Jump to content
  • entry
    1
  • comments
    71
  • views
    1,581

My First - And Perhaps Last - Blog

Timothy M.

2,217 views

How to write a blog? I've no idea, since this is my first try. I've looked at a few blogs written by other GA members, and I don't think I could come up with anything remotely resembling the interesting, funny or cool entries of other people.
In any case I don't have much to say, and I certainly don't expect anyone to pay a lot of attention. Except my GA friends who're kind, supportive and wonderful. You know who you are. ;)

 

My main reason for creating a blog and making an entry is to compile a list of the reviews I've written for the site blog Featured Story. This will make it easier for me to find them, mainly when I want to enjoy reading the nice comments they got. Apart from having the chance to draw attention to stories I admire, one of the best things about writing reviews is the feedback. I'm grateful for every single reply and like I got for those story reviews.

 

I can recommend writing reviews for the blog, and Renee Stevens is always happy to receive them. I suggest reading her description of How to before you take the plunge.

 

My list of Featured Story reviews:

 

Judas Tree by @AC Benus
Misunderstandings by @BigAKHorton
The English Year by @Jwolf
Meta by @JohnAR
Savory, Bitter and Sweet by @Percy
Prophylaxis by @Rambling Robin
Presence by @carringtonrj
Confounded by @Andr0gene
Kissing the Dragon by @lomax61
Trouble Plus Trouble by @Palantir
Team Building by @EBWilson
Red Running Shoes by @aditus
Thaw by @Puppilull
About Carl by @Diogenes
A Taste of Desire by @Arazon

The Navigator by @Cynus

9.11 by @Mark Arbour

Little Man by @Mann Ramblings

Christmas at Famous-Barr by @AC Benus

Travelling Home by @podga

The Lilydale Leopards by @Graeme


and blogs shared with review team
Secret Admirer Contest

Premium stories

Classic Authors

  • Like 24
  • Love 1


71 Comments


Recommended Comments



Great idea, Tim.  Nice way to re-feature the stories you've reviewed.  (and you did just fine with the Blog ;) ) 

  • Like 3

Share this comment


Link to comment

Tim, I have just added these stories to my "To-Read" list :thumbup: and like Val said, you did a fantastic job on your first blog :hug:

  • Like 3

Share this comment


Link to comment

 

In fact my only complaint about the story is the same thing I feel about a small box of exquisite chocolate: it finished too soon and I crave more. If you do decide to read Percy’s delightful 2012-anthology piece, please add a review begging for another chapter. If enough of us ask, he may relent and tell the next part of this special story. If not, I shall have to be content with admiring this delightful short story whenever I read it, as well as Percy's other masterpieces in this genre.

 

I just read Savory, Bitter and Sweet  :D Tim, I agree with you, this story needs to continue :)

  • Like 3

Share this comment


Link to comment

Very nice, Tim. *pats Tim on shoulder* I'm sure there will be more eventually. Think of all the things you could rant about here... :P

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

Tim, I have just added these stories to my "To-Read" list :thumbup:

 

Thanks, Drew, I'm glad to hear that :D  and even more now that I know you read the reviews in order to find out whether the stories were actually something you might want to read. :kiss:

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

Very nice, Tim. *pats Tim on shoulder* I'm sure there will be more eventually. Think of all the things you could rant about here... :P

 

Eventually is the key word here, since I do plan to write more reviews. Other than that... :unsure:

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment

Read a couple of these but the others are new to me. Because you think enough of them I'll add them to my list.

Thanks for doing this, it's a great way to bring attention to stories we might not have read.

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

Read a couple of these but the others are new to me. Because you think enough of them I'll add them to my list. Thanks for doing this, it's a great way to bring attention to stories we might not have read.

 

Thanks for your trust, my friend. :heart: I'm not sure they are all suitable for your gentle soul, but at least the reviews may give you an idea. :hug:

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment

Thank you, Tim, for mentioning Judas Tree.

 

For those wanting to see some more awesome reviews by our intrepid and droll Dane, I direct you to those he recently left for Destiny. Many of them, especially for the latter chapters, are near-masterpieces of the reviewer's art. I feel honored to have been the recipient of them. 

