About a year later I started posting my book reviews on this, my professional blog, rather than my personal blog. And while my personal blog has since fallen to the wayside, this blog is still here. I've kept it professional and focused. And I'm wondering if that's what you, my readers, like.
In response to all the posts about blogs being eligible for Hugo nominations, Fantasy Book Cafe did an interesting post where she mentions that a lot of great blogs by women aren't being mentioned by these posts.
Which made me wonder how many book blogs by women I actually read. I use google reader to keep track of my rather large blog list. I also follow mostly industry blogs (publishers, book news sites, SF news sites, editors, authors, agents). In fact, I only follow a few fellow bloggers, and they're mostly people I know from SF Signal. It turns out I'm only following one female blogger (Fantasy and Sci-Fi Lovin' News and Reviews) - by which I mean, women who review books. (I do follow a few aggregate sites, like The Susquehenna Writers and Fantasy Book Critic but on the whole I don't follow many book bloggers). So I can't properly judge the validity of the following comment made by Fantasy Book Cafe with regards to women's review blogs:
However, I find it a worrying trend that just like female authors, female book bloggers are also being overlooked [with regards to Hugo nominations].
I’m wondering if it may partially be because female book bloggers seem to be more eclectic than a lot of male book bloggers. Most of the blogs run by men I read almost exclusively read and review science fiction and fantasy while most of the blogs by women I read review some fantasy and/or science fiction but tend to read and review books in other genres as well. Even if they don’t necessarily review SFF 100% of the time, there are a lot of great blogs run women raising awareness about great science fiction and fantasy authors.
I'm afraid of the classification that all blogs by women are eclectic, mainly because mine isn't. And once people have decided on a stereotype it's hard to change their minds about it, even when they know a stereotype isn't true for individual situations. I've made sure that the only posts going up here deal with science fiction, fantasy and their subgenres in some fashion or other. And I don't want readers to avoid my site because I'm a female blogger and must therefore blog about a wide variety of non sf/fantasy related things.
Then again, maybe that's a problem with my blog. That it's too focused.
So here's my question. Do you like my blog? Is it too focused? Are there posts you don't like or posts you'd like to see more of (author interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, author spotlights, artist spotlights, books received, upcoming books, etc.)?
I spoke with a friend who mentioned that her blog gets more hits when she mentions personal issues. And looking at the author blogs I follow (Jim Hines, Lynn Veihl and Malinda Lo), they all mention personal things, or at least non-book related things, fairly often.
I don't really want to do that. I like keeping this blog professional and focused on SF/Fantasy works. Having said that though, I would like reader input so I can improve this blog and perhaps attract new readers.
Please leave a comment telling me something constructive (eg: 'I want to see fewer new author spotlight posts.' Please don't give general comments like 'your site's great' or 'this site sucks'). Let me know why you come here, what you'd like to see more of or less of. Help me make this an even better site. Conversely, if you like everything I'm doing already, let me know of new things you'd like to see here. Because there's always room for improvement.