I started 52 Reviews last July with no plan other than to give myself a place to talk about the books I read, and to give my non-genre fiancé a respite from constant nattering on about magic systems, character development, and prose styles. It didn’t take long before blogging and reviewing went beyond a momentary diversion and became so much more for me. I celebrated each interview landed and review copy received. and every new reader and Twitter follower. I was incredibly lucky to gain a decently sized readership early on, largely due to link backs from blogs like Staffer’s Book Reviews. Justin was incredibly encouraging and supportive [Editor: and good looking] when I was first starting out and I’m excited to find myself writing a guest post here on my first anniversary. Below are just a few of the lessons I’ve learned in my first year in this wonderful community.… Read the rest
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Last month I moved my blog from Google Blogger to my own WordPress site here at staffersbookreview.com. At the time, I changed the look of the blog because I had to, but it wasn’t what I ultimately planned for the site. I quickly put my head down and got to work on what the kind of design I felt my blog deserved.
I took a lot of inspiration from Aidan Moher’s beautifully designed blog, A Dribble of Ink. For the past two weeks I’ve been ‘blowing up’ his gChat getting this thing together. He does this kind of thing professionally after all. He’s been a tremendous help and I can’t thank him enough. But, maybe this is a start:
The goal was to create something clean, fast, and slick. If you can believe it, almost everything is text, excepting the background image and the images embedded in the posts. New, modern browsers and developments in CSS and HTML5 have opened up all kinds of new avenues for the creative mind.… Read the rest