Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blogging Tips Meme

I had been tagged with this meme by Laura almost 6 months ago and only now realized it *blush*

So here I go:

It’s very simple. When this is passed on to you, copy the whole thing, skim the list and put a * star beside those that you like. (Check out especially the * starred ones.)

Add the next number (1. 2. 3. 4. 5., etc.) and write your own blogging tip for other bloggers. Try to make your tip general.

After that, tag 10 other people. Link love some friends!

Just think - if 10 people start this and the 10 people pass it on to another 10 people, you have 100 links already!

1. Look, read, and learn. *****

2. Be EXCELLENT to each other. **

3. Don’t let money change ya! *

4. Always reply to your comments. ********

5. Link liberally — it keeps you and your friends afloat in the Sea of Technorati. **

6. Don’t give up - persistence is fertile. **

7. Give link credit where credit is due. ****

8. Pictures say a thousand words and can usually add to any post. ****

9. Visit all the bloggers that leave comments for you - it's nice to know who is reading! **

10. Thrown in something humorous occasionally, to keep things fun.*

11. Sometimes, less is more. Step back and look at your blog - is it too busy? Are there enough pictures to make it interesting? Think about how a visitor would perceive your blog - making it visitor-friendly will help get you return visits. **

12. Keep in mind that people might be using a feed reader (Bloglines, Google Reader, etc.) to keep up with your blog. This means they see your posts, but not that gorgeous new design template, or your completely redesigned sidebars. So if you change your blog's "look and feel," write a post about it to let everyone know! *

13. Don't put pressure on yourself when blogging. If there's nothing to write, don't worry, if you don't have the time to write, don't worry. If necessary, maybe write down a time and day each week that you want to use for blogging and blogging only.

Now, it's my turn to tag some blog authors. I came up with 10, but if you're reading this and aren't listed, don't be hurt ... consider yourself TAGGED!

Andi - Estella's Revenge
Kris - not enough books
Stephanie's Confessions Of A Book-a-holic
Wendy - Literary Feline
Meghan - Recreational Reading
Amy - The Sleepy Reader
Alisia - Book Haven
Lesa - Lesa's Book Critiques
Becky - Reading With Becky
Marg - Reading Adventures

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

#8 The Spaniard's Pregnancy Proposal

Number: 8
Title: The Spaniard's Pregnancy Proposal
Author: Kim Lawrence
Finished: 01/15/08
Pages: 156
Genre: romance

Language: German

Where The Book Came From: from Grandma

First Sentence: Fleur Stewart listened to the morningly bird twitter, before opening her eyes.

Cover Blurb: Antonio's surprisingly sensual birthday kiss burns so hot, it takes Fleur's breath away. But she tries with all her power to supress her feelings for the charismatic Spanish billionair. A man like him - darling of the yellow press and famous playboy - certainly isn't the right one for a simple teacher like her. But what are the best intentions for against the all-consuming fire of passion? Without wanting it, she is drawn more and more towards Antonio...

Additional comment: For some reason those cover blurbs get worse and worse *sigh*

Rating: B

#7 The Greek Tycoon's Baby

Number: 7
Title: The Greek Tycoon's Babay
Author: Lynne Graham
Finished: 01/15/08
Pages: 35
Genre: romance

Language: romance

Where The Book Came From: from Grandma

First Sentence: Susie Marshall believes she is followed by bad luck when she discovers who is the new owner of Devlin Systems, the company she works for at the reception: Leos Kiriakos, the man with whom she had a passionate affair.

Comments: (due to the fact that it was actually more of a short story that came with #6, I am trying to remember what the story line was about here) When the new owner of Devlin Systems, Leos Kiriakos, arrives at the company's building, and Susie Marshall, the woman who had an affair with him. When he promotes her to be his personal assistant, she's even more afraid he might discover her secret...

Rating: B

#6 Master of Pleasure

Number: #6
Title: Master of Pleasure
Author: Penny Jordan
Finished: 01/14/08
Pages: 156
Genre: romance

Language: German

Where The Book Came From: from Grandma

First Sentence: Flondly Sasha watched her nine-year-old twin sons.

Cover Blurb: Sasha is young and beautiful, but full of fear - fear of the revenge of the man she once loved so much gabriel Calbrini, who now comes back into her live as the legal guardian to her two young sons. Gabriel never forgave her for leaving him - having to leave him. But when they meet again at the bright green sea at Sardinia'swild-romantic coast, their hot passion flames up again...

Rating: B

#5 Prince's Passion

Number: 5
Title: Prince's Passion
Author: Carole Mortimer
Finished: 01/13/08
Pages: 156
Genre: romance

Language: German

Where The Book Came From: from Grandma

First Sentence: "And what did your author say to my offer this time?"

