Mirkwood

 

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Mirkwood’s a lit blog with a bit of a twist. The author is smart and eloquent about books. But Mirkwood can also tell you a little something about how to use CSS and the new Sandbox theme to make your site look really spiffy. How about that?

In case you love to read and you’re wondering about lit blogs: WordPress is home to many great lit blogs. If this interests you, here are a few links, just on WordPress alone: Tales From the Reading Room, Charlotte’s Web, Make Tea Not War, Eoin Purcell’s Blog, Everything in Between, Distraction No. 99, Great War Fiction, QAZSE, Quirk, Ruth’s Reflections, So You Think I Can, Words of My Father.

This just scratches the surface — if you write a lit blog, or follow them, or have some opinion about them, use the comments section for what it’s for: tell us about lit blogs.

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12 Responses to “Mirkwood”


  1. 1 engtech 13 August, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    Not really a lit blog, more of a book journal of things I’ve read. http://reads.wordpress.com

  2. 2 engtech 13 August, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    Oh, and some friends are running a collaborative blog at Beats Entropy.

    The prose can be directly accessed here

  3. 3 Polaris 13 August, 2006 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you very much for featuring Mirkwood in your post, and for the extremely kind words. I am very pleased and very embarrassed at the glowing adjectives.

    Frankly, I think that the attention to the CSS upgrade at Mirkwood has gone out of hand, and it is probably undeserved. Of course, I appreciate all the hits but I must acknowledge that it was Andy Skelton who took the all-important first step by sharing the Sandbox Kubrik code. I was just tweaking a few things here and there, learning just enough CSS to convert Kubrick to K2. Matt put a link on his blog, and that promptly sent my stats soaring to unseen heights.

    Its great to see a new assortment of WordPress litblogs. I shall be a happy camper for a many days, reading these blogs and, I am sure, finding new books to read. I have been slow to enter the blogosphere, but in only a few weeks, I have found a number of people who are as mad as – or madder than – I am about books and it is just incredible to be able to exchange thoughts with them.

  4. 4 bloglily 13 August, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    Engtech–Thanks for the links! It’s a misconception that people who write about technology don’t also read a lot. Your reading blog looks interesting and the other site looks like fun.

    Polaris, you are most welcome, although the thanks are really ours. There are so many good blogs on WordPress, it’s a joy to be able to write about them (and read them!)

    As for your nice and clear CSS bit, I think the reason it’s so helpful is because it’s so simple and leads tech neophytes gently into how the Sandbox theme might be used. Sometimes all people want is to dip their toes in, and that’s what you’ve helped to do.

  5. 5 John Baker 14 September, 2006 at 3:34 am

    Thanks for the leads. Some blogs I have yet to catch up with.

  6. 6 bloglily 14 September, 2006 at 8:55 am

    Hello John — Yours is a beauty. Thank you for coming by. Best, BL

  7. 7 davidbdale 28 November, 2006 at 9:49 pm

    Well, bloglily, I’m not surprised to find you here. We can always count on your generosity and gentle guidance. How is it possible not to recommend the indispensable Tales from the Reading Room?
    http://litlove.wordpress.com/
    Hosted by the always incisive and well-reasoned Litlove, TFTRR is the site that first convinced me WordPress was the place to host my blog. I have found such a supportive community of readers there (yourself included, bloglily) and wouldn’t think of starting my blogday without a visit.

  8. 8 davidbdale 30 November, 2006 at 9:32 am

    I should read more carefully before I comment. ALWAYS GOOD ADVICE. Now that I have re-read the Mirkwood post, I see that my recommendation of Tales from the Reading Room has already been made. Still, as I look around and see where I have come, I can’t help but exclaim: “What a path we made!”

  9. 9 bloglily 1 December, 2006 at 3:08 am

    No worries — good sites are worth mentioning again & again! Best, BL

  10. 10 tanglethis 5 December, 2006 at 3:10 am

    I’m just starting at a lit-ish blog… I’m an English grad student but most of my friends aren’t, so I’d love for avid readers to drop in and comment on the posts about reading text. (And even on the posts about reading the everyday world.)
    tanglethis.wordpress.com

  11. 11 davidbdale 5 December, 2006 at 4:37 am

    Get yourself over to bloglily’s blog, or The Reading Room, tanglethis, and leave a thoughtful comment there. Then follow their blogroll links to other thoughtful literary sites and comment there, as well. Good things will come. “Reading the everyday world” is an intriguing notion, nicely phrased. Think I might have to check out what else tanglethis has to say.

  12. 12 w 15 December, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    Hi, I just started my blog (about reading and writing, what else!) at loudsolitude.wordpress.com. See you, I hope!


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