Metapost: Welcome to Blogger!

Hi, all, and welcome to the latest in a series of blogs I've started. I've tried several sites now, and while they all have something to offer, they also all have their own little unique quirks. I thought I was all set for life with Weebly hosting, and I really do like the incredible flexibility of their site creation, but I was a little distressed that the commenting features were still somewhat primitive, and open to spam-abuse potential.

On the other hand, a lot of blogs I enjoy and follow are Blogger hosted, and I was impressed at the variety of "login options" available to commenters - it seems like if you've ever been online in the past 10 years or so, you're pretty much guaranteed to have an account that Blogger will recognize and accept.

Other things I liked about the Blogger model is that the site template seems fairly easy to customize, even for people who don't speak much HTML/CSS/whatever, and the ease for monetizing the blog with a side-bar advertisement that (I hope) won't get in anyone's way. For the longest time, I had planned never to monetize any blog I hosted, but I've come to realize that site domains don't pay for themselves so here we are. Hopefully the ads won't be too annoying.

For the next couple of weeks, I want to settle in a bit, get some information pages hosted, and then start the process of moving over from my old blog, and redirecting traffic from there to here. That should be fun. I'd also like to become integrated more fully with GoodReads, where I have a strong presence. My goal after that will be to try to move over some of my favorite reviews from Amazon, and make this place less of an "afterthought" in my regular reviewing process.

My ultimate goal is that this be a fun and informative place for me to post my reviews (uncensored! uninhibited! uncontrolled!), as well as a place for critical commentary of my favorite (and not-so-favorite, in some cases) books, movies, and games. I'd like to post here as often as I can, but in between work, family, and Real Life, we'll see how that goes.

~ Ana Mardoll


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