Monday, June 03, 2013

Changes

Sorry about the mix-up yesterday...  I'm making some changes in my life!

I have decided to start over in blogging.  I have been having a problem with readers who feel they need to tell me how to write my blog.  They don't like my pictures or they don't like my topics.  I'm sorry, but it is my blog and I do not want to be hindered by who thinks what about whatever.  I'm also getting a lot of spam that is very annoying.

I suppose I could just click on the "only these readers" button.  But that would make me and my blog disappear completely for my anonymous readers...  I don't think that is fair to the faithful readers who have stopped in for so many months or years.  Making a whole new private blog is a bit frightening, but it means I can control things a bit more.

I have been playing around on the new blog site (and that's why invitations went out to some people and not to others) and have been having a lot of fun!  Hey!  I didn't know I could adjust my blog widths if I use another template!  I didn't know I could post larger pictures!  Oh!  So many things to explore!

So...  It seems that I can just click on a g-mail contact button and everyone will get an invitation to this new blog...  But some people (yoo-hoo Leiya, you are one of those people!) have three or four e-mail addresses and I have no idea which one you normally use.

What I can do is send out an invitation to people I recognize from their g-mail addresses that I have.  I guess if anyone else wants an invite, then you'll have to contact me in this post's comment section or by the e-mail address in my blog profile.  This may mean that some people will have to make a g-mail account (which is free) and I apologize if it is an inconvenience or if you feel that I've jilted you.

This is the explanation I get on Blogger.

Only these readers 
 
You can restrict your blog to only readers you choose. However, these readers will need to log in before reading your blog, adding an extra step. 

We'll save your readers list for you, so you can switch back at any time. 

So though I'll be somewhere else and I'll be using a new layout...  The new blog is really just a continuation of this one.  Same old topics, same animals, same sewing going on.



Thank you for being so friendly and faithful, for commenting and encouraging.  I hope I see you again. I'll be trying to send out those invitations again today... wish me luck...

Update.  Okay... So far this isn't working.  I guess you are going to have to send me an e-mail...  I can't register anybody from the comment box.

88 comments:

Helen said...

Hi Tanya...I'd really like to be able to come to your new blog. Please send me an invitation.

Love coming and reading about you, Tetsu, your children and your pets. You take lovely pictures.

Thanks...Helen

Cassandra said...

Eek! I don't know why people feel the need to tell you how to run your own blog. :( I received your invite and accepted it! Now I'm trying to figure out how to RSS a private blog... definitely a learning curve! Have fun learning about all the new blogging features!

quilt for fun said...

I have been accessing your blog through Nancy's website, Blogging near Philadelphia. I don't want to lose access to your blog, since I enjoy reading it. But I don't want to "subscribe" either. I do have a google email account, so please add my name to list of people who can access your blog.

quilt for fun said...

I have been accessing your blog through Nancy at Blogging Near Philadelphia. I don't want to lose access, since I enjoy reading your blog. Please add my Google mail address to the list of people who will be able to see your blog.
Thanks, Barbara

Maggie said...

Bummer, too bad there are so many stinkos in this world. My new word, maybe they can't control their own world so they will tell you what to do !!

sorry :(

heidi minezaki said...

Hello Tanya, this is Heidi, I love your blog and read it every day, thank you for the connection to Japan! Love you my sister!

mereth said...

Why do some people have to spoil it for others? I've learned so much from your posts over the years, but not once have I ever felt the need to tell you how to run your blog. I'm a rotten commenter, but I do love checking in on you and hope this solves your problem....I would love to view the new blog too.

Queeniepatch said...

Hi Tanya!
I've been following your blog with great interest, and would like to continue to do so.
You know so much more about Japan than I do, in spite of me having lived here a long time, and I learn a lot.
My abode is in Tokyo, I'm a friend of Julie Fukuda's and I make embroidery quilts.
All the best,
Queeniepatch

SharoninStitches said...

Hi, Tanya, I would love to continue to follow you. Please do send me an invite. Thanks, Sharon USA

Fran said...

Please send me on invite, I do enjoy reading your blog, hugz, Fran

Marj said...

I read your blog almost daily and love all the different things you do. Especially taking me to places in Japan where I will probably never get to see in person. Please let me know what your new blog address is. Thank you.

Blessed said...

