Friday, January 8, 2010

Blogging events, this weekend and beyond

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?


Kelly said...

I'm in the comment challenge too!!! It's fun exploring new blogs!

Booksnyc said...

thanks for your comment on my bloggiesta post - I am looking forward to bloggiesta and the comment challenge - a good way to get introduced to new blogs.

How do you like Rego Park? I grew up in Queens but live in the city now - nice to "meet" another NYC blogger!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I am really looking forward to digging into my blog and cleaning out those dark scary corners.... have a lot of fun!

Lori W. said...

I signed up for the comment challenge because I love to read kidlit. I realized too late that my own blog is rarely about reading/discussing children's books. Still, I'm so grateful to have found your blog. You've reviewed so many books on my TBR list, and this is a great resource for friends looking for books for their children. Thanks.

Angela Craft said...

Booksnyc - Rego Park has been great to us (I'm living here with my husband). It's a great place for easing ourselves into city life - a quiet neighborhood, but still plenty to do, and my morning commute is only about 35 minutes to where I work in Manhattan. People ask how I have time to read so many books and once I explain my subway time all confusion is gone :-) We'd LOVE to move into the city sometime in the next few years, though!

Lori - I wouldn't think having a kidlit-focused blog would be a requirement for community building. After all, if you enjoy reading the books and the blog posts, you're part of the community, too! I for one am happy to have you here - you made me blush with your kind comment!

Thanks to everyone that's stopped by so far, and I wish you the best of luck in your challenges!

Karen said...

Hi Angela - I was glad you stopped by to visit us. I loved the concept of the Comment Challenge, and am so glad to be participating in it. Look forward to seeing more of you in the next 21 days!

Anonymous said...

I am loving Bloggiesta and am definitely trying to comment more before signing up for the comment challenge. It's hard to comment during the week though -- weekends are much better!

- Katie

Joyful said...

Im doing Bloggiesta for the first time ever. I'm also in the `Finish that Series` challenge.
Happy Reading!

OnlinePublicist said...

I found you through the Bloggiesta challenge and I'm so happy that I did! I really like your blog and look forward to getting to know you better. :-)

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