It’s Report Card Time

It’s been a long time since I asked you to tell us what you loved best about the site and what you would like us to change. I admit I’ve been very afraid to open this can of worms because it usually means a lot of work for poor Christian and Aunt Lynn if it involves technology changes. Christian has been making improvements as small issues were identified so hopefully, most of the recommendations for changes will be on me.

First up, what are the features you love best on the site?

1. Book Reviews (I hope that’s your #1 since this is a review site and the guest reviewers work very hard on your behalf) 🙂

2. Movie Reviews (We haven’t had movie reviews recently – the reason being that the reviewers can’t find any films worth reviewing so if you have recommendations please list them here. You should check the list of movies that have already been reviewed before making your recommendations.)

3. Author Interviews

4. Author Profiles (these are like interviews except I don’t ask the questions, you do)

5. Free Books

6. Guest Bloggers

7. Author Contributors

8. Special Posts for Readers such as Diverse Books, Readers Favourite Gay Books, Nominations for Favourite M/M Author, etc.

9. Fun Posts (e.g. Burning ‘Gay’ Questions)  :blush:

10. Friday Guys

11. For Love of Books Interviews (I do these interviews with readers a couple times a year to find out what they love about books).

12. Holiday Smileys (Christian installs them at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter or whenever he damn well pleases – I love them). 🙂

I’m sure I forgot some of our featured posts but this should cover most of them. 🙂 Here’s the poll – you can choose as many categories as you wish. The more the merrier.

Which features do you love best on the site?

  • Book Reviews (17%, 143 Votes)
  • Movie Reviews (3%, 28 Votes)
  • Author Interviews (11%, 87 Votes)
  • Author Profiles (7%, 56 Votes)
  • Free Books (9%, 76 Votes)
  • Guest Bloggers (9%, 70 Votes)
  • Author Contributors (8%, 65 Votes)
  • Special Posts for Readers (7%, 61 Votes)
  • Fun Posts (9%, 76 Votes)
  • Friday Guys (10%, 81 Votes)
  • For Love of Books Interviews (4%, 34 Votes)
  • Holiday Smileys (5%, 43 Votes)

Total Voters: 147

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What are some of the features that you would like to change or delete? Sorry, the Friday Guys say they are not leaving. 🙂

Are there things on the site you can’t find that you would like Christian to highlight/rearrange? (Poor Christian)

Are there topics you would like us to tackle – something new, perhaps? I probably won’t be able to do “Ripped from the Headlines” types of posts but I’m willing to consider others.

I’m thinking of interviewing a few readers – would this interest you?

Aunt Lynn came up with what I think is a wonderful idea. If you have won a free book what do you think of writing a quickie review giving other readers your impressions of the book (s)? All you would have to do is write the review and submit it to Aunt Lynn who will format it (she’ll send you a short guideline if you’re interested). Update from Lynn: note that this would be completely voluntary on the part of the winner and not a requirement of winning.

Give us your ideas so that we can make the site easier to navigate and the content what you would like – this is your site and home away from home. 🙂

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26 comments

  • I do hope that “the more the merrier” wasn’t just a figure of speech. ‘Coz I went a bit crazy picking stuff, err voting.
    The idea of reviewing books you’ve won sounds fun, if a bit scary.
    Also, why do holiday smileys have so little votes? Those always put a smile on my face when I see them and I’d hate to see them go.

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    • Trust me, the holiday smileys won’t go. 🙂 Christian loves them (and so do I) and they brighten up the different holidays.

      BTW the more the merrier wasn’t a figure of speech. You can choose ALL or none of the different categories. We just wanted to get a sense of what you guys liked best, and if I had to let something go I know which posts would be prime candidates.

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  • A question: are the reading rooms working out and getting the activity anticipated? 😕

    I confess that I logged in frequently at first but haven’t visited for months as there were very few comments. I used to also track the comments on the chat line and occassionally participate – but no longer do.

    I think my “problem” with the reading rooms, if you can call it that, is having to go to several different links to catch up rather than a single click.

    That would be my wish, is to somehow encourage those and simplify their use. It seems like it’s lacking something but I don’t know what that something is!

    Otherwise, I check in every day to read the books review, interviews, etc etc. I love the “burning gay question” interviews w/ Ethan Day….he does crack me up! 😯 ….and he’s a Midwestern boy!

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    • I’m so glad you mentioend the Readng Rooms. I emailed Christian just last week asking him for suggestions but maybe I could also ask the readers. This is really frustrating. Anyway, one problem at a time.

      I’m so glad you enjoy Ethan – we all do. He’s definitely a Midwestern boy and very proud of it. 😎

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  • Ummm… I voted… for every item. 🙂 I REALLY like everything you do here. Besides the book reviews I love reading all the other posts, whether they are guest blogs or interviews or whatever. I try to check in once a day and if I get too busy and skip a couple days I still always scroll through the posts to see what I’ve missed.

    In reading the suggestions pro and con about reader reviews for books they’ve won, maybe a compromise would be winners can send you a short reaction to the book IF they want. Just a couple of sentences, and then once a week you put up a post with any you received that week.

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    • Hi Cheri

      Thanks for your vote of confidence in the site which makes up for all our hard work.

      That’s a great suggestion about winners writing short reviews – (somewhat along the line of the GR reviews) and a weekly roundup of opinions. I’ll pass this on to Lynn.

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  • This site has been my go to review site for the past 4 years or so, and I really appreciate all the hard work you guys put into it.

    I like the authors contributor posts and guest bloggers.

    I have to admit that even though I pull up this site at least once a day I do not read the book reviews until I’ve read the recommended books. I know kind of backwards, but I hate spoilers and if I know too much about a book most likely I will not pick it up, even if it has a 4 star and up rating.

    Here a few movie recommendations for reviews:
    Weekend
    Undertow
    The Green
    Cachorro (Bear Cub)

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    • Hi mrb

      I understand that some readers don’t like to read reviews before they read the books. We do try to avoid spoilers and when we absolutely have to include them we put a warning on the review.

      Thank you for the movie recs. I will pass them on to our movie reviewers.

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  • I love the site as is too, it’s the only review site I hit pretty much daily. I don’t comment very much anymore cause I am *gasp* working! Holy Crap Batman, how do you guys do it all? Anyway, I have always loved the site, the interviews, the reviews, the author insights, etc. I found it first for Friday Guys….but, believe it or not? I totally stayed for everything else. Love what you ALL give us, so Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi Elaine

      Holy Crap Batman, how do you guys do it all?

      We do it when everyone else is sleeping. 😮

      We love what we do so even though it’s a tough schedule it’s worthwhile.

      Thank you for sticking with the site – we ALL appreciate it.

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