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March 3rd, 2011


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12:34 pm - FebruarYAY? or FebruarNAY?
As you might have noticed, I ran something of an experiment for the month of February. I posted a new YA review to my website every weekday for four weeks, and made sure to announce the fact on my Livejournal, my Facebook, and my website news page. I tried several different styles of review, covered a wide range of material and a few different genres. I know I had fun. But what about you?

That's right, it's the audience feedback portion of the evening. For all my efforts, I saw almost no response from the peanut gallery, in terms of replies, comments, additional readers, or flaming bags of poo. So what did people think of this? What did you like, what did you not like? What would you like to see more of? (I've had one request for top ten lists and reading suggestions, and that's in the works.) Should I cross-post the full reviews to my LJ and FB, or was posting them on my site enough? Do I need more pictures? More contests? Funnier reviews? Longer reviews? Contests? Twitter? Or should I shut up and go away, no one cares?
(And how DO those other bloggers do it, with the comments and the readers and the activity?)

It will be a while before I can do something like FebruarYAY! again, simply because it does take time to build up that many extra reviews. Most of what I cover is already earmarked for other venues, and only appears on my site when it's being archive. But still, with the way I read and review, there's nothing preventing me from doing something else down the road....

Now's your chance to let me have it with your thoughts. I'm interested in what the audience has to say. Thanks.
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From:laurenpburka
Date:March 3rd, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
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I wrote a series of short smut stories last year and posted them every week. Not one comment posted.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 4th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
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I always find myself trying to make time to read stuff like that and failing. I guess I need to be better about communicating also.
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From:lyda222
Date:March 3rd, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
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This is probably not helpful, but if you figure out how to generate responses to blogs I'd pay you $10 for the secret handshake or whatever it turns out to be. :-)

I think a lot of people might do what I do, which is read, but not comment. I love reading book reviews in general (and yours in specific), but I don't tend to have an opinion I need to express about them, you know?

My 2 cents. Hope it helps.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 4th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
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It baffles me how some bloggers can post reviews and get dozens or hundreds of responses. I seem to be behind the curve as far as attracting an audience.
But I'm glad you like my reviews!
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From:ladyotterfae
Date:March 3rd, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
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I was reading! Promise! It's just...yeah, I suck at commenting, particularly when it's not someone who needs advice or needs a kick in the pants. :P Also, February blew, and I've barely been able to breathe. Reading the reviews was a nifty break, but I couldn't afford much more time than that.

But yes, I'd read more, and I enjoyed it, and I would try to be more attentive next time. (Also, I'll join the 'hey, you figure out how to get people to comment, share!' brigade...)
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 4th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for speaking up. It's good to know who's around. :>

Maybe to have responses, I need to be ... controversial. Hmmmm.
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From:static_entropy
Date:March 3rd, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I would probably leave them on your site, with notices posted various places that there are updates. Plastering them all over the place adds noise, particularly for people who follow you in multiple places. Eventually, they'll tune out all your content, which is exactly what you don't want.

BTW, have you considered Twitter for announcing new reviews, doing calls for submissions, etc? It seems like the perfect announce-only tool, and if you follow other authors, publishers, agents, whatever who are on twitter, it may get you some more visibility.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 4th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
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I was leaning towards keeping them on my site and pointing everyone there. Still torn on Twitter, since my presence there is pretty minimal. :>
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From:static_entropy
Date:March 4th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
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I hear you about Twitter. I don't even have an account. I just figure a tweet like, "New Review: MakeUrTime's All Ur Base R Belong To Us. http://whatevs/review"... might get you some hits. Hell, find all the authors you review (and the publishers!) and follow them. Invite them to follow you so they can keep up to date with what you're saying about their work.

Bonus is, when it comes time for a Call For Submissions, you have an entire group of publishers and authors who will receive the tweet. After reading your reviews, they might decide to work with you on a project. Hell, maybe someone will back-channel contact you to find out if you'd be interested on working on their project.

Or, I could be talking out the final stop of my peristaltic tract. :)
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From:anghara
Date:March 3rd, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
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the involved posts you spend time on and lavish care on? Frequently no comments at all at all. Write a post about what your cat had for breakfast? Suddenly everyone's weighing in.

Sigh.

I wrote those Museum-series posts a while ago, lots of loving care and polished memories, and commentary was...disappointing... but I got a couple of notes that said "am reading but not commenting really" - so I suppose you have to be contented with that....
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:March 4th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
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It's nice to know people do read me. I need to be better about commenting. I skim a lot of posts without stopping to weigh in, usually because I either have nothing new to say, or don't know what to say.

But everyone loves cats!

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