Discover my sagas and cosy crimes

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Retro knitting patterns for sale

I'm selling off my mum's and grandma's old knitting patterns. If you'd like to buy any of them, they're just 99p each plus postage and I'm selling them on ebay here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Shape shifting

If, like me, you don't often wear a dress, then it's hard to know what suits and what will fit and look nice.  So all you do is go into a shop, pick something off the rail that looks pretty and is about the right size and then you try it on.
And that's when you realise that dresses are made for teeny, tiny little women. Not women with long limbs. Not women without a waist. Not women with a bosom. Not women with hips. Not women like me.

Coronation Street Weekly Update, August 29 2011

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

This week Corrie went a bit Jeremy Kyle.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Google Adsense and sensibility

If you're a long time visitor to Flaming Nora, you'll have noticed the new layout and er, um, the ads. I hate them as much as you do, believe me.
But I find myself in the rather unfortunate position of being in-between jobs (aka desperately seeking work) and therefore ads on the the blog provide a tiny little amount of money, without which I can't go out and boogie.  Hope you understand and I also hope it's a temporary blip and I can remove them soon. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Grayson Perry in Sunderland

The last thing you expect when you go out for a big family meal to celebrate your birthday at the local eatery is for an international transvestite artist to come in and sit at the next table. 

But last night, he did.

Grayson Perry has been in Sunderland all week filming a documentary for Channel 4 about the city, there's even a facebook group all about his time here.

The last entry on the facebook page from him says that "Sunderland has been fantastic".

Let's just hope that the London-centric Channel 4's media production team will portray the city that way when we get on to screen.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Flaming Nora celebrates 5th birthday

Flaming Nora.

It was my blog's 5th birthday yesterday. 

The blog was started on August 18th, 2006. 

The Coronation Street Blog and me

Not so much of a blog post, more of a brain dump so excuse me if I prattle on but if this thought doesn't get out of my head it just might start making me, ooh, quite cross.

You may know I run a Coronation Street fan website at the Coronation Street Blog.  It's popular, it's successful and it's a not for profit site. There are a few Google ads on there as I wondered if putting Google ads on a website made it go up the search ratings any and it seemed to do the trick and so the ads stayed. 

There's a team of us Corrie fans working on the site, I'm the editor and it's 'my' blog if you like but I can't take the credit for making it as popular as it is. I just steer it and guide it and encourage Corrie fans to join in if they can write well and take the blog in a direction I like, as its founder and editor. It's irreverent, funny, sometimes scathing about the show we all love but we never disrespect Corrie and love the show to bits.

But because the Corrie blog is now so popular, and its feed goes out to as many places as I can possibly send it, it's being used as a news source itself.  National online media companies and tabloid newspapers are using us as a news source without giving us credit.  One hugely popular soaps writer with an enormous following online emailed me once to say thank you for the blog; without it she couldn't write her monthly soaps column for a national paper. And the soaps editor of the UK's most popular entertainment website emailed me to say the blog was so brilliant, he'd be mad not to use it a source for Corrie news.

Yes of course I'm flattered. But it rankles. All they, and others who use the site as a news source, have to do is put a link from their work to our blog.

Less of a problem (because it's so poor) but something else that rankles nonetheless is that a for-profit Corrie blog run by a limited company keeps their eye on us too, following our lead, trying to do what we do. They're not a fan site but pretend that they are, they're set up to make cash, a business, but have no acumen apart from rising from bankrupt ashes yet still owing their bloggers hundreds of pounds. They're also good at copying and pasting and stealing ideas, and not just from us. Shame on them.

Anyway, we're not asking for payment from the media who use the blog as a source. I don't need the money and I don't want the Coronation Street Blog to be ripped full of ads. I've always thought that if there's an ad on your site and a user clicks on it, you've failed.  The job of a website editor is to keep the user on the site, keep them informed, entertained, interested not clicking on an advert for a new phone.  I joined the internet back in 1993 in the days before adverts, before commercialism took over online. I was a riotgrrl and there's a part of me that still is.

There's a certain flattery I guess in being used as a news source, it confirms what we know - that we're good, ahead of the curve and that's what makes us so popular with Corrie fans worldwide. We have up to half a million views per month, so I know we're doing it right.  I also know ITV keeps their eye on us and allows us to exist in the way that we do. We're like an online Coronation Street fan club and I love what I do. I just wish those who used us, took advantage of us, had the decency to admit that they like us too. As I said above, all they have to do is put a link in to the blog from their online or printed work.

It's easy to remember, we're the Coronation Street Blog.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Scarborough Snaps

Long-time blog readers will know I enjoy time spent in Scarborough.

Having been there this weekend to buy some Very Special Stuff, I've updated a set of pictures to flickr which you might like to view.

Have a look here.

Coronation Street Weekly Update, August 15 2011

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

This week the update is wearing a lovely frock.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Lovely life

Having lunch with a friend last week, someone I haven't seen since I moved back up north, she said to me: "You don't Flaming Nora as much as you used to." 

I know I don't, and here's why.

I now have a life.

Coronation Street Weekly Update, August 8 2011

 I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

This week the update is sucking on a straw and you know, staring.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Pebble photo

My collection of sea-glass is growing, slowly. Ok, it's growing very slowly and it's not as vibrant as I'd like just yet but that's because the beach where I live next to doesn't have a great deal of the stuff.  And when I do find sea-glass on the sands, it's mainly clear or blue and green pastel.  Not that blue and green pastel doesn't have a beauty of its own, it does. But there's a navy blue sea-glass in there that I adore and I'm still hoping and searching for a red or a pink. 

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Coronation Street Weekly Update, August 1 2011

 I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

This week the update is eating a Freshco finest quiche.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...