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Hello, and welcome to my rec journal. This is the main information post about what's here and how to find it, but the short and easy answer is to just friend this journal to get my daily rec updates and links to thematic lists. The volume of this journal is 1-2 posts per day: One post to update my Delicious recs via Twitter, and one or two thematic posts per week. I also have a monthly five-star rec post. If you want more information about what I rec and why, please read on.

I routinely look at the stories posted on [ profile] torchwood_three, the Torchwood category on A Teaspoon and an Open Mind and the Torchwood category on Archive of Our Own. I also have a lot of older stories saved, and as I read through the old and the new I pick out the ones that I think are enjoyable and readable and bookmark them on Delicious. With lots of tags. I also include summaries (when provided by the author) and occasional commentary on the Delicious bookmarks, so if you're looking for more detail, you'll want to visit the Delicious site.

I think of my recs primarily as a reading filter, aimed at readers who might not have time to click through everything posted every day, and also aimed at new fans who might feel overwhelmed at the sheer volume of stories out there. My primary goal is pick out the stories I feel are mechanically and stylistically sound, and let the reader go on from there.

If that's too broad for your tastes, I also have a five-star tag (literally, *****) that I use for stories which I found outstanding in some way. Every month, I make a post to this journal highlighting the five-star stories I bookmarked that month, with links and commentary. These lists are tagged here under the five-star recs tag (five-star recs tag on Livejournal). I also highly recommend [ profile] torchwood_house, a well-organized and comprehensive recommendation community.

I follow [ profile] twgenrefinders and, as I have time and inclination, make up thematic lists based on the requests here. I re-post them here under the "torchwood finder lists" tag. (torchwood finder lists tag on Livejournal) and also under the more general "thematic lists" tag (thematic lists tag on Livejournal). You can also browse these lists through the character, pairing and genre tags on the tags page (tags page on Livejournal).

To access my recs, you have several options:

1) You can find the full list of my Torchwood story bookmarks on my Delicious page. Everything I've tagged is available there. If you want to follow my recs in future, as I update, you can either bookmark the page and set the links to appear in chronological order or, if you have a Delicious account, add me to your network. You can also follow updates using the RSS feed. To get only the stories I've tagged as recs (which, frankly is about 90% of them), use the Torchwood rec tag page (RSS feed). If you want to find stories with no "Children of Earth" content, or you're looking specifically for "Children of Earth" stories, please read this post about how I've tagged those stories.

2) You can follow my Twitter. This is something I've set up only recently, but I now tweet all my fic recs directly from Delicious, and also post links to the Delicious tags for any thematic lists I might make in response to requests on [ profile] twgenrefinders. New stories are labeled as "NEW," storyfinder lists are labeled as "Storyfinder."

The main difference between following on Twitter and following directly from Delicious is that the Twitter links take you directly to the story, accompanied with what information can be conveyed in 140 characters. The Delicious page displays my (numerous) tags and summary information about the story along with the links. It just depends on what level of information (and which platform) appeal to you.

3) You can friend my Dreamwidth rec journal or my Livejournal (the same content is crossposted to both journals). I have a daily summary post of all the links I Tweeted from Delicious during the day, tagged under "delicious rec tweets." (delicious rec tweets tag on Livejournal.) Again, this is a recent thing, and to get to older individual recs you'll still need to go to the Delicious page. When I created the rec-only journals, I imported all the daily tweets to the Dreamwidth journal, but it was too much to do the same for the Livejournal. Both journals get the daily Tweets from Delicious now, but for the full history you'll need to go to the Dreamwidth journal.

Any questions, please drop a comment.
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