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text 2017-08-10 11:47
BookLikes How-to: Housekeeping! or, Using the Mass Post Editor


-- A guest post by Jenn from Murder by Death


If you’re a BookLikes veteran or new to BookLikes but with a huge import of data, you might, like me, look back at all of that history and think “I really need to clean some of those posts up” or “shoot, I wish I’d been using ‘x’ tag on all of those posts”, but then you imagine actually doing it, shudder to yourself, and find that sorting out your sock drawer suddenly sounds exciting.


OR, like I’ve been doing lately, you’ve gone to tag a post, see the mile long list of previously used tags and think to yourself “WHY do I have all those tags?  Was I drunk when I thought ‘tthhpphhhttt’ would make a good tag?” or you notice that you’ve collected multiple versions of the same tag and wish you could just clean that mess up.


Well, you can. Only tags that are actively used show up in that previously used menu - deleting those unwanted tags from all your posts makes them disappear from the list too.  And you can do that easily using the Mass Post Editor - it takes the ‘tedious’ out of blog housekeeping and puts it back in the sock drawer where it belongs.


To get to the Mass Post Editor, use your Dashboard pull down menu to get to your dashboard blog page (not your fancy public blog) - (http://booklikes.com/blog).  You can also go direct by using the following address (assuming you’re currently logged into BookLikes): http://booklikes.com/post/mass-editor/




On your blog page, look for the Mass edit posts and tags link on the right side of your page:



The Post Mass Editor page is pretty easy to use, but here's an overview of what you’ll see (if this is old news for you, scroll down for more information on cleaning up your tag list):


A: sort by: allows you to specify whether you want to sort your results by Publish Date or by Rating, ascending or descending.


B: The number of results you’d like to appear on a single page (max is 100).


C: status: allows you to narrow down your results to show only posts that are scheduled to be published in the future, currently published posts, or draft posts.  Leave this menu at —select— to show all three.


D: type:  allows you to narrow down which type of posts you want to display: Text, Photo, URL, Video, Quote, and Review.  Leaving this at —select— will return all types.


Please note that the fields A-D are live update options. Your search results will update instantly after you make a selection from any of these four fields. Selections made using date from (E) and with tags (F) will require you to click Show (K).


E: If you know that the posts you want to work with were done within a certain time frame, you can use the date from and date to fields.

This is especially helpful if you’re trying to find posts from a specific game or challenge (and you remember the dates).


F: with tags: This will narrow down your post results to only the posts that currently have the tags you select here.  You can select as many as you need to further narrow down your results, or leave it at —select tag— to display all.


The selections above, A-F are designed not only to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, but also to minimise the load on the BookLikes servers; the more specific your criteria, the easier it is for the databases to return your results as quickly and efficiently as possible. 


G:  select all / unselect all:  Once you’re ready to work with your posts, you can either use the individual check-boxes on the left of each post entry to select them, or choose select all to choose all of the posts in the list.  Likewise, unselect all will clear all the checkboxes.


H:  x delete posts:  Maybe blogging right after the cocktail hour wasn’t such a good idea, or maybe you just have posts that have expired content and you want to get rid of them. You can select those posts here and hit delete posts. Just be careful - you can’t undo delete posts. Once they’re gone - they’re gone.


I:  x remove tags:  remove tags from selected posts.


J:  + add tags:  add tags to selected posts.


K:  Show:  use this button to apply specific time frames or tags to your results.


L:  Type and Title:  Click on either the type or title of a specific post to go to that post.


M:  This is a shortcut for the tag menu (F):  clicking on the tags here will put them in the with tags section - just remember to hit Show to update the results.


N:  Edit:  Takes you directly to the edit post page so you can edit the post.



As I said at the start, it’s pretty self-explanatory, but I want to show you how you can use the mass post editor to clean up any superfluous tags you might have acquired over the years.


Using myself as the guinea pig, I’ve found that I have two tags:  audiobook and audiobooks.  I don’t need to have both so I want to edit all of my posts so they only use audiobooks, thereby deleting audiobook from my tag list.


I’ve searched for all published posts that use audiobook (the tag I ultimately want to get rid of):



I’ve used select all to check all (three) posts currently using audiobook, and then I clicked on + add tags:


Note that you can use this menu to create new tags and apply them to posts too.


I’ve selected the audiobooks tag I want to add and clicked Add tags.


Next, I’ve hit select all again (the checkboxes clear each time so you don’t accidentally change posts you didn’t mean to change).


This time, I’ve clicked x remove tags:




This looks a bit different; x remove tags only shows you the tags that are currently applied to the posts you’ve selected.  So, I’ve checked audiobook and clicked Remove tags.




Now, it’s important if you’re trying to replace one tag with another that you add the new tag before you remove the old one because clicking Remove tags automatically updates your results list.  What does this mean?  Well, if I had removed the audiobook tag first, my result list after removing it would look like this:




As you can see - I no longer have any posts in my list to add my new tag to, because I no longer have any that are tagged with audiobook


So, add first, remove last.


