"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. Tiger or Karen will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.
This week's question is: We have created a blogging time machine! Pretend you can start over. Knowing what you know now about blogging – what do you wish you did differently when it comes to creating your blog?
You know, there really isn't anything that I would have done differently. I could have picked a different name for my Inside of a Dog blog so that I wouldn't get spammed by folks wanting me to talk about veterinary medicine or dog food. But I love the Groucho Marx quote that is the basis for my blog's name. I began that blog on Jan. 24, 2008 as part of a project to learn about web 2.0 tools. I didn't really begin book blogging until Sept. 13, 2009. My first post was my excitement about Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and included the trailer. It wasn't long before I started doing book reviews for both adult and young adult books.
This blog - Ms. Martin Teaches Media - doesn't have a really catchy name but it is a pretty good description of who I am and what I do. I don't usually talk very much about my media classes with my students but I do occasionally mention projects we do. I began this blog on Dec. 30, 2009 because I thought I would use it more to talk about my work as a school library media specialist but it hasn't worked out that way. I found that I wanted to focus on middle grade and young adult book reviews.
I might rethink the idea of supporting two blogs but I feel it is necessary. I don't necessarily want my middle grade and high school students seeing reviews for some of the adult books I read. Some things I read are well beyond their maturity level. I don't want to confuse them.
One thing that I still need to do better about both my blogs is networking. I need to connect more with other bloggers who have the same interests that I do. While I have a respectable number of followers for each blog, I could always use more.
What would you do differently if you could start again?