Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blog Customization Resources

Reblogged from: Lyndi

HIGH QUALITY BACKGROUND IMAGES

 

http://www.youthedesigner.com/2010/09/02/40-plus-various-high-quality-free-paper-patterns-and-textures/

http://lostandtaken.com/

http://www.mayang.com/textures/

http://www.reddit.com/r/EarthPorn/

http://www.reddit.com/user/karmicviolence/m/imaginaryexpanded

http://www.startextures.com

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/wallpapers/

http://www.hdwallpapers.in/

 

If you make your own graphics, most of these textures can be used as brushes in your photo manipulation software.

 

 

 

PHOTO MANIPULATION SOFTWARE / WEBSITES & FONTS


GIMP is 100% free and just as capable as Adobe Photoshop.

http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

 

pixlr is also free, but web-based. There are 3 editors, but the advanced editor is also pretty close to Photoshop.

http://pixlr.com

 

BannerSnack allows you to make flash banners. If you want an animated header, this is the place to go.

http://www.bannersnack.com/en/

 

GIF EDITORS - add effects, resize, add text, remove frames, etc

http://ezgif.com

http://www.online-image-editor.com

 

FONTS - download and install on your own computer or use Google Fonts to embed directly into your blog

http://www.dafont.com/

http://www.fonts.com/

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/

http://www.google.com/fonts

 

 

HTML / CSS / CODE RESOURCES

 

CSS explanations: http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/default.asp

Change your font: http://www.pagerank.net/css-font-style-wizard/

Change font, links, etc: http://www.somacon.com/p334.php

Resource site for CSS wizards: http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/css/powerful-css-tools-generators-automate-workflow/

 

 

WEBSITE ADD-ONS

 

 

Website Add-ons: http://www.entheosweb.com/website_design/free_web_tools.asp

Embeddable Forms: http://www.wufoo.com/

Translate your blog for foreign readers: https://translate.google.com/manager/website/

Social media buttons: http://www.niftybuttons.com

Everything and anything else you could possibly want to add or do to your blog: http://www.allblogtools.com/blogger-tools/

 

 

TUTORIALS

 

How to: Set up Google Analytics

How to: Use blockquotes

How to: Use "Shelve It!"

How to: Make reactive links

How to: Block people on BookLikes

How to: Batch edit your shelves

How to: Change your book count appearance

How to: Make your comment section more legible

 

Lists of tutorials, tips, and the like:

http://mandym.booklikes.com/post/470414/booklikes-tutorials

http://themisathena.booklikes.com/bl_formatting

 

I tried to link tutorials to the original poster. Please let me know if I failed on that.

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1239093/blog-customization-resources

NEW: Discussion Rooms Formatting Tips

Reblogged from: BookLikes

Discussion Rooms are getting filled with book lovers :) And now we’re giving you extra option to make your discussion posts unique. You can edit your posts with basics HTML tags.

 

Let’s see what formatting is now available in your Discussion rooms:

 

 

The easiest way to add formatting is to copy/paste a given tag and insert your text/link between markers, e.g.: [b]I loved this book![/b] -> I loved this book!

 

We’re sure that after several posts, you’ll know them by heart :-)

 

And if you make a mistake or a typo, don’t worry. You can easily Edit your post and make all necessary corrections.

 

Another new feature is sticking discussions within a group. For the time being this option is available only for Administrators of a Group. If your are Group Admin and you notice that a given discussion receives bigger attention, bring it to the top. Enter the Discussion and click “Stick”. Then it will be first above other discussion in the group with special marker. 

 

 

 

 

It's Halloween today! Do you have any reading / writing plans for the evening? If not, we'll help you with spooky atmosphere.

 

Check out 20 horror books recommended by BookLikes book bloggers: Spooky Reads For Halloween - Horror Books That You Loved

  Boo! ;-)

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1239083/new-discussion-rooms-formatting-tips

New "Latest Post Widget" Is Like Table of Contents on Your Blog

Reblogged from: BookLikes

 

With "Your Latest Posts" widget you can show your most recent writings and help your blog guests explore your BookLikes blog. It's like table of contents on your blog.

 

 

New widget is available on Goodies/Widgets page where you can choose a number of posts to show, type widget's title and adjust widget's size. 

 

 

The widget will present up to 20 most recent posts from your blog with titles and links. Your blog guests will be able to look through your articles and choose what to read first.

 

my latest posts

 

To add widget to your other webpage, get the code and copy/paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

To add widget to your BookLikes blog, get the code and paste it into Widget Area in Customization tab

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1239075/new-latest-post-widget-is-like-table-of-contents-on-your-blog

Reblogged from: Parajunkee

Book Review Infographic
Book Review Infographic

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1239031/post

Friday, August 21, 2015

Finished: In The Blood by Lisa Unger

Review:

In the Blood: A Novel - Lisa Unger

Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Book of 2014, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Sun Sentinel Best Mystery Novels of 2014, Suspense Magazine Best Books of 2014 and Indie Next pick!

 

Liar, liar, pants on fire . . . College senior Lana Granger has told so many lies about her past that the truth seems like a distant, cloudy nightmare. But she meets her match when she begins babysitting for a volatile, manipulative eleven-year-old boy. Soon after Lana takes the job, her close friend Beck mysteriously disappears. Lana instantly begins fabricating stories - to friends, to police, to herself. Why doesn't her account jibe with those of eye-witnesses? Lana will do anything to bury the truth about that night ... and about her life. But someone else knows her secrets. And he's dying to tell.

 

As darkly startling and finely crafted as her blockbuster bestseller Beautiful Lies, Lisa Unger's masterful new psychological thriller is packed with no-holds-barred raw power.

The synopsis is what intrigued me to read this book.

 

It was definitely a very different mystery.

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1235582/finished-in-the-blood-by-lisa-unger

Finished: Badlands by C. J. Box

Review:

Badlands - C.J. Box

Sorry I've been MIA, busy listening and reading books.  Finished this one on August 5, 2015.  Great book!

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1235579/finished-badlands-by-c-j-box

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Started: In The Blood by Lisa Unger

In the Blood: A Novel - Lisa Unger

This is my bedtime read, it may take a little while to finish, can't stay awake for long. 

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1220670/started-in-the-blood-by-lisa-unger

Started: Badlands by C. J. Box

Badlands - C.J. Box

Didn't realize this wasn't a Joe Pickett book but I just happen to have read The Highway and loved it. Looks like this is the second book in the series for Cassie Dewell.  I'll let you know what I think off it!

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1220668/started-badlands-by-c-j-box

Finished:. The Art of Racing the Rain by Garth Stein

Review:

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

 Loved this book.   I knew when I started this was going to be a tear jerker, I was right. 

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1220662/finished-the-art-of-racing-the-rain-by-garth-stein

Review:. Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

Review:

Windigo Island: A Novel - William Kent Krueger

Absolutely love Cork O'Conner. Can't wait to read the next one. Will write more  soon.

Original post: thebookendsreviews.booklikes.com/post/1220656/review-windigo-island-by-william-kent-krueger

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