Monday, May 23, 2016

Choose Your Own Comment Adventure! (1)

Today's the day that I bring my comment crusade to life.  If you were reading yesterday, you'll know I've decided to make a feature out of my going on commenting escapades wherein I follow the comments from blog to blog, meet some new folks, pop in on old friends, you get the idea.  Basically, I started with the first post in my feed reader that had comment, left a comment there, then visited the first commenter leaving a comment on their most recent post, and onward like so for 10 blogs, with a minimum of backtracking and cheating to avoid duplicates and/or leaving the book blogosphere completely.      


In honor of the event, I made the above wretched graphic.  It just felt like it needed a picture to be a real feature.  Unfortunately, I have no real photo editing skills, in case you didn't take note of that already.  Oh well, bear with me anyway.  Here's where I went on my commenting adventure! (Full disclosure: I actually went on my "adventure" on Saturday morning, so these aren't the most recent posts anymore!)

I started off at Beth Fish Reads' Weekend Cooking post, all about cookbooks and foodie non-fiction she discovered on her trip to BEA.  I duly added one of the spotlighted books to my wishlist - Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson (coming in September).

It didn't take me long to discover a new (to me) blog with another Weekend Cooking post.  Tina at Novel Meals reviewed the 14th Inspector Banks novel from Peter Robinson, Close To Home.  In the process, she spotlighted a few delicious food references from the book that made me hungry!  Series mystery/thrillers aren't usually for me, but drawing the inner foodie out of a not food related book totally is!

Uh oh, I fell out of the book blogosphere.  Jackie's blog, Junkboat Travels, is a lovely travel blog with a beautiful cover image that makes this a detour well worth taking. However, I think I'll step back to the next comment on the last blog to stay on a book bloggerly track...

Joy at Joy's Book Blog is also linked up to Weekend Cooking, but just my luck, she's also got some Saturday Snapshot action going.  Joy's post features some beautiful shots from her trip to Cuba and a bowl of tasty looking squash soup.

The next post I visited was from Christine at The Book Trunk Blog whose post is also linked up to Saturday Snapshot.  Christine shared some lovely photos of resurgent wildflowers called snake's head fritallaries.  Along with the pictures, Christine summarizes some really interesting background on these unique looking flowers.

I'm starting to get off the bookish track again (because memes), so I backtrack a little and end up in a familiar place.  Kathy at BermudaOnion's Weblog reviewed one of my favorite books from recent years - The Book Thief.  Good news, she loved it as much as I did!

Elizabeth at Silver's Reviews is celebrating her niece Elizabeth's (who is named after her!) graduation today.  Congrats, other Elizabeth!

Maria at A Night's Dream of Books responded to the Book Blogger Hop prompt, "Do you keep a blog roll list?" Spoiler alert: she gave up on hers because of the overwhelming amount of blogs she was following.  I can relate!

Kim at Bookworm Book Reviews featured a pair of Friday memes.  She shared the beginning and a blurb from My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni, which sounds like a very interesting mystery/thriller.

Lauren at Always Me loves time travel books and shared a tempting teaser excerpt from her current (much anticipated!) read, Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs.

There you have it - my maiden voyage in serendipitous blog commenting.  If you need more commenting (and serendipity) in your life, give it a try yourself!  There are no rules except the ones you make.  Of course, I'm more than happy to lend you my delightful graphic...if anybody else would dare to besmirch their blog with that poor thing.  ;-)


25 comments:

  1. Awesome fun! And the graphic is great!

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    1. Thanks! PicMonkey did most of the work, thank goodness!

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  2. Awesome fun! And the graphic is great!

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  3. I love that you did this. It's actually how I found a lot of the book blogs I follow.

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    1. Me too. I used to do this more often "unofficially" and that's how I found a bunch of my favorites in the blogging olden days. It's fun to get back to it!

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  4. How fun is this! And I'm honored that my blog was the first jumping-off place. One think I like about memes is wandering away from book blogs, but I get the point of your adventure and the need to stay on track.

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    1. Your blog was a great place to start! I think I'll start off trying to keep it to book blogs, but I'm not opposed to broadening the scope later on! There's definitely a wider world of blogs that I'd like to discover.

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  5. I hope you'll keep sharing your adventures in commenting--fun AND inspiring!

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    1. I'm going to do my best! Thanks! =D

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  6. Fun! I hope you keep sharing these! I love them! And your graphic is so much better than anything I'd come up with.

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    1. I plan to, thanks! You wouldn't believe how much time I sunk into the silly graphic. Good thing this last weekend was a slow one. LOL!

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  7. What a fun adventure! I like the idea of finding new blogs and people to meet!

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    1. It's definitely good times! I'm looking forward to all the potential blog discoveries to come!

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  8. I like the idea. And as I sit here, wide awake, at 4:58 A.M., it is starting to sound better and better...so I'm off to see what turns up. Thanks.

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    1. Sorry to hear you were wide awake so early, but I hope you found some good blogs!

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  9. Megan!!! This is sooooo freakin' cool! I seriously love this idea to pieces! And geez...I thought your button was great myself. True story.

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    1. Thanks and thanks and thanks! =D Glad to hear my amateur hour at PicMonkey paid off LOL!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you'll try it out with me sometime!

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  11. Well done, Megan! It seems like something we would have done in Dewey's time.
    (I saved your blog posts as 'unread' on my phone so I'd remember to come back in and comment later. And I did!)

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    1. Aw, yeah, it would have made a good Weekly Geek prompt, wouldn't it have? *gets verklempt* I miss Dewey's time and would so love to bring back some of her community building flair in whatever small way I can manage.

      Reading blog posts on my phone is half my struggle with commenting. I'm forever saving posts on my phone to comment on later and forgetting to, uh, comment later. Good on you! =D

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  12. I love that you did this, Megan. What a fabulous idea. This should definitely become a whole book blogosphere thing. I'm for sure going to go on a Choose Your Own Commenting Adventure of my own!

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope it catches on beyond my little corner. I'd love to hear about your commenting adventure when you go on one! =D

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