So apparently on my birthday, a little over a week ago, the Kidlitosphere exploded with people having identity crises and struggling to keep up with their blogs. Jen Robinson summed it up nicely in this post, and then added her own thoughts on the matter here.
It’s heavy stuff. I have a personal, friends only LiveJournal, a craft/design blog, this blog, and I recently added a new blog to chronicle my own personal Happiness Project. I have tried in the past to give myself schedules, so that I will post more regularly, because I’d like to really develop an audience. I want to keep people coming back to my blogs, and when I have a month-long hiatus like I just did, that doesn’t really happen. At the same time, there’s almost always a lot going on in my life. I have a very demanding job in terms of energy if not always time. (I work rather efficiently, so I often leave school before other teachers do. I feel guilty, leaving only half an hour after our official off-the-clock time.) Writing is a creative task. Other blogs are updated frequently, and I like to read them, but I get overwhelmed. And so with each of the blogs I write, I have to keep my mission for that particular blog in mind.
Here, the mission is to record my reactions to books, and book-related things. When I started the blog, I reviewed every book I read, and focused on YA. Now, I’m realizing that no one is asking me to do that except myself. So I will post reviews here only of particularly noteworthy books, or publish reviews over at The Edge of the Forest when I’ve agreed to do that. I’ll keep any commitments I make to things like the blog tours, and I’ll post responses to interesting things I see in my reading. And anything else book-related that comes to my attention.
And that’s it. That will be all. And that way, this will stay fun for me.
Here’s the thing that keeps me from worrying I’ll lose readers: aggregators. Things like Google Reader, or the LJ friends page with a feed on it. If people want to read me, they can subscribe. Then, when I have a month-long gap, they won’t miss a thing.