosely, here. I just mean someone with whom you have conversations, and that you will run into them again after you’ve started the book.

For example, as I wrote about a week ago, I ran into an author in the dog park. That author didn’t say, “Please read my book”, but it came up, and I did start reading it. I’m enjoying it so far. My Significant Other has also started reading it.

Just so you know, this is it:

Driftwood (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The odds are high that I’ll run into the author again…so what happens then?

When I’m reading a book like that, I look for certain details that I can use to “prove” I read the book. 🙂 I’m a trainer as my day job, and that’s a trainer thing: we can spot what’s important in material when we prepare to teach a class. It makes us great bluffers, sometimes unintentionally.

One time, someone told me that they were going to surf competitively. I said, “Longboard?” Well, the surfer then launched into a detailed outline of the plan, and I had to say, “Wait, that’s all I know!” 😉 Just somewhere, at some point, I had run across the fact that longboard or not longboard was an important choice (at least, I think it is), and retained that.

In the case of Driftwood, one thing I thought I might reference was a quirky, family way of making decisions. We have something like that. I made a CD out of a whole bunch of soundclips from

http://www.dailywav.com/

Those are short lines from movies and TV shows.

We called the CD the “Magic Clip Ball”. Just for fun, if you were undecided about something, you would ask the question…and then have the CD player randomize a clip.

Sometimes, the clip seemed to directly apply, and in others, it required interpretation…just like many oracles of old.

If I run into the author again, I might bring that up…yes, partially to demonstrate that I read the book.

Why do I care?

Recommending a book to someone is a gift: showing you read it is a thank you.

Certainly, when I’ve loaned people books, or given them to them (I used to buy inexpensive copies of the first Doc Savage book, The Man of Bronze, when I would see them at used bookstores, so I could give them away), I’ve wanted to know that somebody read them.

Of course, the best thing would be to hear, “Wow, that book changed my life! Thank you so much!” I don’t need that, though. Honestly, I’d never ask somebody what they thought of a book I recommended. I don’t want to put them on the spot. Believe, me I know that what I like isn’t what everybody else wants. My Significant Other got me a t-shirt that said, “NOBODY’S TARGET MARKET”. 🙂 I get that. I’m okay with that. I’ve done okay with predicting what will be popular in the mainstream, but I don’t need my friends to love what I love.

I would like to know that they did read it, or at least tried it.

That’s how I feel about it…now let’s find out what you think!

What else to you think about this? Do you like it when people recommend books to you? Do you then feel obligated to read them? What’s the best book someone ever recommended to you? Do you have someone where you regularly exchange recommendations? While this post is about people you know, does it make a difference to you when a celebrity recommends a book? How about a book club? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

#WDYTWed: How do you find the e-books you get?

July 24, 2019

#WDYTWed: How do you find the e-books you get?

In the almost ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who recently suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, every Wednesday, but we’ll see how that goes.

This is the second one, and since I recently wrote about book discovery, so I thought I’d base today’s poll on that.

Feel free to include additional answers, or tell me and my readers what you think of this, by commenting on this post!

If you have ideas for future poll topics, please let me know!

Thanks, Lady Galaxy!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

#WDYTWed: What do you think about Prime Day 2019?

July 17, 2019

#WDYTWed: What do you think about Prime Day 2019?

In the almost ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who recently suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, every Wednesday, but we’ll see how that goes.

For this first one, I thought I’d ask you about

Amazon Prime Day (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

since it just happened Monday and Tuesday.

Feel free to include additional answers, or tell me and my readers what you think of this, by commenting on this post!

Let’s see how this goes. It did take about half an hour to do, but it should generally take less time to do a #WDYTWed in the future.

If you have ideas for future poll topics, please let me know!

Thanks, Lady Galaxy!


Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


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