As a RPG gamer, I always think that the first few levels are intentionally easy, but having past the first ten level ups, things get more difficult.
- 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
- Level 16: 1000 Likes
- Level 17: One is fine, two is better
- Level 18: Be elite
- Level 19: Reblogged
- Level 20: 100 Followers
- Level 21: 750 posts
- Level 22: Reblog a post
- Level 23: 100 ARCs
- Level 24: 100 daily views
- Level 25: 900 posts
- Level 26: ARC-free
- Level 27: Level up! 1000 read books
- Level 28: 150 followers
- Level 29: 100k views
- Level 30: 1000 blog posts
The One-thousandth blog post!
To celebrate it, I’ve written a review for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin. I also invested a couple of hours producing two new overview posts for all reviews on this blog:
That was a huge mess of work, because WordPress doesn’t have a good system for meta data, like “publication date” or “author last name”. Luckily, most of these relevant information were in my review titles, and I only had to develop an algorithm in Excel to carve out the fields after having it exported. I learned a lot that way!
1000 blog posts is a huge number. Let me elaborate it:
Nearly all of the posts – 937 – are reviews. I don’t post much fluff (like this fun level-up posts), it is really dedicated to reviews.
- 686 story reviews (short stories, noveletts, and novellas)
- 159 novel reviews
- 72 anthologies and collection reviews
- 20 non-fiction book reviews
I began this blog in 2014 after realizing that GoodReads doesn’t handle short story reviews nicely. The first problem was that reviews are restricted in size. That’s usually no problem, but for larger collections where I wanted to write one review for every story, it became a burden. The next issue was that GoodReads policy is to delete entries which aren’t books. Moderators often enough deleted short story reviews together with their entry. That’s when I decided to search for a safe spot for short story reviews.
Nearly at the same time, I started requesting ARCs from NetGalley, and this blog came in handy for writing reviews also for novels.
Up to this time, GoodReads was my main site for writing novel reviews.
Then, a reviewing slump hit me between 2017 and the end of 2019.
Since 2020, this blog is my main site for reviews.