Question Time! Part Two: The Blogging Life

Question Time! Part Two: The Blogging Life

I offered a bonus entry in my Blogiversary Giveaway to anyone who asked me a question (I will be announcing the winners tomorrow!). Last week I took on a variety of queries; this post primarily but not exclusively includes the ones specific to the blogging life. Sheila from Book Journey asks: “5 years… what things have changed since you started blogging?  Community?  Your own style of posting?” My reflections on the five-year milestone are the long-winded answer […]

Question Time–Now With Answers! (Part One)

Question Time–Now With Answers! (Part One)

I’m offering a bonus entry in my Blogiversary Giveaway to anyone who asks me a question (and you can still enter until this Saturday, if you haven’t already!). Since several people took me up on that, I thought I’d answer some of the questions today. Others will be addressed next week, so stay tuned. Several of the questions I’ve received specifically addressed blogging, so I’m going to field all of those in their own post. […]

This Veteran Reflects on a Milestone Blogiversary

This Veteran Reflects on a Milestone Blogiversary

This is published post #1668, dated March 15, 2012. Post #1 was published on March 16, 2007. That averages out to .91 posts per day over five years. Five years of blogging! Who saw THAT coming? Five years ago, it certainly wasn’t me. And sometimes I still feel like a newbie who’s playing catch-up, and will always be a few steps behind no matter what; the online world changes so fast. On the other hand, […]

Sunday Salon: Kicking off 2012 by looking back at 2011

Sunday Salon: Kicking off 2012 by looking back at 2011

It’s usually both fun and challenging to come up with my annual Books of the Year list, and 2011 was no exception. It might have been easier if I’d read more books that weren’t very good, but that was not the case; the overall level of my reading last year was pretty high.  Having said that, my year-end picks aren’t necessarily the books that I rated the very highest–they’re the ones that have stuck with […]

2011 in Review, The Reading (part 2)–Books of the Year

2011 in Review, The Reading (part 2)–Books of the Year

Books of the Year Since I did rate so many of the books I read in 2011 at the higher end of the scale, it was especially challenging to choose the standouts. My “Books of the Year” selections are not strictly the highest-rated reads, however, although none received less than a 4/5 rating. They’re also the books that have stayed with me best, and have continued to come up in conversation. Since my nonfiction reads […]

2011 in Review: The ‘Riting and the Randomness

2011 in Review: The ‘Riting and the Randomness

The books of 2011 got two posts this year, but everything else on the blog goes into this great big link-a-palooza. Let’s start with more numbers! (All stats via Google Analytics unless otherwise stated) But first, speaking of stats…in case you missed them, I posted 2011 book stats yesterday. The 2011 “Books of the Year” post will be up tomorrow! By The Numbers: 5 Stats Total visitors in 2011: 15,400 Unique visitors in 2011: 9,860 […]

2011 in Review–The Reading (part 1): The Numbers, and The Also-Rans

2011 in Review–The Reading (part 1): The Numbers, and The Also-Rans

By the Numbers Summing up my 2011 reading experiences starts with some bookkeeping in the number-crunching sense.Total books read: 54Fiction: 33 Adult: 30 YA/Children’s: 3 2010 was the first year in which I read enough YA to make note of it. I probably don’t need to separate it out for 2011, but the precedent is set now. Since YA books tend to be faster reads and they’re taking up more room in TBR Purgatory these […]

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Connections to Conference-goers Seen in the Wild

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Connections to Conference-goers Seen in the Wild

This is the second of my three-part reflection on conference comparisons. Yesterday I talked about conversations; today I’m thinking about some of the “accessories” conferences acquire… * Some people come for the swag, and you see them carrying around lots of stuff. There’s been some pretty impressive swag spotted around BlogHer conferences. Some comes from BlogHer sponsor brands, but rumor has it that the really choice stuff turns up at the offsite, invitation-only events that […]

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Connections to conversations outside the official agenda

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Connections to conversations outside the official agenda

I’ve said it before; I like to look for the connections. On the day I moderated the “Blogging for a Niche Market” panel at the 2011 Book Blogger Convention, I contributed a guest post to Armchair BEA talking about the opposite of niche – the concerns and interests bloggers share regardless of the specific content of their blogs. Despite the fact that it’s being held just down the 5 Freeway in San Diego this year, […]

I am four years old today – and it’s Day 2 of my Blogiversary Giveaway!

I am four years old today – and it’s Day 2 of my Blogiversary Giveaway!

You only have one fourth birthday, but I’m taking two days to celebrate the 4th Blogiversary of The 3 R’s Blog: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness! The festivities began yesterday, and here’s a quick recap of what’s going on. I opened sign-ups for two read-alongs. Well, I hope they’ll be read-alongs – I’m planning to re-read both of these books this year, and I’d love to have company to discuss them with! Fellow re-readers and first-timers […]

2010 in Review – Randomness: Look Back in Bloggery

2010 in Review – Randomness: Look Back in Bloggery

Image by Scott Ingram Photography via Flickr I did this “beginnings and endings” blog-retrospective meme at the end of 2007, and I thought I’d bring it out again since I haven’t used it since then.  Rules: Paste the first line of your first post AND the last line of your last post for each month, starting with January 2010. Links are optional. (Note: If the first post of the month was a book review, it’s […]

2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

Image via Wikipedia (If you think you’ve read this post before, you may be right – it accidentally got published a couple of weeks ago, and got into the feed before I could pull it back to the correct date. Oops!) Total posts in 2010: 305  – includes 11 guest posts, 10 progress updates during two 24-Hour Readathons, and 30 daily posts in November for NaBloPoMo Most-viewed 2010 post: “My Festival of Books Report, 2010 […]

2010 in Review – Reading: final Bookkeeping, and Books of the Year!

2010 in Review – Reading: final Bookkeeping, and Books of the Year!

  As befits a book-blogging accountant, I’ll begin this look back at the year in reading with a little number-crunching: Total books read: 56 Fiction: 45 Adult: 33 YA: 12 Nonfiction: 11 Memoir: 8 History: 2 Other: 1 (music) Number of pages read: No idea, although I suppose I could do the math…but I’m really not all that interested in crunching this particular number at this point, so never mind! (Do you keep track of […]

State of the Blog: It’s this baby’s third birthday!

State of the Blog: It’s this baby’s third birthday!

A message for those participating in The Sparrow Read-along: Discussion questions are posted at Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books today. You don’t have to be finished with the book to participate in the discussion, and you can post your answers any time prior to March 30 (that is the date your review should be posted). My own responses will go up tomorrow, since I have something else on the blog calendar today – read on! […]

The Meme Thief brings back the old year for New Year’s!

The Meme Thief brings back the old year for New Year’s!

Since we’re barely into 2010, I don’t think the statute of limitations for reflecting a little more on 2009 has run out yet. The Meme Thief stole this “New Year’s Meme” from Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife, but other bloggers have posted it too. 1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? I went to my first conference of any kind – how nice that it was a blogging conference! […]