Changing the Page

We’ve been around for more than three and a half years on this site and 15 months on our old blog, altogether almost 5 years. So dishwasherfar, you seem to like our content, going by the number of hits and visitors and we appreciate your loyalty.  We’re very pleased and proud that you think we’re doing a good job, but I don’t believe we should rest on our laurels because therein lies the road to apathy and discontent. 😮 🙁

What do you think of changing the dynamic on the site, adding a few elements to enhance your experience and enjoyment by shaking things up a little to give you more of what you like, with an overlay of a new flavour? I hate it when things get stale, like a romance that’s been around for 25 years where the couple no longer has different moves and one partner is bored. I firmly believe that if you don’t constantly improve and offer new content you eventually become a part of yesteryear.

As some of you know, I decided for many reasons to stop the weekly production of the Friday Guys for the time being, and the Hot Tub boyz are shivering waiting for their turn. Kidding!! 🙂 While this post is in no way my attempt to to find something to replace the Friday Guys (how can I ever replace them? – I’m already crying in my beer and it’s only 7.00 A.M. as I’m writing this). I’m seriously looking to get an infusion of ideas from you, our supporters over the years as well as new regulars, about what you would like to see on the site in addition to our current offerings.

We recently reintroduced flash reviews (200 words for books that are 7K or less) as a result of a suggestion from Stuart, and I hope you like them. But beyond that, what else would you like to see in terms of new content? Would you like news briefs abut what’s going on in the GBLTQ world? Realistically we would need a new person to do this 😆 so we would be looking for a volunteer with the right background to write the column. There is no free lunch here. 😀 Would you like brief movie recommendations of what’s currently playing, in terms of new releases in addition to our current reviews of gay movies? If you do, that means we would have to find real people who love movies and are willing to write at least one recommendation a week.  BTW if you know of any good gay movies let me know as I’m trying to build up my collection. Would you like a new columnist who writes on a specific topic? If so, what? These are just suggestions as I’m more interested in your ideas. Sorry Ethan, no porn. :wave:

Your input is important to us, each and every one of you, as you are the reason we have been so successful. So get those little grey cells working and let’s hear from you.

 

LindaC
3 years 5 months ago
My two cents worth: I really like the idea of a news brief, especially since so much will be happening in the next few months. It might be interesting to see a weekly or monthly post asking what readers have read during the week/month that they feel are 4 or star reads. As you said, there are so many m/m books being published and so few reviewers that it would be interesting to post 4 or 5 stars books that the readers have read during a that period of time that have not been reviewed. It’s not a review but… Read more »
Jeffrey
Jeffrey
3 years 5 months ago

First, I think the site is great. Perhaps having more reviewers so that you can do more of what you’re so good at?

Perhaps to stay gay-centric, you could publish a short biography of some “famous” person (current or historical) who is/was LGBT.

I wish I could actually offer to contribute something but given I’ve been “working” on a piece about coming out for you for about 18 months, I don’t think I could find the time to do anything on a regular basis.

Nicole Kimberling
3 years 5 months ago

I vote for links to manga/webcomics. Monthly?

Annette
Annette
3 years 5 months ago

I’m sort of lost in finding info about so many new books each month.

You all do reviews on a good number of them and post links – but I’d love to see something like a list – maybe weekly or so of ALL the gay books published that week/month/whatever- weither you all are going to review them or not.

gaycrow
gaycrow
3 years 5 months ago

Popping in here. :wave:

I follow Elisa Rolle on Live Journal, and every month she posts a list of LGBT ebook and print releases. Here’s a link to her tag for those entries:

http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/tag/news%20release

(I don’t know how she does it. It looks like a LOT of hard work.)

Jenni719
Jenni719
3 years 5 months ago

I actually just came here to suggest this very idea. I just found out that one of my favorite series has a new book coming out on Monday. It’s from a publisher that I don’t normally buy from. Now I have to wait till payday to buy it because I didn’t budget for the expense. A weekly or monthly list would allow me to plan ahead.

gaycrow
gaycrow
3 years 5 months ago

Oh, I didn’t realise the Friday Guys had retired. 🙁 I’ll miss them.

I really love this blog, and appreciate everything you all do to keep it going.

I’m a great believer in the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” so I’d be perfectly happy if you didn’t change things around at all.

Having said that, if you’d like to add stuff to keep you from going stir crazy, I’m sure I’d still enjoy reading here. (I agree with Jenni above, though, in saying that I hope you still stay gay-centric.)

Kim D.W.
3 years 5 months ago

I’m gonna miss the Friday Guys, but maybe there could be a poll every Friday for the best book cover of the week?

BG Thomas
BG Thomas
3 years 5 months ago

I will give some thought to this…. Pouts at not Friday Guys….

Majken
3 years 5 months ago

I don’t really watch movies outside the cinema, but more movie reviews would be cool, who knows, I might watch them one day then 😉
More guest bloggers picking up a topic we can discuss, both fun and serious, maybe people telling about being gay where they live, the good, the bad, the ugly.

Jenni719
Jenni719
3 years 5 months ago
First of all, let me say I love the direction the site is headed in and trust you, our fearless leader, to keep us headed in the right direction. I love the idea of news briefs. Sean Kennedy’s post the other day was fantastic and I would love to see more stuff like that that can open up dialog. I just would urge you to keep the site “gaycentric”. There are all kinds of other sites that I cango to for movie and book reviews, but this is only one I come to for gay centered reviews. So if you… Read more »
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