Mapping Favourite Reading Sites

Last March I reported on favourite reading sites mentioned by those participating in the latest reader survey. How do these stack up against two dimensions of social reading: (1) the degree of socializing enabled and (2) the breadth of functionality provided?

Here’s my take on it. It’s interesting to me to see the proliferation in the bottom left quadrant. 

Please note that the position of each bubble is approximate as I wanted to make sure that you could read each one.

Social Reading & Reading Sites

 

Search sites – Bing and Google for example

Industry sites – Harper Collins was mentioned

Social media – Twitter and Facebook fit in this category

Traditional – online sites created by traditional media such as The Guardian

Author sites – Elizabeth Chadwick has a popular one

Book Blogs – hundreds mentioned by survey participants

Retailers – Amazon and others

Forums – example Historical Fiction Online

Fan Sites – Diana Gabaldon has several

Reading Sites – Goodreads is the biggest one (that’s why Amazon bought it)

Open to your feedback as always.

M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

Mary can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

 

A Reader’s Paradise

Out of 2,440 individuals, 312 provided a link to their blog or website! What does that say about the world of books?

I promised to publish the list. It includes general book review blogs, genre specific blogs, author sites, specialty blogs, single topic blogs. And they come from all over the world.

I encourage you to stop by some of these sites, browse around, and let them know you found them based on the historical fiction survey. I’m sure I’ll do some more analysis at a later date and, of course, I’ll be publishing the favourite blogs & sites when time permits.

Enjoy!

