Saturday, March 15, 2014
4 Years Blogging!
Wow, time really flies, doesn't it? It just occurred to me last week that I've been writing about books here for 4 years now. I don't have an "anniversary" date like some bloggers, because I just kind of turned a personal family news sort of blog into a personal reading journal that continues to evolve into whatever you'd call it today. In the past 4 years, I've talked about 405 books, and have about 12 more book posts scheduled to come. I'm kind of bowled over by that number, considering that I am also working, raising 2 small children and have been in graduate school for nearly half that time!
I absolutely love having this space to talk about and sort out my thoughts on the books I read. I love meeting other readers, connecting over books and finding new books and even genres to read! But now I also really appreciate how this helps me work toward my goal of becoming a professional librarian. Reader's Advisory (suggesting books) is obviously a big part of the job, yet it isn't something that is taught directly in library school. Instead, I'm taking what is taught (different ways to think about books, different things to consider when choosing books for readers, etc.) and blending it with what I'm doing here and starting to think about how I write my posts. I'm starting (attempting anyway) to write my posts with more of a "Reader's Advisory" angle, rather than just commentary about my enjoyment of the book. I'm thinking about the issues a book may address, and who else, ultimately, might enjoy this kind of book. And I'm working on reading outside my own comfort zone so that I may have more experience with different genres so that I may be helpful in more areas. Since I work in the children's room, I hope to read and post about more Middle Grade novels, and maybe even some picture books. I'm even thinking about starting a separate blog for those, but I'm not sure about that just yet.
Going forward, I am feeling more and more convinced that I need to move this blog back to Wordpress (again). I'm working with Wordpress right now for a school project, and will likely use it for a project at work... and I really like the look and feel of it. I really can't remember why I moved away from it before... probably some silly little thing. This is very likely to happen within the next few months. I'm going to investigate doing the move myself, but any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
Another big change I'd like to make this summer has to do primarily with the YA review listing page. I want to break it down even further (this is the librarian in me coming out) to make it easier to find what you might be looking for, or at least sort through the options (Contemporary Issues section - I'm looking at you). I have some fun ideas about how to do this... There will be a lot of work involved, but might be worth it. Of course, I may come up with an entirely new plan once I've moved back to Wordpress!
But really, I want to thank all of you for reading, commenting, and just being you. While this little blog started out as more of a reading journal, you have turned it into more than I imagined and I can't thank you enough for that. Here's to the future!