Vacation Stories: Looking at Books in Seattle

Vacation Stories: Looking at Books in Seattle

I have not dropped off the face of the earth, but after several weeks during which my work ate me alive, I did go on vacation for a week. We’ve just returned from our sorely-needed escape to Seattle and neighboring areas of the Evergreen State (with a day trip across the border to British Columbia). We’re still sorting and editing photos, but I thought y’all might want to see the bookish ones first.  You might well expect the place recently dubbed “America’s most well-read city” to be well-supplied with bookstores, and you’d be right. I promised Tall Paul I wouldn’t drag […]

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The Empty Spaces: Picturing A Life Without Blogging (#Selfiebration)

The Empty Spaces: Picturing A Life Without Blogging (#Selfiebration)

I’ve talked about how “Creativity, Connection, and Confidence” are three reasons why I (still) blog. A new post/prompt for BlogHer’s Selfiebration comes at that from a slightly different angle: “How would your life look now if you hadn’t started blogging?” One thing that makes it hard to answer “what might have been” questions is that there’s a chicken-and-egg aspect to them: would you miss the things you think you’d miss if you’d never known them in the first place? There are so many people who have come into my life through blogging–all those connections, some of which have made the leap from words exchanged onscreen to time spent […]

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2001: A Blogging Odyssey–Reflections and Projections After 2000 Posts

2001: A Blogging Odyssey–Reflections and Projections After 2000 Posts

It has taken 6 years and almost 7 months to accumulate 2000 posts on The 3 R’s Blog, but it happened yesterday. Post number 2001 seems like a good place to pause and consider how I got here, and where to go now that I am here. The last time I reviewed blog stats was the end of 2011 (I only looked at reading stats in 2012). I think this is a good occasion to revisit them, with a little bit of context from each year of the blog’s life. Care to come along? 2007: 332 posts for the year […]

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Sunday Salon: “One More Hour” Edition

Sunday Salon: “One More Hour” Edition

I hope y’all remembered to set your clocks back one hour last night! We are now back on Standard Time here in the USA–although since we actually only observe it for about ⅓ of the year now, it seems like the “standard” really should be Daylight Savings Time. But that would confuse things even more than they already are. Anyway, we have an “extra” hour today. Assuming you didn’t already spend it catching some extra zzz’s, what do you plan to do with yours? I’ll be out all morning–taking my sister out for a slightly belated birthday breakfast, then catching […]

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Many Paths, But No One Right One: On Blogger Development

Many Paths, But No One Right One: On Blogger Development

Because yesterday was my Wordless Wednesday Link-up, I didn’t talk about Armchair BEA’s Day 2 discussion topic, “Development,” then. But since I won’t be talking about the Day 3 topic, “Giveaways,” at all, I’m taking the opportunity to backtrack: “Day 2 we talk about how we develop ourselves as bloggers.  Have you branched out into your community? Do you partner with other bloggers?  Have you gone “pro” or begun supplementing your income through your blog?  Are you a long-term blogger, and how has your online personality developed over the years?” I’ve been doing this since 2007. If I never changed […]

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2012 in Review–‘Riting & Randomness…and a little ‘Rithmetic

2012 in Review–‘Riting & Randomness…and a little ‘Rithmetic

I usually do a little year-end number-crunching in the process of coming up with my Books of the Year, but this year I decided to share those before I put up the stats. However, before I get to the Bookkeeping, I have answers to some questions from the “Book Blogging/Reading Life” section of Jamie‘s annual End-of-Year Book Survey. Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?  If I leave my Books of the Year reviews out of the running here, it’s my review of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audiobook read by Jim Dale). And since I also use the […]

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Book Reviewing for (Less) Fun and (More) Profit

Book Reviewing for (Less) Fun and (More) Profit

I was very excited to sign on as a contracted reviewer for Shelf Awareness’ Readers’ Edition e-newsletter when it launched earlier this year, but I must admit that I didn’t really foresee how a paid reviewing gig would affect my overall reading and blogging habits. This “do what you love, the money will follow” exercise has turned out to be a “be careful what you wish for” thing sometimes. Perhaps if I’d understood about the “Overjustification Effect” before I started this, I’d have been more reticent about jumping into it: “The Misconception: There is nothing better in the world than getting […]

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Full Disclosure: On blogging, books, and money

Full Disclosure: On blogging, books, and money

Bookkeepers (the “my day job” kind) I’d be lying if I said that the possibility of making some money from writing wasn’t lurking somewhere in my mind when I started blogging here. I wasn’t sure it would happen from blogging, but I did hope that blogging would open some doors to paid writing opportunities in other venues (and it has, but it took four years to get there!). But I’ve also had some chances to make a little money with the blog itself, and I have selectively taken advantage of them. I belong to an ad network, I use affiliate […]

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