http://www.mandascott.co.uk
shelfandstuff.blogspot.com
http://loelbooks.blogspot.com/
http://abookishaffair.blogspot.com
authordebrabrown.blogspot.com
http://gayromancenorthwest.wordpress.com/
cricketbats.booklikes.com
History Refreshed http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/blog/
http://tiecelin.blogspot.nl/ (in Dutch)
http://www.dougboren.com
http://www.JMAucoin.com
http://fadedhat.blogspot.com
speesh.wordpress.com
http://theyalsofought.blogspot.com
http://asknicola.blogspot.com
http://dirtroadsandhardtack.blogspot.ca/
http://www.sweetwaterlibraries.com/sclsblogs/bump/
historicnavalfiction.com
bookishlove.wordpress.com
http://harperswarstories.com
http://www.michelekallio.com
http://kathleenlmaher.blogspot.com/
JustOneMoreChapter.com
http://www.myenemystears.com
www.jtulloshennig.net
http://www.judithstarkston.com/
thequeensquillreview.com
http://www.bookalicious.ca
http://thewhiterajah.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.rooftopsesions.com
wordpress.danielawillis.com
http://www.nancyfraser.ca/wordpress/
http://sophieschiller.blogspot.com/
http://stevenamckay.wordpress.com/
http://thereviewgroup.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.longagoandfaraway.org
http://abookgeek-llm.blogspot.com
http://historicaldilettante.blogspot.com but it is definitely not exclusively book-related
Reading the Past, http://www.readingthepast.com
http://daicefnllys.blogspot.co.uk/
Historian’s Notebook (http://faithljustice.wordpress.com)
reluctantauthor.blogspot.com/
http://www.allrighters.co.uk
http://www.bookaddictkatie.com
For Winter Nights http://forwinternights.wordpress.com/
http://editorialeyes.wordpress.com
flashlightcommentary.blogspot.com
http://www.displacementactivity.co.uk
http://carolbodensteiner.com/carol-bodensteiners-blog/
Washington Independent Review of Books (www.wirobooks.com)
http://jaqdhawkins.co.uk/
http://jorielovesastory.com
http://dclibrary.us/eshelf-research/dcls-readers-page
The Book Minx
Time For Books – Free Community Library – Vietnam
http://www.jennybarden.com
http://cynthia-reed.blogspot.com/
Passages to the Past (www.passagestothepast.com)
http://sugarandsnark.co.za/
http://helens-daughter.livejournal.com
http://richardsbookshelf.wordpress.com/
http://www.landofbrokenpromises.co.uk/Palestine/mandatebooks/index.html
http://turningthepagesx.blogspot.com
http://thebarefootwriterblog.wordpress.com/
http://www.sallyfromoz.wordpress.com
karinwritesdangerously.wordpress.com
http://www.hearthandhomefront.blogspot.com (books and cooking)
Bitty’s Buried In Books bbibooks.blogspot.com
http://lcmccabe.blogspot.com
http://www.featherpenstartandreams.wordpress.com
http://krismehigan.tumblr.com/
http://www.thelibraryofalexandra.org
The Howling Turtle http://howlingturtle-pdx.blogspot.com
http://leea.booklikes.com/
2013biblioholic.blogspot.com
reflections.greyowl.com
http://www.hildareilly.com/writing-blog.html
http://readingcovertocover.wordpress.com
thebookbabesreads.com
blueroseromance.com
http://booksinmynook.blogspot.com/
http://www.stephaniedray.com
http://www.momwithabook.com
http://www.karenrbrooks.com
http://amh-reviews.blogspot.com/
madmusingsofmastersmind@blogspot.com
http://susie-bookworm.blogspot.com
http://christyblaker.booklikes.com/
http://www.readerlygeek.wordpress.com
mfennwrites.wordpress.com
http://expendablemudge.blogspot.com/
Custer at the Alamo
http://www.layersofthought.net
Je Suis Prest Book Club
http://www.meredithstoddard.com
alatterdaybluestocking.com
http://www.apassionforpages.blogspot.com
http://www.katequinnauthor.com
Www.bernardneeson.com
http://teddyree-theeclecticreader.blogspot.com
http://danisbookshelf.blogspot.com/
http://www.misssusiesreading.blogspot.com/
http://www.historical-fiction.com
http://www.hnssydney.blogspot.com
http://mauricemareau.net
http://breadcrumbreads.wordpress.com
http://www.romanfiction.com
Thegraceofironclothing.wordpress.com
Book Drunkard
http://www.authorsherryjones.com
http://theanalyticeye.com
http://www.bookdout.wordpress.com
http://witchwayblogspotcom.blogspot.co.uk/
http://speculativereality.wordpress.com/
http://silversolara.blogspot.com
http://sinfulfolk.com
http://www.elainecougler.wordpress.com
http://www.shereads.org
http://www.findmeinabook.com
http://www.AstorPlaceVintage.com
http://www.booksandprettystones.wordpress.com
http://djkellyauthor.wordpress.com/
http://www.vonniehughes.com
Found Between the Covers (http://foundbetweenthecovers.wordpress.com)
http://riversihaveknown.com/
http://www.ShaunaRoberts.com
http://mytime2read.blogspot.com/
graceburrowes.com
aubreywynneauthor.wordpress.com
Maureenfoss.com
layeredpages.com
Reading Between the Wines
http://ellaquinnauthor.com
http://www.kateforsyth.com.au/blog
http://www.dawlishchronicles.com
So Many Books, So Little time (http://somanybookssolittletimeblog.blogspot.com)
http://www.ashleecowles.com
http://www.historicalfictionnotebook.com
http://museinthefog.com
http://www.enslaved1844.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenny-Twist-Author/291166404240446
Life, Library and the Pursuit of Temperance (http://pursuitoftemperance.blogspot.com)
http://samstillreading.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/BookComber/161590010552986?ref=hl
http://musingsfromsrilanka.blogspot.com
Voices under the Sun
kovjestica@tumblr.com
http://www.wendyjdunn.com
http://australianbookshelf.wordpress.com
http://bookroulette.wordpress.com/
http://www.thegreatunread.com
http://charlieray45.wordpress.com
http://www.examiner.com/book-in-national/pamela-kramer
http://www.bookwormsfancy.com
YvesFey.com
http://martinlakewriting.wordpress.com
Celticlady’s Reviews    http://www.celticladysreviews.blogspot.com
http://www.charlottegray.ca
http://thatandthisinmumbai.wordpress.com/
