Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Success, Sales, Sorry and Solder

A bit of a mixed bag today:

I was fortunate enough to win Helen Yendall's mini-saga competition and you can read my entry and the runner-up on her blog here.

I've learnt that 100 Stories For Queensland has gone on sale in bookshops in Australia. It probably won't happen in the UK but it still gave me a buzz to see a picture of a book featuring one of my stories sitting next to the latest James Bond.

Next – an apology. For quite a while now Blogger has stopped displaying my Followers. I can't see anyone else's Followers either. The space is there but no icons with your lovely smiling faces. I know there are some new visitors who have left comments so if some of you have become Followers and are a bit miffed that I have not returned the compliment then rest assured that I have created a folder in the Favourites section on my browser for your links.

Carol of Carol's Corner has been giving me some tips, when we meet at NWC, on how to get my Followers back but so far nothing has worked. I've been on the Real Blogger Status site but that seems to assume I know all about domains and layered security (what?). It's not my computer because I get the same problem on my wife's laptop and the machines down the library. So if anyone out there has any ideas then all contributions are welcome. Being an engineer I'm a bit ashamed at my inability to sort out a technical problem. My excuse is that my degree in electronics was taken before all this computer black magic came along and when we were barely out of the valve era. Any faults could usually be fixed by a dab of solder. In fact, when my dad taught me how to solder, the soldering iron wasn't even electric. You had to place the tip in an open flame in order to heat it up. How I long for those simple days...


  1. Good News about your story... Can't you order a copy from Amazon? Glad to know things are sorted with your blog too.

  2. I can see your followers!

    Sometimes I think a blob of solder might be just what my computer needs.....

    I promise I will get to a NWC meeting one day, but life's a bit hectic and there seem to be a lot of demands on my time.

  3. I can see your followers too. Blogger is very strange sometimes, I know some people are still having problems with logging in and commenting.

    Well done again on that mini saga - as I said on Patsy's blog you managed to pack a lot of meaning into very few words.

  4. We're still here, Keith, even if you can't see us (I can see us!). This happens to me regularly, and I just ignore it. It always rights itself in the end.

    Congrats on the competition!

  5. Well done Keith - what a brilliant piece of writing in so few words! Don't worry about the missing followers, as Frances says it always rights itself in the end!

  6. Must be a great feeling to know your works out there, on a shelf!

    I can see your followers too. I'm not one. I don't follow many blogs - I'd prefer to be a 'reader' but they don't have a category for that. I know some people love to check how many followers they have, but I'm not convinced they all convert into readers.

    If I find a blog I enjoy reading, I add it to my favourites and then dip in and out and see what's happening.

    Moan over!

  7. Thanks for all your comments. I've had the Followers problem for a long time so I'm not sure I share your optimism that it will sort itself out. I'll let you know if it does come back. I know I don't have all that many. I think it was 9 or 10 the last time it was visible. But it would be nice to have your pictures back.