Reflections on the Eighth Anniversary of A Book Blog's Birth

I started my blog eight years ago today: March 16, 2007. I’ve been at it longer than any job I’ve ever had, except for my current one. Sometimes I think one of the reasons I haven’t seriously looked for other employment for a while –something closer to home, at least–is the outlets and opportunities this blog has given me. They are sources of creativity, expression, and satisfaction I don’t need to look for in my day job now…and so I don’t....more
Yay to eight years!more

Bloggers Don't Have to Pretend to Be Superwoman

This is a story about unfortunate choices made for unfortunate reasons. Both the choices and the reasons matter less than the forces that underlie them. A well-known book blogger took her site offline at the beginning of 2015 after a confrontation over reviews that she had plagiarized from other blogs and media websites. Nearly two months later, she published an apology and attempted to explain her actions. ...more
I read this as a cautionary tale.  I am a new blogger, and sometimes overwhelmed by the enormity ...more

Building a Better Conference for Book Bloggers: An Open Letter to BookExpo America

I recognize that as part of BookExpo America, the BEA Bloggers Conference needs to address publishing-industry interests as well as those of bloggers. While those interests often align, there are also differences to consider. BEA Bloggers seems to be giving more weight to bloggers' interests each year, but there's still room to do more...if it wants to. ...more
Karen Ballum I got the same impression about less generally negative response to this year's ...more

Book Reviewing for (less) Fun and (more) Profit

I was very excited to sign on as a contracted reviewer for Shelf Awareness’ Readers’ Edition when it launched earlier this year, but I must admit that I'm not sure I foresaw just how a paid reviewing gig would affect my overall reading and blogging habits. This “do what you love, the money will follow” exercise has turned out to be a “be careful what you wish for” thing sometimes....more

Book Talk: *The Handmaid's Tale*, by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale...more
I only read it for the first time in the last 10 years. It's a weird combination of interesting ...more

Shaping Stories: It's Not Just The Facts, It's How You Use Them

"Facts don't do what I want them to" - "Crosseyed and Painless," Talking HeadsAnd so we shape them into something that does what we want. Some other lines from the same section of that song acknowledge that:...more

Goodbye, "Weekly Geeks" - your community isn't the same any more

In the spring of 2008, I signed up to participate in a new “blogging challenge” organized by Dewey, the blogger behind The Hidden Side of a Leaf. In just over a year of blogging, Dewey had already emerged as a leader within the book-blogging community, and that community was her focus:...more

Things to Know (and Love) About LibraryThing

Inspired by Wallace’s post How to Get the Most Out of GoodReads” (and a follow-up Twitter discussion with her), I thought I’d tackle my preferred online book site, LibraryThing, in a similar vein. I hope it will be at least half as useful as her GR guide is! ...more

But use them for different things. LibraryThing is where I track my personal library of what I ...more