Category Archives: Blogging

Not Lost

 

Picture on Dharma Milk Carton

 

Forgotten?

 

I hope not.

I know it’s been a long time. I also know some people are going to think my reasons for not writing are total crap. I think I should let you know what they are though.

 

I quit smoking, and I did it in what is probably the worst possible way, cold turkey. That phrase makes no sense. I like turkey, even if it’s cold. I didn’t like quitting cigarettes. I went through some horrible withdrawal, then I got sick.

 

I’ve had a craptacular month, but I’m getting back into things. Now I’m doing it all without nicotine. That is extremely weird.

 

 

Priorities

 

When my schedule started to return I had to prioritize, since I’m trying to do several blogs at once. Thanks to certain posting requirements on another blog, that meant I had to focus solely on it until I could get back into the swing of things. Either that or drop that blog completely, which I didn’t want to do.

 

Now that I’m learning to write without smoking I’ll be posting here again.

 

I wish I had a cigarette.

Filed for Reconsideration

I don’t know if you’re aware of what Google has been doing since October. If not here’s a short version.

Google decided to hide the Page Ranks of sites that made paid posts and linked without using the non-standard “nofollow” tag. They didn’t do this to all the sites that they could have, just the ones least likely to cause them trouble.

 

 

What does that mean?

 

It means FanaticSpace.com suffered a penalty. I’ve been honest about making paid posts to try and pay for expenses on the site. That’s just not enough for Google, even though their own guidelines tell you to write for people and not search engines.

 

 

Can it be fixed?

 

I’ve thought about this for a long time. Should I add “nofollow” to the paid links and ask Google to reconsider? Should I just accept the penalty and continue as if nothing happened?

 

I came to the conclusion that I need to comply with Google’s demands. No matter how much I dislike it, I can’t fight Google. They’ve got too many people brainwashed into believing it’s about search results. If I try to fight it, I’ll wind up like the guy from the picture up top.

 

I’ve added “nofollow” to all the paid links. I’ve also filed for reconsideration.

 

Now I just have to go to sleep and await the mercy of the pod people Google.

 

 

[tags]FanaticSpace, Fanatic Space, Site News, Internet, Blogging, Google, Page Rank, Googlesmack, Googleslap, Reconsideration Request, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Pod People[/tags]

Q&A With Kaza Kingsley Coming on January 10, 2008

 

I was contacted by author Kaza Kingsley about a month ago. Looks like FanaticSpace is going to be participating in a blog tour. This will be my first one, and if things go well it might not be the last.

 Kaza Kingsley's Erec Rex Books

Here’s one of the questions, come back on January 10 to see how she answers.

 

Who would win in a fight, Harry (Potter) or Erec? Oh, and none of that “They’d be on the same side” stuff either, just assume they were both tricked into thinking the other one was evil…

 

 

Erec Rex Book Reviews

 

Kaza Kingsley was kind enough to send me review copies of the first 2 Erec Rex books. I was going to hold a giveaway once I’d read the books. I just can’t bring myself to do that, since she took the time to autograph them to me. Don’t worry though, I will be holding an Erec Rex book giveaway. I just won’t be giving up my copies.

 

 

Who is Kaza Kingsley?

 Kaza Kingsley Author of the Erec Rex Series

Kaza Kingsley is the author of the Erec Rex book series. The Erec Rex books are fantasy books for young adults. They’re filled with mythological references and a dramatic story. Just the kind of books I like. Perfect.

 

Whoops, almost started the reviews early.

 

If you’d like to know more about Kaza Kingsley then stop by during the tour, she’ll be checking in to read the comments and answer your questions. I’d also suggest you check out her blog, The Memory Mogul.

 

To learn more about the Erec Rex books check out the Official Erec Rex Website. You can also get a sneak peek at the books.

 

First 3 chapters of Erec Rex: The Dragon’s Eye (Book 1)

 

First 2 chapters of Erec Rex: The Monsters of Otherness (Book 2)

 

 

What is a blog tour?

 

A blog tour is an online version of a book tour for authors. Several sites agree to post an article about the books or author. Fans get to say hi, ask question and get to know them. The posts are scheduled to run consecutively, much like the appearances on a book tour.

 

It sounds like a great way for fans to interact with an author they like and with each other. How could I say no?

 

 

Kaza Kingsley Blog Tour Dates

 

Here are the sites participating and the dates scheduled.