I am a long timer lurker, and occasional commenter/e-mailer.

I would love to receive an invitation.

Leah Spencer said...

I'm sorry they chase you away. :(

I would love an invite to your new blog. :)

Flying So High said...

Hi Tanya,

Your blog is one of the bright spots in my day so please, please send me an invitation. I would hate to lose you! I can't imagine people being so rude as to tell you how to write your blog but I guess it happens.

I'm a little confused -do you have to have a gmail account or will any email account work?

Thanks--
Kathy

Pat said...

I would like an invitation as well.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I've been reading your blog for quite a while, in fact showing it on my sidebar on my own blog so that I see when you write new posts. I'd hate to lose contact with you and all your wonderful projects. Please invite me to your new site.
xo
Donna

Julie Fukuda said...

Tanya, I hope everything gets sorted out and running smoothly. (And, once you get this all figured out, you can pass advice to the rest of us when we have need for a change). I can't for the life of me see why anyone would find fault with what you post!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

could you send me another invitation - I thought I saved the new blog address but now I can not find it-
k@pddoc.com

JEWELS said...

Dear Tanya - I hope that I will continue to be able to read your wonderful blog...I sent you an email but I hope it sent OK...Thanks!

JEWELS said...

Dear Tanya - I love reading your blog. I just sent you an email, but I hope it sent OK...Julie Lee

marilyn said...

I can't believe people tell you what to write on your own blog. I've been following you since the earthquake a couple years ago and have learned so much about Japan. I feel like we are friends now :) Eventhough I don't comment often, I will miss you if you disappear.

The Calico Quilter said...

I would love to be invited to read your new blog. I don't comment very often but I read your posts regularly and enjoy them, so I would hate to lose contact with you. Your blog has been a fascinating look into another way of life and I would miss it, along with your beautiful quilts and adorable cats. You can contact me at jcquilter@gmail.com or jcquilter@comcast.net. Thanks!

Allie said...

Tanya - got the invite through email - google will NOT keep me signed in, so I'm having trouble finding your blog [not sure if it will show up in my reader or not] and also, google won't let me comment on it. I know you won't know how to fix any of this, lol, me either, just wanted to let you know that I will still be reading though, even if I can't comment.

Susan Davidson said...

I will miss you. I tried to email, but all I get is a pop-up form that is useless to me. I do have a gmail address, but I don't want to publish it publicly.

Rose Marie said...

It saddens me that you have to take this route ..... it is your blog and if readers don't like what you are posting, they can just click onto the next blog. I have been reading your blog for a very long time and have learned so much about you, your family, your pets and Japan. I even tried Gyoza dumplings on your recommendation and love them.

I would ignore those that made these comments and continue with your lovely blog .... as is! You have many faithful followers and why should you have to go to this extreme to register people, etc.

Sorry, but I just had to have my rant about this issue.

Jo said...

I would also love an invite, have been loyal for years...you do what you want since it's your blog

puddle said...

Well, I can't figure out how to email you, I don't have g-mail. This is my email: julieli at earthlink dot net. If that doesn't work, I will *really* miss you!

Though I do understand: my blog's in month four of a serious spam war, and it does tucker you out. Much less comments from the peanut gallery.

wendyytb said...

Hoping I am invited.... I LOVE your blog!

Diana said...

I'm so sorry to hear that, i'm a daily reader who visited Japan four years ago and love to see your pictures. I'm also a quilter, don't know anithing about cats or having kids, but your blog seems to be just fine. I'll be sad without my new found friend. God bless you.

Diane said...

Hi Tanya,
I am one of your faithful anonymous readers (have never commented) and am so glad you are open to including us as readers for your new blog too. Found your blog thru Heidi Minezaki's blog. She said ..."if you want to know everything about Japan, this is the blog." I haven't been disappointed! Plus I get to see some beautiful quilts,cute kitties and your beautiful family! Got to Heidi's blog thru a reference on the RJC (Reaching Japanese for Christ) website. Long way to get to your blog, but I'm so glad I found it! Would love to be able to continue reading it. You can contact me at scorch502@aol.com Thank you!

Helen said...

Dear Tanya

I am so sorry some people feel the need to tell you how to write your own blog. If they are not enjoying it they could stop reading! I have been reading your blog for years and I love the peek it provides into a different world. Please invite me to your new blog.

helenmpedersen@gmail.com

Cheers
Helen in New Zealand

Anonymous said...

