Look! It’s a Blog Post!
The irony of a semi-hiatus from blogging just weeks before I go to a major conference as a blogger is definitely not lost on me, but my workload has me operating in “something’s got to give” mode these days, and blogging is one of the things that can give. That said, I’m glad I have a little time to give it this weekend! I really don’t like missing a Sunday post–even when I don’t have a lot to talk about–and I want to get some thoughts recorded about an audiobook I finished this week before it recedes too far into the past.
Right now, I’m not sure how soon I’ll be finishing another book. I’m making my way through the podcast backlog that’s accumulated during my latest stretch of audio reading, and I’ve been forsaking print to focus on blogs and online reading for the last couple of weeks–I didn’t finish all of the “Day in the Life” posts in my Feedly until just a few days ago!
I have been journaling daily, at least. I tried out the 5-Minute Journal iPhone app for about a week–I liked the concept, but the app’s strict format got repetitive pretty quickly for my taste, so I’m moving it over to the more flexible Day One. I don’t think I’ll be moving much of that writing over here, but I will share some links.
A Few Things I’ve Read Recently
I’ve Been Reading My Own Damn Books… and It’s Changing How I Think About My Reading – Entomology of a Bookworm
“(I) love reviewing and reading books in advance of the buzz, but I’m learning (slowly) that the act of reading to review is a very, very different act than reading for pleasure…And then because I get anxious when deadlines loom and work is left undone, I read only the assigned books and the books I own wallow in the stack for reading session over reading session over reading session.” Yep, totally what Kerry said.
National Poetry Month – What Is Poetry and What Role Does it Perform? Rhapsody in Books Weblog — a crash course from Jill
On Reviewing Bad Books When You’re Part of the Literary Community–Book bloggers are part of the literary community, right? Some excellent thought fodder from Book Riot:
“Being part of this community is wonderful, but it also means I feel like I can’t always tell the truth about the books I don’t like, because someone is going to see it and get their feelings hurt….We—the bookish types, the publishing professionals, the readers and writers—have a huge, inter-connected community of friends and colleagues and people we know and respect in real life, as well as online. We’re all seeing what we’re all saying…what I’m trying to work out here is whether and how I can participate in my literary community with both full-blown honesty and compassion.”
This is important if you’re part of any blogging community…and maybe even more imoportant if you’re not: Why You Should Read Your Friend’s Blog – Mindful Still
This post is important for my day job: How to Master Microsoft Office Excel, from Lifehacker
And this post offers a provocative, if weird, perspective on current events: Donald Trump Is the L. Ron Hubbard of Politics – The Daily Beast