Some Changes


I think you can expect to see some changes on some of the websites and Blogs I run in the very near future, including the website this Blog is associated with. Kevin’s Portal has become something of a frustration with me, as I have been unable to update any pages for a while. Indeed, the books page will not update and has even been deleted, without me having any ability to fix the problem – so it is likely that I will be changing hosts very soon. This will also mean a change in URL. So please keep an eye out for that as I won’t be able to change things on the website as it currently stands – i.e. keep an eye on this Blog.

Another big change – at least for me – will be the way I do Blog posts right across the board. I have a large number of Blogs which I post to on a regular basis which takes up a fair amount of time. I want to cut back a bit on the time I chew up doing this, as well as the amount of time I spend online. Therefore I am looking at taking two days a week off from Blogging and possibly at least one of those days from the Internet all together, just so I can do other things – like have a life 🙂

More on these things to come – I need to think a little more about each.

My Recent Online Activity – 19 May 2013


I have been quite busy of late – though not directly on the portal site. A lot of my activity online has been around my Blogs and reading interests. Pretty much all of the Blogs have been posted to over the last several weeks, with just a couple that haven’t had any posts at all (those associated with news from actual websites that I still haven’t got around to updating).

 

Goodreads

I have been slowly adding my books to the Goodreads site and hopefully this will continue – there are so many to add. Of course I have also been updating the books I’m reading as I make progress on them.

The Particular Baptist Reading Group that I host via Goodreads is soon to kick off (at the end of May 2013), so I have a little work to do for that – which I may get finalised today, all going well. This will probably involve yet another wordpress.com Blog, which will make it so much easier to host the content of the reading material for the group. The various discussion points will be hosted at Goodreads I think, or perhaps a combination of the two. I’m quite looking forward to getting this work up and running.

My Goodreads Profile:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4675745-kevin

The Particular Baptist Reading Group:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/101137-particular-baptist-reading-group

 

At the BookShelf

At the BookShelf now has its own domain name – which I thought would be a good thing as it is my most popular Blog. I do hope to continue to develop this Blog and grow its user base.

The new domain is:
http://atthebookshelf.com/

 

Visit the Kevin’s Portal at:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/

Kevin’s Portal: Shelfari Removed


I have just removed Shelfari from my social networks and web applications at Kevin’s Portal. I am no longer using this site and have posted about it at my Blog ‘At the BookShelf.’

Visit the post at:
http://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/shelfari-closing-my-account/

 

Diaries: What to Do?


I was for quite some time bewildered as to what web application I could use for a private diary or journal. I carried out web searches and tested a few different applications (as well as software). I just couldn’t find anything that set out the journal in a way that I liked. The other thing was the fact that I like to test out web applications. So I just had to test out as many as I could. In the end I couldn’t settle on anything that I really liked.

Penzu seemed good – and it is. However, it didn’t have enough formatting options for me and I would have liked more ability to customize it also. But I didn’t want to let go of Penzu – especially if it improved over time and more features were added. Of course, there was always the concern about a web application suddenly closing down as well. What to do?

Suddenly it occurred me – what about WordPress.com? I love WordPress and use it for pretty much all of my Blogs – though I also have other Blogs that I use on Tumblr and Posterous for example (I love testing web applications remember). If there was a private option on WordPress.com than that would be brilliant – and there was. So that was the answer for me – use WordPress for my journal.

So I use both Penzu and WordPress, posting the same entries to both platforms. I like to use Namo WebEditor to write and format my enteries first though, just as I do for all of my WordPress Blogs. It gives me much more control that way. Of course Penzu is still limited in that area.

I thought I’d share that on the News at the Portal Blog because it could be a useful way for people to write their own diaries or journals should they wish to. Don’t rule out WordPress.com as an option – it’s great.

Visit WordPress.com at:
http://wordpress.com/

Visit Penzu at:
https://penzu.com/

 

Kevin’s Portal: Latest Updates


I have been adding new content and links to the Portal. These include the following:

  • A new Doo.gl commenting tab at the left of the site. Simply click on the tab to bring up the commenting wall.

  • I have added several new links including links to Receivd (for file sharing), Doo.gl (see above), Topickr (for discussions), Open Zine (online magazines), Skype, Tiny Letter (Newsletters), WordPress.com (My preferred Blogging platform), Tumblr (Blogging platform), Posterous (Blogging platform), Plinky (Blogging aid and platform), Survey Legend (surveys) and Splitweet (Multiple Twitter platform).

Check out Kevin’s Portal at:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/

 

Kevin’s Portal: History for Today


I just added a few extra features to Kevin’s Portal, including:

  • a link to my new Blog called ‘History for Today.’ This Blog is for the History section of the Tracing our History site.
  • the news feed for the Blog has also been added in the right column of Kevin’s Portal.
  • a link to the History section of Tracing our History has been added to the left column of Kevin’s Portal.

Visit History for Today at:
http://inhistorytoday.wordpress.com/

Check out Kevin’s Portal at:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/

 

Blog: At the BookShelf – Facelift


I haven’t posted a lot to my Blog ‘At the BookShelf’ in recent times, which is something I intend to change now. To mark this renewed interest I decided to give the Blog a facelift. It looks far more impressive now – hopefully more content will come along as well.

Check out the Blog at:
http://atthebookshelf.wordpress.com/