Cover Blurb: What an amazing man: breathtakingly attractive, blessed with success and charming. Juliet is fascinated with director Nik Prince on first sight, when she meets him at an exclusive party in London. Turbulently, she answers his flirt and agrees to meet him again. Never before did she fall in love this passionately, but obviously it isn't the right man. Does Nik try to get the rights for a screenplay? Juliet has to find out what he really wants from her...

Rating: B

#4 Keeping Baby Secret

Number: 4
Title: Keeping Baby Secret
Author: Beverly Barton
Finished: 01/10/08
Pages: 156
Genre: romance

Language: German

Where The Book Came From: from Grandma

First Sentence: Lurleen watched Jim Isbell, who sat across the table, carefully.

Cover Blurb: Sweet desire, hours of passion - only an affair. Without remorse, Frank and Lurleen go their own ways after hot nights. Even when nine months later, Lurleen holds her baby in her arms, she doesn't think about tying Frank to her with their son. But then little Andrew is kidnapped! Desperate, Lurleen turns to Frank, who already solved the most difficult cases as a federal agent. Because now she needs him like she never needed a man in her life before...

Reason For Reading: I can't concentrate on much right now :-(

Rating: B

Thursday, January 10, 2008

another couple memes part 10

You Have Not Been Ruined by American Culture

You're nothing like the typical American. In fact, you may not be American at all.
You have a broad view of the world, and you're very well informed.
And while you certainly have been influenced by American culture (who hasn't?), it's not your primary influence.
You take a more global philosophy with your politics, taste, and life. And you're always expanding and revising what you believe.

Well, I AM German, after all ;)

another couple memes part 9

You Are 20% Left Brained, 80% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Sounds quite a bit like me...

another couple memes part 8

Your Mind is PG-13 Rated

Your mind is definitely a little dirty. You're naughty, but not trashy.
You don't shy away from a dirty joke, and you're clearly not a prude.

Sounds fair, don't you think so?

another couple memes part 7

You are a Romantic Realist

Okay, so you fall in the middle.
You know that love isn't like a greeting card...
Yet you can always find a greeting card to describe your feelings.

You are the best of both worlds
Girly yet independent, dreamy yet serious.
Almost any guy can find balance with you.

another couple memes part 6

What Your Pizza Reveals

There are no limits to your eating. You often devour the scraps your friends can't finish.

You consider pizza to be bread... very good bread. You fit in best in the Midwest part of the US.

You like food that's traditional and well crafted. You aren't impressed with "gourmet" foods.

You are dependable, loyal, and conservative with your choices.

You are a flavorful and bold person. You should consider traveling to Spain.

The stereotype that best fits you is geek. You're the type most likely to order pizza to avoid leaving your computer.

And now you want to know what I like on my pizza, yes? :-P

another couple memes part 5

Your English Skills:

Spelling: 80%
Grammar: 60%
Punctuation: 60%
Vocabulary: 20%

I can live with that result because I've never heard two of the words they asked in the vocabulary section :-)

another couple memes part 4

You are a Brainy Girl!

Whether you're an official student or a casual learner, you enjoy hitting the books.
You know a little bit about everything, and you're always dying to know more.
For a guy to win your heart, he's got to share some of your intellectual interests.
A awesome book collection of his own doesn't hurt either!

another couple memes part 3

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.

In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.

You'd like to your lover to think you are stylish and alluring.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.

Your ideal relationship is open. Both of you can talk about everything... no secrets.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage pessimistically. You don't think happy marriages exist anymore.

In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You'll do anything for love, but you won't fall for it easily.

Well, I'd like to argue about one of those remarks above... No, actually rather two or three! ;-)

another couple memes part 2

You Act Like You Are 31 Years Old

You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
You're responsible, wise, and have enough experience to understand a lot of the world.

You're at the point in your life where you understand yourself pretty well.
You are figuring out what you want... and how to get it!

Yikes! I'm older than I thought!!!

another couple memes part 1

Okay, I admit it, I'm sooo procrastinating right now! I should be preparing a paper and oral report right now - something I have to at least have halfway ready by tomorrow! Or at least write the reviews for the 3 books I read so far this year (nothing too fancy, two romance novels and a play for university), but here I am, answering memes... LOL

Your Birthdate: April 10

Independent and dominant, you tend to be the alpha dog in most situations.
You're very confident, and hardly anything ever shakes you.
Mundane tasks tend to drain you - you prefer to be making great plans.
You are quite original. When people don't "get" you, it bothers you a lot.

Your strength: Your ability to gain respect

Your weakness: Caring too much what others think

Your power color: Orange-red

Your power symbol: Letter X

Your power month: October

What's in a name?

What Kathrin Means

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.
You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.
People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

The interesting thing is, that part of this actually is true about me :-)