I was so sad to see this post tonight. I would really miss reading your blog. Please reconsider. I don't know your email.

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

Tanya, When I clicked on the invite, it would not let me join, said error. I did it several times. Help. Your blog is one of my favorites if not my top favorite!!!!!!!

Martine said...

Hi Tanya, I'm a silent reader from the Netherlands and I never leave a comment cause I find that difficult in English. But I love to read your post and learn about live in Japan and to be inspired by the quilts you show .
So please..... continue blogging. Maybe a word verification for safety?
Warm greetings Martine

Diah Utami said...

Tanya, I enjoy reading your blog postings, most of the time only as a 'silent reader'. I wonder what will you do with this blog when you settle with the new one. Will you still keep it available and readable? Hope I can still 'meet' you in your new blog :)
Diah a.k.a. batikmania

Ruth said...

I enjoy reading your blog.
All of it.
The e-mail me button in 'about me' doesn't work, and I'd like to continue reading your blog, so please somehow include me!

DevonMaid said...

So sad you're having to move ... I hope I can follow you but I really don't want a google+ account.

I'm on buckleyl@hotmail.co.uk :(

Ann said...

Hi Tanya,
I don't understand why some people need to leave negative comments on other one's blogs. Don't like it ... well simply don't go to that blog! :-)
I also want to receive an invite for your new blog if possible. E-mail should be in this account.
Thanks!
Ann

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your blog and don't see what anyone could criticize. After all, it's your blog and if I don't like it then I don't have to read it. Your blog is the first one I read each day. Please send me an invite so I can continue to read your blog - shirley.elliott@us.abb.com.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Tanya, I always love reading your blog......I find your daily stories such an insight into daily life in Japan;-) You are sooo creative, Love Elizabeth

Gayle said...

Hi Tanya. I will really miss reading your blog. I have enjoyed reading daily for years, I think I only commented once before. I enjoy the variety of topics you blog about especially teaching (I also teach ESOL) quilting, you introduced me to prayer quilts, so many interesting things about Japan. Thank you. If you choose to invite me my addy gmpwnz at gmail dot com. If not, thank you for many happy hours reading. Hope the new blog is easier for you to manage. Gayle in NZ

Cindy Nielsen said...

Tania I would still like to read your blog. I have been reading your bog for years. Please send me an invitation.
Cindy N.

Unknown said...

Tanya, I am so sorry for the few that decide to make hurtful comments. They must live a very boring life. I LOVE your blog and hearing about your life in Japan. Please include me in your emails.
Sharon/Jerry in Colorado

joe tulips said...

Well, if I had checked in here first, I would have had my answer.
Oh well, I now have it all figured out!

Ida said...

Panic,panic, .... You are part of my "every day life looking in on blogs" and I would miss you terribly if I could not continue to read your post which have always been inspiring and interesting. So if I may I would like to continue to read on your new Blog. Please.

marquetta said...

Your blog is wonderful! I would love to continue reading it.

Sybil said...

I would love an invite. I read your blog everyday and enjoy it so much.

joolhoovalis at gmail dot com

Sybil

denise said...

Please continue my access to your blog. I enjoy reading it every morning at breakfast!

Jan Hutchison said...

I have been a lurker on your blog for several years and would really miss reading it every morning. I couldn't get your email by clicking on the button so I will send my email address and hope you can contact me that way. pjhutchison@sbcglobal.net

golden isis said...

I so enjoy reading your blog--I'm so interested in hearing about your life (the little details of daily life) not to mention quilting! Please add me to your new blog list. Lana, from the States

Susan C said...

Your blog is one of my favorites to read though I rarely comment. My family has ties to Japan as my sister taught English there for several years and my sister-in-law is Japanese. Your beautiful photographs and descriptions let me get a real feel for the country. I want to be able to continue reading your blog so please send me an invitation.
Thanks!

Anita in Florida said...

Hi Tanya, although I rarely comment...I read your blog daily...please send me an invitation.
homespunwb@yahoo.com
Thanks!

Karen South said...

