Thursday, 12 February 2009

Lethargy, a lack of posts and a little more focus!

First off, this is the second time I have written this post, as Windows Live Writer managed to delete it the first time, while I was checking some facts, aarrgghh I am so annoyed!
I have been very pre-occupied since the new year and have been finding particularly difficult to get around to writing any blog posts (or working on Dial P For Pulp! if it comes to it).
Anyway, in an effort to get down to it, I am going to lay out some aims for the this blog in the coming year!
  1. I am going to try to make at least 3 postings a week (relevant ones, not just pointless posts).
  2. This one won't be too obvious to readers, I am going to try to start writing posts at home in the evenings as well as in my lunch hour, which has been the norm up to now.
  3. I am going to introduce some more thematic and regular posts (more on this below).
  4. Posts will be longer, better thought out and explained!
OK, most of those are fairly obvious but no.3 needs more information.
Basically, even though this is a personal blog, and in effect my personal diary, reflecting whatever interests flick across my goldfish like attention span, I feel that I should give it a little more direction and focus!
So firstly I am going to try to review at least one book a month. This is not as simple as it sounds, as I am already reading between 2 and 3 books at a time to review for the podcast and I really don't want to simply rehash the same review in 2 places. So it is basically adding my reading list. The books reviewed will likely have a strong leaning towards SF, but I imagine there will also be some historical military fiction and probably some non-fiction as well. Basically I will review anything that I read that is not suitable for review on Dial P For Pulp! (i.e. any non-pulp/noir themed books).
Also I am going to introduce an annual theme for movie reviews, I will review at least one themed movie every month for the duration of the year. This theme may spill over into book reviews and other areas if it really catches my imagination.
This years theme is going to be Post Apocalyptic Movies. This is inspired by my rekindled interested in the genre after watching the rebooted BBC series Survivors which turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. So expect to see reviews for films like No Blade of Grass, A Boy and His Dog, and the Mad Max trilogy. I will trawl up as many others as I can find (I may even sit through a couple of Kevin Costner movies that spring to mind). In related areas, there are a couple of books I have been meaning to read, and this will give me the impetus to dig them out of the pile!
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