Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Bloggiesta Wrap Up and Etc.

Wow, what a blogging weekend it's been! I've had a blast focusing a lot of energy on blogging, getting much from my to do list done, but not all. I did lots of business-y type stuff but would have rather done more writing and creative type stuff, or something. I don't know. But it's been fun!

One thing I totally enjoyed was asking my readers what they (you) look for in a review post. I got about 40 responses and according those 40 people, here are the top five most important components of a review post:
  • Short summary (35)
  • Picture of the book cover (34)
  • Reason for reading (24)
  • Simple reader reaction (24)
  • Detailed reader reaction (23)

Hmmmm, it appears we are divided on the length and detail of reactions! Other important parts of a review post appear to be a reader rating, genre, and links to other reviews.

Things that don't seem to be important to you my readers are: long summary, author information, publisher information, book trailers, publishing date, movie tie-ins or the first line.

So, what do you think? Did that all shake down like you expected? It appears that the stuff I've included in my review information has been pretty much right on. Cool.

Ending stats: I spent probably 15 hours on Bloggiesta. I didn't really do the mini challenges... sorry about that. I did look at them all and learn from them though, which is a good thing. I did try to comment on a bunch of new bloggers blogs, but I probably only did a handful like 15 or so. I enjoyed the overall enthusiasm, the Twitter chat, and seeing all the stuff everyone else was doing. Let's do it again! Hopefully I'll be around for the next one in June.

Meanwhile, I've been trying to read too. I'm completely immersed in Robert Jordan's The Eye of the World. And I also started Brandon Sanderson's that's been amazing so far. Book club is in a week and a half and I'd really like to re-read North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, but not sure I'll fit it in, because I also need to read some Edith Wharton for The Classic Circuit.

Oh, and I have a blog tour scheduled, but haven't received the book! Now that's going to be tricky! :)

What the family is reading this lovely Sunday:

The Mr: New York by Edward Rutherford
JJ: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
Moder: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Toto: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Now, I'm off to watch Chuck.


  1. I finished Warbreaker but I haven't written up a review yet or thought of questions to send you. I did really enjoy it though!

    Glad to hear that you are satisfied w/ your reviewing style - it has always worked for me. ;)

  2. Wow! 15 hours working on the blog. Good for you. I didn't manage anywhere near that amount of time, and hence, I still have a lot to do. :)

  3. Love your blog. We have some things in common too (I recorded Chuck and am anxious to watch the new and improved spy. I was also very interested in your review stats. I have been trying to shorten my reviews and you reader comments have helped me too. Thanks for sharing

  4. Looks like you had a good weekend! Glad you had fun. :)

  5. Sounds like a successful Blogiesta for you! I liked seeing the breakdown of your survey results! Sounds like you are doing great work!

  6. What do you think of Chuck as an actual spy? I love that show!

  7. looks like you had a really productive Bloggiesta! Great survey, and I'm glad you posted the results. Always interesting to hear what your readers think of your blog.

    Watched Chuck both last night and tonight and think this is going to be a really great season! So glad it's back for another go round!



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