Oh I love your blog just the way it is! I've learned so much about Japan and enjoy keeping up with your daily affairs. I hope you will send me an invite to your new location and hopefully I'll be able to figure out how to get there. Sorry you have had to go this route. Karen

Norma said...

Tanya, I read your blog every day, having found it several years ago. I have visited Japan on a mission trip to C-on Kinshuko a couple of years ago - delivering 101 quilts to the Christian Bible Camp - long story of how we became involved. Would certainly want to continue to read your blog. Hope I'll be able to access it.
Norma H - USA - Iowa

dee said...

Hi Tanya,
I read your blog every morning and it's always interesting and sweet. I hope I'm invited to continue-hopefully things will get sorted out soon. I got the error thing too.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine not getting up each day and reading your blog. I have learned so much from you. I began reading it as a quilting blog (linked from Nancy Near Philadelphia) but have enjoyed all your posts, about life in Japan, your family, your English students, your pets, all of them. I do not have a "Google Account" but do have a seldom used gmail address...do I need to send it to you. I don't know much about the computer world so just tell me how to proceed.
Sue

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed your blog but never commented before because I don't know much about computers. I am 83 and live in Santa Barbara and would like to be invited.
Pat

Pat Heinbaugh said...

Hi Tanya, sorry the blog is causing you so much trouble...and that people would tell you what/how/what not to write is just so much stupidity on their part...this is YOUR blog, you write what YOU want..and we read because we enjoy what you write, learn from what you write...and care about you and your family. I (supposedly) am ready for the "new" blog, but got "error 404" when I tried to go there...so, I'll be patient, and know you will work things out...hugs, Pat in IN

Just Ducky said...

I also cannot email you because the email button does not work. I so enjoy reading your blog. Please include me in your list........we exchanged gifts - I sent you the pattern for the leaves and you sent me a darling sashiko kit.

Mary Lines
linesmary1@gmail.com

Helen said...

Hi - I have been following your blog for a long time and hope that I can continue at your new location. I'm sorry to hear that you are getting so much negative feedback - I guess they have nothing better to do. I hope you will be willing to share an invite with me - I love your quilting and insights to living in Japan -- Thanks so much, Helen

Helen said...

I've enjoyed your blog for years and love seeing your quilting projects as well as your insights on living in Japan. Could you please send me an invite so that I can continue seeing your blog? Thanks so much!

Helen in Oregon

B. in the USA said...

I don't have a G-mail account, and I don't want to sign up for one. Is there any other way I can keep reading your blog? I tried to e-mail you with my e-mail address, but even that didn't work, because I don't have Gmail? I'm totally confused.

Please clarify if there's any way people without Gmail accounts can either contact you to be added to your blog reader list, or can continue to read your blog. Thank you. And no, I'm not a spammer...I've been reading your blog since the earthquake but have never commented before today. I'm a quilter and a multiple cat owner, too, so I've really enjoyed your blog and would miss it terribly if I couldn't read it any more!

Anonymous said...

Tanya, please, please stay as you are. You are the highlight of my week. I am from Ohio and stuck in Germany and with out you, my life would be less full. I have ben with you for 3 years now,, that means we are going steady !!!!!!
from Germany with love

Susan Davidson said...

Okay, my first comment doesn't appear. Sorry your blog is plagued by some negative people. I'm angry at them that they spoiled it for the rest of us. I hope I can still get to your blog. I'm awful with computer skills. Just don't "get" them.

Anonymous said...

Tanya, I enjoy reading your blog every day. I have know idea on what to do to keep on reading your site. My Grandson taught Engilsh to students over there. And I happened to come to your site, and have enjoyed reading your story like blogs. I hope I can still keep on reading, I love hearing from you everyday, with all your newsy stories Lois Jean Law fron USA

Pippa Moss - Welsh Quilts said...

Tanya, I really have enjoyed your blog. Especially now that Lily and Tom have married (Japanese daughter in law)...I feel that your blog is a window into the Japanese lifestyle. Please carry on in the same vein. i think its great that it is so varied. Please send me an invitation, Pippa

Lynne in Hawaii said...

Tanya, our computer with e-mail is caput...but our gmail acct is available on our phone. Being technology challenged, can't figure how to pull your e-mail address so that I can e-mail you using the phone. The account is:
scothawaiibob@gmail.com. Sorry this is such a trial. I so enjoy reading your blog everyday.

