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I’m on Facebook! + More Tweaks & Updates

Yes, my darlings, it’s been a long time coming, but I finally registered a Facebook page for this blog! (And for my YouTube channel, and …)
You can find it at┬áhttps://www.facebook.com/itsdaneesaur! ­čÖé

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If you’re an avid reader of daneesaur.co.uk, make sure you give me a Like. It’s a nice way to get in touch with you on a more personal level, as well as update everyone on things that are going on with the blog. Just the other day I asked around what kind of comment system I should implement, ultimately deciding on Disqus.
Oh yeah, speaking of which! Maybe one or two of you with keen eyes has already noticed, but over the last couple of days I’ve been rolling out a couple of small tweaks and updates on the site. I’ll give you a convenient little list for you to check out:

  • Installed Disqus (as mentioned). My usual comment plugin crashed, so I felt it was about time I rolled out the big guns. I’ve heard good and bad things about Disqus, but for the most part, what I like as a commenter is that you can actually easily follow up on the comments you leave on blogs. And if you’re concerned about your privacy and don’t want to comment using your Facebook (or other Social Media login) – fear not, you can still comment as a guest, leaving just a name and email as per usual (Disqus sadly won’t automatically grab your Gravatar to display it though).
  • Added a description and new social media buttons to the sidebar. I didn’t like the old plugin I used for the buttons, so now I’ve got a new one that offers more variety and is more customisable. That’s why/how I added a link to my Letterboxd profile (basically a Goodreads for films, I love it!)
  • Added a signature – and it’s my actual handwriting, whee!
  • Also added a copyright notice to the bottom because all this shit’s miiiine.

Now it’s on you – what do you think of the new stuff? Or could you not care less at all? What do you think of Disqus? And don’t forget to like me on Facebook to get more of an insight into the running of the blog. xx

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Happy New Year!

happy new year 2016Oh gosh it’s that time of year again where everyone’s babbling on about how great (or awful) their year has been and how amazing (or terrible) the next one’s gonna be.

Well. I will leave that for another time, and just use this quick post today to wish you a very happy new year. Don’t let the concept of time passing scare you – if you feel like you didn’t use 2015 to its full potential, don’t sweat it. There’s still time. Whether you dig that whole “new year, new you” thing or would just rather get the celebrations all over with and ignore this smack in the face that you’re getting older, I wish you all the best for 2016. May it be better, kinder, more wonderful than the last. xx

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Hello? Is anybody out there?

I’ll be the first one to admit that I am a bit of an attention whore. By which I don’t mean that I generally talk over other people, want to be in the spotlight or the life of the party – it’s more that I struggle doing things “just for myself”.

Whatever I do, I don’t run around thinking “oohhh, I need to document this so I can tell my large following of admirers online later”, no, not like that – ┬áit’s rather the age old “my blog isn’t being read, so what’s the point in doing it?”
This is my content, my blog, my┬áthing, and every beginner’s advice is to just keep at it, do it for your own good, enjoy what you’re doing, build your content, people/readers will follow.
That’s kind of the thing about the social media landscape today – you just throw things out there for somebody to read and hope something sticks.

What if it doesn’t, though? 99% of people that follow my various online presences online are people I know – either my friends who are being sweethearts and liking everything I post, or not-quite-friends who need a good laugh once in a while.
And hey, I adore every single one of my readers! Thanks for clicking, yo!

I can’t exactly explain why I get so frustrated. I’m not in it for the money, I’m not in it for the fame, I guess it would just be nice to get the feeling that what I put online means something. Don’t we all? I mean, at least the social media whores among us?

(Watch this get the weirdest spam comments and google searches ever, after mentioning the word “whore” three times)

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Bloglovin, BlogConnect and NetworkedBlogs

Just a superquick update: you can now follow daneesaur.co.uk on several services. The BlogConnect widget has been there for a while, I have now added Bloglovin and NetworkedBlogs as well. Take your pick! ­čÖé

Please note: For me, the most comfortable solution to follow a blog has always been my feed reader (I’m using the Google one), so I’m sad to see Google Friends Connect has gone for all non-Blogger users. I would really appreciate it if you used BlogConnect or NetworkedBlogs to subscribe to the blog. Most importantly, because it’s great feedback for me to see how many people actually regularly read this!
Bloglovin is great too (so if you use it, follow meeee~), but the downside is that I can’t see who is following. Which might upcoming giveaways or promotions difficult. It’s entirely up to you lovelies though. x

Follow my blog with Bloglovin


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