BookBloggerConMay 29, 2010
On Friday I attended the first ever Book Blogger Convention here in New York. It was pretty nifty. A lot of the material was sort of irrelevant to me — I mean, I don’t communicate with publishers because most of the books I read are out of print. I don’t interact with the authors of books I review because they are dead. Re: dead authors, I gather many book bloggers wish they were in a similar situation.
Anyway, I feel like a learned a lot. I came away with all kinds of worried about the deficiencies in my blog, and all kinds of ideas about how to remedy them. I plan to blurt those out in one highly disorganized paragraph full of questions at the end of this post. Also I may do a poll.
I went to the convention with Aja from Bookshop, who writes incredibly insightful posts about YA fiction when she’s not busy with fandom, but also is partially to blame for my Nero Wolfe-induced hiatus earlier this year. We were the most unprofessional bloggers at the convention — having left business cards until the last possible moment, we ended up making some by hand over breakfast. And, when we came close to running out, we made some more during lunch.
Everyone was super nice, but also a bit intimidating. Their world of book blogging looks very different from mine, and I began to wonder whether that might be a bad thing.
I love this blog so much. I’m prouder of it than anything else I’ve done in my life. And that’s probably why I’m always wanting to do more with it. Should I have content other than book reviews? Should I review books that are in print? Penguin has just come out with an extremely attractive reissue of The Leavenworth Case, and I’ve really been wanting to take a look at it. Should I be talking about other books I’m reading, ones that don’t fall within the usual purview of this blog? Should I be talking more about myself? I’ve always kept my format pretty rigid, and this isn’t the first time I’ve wondered whether that was a good thing.
I’ve made a few minor changes already: Redeeming Qualities now has its own email address, and I’ve updated my sidebar with a link to my RSS feed and my most recent Twitter updates.
Things I have thought about doing:
- Making posts on subjects, as well as on books. Like, I don’t know, face-offs between similar books or authors, or trends from particular eras. I’ve also always wanted to someday do a post about inexplicably evil younger brothers.
- Guest posts, which could come from readers, other bloggers, or just…people I know.
- Weekly updates on what I’m reading.
I’m also open to suggestions.