Miscellaneous Blogging

It’s June & Google Reader’s July Cut Off Is Looming!

Google RIP
Hello!

As many of you know Google Reader will be axed come July. Buh-bye! Gone! Fin! Google has so much going on lately I can’t keep my head from spinning. Most days of my life are spent cowering in fear to open my browser and load up www.seroundtable.com because it is NEVER good news.

Someone hold me.

Possibly the worst offense is Google cutting off Google Reader. I happen to be Team Google Reader! It’s such a daily part of my life and it hurts my feelings they think it’s a great idea to snap their fingers and make it disappear. The general idea is to migrate the herds towards using Google+ more but honestly, Google+ sucks and axing Google Reader will likely not make me make a move towards embracing Google+. Actually it just makes me hate Google a little more. Ok, not true, when Google is good it is very good but when Google is bad…it’s VERY bad.

Anyway…

If you follow me via Google Reader I’ll disappear soon from you. Let’s not lose touch and let’s not force you to use Feedly *cringe, shiver, revolting I just threw up in my mouth a little face*

Might I direct you to Ye Old Reader? Visit theoldreader.com and you can take ALL your current Google Reader subscriptions and plop them right into Old Reader.

It’s simple, basic, and has a very Google Reader-like interface. Simplicity for me is sometimes great and The Old Reader is exactly that, SIMPLE.

If you don’t use a reader no worries!

I’m causing trouble on all the other social media sites as well so you can follow me on:

Now take a moment to bow your head and have a silent moment for Google Reader.

I shall mourn her with you when the time comes to say good bye!

P.S. Happy Weekend by the way! It’s a cold, rainy one in Gotham but I have a ton of great plans for the weekend and I won’t let the weather get me down!

Exit post humming the imperial march.

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Behind the Candelabra So Damn Fabulous

Anyone watch Behind the Candelabra? Seriously so freaking fabulous. I watched it with my best friend Jai and his boyfriend Mattie and we seriously had a complete melt down while watching it. There were parts in there you just couldn’t help burst out laughing at. Rob Lowe? OMG! Funny!

Dustin Hunter reminded me how great it was with his hysterical video on youTube and I had to share!

It’s another weekend my dears!

And a hot one at that.

I’m away for the weekend so can’t wait to get out of here today. I’m behind on comments sorry! Been working out kinks on Musings. The maintenance on this site boggles my mind sometimes :( And with the latest Google Penguin update it seems to early to tell if I was on its radar! Sure hope not! Apparently, if you’re a webmaster or just a super search guru, site: is working again. Thank god for small favors. Although Webmaster Tools seems to be wacked out lately…

Yeah most people don’t care about that portion of beauty blogging :)

What’s new with you this week?

I feel behind talking to you all!

I wish you a very happy weekend!

More reviews are scheduled throughout the day but I may be slow replying if you have a comment or two as I’m working on broken links behind the scenes here but will do my best to say hey here and there because anything to get me AWAY from this task!

Talk soon!

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Just A Note, I’m Behind On Comments

Just wanted to say, I’m behind on comments (and e-mails) again. I got a rather disturbing e-mail today from a reader which could have possibly been avoided if I was on top of comments I THINK?! Or I hope!?

But I thought I’d better just do a quick post and tell you that I really appreciate your thoughts, opinions, etc…but I am behind in replying. I have a lot going on sometimes and I do my best to get through all comments and answer them.

Remember they ARE on approval so if they don’t appear right away that’s because they are awaiting for me to approve and reply to each one.

I love chatting with you guys and I wouldn’t intentionally ignore what you have to say. Just know I’m sometimes a little swamped and crazy with work, with the blog, and with my own life :)

Happy Monday!

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Follow the Muse on Tumblr (If You Dare)

Tumblr

I’ve had a Tumblr account for a while and I just decided I might as well start using it right? Right. If you want you can follow me up at http://musemedia.tumblr.com/. I’ll be posting random beauty bits and bobs and I’m sure my fandoms will get involved in there as well somewhere….!

By the way, Happy (early) Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I hope it’s a very special day for you!

And on a more serious note…ugh….

I’ve been having a few hiccups on Musings lately. If you experience any lag, hang ups, sluggishness, or any other drama when loading the site I would greatly appreciate it if you e-mail me or comment and let me know. I sometimes don’t catch these issues since I view the site differently than you do. I’d appreciate it SO much if you give me the heads up with any problems or slowness you experience.

Thanks!

Have a really pleasant weekend!

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Finding Content on Musings of a Muse

My “new” template is actually getting older now but I thought I’d share some tips and tricks on how to find content on Musings of a Muse today so you can have the best user experience possible on my site.

There are SO many ways to search through the archives and older posts and you might not be utilizing them.

So this is a little discussion of how you can find your fav brands, search for reviews, etc….

Clickable Categories and Tags

Search by Tag

One of the best features of my site in my opinion are the category tags. Every single post features clickable tags below the post title. See the photo above for an example as it contains tags for Asian Brands, Beauty Abroad, Blush, Japanese Brands, Majolica Majorca, Make-up Reviews, Muse Approved, Swatches…you can click any of these tags and similiar posts will be available for you to browse through!

Nifty right?

Search by Brand

Search by Brand
If you look towards the right hand side of the site you’ll see some pull down menus that allow you to search by brand. I’ve categorized these into four sections which include:

  • Drugstore Brands (Almay, Covergirl, Revlon, L’Oreal, etc….etc…etc….can all be found here)
  • Mid-Range Brands (Urban Decay, Lorac, Bare Minerals, etc….etc….can all be located here)
  • High-End Brands (Givenchy, Dior, Guerlain, etc….are all here)
  • Seasonal Collections (Spring 2007? Summer 2008? All seasonal collections are located here)

Simply drop down the menu, click the brand you want, and EVERY single post I ever did for that brand will appear in your browser.

Muse Approved, Beauty on a Budget, and a Daily Dose of Beauty

Muse Approved
Want to know some of the products that are really doing it for me? Click on the Muse Approved icon located on the right hand side of the blog and you’ll be magically whisked away to things I love. While you’re hanging out over there do check on the Beauty on a Budget and Daily Dose of Beauty tags too!

These are just some of the cool ways to search through the site!

I’ll cover more in another post soon!

Have fun storming the castle!

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