(The cartoon on the right is the work of Andrew Dobbs - check his site and wonderful cartoons).
In just a few hits my blog will reach 75,000 (if the counter can be trusted), and total comments will reach 3,000. During the week I added my 200th book review, and sometime in the next week or so the number of published posts will reach 900. All of those feel pretty significant but really pale to nothingness in the face of the sense of satisfaction that writing the blog gives me, and the wonderful feeling of being part of a huge community of book bloggers.
What you can do on my blog this week:
- Try your hand at a mini-review: this is a great way to introduce people to your blog. I don't restrict entrants to crime fiction. I collect the reviews via a Google Doc, and then will feature them towards the end of the month.
- Join the Alphabet in Crime Fiction Community Meme. Tomorrow my blog will feature the invitation for the letter C. Today see the contributions for the letter B. Another way to get people to visit your blog, and also to meet some new crime fiction bloggers.
- Join the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge- a bunch of us are working our way through Agatha Christie novels. I'm reading them in publication order, but not everyone is. Learn what the challenge is about, or simply join it.
- Find more crime fiction blogs to follow through Crime Fiction Journeys.
- Become a follower of my blog, follow me through an RSS feed or by email.
- Listen to a podiocast of my blog post, or simply look for widgets you too can add to your blog.
- Use my customed Google Search to locate reviews of crime fiction books.
- Check my reviews, and lists of good crime fiction to read, through Smik's Reviews
- Have you reviewed an Agatha Christie novel? Or simply know of an excellent site about Agatha Christie? Contribute the URL to the Agatha Christie Blog Carnival. Edition #10 for 2009 will be published on October 23.
In the right hand column I'm trialling a Twitter Feed that feeds in tweets that include my twitter name: smiksa.
This week's posts
- Crime Fiction Alphabet, Summarising letter B.
6 contributors to the Crime Fiction Alphabet Community Meme. Perhaps you'll join us for the letter C?
- Weekly Geeks 2009-40: Tools of the Trade.
What lies behind the production of your blog? I reveal some of mine.
- ACRC Update - 17 October 2009.
My monthly summary of what I've achieved so far in the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge. Still a long way to go!
- Review: WHY DIDN'T THEY ASK EVANS?, Agatha Christie
My 15th milestone in the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge.
- Don't Always Hit the Mark #3.
This week's featured author is Donna Leon.
- Forgotten Book: MURDER'S LITTLE SISTER, Pamela Branch.
This author died from cancer after just 4 blackly comic crime offerings. Have ever come across any of them? A contribution to Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books.
- Review: SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN, Donna Leon.
I'm re-publishing on my blog book reviews that have been stored elsewhere.
- Review: WOMAN WITH BIRTHMARK, Hakan Nesser.
A new-to-me Scandinavian author.
- Book Discussions & Reviews: Death by Dissection?
Why are online book discussions sometimes such a disappointment?
- Crime Fiction Alphabet: Simon Brett.
My contribution for the letter B.
- Crime Fiction Alphabet (B), week beginning 12 October.
Find out about this new weekly event you can join on my blog.
- Review: PUNTER'S TURF, Peter Klein
A new-to-me Australian author dubbed as Australia's answer to Dick Francis.
- Rap Sheet summarizes Macavity, Barry, Derringer and Crimespree Awards
- Anthony Awards 2009
- Sweden has Murder on the Brain
- Sample a Penguin Taster
- P.D James and Ruth Rendell reveal dislike for TV adaptions of their books
- Murder Most Mystifying
- Book Review Blog Carnival #28
- now - GENTLY DOES IT, Alan Hunter
- then - ANOTHER THING TO FALL, Laura Lippman
- audio (in the car) - THE KILL CALL, Stephen Booth
- on line - THE DOG WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, Alexander McCall Smith chapt 21