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Blogs of the Year 2012

February 1, 2013

I’m delighted that J. Kingston Pierce of The Rap Sheet has selected the Venetian Vase as one of the best blogs of 2012. It was only last year that David Mattichak (check out his blog here) nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and now this! The Blog of the Year 2012 award was started by The Thought Palette and the rules are as follows:

1. Select the blogs you think deserve the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award.
2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blogs you have chosen–there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required–and “present” them with their award.
3. Please include a link back to this page, “Blog of the Year 2012” award at The Thought Palette, and include these “rules” in your post.
4. Let the blogs you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the “rules” with them.
5. You can now also join the Facebook group–click “like” on this page, “Blog of the Year 2012 Award” Facebook group, and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.
6. As a winner of the award, please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award–and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar.

Chris Routledge and I started VV back in 2009 and it’s been a joy to do. I tend to blog about what research I’m doing at the moment, what I’m reading or just to plug my own books! It can be hard work coming up with enough material to keep people coming back to the site, but when they leave positive comments, subscribe, link back to my work or select VV for awards like this one, it makes the whole thing worthwhile. Sometimes I’m stuck for something to write about and then an idea starts to grow and the urge to write about it is too hard to resist. Another pleasure of blogging is that WordPress gives you excellent porn (stat porn that is). Most visitors to this site come from, unsurprisingly, English speaking countries, but VV also gets plenty of hits from France, Germany, Sweden, Spain etc. It’s nice to know that people from far afield visit the site. I also occasionally get hits from random countries like Saudi Arabia where, I imagine, crime and detective fiction is probably illegal.

I enjoy blogging, and as long as people find the site entertaining, I’ll continue to do it. No blogger will get very far unless he reads other blogs to keep up with what’s going on: it’s both a source of inspiration and a means of learning the craft. Below is a list of  blogs which have delighted me that I’d like to name as ‘Blogs of the Year 2012’ (I’ve limited my selection to genre fiction/true crime related blogs, oh, and some of these blogs have already been named as Blog of 2012 but I’m sure they won’t mind winning twice!):


Getting Away With Murder

The HMSS Weblog

John D. MacDonald Covers

Krimi Blog

Only Detect

Pretty Sinister Books

The Rap Sheet

Steve Hodel’s Squad Room Blog

17 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2013 12:01 pm

    Congratulations once again Steve. I haven’t commented much lately but I have really enjoyed your posts this year, especially your insights into Ian Fleming’s James Bond books- great stuff.

    • February 1, 2013 2:26 pm

      Thanks David,

      I may have one more post up my sleeve about a man connected to Fleming and the Bond films but its a few months away yet. I see its election year in Australia. Do you think you’ll be blogging about it?


      • February 1, 2013 11:38 pm

        The election has only just been called and it is going to be an unusually long campaign (for Australia) so I imagine that I will have something to say about it- especially now that you have encouraged me to do so!
        I am looking forward to more on Bond- one of my all time favorite characters. There was a book published recently entitled Secret Agent 666 by Richard Spence that details Aleister Crowley’s efforts for the British Naval Intelligence in WWI and then again with MI6 during WWII which connects the Great Beast to Fleming and even to the Rudolph Hess defection. I would love to read what you think about that particularly obscure part of the modern history of espionage.

      • February 2, 2013 8:43 am

        Thanks for the tip on the Spence book! Sounds interesting. I was thinking of writing a post on Paul Dehn who was with the SOE during the war and went on to script some of the best spy films of the 1960s. However, it’s the sort of post that requires a lot of research and I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to get enough material together to do it. We’ll see.

  2. Hummingbird permalink
    February 1, 2013 12:45 pm

    I really enjoy your blog – keep up the good work!

  3. February 4, 2013 5:36 pm

    Good work in 2012 Steve. You got our vote. Have a crimetastic 2013!


    • February 7, 2013 10:39 pm

      Thanks Tony,

      I enjoy following your blog (even if the comment thread for the Charles Bronson blog seems like it will go on for eternity!). Keep up the good work and here’s to a great blogging year.


  4. February 7, 2013 11:06 am

    Congratulations and thank you for your great work! And many, many thanks for mention my little german blog.
    Ludger aka krimiblogger

  5. February 7, 2013 11:07 am

    Congratulations and thank you for your great work. And of course many, many thanks for mention my litte german blog.

    Best wishes from Hamburg
    Ludger aka krimiblogger

    • February 7, 2013 10:37 pm

      Thanks Ludger,

      It was a pleasure to name your blog as I appreciate the support you give the site and find the information you post to be very valuable.

      Best wishes,

  6. March 6, 2013 6:33 pm

    Thanks so much for passing one of those stars my way, Steve. All this attention from people who I never knew were reading my blog is a bit surprising to me. I learned of your “award winning” blog from Jeff Pierce himself, a few years ago when he was promoting your non-fiction book about American crime writers, a copy of which I still have yet to obtain. And now I’m off to buy one! It’s the right thing to do, isn’t it?

    • March 6, 2013 8:38 pm


      Enjoy 100 American Crime Writers. If you’re a James Ellroy fan you might also like Conversations With James Ellroy which I edited for Umiss press. Keep up the good work with the blog!


  7. March 7, 2013 8:32 pm

    Like John, I found out just this week (via the RapSheet) that you’d included my little mystery-review site in your “Blogs of the Year” list. Thank you! I guess I’ve been remiss in viewing your blog on a routine basis. That’s what happens when the keeper of a site, instead of posting frequently for the mere sake of posting, opts to put up a select number of very thoughtful posts: You publish what amount to full-dress think pieces, and I need to check in more often to see what’s doing here. Again, thanks for the recognition.

  8. Chris Pak permalink
    May 16, 2013 10:03 am

    Congrats! Just noticed this selection, and it’s great news….

    • May 16, 2013 11:25 am

      Thanks Chris and thanks for contributing to VV. My door is always open!


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