No, no, I’m not quitting already or taking a hiatus (woohoo, consistently blogging since mid-March!!). I just want to share some of the things I’m thinking about doing with this blog going forward. I have a lot of ideas and want to write them down somewhere, and where better to do it than on the blog so I can share and also hopefully get some feedback?
Here’s what I’m thinking:
- Only giving full reviews to diverse books. Diversity in YA is something that’s super important to me, and I’ve been thinking that I’d really like this blog to reflect that. I don’t do a whole lot of reviews on this blog in general, but I think I might want to make it a policy to only give full-length reviews to diverse books. I’ll definitely still do recommendation or want-to-read posts about other books, but I don’t think I need to give the same amount of attention to those books because they already get that attention from most bookish community influencers.
- Doing weekly wrap-up posts. This is one I’m still on the fence about because it’s a weekly commitment, but I do love doing my monthly wrap-up posts. Still, there are some things I don’t do on monthly wrap-ups that I could do on weekly ones to change things up. I’d like to shine light on my own posts, either just what I’ve written in general or what was most or least popular for the week to drive more traffic to those posts. I’d also like to share cool things from around the blogosphere that I’ve been reading. There are always so many cool posts from other bloggers, but I tend to forget who wrote what by the end of a full month, so a weekly thing might be best. Plus, I’ve noticed that I get more views on Sunday posts than Friday or Saturday posts anyway.
- Writing more about librarianship. When I started this blog, I really did intend to write a whole lot more about my first full-time library job. Unfortunately, that hasn’t actually ended up happening much on here. I think I feel nervous about writing about something I feel so vulnerable and lacking confidence in, and it’s not as fun to write about the fact that I fail sometimes. I find it weirdly easier to write about bad mental health or personal issues than I do about my professional life and potential things I’m not doing as well as I think I should be on in that arena.
- An occasional self-help feature. Last year, my therapist at the time recommended Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection to me, and I actually ended up really enjoying it. I’d never read self-help books before, but that book got me curious about other self-help books out there. I’ve been meaning to read another one of her books for a while, Daring Greatly, and, in order to encourage myself on my self-help book exploration journey, I’ve been thinking I might want to start a feature called selfhelpme about either specific books I read or cool things I read in the books that I want to discuss further. This is primarily a YA blog of course, but I don’t see any harm in doing an occasional feature of another type of book I like reading.
When I started writing this post I thought I had way more things to write about, but apparently I did not. So those are all the things! I don’t want to make any major changes because I like how I blog now, but those are just some things I’m thinking about doing in the future to add to it 🙂 Please feel free to tell me your thoughts!!