I’ve been weaning and editing this roll since I had a blog, then lost the blog, then gained the blog again. (Long nasty story involving militant website hosts. I won’t bore you.) It’s been over ten years now.
I’ve made the criteria slightly more stringent for these categories, just to keep the lists useful and relevant…and manageable.
The lists began as a result of a post I wrote in June 2010 called “Erotic Romance Friendly Blogs,” which saw such traffic and got such good reactions, I shifted the list to my front page, and have maintained it ever since. The criteria for these categories are:
1) The site must be a blog, not a static website I’ve now removed this restriction. My site has been a blog/not a blog/a blog. And there are romance related sites out there that aren’t blogs, but provide very useful services and information to romance readers that I believe should be included in this list. So I’ve done away with this restriction because it seems arbitrary simply because this is called a blog roll.
2) The site’s Alexa ranking must be below 2M. Anything higher than 2M demonstrates a lack of traffic and application to the site, either of which means the content isn’t of sufficient quantity or quality to be of help to readers. If the site is brand new, that may change in a hurry.
3) The site must be open to erotic romance.
4) New as of late 2011: The site must be open to indie authors. If they don’t read indie (self) published books, or won’t review them, or for whatever reason won’t handle them on their site, then I won’t add the site to my list. As an indie author myself and a great believer in indie publishing, it seems silly to me not to have this criteria.
If you know of a romance novel site or blog that matches these criteria, and think it’s a useful, friendly place, let me know. I’ll add it to the list. I know from watching traffic stats that lots of readers click through to these sites from my links.
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