Happy Monday, everyone! 😉
I’ve worked on some more site updates since the main overhaul 3 weeks ago. In addition, some new article ideas have been percolating – ideas that excite me, but have caused me to reconsider aspects of my blogging schedule. So, I wanted to let you know what’s new, what may be changing, and what may be on the way.
As always, I welcome any questions, suggestions,or other feedback you have. Feel free to post them in the Comments section at the end of this article.
New and Updated Pages
- Book Review Indexes: Zephyr @ CyberNag had a great suggestion for adding an index of book reviews so visitors could easily find reviews they were interested in reading. You’ll now find a Book Reviews tab in the Main Menu above, with links to review indexes organized alphabetically by author, genre, and title.
- About / Bio: Many readers liked the idea of adding facts about myself on the About page. So, under the main bio, you’ll now find a section about some of my favorite things, including favorite writers, books, music, etc.
- FAQs: Elizabeth Rawls recently asked why I decided to write about Faeries for The Keeper’s Curse. Since that question comes up often, I added an FAQs page you can access here or under the About tab in the Main Menu. This page only houses a few questions right now, but you’ll learn a little bit about what kinds of fantasy stories I write, what inspired me to write TKC, and – *drum roll* – how Faeries became part of the story. 😉
- Sidebar: I’m playing around with some new widget choices for the sidebar. What do you think? Anything you think I should add?
Upcoming Format Change for Recent Reads
This was a tough decision, especially since a lot of readers (myself included) seem to enjoy the in-depth reviews I’ve done for Recent Reads. However, I’m reading at a much faster rate this year, which means more books to potentially review. And, reading faster + lengthy reviews… Well, it means more time is spent on writing reviews. Couple this fact with new ideas I’m itching to explore, and my blogging schedule is now on the verge of becoming unsustainable.
So, as awesome as they are, the long reviews have to go – but Recent Reads in general won’t disappear.
Starting today, Recent Reads will appear during the first week of each new month, meaning that “Recent Reads: June 2015” will post between July 1st and 7th. It will feature all of the books I finished that month, a paragraph and rating for each, and the next three or so books I plan on reading. My hope is that this format and monthly frequency (as opposed to whenever I finish reading a book) will free up time to write other articles. The Book Review Indexes will still be maintained as well.
What do you think? Again, I’m aware that I’m changing or taking away something that readers enjoy, and I hope you’ll understand why.
A “Character Evolution” Series
Which brings me to one of the “new somethings” that’s a-brewing. 😀
One of my priorities as a writer is to create stories where the protagonist(s) change or evolve as a result of their journey through the plot. Maybe they learn something or aren’t the same person they are in Chapter 1. Because of this focus, I’m considering launching a monthly column here about character evolution.
First things first: Would you (especially if you’re a writer) be interested in reading a Character Evolution column? As neat as the idea seems, I’ll only go ahead with it if there’s enough interest in it.
Second, if I go ahead with a Character Evolution column, what would you like to see discussed? Would you benefit from generic craft-based posts or “character studies” featuring a protagonist from a published novel? Or, maybe a mix of the two would work best?
Upcoming Blogoversary Celebration?
Apparently this site’s 6th birthday is in July. (?!?!) I’ve never celebrated a blogoversary before… but this year, I want to. Not necessarily for myself, but for you, my visitors and readers. In many ways, you’ve helped make this site what it is today, and I can’t express how grateful I am. 🙂
So, how could I celebrate the blogoversary in a way that shows this appreciation? Maybe a giveaway? I’m not sure what I’d give away, though, since I don’t have a book or swag to speak of yet… Maybe a sneak preview of my custom tea line for The Keeper’s Curse? Or maybe an article of some kind?
I have a better idea: What would you like to see for a blogoversary celebration, if we have one here?