Www.laurelcorona.com
http://www.hilarygreen.co.uk
http://mark-patton.blogspot.co.uk
AmericanGirlsArtClubinParis.wordpress.com
http://geoffreyfox.blogspot.com.es
doingsomereading.wordpress.com
Http://gayemack.com
http://bauerphotomedia.blogspot.co.uk
stephen-crabbe.blogspot.com (Stephen Crabbe’s Blog)
http://www.beebliome.com
http://www.jenniferjoycewrites.co.uk
http://autobiographyofabookworm/blogspot.com
http://althistfiction.com
http://stuartaken.blogspot.com
richardsharpnovels.com
Parsing Time by Pallas
Bookworms Dinner
http://riedstrap.wordpress.com
http://thewholemegillah.wordpress.com
http://www.theintrepidreader.com
http://susanaellisauthor.wordpress.com
torimacallister.com
http://www.kristenwalker.net
http://suemillard.blogspot.co.uk
Historical Odds and Sods at http://www.ghosts-from-the-past.blogspot.ca
http://www.margaretskea.com
Writing the Renaissance http://www.writingren.blogspot.com
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/180762.Ann_Chamberlin
http://www.dmdenton-author-artist.com/
http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/
http://muslimmediareview.blogspot.com
http://lauralibricz.blogspot.de/
thestyletangent.wordpress.com
http://pagadan.livejournal.com/
http://www.lynalexander.com
http://www.theinspiredmadman.wordpress.com – features some reviews
Caz’s Reading Room – http://www.bookish29.wordpress.com
http://1writer2.blogspot.co.uk/
Bags, Books &Bon Jovi
http://www.inspirationalromanceratings.com
http://reginabookspinner.blogspot.com.au/
theidlewoman.blogspot.co.uk
http://lloydlofthouse.org/
http://cavalrytales.wordpress.com
http://www.justinlindsay.com
http://inspirationalhistoricalfiction.blogspot.com/
Theologyinheels.com
http://www.ArlettaDawdy.com
helen-scribbles.com
Http://nicoleevelina.com
http://doniscasey.com
http://www.lucypick.com
http://georginatroy.blogspot.com/
http://www.sharonessex.com
Rambling Reads: http://www.trustme2forget.blogspot.com
http://www.cindyvallar.com
http://nancyjardine.blogspot.com
http://bardsnest.blogspot.co.uk/
amperzen.com/blog
the book I am reading ( facebook group)
http://www.cjunderwood.com
http://www.janejohnsonbooks.com
http://www.retrorareinc.com
http://heidicruz.blogspot.com/
elijahkinchspector.com
Just Janga
http://www.ChrisEboch.com
http://katelordbrown.blogspot.com/
http://drchazan.blogspot.co.il/
evanostryzniuk.com
http://www.frenchvillagediaries.com
http://www.theenglishstudent.blog.com
http://dizzycslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.andreacefalo.com
itsamysterytomepegherring.blogspot.com
Pen and Paper. http://pettywitter.blogspot.co.uk
hooverbookreviews.wordpress.com
shereadsnovels.wordpress.com
http://www.alisonpercival.com
http://the-history-girls.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.claudiaharbaugh.com
http://www.caroledgerley.com
http://www.thedeathofcarthage.com
http://authorharoldtitus.blogspot.com
http://trissstein.com/
devaword.com
http://fictionfanblog.wordpress.com
http://www.indianbookreviews.com
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4882941-marina
davidbooker@bookernovels.com
http://www.estantedelivros.com
robertocalas.com
Richard III Society of NSW
Writers Who Kill Blogspot
http://www.SusanMcDuffie.net
somebodywrotethis.wordpress.com
http://ringstrue13.wordpress.com/
sarahrettger.blogspot.com
http://www.bookbash.wordpress.com
Www.genuinejenn.com (contributer)
http://gkparkernoir.com/
genrefluent.com
The Unmasked Persona’s Reviews
http://www.mdenisec.blogspot.com
greg-michaels.com
http://perspectivesbynancee.blogspot.com/
westmetromommy.blogspot.com
http://wordsmusic-doc.blogspot.com/
Historically Speaking http://nancycastaldo.blogspot.com
stevenspen.com
http://www.AlisonMcMahan.com/blog
robertarood.wordpress.com – Books to the Ceiling
http://www.skkeogh.com/
http://themaidenscourt.blogspot.com
lindaroot@blogspot.com
http://www.writingthepastblog.blogspot.ca
http://www.henryvr.wordpress.com
Www.radasky.com
Ancient & Medieval Mayhem
http://girlparker.com
http://www.ruthdownie.com
http://mmjustus.com
http://www.erikarobuck.com
http://www.bibliobeth.wordpress.com
http://readinggivesmewings.wordpress.com/
http://cjglos.wordpress.com/
http://www.dianadavidson.org
elizabethcaulfieldfelt.wordpress.com
blog.alaricbond.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/EnchantingFiction
http://www.madness1812.com
http://wordsandpeace.com
http://www.richarddenning.co.uk/
Almostcrazymommy.blogspot.com
http://literascribe.blogspot.co.uk
Www.kristenplatt.com
http://mikerm.blogspot.com
http://historicalreadings.blogspot.com
http://www.HistoricalNovels.info
Romance Bandits
http://www.stephaniereneedossantos.com
http://tonyriches.blogspot.co.uk/
Unabridged Chick: http://www.unabridgedchick.com
http://www.iama-network.com
http://romantichistoricallovers.wordpress.com
http://dodgingarrows.wordpress.com/
http://www.gillianbagwell.com
http://richardabbott.authorsxpress.com/
http://clodiametelli.wordpress.com/
http://keirasoleore.blogspot.com
Unusual Historicals; http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/
coquelicotribbons.blogspot.com
http://sjat.wordpress.com/

A Blogger’s Biggest Fear

I love my readersWhat’s the biggest fear most bloggers experience? That no one will read what we post.

Today I’m writing a public thank you to all of you who have stopped by, made a comment, ‘liked’ a post, shared a post, found my email and connected directly, added me to their blogroll or in some other way engaged with A Writer of History.

You people are AWESOME.

A Writer of History hasn’t gone viral but I have a steady stream of visitors, many of whom have become loyal followers and that, my friends, is something that I treasure.

Almost 40,000 visits and over 1,000 comments – I couldn’t have done it without you!