I was in a mood last week. I didn’t feel like doing this post. I didn’t even end up posting on Wednesday because I’ve been exhausted and anxious about health/life stuff, and then a bunch of blog-related things came up that made me a million times more stressed.
But, even though I still have the real life problems, I think I’ve taken care of the blog ones, and it has made me feel significantly better. Now I have lots to discuss, so let’s get to it!
(Update: I take that back. I still haven’t taken care of all the blog stuff, and I’m super stressed out -_-)
First things first, is anyone else really frustrated with GDPR? I keep seeing different info everywhere. I’m doing the best I can, and hopefully it’ll be good enough.
Second, I switched webhosts! See, one of the things I keep seeing is that our sites need to be HTTPS now, which means our sites need an SSL. Unfortunately, my old host’s most basic plan does not allow you to have an SSL. In order to get it, you have to pay roughly $40 more a year for the upgraded plan. Then you either have to pay them $39.99 more for an SSL—the same one that you can get for $8.99 or less on other sites—or you can get one from a third party and pay the webhost $10 every time you need it installed/renewed. Also? Their tech support is awful. When I’ve gone to them with questions, I knew more than they did, and they gave me incorrect information. I’d been wanting to leave them for a while, and this was the push I needed, so I took the plunge and switched to ChemiCloud! I won’t be able to comment on how good their hosting is until I’ve been with them a while, but so far the customer service/tech support is A+++. They got my site migrated, set up an SSL, and answered the seven million questions I had.
The other company I’m angry with is Pinterest. They’ve apparently changed their rules so that now, if an image is linked somewhere, the pin is supposed to link to that same page. Which means, if you ever link book covers, for example, to Goodreads or Amazon (as I do), when those get pinned, those pins willy likely lead to the other site and bring you no traffic (depending on what plugin/add-on/extension is used). Bad news for me since I actually do get some traffic from Pinterest. Do me a favor, if you’re going to pin images from my blog, use the button that shows up on hover! Right now, that one is still linking here.
Fourth, I will be removing the comment reply notification plugin I use soon. That means you’ll have to check back if you want to see my replies to your comments. I am looking for a new, GDPR compliant plugin though.
and I’ll be adding a plugin someone told me about that I think would show a pop-up on your first visit with a box you have to check. (Update: The plugin does not do that. Does anyone know of a plugin that does? Isn’t that pretty much what we need in order to be compliant?)(Update #2: I don’t think we need a pop up except maybe for certain circumstances.)
Also, I’ve finally done some blog housekeeping. I updated my social sharing plugin because I was tired of all the extra crap that Shareaholic included. I deleted unnecessary duplicate images in my folders and changed the WP setting so it won’t create so many, which has significantly decreased my disk space usage. Don’t be surprised if you see more changes still.
Now for some good/bittersweet news… I had another small Pinterest spike (thankfully I had changed all the links to point to my blog after I pinned them), and I may have finally figured out what’s causing these. Pinterest regularly sends emails/notifications of pins you might like, so maybe my pins are sometimes getting included. Or maybe it really is just organic, since this time it happened very soon after I pinned the posts. *shrugs*
For more good news, I won an ARC of The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French! My first Twitter giveaway win, but there were 3 winners and only 5 entrants, so the odds were pretty good lol.
I also got bookmail from Skyhorse!
Books I Received for Review:
5/13/18: Dead Boys and The Root are from Skyhorse. American Hippo is from NetGalley. The Fire Eye Refugee is from the author.
5/20/18: I also got Penumbra and Shadow Magic from the author (Nazri Noor), but those aren’t on Amazon yet.
Books I Finished:
Wow. I really didn’t get much reading done. I guess I’m still in a bit of a slump.
5/13/18: The King’s Sun didn’t quite work for me, but it had a cool portrayal of yokai.
5/20/18: I enjoyed Djinn City and loved the portrayal of the djinns. I enjoyed Dead Indian Wars too.
What I’m Loving:
This week, what I’m loving is…
I guess I was feeling too grumpy the past couple weeks to love anything lol.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Deliverance by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, another intense post-apoc in the Hell Divers series.
– I asked you all if you could guess which supernatural said some quotes with a quiz I made.
– I reviewed Dance with the Devil by Megan Derr, a light, easy-to-read M/M urban fantasy.
– I shared book covers featuring mermaids/mermen.
– I reviewed Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney, a thought-provoking Frankenstein retelling.
– I reviewed The Midnight Gardener by R.G. Thomas, an adorable M/M YA urban fantasy.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)