On Christmas Eve, I posted a list of Christmas-Themed Science Fiction, which included a large number of links to Amazon. Unfortunately, while images of book covers are fine, and links to Amazon are fine, apparently images of book covers which are also links to Amazon are strictly forbidden by WordPress. As a result, the blog was put into some kind of limbo state, where it continued to exist, but would not appear in any user or topic feeds. I spent considerable time removing all such links from the blog, and this post will serve to test whether that act of contrition was sufficient, or whether I am doomed to spend eternity posting book reviews to myself alone.
On a more positive note, I’ve taken a few minor steps to improve the blog: cleaning up the menu, making slight modifications to my about page, and adding a review policy for authors who drop by. I’ve been reading quite a bit, so there should be plenty of short story and novel reviews this year. I’ve also been watching some films I missed while living in Asia; I won’t review the big-name films that everybody’s probably seen like The Hobbit part x, or Ender’s Game, but I’ll review some second-tier films that people might be on the fence about watching.
I’ve also recently been nominated for two blogger awards:
Thank you, Jacqueline Crawley
Thank you, Sue Archer
These awards work in a similar manner: the recipient is to list 7 interesting things about themselves (do I have time to do 4 interesting things before my next post?), and then nominate 15 other people for the award. I have been meaning to do a series of “appreciation” posts, where I briefly describe the sites of my frequent visitors, so perhaps this is an opportunity to begin.
I sometimes wonder how long it would take for an award of this type to encompass every blog at WordPress. I could try to determine this mathematically; I’d have to find a published statistic about the number of blogs and new blogs being created each day, then I’d have to backtrack a few awards to estimate the average number of days between awards. Unfortunately, that’s not a project I’m likely to work on this week.
Please give me some feedback in the comments section: do you enjoy reading a “Seven Interesting Things” post? How do you feel when you are nominated for one of these awards?