Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Blour du Jour

Blour = blog tour. Kudos to Laura Domino for coming up with the cool phrase “Blour du Jour.”

And yup, the BdJ for Web of Lies runs today through Friday. Lemme tell you something about these things. They take a lot of time. I’ve spent hours answering other blogger’s questions. And they’ve asked some really interesting stuff. Very few questions overlapped. Good for the reader—you’ll learn something new. Time-consuming for me. But I’m so appreciative of these various bloggers who are giving of their space to my book, and I wanted to make each interview as interesting as possible.

Side note, before I give you some links. I’ve noticed a certain phenomenon regarding blog hopping. When I blog somewhere else—e.g., do an interview, or post on Charis—and ask you readers here to hop over to read my post for the day at that location, consistently only about 20% do so. (How do I know this? By tracking the “outclicks” in my site meter.) I chalk this up to numerous reasons: (1) Person is doing a quick scan of various blogs he/she reads daily, and doesn’t want to take the time to hop over to yet another one. (2) Quick scanner above figures he/she knows enough about me already, so why in the heck read another interview. (3) Same person figures he/she knows far too much about me and would just as soon forget some of it. (4) Same person figures I’m not all that interesting in the first place. (5) Person has already been to the “hop-over” blog before coming here, hoping to catch a second brilliant and witty post from me in the same day.

I like reason #5 best. I figure reasons 3 and 4 are most accurate.

So, for those of you of a mind to hop to another site (and do try to take in a couple, for the poor bloggers’ sake), here are a few. Some are running 3-part interviews today through Friday. Some are posting all of the interview today and will leave it up for a few days. Other than that, I have no idea what they’re saying about Web of Lies. They could be dissing it royally for all I know. Also there are myriad other sites who are supposed to be a part of this Blour du Jour (the writers requested a free book from me for that very purpose) who never asked me any questions at all. What does this mean? Did they hate the book? Are they just ignoring me and planning on making up my life history? No telling. I don’t even have all their URLs to check this out. My name could be total dog meat in cyberspace, and I’ll be none the wiser.

Why did I ever agree to this?

At any rate, I’ll be posting these interviewer sites tomorrow and Friday, too, so you can do a few a day, if you’re of the mind. I’ll also be posting Forensics and Faith updates, so do check back here tomorrow and Friday to see what else is afoot. Coming soon—a photo you won’t want to miss. And answers to some of the questions left in the comments during the past week.
Musings from the Windowsill:

A few hooks (Come on, you knew I’d have hooks, didn't ya?):

What I tell boys who want to date my daughter
One of the dumbest things I’ve ever done (and it’s pretty dumb)

The Savvy Christian Writer:

My first response when my editor said I needed a blog
Do my stories give me nightmares?

Reading, Writing . . . and What Else is There?:

What my mother would like you to know about me

Refreshment in Refuge:

What I learned in writing Web of Lies.

Part I on A Christian Worldview of Fiction:

When I lose myself in my own maze . . .

Part I on Christianity 4 Life:

Is that creepy guy with the spiders a part of my own personality?
Reviews of Web of Lies:

Bonnie Writes:
Mimi’s Pixie Corner:
Posting Thursday: So Much Stuff I Can’t Recall:

Issues about character arcs and scene setting
Is Mike Snyder really all that smart?


Cara Putman said...

Wow! You've been busy! I look forward to catching most of them.

William G. said...

Wow... I had no idea you'd be doing so many interviews.

And I was the only one who asked if you like to collect spiders (in a roundabout way of course).

Lynette Eason said...

Hey, got my ARC today! Whoo hoo...going to read, so don't have time to blog hop...sorry. Will come back at a later date, though, I promise...


Praying for your Prodigal said...

What a great list you've provided! Thanks! Love blog-browing, surfing, or touring--so will get right on it!


The Curmudgeon's Rant said...

Great interviews All.

Thanks for providing the links.

Vicki Mccollum said...

Thanks for taking the time to answer all those questions! Can't wait to read your book,
Vicki Mccollum

Pammer said...

What an exciting start to your tour du jour. :D


Bonnie Calhoun said...

I checked Technorati's Popular Book List befroe coming over...It's 10:33 Pm Wednesday evening and Web of Lies is #7 and moving up on the list...Wohoo!!