Monday, November 23, 2009

Announcement: Blog Changes

No, I am not closing down the blog! Just making some much needed changes.

This first year of blogging has been an adventure. I truly appreciate all the opportunities I have been presented with and all the new experiences I've had, but it is time for some changes.

So, the changes are:

  1. I am taking down my Upcoming Reviews page. I simply don't have the time to update it regularly with the constant flow of books.
  2. I am going Award Free. As I announced yesterday, I have received a number of great awards, but I'm trying to streamline my blogging process and I just don't feel that I can do justice to the award recognition and giving.
  3. I am cutting down on author guest posts. These take a lot of time to go back and forth with the author, and then format the guest post. I won't be eliminating them entirely, but the number will be lower.
  4. I will no longer be doing author interviews. I just am not good at interviews so I'm not doing it. Plus, the formatting time is extensive.
  5. I will no longer cross post my reviews on Amazon. I haven't done this since the infamous FTC announcement, and I see no real difference.
  6. To enter a contest you must now be a Google Friend Connect Follower. It just makes things easier for me.
  7. I will no longer be responding to inquiries about contest winners. If I didn't contact you, you didn't win. Enough said.
  8. I will no longer be responding to complaints about extra contest entries. If you don't want to take advantage of the extra entries then don't. Do not e-mail me to complain about it.
  9. I will be re-adding the Tweet This link on my posts. I took this away after the FTC disaster, but I'm adding it back in.
What I'm not changing:
  1. I'll still be offering giveaways. As many as I possibly can host! I love giveaways!
  2. I will still be writing reviews and Bored Now posts. Well, duh! :) I'm a book review blogger after all.
  3. I'll still be moderating comments. I know this annoys some people, but with the amount of spammers out there it is a necessity.

If you can think of anything you'd like me to add or take away from the blog, please leave a comment with your suggestion.

Thank you all for your understanding and I'm looking forward to another great year!


Ryan G said...

I will stay a follower no matter what changes you make. You are a fantastic blogger regardless of style or content.

Heidi V said...

I'm just glad your not leaving, Blog changes in a title always scare me. I'm glad your adding the Tweet button back! Have a wonderful holiday!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a solid plan : D Blogging is fun but when some things get to be a chore-what's the point? Love your blog and am a fairly new follower and email subscriber, also a fellow blogger, so I totally 'get' it. And hurrah for you for going award free. Awards are fun to get but also take up a lot of time finding new people to pass them on to. I'm looking forward to reading your blog posts in the future : D

Merry Weather

Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews said...

Thank you for the reminder of the changes I needed to make in the new year and glad I'm not the only one who lacks coming up with original interview questions! LOL Just wrote mine but it's scheduled to post the last day of the year. :-)

BTW...thanks for stopping by The Book Faery Reviews!

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