Vivian Lynes said...

Tanya, I am alurker, as qI don't quilt but I look forward to reading your log every day. It is always a bright spot in my day, so would you, could you please put me on your mailing list. Vivian Lynes, Kamloops, BC, Canada. Mg email address is Lynes&telus.net.

Holly said...

Tanya, I check your blog every day even though I haven't commented in "forever". Could I have an invitation, too? I'll go through withdrawals without my Tanya fix. I love your blog.
imawalker2(at)gmail(dot)com
~Holly from Oregon (used to be andsewitisholly)

Anonymous said...

I'm another 'lurker' ;-) I really have enjoyed getting to peek into life in Japan, and seeing your cats and quilts and the scenery. I'd love to continue reading - will you add me to your list, please? jshock at vt dot edu

marie said...

Hi Tanya,

I am also a lurker who would love to be able to keep reading your blog. I love reading about life in Japan and what you are sewing.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tanya,

I understand, however, I just cannot, cannot have another login, and/or gmail/google account.

I will miss your blog as I read it everyday.

Anonymous said...

I am not very good with computers and don't really understand what you are doing. I have read your blog every night for over a year and would be unhappy to loose you.
PLEASE keep this blog don't the good people out weight the bad!

Mariel said...

I love reading your blog Taniwa and would be sad if I couldn't read it anymore! I can't seem to find your email address. So could you please send me an invite? Please, please, please?

Janice Symonds said...

Hi Tanya. I have been reading your blog for several years now however rarely comment as I do not have a blog. Yours is the only blog I read every day as you write so well. I would hate to miss reading about your life.

Frances said...

Oh No. I have been reading your blog for a long time and have learned so much from you. I am sorry someone has been causing problems. I would like to continue to follow if possible.

Shelly said...

Hello Tanya, don't take it to heart. I guess these things just happen because you are famous on blogland! I've been silently following your blog for some years and it's probably the very first time for me to post a comment up here. I'd like to continue to share bits and pieces of your life.

Hugs from Taiwan

Vika Yaniff said...

Привіт!
Я на протязі довгого часу читала ваш блог анонімно через гугл перекладача. Я звикла до вашого блогу, він мені дуже подобається. И я розумію що просто зараз втрачаю Вас.
Дозвольте мені приєднатися до нового блогу.

Amanda said...

I'm a bit confused! Do I need a gmail account to access your new blog? Or will an invitation from you do the trick? I do hope it's the latter as I really don't want to bother with another email account.

Sue Pittman said...

I too want to remain a reader of your blog.

Justella said...

HiTanya
I am from New Zealand and have been reading your blog for a long while and will miss reading it. Please send me an invitation.

Gisele Schoene said...

Hi Tanya,
I am one of your anonymous reader, I enjoy your stories and your pictures. I am so sorry about the cyber bullies... Please, add me to new blog! Greetings from Brazil.
gmschoene@gmail.com

carrie said...

Oh, I should miss your musings very much - they come in my feed aggregator. Please could I have an invitation?

virtualquilter said...

Tanya,

I am another who rarely if ever comments, but love reading your blog.

I tried sending an email from your profile page and that didn't work even though I am logged in to gmail. And because I am on wordpress and not on blogger I know I am no reply. Hope you can work something out.

Judy B

Juliesa said...

Tanya, I have read your blog for about two years, and I feel as if I know you. I understand completely your frustration with cranky people that can always do it better than everyone, (but never actually do!) Well, you are truly an inspiration to me, and I'm sure many others. I sincerely hope that you will invite me to your new blog. Thank you, Julie
jmsandefur@gmail.com

Ewa Stieglauer said...

Hello, I love your blog and would be very sad if I could not read it any longer, so .. may I :
estieglauer@gmail.com

Hugs from Germany
Ewa

sablazzer said...

Hi! I'm a avid reader of your blog and I would hate not to read about your many adventures with quilting, your life as an american in japan etc. So please add me to the new blog. I wouldn't wanna miss anything, even if I am leaving for Japan soon to teach english!
x3_daydreamer_3x@yahoo.com or
rhffsoccergrl333@gmail.com

yours truly,
Jess
Long Island, NY

lesthook said...

was wondering what happened to you. After google connect,I lost most of my blogs. Found them today.