Several months ago I submitted Here in Franklin to a site that reviews blogs. The name of the site is Ask and Ye Shall Recieve.
Isn’t that a nice name? Almost biblical. Sort of like an online Make a Wish Foundation.
Nothing could be further from the truth. When you click on the site, notice the name in your browser window. Yep–they have no qualms about ripping your blog to shreds. And once the reviewer gets done, she (or he) throws the unfortunate carcass to the wolves to complete the virtual scalping. Only in this case the wolves are the commenters. They rip at the submitted blog and then, if they’re still hungry, turn on each other.
It’s not for the faint of heart–or the easily shocked. The commenters are scatalogical and, at times, downright nasty. And funny as hell. Nothing is scared–except good writing.
The reviewers at this site know good writing. They appreciate a well-told story. In all but the most hopeless cases, they offer positive criticism.
I figured that my time was getting close. Two blogs that I read regularly had been reviewed and I was shocked by their scores (there’s a star system, among other ratings).
Yesterday it was finally my turn. I skimmed the page, resisting the urge to peek at the bottom.
But there it was…the coveted IFLY. (I warned you).
Trust me…this is a good thing.
You know what else it good? My blog statistics…off the charts yesterday.