My Foray into Book Blogging…and other things

I’ve always been a reader, and a writer, but never really a blogger. I started with the teeny-bopper Myspace blogs, that have long since been deleted. Then, I decided to get back to writing to get used to the habit so I could finish a novel I started several years ago.

So I once again started a blog, Murmur. It was intended to be a place to share my writings and poems, but it also turned into sharing elements of my personal life. I suppose you could call it a brainstorming blog. But then life happened – advanced education, literature and geography courses, projects and papers, swarms of assigned readings, friends, jobs, student organizations, responsibilities – and the blog fell off my radar. Plus, I didn’t really know what I was doing, and didn’t have the time to figure it out.

With the ringing in of the new 2013 year, I went back and made a re-commitment to my Murmur blog. I did a little investigating and changed things up a bit. I gave it a friendlier, easy look and added some cool widgets to the sidebar. It doesn’t look too bad, but I’m still struggling with how to get the subscription to work through Feedburner. If you know how, by all means help! I revisited my Goodreads account and set a goal for 2013 – to read 150 books!! I plan on being active with my Murmur blog and on Goodreads, catching up with the groups I’ve joined, adding ratings and reviews to all the books I’ve read. This may mean going back and re-reading all the books I’ve read…which wouldn’t really be a pain. 🙂

And then, something great happened. A friend, who is an avid reader, began publicizing her book blog, The Electic Bookworm, on Facebook, with it’s own Facebook page. I saw it and went perusing since I wasn’t quite sure what it was. And I discovered her book blog! I asked if I could write guest book reviews every once in a while, and she immediately added me to her blog account here with WordPress, and also manager access to the Facebook page for the blog. WOW!

So I got started activating my access to the WordPress blog, but I had to create my own WordPress account…and I thought to myself, Why not create my own blog dedicated to reading, literature and photography? These are all things that I love, arts that I view as interconnected. Whereas The Eclectic Bookworm is adult reading across all genres, I have very different tastes. Although I think Mommabel has gotten me on a track with reading more history and biography, my readings will focus more on the mainstream adult fiction as well as young adult novels and children’s novels to use in classroom teaching, since my background is in education. I’m not as broad or eager to cross genres as Mommabel is; I particularly stay away from sci-fi and horror. BUT I do live by the Reader’s Rule: Finish the first three chapters before deciding to continue or discard your reading selection. Some of the genres I delve into include young adult, children’s, fiction, romance, historical romance, classic and suspense. Expect to see representations of these genres, educational uses and implementations of these genres and books, as well as showcases of amazing or interesting photography of my own and other’s.

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