As a RPG gamer, I always think that the first few levels are intentionally easy
- Level 1: set up the blog
- Level 2: Publishing the first review
- Level 3: Getting the first views from readers through search engines
- Level 4: Publish 5 reviews
- Level 5: Publish 20 reviews
- Level 6: every day a hit – constant traffic
- Level 7: first follower
- Level 8: Publish 50 reviews
- Level 9: 5 views daily
- Level 10: Publish a guest review
- Level 11: Schedule a review
- Level 12: Attract a pingback
- Level 13: 50 ARC Reviews
- Level 14: 500 Likes
- Level 15: 600 Posts
My last Level up! 500 Likes was just a month ago.
Mid February, I pledged to read a story a day and write reviews. So far, it went well, and my last milestone of 500 posts has been just 3 months ago at 21.5.2020. It’s good to look back and remember, even in sour, COVID19 plagued times. So, what’s been going on in these last 3 months?
Since then, the Award Season has struck my review batch: Lots of reviews for stories in the Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, and Nebula Awards. I consistently don’t hit the winners, so you might take me as a counterindicator for those awards.
Currently, I am seriously NetGalley addicted and file too many requests. It feels like a carrot-on-a-stick sometimes, but I can’t help reaching out for those lovely ARCs. I guess, it has a lot to do with my two years reading slump and wanting to ride the publication wave. Let’s just say “R.I.P TBR shelves”. But I also managed to squeeze in a few non-ARCs, like
- Antarctica • 1997 • CliFi novel by Kim Stanley Robinson
- The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn
- Dune • 1965 • SF novel by Frank Herbert
- The Hidden Girl and Other Stories • 2020 • Collection by Ken Liu
There weren’t too many posts outside of reviewing SF&F (and those level up posts):
- R.I.P. Frodo and Bilbo – Sir Ian Holm has passed away
- Happy Birthday, Sir Patrick!
- SFF Libraries – a shoutout
- Liftoff: NASA Mars Exploration with Perseverance launched today
Towards 1000 🙂