Once you’ve done this, and assuming you’ve applied it to all your posts, you’ll find that old tag is history.  (To check, make a change anywhere in your search criteria - hit show if you need to - and force BL to search again.  This will refresh your tag list.)  Yay!  Only about 100 more to go!



If you’ve been thinking your blog needed a bit of housekeeping, check out the Post mass editor.  Even if you already run a tight ship, don’t forget it can be a valuable resource for finding posts that aren’t tied to books on your shelves. So if someone comes up to you someday asking you for that youtube link to that cat video… you know, that one - with the cat doing that cute thing?… you’ll have a place to start.  ;-)


Happy BookLiking!


Art by Akgulian, Nishan

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review 2017-08-04 12:22
How to Better Your Essay Writing Skills

An essay is a collection of words that is used to put a point or views in a more interesting way. A good essay should there for, comprehensive, stylistic, artistic and the same time informative. Brilliant students know how to achieve these in a single essay. For those who find it quite technical, you can always master it by improving your essay writing skills.
Below are some ways through which any average student can improve essay writing skills.

Writing Essay Written by Other People

You can start by sharing your essays with your college mate, in turn they will also share essay with you. What is even better is to form a student group. Reading essays written by other people will subconsciously help you mold your writing style. These essays should include those written by your peers as well as those written by academicians .The essay should also cover a wide range of subjects or topics. Read from different disciplines will help you to understand argument and styles.

Building and Using a Vocabulary Library
Having a good vocabulary allows you to accurately and exhaustedly and express your meaning clearly concisely and in very few words. All great essays have one common characteristic; they economize on words.
Using effective and advanced vocabulary is one of the ways on how to improve essay writing skills. A brilliant essay writer never rests on the laurel in terms of vocabulary usage. This is something you ought to work on continuously and tirelessly because there are new words to be learnt every day.
Ways of Improving your Vocabulary
-By subscribing to ‘word a day’ emails.
-By reading widely and by referring to a dictionary whenever you come across new words.
-By using thesaurus
-By learning suffixes, prefixes and roots
-Starting a vocabulary book
Using Words to Aide in developing Your Arguments
The best way to sound intelligent in your essay is to avoid repetition. When writing focus on the effective use of a language to build and develop your argument as well as to create a structural sense. You can start by avoiding or eliminating or eradicating to use the exact word many times.
College students who fail to improve their writing skills they may considerer hiring a good essay writing website. But anyone can learn how to write a good essay what you have to do is follow the tips provided above.


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review 2017-07-10 16:27
Chaturbate's Castrations: A Tale of Sex and Horror - Matt Shaw





1: A blend of the words "chat" and "masturbate".   2: The act of masturbating while chatting online.  3: A website for both of the above. 4:  The new extreme horror from Matt Shaw that pushes the boundaries of taste & decency.






Who Needs A 5 Star Rating?
Chaturbate's Castrations - 5/5 Deadly Dildos  




They logged in for the show. They didn't expect to be the star.

Bunni's webcam site needs a boost in numbers. More viewers, and more tips. But, she already offers it all, doesn't she?  Exhibitionism, role-play, daddy-play... Then it hits her - people are always looking for harder, and darker.  She needs to show her viewers just how hard, and dark she can get!  (Once she figures it out, that is!) With the help of one regular viewer, Bunni is preparing to put on a show like she's never done before. She loses any, and all inhibitions once she finds the right head-space - she might even enjoy this! One thing is for sure... this is going to be a show that her viewers will never forget.  





Chaturbate on Broadway!

The upbeat musical that offers a fun, positive outlook on the cam industry.

Coming Soon? 'Matt Shaw Presents: Chaturbate's Castrations - The Musical'

* I'll start the Kickstarter page!!



#FF: (I love bizarre sex laws!) I JUST learned that it is a felony to own six or more dildos in the state of Texas!

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/chaturbates-castrations-a-tale-of-sex-and-horror-by-matt-shaw
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text 2017-06-26 07:45
Various levels professional editing, proof-reading and content scrutiny

If you have taken to writing recently and are desirous of publishing the same, you need to make your content measure up to market expectations. Editing can be done at various levels. Clarity may not exist regarding the function or nomenclature of each of these levels. Naming convention is indistinct even to some commercial publishers and eminent editors. There are different levels of editing and you must be aware of the same when seeking professional editorial assistance for your work.


The fundamentals

The process of editing is multi-faceted. An editor writes, drafts, collects feedback on the suitability of the content from beta audiences, self-edits, carry out developmental activities, appraises manuscripts, edits each line, copy-edits, proofread and ultimately gets the work published.


Editorial process can be generally categorized into two broad levels i.e. macro and micro.


