I went on a internet walkabout this morning, looking for my blog peeps. Where are they? How do I find them? Am I using the right tags in my reader? There are a lot of blogs out there and there’s something for everyone, for sure. But sometimes you just want to feel a connection.
I just want to fall in readerly love!
Here are three encouraging blog discoveries I’ve made today that make me feel I may be on the right track. (The blog names are links.)
I work in a university library. Connection One. Katie is a serious reader. Connection Two. Well, okay, I’m an aspiring serious reader. But I could connect to Katie’s world, is what I’m trying to say. Friendly, curious, doing stuff.
I was inspired by 1) her friendly photo, 2) her ambitious reading accomplishments for 2013, and 3) her affiliation with the fabulous Library as Incubator Project. I’m not sure how discovered her blog – maybe via the tag “book reviews.”
After finding Katie’s blog I realized I should use the tag “librarian” in my reader. That’s how I found Gretchen. She’s a book reviewer, who, like me, studied secondary education and wants to write a YA novel. In true librarian style (she’s working on her MLIS and will probably graduate this year), she’s researching the genre by reading a whole bunch of young adult (YA) literature.
Gretchen uses GIFs in all their amusing glory and writes really thoughtful reviews. Done. Follow.
I found Anthony Colon’s blog using the “coming of age” tag. Funny, he uses “coming of age” in quotation marks like that in his lovely short story, Kids. That’s one thing I’m trying to figure out for my own writing – is that a terms readers use? Is it a good way for people to find me? I’m not convinced I’ve got it yet, the right hook for people who may enjoy my writing.
I enjoyed Colon’s slice of life in his short story, which is an intimate, observant slice of life. We’ve all been there, watching, wondering, remembering. And his dialogue is brilliant. Check it out.
Inspired by Day 11 of Zero to Hero.