Monday, October 1, 2012

It's So Good To Be Home!

OMG! I'm like a smiling, wagging puppy rolling over to let my bloggy family rub my tummy. I am so happy to be back here.

A full month is entirely too long to stay away. I've kept somewhat connected at Facebook, but it's far from the same. I have missed every single one of you!

While I was out, I accomplished a lot - the whole purpose. Now I'm back and ready to rock!

Writing-wise I worked on three projects. I'll talk more about those in a later post. I wanted to come back with a short, snappy post today, but due to circumstances beyond my control that's not happening.

You know I tidied up here. One of my followers let me know she's having trouble viewing parts of the updated look. Everything looks right to me, so I asked my techie friend to take a peek. She sees it the same way I do using a variety of browsers.

This particular problem instance involves Firefox, so I'm especially interested in Firefox user comments. But no matter what browser you use, if you have any issue with the the way things appear on your screen, please let me know. I may not be able to fix the problem, but I'll try.

What you should see at the top is Under the Tiki Hut, tabs for the pages, and the header photo.

Then the actual meat of the blog follows. I now have three columns instead of two. A left sidebar, the posting area, and the right sidebar. Things in the sidebars should be contained within the sidebars. Nothing should lap over into the posting area or fade off into the background sunset. Beneath the post area and sidebars are the Blog Archive and Labels.

As I said above ... if you see anything different from this, please let me know.

And make sure I didn't scrub you from any of the blog rolls. Some of you have let me know this already. Thanks! 

There are three blog rolls - one on the left and two on the right - and your link should be in one of them if you're a somewhat regular commenter. If you've been following me for a while, you're probably on the left. Newer followers should be on the right. This is not a political statement :)

If you'd like to share your links for the Writers' LIKE ME Project, you may do so at any time. The initial response wasn't all I had hoped, so perhaps this isn't as good an idea as I originally thought. I'll continue to mention it once a month or so in hopes that more of you will leave your links and tell your writer friends about it. The page will stay up at least until the end of the year. Maybe it will get going yet of its own accord. If not, I'll let you all know if I decide to take it down for lack of interest.

That's it for me.

Oh! Almost forgot.

I'm now blogging only two days a week - Monday and Friday. Although there may be a Wednesday from time to time, it won't be the norm. I'll let you know in advance.

How about you? Catch me up! What happened with you during September?

See you in the comments, on your blogs, and back here on Friday!



60 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We missed you, Carol! Glad you're back.
I use Firefox and have no problem viewing your blog.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Ditto with me and Firefox. Everything looks great on my end.

OMG! Is September already over. Where did it go????

Jennifer Shirk said...

I have regular old Explorer and have no probs.

Welcome back!!

Anne Gallagher said...

Going away for a month in the blogs is only two minutes in real life. But you were definitely missed. Everything looks great on the blog. Welcome back. Can't wait to hear what you've been up to.

Bish Denham said...

Welcome back! Glad to see you. Your blog looks fine from my vantage point.
Breaks are almost always a good thing, help to recharge.

Carol Kilgore said...

Alex - I missed everyone! Glad you have no probs here.

Stina - September was a blur :)

Jennifer - Great!

Anne - Felt like two minutes, except for really starting to miss blogging a couple weeks ago.

Bish - Fully recharged now. I needed it. Bad!

CarrieBoo said...

Welcome back! I could do with your energy. :) I use Firefox and everything looks spot on for me. The header and top navigation bar are aligned left rather than center (with the nav. background graphic extending to the right)... that's all I can see, which may have been intended anyway. You're good to go!

Karen Walker said...

Carol, welcome back! You were missed. The blog looks fabulous and I'm seeing it exactly the way you described I should see it.
Karen

Pam Asberry said...

It's wonderful to see you again, Carol! I use Google Chrome and your blog looks great to me! :-)

Pam Asberry said...

It's wonderful to see you again, Carol! I use Google Chrome and your blog looks great to me! :-)

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

I'm a firefox user and it looks fine to me...I'm on your blog roll yay!! Catch you up? Okay...hubs in hospital for two weeks with pneumnia still on oxygen a month later and grandson had open heart surgery last week. That's about it.

Summer Ross said...

Missed you! Your blog looks good to me and I'm a firfox user.

~Sia McKye~ said...

It all looks good Carol! Glad your time off was productive!

Carol Kilgore said...

CarrieBoo - They are aligned left. I would like the photo to span all the way across, but I don't know how to do that. Thanks.

Karen - Good to see you and everyone!

Pam - I use Chrome, too. Love it :)

Delores - OMG! I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Take care of yourself during all this - they need you.

Summer - Thanks. Missed you, too :)

Sia - It was productive, but it took a couple of turns I hadn't expected.

vrbarkowski said...

Blog works fine in both Safari and Firefox, and it looks spectacular! I'm on a Mac if that makes any difference.

My Wordpress ID on the other hand? Not working so great. Blogger is apparently punishing me for jumping ship. :)

Shirley Wells said...

Yay! Welcome back. We missed you! Glad you got lots done.

I use Chrome, or sometimes Safari, and it looks great on both.

Linda Kage said...

It's sooo nice to have you back. Life is normal again! Well, you know what's new with me, so I won't bore you there.

I'm using Foxfire right now (I also use IE and Safari) and I don't see anything wrong. Hmm. The mystery.

Thanks for coming back to us!

Johanna Garth said...

Welcome back! Glad you had such a nice break.

DEZMOND said...

welcome back, Carol! Nice to hear you were a busybee during the break and that you finished lots of projects :) Here's to efficient Autumn as well!

Emily R. King said...

