Friday, October 23, 2009

Blog Updates and Question for you all!

Hello Everyone from me and my little Red Headed Book Child (pre-cast picture!) He has that look that means he has something to say. It's almost as if he is about to clear his throat.
I found it to be appropriate for this post.

I've been blogging now for a few months since late July. I had no idea what to expect or really what to do. In these few short months I have learned a lot, mostly about what an enormous community of book lovers there is out there in the blogosphere. I was and am still amazed at this. You all are truly awesome and I love to read you every day.

I have been at times content and also overwhelmed with having a blog. Now that I have viewed many and follow many, I sometimes feel I should do more and then right away I feel I should not. With the host of memes, contests, awards, events, challenges, I don't want to jump on every bandwagon but I also don't want to miss out on something exciting. My main goal and motivation will always be to review the books I am reading. That is why I started this adventure. It is also very important to me to have a credible blog, one that is respected and read with interest and not because I am giving away something. I am extremely enthusiastic about reading and I hope it comes across in my reviews.

So the point of this post is to outline a few weekly events hosted by other bloggers that I enjoy and what else to expect from my blog.

Teaser Tuesdays
Waiting on Wednesdays
Throwback Thursday

*I like these three events because they highlight what I am currently reading, what I want to read and what I have enjoyed in the past. In my opinion, it covers all of the bases.

I have done both In My Mailbox and Mailbox Mondays, before I realized I wasn't officially signed up anywhere to do so (Mr. Linky and I just don't see eye to eye), so I am going to do my own thing. I shall call it...Week in Review. This will tell everyone all of the fabulous books that have come my way during the week. This will most likely happen on Fridays.

I do not get a lot of time to blog on the weekends. This is heavy family time and I also work out of the house. During the week I really utilize nap time and independent play time for babe as my blog time.

One more thing I would like to do is not only focus on individual books but focus on individual authors that I love. Some time in the near future I will be starting
Author Love-a-thons. I have so many favorites that I would like to bring attention to those that I feel I deserve it.

My main focus will always be My Book Reviews. I will do these as often as I finish a book. I have to write the review right away after I finish a book or else I forget everything. Old age.!

Last, I love Challenges! I think I have my full now until the end of the year but I will keep seeking them out to see what's out there. As for contests and giveaways and blog tours, they will pop up when I have some extra time and some extra monies!

If you all don't mind responding, I would love if you all could answer one question for me.

What do you like best about my blog?

I've never really thrown that out there and believe me my knees are knockin in nervousness much like they were in 7th grade before my birthday party praying someone would show up. :)

Thanks so much for reading!

* red headed book child


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...
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Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

* This comment is from my buddy Rachel who can't comment from work so she sends them to me in email and I paste them here!

Hey there Michelle,

I really like a lot of things about your blog, but mostly I really enjoy your reviews.

That's all I can squeek out right now - it's crazy here!

Have a good weekend!

Melissa said...

Hi Michelle,

I like that your blog is chill. LOL! I love that it's welcoming, and not formal. Plus, I love the reviews.


Jenny said...

I like your reviews... they're generally books I'm interested in or have read, and I like the way you write the reviews.

I also like that you are a "real" person and are very friendly and personable.

The memes you picked out are my faves too (well the wednesday and thursday one). I've done the tuesday one a few times.

Christine said...

I'm fairly new to your blog, but I truly enjoy everything I've read so far. I love to read book reviews as much as the next ... always looking for something new to read or to share in some book love chat.

I think your ideas for Week In Reviews AND the Author Love-a-thons are fantastic ideas! I'm looking forward to them.

Like Jenny, I like that you come across very "real" on your blog. I know your blog is about books... but I admit I enjoy when bloggers mention or post things about their personal lives now and then. Not because I'm a stalker or anything, but because it makes me feel more connected to the blogger and what she has to say. It kind of rounds out the whole experience for me with blogs I visit regularly, anyway. Plus you've got a cute kid. ;)

In the end, I think you should just blog in whatever way makes you happy. And remember you can always change your mind with how you do things another day. It's all YOURS!

I started planning a book challenge for 2010 that I want to run. Maybe. It requires organization and the ability to follow through with something... LOL!

Have a great weekend!

Celticlady's Reviews said...

I am also very new to this blogging thing... I started on September this year. I think every ones blog is definitely unique to that person and I think the design of a blog is part of wanting to go back. I also like the reviews. Some are books that I have not read, some are books that I have and some are books that I may want to read and then there are those that I would not touch at all. So having a book blog is great!!! And everyone that I have come in contact with has been great and welcoming. Like I have know them forever....

Alyssa Kirk said...

I love your reviews. They're honest and informative. You have a very welcoming style! I'm also looking forward to the week in review. I like this because I can't always check everyone's reviews everyday and with the review I can focus in on what interests me most and go to that. Great idea!

I know what you mean about keeping up with all the memes. I find that very hard to do along with giving my reviews.

Hey, just do your best and do what makes you happy. That will shine through and we'll all enjoy it!

Ryan said...

I love your blog because I feel like I'm visiting a down to Earth friend that I can always rely on to tell my their honest opionion. Keep up the good work and I look forward to reading what you come up with in the future.

Krista said...

I really enjoy your reviews the most:) You have many titles that I haven't heard of before and that is always welcome :) Plus you are super nice and your son is super cute!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Thank you so much for all of your kinds words. Whew! I'm not alone at my figurative brithday party after all! Yeah!

I'm super tired from a long night at the bookstore. Your thoughts put a smile on my face.

Lisa said...

I agree with everyone's comment, you are doing awesome! And I love your week in review as well!

Lisa said...

My fav things on all blogs are the reviews and the personal touches and yours is no exception. I really like the idea of the Week In Review. How is your babe getting along with his cast?

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Lisa, My babe is doing much better. Thanks for asking! He is now crawling and scooting around, if you can imagine! One more week to go and cross, your fingers, the cast will come off!!