Its now Day 3 of the Bloggiesta and I haven’t accomplished nearly as much as I had wanted to. Don’t get me wrong, I did cross off 40% of my blog to-do list on Friday, but much of it didn’t take up much time.
The main time and effort vacuum for my blog makeover is organizing my categories. I know this is a useful way for readers to browse through my blog when not looking for specific title reviews. I’ve just been woefully neglectful of assigning any categories for the past year. I didn’t think they were useful for myself and I hadn’t put an option for a category search for readers. That’s going to change.
I also updated my blogroll, but there wasn’t much to change to that. I added a new feature in the sidebar, highlighting literary festivals around the US, and also author visits to some of my favorite independent bookstores in the Bay Area, Keplers Books in Menlo Park and Books Inc. (ranging from San Francisco to Mountain View).
Today I planned on spending a good portion of the time updating the categories and making sure my images and links work in each post. I did have work all weekend, so I didn’t get to spend nearly as much time as I should have making improvements. I think I spent about 5 or 6 hours total working on my site.
I feel as if I’m going backwards in time reading my blog, editing typos, checking links and modifying tags and categories. Some reviews I want to rewrite completely to flesh out my opinions a little more, or at least give them more substance. I’ve come such a long way in my blogging and review career since January 2007. I’ve become acquainted with some fantastic people online, other bloggers that I watched grow from small posts, to panelists at Expos and conventions. Its a great experience seeing the love and admiration for all things book on the Internet.
Most people don’t associate an Internet personality with a love of books. Apparently it has to be only one or the other. I always hear people say that the Internet and technology connects the world, but also isolates us at the same time. We can be found at a moments notice, but how developed and intimate are our relationships that develop via Intel microchips? I can say that I feel the book blogging community that has developed over the past 3 years makes me question this line of thought. I’ve witnessed friendships formed from the community builders in the online world. I bet you guys would be first to bring the welcome wagon to any newcomers into the neighborhood.
I wasn’t expecting to get so nostalgic working on the bloggiesta this weekend. I just wanted to spruce up my site and make it look more presentable and less chaotic. You can’t avoid nostalgia when you sign up to take an in-depth look at your life in writing.