Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.
This week Billy asks: Have you made any improvements on your blog since your started your blog? Did you change the format? Did you change your header? Did you add or remove items from your side bar?
I have tinkered with this blog several times since its inception in early 2008. Dreaming About Other Worlds was not originally conceived as a review blog, it more or less developed into that in the last quarter of 2010. Over the years since then, I've added a handful of static pages, found and used a workaround to overcome Blogger's limit on the number of static pages one can have, added sidebars, and added links in the sidebars, and so on.
I've expanded the content of this blog numerous times as well. When I first started reviewing, I limited my efforts mostly to books, and sometimes genre fiction magazines. I've since started reviewing movies and television programs as well, although on a sporadic basis. I've added a regular Musical Monday routine, highlighting music that speaks to me in one way or another. I've also added lists of award-winning and award-nominated material to help track my ongoing efforts in my major reading projects. I've created lists of all of the books, magazines, movies, and television series I have reviewed, and I am in the middle of an ongoing effort to create a list of all of the authors who have written works I have reviewed.
I have made numerous tiny changes to this blog over the years. I've added images to certain things that didn't have images before. I've expanded the range of things I track on author pages. I've changed how I refer to certain categories of things in my writing, and gone back and made appropriate modifications to things I wrote before for consistency's sake. At one point I had Amazon affiliate links on many pages, but repeated frustration with Amazon's program (plus a change in the way they render affiliate links) resulted in my abandoning the program and removing the links. To be perfectly honest, I've lost track of all of the small changes I've made to the elements of this blog.
Some things have never been changed: I've pretty much always used the same background image, and the same header since I started Dreaming About Other Worlds. I've also used the same display style of black text on a white background with links rendered in purple. Just about everything else has evolved organically over time, as roughly seven years worth of small decisions have brought this blog to its present state.
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