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richardshagrin
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Its time for another of those useless but interesting statistical questions.

I was looking a Lubrican's page and he has 41 pages of blogs going back to 2005. And they are still interesting to read and gave me some good ideas for what to read (of his) when the front page is a little sparse.

In my opinion, for what its worth, costs you nothing and worth the price, Lubrican's Premier Member Only stories are the single best reason to pay for the right to read restricted stories. I haven't counted but I estimate about a third of his nearly 250 stories are Premier Only.

Does any other author have more or longer blogs or have entries dated prior to 2005? And Bob (he signs Blogs that way, I will see if I can get away with calling him Bob) said he deleted some of his blogs that discussed his health, now that problems were over. Think of the stories he could have written if his blogs were shorter and less informative.

Another reason to browse his blog is a partial picture of his editor, Peaches. I suspect he has the best looking editor, too.

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Crumbly Writer
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@richardshagrin

I was always under the assumption that the blogs regularly got deleted. There's a warning, when you post a blog, that they'll be deleted after 2 years. Knowing that, I never went back to see how old my blog entries were, and which were kept.

I've deleted many blogs over the years, but because of the threatened deletion of blogs, I saved them for a time so readers could still understand my motivations for writing various stories. Yes, those details are useful, but the majority of readers are unimpressed with blogs, wanting to focus on the story, rather than the author himself.

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richardshagrin

@Crumbly Writer

"Yes, those details are useful, but the majority of readers are unimpressed with blogs, wanting to focus on the story, rather than the author himself."

I guess it depends on how impressive the author is. There are blogs that (to me, your mileage may vary) are more impressive than the stories. Of course those are stories I didn't much care for.

I wonder if the retention of blogs is in some way an editorial comment by Management, how interesting they are to read. If it is why, I agree with the decision. Bob's blogs retain their entertainment value and make useful signposts to stories I want to read. Right after I sell my house and can afford Premier membership.

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Ernest Bywater

there is a warning and policy that blogs are only guaranteed to be kept for two years. However, when they get deleted will depend on when they overflow the space allocated for your blog and when Lazeez things it's worthwhile to clean them up.

docholladay

One problem I have noticed is like when the GoldenMage died. His son posted a note in the blog, but since then its disappeared. It would be nice if when this happens, some one or utility could catch the notice and apply it to their profile information. The profile never seems to be deleted.

Crumbly Writer
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@richardshagrin


There are blogs that (to me, your mileage may vary) are more impressive than the stories. Of course those are stories I didn't much care for.

I wonder if the retention of blogs is in some way an editorial comment by Management, how interesting they are to read. If it is why, I agree with the decision.

Blogs are like Prologues, the majority of readers never even glance at them, unless they have unanswered questions. That said, there is a smaller subset of readers who, like you, enjoy the blogs, and actively scan and read blog entries of authors they've never read. I'm sure Lazeez added the blogs, and promoted them to the main page, because it introduces authors to an entirely new audience, providing a new way to discover stories.

@docholladay

One problem I have noticed is like when the GoldenMage died. His son posted a note in the blog, but since then its disappeared. It would be nice if when this happens, some one or utility could catch the notice and apply it to their profile information. The profile never seems to be deleted.


Submit a request for a 'Death Notice' addition to user profiles. I'm sure a significant number of SOL fans would approve of such an addition, and it's acceptance would ultimately be determined by how much work Lazeez determines it would require.

The mechanism could be as simple as fellow others or concerned readers posting a notice to the site's Admins, who then personally post it.

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docholladay

@Crumbly Writer

The mechanism could be as simple as fellow others or concerned readers posting a notice to the site's Admins, who then personally post it.


That might be what happened in the cases where I noticed the death dates in the profile. Pity is I didn't know about it before the blog notice was lost. I will remember it and send a note to the admin's when and if I see another notice.

I admit part of that notice being made is for whenever someone notices a note in the blog. I do know I tend to check the blogs of writers I follow regularly. But then again I am a little nuts at times.

sejintenej

I look at the quick beginning to decide whether to read the full blog and I also go to the blogs of authors whom I follow but who stop/slow down their posting - it could be illness (a simple note wishing him better) or overwork or whatever.

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