After 11+ years, MostlyFiction is ready for a change. At least, I, as editor, am ready for a change, even if the site isn’t!
So I am going to try a new format. A true blog.
If you have visited other blog sites, then you already know how to get around MostlyFiction’s new format.
Nevertheless, here is a brief overview of what you can find (and how you can find it):
The most recent 15 entries will appear in the NEW REVIEWS column on the left. You’ll notice that the home page displays the start of each review; to see the whole review click on the “Read the rest of the post.” Â If you want to link to a review, this is when you should do it.
Each review includes a book quote, book cover image, the review, and links to: amazon, Â author’s website (if available), reading guides or excerpts or other useful information, a link back to the MostlyFiction author page for more reviews, a bibliography (sometimes only partial).
What’s missing from the good old days? Â No author bio & photo and no links to other reviews around the Internet. Â However, if there is a preexisting author page, then this information will appear there.
You can leave comments on every posting/review on the site, including this page. Â The most recent comments will appear in the left column after the list of recent reviews.
Tags & Categories:
On the left column, you will find a “cloud” of tags. Â The most used tags are larger than the lesser used tags. Â Keep in mind that MostlyFiction has thousands of reviews and this blog style has only recently been put into use. Â These tags are only for new reviews. Â I will be developing other ways for you to find info on the legacy pages.
Categories appear in a list on the right column. Â Again, it is only for the new entries and does not account for the thousands of reviews that came before.
Both Tags & Categories will become more valuable in time as more entries are added.
When you click on a tag or category, it will give you an “archive” page for all entries that meet the criteria of the tag or category. Â As these are not automatic but hand chosen, they are not perfect.
Blogs automatically keep track of Â all new posts by adding a link to the date on the calendar. Â At the end of the month all entries are collected on a “month” tag. Â When you click on it , you will give see an archive page for all the entries. Â This is a quick way to catch up on what was posted.
Just below the header are TABS for more information. Â Since you are reading this it means that you have already found these. Â Here’s a brief explanation of each:
The page you are reading now is found under the ABOUT tab, along with an explanation of what came before on the legacy site (“previously“) and a list of each book reviewed so far this year “2009 Books.”
All author pages, whether located on the legacy site or in this new blog format, are listed in alphabetical order here. Â You can either click on the tab and bring up a window and click on a letter of the alphabet OR you can simply use the roll over pull down menu and choose the appropriate page.
Book Titles for every review, whether located on the legacy site or in this new blog format, are listed in alphabetical order here. Â You can either click on the tab and bring up a window and click on a letter of the alphabet OR you can simply use the roll over pull down menu and choose the appropriate page.
Keep in mind that when we list these titles, we omit articles (A, An or The) and list by the first letter of the next word in the title. Â For example, “A Date You Can’t Refuse” is listed under “D” for “Date.”
If you can’t find it, then Search for it:
Click on either the AUTHOR INDEX or TITLE INDEX page tabs and you will search a Google search.
Google searches the entire site — both legacy pages and new blog pages. Â It’s great! Â I used it often.
Like what you are reading and want to see more reviews from the same reviewer? Â From this tab, you can click on a reviewer’s name and see all the books that they have ever reviewed for MostlyFiction. Â Click on the title and you will be brought to the review page.
This is what it says it is… links to more pages that will help you find the book you want to read next. Â More will be added to this section.
You can sign up for the newsletter here… or try the RSS feed.
Yes, we have to mention this. Â MostlyFiction is entirely a volunteer effort. Â Any money that is made from Amazon.com covers the cost to run this site… not the labor… but all the incidentals. Â I gave up the notion that this site could pay me or our reviewers years ago. Â Would love it, but will settle for collecting just enough fees that I can afford to keep the site running. Â As I am currently unemployed, this is particularly important these days.
MostlyFiction.com as you have known it until now is going dormant. By dormant I mean that we we won’t be adding new reviews to the old part of the website — only to the blog area. I am not planning to mothball it completely — author pages will be updated here and there. But all new reviews will be posted blog style. The gist of it is, MF will still be here and you can visit it anytime. With eleven years of reviews, it is one valuable resource to help you find your next great book to read. You will find much of the organizational tools still in place… just moved over to this new format.
Did I mention that one of the benefits of a blog is that YOU can add your comments to our reviews now! Ain’t it great?
And speaking of comments… more than I ever I need to hear from you on the new style. Tell me what works for you, what’s missing and what is a total waste of space.
April 16, 2009