Friday, January 10, 2014

Follow Friday - 140 Characters Is the Maximum Length of a Tweet

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - The Little Blog of Geek and Dandelion Wine Book Blog.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: Put together your blogger resolution list for all of us to see!

I put together a list for Day 1 of the Book Blogger New Year's Challenge, which I will replicate here for anyone who missed it. In no particular order, my resolutions are:

Convert to Wordpress: My first resolution for 2014 is to convert Dreaming About Other Worlds to Wordpress. Using Blogger as a platform has worked reasonably well, and I've learned to work around a lot of its limitations to do things that I want to do with the blog. But doing odd things to get around the limitations of the platform you are using can get a little tiresome, and I suspect that some of the things I have done serve to make this blog a little unstable. At the very least, I'm straining the limits of Blogger's capabilities. And so my primary goal for the upcoming year is to move this blog to more congenial grounds.

Clear My Review Shelf: My second resolution for 2014 is to make a dent in my review shelf. I have a substantial backlog of review copies that I need to read and review. For a variety of reasons, 2013 was not a good reading year for me, and I was unable to get to several of the books that have been sent to me for review. I aim to rectify this situation in the upcoming year and read and review every one of the review copies that have been languishing on my shelves.

Advance Blogging Projects: My third resolution is to make progress on, and possibly complete, some of the large number of blogging projects that I have started but not completed. I started blogging about the episodes of the HBO series Cathouse a couple of years ago, and never finished getting through the series. I have also begun projects to blog about Farscape and Star Trek: The Original Series, both of which have stalled. And of course, I have my long-term project of trying to read and review all of the winners of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. My goal for 2014 is to make substantial progress in all of these projects.

Build Blog Infrastructure: My fourth resolution is to get more of the background work done on the blog. Although I have been slowly filling in the gaps in the Authors A-Z page and the Book Award Reviews page over the course of the last couple of years, the progress has been going very slowly. For 2014, I plan to complete the projects of getting them up to date.

Fix Blog Issues: My fifth resolution is to fix a number of niggling issues with the blog, mostly involving formatting of older posts and some of the fixed pages. For example, the Book Reviews by Series page is woefully incomplete at this point, and needs substantial work. I hope to take care of this, and issues like this in 2014, even though I am reasonably certain that no one but me will notice the changes.

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  1. Yup, I also want to clear my review shelves :)

    1. @Valentina Cano: Tomorrow, when I talk about my to-be-read list, you'll see what a substantial task it will be for me to clear those shelves!

  2. Awesome set of resolutions! Good luck with them! :)

    Im a new follower via gfc!

    Pivot Book Reviews FF

  3. Wow, It relieves me to know that I don't have to feel so bad knowing that I didn't have time read all the books sent to me for review!

    New Follower


    1. @Katelynn Clark: My ARCs sit on my shelf, staring at me balefully, their reproachful eyes scolding me for not reading them yet.

  4. Fabulous blog and those are great resolutions, good luck!

    New follower via GFC

    Gizzimomo xx