 

Thanks for all your amazing support 

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

Thank you, Tim, for mentioning Judas Tree.

 

Thanks for all your amazing support 

 

:heart: You're welcome, and thank you too.

 

As for the omitted part :blushing:

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

A great list Tim! I need to do some reading, I see.

 

btw don't listen to those other guys, you blog well ;)

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

A great list Tim! I need to do some reading, I see.

 

btw don't listen to those other guys, you blog well ;)

 

I hope you mean reading of the blog reviews as well as the stories themselves. ;) I'd love to get more feedback on the reviews.

:huh: What other guys? So far I only got encouraging noises about my TIMID blog. But one entry doesn't make a blog, lol.

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment

Thank you, Tim, for mentioning Judas Tree.

 

For those wanting to see some more awesome reviews by our intrepid and droll Dane, I direct you to those he recently left for Destiny. Many of them, especially for the latter chapters, are near-masterpieces of the reviewer's art. I feel honored to have been the recipient of them. 

 

Thanks for all your amazing support 

 

:heart: You're welcome, and thank you too.

 

As for the omitted part :blushing:

Tim, you deserve every bit of praise :hug: Your reviews for Featured Story and in general  always leave me amazed :kiss:

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

Tim, you deserve every bit of praise :hug: Your reviews for Featured Story and in general  always leave me amazed :kiss:

 

Thanks, Drew, now you made me :blushing: too.

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment

This is great Tim! You have a great list here.. Your feature story reviews are always smart and interesting, and you have a great knack for choosing appealing stories. I look forward to more of your suggestions... 

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

This is great Tim! You have a great list here.. Your feature story reviews are always smart and interesting, and you have a great knack for choosing appealing stories. I look forward to more of your suggestions... 

 

Thanks, Def, I'm :D that you liked the reviews. It's fun to do, when people appreciate them.

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment

Now that we can add story reviews to Completed stories, I'm thinking about copying my blog reviews to the stories themselves. Maybe in slightly shorter or amended versions. Any objections or comments?

  • Like 3

Share this comment


Link to comment
Kitt

Posted (edited)

I think you should start reviewing (complete stories) more, and posting them in regular Blog posts, not just the featured stories blog but here too! 

Edited by Timothy M.
  • Like 3

Share this comment


Link to comment
19 hours ago, Kitt said:

I think you should start reviewing (complete stories) more, and posting them in regular Blog posts, not just the featured stories blog but here too! 

 

That's a great idea, Kitt. :2thumbs: Especially now Renee has a Review Team to keep her supplied with blog reviews. Now we have the new Review feature for Completed stories I've been planning to write some for my favorite stories, but I hadn't thought about posting them here too. But it would be a good way to keep track of the ones I have done, and also give readers a place to see them all listed, if they are interested in knowing which stories I recommend.

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment

It's fine.  Just don't put the same review in two places.  Google gets really snotty about "duplicate content".  You can write a long review on the blog.  Then when you write the story review, make it shorter and include a link to the longer review.  It'll make a nice little blog insert into the post.  Also link the story in your blog.. like below. (just paste the link and it auto formats)

 

  • Like 3

Share this comment


Link to comment
49 minutes ago, Myr said:

It's fine.  Just don't put the same review in two places.  Google gets really snotty about "duplicate content".  You can write a long review on the blog.  Then when you write the story review, make it shorter and include a link to the longer review.  It'll make a nice little blog insert into the post.  Also link the story in your blog.. like below. (just paste the link and it auto formats)

 

That's good advice, Myr. I'll make sure to change and shorten the reviews when added to the story and link to the longer blog review. And inserting the new format links to stories I review also works well, and then I don't have to duplicate the reviews here.

And I can't edit anyone else's comments anymore, so thanks for fixing that too.

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

A good way to avoid duplicate content would be one (longererer) review with links in the other possible locations.

  • Like 2

Share this comment


Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×

Important Information

Our Privacy Policy can be found here. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..