Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Weekly Spotlight- Margot Kinberg

Last Thursday, I was in Rural India, in place where mobile connectivity was sporadic and internet virtually non-existent. The place was much less than a hundred miles away, but the approach roads were so bad, the journey took over four hours each way. By the time I returned, I was too exhausted to even think of getting on the internet.
The next day, I found that the post I had scheduled for the previous day had far more new commentators than any post normally got. The mystery was solved soon enough Pk Hrezo had chosen to shine the spotlight on  me and my blog, and the new commentators were all followers of her's. Though I have been tardy in visiting the blogs of all the people who commented (I will get there by the end of this week, or month, or year, I promise), a few have already become 'friends'.

A lot of blogs feature a "Blog of the Week" regularly, but till I saw the response to that one post of Hrezo's, I never realised how powerful the concept could be. It is a great way to introduce your favourite blogs to your followers- who knows what could come of the interaction. And since I am a great believer in cross-pollination, I had to adopt it.

I first thought of it as a sporadic feature, but even without much thought I could think of at least three stellar blogs which do not have a quarter as many followers as they should have, so I am going to do it once a week for as long as I have worthy candidates to feature as the blog of the week.

So without further ado, I introduce the Blog of the Week : Confessions of a Mystery Novelist

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist, Margot Kinberg calls her blog. What you get everyday is a thesis on a different aspect of life as interpreted by mystery novelists.

A recent post, for instance, was about characters who come alive in a story even though they are actually dead. Six fantastic examples, where you would not have thought even one existed. If the wisdom she packs into every post, even when she is supposedly discussing something else, is not attraction enough, Margot unfailingly responds to every single comment.

Whether you love mystery novels or not, you have to visit Margot's blog.
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drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.




18 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a great idea, Rayna. And glad more people have discovered your awesome blog.
Oh, and you have an award today!

Mason Canyon said...

What a great idea. I totally agree with you about Margot's blog. I learn something from every post. She has a way of making you re-exam a story from a viewpoint that you may not have thought of before and thus giving you a new lookout on the book. Thanks for highlighting Margot and congratulations to Margot for having such a wonderful and informative blog.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Thank you so much - so very much - for your kind words about my blog. That means so much to me, especially coming from someone whose blog I admire as much as I do you. I'm really quite honoured ;-). My goodness! Thank you :-).

And you've a wonderful idea, too, for passing the word about great blogs to visit. I'm going to think of how to incorporate that, too.

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, and thank you so much, Mason, for your kind words. *Blush*. What a wonderful way for me to start the day :-).

sarah@theunwrapping said...

Love this idea -- I have found some of my favorite blogs by following links/recommendations. Off to read! :)

Deb and Barbara said...

This is a wonderful idea! I've wanted to do this over at our blog for a while now. We're going to do the 3-ways and see if that works. Would love to see you in one (I'll keep you posted...)
B
The Middle Ages

Patricia Stoltey said...

You picked the perfect blogger for your feature, Rayna. Congratulations to Margot.

I like this idea a lot. I'm heading over to check out Pk Hrezo's blog now.

Karen Walker said...

What a great idea. It is such a lovely way to honor and recognize other bloggers and their work. Congrats Margot and Rayna.
Karen

Trudy said...

What a nice surprise for you Rayna to have all of the comments! A great idea to do a 'blog of the week' post too...I may have to adopt that myself.

I look forward to more of your spotlight blogs to come!

Blessings,
Trudy

Holly Ruggiero said...

What a great idea. I'm off to read about mystery.

Laura Eno said...

What a lovely idea! I hadn't heard of that before. It makes perfect sense to broaden our circles and meet new people.

Clarissa Draper said...

Yes, yes, yes! I love this site! What a great idea, Rayna.

CD

Ann Best said...

Margot's blog IS excellent! I'm so glad you featured her. And this IS a great idea--a blog of the week.

I always enjoy your comments on my blog, too--and I enjoy your blog. And I don't want to lose you. So I'm here tonight to sign in again as a follower because a glitch on my blog forced me to delete it and start a new one. Didn't lose anything except followers! Which is just as well, since most so-called followers only check in once and never return. So now I'm going through the printout I made of my “followers” and re-signing up with the ones I want to keep following/the ones I hope will keep following me. My signature link here goes to my new blog that’s almost the same name and looks the same.
Ann

Jemi Fraser said...

What a terrific idea, Rayna! Another example of your kindness and big heart!

I keep seeing Margot's name in the bloggyverse, but haven't actually met her yet. Thanks for the tip and the link :)

Ellen aka Ella said...

Congrats Rayna and now Margot! I will definitely check her out; Wonderful idea~ xXx

Boonie S said...

This is an interesting idea. I shall give it some thought. Thanks for putting me onto it.

All the best, Boonie

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Alex - I've got so much love, I do want to spread it around.

@ Mason - she does make you look at things from different persepectives, doesn't she? What would I not do to be her student.

@ Margot - you are the best. I didn't even have to think twice abotu who I wanted to feature first.

@ sarah@theunwrapping - it is a great way to pass on love, isn't it?

@ Barbara - thank you. And I would love to do a three way with you.

@ Patricia - I did didn't I? Lucky me, I have her.

@ Karen - thank you

@ Trudy - yes, it a good way to share, isn't it?

@ Holly - she will get you addicted

@ Laura - it does, doesn't it?

@ Clarissa - thank you

@ Ann - I am glad you found Margot

@ Jemi - you should. Whether or not you like mysteries

@ Ellen - she is worth the visit

@ Boonie - wouldn't it be awesome if all of us started doing it?

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Alex - I've got so much love, I do want to spread it around.

@ Mason - she does make you look at things from different persepectives, doesn't she? What would I not do to be her student.

@ Margot - you are the best. I didn't even have to think twice abotu who I wanted to feature first.

@ sarah@theunwrapping - it is a great way to pass on love, isn't it?

@ Barbara - thank you. And I would love to do a three way with you.

@ Patricia - I did didn't I? Lucky me, I have her.

@ Karen - thank you

@ Trudy - yes, it a good way to share, isn't it?

@ Holly - she will get you addicted

@ Laura - it does, doesn't it?

@ Clarissa - thank you

@ Ann - I am glad you found Margot

@ Jemi - you should. Whether or not you like mysteries

@ Ellen - she is worth the visit

@ Boonie - wouldn't it be awesome if all of us started doing it?

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