Back in the old days, I had a friend who worked for a CD review magazine. This was when we still had CDs, and we still had paper magazines. She sent me CDs and tried to get me to write some reviews, but I never felt it was my metier. Writing some reviews for the best rock band ever (that's Deep Purple, in case you weren't sure) confirmed that view. It was much harder than it seemed. Still, many years later, I joined Goodreads at the instigation of another friend. I went through and rated all my books, but felt curiously unsatisfied with the result. Since Goodreads is about reviews, I thought I'd try my hand at writing some. As expected, it turns out I'm not a natural review writer. But it is something one can learn, and I enjoyed doing it, so I kept at it.
The result is those 400+ reviews - most of the books I've read since I started the practice sometime in 2012. Writing the reviews takes time, but with enough experience, it's not very hard. What's tedious is the process of uploading them to the website. If it's to be done at all properly - e.g., so that Google will recognize the posts as reviews - it needs careful structuring, scripting, etc. Eventually, I created a spreadsheet that automated a good deal of it, including producing versions for WordPress, GoodReads, and Calibre, and generating the JSON script that Google draws on. It's still tedious, though.
For about half a year (off and on), I've been working on a replacement website that should allow one-time entry in WordPress, with cut and paste to GoodReads and Calibre. After trying various free and commercial review management plugins, I finally gave up and installed the Pods plugin, which, for my purposes, provides a framework within which I can easily lay out and manipulate database entries so that reviews look the way I want them to. It's a work in progress, and far from perfect, but it's getting there. Most of the 'coding' (a real programmer would laugh at my efforts) is done, as is data import, and some of the data cleaning.
The long and the short of it is that the review site () is active, if still limited in how the reviews are organized. Over the coming months, I'll be working on fixes to those issues, so that category pages, etc. work the way I want them to. In the interim, reviews will be linked from social media, Goodreads, and should be available by search as well.