The Compulsive Reader: Blogging Lately

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blogging Lately

I've been thinking about the direction of this blog a lot lately, and what I want to do with it and what I want it to be. Don't worry--I'm not going anywhere and I don't plan on making any drastic changes. But, as you've probably noticed, I haven't been blogging much lately, due to my school commitments (senior year of college and all that) and I do want to go to grad school, so I don't see my schedule clearing up suddenly for all things blog and YA, as much as I would love it to.

I can never get away from the YA book world--I love it, I want to always be a reader and blogger, and I know that one day that I will be one of the authors, but keeping up on all of the books and news can be exhausting, and for a long time I thought I HAD to do it in order to be good at blogging. There are three things that have changed my mind about this. First, my job at the bookstore (I work at a small indie called Great Lakes Books). There is a surprising difference between what my customers love at the bookstore and what my blogger friends and the people of Twitter love. Certainly there is a ton of overlap, and I love it when that happens, but it also made me realize that sometimes the books with the most noise online aren't what my customers want to read, and that made me feel better about not wanting to read them myself.

Second, I read about fifty pages of about five highly anticipated books that blogger friends have been raving over, and...eh. I felt so guilty over it because some authors I really liked, some of the books looked quite interesting, but I just couldn't get into them. And then I've read a handful of really excellent books that have flown under the radar and shared them with customers and blog readers, and they've reminded me why I love blogging and why I started doing this in the first place--to talk about books that I love when there really isn't a place to talk about them or a conversation already started.

The third thing was Lev Grossman's article in Time about book reviewers. I love how he is unapologetic for not being able to read everything and like everything. It made me think about what I do, reaffirmed my faith in my method for picking out the books I want to read, and helped me realize that there is room for everyone on the internet to express their opinions, but that doesn't mean we have to like the same things.

I'm going to do my best to keep blogging as regularly as possible, but when I do blog, it's going to be about books I love, books I read for class that I think are important, writing YA, and those authors I think are really cool. I'm not going to be cover everything that falls into those categories--I wish I could, but I can't. But, I want to extend another heartfelt thank you to those of you that read this blog, whether you comment or not. I appreciate you and your support, and I appreciate the fact that, like me, you love books and reading. You all rock.


Cecelia said...

Thanks for the note. I've thought a couple of the same things to myself over the three plus years I've been blogging. You're not alone, and I'm glad you're figuring it all out independent of the internet hordes. Best of luck with everything (and yes, I am one of your silent visitors).

Tasha said...

I applaud your willingness to be independent of the hype. I think that's a big part of what makes a great bookseller (or in my field a good librarian).

I'll be looking forward to finding hidden gems on your blog, which is something I find much more intriguing than more applause for a well-marketed title.

Lauren said...

I completely understand the college load. I've read all of two books this month, when I used to be able to read six or more.

And anyway, there have been a number of books that get hyped by what feels like every blogger, and when I finally get around to reading it I feel like it's been oversold, even if it is a good book. It's a good thing that you're remembering to read what you love.

Anonymous said...

There's never enough time! I can imagine that maintaining the blog AND school AND a job can be pretty time consuming! One of the reasons I read your blog is to find out about things I just don't have the time to read (between work and baby and reading Juv titles!). I'm sure whatever you share in the future, be it a hyped book you loved or one of your hidden gems, will be appreciated by your audience! Thanks!