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 firstname.lastname@example.org.