Archive for September 2, 2009


Posted: September 2, 2009 in Uncategorized


Last month I was extremely chuffed to be nominated for a Book Blogger Appreciation Week Award in the category Best Thriller/Mystery/Suspense Blog. I understand that there are a large number of nominated blogs, many of a very high standard, so I do not expect to be short listed, but many thanks to whoever nominated me.

The criteria the judges will use to choose the short list are:

Quality of writing: ugh!
Diversity of content: I do flit around from subject to subject.
Audience engagement: Quiz questions.
Visual aesthetic and functionality: Unfortunately some people don’t like black backgrounds and Crime Scraps is barely functional because I am too nervous to try anything much new as regard to bells and whistles.

I was asked to provide links to 5 posts, at least one of which had to be a book review, that I considered to be the best representation of my blog.
I found this to be a difficult task and I had only just over a day to make a purely subjective judgement on hundreds of posts.

I chose:

I thought this was a good range of posts but on second thoughts perhaps I should have found room for my by far most popular posting Who is Lisbeth Salander? Although the popularity of this effort has probably much more to do with its prime position on the Google search engine that any brilliant insights from me.

I was asked to provide information on other social networks used to promote my blog, and of course I mentioned our happy band at Friend Feed , the patient Karen at Euro Crime, who puts up with my idiosyncratic reviews, and my recent Twittering.
They also asked for any challenges or memes I host for the book blogging community so I mentioned my longer Quirky Quizzes [the next one will be due in November] and gave a link to my last Winter Festivals Quirky Quiz: Questions Conundrums and Connections.

The short lists will be announced on the 7 September.