Sunday, 3 January 2010

Blog Changes, Resolutions & 2010 Challenges

Hey guys!

Happy New Year! I hope 2010 is good for everyone, and brings lots of amazing books! I realise this is a few days late, but I've finally sorted everything out, so I can compile it all in one post.

Blog changes:

I've made a few changes to my blog over the last couple of days, which I've been thinking about for a while. A new year inspired me to finally do them and stop thinking about them, so here they are:

  • I now have my own domain name! Thanks to much deliberating, months of thinking (hmm, far too much) and talking to Becky over at The Bookette, I decided to buy a custom domain name. All old links still work, and I think eventually they'll be redirected to my new one. I don't know how other blogrolls etc... will work, but I think they'll just redirect. My new URL is now:

  • When it comes to my reviews, I've decided to get rid of my star rating. Personally, I've been finding it really difficult to give books a fair and honest rating when it comes to choosing a star out of 5. I still want to think of a way to give my overall rating of a book, but I don't know when/if I'll come up with something. I thought about grading, but like I said, I'm not too sure. For now, my reviews will just be my written (and often rambling) thoughts.
  • I've added a bit more information about each book I review. The publisher, format and release date will now be listed at the top, and I hope it's useful to people wanting to know more about said title. I've also broken my reviews up a bit more, with the summary/review sections clearly marked.

Blog resolutions:

I don't have many, but here they are:
  • Comment on other blogs more
  • Try to write more discussion posts
  • List both the good and bad points of every book. Nothing is perfect.
  • Use Goodreads!


And finally, I'm participating in 2 challenges for 2010:

I think that's everything... thanks for reading!


Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Congrats on getting a domain name! I got one too a couple of days ago, quite exciting stuff. ;)
I agree with your resolutions, they're pretty much what I'll strive to do too.
As far as star ratings go, I'm actually in favour of them, but I can see why you'd want to get rid of them. To each their own etc. ;)
Anyway, happy new year. :)

The Book Bug said...

I agree with everything you wrote here. I so need to get Twitter and a Domain name!

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Congrats on the domain name! I've also been thinking about dropping the star ratings on reviews cause sometimes I have no clue what to give one.

Chicklish said...

Happy New Year, and lovely post! I'm really looking forward to seeing you on Goodreads. (I'm there as myself, not as Chicklish, and I'd love it if you'd friend me!)
Good luck with the challenges!

Becky said...

You've got me thinking about the star rating again. I need to think it over for sure. I'm so glad we had success with the domain name changes. Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

LovesSam said...

YAY me likey the new changes mon pip!! I'm with you on the rating thing, sometimes its really hard to give books a rating, so I totally know what you mean. Looking forward to what 2010 will be bringing to the blog

Cat said...

Woohoo on the domain name! Isn't it exciting? I might be lame for thinking that but I was so excited when I got my first domain name, too. ;)

I don't rate my books. The ones I DO love I have a Highly Recommended category that I slip them into. Otherwise, no ratings. I do rate on Goodreads and LibraryThing but I am frustrated that you can't give a half star to something. ;)

Lovely new changes!

April said...

Yay for getting a domain! I don't rate books either, I hope you have a lovely year full of awesome blogging!

Michelle said...

Happy New Year to you as well! Congrats on the domain! That's really cool. :D

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Great sounding changes and nice resolutions

MichieBee said...

Congrats on your domain name! :)
As for finding a way to "grade" books without using a star-system, there was one way I saw a livejournal user do it awhile back that I thought was really neat. You could maybe do a variation of it?:

Happy New Years! :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Congrats on your domain name and good luck with your resolutions and challenges.