Pop quiz: did you notice the tiny 16×16 banana icons in the comment threads? I have added them about a week ago and was wondering if anyone will notice anything. Few people did. I explained this in the comments before but I figured I might as well kill a post and explain them here.
Basically, these are regular reader badges. If you have been regularly commenting on my posts here, you should have one. You can test it out by commenting here. If you don’t have one, and want it, let me know and I will change that. This is basically a little token of my appreciation for continuously contributing to this blog and making it more entertaining than if it was just me blabbing all the time. Oh, and if you for some reason don’t want a banana badge send me an email and I will take it off.
The whole thing basically works just like Gravatars do – it is tied to your email. For now I am just manually adding emails to the list. I considered making it automatic – for example based on number of comments you have posted but I figured that having a count query for each comment could put a strain on my already slow website. Besides, don’t think WordPress db has an index on the email column, and while I could add one it seemed that manual addition was the way to go. At least for now.
Btw, I’m totally open to suggestions regarding the icon. Basically it needs to be 16×16 but other than that, we could make it anything. I originally wanted to use a star icon, but didn’t have one handy. I did however had this tiny banana icon already on the server – so I used it for testing. In the end I decided that bananas were funnier than stars to begin with. But if you have an awesome icon that we could use, or feel like making one let me know and I swap it out.
Here is a question for you: which posts of mine do you enjoy the most, and which do you usually skip over? Which sort of thing do you think I should do more, and what should I cut out. Usually the way I get a feel for what people enjoy reading is by looking at the number of comments – which is not always indicative of how many people read and enjoyed the post. I know that I often read some excellent blog posts and don’t comment on them because I don’t have anything interesting to add to the discussion. So here is your chance to let me know.
For example, does anyone actually like when I review SF books here? I like to post these because every once in a while I get good recommendations for my reading list. Also, I like to read book reviews from bloggers I like and respect because it is usually easier to calibrate my taste against theirs than against random Amazon reviews and what not. On the other hand, I’ve been told by several people that they usually skip over these posts. The blog doesn’t really have a theme as such, but the core topics are probably:
- SF/Fantasy Movie and TV Show Reviews
- Video Game Reviews
- SF/Fantasy Book Reviews
- Programming how-to posts
- IT related how-to posts
- General technology related rants
- SF musings – theorizing about future and etc..
- Random humor
- Copyright/DRM related rants
- I don’t remember
That’s sort of the breakdown I have in my mind right now, though it fluctuates and changes over time. Essentially I write about whatever strikes my fancy at any given time. But, I do take suggestions and advice from the readers seriously. I already got some comments about this in the de-lurking post last week, but his is another chance for you to state your preferences here.
So if you would have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. For example, if you would like me to review a particular game or movie. Have me write a post on what I think about particular topic. That stuff definitely helps – I can put int on my queue and use it whenever I get a writers block.
Also, if you have any requests (like comment editing plugin – I know, I’m looking for a decent one right now) please post them here as well.