How do you keep your blog fresh and interesting to your readers and yourself?Early on, I decided not to limit my this blog to books. As I say under my profile picture, "I read to explore ideas." My slogan indicates I interpret that very broadly: "Blogging about books and life since January 2007."
I include book reviews and ideas sparked by my reading, but also family activities and memes sent by other bloggers. I even let my cat blog about whatever interests her.
Things changed dramatically around here when I got a digital camera and then a cell phone with camera, that I always had with me. I was now able to post more than book covers I had found online. Photos break up the blocks of words and make my blog more visually appealing.
Even though I wrote book reviews for a Chattanooga newspaper back in the 1960s, it felt different writing on my blog. When I discovered that Dewey used a set of questions to give structure to her reviews, I started assembling my own sets of questions (notice that's plural). The bloggers I found seemed to read mostly fiction, but I read lots of memoirs and nonfiction, as well. Having taught college classes on religions of the world, I'm interested in religion, history, and cultures. I made lists specifically for books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. It doesn't work to discuss characters and plot and point of view in a book about history or a memoir, for instance.
The questions were tools for collecting my thoughts about what I'd read, never to follow slavishly. Over time, my list of questions solidified (see them in my Book review questions post). Eventually, however, I quit using those questions in what I wrote, preferring instead to make what I said more personal. One thing I never omit, even now: "Title, author, copyright date, and genre."
Latitudes of Melt ~ by Joan Clark, 2000, fiction (Canada), 9/10
Whirligig ~ by Paul Fleischman, 1998, YA fiction, 9/10
Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral ~ by Kris Radish, 2006, fiction, 9/10
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