Before I got into book blogging, I hung out mostly in fannish corners of the internet, where the big blogging season was November and December, as a wide variety of holiday-oriented fan fic exchanges are organized at that time. As such, fandom goes into a sort of hibernation in January, with challenges not coming back in full force until the spring.
In book blogging land, it looks like the big time to get stuff going is in January. This month I'm participating in at least two blogging challenge events, and preparing myself for more throughout the year.
Starting today is the month long Comment Challenge 2010, sponsored by Mother Reader and Lee Wind. The challenge is to comment on five book blogs every day from now through Thursday, January 28 (three weeks because it takes 21 days to form a new habit). The goal is to increase the sense of community in the kidlitosphere, as often our blogs seem to be quite solitary. I, for one, can't wait to get started, and I hope to find lots of new blogs to follow this month!
This weekend is also the Bloggiesta. The goal here is to catch up on reviewing already read books, cleaning up the layout of the blog, creating templates and writing posts ahead of time to be saved for a rainy day. I have lots of things I've wanted to add to the blog over the past year - this weekend I'm finally going to get them done! I'm also going to sign up for a number of reading challenges this year - not that I need some sort of goal to encourage an insane ammount of reading, but I like the idea of searching out books on a theme and possibly discussing them with others invested in that theme (plus it'll encourage me to comment more!)
Anyone else have big blogging plans? You participating in the commenting challenge or bloggiesta?