Should I put a link to this blog on my website?
The reason I didn't all this while is because I am not too fond of all that drama that inevitably happens when this blog becomes well-publicized. You know what they say, every blog comment thread that spans more than 30 comments inevitably becomes unreadable because any "discussion" that lasts that long usually consisted of name-calling, pointless nitpicking over a word or phrase in order to get the last word, or off-topic meta-discussion that has nothing to do at all with the original topic. I'm not as democratic as the likes of the ladies at Dear Author - I will close any blog comment thread that becomes too unruly or unreadable. And that will lead some people to go, "Oh! Censorship! You can't take it! Whatever!"
I like the current "quiet" of my blog and I'm not too keen on seeing that end should I put a link to this blog on my website.
At the same time, let's face it, all you need to do to find this blog is to Google it. This is not a top secret blog. The blog stats indicate that there are many people lurking without commenting, so I don't think this blog is that obscure. Putting a link to this blog is like putting a sign board over a very obvious trail, plus it will do away with all those emails from people asking me where the blog is.
Should I review novels that are considered classics?
I'm currently itching to write something about Wuthering Heights. I've also been re-reading books written by long dead people because I'm currently experiencing a little bit of romance slump. Don't expect "girly" books to be reviewed though, my taste in classics lean towards Joseph Conrad, DH Lawrence, RL Stevenson, Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, and some authors that were considered old-school "sci-fi" or "horror". Wuthering Heights, The Secret Garden, Pearl S Buck, and To Kill A Mockingbird are actually anomalies in my list of preferred reading material.
But at the same time, reviewing classic novels is like taking on the masses - I doubt some people will be so sanguine if I apply the hammer to their beloved classics... (Seriously, if someone asks me today on what they should put on their blogs, I'd say, unless you have very thick skin, stay away from doing reviews. You can insult the genre using broad statements, you can criticize the genre to your heart's content, and still people won't be mad until you specifically single out a book, ie doing a review of a book instead of ranting about the genre. If you rant about the genre, you're an activist. If you review like I do, then it gets personal and you're the meanest of the mean. Soft-hearted people, stick to standing on soapboxes, heh.)
To the ten people following this blog, heh, what do you think?
PS: I'm going to be doing a massive update in the music reviews section within the next few days (having shamefully neglected to do so for months), but quickly put, when it comes to putting out an instantly catchy CD, David Archuleta beats David Cook easily. Seriously, David Cook, what is with all that generic emo rock crap loading that CD? Come back, Chris Daughtry - all is forgiven.