Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blogging about Books

Why start a book blog?  Well, firstly, why not?  Blogging is hip, cool, and apparently a la mode.  But more importantly, I have my first summer off since…well, since I began my college undergraduate studies four years ago, and I need something to do.  More importantly, though, I need to find something practical and productive to do.  Reading is great.  More than great, its fantastic.  But I’ve flirted with the idea of some day becoming a book critic, or at least working in some capacity analyzing books.  What better way to start practicing than to blog about books?

I had a vision, in late March, of starting a blog and becoming an internet-renowned blogger, and with this vision came brainstorming, outlining, constantly thinking about ways to achieve this goal.  Realistically, I understand it might not happen.  Even if it does, it will take a long time.  Yet, I think what was most important about my brainstorming session in March was it allowed me to create a vision for what I wanted to do with the blogging medium.  Book reviews are nice, but nothing groundbreaking or stellar.  I decided I wanted to hone my literary analysis skills, but also do more – just talk about books.  But in, like, a cool way.

So that’s what I’m going to do.  With a pre-made list of topics about books and literature to explore, I am creating this blog: a blog dedicated alternatively to book analysis and reviews, and general analysis of the literary medium.  The general idea is to submit analysis postings on Tuesdays, and book reviews on Saturdays.  I know, I know, “the best laid plans,” and all that jazz, but that was talking about mice and men, of which I am neither, so I think I’m good.

Perhaps only a handful of people will ever read this; c’est la vie.  But, I’m optimistic that I’ll learn a lot from this endeavor, and that alone is worth the undertaking.


  1. WHEE
    1. have you watch the VLOG brother videos on lit topics? I love them, but better yet, the kids love them. This is the way to go. Hide analysis in coolness, disguised as nerdiness. The "Froghoppin' with Gatsby" and some of the Catcher in the Rye vlogs are classic and I use them each year.

  2. What a fantastic idea! You'll be added to my blog reading list, definitely!


  3. Thanks, Mrs. Metcalf! I have not seen them, but I always love watching stuff like that, so I definitely plan on checking it out! Thanks for commenting! :)

  4. Well, thank you very much, Miss! I hope I can do you proud!

  5. Man, I would blog a LOT more if it really was a la mode.

  6. What are you talking about? Don't you know that every time I press the magical 'submit' button, a bowl of ice cream just appears in front of me? You're missing out...