Prepare for the Onslaught

One of the problems with having almost 300 book reviews on the BookBanter website is providing readers with the quickest and easiest way to find them.  So this was the Eureka! moment I had today: I’ll be posting all my book reviews as individual posts on this blog, with specific categories and tags.  That way I’ll be able to have them organized and categorized on the website so that they can be simply found.  It also gives me the option to make any changes or edits later on, once they’ve been posted, as well as providing links to allow readers to purchase these books, and include links to BookBanter interviews.  Plus I’ll be able to catch any typos I missed when I originally put the reviews up.

Now, after doing some calculating, there are currently 287 reviews on the BookBanter site, with 3 more due to go up for Episode 26 on February 15th, bringing the total to an even 290.  And if I want to get all reviews posted before the unveiling of the new site, or at least by the time of the unveiling, with 20 days left to go, that’s an average of 14.5 reviews per day.  I’m pretty sure I’m not going to necessarily be able to hit this goal, at least not every day for the next couple of weeks . . . but here goes.

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Readers & Listeners, Lend Me Your Ears: Feedback Requested

BookBanter will be getting a face-lift of some sort in the near future.  At the moment I’m planning on redesigning the site hopefully for the beginning of March, giving it a newer, sleeker, more professional look.

  1. One of the new additions will be a search option for reviews, as I’m now closing in on 300 book reviews on the site and it’s just not viable to have all those book covers loading up on various pages.  So instead, there will be a search option of some sort, though new reviews will still be spotlighted in some way on the homepage, and other reviews will be spotlighted in some way both on various other pages, and on the search page if there is one.
  2. Another is feedback and commentary from some of the authors I’ve interviewed, he let you know what they think of the site, the interview, and BookBanter in general.
  3. I will hopefully have the BookBanter theme song completed and ready to go at this point to, which may be available in some way on its own (and possibly with an extended version) on the site, but certainly will be at the beginning and end of each episode.
  4. Also a specially filmed interview on me and BookBanter should hopefully be all set and ready to show to the world with this new look.

Now here’s the part where you come in.  As I’m in the initial stages of planning the redesign, I welcome any feedback, ideas, suggestions, and thoughts you may have about what you’d like to see on the BookBanter site, what there is already on there that you may like or not like so much or completely dislike, and any other commentary or changes you’d like to see happen to BookBanter.  In fact, I implore you.  I can’t promise that I will carry all your suggestions and recommendations to fruition, but I certainly welcome them and will take them under serious consideration.

To leave feedback, or a suggestion, or something that fits into the rubric of the aforementioned paragraph, simply leave a comment on this post, or on the syndicated post on Facebook, or if you wish for your thoughts and suggestions to be private, simply email me at alex@bookbanter.net.

As I said, I welcome any and all comments, whatever they may be, as I want to make BookBanter as accessible and enjoyable as possible to as many readers and listeners as possible.

Thank you for your time.

The Return of the Podbean

So the BookBanter Podbean site is now fully back and running just fine and you should have access to all the episodes of BookBanter from the first to the latest, number 21 with Ken Scholes.  While I hope this doesn’t happen again and I’m still very unhappy with how Podbean didn’t apologize or keep me updated (as a paying customer) on what was going on, it has put a nugget of thought in my mind about eventually changing the setup of BookBanter to be all in one place.

But for now, you can get all your BookBanter news and episodes and updates at the BookBanter site, along with direct access to all episodes at the BookBanter Podbean site.

If anyone has finds any issues or has any problems, be sure to shoot me an email at alex@bookbanter.net.

Podbean Update

Finally heard back from Podbean, and it seems that one of their servers is down which is why you can’t get access to the BookBanter Podbean site.  Would’ve been nice if they’d sent out an announcement or something to paying customers, instead of having me find out and then have to get in touch with them and wait to hear from them.

But it should be all fixed soon (within 24 hours they said) and then I’ll update the link and everything should be back to normal with BookBanter.

Thanks for your patience.

BookBanter Listening Issues

Podbean, the podcast site that BookBanter is usually running through, is experiencing technical difficulties at the moment; not sure why, but I’m working on getting it fixed, so at the moment the new episode is linked through the Mevio site, which should work just fine.  If you’re experiencing the same problems with the others episodes where you can’t listen to them, you can go to the BookBanter Mevio site and hear them there.

Any comments or questions, please be sure to email me at alex@bookbanter.net.

I’m working on getting this fixed as soon as possible.

Thanks for your patience.

Theme Song and BookBanter Interviewed Update

Just wanted to give BookBanter Readers an update on two items: the original BookBanter theme song that I was working on, and the short film where BookBanter was interviewed.

Theme Song: Work continues on this as time and schedules allow. I’m working with my good friend Chris Fletcher, who has the software, the instruments, and is the brilliant musician behind it all, while I “produce and supervise.” “Summer Nights,” as the theme song is titled, is about 3/4 of the way there. What’s left is to lay the Spanish guitar track down and then it’s just a case of tinkering, refining, and fine-tuning to make it sound perfect and to make sure the length and timing is right. I’m very pleased with how the theme song came out, so my plan is to run it at as the opening of the podcast and then to continue at a lower volume as I begin my introductions for the episode. And at the end of the episode, the theme will return with a grand finale send off. But at the moment Chris and I have very different schedules, so its hard to meet, coordinate, and work on the recording. However, every free moment where we can link up we will. As to when the theme song will be ready, I’m not certain and don’t want to make any guarantees, but I will make a hesitant guess and say possibly by the end of the month.

BookBanter Interview: I don’t think I ever really talked much about this other than through Twitter updates, but about six weeks ago BookBanter was filmed and interviewed for a piece about how media and media creation has changed, as it is no longer necessary to be employed by a profitable film company to create good quality media material. BookBanter is the perfect example, in that it is a podcast that I started from scratch and was able to record, put together, produce, and upload on a podcast site all with almost free software and programs. But it was a fun 20-minute interview with various shots of me at my place, recording, using my typewriter, and a nice view of what I call the “wall of books.” The last update I heard from the person who recorded the interview was that he was working on editing it and would be uploading a copy to me some time this week. So this should be appearing hopefully some time in the next seven days or at least in the near future. I will likely link to it here, on the blog first, and then feature it on the BookBanter site in some way.

And that’s the scoop on that; will let you know once I get any more news or updates.

Book Review Fix

With the update of adding the new BookBanter blog, I discovered a URL issue which had most the links to the book reviews being wrong and taking you to a “page not found.”

You’ll be glad to know that this issue has now been rectified and all the links should be working just fine.

If you do discover any broken links or problems with the site, please email me at alex@bookbanter.net.