Blogs and Blogging

Published Author Blogs (Authors who write Regency)
A Bit O’Muslin (Delilah Marvelle) http://delilahmarvelle.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Cheryl Ann Smith http://corsetsandcourtesans.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Courtney Milan http://www.courtneymilan.com/ramblings/feed/
Grace Kone http://mosaicmoments.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Sally Mackenzie http://sallymackenzie.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Lesley Anne Mcleod http://lesleyannemcleod.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Vicky Dreiling http://vickydreiling.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Unpubbed Author Blogs (Aspiring Regency Writers)
Angelina Barbin http://angelinabarbin.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Angelyn Schmid http://angelynschmid.com/feed/
Keira Soleore http://keirasoleore.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Miranda Liasson http://mirandaliasson.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Suzi Love http://www.suzilove.com/feed/
Groups
The Beau Monde http://main.thebeaumonde.com/feed
Two Nerdy History Girls http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Regency History Blogs
Austen Only http://austenonly.com/feed/
Dames a la Monde http://damesalamode.tumblr.com/rss
Dorset Heritage http://feeds.feedburner.com/dorsetheritage
Georgian London http://www.georgianlondon.com/rss.xml
Jane Austen Today http://janitesonthejames.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Jane Austen’s World http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/feed/
Kilth and Kin http://kithandkinresearch.posterous.com/rss.xml
London Historians http://londonhistorians.wordpress.com/feed/
Natalie Garbett—Historical Costumer http://historicalclothinganduniforms.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Cotswold History Blog http://www.cotswoldhistory.com/feed/
The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide to the 18th Century http://georgianaduchessofdevonshire.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

In a delightful blog post by Mike Rendell discusses Guinness and the Georgian Gentleman:

Guinness

Arthur Guinness started brewing ales from 1759 at the St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. Ten years later on 19 May 1769 Guinness exported his ale for the first time, when six and a half barrels were shipped to England. There is however some evidence to show that the Guinness product had found its way to the mainland some time earlier – possibly as extra ballast or maybe as surplus beer intended for the voyage. There are for instance records of a pre-1769 advertisement placed in the Gentleman’s Magazine. Richard’s brother in law William Snooke kept a diary – and this records a purchase of Guinness.

I LOVE Guinness & I love that my late Georgian Hero could have loved them too!

Be sure to check out Mr. Rendell’s blog, it’s full of fascinating information.

Although the current trend in the Romance Community is to blog in WordPress, I’ve tried it (both at .org and .com) and I truly prefer blogger. I’m not an expert in coding or HTML, but, to me, blogger is far more “tweakable” and so in blogger I stay.

Even a lay-person like myself can google just about any blogger formatting question and find an answer, even it it does take a few false starts (and diligence in saving your template, just in case something goes terribly wrong!)

I’ve had a twitter widget on this blog for awhile, but I coveted the fancy-schmancy twitter version after I saw it on Two Nerdy History Girls. But, how could I get it?

As it turned out, creating the widget was easy enough:

1. Go to the widgets Page in Twitter: http://twitter.com/about/resources/widgets/widget_profile

2. Customize using your blog’s colors (which can be found with a quick search of your page’s source code–right click and scroll to “view source”)

3. Click “Finish and Grab Code” and use the Blogger button to add the widget to your page elements.

Ta-da!

Unless, that is, you are as picky as I am. The default size is 250×300 and I didn’t like that size. I tweaked using twitter widget customization page as shown above.
First, I tried the “auto fit” option in twitter, but I didn’t like how that looked either. Next, I tried proportionally shrinking the widget to 200×240. I used the blogger button to add the revised code to my blogger page.

Now I had a size I liked, but (Crankey!) the widget was off to the left and I wanted it centered. There is no option to center on twitter’s page, so I commenced yet another Great Google Adventure.

Many false starts were involved before I finally discovered a way to center the widget. Here’s the trick:

Success! A lovely, little, centered twitter widget in my column. YEEESSSSSSSSS!

(Incidentally, I had to go an another Great Google Adventure to learn how to create a jpeg so I could post HTML without Blogger recognizing the HTML. THEN I realized that I could have checked the “show HTML literally” box under Post Options. As my niece says, *sigh* “It’s a process”)