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Monday Musings: The Evolution of a Blog

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If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are.
For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained.
Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing. ~Saint Augustine

If you are a reader who actually follows the links to my blog on a regular basis, you may have noticed that I’ve been slowly making some small changes over the past week. Nothing major, just a few updates – evolving things to try to make this blog better and more productive.

When I first started this blog nearly six years ago, I wrote about anything and everything. It had no specific goal or structure. I also had a habit of writing semi-regularly for a few months, then disappearing until a year or so later when I made a resolution to come back and try to write regularly. This pattern continued until January of this year, when I promised myself to make a significant change in the way I blogged. So far, I’ve surprised myself by actually sticking to that promise. I’ve managed to stick to my goal of posting at least once a week (often more) for the last eight months.

However, my blog has continued to evolve over the last eight months. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a huge nerd. And this blog was intended to be my refuge where I could write about anything and everything nerdy to my heart’s desire. And I have been doing that. It was also intended to be built up and used hopefully to help get experience and provide something to show on a resume to potential employers, because I would like nothing more than to someday work for a publication like Entertainment Weekly, or TVLine,com – some entertainment/media outlet that allowed me to write about all the things I love. My time as a member of the press at New York Comic Con last year showed me how much I really love being a part of that world.

Booksale FIndsWhile that’s still my ultimate career goal, this blog has been evolving into something else the last couple months. I’ve been reviewing more and more books and discovering that I get the most feedback from my book-related posts (with the exception of my Supergirl review, which remains the most viewed post of all time on this blog). Not only that, but I’m starting to venture out and discover the wider world of book bloggers and am finding that I like the idea of being a part of that community.

Which brings me to my point – finally (admit it, you’re all thinking it, at least, those of you who are still here with me) – from now on my blog will primarily focus on books. I’ll still do my annual Oscar Watch and will likely post about other random topics as the mood suits me, or as something comes up that I absolutely feel the need to rant or rave about, but from now on I’ll mostly be publishing posts about books (which you may have already noticed anyway).

I’m also in the process of making a few cosmetic changes – I’ve finally figured out how to set up the top menu the way I wanted it from the time I chose this theme (and I’m embarrassed to admit how long it too me to figure that out in proportion to how easy it actually is). You can now easily find some of my most frequently used categories through the menu.

I’ve also decided to add a couple new regular features:

Top Ten Tuesday – this is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it’s a fun way to ensure that I do stick to my goal of posting at least twice a week (with this I only have to come up with one of my own posts).

From the Bottom Shelf – This is still in the early working stages, but at least once or twice a month I plan to read and review a book that’s been sitting in my TBR pile for over a year. Not only will this help add variety to my reading, but it will hopefully help me get to more of those books that have been waiting forever. (Of course, that pile will likely still grow faster than I can read books from it).

If you’re still reading, I thank you for bearing with me through all these ramblings. I’m excited about the direction this blog has taken, and my plans for it going forward!