Today marks a momentous occasion on the PJV. This post is the 1000th post. *stop pause and sit back and stare at that*

I know a few other blogs around my same age have reached 1000 posts a few months ago, and this number is not really intrinsical to achievement. It doesn’t mean 1000 quality posts, technically someone could do 1000 posts in one day. And goodness knows I’ve put out some questionable material. It is just a crazy little number, one that says, “Damn I had a lot to get off my chest.”

Do y’all want to know details? Because I would like to hear how book blogging changed your life. Here are few highlights from me.

  • Blogging changed my life by giving me an accomplishment that I can really be proud of. 
  • Blogging changed my life as a hobby that takes up a good portion of my day.  
  • Blogging changed my life by opening me up to a new industry that actually “gets” my design style and I’m flourishing. 
  • Blogging changed my life by actually getting me fired from my job (I needed it though). 
  • Blogging changed my life by introducing me to a great group of people that I can now call good friends. 
  • Blogging changed my life house by turning me into a book hoarder. 
  • Blogging changed my life and my vocabulary with terms that I now throw around like candy – ARCS, tweet, #FF, I sound like I’m either back in the military with all the acronyms or sneezing…

I think I could go on and on, but they would get lame and you guys would get bored.

Do you want to participate? I want to see how Blogging changed your life. If you decide to do a post, even if you do it next week, I’ve included a linky that you can post your Blogging Changed My life posts…

Add your link here:


Enough of that right? On to the reader questions:

How do you (nicely) correct an established blogger who is incorrect about a genre, or a fact or tidbit? Do you leave a comment or email them? – Rywn

A: Established blogger or not, if someone has an error it is really up to you as a blogger, to whether it is worth it to correct them. Some people don’t like to be corrected, some would love for you to point it out because they don’t want to look silly.

I can only tell you how I feel. I don’t want you to point it out in comments. Please email me. I’ve learned this by doing and receiving. For one, problems are embarrassing and putting it in the comments points it out to EVERYONE. Not to mention tone and personality do not come out in the written word, so it can sometimes be taken as haughty – like “Look what you did – ha.” Not saying that this is your intention, but a simple phrase can come off quite different to two different people. I’ve left a comment on a blogger’s sites before – and I’ve either been completely ignored (but this isn’t anything new with this particular blogger) or I got a pithy response. Later I realized I should have emailed.

Then I got my own comment and realized that maybe emails are the better way to go, especially when people commented on the comment (so embarrassing – and the comment came across as rude – even though it wasn’t intended that way). What I do recommend, above all though, is to be specific and to reread what you write (check for tone!). Cite the exact problem then give your reference – “this book is actually a comedy, not chick lit as said by this description…” and list a URL.

As far as tone, best advice would be to try and sound like you are just passing on a casual FYI, not being a know-it-all. Much like you would in conversation with someone if you were correcting them. Constructive criticism is very hard to give, we know this in life, we know this in blogging – like all things, it’s how you say it. So, just check your intentions, are you doing this to help the blogger or are you doing it because you know the right answer? If you are seriously doing it to help out then you might as well give it a try.

Donation buttons. Done or not done? – Amber

A: I’ve seen them around, I think I might have one up somewhere! Don’t expect a lot of donations, unless you are running a service (like BB101 hint hint) but I don’t see anything wrong with them. It’s hard times, every little bit helps and running these blogs can get expensive.

What is your opinion of blogs with auto-sound? Personally, I find it very distracting, but more and more blogs play sounds. – Book Savvy Babe

A: I think we’ve gone over this before, but really it kills me sometimes – well if I don’t like the song! If I like the song I’m OK with it. But, in all honesty, sound on a blog can be irritating to most viewers and from a technical stand-point they bog down your blog’s load speed, which can mean a lot of readers “jump” off your blog before even seeing it download.

Sound is sometimes associated with non-professionalism and gives an almost cheesy personality to the blog, from what people told me, anyway. I don’t recommend those sound playlists that auto-play — if you want to share your taste in music, maybe stick a playlist up there, but without an auto-play.

That’s it peeps, Less Talk, Read More, Happy Thursday. Remember there is a TWITTER PARTY today at 11am CST:

TWITTER PARTY
Sept 29, 2011, 11am – Noon CST

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