Just wanted to apprise everyone of some minor, but hopefully helpful, changes here at Dear Author. First, we’ve deployed a Google Custom Search engine for DearAuthor so that you can get better search results. I’ve had many complaints about this (and rightly so) but I think that the Google search engine is the answer. Let me know what you think.
Second, I moved our RSS/Atom feed to Feedburner a month or so ago. One of the features of Feedburner is that it can control a subscription service. If you subscribe by email, you’ll get one email a day featuring the posts here at Dear Author. Please feel free to take advantage of that.
Third, Loonigrrl is going to be an official reviewer, rather than a guest reviewer so she is going to get a “J” name. Look for that change sometime soon. (And feel free to contribute your own suggestion. Loonigrrl’s name is Leslie but I don’t think that Jeslie is a very good “J” handle).
Fourth, WordPress 2.7 is launching soon. One of the features of WordPress 2.7 is “threaded comments”. This is where the “reply” comments are indented after the initial comment. The DA group has been debating this and we are on the fence. What are your thoughts?
Finally, DA is going to run some sort of ads in 2009 in order to fund ebook reader purchases for the entire DA reviewing crew. We are not going to turn DA into a profit center but I thought it would be nice for those who review for DA to reap some benefit. My goal is to have the ads be tasteful and geared toward our readership. They might not be ads of books. We haven’t decided that yet. But all the ads will be clearly marked as ads and ads will not affect the content of the site. Once we receive enough revenue to fund the ebook reader purchases, we will turn off ads and submissions of ads.
Please feel free to leave any kind of feedback in the comments even if you are “holy crap, this is the only ad free site I have on the internet, please don’t sell your soul for that.”