Statutory notice: This post is not a book review. Neither is it directly related to books.
I know that first week of 2008 is already over, and I seem to have missed my bus for “2007 roundup” season. But then, did you expect anything else which proudly puts “Lazy” in the title?
So, 2007 was a good year for me, from blogging perspective, at least. In sad news, Talons… proved short-lived, even after getting 131 posts in just 1 year. But then, in good news, I decided to take my book reviews seriously, and started this blog. I moved all the reviews from Adlergedanke to this blog, and decided to be a bit structured in my hobby (I know that doesn’t make much sense).
In last 4 short months, I have learnt a lot from this move from casual blogger to serious reviewer. But the top 7 things I have learnt in this short period (and some questions I am asking myself and you, the readers, as a result) are, in no particular order:
- Maybe I have made a mistake in putting “lazy” in title, as it seems to have encouraged the readers to be lazy in contributing on this blog. I seriously hope that is the only reason why the ratio of legitimate comments to spam on this blog is now pushing 1:2.5.
So guys, be a bit more active. As I said, the point of this blog is not a soliloquy, but a dialogue. A place to discuss anything and everything about books.
- It is easy to write reviews because you want to write about a book. It is hard to read book because you have to write a review. For one thing, I found that I start compiling the review in my head right from the first page. Not that it takes away anything from the book, at least it does not feel that way.
This will probably be the topmost reason which I will have to consider if I think of making this into a profession.
- Everybody tells me that it is better to be consistent, which makes it easier for the readers to identify your content. But, lately I think I have become a bit too structured in writing reviews. Every time I sit to write any review, I seem to be falling in a particular flow of content.
Again, this is for you. Tell me if the posts are getting too repetitive and too ordered. I may be experimenting with the content this year, so please tell me if I am getting too obscure, or too weird. And don’t be miserly to tell me if you like anything.
- It is hard to take sides in reviews vs discussions debate. If I write for people who haven’t read the books, I need to summarize the story. If I go for discussion of the book, then I can go in much better detail of the book, because I can presume people know what I am talking about.
This is something I will toy around with in this year now. Got any particular side you like?
- Statistically speaking, I have yet to cross the 3-figures mark consistently. The best day yet was 102, and the best month crossed 1000. I need to be more active in promotion and networking this year. That would be my main aim this year, which I hope will help point 1.
- That said, I seem to have touched something with my reviews of marathi books (Vyakti ani Valli, Mrityunjaya, Asa Mi Asami). There is a consistent traffic coming there from search terms. This is something I need to look into. The marathi book review series will continue, if just because I would like more people to know about these great books and authors. Shame that most of the books I will write about haven’t been translated into any other language, and so only marathi readers will be able to enjoy the books.
While we are on search terms, is it only my blog, or are people searching for “Goblet of Fire” more than any other Harry Potter book?
- This is not strictly 2007, but I must add this: It seems people need to read many other books, including Aristotle, before they are deemed worthy enough to read even the name of a particular book series. I unfortunately cannot elaborate on the same topic because I haven’t.
Oh, and being pre-emptive, I have added a comment policy in F.A.Q. page, while re-designing the page.
So, what did you learn on my blog this year? And don’t forget to answer the questions I raised above. As always, any suggestions for improving the blg are always welcome.
I am taking a short sabbatical from posting any reviews on this blog for this month. Next week, I will probably round up the best of and worst of books I read in 2007. So be patient, and stick around for a bit even if there nothing book-related this month.
That said, you never know…