Six Month Blog Anniversary

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Today is the 6 month anniversary of this blog. It’s certainly not a momentous day by any means but it’s really a time for me to think about what I want to do in the upcoming 6 months – somewhat like doing a business plan and having milestones. It seems like only yesterday when I decided on April 8, 2008 at the urging of my good friend Kimberly Swan owner of Darque Reviews, a wonderful paranormal romance and urban fantasy blog, to set up reviewsbyjessewave for a number of personal reasons.

So here I am, 6 months into something that I thought would only last at best maybe 2 – 3 months, and having a lot of fun (most of the time) being a member of this huge on-line community of bloggers. When I set up the blog the only books I was interested in reviewing were mainly romance books (M/M and het), since I had been doing that for some time for other blogs. Then I noticed after a while that my reviews were mostly on the M/M genre and its various sub genres e.g. paranormals, mysteries, political intrigue etc. because those were the books I enjoyed reading so now I suppose my niche is mainly M/M and paranormal romances in all their different facets. In case you’re wondering, I do read many other genres, particularly murder mysteries which have no explicit sex (horrors!!) *g*- I just don’t review them.

The reason I’m posting this is not to contemplate my navel, pretty as I think it is :) but to ask you, my regulars on the blog, this question – what would you like to see more or less of on the blog over the next 6 months? Is there something new you would like me to explore? Don’t get all excited – I’m not going to do anything illegal:). Email me your comments and suggestions but please don’t tell me to ‘kill’ my Friday feature of hawt menz! That would really upset me (I’ll only do that if I run out of hot male bodies) My other new favourite is my posts from time to time seeking answers from gay men to questions only they can answer.

As I’m sure you have figured out by now, I love talking to people about their passion – and authors are people like you and me – they just have careers in the pubic eye, so I’ve started a new series on the blog called “Author of the Week” which is self explanatory and I outlined my rationale behind the series here. Initially I wasn’t going to interview the writers, just show a few pictures and blurbs of their most recent books but we all know what happened on the way to that good idea *g*. I hope you found the authors who have been profiled so far to be interesting and maybe you have discovered one or two whose books now interest you. I have an incredible and very exciting list of authors whose profiles will be coming up soon starting with the wonderful historical writer, Alex Beecroft, on October 15th.

My regular monthly interviews which are more in-depth continue. I’m thrilled and humbled by those authors who have already given up a considerable amount of their valuable time, and others who have agreed to do so in the future. J.L. Langley is scheduled for November 10th and M.L. Rhodes on December 8th. If you’re a fan of either of these two authors please feel free to send me any questions you would like to ask them.

One goal I’m aiming for is a 20-25% increase in the number of reviews I actually post and I will also be reviewing some of my old favourites at least once per month.

Oh, one more thing – I know that some of you think my first name is Jesse but it’s really Wave. Jesse is the Doberman whose picture graces the top of the blog and I wanted to honour him by having his name come first on the blog. (I don’t really mind being called by his name because he was one of the great loves of my life).

So, let me know what you think. My email address is jessewave@gmail.com.

Wave

10 thoughts on “Six Month Blog Anniversary

  1. thelastaerie

    I like the idea of reviewing your old favourites. That reminds me of the stack of old gay fictions I’ve left in my parents house! (sometimes I’d imagine my mom opening that box of books and seeing books like “Mr Benson” or “The Front Runner”… lol)

    oh yes, Friday Hawt Men should definitely stay!

  2. jessewave

    Thanks for your endorsement of the Friday Hawt Men, Eve *g*. I have always meant to review some of my old M/M favourites but there never seemed to be enough time. Now I’m giving myself a schedule.

    I’m sure your mother has her own ‘little’ secrets :)

  3. Addison Albright

    Oh man, I’m totally guilty of calling you Jesse. Sorry :( Wave it is!

    I have no new ideas to add but will say that I LOVE your feature of asking gay men questions because that is VERY useful from a straight female writer’s perspective. I also like that idea of reviewing old favorites as well as the new stuff. Great idea.

  4. jessewave

    Hi Addison
    As I said in the post, I don’t mind being called Jesse because he has a place in my heart that no one can fill – I just thought I should clarify the name *g*

    Re the questions, I’m always looking for ideas from others about topics that may have a general application to the M/M genre. So here’s your chance, if you would like to have something clarified I’ll ask my everyday experts, gay men, for their input and opinions and you will get a range of opinions :)

    One old favorite that I HAVE to review is The Charioteer by Mary Renault which will be an immense challenge because it’s the quintessential M/M book. But I’m going to try.

  5. Ozakie

    Wave,

    Congratulations! I really do think you should pat your back for a job well done and I disagree this is a milestone! I honestly dont know how long the M/M romance genre has been out, but I feel that this is a genre that is going to explode in a couple of years even more than it has now. I also feel you are going to be part of that vanguard and this site will become a very great resource for M/M readers.

    I love your Friday Hot Men features. Definitely keep that! I also like the questions you present to gay men..Feel free to exploit me for my knowledge..;-)

    Reviewing past favorites of yours is good because what that does is allow newbies to discover new books and authors. The reviews and interviews (which i positively love) really gives me some insight into the writer, their work, and their writers process..

    So cheers heres to you for a job well done!!

  6. jessewave

    Hi Ozakie
    *blushes* Thank you for the kind words although undeserved but it was still nice of you.

    I’m very happy to have your endorsement of the Friday hawt menz *g* and my questions of the day feature which I really love.

    I’m trying to improve every day and I’m glad you like the author interviews because I know how much time they (the writers) spend answering questions from their fans or me.

    Thanks again Ozakie and I do look forward to your visits on the blog.
    Wave

  7. Mary M.

    Woohoo! Congrats on your six-month anniversary!!!! Very exciting lineup for yoru Author of the week feature! Your blog was already great, but I think you found great ideas to make it even better :). Don’t know where you’ll find the time to do more reviews…the speed at which you publish them amazes me already, but I’m not goign to complain if you manage to do it! The more the better :). That applies to both reviews and picutres.

    And by the way, don’t you dare touch the Friday Menz :-p

  8. jessewave

    Hi Mary

    I’m very happy to have lasted 6 months and counting.
    The Author of the Week interviews are short and sweet so they are not too much work.

    It’s unanimous – Friday’s men is a permanent fixture until I run out of men *g*

  9. Kimberly Swan

    hey Wave – Time sure does fly. See what a success you made of it? *grin* Sorry I’m so behind in commenting!

    I can’t think of anything for you to add, you already have such a great variety. Keep it up…in no time we’ll be toasting a year. xxx

  10. jessewave

    Hi Kimberly
    Thanks for the endorsement. I really appreciate it.I’m not sure I could do any more at this stage but new ideas are always welcome.
    Wave

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