I've spent some time this week, after BBAW and Christie Week, trying to restore normality, blogging less, reading more, but not terribly successfully. I've had a busy month - 54 posts so far in 27 days.
Sunday Salon now has 455 registered participants, and this and similar events such as Weekly Geeks, and BBAW, just reinforce how important reading is for us all.
This week's posts:
- Weekly Geeks - 2009-37: Diversity Roll Call
I'm convinced reading crime fiction brings a great diversity of people together. I'd like to locate a few more crime fiction readers amongst Sunday Saloners. Why not leave a comment so I can visit you?
- You're a Winner!
Magic words. I've won 3 new books recently. Many thanks to the providers.
- Mini-Review Roundup 2
A new monthly feature on my blog. A chance for you to contribute a mini-review (doesn't have to be crime fiction), and showcase your reviewing skills.
- Book Art & Book Sculptures
Interesting images created from books.
- Review: GHOSTLINES, Nick Gadd
The winner of the Ned Kelly First novel 2009 hits the spot for me.
- Forgotten Books: a Christmas triptych
Which is your favourite Gold Age "Christmas" novel?
- Tribute to the Agatha Christie Blog Tourers
There were 13 events on this year's Agatha Christie Blog Tour, and here I say thank you. Have a look at this post which uses a web 2.0 app. that you might like to try on your blog.
- Review: THE PERFECT SUSPECT, Vincent Varjavandi
An Australian author. I re-posted this review that I had stored elsewhere.
- Celebrating Christie Week #11: Blog Carnival posted
If you read and review Agatha Christie novels then you might like to contribute to the monthly blog carnival, or perhaps you'd like to join the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge?
- Celebrating Christie Week #10: A Quiz or two
How well do you know your Agatha Christie. This quiz is not really all that hard.
- Celebrating Agatha Christie Week #9
Stop #9 on the Blog tour that we organised specially to celebrate Christie Week.
- now - A SMALL CASE FOR INSPECTOR GHOTE?, H.R.F. Keating
- next - AS DARKNESS FALLS, Bronwyn Parry
- in the car - RED BONES, Ann Cleeves
- on line - CORDUROY MANSIONS 2, Alexander McCall Smith
- CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Short List
- Andrew Sachs reads The Dog who Came in from the Cold
- 100 books every child should read
- Who is the greatest detective?
- BBAW Award winners 2009
- Could Crime Fiction incite someone to kill?
- Join the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge
- Contribute to ACRC Blog Carnival #10 by 22 October
- Try your hand at a mini-review.
Contribute a mini-review of a book you've recently read to MYSTERIES IN PARADISE. The next edition of mini-review roundup will close on October 24. Not restricted to crime fiction. Very glad to have your contributions.
- Find out about Weekly Geeks, Friday's Forgotten Books, and the FriendFeed Crime & Mystery Fiction room.
- Have a look at Crime Fiction Journeys - all the blogs I'm watching
I'm running a number of widgets that I think add value to my blog so be sure to check them out. I've picked most of them up from what I've seen on other blogs. Here are some to look for.
- Odiogo provides an automatic "podcast" of each post, so you can listen if you'd prefer that.
- Each post now displays a Linkwithin widget at the end, that recommends other posts you might enjoy.
- Each post has a rating system at the bottom where you can give it a star rating - I'm not actually sure where I got that from.
- Blogger Widgets provided me with with"My Faithful Commentators" widget - I'm not exactly sure how that works statistically speaking but it shows who comments most frequently on my blog.
- I use ClustrMaps, Feedjit, and Sitemeter to monitor my live traffic.
- I have a Google translate widget so a visitor can choose the language they'd rather see the blog in, even Arabic and Japanese.
- I have a customised crime fiction search that I created through Google search by listing about 100 blog and book review sites.
- And you'll see that I make extensive use of RSS feeds.