Level up! 1000 blog posts

1,000 Posts

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.

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. 

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23 Responses to Level up! 1000 blog posts

  1. Wakizashi33 says:

    Congratulations! It’s was nice to read about your “origin story” 😎 I use GoodReads as a way of keeping me reading with its Reading Challenge. I only post mini reviews on there. This year on WordPress I’m going to make an effort to post reviews for ALL the books I read. I’m impressed you are able to do it, Andreas! Keep up the great work!

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  2. Way to go! What a great first milestone for the new year 😀

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  3. bormgans says:

    What did you export exactly, and how?

    Like

  4. Ola G says:

    Wow, congrats! That’s a load of posts!

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  5. That’s one important milestone, indeed! And here’s to many more like it! 🙂
    As for GoodReads deleting reviews not focused on books, it’s something I discovered the hard way, and the reason I stopped using it as my other review site (apart from the blog): these days I only post there the reviews for publisher/author submissions because I believe they deserve the wider focus possible, but otherwise I don’t go there at all…

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    • Andreas says:

      Thank you!
      I‘m not angry at GR. I just needed to understand the well-documented rules. Their main reason is to stay focused on books, and stay away from CDs, games, and magazines. I think that’s a good choice. And as a positive side-effect, it led me to blogging.

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  6. piotrek says:

    Very nice numbers, very nice indeed, congratulations!!

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  7. I thought, “Wow, 1,000 posts, what a milestone!”, but I had to look up how many posts I’ve done to really put that in context and realize just how incredible of a milestone it is. Congratulations on the achievement. Thanks for sharing the context of how you migrated to WordPress. I think I originally followed your reviews via Goodreads; I remember a time when I realized you had started posting on this blog again.

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