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I Want Your Feedback.

So I took last week off–medical stuff and all.

Everything’s good, but I just needed a little time to refresh and hopefully recharge my blogging batteries.

You might have noticed that my posting frequency as slowed down a bit. Lately, it’s been more in the neighborhood of 2-3 days a week instead of 5. After 5 years of posting almost every day, I think it’s taken a bit of a toll on me.

But I’m still here and kicking and determined to make it through this list. It’s taking forever to finish Midnight’s Children, yes, but I should have my review up within the next week.

So I’d like a little input from you guys today: 

What would you like to see more of from 101 Books? I’ve been coming up with blogging topics for 5 years now, and I’ve still got many more ideas stored away, but I’d love to get your feedback as well.

What do you want to see more of on the blog? What are you tired of seeing? What do you love, hate, despise, enjoy? What’s funny? What’s stupid? Send me your ideas!

Thanks guys. I’ll take a look at your feedback and figure out a way to work it into the blog.

See you tomorrow.

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  1. I like your posts about the books, not about other trivialities. Posts about the authors or other background is interesting too, of course.

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    October 5, 2015
  2. Mike Hannigan #

    Go at a pace that makes you desire to send out a new blog. Your desire and passion are more important than production. It’s always interesting to get your perspective on a particular book, but if there isn’t joy in your typing it need not be done. Tell us about what you like in a section of the book, or style of the writer and give us that example without making it a struggle.

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    October 5, 2015
  3. It would be interesting to read about the background stuff!

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    October 5, 2015
  4. E #

    Hi there 😊 Glad to see you back, and hope that all the medical stuff has been sorted out. Personally, I like the background and the book reviews themselves, but I also like some of the’memes’ out there, eg the top ten Tuesday fromThe Broke and Bookish. It’s not a post that takes particularly long to write, but I understand that your other readers might think it inconsequential and trivial.

    What do you want to see more and less of from your blog? I think that’s the important thing to ask. Five years is definitely a long time to be blogging, and everyone loses steam. There is nothing wrong with posting less, or even taking a break from it completely. Don’t let blogging simply become a chore; if you don’t like it, please stop. I’d hate to feel that we, your readers, are making your life harder through our desires.

    Really hope that you are well.

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    October 5, 2015
    • E #

      PS I love the bookish pet peeves 😊

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      October 5, 2015
  5. I’m a big fan of your pet peeves because they make me laugh – simple as that!

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    October 5, 2015
  6. I enjoy the “other trivialities” as much as I enjoy the book and author posts. They give your blog the personality that has helped it last for five plus years at this point!

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    October 5, 2015
    • Thanks Geoff. Everybody has a different taste. There’s probably a balance in there somewhere.

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      October 7, 2015
  7. More, more, more!

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    October 5, 2015
  8. Love

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    October 5, 2015
  9. J.R.Barker #

    I like the variety and I think variety is good for a blogger too. It helps stop the monotony set in. That being said I think you could do 2-3 days a week instead of five. It’ll give you time to recharge and mean you can concentrate on other projects.

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    October 5, 2015
    • You’re on the right track. Probably will make that more official soon.

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      October 7, 2015
      • J.R.Barker #

        Whatever you decide, good luck!

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        October 8, 2015
  10. I’m a book freak! So books, books, books, and there are so many topics people like me would like to read about. Such as:
    1. Are reviews really all that important? Do they drive sales? (An experienced writer friend of mine mentioned these days that something might be shifting nowadays in the review business – that they won’t be driving sales anymore – What do you think is the reality?).
    2. How do you wake a blogger’s interest in reviewing your book? This is next to impossible these days.
    3. As a reviewer yourself, or simply a reader looking for good material among indie authors because you wanna be an early adaptor – how do you recognize quality on the first sight, so that you don’t have to dig in a mountain of rubbish? (Like style and grammar in the e-mail you receive from the writer, etc.)
    Oh, oh, oh, so looking forward to your guys’ take on this. There so many more subjects. If I may write a list, please let me know. I’m now stopping here ’cause I don’t wanna go overboard unneccessarily.

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    October 5, 2015
  11. I understand how posting 5 days a week can be a little exhausting. Maybe you should consider one or two posts a week. It might help you to feel more passionate and refreshed. I know how important that is. As far as things I would like to see. Maybe more about the author’s style and why he/she chose the subject as opposed to just simple biography. And also some of the circumstances for creating the work.

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    October 5, 2015
  12. 5 days a week is too much for me to read so 2-3 days a week would work well. Frankly , I enjoy virtually all your posts – and while most of them are books, authors, background to both of the above, I do like that you will just break out and link it with something you’re personally interested in or is in the news. It helps to give more of a sense of who you are, and to me that’s a positive as a reader. Bottom line though Robert, is I would do what you enjoy the most – last thing any of us want is for you to get burned out and stop -!!!!aagghh!!! You first – then us. Take care K

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    October 5, 2015
    • Thanks so much AK. I don’t plan on stopping!

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      October 7, 2015
    • Alli #

      I personally only check in about once each week, even though this is one of my favorite blogs. I just don’t have time to check more often. So even if you slow down, I’ll hardly notice 🙂 I do appreciate your choice to be forthcoming about this, though.

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      October 7, 2015
  13. Hi! I´m new here, I started because practice my english and of course I love books. For me, it´s very nice when people like You share life plus reading, ´cos not always We have time to read.

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    October 6, 2015
  14. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    October 6, 2015
  15. Susan #

    I’d love to see more of your son’s “judging books by their covers” posts. Of course, he might now be a little biased now since he’s reading more, but isn’t your younger child getting about old enough? 🙂

    Book trivia, author trivia, worst book covers ever, weird book memes, click-bait book titles, all are great articles for when you’re between the book reviews themselves. Fewer rants against superhero movies would be appreciated (ok, you’ve posted maybe two or three total but we get it – you hate the movies and don’t really grok the whole comic book hero thing. ‘Nuff said…)

    If you’re burned out on posting so often, please DO reduce your post schedule! I’d much rather see a single post a week than see the blog just peter out due to exhaustion.

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    October 6, 2015
    • Thanks Susan. Love the encouraging words! And, okay, I get it about superheroes, haha.

      I’ve thought about revisiting the book covers posts. My oldest son is 5 now and I haven’t tried it in a while. My youngest just turned 2 though, so I could probably see what he thinks about some book covers sometime this year.

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      October 7, 2015
  16. A post everyday is an incredible pace to keep up, I’m not surprised that you’re burning out!

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    October 6, 2015
  17. The ironic thing is that when you (not just you, but anyone, really) pan a book, it makes the book more attractive to me than when you rave about it. I think part of the reason is this: people tend to be more specific about why they hate a book than about why they love a book. They say, “Oh, I liked this book, do read it!”, but say, “oh, the author of this other book does this one thing drives me straight up the wall. See, here on page 24…”

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    October 6, 2015
  18. I love the “these words need to die” series.

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    October 6, 2015
    • It’s been awhile. Might need to bring that back around!

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      October 7, 2015
  19. Ruth Fox #

    I like the blogs where you pull out interesting quotes and talk about them. I also like your perspectives on TV and film adaptions of novels. Most of all I like the reviews as it is hard to find reviewers who are as honest, succinct and as interesting as you. Hope you feel better soon.

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    October 7, 2015
    • Speaking of perspectives on film adaptations, you might want to find a copy of (or stream from Netflix?) “Midnight’s Children” when you finish the book. It’s narrated by the author. I will not comment more, but I enjoy watching movies based on books and enjoy reading others’ takes on the same.

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      October 12, 2015

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