I was reading the fabulous Jamie's blog over at Mithril Wisdom today, and it got me thinking. Jamie is, as far as I can make out, my only reader! And so I completely adore him. Reading his thoughts from today's posts made me wonder about what people would expect from this blog, or really what would bring people in to a blog like this. And after some coffee break musings and Googlings, I reckon it's Advance Reviews that are key. I'm pretty sure that's what makes Book Bloggers stand out, and brings the masses flocking to them. Because I mean, anyone can pick an old Fantasy novel off a shelf and read it for themselves, why would they come to me? But if I'm reading the newest and hottest Fantasy tome 2 months before it hits the shelves, BOOM, you're going to be over here checking it out. Right? I mean, maybe I'm way off the mark. If anyone actually is reading this, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
The trouble with me is that I'm all about the Epic. There isn't a huge amount going on in terms of brand spanking new Epic to get excited about. Urban Fantasy? Paranormal Romance? they're everywhere you look. Epic is different, and that's partly why I love it. There's a huge back catalogue of Epic-ness that I want to catch up on, and I'd love to share my thoughts here. But how many people are going to want to read reviews of novels that are, in some cases, five, eight or even ten years old. Probably not so many! And if you take roughly the average size of an Epic Novel to be say 600 pages, well now that takes a time to get through. With a day job and a family it takes me about 2 weeks to get through a DoorStop Tome, which means a long time between reviews.
So on the whole, I guess what this entire ramble of mine is about is...will this ever be a place people will stop by and read? Or am I destined to be forever typing into the void? Do I need to wrestle some ARC's into the mix to get some FootFall? But then does diluting my Epic angle just weaken the whole concept?
Hmmm, I'm not sure. I started this site up as place to enjoy myself and review the books I love to read. But seeing some of the busy and bustling sites around me I feel a bit...daft, almost. You know, I'm that tired at the moment I don't even know if this makes sense. I will have to come back to it after some sleep, and when, hopefully, the whole redundancy situation at work is resolved and I can get my brain back into some sort of coherent state.
Until then...Jamie, you've got me thinking!