So good to have you back! It sounds like you had a very productive break. Your blog looks awesome, and there I am, on your left. Glad it's not a political statement. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Glad you're back and that you accomplished what you set out to do while you were off. Here's to getting even more done.

Linda G. said...

Great to see you back! I use Firefox, and it looks perfect to me. :)

RHYTHM AND RHYME said...

Very much missed Carol, Welcome home.

Yvonne.

Carol Kilgore said...

VR - Thanks. Bad Blogger, though, for not liking your WP id. Your new link is in my left sidebar.

Shirley - Once I got started, I realized I had way more to do than I thought.

Linda K - You're on a great roll! Have fun on your blog tour :)

Johanna - Me, too!

Dez - I hope autumn will be productive, too. For all of us!

L.G.Smith said...

Welcome back. Everything looks good to me. And I only blog two days a week, and it's plenty to keep up with when you add in everything else that's gotta get done. See you on Mondays and Fridays. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Emily - It's so good to chat with everyone again!

J.L. - Yes, I have much more to get done. It never ends.

Linda G - Thanks!

Yvonne - Missed you, too.

L.G. - I think two days will be plenty.

CATachresis said...

Hi Carol, I use safari and everything is fine and dandy :) Welcome back xx

LD Masterson said...

Welcome back. Everything looks great in IE. And I'm in your blog, which makes me happy.

LD Masterson said...

Oops - I meant I'm in your blogroll. Why to I always see these thing after I hit Publish?

Carol Kilgore said...

CATachresis - Thanks! And it's good to be back :)

LD - No worries :) I knew what you meant. And I usually forget to say something.

Helena said...

Welcome back! And for me your blog looks great, but I know from repeat personal experience that my own blog can get technically weirded out.

Morgan said...

Yaaaaay! You're back! I love your energy, Carol. You're so entertaining ;)

Carol Kilgore said...

Helena - I'm guessing it has something to do with my reader's computer or Firefox settings. I'm extremely happy no one else has a problem.

Morgan - Happy to be here, too! I wish I had more energy :)

Tammy Theriault said...

i just started blogging! ur blog is so awesome in comparison... love the title of "under the tiki hut" very cool...

michelle said...

Welcome back, Carole!
I know that I still need to collect the book... I haven't forgotten...

Medeia Sharif said...

Welcome back. I'm glad you got a lot done.

Your website looks fantastic on my end.

Ciara said...

Awesome to have you back! I'm glad you had a productive break. I'll be disappearing for a bit in November. I'll probably have to take some time at Christmas, too.
Nice, clean blog!

Carol Kilgore said...

Tammy - Welcome to the Tiki Hut! I've been blogging about 3-1/2 years. You'll get there :)

Michelle - No worries. Good to see you!

Medeia - Thanks. It was a much-needed break.

Ciara - I totally understand that. November and December are so hectic. I may grab a week in there somewhere, too.

Jan Christensen said...

Welcome back, Carol. Everyone missed you, obviously. Glad no one else is having trouble with the look of the blog. Look forward to seeing more posts again!

Southpaw said...

Welcome back!

Everything looks fine to me (Chrome). I like the three columns.

Carol Kilgore said...

Jan - Thank you. It's great to be back!

Southpaw - Cool :)

Romance Book Haven said...

Welcome back, Carol! We missed you!

Nas

M Pax said...

Welcome back! I use Firefox. The graphic on the upper left blocks the text in your posts. I've noticed this on other blogs. Some I can't access at all. I guess I need to tell people.

Carol Kilgore said...

Nas - Thanks! Missed you, too :)

Mary - That's the same problem the other reader has. But no one else. Any ideas?

Empty Nest Insider said...

Glad you're back Carol! I use Explorer and everything looks great here! Julie

Laura Eno said...

Welcome back! I'm so glad your time off was productive for you.
Everything looks great, but I use Explorer.
I had gallbladder surgery last week. Does that count as a momentous event? ;)

Carol Kilgore said...

Julie - Happy to be here! Thanks :)

Laura - OMG! It would be MONUMENTOUS for me for sure. Hope it wasn't too bad, and I'm happy you're well enough to blog! Take care.

BECKY said...

Welcome Back, Carol! I love your opening sentences: "OMG! I'm like a smiling, wagging puppy rolling over to let my bloggy family rub my tummy. I am so happy to be back here." What a great visual!! Congrats on all you've accomplished!

Lynda R Young said...

welcome back!!!
I use firefox and it all looks fine to me.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Yay! So glad you're back! Hello! The blog looks great to me. Welcome back.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Rula Sinara said...

Welcome back! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Becky - You're so sweet :) It's great to be back.

Lynda - Thanks!

Shannon - So glad :)

Rula - Thanks! Good to see everyone!

Jemi Fraser said...

I don't use Firefox & I have no troubles with your blog.

Welcome back! September was back to school month for me so it was pretty much pure chaos. Fun, but Chaos!

Carol Kilgore said...

Jemi - Fun chaos is the best kind!

Raquel.Somatra said...

Welcome back! Wow, that month went by rather fast, didn't it? So glad to have your posts to look forward to. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Raquel - September had wings!

LR said...

September really did fly by!

I worked, did some writing, and just enjoyed life and the last summer days. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

LR - Good for you!

Arlee Bird said...

Your page looks good to me and it's good to see you back. I may have to eventually do the same as you in order to get outside blog activities done. I'm also thinking of cutting back a bit for a while.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Carol Kilgore said...

Arlee - It was absolutely necessary for me to take a break. After two months of guest posts plus my own blog, I wasn't doing much more than blogs, Facebook, and email every day. And I was a hair's breadth away from burnout. I'm very much enjoying myself now, and I'm loving two days a week so far. Of course some week's I will be blogging on Wednesdays as well. You'll figure out what will work for you.