Thursday, February 03, 2011
On February 3, 2006 I officially started this blog. At that point there weren’t that many SFF blogger-review sites and I really didn’t have any plans or ambitions. I just thought it might be a convenient way to store a few reviews instead of letting them get lost in forum archives. Imagine my shock when I discovered that people were actually reading those reviews – people from all over the world – a couple of who turned out to be editors and authors.
I should probably have some grand post that cleverly shows all the wild happenings on this blog that have ranged from asking an author in an interview about a book he didn’t write (thank you cut and paste) to an author making an idiot of herself responding to my review here and elsewhere (and a whole lot in between). I should have a list of my favorite books of these past 5 years and perhaps even my least favorite. But time is short and after 5 years I can be a bit of crotchety old blogger. I could have a great post with statistical analyses of my review scores, but I’ve done that before and I image I’ll do it again – so not here. I should have a summary of the most popular posts and a snarky discussion of some the crazy search phrases that have led people here. But, remember I’m crotchety in my old age. Below are a few general facts that don’t mean all that much.
· 180 reviews
· ~600 blog posts
· ~50 interviews
· A few hundred followers through RSS, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
· A few hundred thousand visits (exact number unknown due to RSS feeds)
· Over 700 books received from publishers
So, it’s been a great 5 years. I’ve made a number of friends among other bloggers and fans and even perhaps a few authors. I’ve met a number of authors in person and a lot more through the internet. And I’ve read a few good books. So, hopefully the next 5 years will be as fun as the previous.