If you were wondering why things have been so quiet around the blog, the answer is that my blogging mojo decided to leave. I’ve also been busy and tired, which means that I’m using all the energy I have left on being lazy and doing nothing but read.
In order to lure my mojo back, I’m going to spice things up a bit with a post that’s all about old news, new news that I didn’t properly analyze and a rant. Because let’s face it, there’s always some energy left to whine.
Blogger Deletes, WordPress Profits
For those of you who don’t know, Blogger deleted a few blogs that for some unknown reason were flagged as spam. I only follow one of the blogs that was deleted, but I hear it happened to many more.
But not everyone can move to WordPress, and I didn't see any posts guiding and offering advice to those staying with Blogger. So here is my advice:
Due to the random nature of the deletions, it’s impossible to prevent them from happening, but we can take measures to minimize the damages. What I did was create a free WordPress.com blog that mirrors this one but it’s set to private so no one can see it, and I just import all the posts and comments, so that if this blog goes away, I will have the other one. This is really easy to do. I used The Book Vixen’s great, step-by-step tutorial.
It’s not a perfect solution, but it means that you won't lose all the hard work that went into your blog.
Also, staying on Blogger doesn’t mean that you care about your blog less than those who decide to self-host. I don’t even have my own domain, and I assure you that I take my blog seriously. Also, if Blogger deletes your blog, it’s not your fault. It’s Blogger’s. And as far as I know, the deleted blogs were successfully reinstated, so nothing was lost. But to be safe, remember to back-up your blog every time you post new content.
Ruthie Knox Partners with Wattpad – The King of Instant Gratification Rejoices (and then Goes D'HO! When He Realizes It's a Serial)
What is Wattpad? I’m not sure, but my friend Vi described it as “Youtube for books”.
My thoughts on this partnership are not even half-baked, but here are some early impressions:
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choose the final version.
What I do know is my reaction as a reader. I don’t like it, mostly because that’s not how I read books. It’s the same reason why I don’t like serials, although this one is free (but I think it must be read online and through Wattpad, so there are pros and cons to it).
Another question is whether this will improve sales or not. Ruthie Knox is one of the most successful Loveswept authors, so the potential success of this endeavor won’t be easily reproduced with other, less-known authors. That means that even if it is highly successful, there’s no guarantee that similar formulas will be equally successful, since, in my opinion, the key element is not the form but the actual writer. Although for all I know this could be a case of showcasing this particular work and not a new way to read.
I’m not sold on the idea (although I doubt I’m the target audience) but I’m curious to see how it goes.
Status Updates, Goodreads and the Nature of Spoilers: A Rant
For those unfamiliar with Goodreads, the site allows readers to keep track of the book they are reading by marking how far into the book they are and making comments about it. So we will see something like: Brie is on page 55 of book X – (insert comment here). That’s perfectly fine until those comments start spoiling the plot even when it doesn’t look like spoilers. Why? Because spoilers don’t necessarily come in the shape of specific information; a spoiler can be something as simple as the page in which the hero and heroine have sex for the first time or just saying that on page 20 something happens that makes you go “NOO!”. All of those things ruin surprises, generate different expectations and reshape the reading experience. For example, knowing when the couple will have sex means that whatever conflict was keeping them apart will be resolved enough for them to get it on.
That been said, there are ways to prevent the updates from showing. All you have to do is check the updates so that you only see the reviews:
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Links, New Blogs and New Old Blogs
There’s a new blog in town! Love In the Margins is a Romance blog focused on stories featuring characters from marginalized groups, minorities and anyone else who doesn't fit the white, middle-class norm. So far the reviews and discussions have been insightful and thought provoking. You can also find them on Twitter.
Our friend Kaetrin gave her blog a makeover, so now it’s looking all purple and cool. Got take a look if you haven’t done so already.
And on a completely unrelated note, here’s the best Tumblr EVER! via Has