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30DOC, Day 4

First off, a bit of bloggy housekeeping! If you’ve commented in my blog over the past few days, you may have noticed that I’ve switched my commenting system over to Livefyre. Rest assured that you’ll always be able to comment as a guest even if you don’t have a Livefyre account (hey, comments are gold – I wouldn’t want to make it impossible for you to speak your mind!)… but it might actually be worth your while to check it out and sign up for one. One benefit, for example, is that even though Livefyre has kicked out CommentLuv (boo!), having a Livefyre account will enable you to show a link to your own most recent blog post below your comment in any blog that uses the Livefyre commenting system (yay!). So give it some thought. I know it’s a bit of a pain to have miscellaneous accounts here, there, and everywhere, but I’ve actually seen Livefyre in use in several of the blogs I read regularly, and I imagine it will be similar in your blogging world, which helps to mitigate the nuisance of having to sign up for yet another account!

P.S. – Livefyre is free!

Secondly, an update and advance notice for my faithful readers about my blog giveaway. I haven’t forgotten about it! I actually had several wonderful and generous authors offer copies of their books, and after much thought have decided to give each of them the attention they deserve by doing separate giveaways, spread out over several months, one for each author. The first one is coming up very soon – I’m in the process of reading my copy of the book and setting up the guidelines for the giveaway – so watch this space for more info!

Thirdly, some random commentary for you on this lovely June Monday:

  • From Thursday evening with the girls (apparently I now have a group of girls!) at the most wonderfully garlicky Italian restaurant, to an unexpected day off on Friday, to music from various bands (including a favourite from the 80s) drifting over to my house from the outdoor concerts on the riverfront, to Art in the Park, to the LaSalle Strawberry Festival, to having enormous amounts of fun making Mini Babybel Wax Sculptures, this has been the best weekend I’ve had in a long, long time.
  • I am paying the small price for such fun – a bit of a sunburn and unwelcome numbers at this morning’s encounter with the bathroom scales. Oops!
  • Pssst… totally worth it.
  • Is it possible that one can be too happy? Enquiring minds want to know

Now, on to today’s 30 Days of Creativity project.

June 4, 2012 prompt:
TROUSERS – For those of you under forty… These are pants.

06-04-2012 30DOC

(If you want to see this in all its imperfect waxy goodness, clicking on the photo will take you to the larger version on Flickr.)

In case you missed it, this is what I’m doing throughout the month of June, and why. I’ll be posting all of my projects to my 30 Days of Creativity 2012 board on Pinterest.

Have a wonderful week!

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • jennsonthego June 5, 2012

    Which commenting system did you have before Livefyre?   I use Disqus and I’m happy with them.  Wondered what the differences are–I might have to check it out. 
     
    Cheers, Jenn.
     
     

  • jennsonthego June 5, 2012

    Also it made me sign into one of their services to comment.  I tried to post as a guest but the option wasn’t there. 

    • DawnStorey June 5, 2012

      You should be able to fill out your basic info, click next, and then be given the option to comment as a guest. (It’s a little buried, as they likely would prefer that you sign up to their service, but it’s definitely possible!).

  • House of Light June 5, 2012

    Livefyre, I just heard this, but comparing with disquss, what the differences?

  • BeckyCochrane June 5, 2012

    My only problem with it is even though I’m commenting via my Twitter ID, it sends me everyone’s comments after mine in email, and I’m not sure how to turn that off (I try to keep my email inbox to the bare minimum).

    • DawnStorey June 5, 2012

      When I post a comment, I have the option to unclick “following” at the bottom of the comment box and therefore not receive future comments in my Inbox. Does that not work when you comment with Twitter?

  • BeckyCochrane June 5, 2012

    Love those pants! Do you use any little instruments to do these, or just your fingers? They kind of fascinate me.

    • DawnStorey June 5, 2012

      Thank you! I mostly use my fingers, but depending on the project I also use a couple of woodcarving instruments (at least I think that’s what they are) loaned to me by my husband. Because the wax gets so sticky, using the tools helps to clean up the edges and add details when using my fingers would just make a mess!

  • masked_mom June 5, 2012

    Livefyre is the service on Blogher, too, I think and I haven’t experienced any issues with it. I don’t have an account, but it lets me sign in with my Google/Blogger account. I still just have a basic Blogger blog, but have been contemplating moving up to my own domain, etc (primary stumbling block: laziness) and will keep livefyre in mind.
     
    PS–ADORABLE pants!!!!!!!! I don’t what it is about teeny tiny things that have always fascinated me, but fascinate me they do. Also–I’m sure this is entirely unrelated, but I am REALLY, REALLY craving Babybel cheeses at the moment. 😉

    • DawnStorey June 5, 2012

      FWIW, I switched from Blogger to WordPress.org, and it went quite smoothly. It was actually less of an ordeal than I thought it would be!
       
      I know what you mean about teeny tiny things – I’m much the same way! I love dollhouse furniture, and tiny train sets with all the scenery, and things like that. It’s all so wee and fascinating!
       
      I just finished eating my Babybel cheese for lunch – sculpture to follow. 🙂

  • GirlWhoCriedSkinny June 5, 2012

    I signed up for livefyre yesterday (to make comments on  your blog), and I like it.  I also REALLY like that you can then “@” me 🙂

  • evalewis July 11, 2012

    I use livefyre and its really nice platform to comment on blogs.

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