Memorial Day is a day celebrated in the US in honor and tribute to the soldiers who have lost their lives to serve and protect our country.
have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have
never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate
on Decoration Day.
have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those
whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor
placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. "
In memory and honor of those who have fought and died to keep our country free.
May God continue to protect and bless the United States of America!
No, there was no sewing or quilting last week. It was just jammed packed too busy. We had out of town visitors during the middle of the week, and then a nice get together with friends on Saturday. Let me tell you, I was plum tuckered out!
And packing is going on.
My daughter, along with a team of young people, are leaving in a couple of weeks to teach at the International School of Tomorrow in Moscow.
Making runs to Joann's for more supplies.
These young people give up their summers to teach all over the world. They have traveled to Australia, SE Asia and now to Russia.
And they do it all out of their own pockets. It's wonderful to hear about the good things young people are doing, and not only the bad the media dwells on.
Yesterdays post about Google generated some great questions. One very good question was asked by Shelley -
"Am I to understand that unless I change to Feedly or Bloglovin etc.
that eventually my blog will be obsolete? Google just hosts blogs? i
need a new host? But Blogger will still exist outside of Google? What
happens if I don't change to something else? I sure hope techy son or
you can help, cause I'm really lost on this whole thing "
Yay Shelley, I think we have an answer to your question -
Ok, here is an explanation, hope it helps.
Blogger and Google Reader are two completely separate
services from Google. They are not affiliated with each other at all.
Your blog/blogger are not going anywhere at least as far as I am aware.
Google Reader allows a person to view a preview of posts from websites
that the user has specified that they want to see. This type of service
is quickly becoming obsolete because sites like Facebook, Twitter and
other social media sites allow companies (and bloggers) to do the same
thing Google Reader does and more. Now, hopefully I didn't just confuse
you more, but the simple answer is no, your blog is not going anywhere
and other people will be able to see things you post just like normal,
even after Google Reader closes. The only reason to join sites like
bloglovin or feedly is so that you can have a single website to view all
new posts from blogs you like to see. At least that's how it works to
the best of my knowledge.
And then I ASKED -
Okay, does that include the Dashboard?? That's how I read the blogs I
am subscribed to. I guess we are confused that the Dashboard may be
subscribed via Google Reader.
I don't see anything that says that the dashboard is going away, though
on my dashboard, I only get sites that I'm subscribed to through friend
Well I do think that helps me a little about the subscription reading. I mostly read from my Dashboard, not from the Reader. So IF they are not attached, perhaps the Dashboard will not go away when Reader is discontinued. If anyone has more insights, please be sure to share your thoughts.
Recently, my mom told me that some folks are really confused
with what is going on with Google Reader and Blogger/ blogging with
Google Plus. I am going to try and summarize these services, what is
happening to them/how you should be using them.
Google Reader: Google reader is an RSS (Rich Site Summary)
content application and platform that aggregates content served by web
feeds. Basically, it lets you put a whole lot of websites information
that you like to see into one spot all the time, so you don't have to
search for it. This service is evolving a bit and basically Google has
decided that their Reader service is not as good as others and they
don't want to put the time into fixing it up. Now! If you still want to
get all of your information in one place, I did some quick looking and
here are some suggestions of websites/applications you can use.
1. Feedly: Mom told me that you folks are looking into Feedly. From what
I see, it looks like a decent service and it sounds like it has a lot
of features. I have not used it though.
2. Pulse: This is probably
my recommendation for you folks to look at. I have personally used this
app on my phone in the past, it functions well, and the layout is nice.
As well, it is compatible across all platforms (web, iOS, Android).
3. Flipboard: Got a lot of hype about 6 months ago, similar to
pulse however I think it only works on mobile devices (iOS and Android).
Now I would like to address the
issue of Google Plus and using it for blogging. First off, If you are
using Google Plus as your method of producing Blog content, you really
need to do some research on how to blog. Google Plus is a social media
site owned and operated by Google. According to Wikipedia, it is the
Second largest social networking site in the world, surpassing Twitter
earlier this year. However, you need to focus on two words out of the
last few sentences: Social Media. Google Plus is not designed,
was never created for and SHOULD NOT BE USED for a blogging website.
Google Plus is Google's take on what sites like Facebook and Twitter
should be. Now, please don't misunderstand me. I am not saying "Don't
use Google Plus!". Quite the contrary. I would suggest that you learn
how to use sites like Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter. But you must
use them in their proper context! These sites are not designed for
Blogging. That is why we have websites like Blogger and WordPress.
Social Media websites are used for networking and promoting your
service or product. Which in your case, is your Blog! With a Social
Media account, when utilized correctly, you can market your blog for
free/cheap and use that to get more hit's on your blog, which (if
you monetize your blog) allow for more exposure to ad's that are on your
blog which then allows you to make more money. Or, if you do not
monetize your blog, then you just get more hits, more exposure to your
content and your friends content.
This explanation has already run on
longer than I expected. Basically,
just remember, Social Media sites are not designed for blogging.
However, they can be utilized to promote your blog and grow your viewer
I hope this is helpful in some way. I am still trying to decide what to do about the Reader. I have always read blogs from my Dashboard, but I have not heard if the Dashboard will go away when the Reader is no longer active.
Welcome to the SewMamaSew Giveaway Day! Thank you to SMS for a fun week to visit Blogs from all over the world. If this is your first time visiting my blog, thanks for visiting. If you are a regular reader, I'm glad you stopped by. In either case, I hope you will come back again.
Mary Engelbreit designs some very cute fabric lines. So for today's giveaway, I have a collection of 7 Fat Quarters of whimsical ME fabrics. Do you like that Happy little Cottage? If you look closely, there is a little owl peeking out from the fabric pile.
So what do you have to do to enter?? No bells or hoops, just leave a comment on
this post. You can tell me where you are from, or how long you have been quilting. And, because I ♥ and appreciate my Followers, followers (old and new) may leave a
SECOND comment. You can follow on GFC or subscribe by email. You must have a way to be contacted. If the winner is
a no-reply comment, it will not qualify and I will draw another winner. For this giveaway I am hosting for only US and Canadian readers. I hope my sweet friends from across the big pond will forgive me this time. Regretfully the postal costs have made it difficult to send packages overseas.
This giveaway will be open until May 10th. Winner will be notified via email (so please be sure that I have your email address or a way to contact you).
After you leave your comment be sure to head back over to Sew Mama Sew for more giveaways. Thank you again for coming by. I hope you will come back again and lets do some ......
........ Happy Quilting! Giveaway now closed.
Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments and entries. Giveaway winner is ledamewood.
Plans had been made months ago to attend the Quilt Show in Paducah. But I really was not up to the trip and the riggers of attending this Quilting mecca. But two quilting buddies made the trip and filled me in on all the sights and sounds.
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