Happy Birthday!!!

Two years ago something happened. Something ย that, while miniscule in the over all theme of things, changed my life. The View from Valhalla podcast review blog was born. Although I had been toying at blogging prior to that, it wasn’t until November 15, 2009 that I began reviewing works of podiofiction.

As most of you probably know, that first review was for Tee Morris’ Billibub Baddings and the Singing Sword. That was 107 reviews ago. Since that fateful day 2 years ago, I have been blessed to meet many people of similar interest due to the reviews. I have been lucky in that I have been able to hit 104 consecutive Monday’s during that time. A feat of which I am more than a little bit surprised considering my topsy turvy life.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you that occasionally takes the time to stop by and read a review for doing so. I have no background as a critic and I sincerely believe many (if not most) of you would probably do a better job than I. I’m just a guy that shares what he likes and occasionally what he doesn’t, and it works for me.

Thanks for everything folks, and if you’d like to comment, feel free… as always, comments are most welcome.

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There are 18 Comments to "Happy Birthday!!!"

  • Thomas says:

    You, my friend, are awesome. Your reviews are honest and you don’t pull you punches. You have given us insights that we can use. Keep up the good work.

  • JRD Skinner says:

    Congrats, sir. Here’s to 107 more, at least.

  • Jeffrey Hite says:

    Odin,
    I can’t tell you how helpful I have found your reviews or the number of times that I suggested your site in combination with podiobooks.com. Converstations usually go something like this.
    I love to read but I don’t have the time
    Do you like audiobooks?
    Yes, but they are expensive
    Have you heard of Podiobooks.com?
    No
    Well let me tell you about it….
    wow that is awesome
    yeah and you can donate to the author if you like the books
    Well how do I know if the book is any good?
    I am glad you asked, Viewfromvalhalla.com, the guy who writes the reviews does an excellent job, and I can promise you that if he has given it a good review, even if you don’t love the book, his review has been fair.

    Thank you for two years of great reviews, and here is to many more years of the same.

    • odin1eye says:

      Thanks so much Jeff. You can’t know how much I appreciate each and every referral. I truly am glad that I’ve helped you and I hope that those you’ve directed my way have found value as well!

  • You are the shining example for what review bloggers should aspire to. Your reviews are personal to the extent that your readers know that you share from yourself; they are professional in that you say what needs to be said without letting your ego get in the way.

    Very few people who review anything want for people to post dissenting opinions, especially when you really didn’t like something. You hope so much for people who love something that you really didn’t enjoy to share why they love it.

    At the same time, you are true to yourself and relate why someone might or might not listen to or read the story for themselves.

    You could be a nice person and still not do as good a job as you do. You could be a jerk and still write your reviews with excellence. You are the rare total package in what you do; you are one of the nicest people I know and your reviews are at the top of anyone’s game.

    Dude, you rock most righteously, good fellow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What you do is give us a base to rely on when looking for another book to listen to and now to read. In the beginning of my following you, I judged the same books you had rated, and found I felt the same way in many respects. That means that I can follow your reviews and find the gems that are available in the wonderful world of recorded and now printed work.

    You do not try to please anyone, just tell the truth and I respect that. I hope there are many more Mondays that we may look forward to your reviews.

    Thank you for all your time, listening, reading, writing and now recording.

  • Jeanette Marsh says:

    Congrats on two years of honest reviews. I like the way you make one’s personal response to something central to your reviews. You never slag off the people involved & yet you are honest about your own response. Well done, you!

  • Wow! Has it really been two years? Impossible…and yet it feels like VFV has been there the whole time.
    I recall you telling me about starting out on this project, and I believe I warned you it could take on a life of its own…and here we are.
    You’ve been a passionate supporter and arbiter of podiobook authors, and along the way you’ve given the form a venue to be discovered by others. It’s hard to measure that contribution, but I am sure every starting-out podiobook author looks forward to getting a VFV review, because they will be fair and honest…and kind (even when there is criticism to be had).
    So I raise a virtual drinking horn to another 2 years and more to come down from the One Eyed God of podcasting. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

    • odin1eye says:

      Pip, you’re a true chum. You are absolutely right, when I queried twitter concerning this idea, you did indeed warn me.

      In the two years since, I feel like these reviews have almost taken on a life of their own. In a good way.

      I’ve heard other say “gatekeeper” and now you add arbiter. You’re all so kind. I have to admit, I disagree, but it’s still so nice to be well respected by those you, in turn, respect.

      Thanks for being such a good friend to the blog, and so much more so to me. Thanks for the great stories and please, please… Keep them coming!!

  • Three more next year…look forward to you casting your eye upon them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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