You know I like to keep things rolling around here, and you also know that I like hearing your feedback. So today's your day to let it all hang out.
Frankly, Blogger has been frustrating the cheese out of me. It has a nifty little "schedule" feature that lets you decide what time you want your posts to appear; this is an integral part of our bot system, which assigns posting times at one-minute intervals for all our contests and critiques.
Except--it hasn't been working. It exploded for the first time during the Baker's Dozen, and hasn't stopped exploding since. In other words, the scheduled posts aren't posting, and I'm ending up having to post them by hand. Which isn't difficult or anything, but it is tedious and time-wasting.
(It was especially interesting during the January Secret Agent Contest, when only about a third of the entries posted--randomly.)
I say this to let you know that, while I am going to continue to do in-house critiques between the Secret Agents regardless, it has certainly put a dampener on things. If I seem reluctant to do anything that requires 40 or 50 entries to post, this is why.
(This is also why we're not doing another critique this week, before it's time to move into February's Secret Agent Contest. I just... Yeah.)
Anyway! What are your favorites? What were you hoping to see last year that we never quite got around to? What are the most helpful critique rounds? The least helpful?
Any newfangled ideas you'd like to throw out there?
And what about non-critique, non-contest posts? What do you like to hear about? More Authoress? Less Authoress? LOTS OF GRAMMAR RULES? (I'm kidding.) (Well, mostly kidding.)
Seriously, I want you to fill the comment box with your thoughts today. Consider this a public meeting! Miss Snark's First Victim is turning 5 in April, and I want to make sure the blog continues to be a source of information, encouragement, and critique opportunities for all of you.
Have at it!