Category Archives: Blogging


The blog has moved to

I’ve merged it with my Norwegian language blog and given it a new name: Utsikt frå lia (View from the hillside). Most posts will be in English, but the odd Norwegian language post will turn up now and then.



2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Working and blogging

In December I blogged every day, and for a crazy moment I considered trying to blog every day in 2011. Of course, I was on sick leave in December and had more time for blogging. After being back at work for one day I quickly realized that blogging a little more than once a week probably is as ambitious as I should be. has a “thing” for people with similar goals. So that’s why my posts usually will be tagged PostAweek2011 and then show up on a list with similarly tagged They have a list for those ambitious people who tags their posts with PostAday2011 too.

Dumped by Bloglines

I’ve been dumped by Bloglines!

I probably shouldn’t take this very personally as the whole world has been dumped by Bloglines as of October 1st., but I’m still upset. For quite som time I’ve used Bloglines to organize the way to many feeds I’m following, and I’ve really like the set up. The database has made trouble a few times, but my liking of the set up has made my desertion to Google Reader or Alesti very unlikely. I’d tried them both and not liked them much.

But now it’s over. I exported all my feeds onto an OPML-file and imported them to Google Reader (GR won over Alesti on more flexible settings). After that I’ve mumbled dirty words while trying to make GR behave as much as possible like I want it to, and by now I think I’ve got it as close to my liking as I can get it. Not perfect, but something I can live with. And, it’s nice to have found one setting in GR that I like better than Bloglines even if there is a few others from Bloglines that I really miss.

What I like better about  GR: The setting that makes only newly updated feeds show up in the left hand menyu.

What I liked less about GR:

1 – The default setting that means that you can see all the items from a feed on the right hand side. The default setting was the first to go.
2 – that you have to scroll past an item, click on it or click the “Mark all as read”-button for the items to be marked as read. In Bloglines they were automatically marked as read when you clicked the feed in the left hand menu and the you clicked “Keep new” on the item if you wanted to keep it.
3 – In the left hand menu you cannot see the how many items are truly new and how many old ones you’ve kept as unread. In Bloglines these came up separately [f.ex. (2) (3)] after the name of the feed and you only needed a glance to see what was what.

Well, Bloglines will soon be gone. The only thing I can hope for is better setting in GR so I can tailor it even closer to my wishes. If someone now of a way to make complaint 2 and 3 go away right now I’d be very grateful for the advice.

I also dislike being even more inside the Google universe, I liked having things on servers they don’t control. Sigh!

Here in Norway these questions has been circulating on several book blogs lately. I like reading about what other book obsessed people write about themselves as readers, and I have to write some things about myself too. I also like lists, I just do….

As a reader I am: It varies. Devouring, struggling, consentrated, unfocused, giggling, critical, provoked, happy, enthusiastic, reading several books at the same time, reading favorite parts aloud to my partner, dutiful (when I read books that I only read because of my job as a high school librarian). Tell me a good story and I’m usually satisfied.

As a blogger I am: Lacking a sense of direction. I blog about several different things, but I guess book get their fair share. I also blog about books and information resources at work, so books really get their fair share. I also plan lots of blog posts in my head that never get as far as the keyboard.

Last book read: Dystopia 1 by Terje Torkildsen. YA book about a bunch of Norwegian high school students left in a devastated London after a tsunami has hit. (could have been a lot better than it was…) Updated list of read books can always be found at LibraryThing.

Last book(s) bought: Blackout by Connie Willis (oh, my!)

Favorite crime author: These days I guess it’s swedish author Johan Theorin. If you can call Tom Egeland a crime author then he is definitely a favourite. I also like Minette Walters. Actually, I don’t read that many crime novels.

I read everything by: Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, Ursula Le Guin, and some other. Can authors with only one book be on this list? Then I’d like to include Nick Harkaway

I’d rather not read (genre/author): sosial realism, romance, autobiographic stories, (there are always exceptions if the story is good enough)

In the non fiction shelves I look for: History of science, books about literature and reading, books about skepticism, information science, sosial media, cultural history, feminism, gay/lesbian, cooking, geography, geology.

In addition to English I read: Norwegian, Danish and Swedish.

At the top of my to-read-stack is: That stack is fairly high and in a constant state of flux. What book to read next depends on mood, time and wether something new has come along and pushed everything else out of the way. For example is All Clear going to push everything else behind it when it turns up some time during the autumn. An imminent library return date will also influence on the order of reading. At work I also have some unread books that I’d like to read, among them several novels by Kurt Vonnegut that I plan to read this summer. So that means that they are in the stack despite not being physically present at home.

On my wish list: All Clear by Connie Willis and Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (both are pre-ordered). I also buy lots of the books I want to read as part of my job. Books that doesn’t fit in a high school library but has a natural place in a public library I request at Bergen Public Library, if they don’t have the book they usually buy it (libraries are great institutions, don’t you agree). My last important place to get books are the library at the Norwgian Naval Academy mixed with the naval academy librarians (SKSK-bibliotekaren) private collection.Kristin and I also try to buy fewer books as our book shelves are too full as it is.

At used book stores I look for: I rarely visit used book stores. If I do I don’t look for anything in particular, but look around and see if there’s anything I want. And I always check the Science fiction and fantasy collection. I guess I’m more into new literature than old literature.

Monday morsel – Blogging by Jill Walker Rettberg

Just a short excerpt from a book I’m reading; Blogging by Jill Walker Rettberg.

She [danah boyd] identifies four characteristics of online social spaces that make them fundamentally different from offline social spaces (2007):
1. Persistence
2. Searchability
3. Replicability
4. Invisible audiences


Jill doesn’t just write books about blogging, she also blogs on

Jill with the korean edition of Blogging

Jill with the korean edition of Blogging

The Internett – not tiny!

The Internet is big, maybe not compared to outer space, but at least compared to most other things I have to deal with on a daily basis. Here’s a good illustration of the current situation online:

A Day in the Internet
Created by Online Education

Thanks to jill/txt.

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