At the macro stage, developmental editing and assessment of the manuscript are undertaken. The developmental editing process is also known as structural, substantive or content editing. Evaluation of the manuscript is also called as reviewing of the manuscript or critiquing editorial. The macro level takes a comprehensive approach at critically appraising of the work as a non-discrete body. Those editors who are skilled in critiquing the book at the macro level decides on their approach by understanding the overall flow of the book i.e. whether the inherent content is organized like stuff, plotting, character oriented, general outlook, and momentum gained towards the conclusion.


At the micro stage, the editor embarks on line editing of content, copyediting and then eventual manuscript proofreading. The editing activity essentially focuses on each sentence. Textual matter’s coherence and sanctity are judged by appraising each line and word within the entire content. An editor who carries out critiquing of the novel at the micro level makes sure that the reader’s attention is not distracted due to silly errors that are readily evident. The editorial activity focuses around judging the semantic authenticity of words used, presence of solecism, spelling and punctuation errors. The clarity of thoughts presented and readability quotient of the text are judged through copy and line editing. Before going for final publishing, proofreading is carried out to track any bungle-up that has inadvertently gone unchecked while exhaustive professional reviews were being carried out in the early stages.


Terms to be used while seeking outsourced editorial assistance

You may find it difficult to figure out the exact terms to communicate details to your editor. To surmount this challenge, you need to clearly spell out your expectations to the editor instead of mulling over what specialized terms to use. Each editor uses different set of nomenclatures to promote the unique services offered by him/ her.


One editor may choose to give a fanciful name to his copyediting services just because he does not contain himself with fundamental proofreading only; rather, quality checking facility is also offered separately before final publishing of the book.


Some editors may decide to define their services based on the critiquing activities offered by them. If someone is extending help related to copyediting or line editing, he may prefer to put it in the same fashion. An editor may call himself developmental editor if he focuses exclusively on services related to developmental editing.


Other editors may name their services differently based on the extent to which micro or macro level editorial are carried out by them. So, even if they are undertaking developmental copyediting, the service name may not reflect the same.


Many editors’ don’t contain them to particular genre of editing and offer services that are overlapping in nature. The service nomenclature automatically varies based on not just the inclusions but also the editing proofreading tips and tricks they follow.


Deciding on the service needed

You have to initially form an idea regarding the amendments that are applicable to the manuscript prior to its publication. You need to gain insights to the drilled down level of sentences and words. This would help you in better dictating the kind of services you expect from the editor.


Once you are well-acquainted with the different editorial service options available, you can make an informed and conscious choice after landing at the editor’s site. If, even after this, you are not able to figure out the exact nature of your editorial need, you have to simply cull out a handful of chapters and send them to the shortlisted editors to know about their quotes. In this manner, you would get the strategic advice from the editor regarding editorial activities needed and whether the shortlisted editor is in possession of needful skills.


If you have subjected your manuscript to editing earlier, your strategy needs to be different. If the manuscript has not been scrutinized earlier, it is not advisable to deem it ready in a single pre-publication proofreading.


Ask the editor to offer sample editing of a chapter, which some may offer complimentarily. Sample edits would offer you insights into editors’ skills which would facilitate choosing the best option.


Some important points to keep in mind

You need to concentrate on the actual editing work needed rather than be fussy about the nomenclature.


Rely on the editor whose work excites you

Trust the editor who primarily concerns himself with your genre of writing. Scrutinize the portfolio of editors to know if they have rendered their services for manuscripts similar to you.


Once the editor is finalized, dilate on your needs to the maximum extent possible. If you think that your writing is not crisp or trimmed, or if certain proses have been dealt in exaggerated manner, you need to share the same upfront for stellar outcomes. If your novel is full of jargons or insincere words, as deemed by you, you need to communicate the same to the editor at the start so as to remain free of unwarranted queries.


Don’t get jittery if your material is criticized, it is just to make your writing more appealing.

If you are chasing perfection, a single round of editing by professionals won’t serve your purpose. Multiple rounds of scrutiny have to done by experts offering copyediting and proofreading services.


Now that you have become conversant with the different levels of professional editing, you can source your work with confidence. There are in fact a lot of experts who can avail complete flawlessness in your manuscript through effective proofreading techniques. Hire the best services to be assured of unimpeachable class of reasonably cheap proofreading services.


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review 2017-06-24 14:26
Using Up Stash When Cold Sheeping
Stashbuster Knits: Tips, Tricks, and 21 Beautiful Projects for Using Your Favorite Leftover Yarn - Melissa Leapman

Here are some fun words for knit/crochet words:

Stash - All our yarny goods

Cold Sheeping - That is where your spouse (or you) decide that you have too much yarny goodness and you are not allowed to bring in new stuff unless it is a gift or for a special item that can not be found in said Stash. 

SABLE - Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy


Right now I am SABLE, but I do have a daughter who likes to knit, too. I also have started my nieces on the path, as a result I have allowed them all access to my stash, so I am uncertain for how SABLE I will be once they start knitting crocheting full time. 


This book has patterns that help to use up the stash so that you can decrease the amount and maybe go shopping for all the new yarns. It has some fun patterns and teaches some color work. 

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