 

January 7A Fort Made of Books

(The tour post is up Kaza Kingsley interview)

 

January 8Books4Ever

( Kaza Kingsley Blog Tour )

 

January 9Baseballs and Bows

( The Erec Rex Blog Tour )

 

January 10 – Fanatic Space Blog

( Kaza Kingsley Blog Tour )

 

January 11Bibliophile’s Retreat

( And Now Presenting Kaza Kingsley and her Erec Rex Series )

 

January 12Children’s Literature Book Club

( Kaza Kingsley is here today! )

 

January 13Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-A-Holic

( Kaza Kingsley Blog Tour 2008 )

 Stacked Books

January 14A Year of Books

( Blog Tour )

 

January 15Author Chris Rettstatt’s blog

( Kaza Kingsley and Erec Rex )

 

January 16Deliciously Clean Reads

( Kaza Kingsley on Blog Tour HERE! )

 

January 17Into the Wardrobe

( Kaza Kingsley Blog Tour )

 

January 18Real Gurlz Magazine

( Our Interview With Kaza Kingsley )

 

January 19Chauceriangirl

( Guest Starring: Kaza Kingsley )

 

Bonus Days

 

January 20Kaleb Nation

( Interview with Kaza Kingsley )

 

January 21The Jay

( The Jay Interviews Kaza Kingsley )

 

January 22Young Adult (& Kids) Books Central Blog

( Blog Tour: Kaza Kingsley )

 

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Make sure to check out the Blog Tour, and be sure to come back here on January 10.

 

 

[tags]Fandoms, Books, Fantasy, Fun Stuff, Internet, Blogging, Blog Tour, Kaza Kingsley, Erec Rex, The Dragon’s Eye, The Monsters of Otherness[/tags]

Book Reviews Coming Soon.

Are your chads hanging?

I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone (Beth) who responded to my previous article “Book Reviews or Book Discussions?“. Book discussions won in a landslide, but like the 2000 American Presidential Election it’s been overturned. Not by an antiquated electoral college, but by practicality.

Looks like I don’t have enough active readers to start up a discussion about, well, anything. Not yet at least. I’m too damn stubborn to give up though. So I’ll do reviews for now. Once things get rolling and we get some regulars, then we can start up some discussions. I’ll bring this up again in the future, once the site is more active.

Or when Gore is President.

[tags] Fandoms, Books, Opinion, Blogging, Book Discussions, Book Reviews, Book Club, FanaticSpace, FanaticSpace.com, Fanatic Space [/tags]

Book Reviews or Book Discussions?


So many books, so little time.

I need your opinions

After the posts by Donna and myself, I’ve decided that I should make books a larger part of the site. I’d like to do more posts about books and reading. What I’d like your opinion on is the structure of those posts.

  1. Should I review books I read?
  2. Or

  3. Should I open a discussion about a book?

I can see pros and cons for both of those. I’m just not sure what you’d rather see here. That’s why I’m asking you.

What’s the difference?

This is how I imagine these working. If you have other ideas please let me know.

    Book Review

  • I would choose a book, or let you vote on a book.
  • I’d read it and take a few notes.
  • I’d come back to the blog and write up a review. It’s pretty straight forward.

    Book Discussion

  • I would choose a book, or let you vote on a book. That’s the same.
  • I’d write a post on the blog to announce what the book is.
  • A reading deadline would be set. That way people know when the discussion will start, and will know when to finish the book.
  • People that want to join in would, I hope, read the book.
  • After the reading deadline I’d come back here and officially open the discussion. I would include some of my opinions and my questions about the book. It wouldn’t be a full review though.
  • I would update the post with some, or all, of the relevant comments from the discussion for a period of time. This would make the relevant comments about the book easier to find and make things easier on people taking part. A long list of comments can be hard to follow sometimes.

What do you think?

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? Do you have any other ideas? I’d appreciate your thoughts on this. I’d really like to make this site something we could all enjoy together.

[tags]Fandoms, Books, Opinion, Blogging, Book Discussions, Book Reviews, Book Club, FanaticSpace[/tags]

JasonWigley.com in the works.

I’ve had some things I wanted to write that didn’t fit in here or on AnimeFansOnline. So I decided to start a personal blog for all that miscellaneous stuff. I’m lucky that I have a fairly unusual name, it wasn’t registered. Well, the “.eu” was, but I don’t live in the Eu. I’ve registered www.JasonWigley.com and I’m putting a WordPress blog up.

I’m hoping that it will give me a chance to write different kinds of posts and also make FanaticSpace better. At the very least it will move the non-fandom stuff out of here. That should help to keep this site on topic.

So say goodbye to meta-blogging on FanaticSpace. No more blogging about blogging here. Unless I’m writing about a fandom blog, because that still fits in here.

If any of my friends here want to link to it or review it, I’d appreciate it. Give it a little time first if you want to review it. I’m busier than ever now.