pameladlloyd: Happy Bear by Boynton, "Oh, What a Great Moment!" (What a Great Moment!)
I managed to announce this on most of my social networking sites, but not here. I was asked to do a guest blog post for a genealogy wiki, called WikiTree, and my first post went live on Tuesday. You can find Pamela's Perspective (Their name! I never thought to name it, somehow.) on the WikiTree blog. This is my first guest post for someone else's blog, so I was thrilled to be asked to participate.

You might also have seen my occasional mentions of posts on Searching for Roots and Branches. Searching for Roots and Branches is my journal of genealogical discovery, where I explore various aspects of genealogy, anything from a photo of an ancestor or other relative, to a biographical sketch, to a detailed examination of my research and proof process. This evening, instead of getting work done, I posted about a a sudden nostalgia I was feeling in An Unusual Lullaby: The Whiffenpoof Song. My husband tells me it's a weird post, but "in a good way." Go figure.

While I'm posting about blogging, perhaps I should mention that I also blog on Red Poulaine's Musings. This is a joint blog which my husband and I write. Red Poulaine's Musings started shortly after we opened an Etsy store, Red Poulaine, where we sell vintage postcards and photographs. In our item listings, we include a lot of historical information about the people featured in the images, the photographers who took the pictures, and other historical tidbits and trivia related to the paper ephemera we sell. (My genealogy work sometimes comes in handy when we're researching the people associated with the images, allowing us to share information not easily found elsewhere.) Our shop had readers! So, we decided to create a blog and give people who don't visit our shop a chance to read some of the historical work we do. Although almost every image we sell has a story associated with it, we don't manage to post as often to our blog as we post pictures in the shop. We wish we could, but there's only so much two busy people can manage. Still, we hope that the stories and history we share on our blog is interesting and fun for our readers.
pameladlloyd: icon from <lj user-shatterwise>, art by Rackham (Pensive Woman)
I keep meaning to share my posts on my genealogy blog (which, however irregular, has been my most active blog for quite some time now) to my Dreamwidth and LiveJournal blogs. Usually, I forget. Or, maybe that should be, I always forget. Right now, I can't remember if I've ever shared.

But, I remembered today. So, here goes.

Today's post over on Searching for Roots and Branches is Wishful Wednesday: I Wish I'd Met Grandpa Lloyd. There are lots of blogging prompts for genealogy bloggers, and sometimes I respond to them. This is one of those times. This post is a response to the Wishful Wednesday blogging prompt from Geneabloggers.

pameladlloyd: Horton the Elephant, from Dr. Suess' book, Horton Hears a Who (A Person's a Person)
Last night, I shared a shorter, simpler version of the following information in the comments to a friend's post on Google+. However, I think this may be of help to others who are still trying to figure Google+ out, especially those who are on LiveJournal or Dreamwidth, so I'm posting it on those services, as well as sharing it on Google+.

Most descriptions of Google+ compare it to Facebook, but when it comes to posting and how your posts are shared, I think G+ has more in common with services such as LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, than with Facebook. So, for those of you who are familiar with LJ or Dw, here's a short overview of who will see your posts.

When you share something on Google+ ), you get to choose who will see your post by selecting to make it public; limiting those who see it to one or more of your circles, or one or more email addresses; or even by sharing with only yourself.

To share your post with the world, leave the green Public button in the list of those who can see your post (or, if it's not visible, select it from the list of options). This is the equivalent of selecting "Everyone (Public)" from the Show this entry to: list when posting on LJ or Dw.

To the right of the Public button, you'll also see +Add more people. This is an option that is not available on LJ, Dw, or Facebook. You can use this option to specify one or more of your circles, but since they will already see your post, that would be a bit redundant, unless there's something I'm missing. The real power of this option is that you can add the email addresses of people who are not yet on G+ and they will receive an email with your user pic, the full text of your post, and a link to your post on Google+. Note that during the Beta period, the recipient(s) may, or may not, recieve an invitation to join G+; once G+ goes live, they should recieve an invite.

To limit your post, click the x on the right side of the Public button. Now, you'll see the text, +Add circles or people to share with.... When you select 
+Add circles or people to share with..., you will see a list of options that include a list of your circles (e.g. "Friends", "Family", etc.), "Your circles", and "Extended circles". Note that, depending on how many circles you've got, some of your circles may be hidden and you'll have an option to see more.

To share your post with everyone who is in any of your circles, select the "Your circles" option. This is the equivalent of selecting "Friends" on LJ, or "Access List" on Dw.

To share your post with everyone in your circles and everyone in their circles, select the "Extended circles" option. This option is more like the "Friends of friends" privacy setting in Facebook and, to the best of my knowledge, has no direct equivalent on LJ or Dw.

To share your post with a more limited selection of people, click the x on the right side of the Public button (and any other visible buttons for circles or people you don't want to see the post), click +Add circles or people to share with..., then specify those 
with whom you want to share by selecting the circle or circles for those people already in your circles, typing the names of people already on G+ (you'll see a list of people from which you can choose) and adding the email addresses for those not yet on G+ (emails for your Google contacts will be listed, so, if you are a Gmail user, you probably won't have to type the entire address). This is the equivalent of selecting "Custom..." on LJ, or "Custom" on Dw, and actually offers you more flexibility than either of those services.

To create a post that only you can see, simply remove all circles from the 
+Add circles or people to share with... box by clicking the x on each button, then enter your G+ user name. This is the equivalent of selecting "Just Me (Private)" on LJ or Dw. (For those of you on G+ who saw the original comment that spurred this post, this is a correction to the information I gave there.)

I hope this rather long-winded explanation will be helpful to people who are still trying to figure out G+. So far, I've been very pleased with my experience at Google+, which encourages me to Follow ("Friend" on LJ, "Read" on Dw) anyone I find interesting, to share tidbits with my followers as I might on Facebook or Twitter, and to create the deeper sense of connection that the LiveJournal and Dreamwidth services foster. Of course, there's more going on here, with the addition of Sparks, which act similarly to RSS feeds, the impending integration of other Google services, and the evolution of Google+ in response to our feedback.

If you think you might be interested in participating during the Beta, let me know and make sure I've got your email address, and I'll try to send you an invite. No promises, since Google is the gatekeeper, but I can certainly put in the request and this will automatically put us in each other's circles.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (lady with cup)
As have many of my writer friends, I've examined the pros and cons of self-publishing. The publishing industry is in flux, and this means that there are new challenges and opportunities for writers. I think that many of us struggle with the idea that, if we could just figure it out, we could determine the "best" way to get our work published.

But the reality is that there is no more one best way to publication than there is one best way to write.

All that said, Amanda Hocking, USA Today best-selling author, who has achieved her success through self-publishing, shares her thoughts on the subject in her blog post, "Some Things That Need to Be Said ". It's well worth reading.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Kitty Call Out)
My husband has just started his very first blog, Scratch Vegetarian, and it's all about food. He'll be sharing recipes and tips for preparing healthy vegetarian meals on a budget. His first entry tells about how to make your own fresh ricotta cheese for a fraction of the cost of store bought.

If you like to cook, or just like food, even if you don't plan to start making your own cheese, you're invited to drop by and check it out. I hope you'll find something to enjoy there.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (reading fairy)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume (who got it via [livejournal.com profile] drachin8), I've learned that the folks publishing the new Realms of Fantasy are offering free copies to the first 200 people to leave a comment in [livejournal.com profile] douglascohen's journal, asking for a copy and agreeing to blog about it. For details, see Monstrous Musings - Want a Free Issue of Realms of Fantasy? Blog About It!.