An Explanation and an Apology.

This is for those people who have foolishly clicked on the ‘follow’ button on this blog.

You may have noticed that this blog hasn’t been updated for a while. Months, in fact. There is a reason for this, and I thought I should share it with you.

My original intention for writing a blog was to document my opinions on everything I read for future reference. I’m the forgetful type and frequently forget the plot of any given book, much less remember what I liked or hated about it. The website was intended, therefore, as an extension of my memory. An external hard drive, if you will, for my swiss cheese brain.


I found that by making the posts public, there came with this a whole lot of other concerns. Writing for an audience is very different to making notes for ones own use, and I soon found myself trying to write proper reviews, which, as most of you know, means a properly crafted article with no spoilers rather than a simple dump of thoughts and impressions. I also started to chase higher stats, which again, wasn’t my intention.

It wasn’t until I got a tweet from a publishing house offering me free copies of books to review, books that I wouldn’t even consider picking up in a bookshop but that I was tempted to read merely for the attention, that I realised what Snake Oil was on it’s way to becoming; a time sink.

So, in order to remain true to what I need this site to be, I have therefore made all my recent posts private. In fact, I’ve gone further than that and added an invisible (to you lot!) sticky post to front page containing hyperlinks to all my notes, sorted alphabetically by author. It’s now working as a rather high-maintenence database that is accessible to me from everywhere, rather than part of a public discussion.

I would like to apologise to you if you enjoyed reading my reviews, but there will be no more. They were just too much bother to write, and they didn’t end up performing the function I intended for them. I’ll keep the ones that I have already written public, as I don’t see a good reason not to, but otherwise this blog will stay quiet on the review front for the foreseeable future.

I wish all my readers, past and future, the very best.

Paul Ballard.

~ by Snake Oil on August 13, 2012.

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