Sunday, 6 November 2011

TSS: I’ve been thinking

The Sunday

I’ve been thinking…and that is always dangerous. My blog has been very quiet of late, but not because I’ve been reading less…in fact October was my best reading month by far, coming in at 18 books read. Most of those were in a series of middle grade (?) classics that I loved when I was 11-14. They are out of print and I have finally managed to get all of them (when I read them as a child I always got them from the library). But there were also a couple of non-fiction books and quite a few (for me) audiobooks (I plowed through The Hunger Games trilogy in a week, whilst working). However I have only posted a few reviews. I am just to tired most days to write reviews, and to tell the truth, my reviews are beginning to bore me. So I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction I want to take the blog. Do I want to continue with it at all? Do I want to do it in a different format? I don’t feel part of the community right now, because I am also not reading other people’s blogs, again time is a problem for me. But I don’t really want to abandon ship. I like keeping a record of what I’ve read. I like noting down my thoughts. I like the community feel of the book blogging world.

Pile of books

So what are my thoughts on solving this conundrum? Well, lately I have also been reading, or drawn to books that seem to fit together in subject matter. So I don’t think I will be writing reviews but rather collecting a bunch of books on the same, or similar topics and discuss how they relate to each other and my thoughts on them in general.

In addition to this I have some thoughts on some things I might like to do at work when it comes to reading and getting my students to read more, and I might write about those efforts here.

Pile of books

Although I have always maintained that this blog is for me, it is public and I do know I have readers Smile so I wanted to know what you, my readers thought about these ideas. Would you still read the blog if this is the direction I took it in? How often would you expect to see posts? Please come share.

Also, thank you Eva, for encouraging me to “just ramble” Open-mouthed smile


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Aarti said...

Oh, that sounds like a great place to take your blog! I've been reading more middle grade stories recently, too, but not ones I've read before- ones that I somehow missed growing up. It's been great!

I know what you mean about feeling very much on the outskirts of the community, too. I've been struggling to keep up with my reading and blog following for about a year now, and I definitely don't feel like part of the community any more.

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a good idea! And I would still visit your blog. I don't have a clear idea about how often you should update the blog. I can see on my own blog when you update, so that's not really a problem for me. Just post when you feel like it! :)

Eva said...

Sounds like fun Zee! Sometimes reinvention is just what we need to get a second bloggy wind. I often feel at the outskirts of the book blogging community these days, but I still enjoy it.

I don't have any expectations re: frequency of posting, except I don't really like blogs that regularly post more than once a day. ;)

JoV said...

The blog is yours Zee, do what you see fit. I'll still be here. :D

Kristen M. said...

There's room for all sorts of book blogs, not just review blogs. Your ideas sound really interesting!

I write about things that interest me, frustrate me, puzzle me and information that will be educational and useful to others. said...

We all need to take a different direction from time to time otherwise we end up becoming a little stale. I think your idea sounds great. You will just have to try it and see how it works. I feel sure people who have taken the time to leave a comment will visit again with further comments. I for one hope you will continue in some form or other.

BookishC said...

I think you should do what you feel with your blog. I think most of us (if not all of us) blog for ourselves and as we change over time, our blogs are definitely going to change. We all need to give ourselves the space to change and to take breaks when needed. I would love to get back into blogging. I'm trying my hardest at the moment and finally getting back into being passionate about reading.

I would hate to see you give up your blog forever because I am just about to recommend it to some people I work with! We are having a discussion about Scandinavian authors right now by email (my work is awesome--we have a book club) and I wanted to recommend your blog to them. :) Just a little FYI there! Hehe!

Melwyk said...

I agree with everybody - blog the way you want to, how it will work for you.

Anonymous said...

I know I am late in commenting. Like you, I have been out of the blogging loop (especially reading other blogs) for a while now. I do like the sound of your plans and I would definitely still read :) I hope you find the time to return someday (as I see you've been absent for a while).