Friday, January 23, 2015

Giving Maintenance for Your Blog

You know, everything needs maintenance to run smoothly, so does your blog. A blog that is taken care of will have a good performance and readers find it comfortable to browse around. I cannot tell you how many times I encountered a blog that has good contents but is infested with spam. Such a shame! Of course you don't want to be that kind of blogger who doesn't care about his/her blog. If you haven't done any maintenance yet, this is a good time to start. Trust me, it is so worth it in the long run. Here are some things I do in regular basis, just to give you some ideas.

Check for broken links

It is important to make sure that all links on your blog are live. Dead links are annoying, well no one likes to be in a dead end, right? The good news is, there is a handy tool which can help you with that. My favorite is It does a thorough checking and it doesn't require lame captchas, for those of you who are new here, I hate captchas.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Why I Rarely Put Books on DNF List

First of of all, let me clarify that I am not against DNF (a.k.a Did Not Finish) list. On the contrary, I support it. None should torture his/her self for books they dislike. In my case it's an irony, though. I am a believer of it, but so far in my in my book blogging journey, I only have put one book on my DNF list. Granted, I only have read around a hundred books, a much lower number compared to avid readers out there, so maybe it explains my low DNF ratio. Or maybe I am just lucky the darn book hasn't approach me yet?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Discussion : Ever Thought of Starting More Blog?

Ha, I know some of you would chuckle as soon as you read the title. One blog is hard enough to take care of, let alone two. Well, of course you have passions other than books, or whatever you are blogging about! So, the big question is, would you blog about it?

To tell you the truth, my passion for fashion and beauty is even bigger than my passion for books. I love reading style blogs, seeing people showcasing their outfits and reviewing their newly bought beauty products. I enjoy shopping for outfits and makeup and when I do, I feel instantly invigorated. Books, in the other hand, give me much different effect. Books calm me down and they keep me relax. So, I need them all to keep my life in balance and to stay sane.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Review : Empty Arms by Erika Liodice

Title : Empty Arms
Author : Erika Liodice
Publication date : November 12th 2011 by Dreamspire Press

Well, a story about a mother's struggle is always catches my attention. This book is also one of them. Maybe it is because I am a mother myself so I wonder if I could relate to the characters? Without further delay, let's talk about this book!

Set in 1970s, Cathalyn White was one of those poor young mothers who were trapped in forced adoption. Her mother, who supposed to be her supporter, now had became the antagonist. She convinced Cathy that it was the right thing to do and she'd forget then moved on with her life. It turned out that her mother was wrong. All her actions made their mother-daugther relationship rocky, and there was no single day for Cathy without thinking about her daughter. She never forgot, she couldn't move on.

Friday, January 9, 2015

My Suggestions for Indonesian Publishers

I have been wanting to write this post for a while. Gosh, I so wish Indonesian literature to be famous someday, just like Scandinavian's sooner rather than later. How proud would I be! This post is dedicated to publishers, though some points may be applicable for authors too. It is not by any means intended to be a critic or complain but as a friendly suggestion. Hey, bloggers and publishers are BFFs, aren't they? I hope, if there are folks from publisher who read this post, will care enough to give it a consideration. Without further delay, here are my suggestions:

Sebenarnya saya sudah lama ingin membuat tulisan ini. Duh, betapa besar keinginan saya suatu saat literatur Indonesia menjadi terkenal seperti literatur-literatur Skandinavia. Tak terbayang bagaimana bangganya! Tulisan ini saya dedikasikan untuk para penerbit, walau beberapa hal juga berlaku untuk pengarang. Tak ada niat saya untuk kritik, apalagi mengeluh, semata-mata hanya sebagai saran layaknya seorang teman. Toh, penulis blog dan penerbit sebenarnya sahabat, kan? Saya harap, kalau pun ada teman-teman dari penerbit yang membaca tulisan ini, mudah-mudahan bisa menjadi bahan pertimbangan untuk kedepannya. Tanpa berlama-lama lagi, berikut saran-saran dari saya:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, Callista!

Actually her birthday was on December 31, and we celebrated it by eating out together with the rest of the relatives. For those of you who are new to this blog, she's my oldest daughter :) I can't believe she's now 5 as given birth and holding her in my arms still feels like yesterday. She's now independent enough and doesn't really dangle around my legs anymore. Being a 5 year old girl also means in important milestone because she's now in the kindergarten.

Oh, here's some picture of her. Gosh how fast can she grow!

This is her, just a few days after being born

6th month

3rd year

First day of school

I love you, Callista, gem of my heart. My prayers are always with you. Grow happily, explore the world, learn new things, mama will always love you and be there for you, no matter what!

Happy birthday, sweetheart!