So what have I done with Young Readers since January 5th and January 6th? New header. New background. From two columns to three.
My original goals:
To determine once and for all which direction I want Young Readers to take. Should I keep this one separate from Becky's Book Reviews?
To be more consistent in blogging. To have twenty posts per month at least.
To try to give equal time to books reviewed for this site.
To create/maintain a blogroll for this site.
To feature more books by baby reviewers.
How have I done?
Well, I decided to keep going with Young Readers. To not merge with Becky's Book Reviews. I may revisit this again in the future. But I don't see this changing any time soon.
Have I had twenty posts per month? Sometimes. January, February and March saw over thirty posts each. April was my slowest month. May I bounced back a bit. And June needs some work. I need to review some more books this month if I want to get my totals up. But generally speaking, I'm happy that I've been able to devote some time to this blog.
Am I leading a more balanced life? Am I able to give time to reading and reviewing picture books, board books, and early readers? Yes and no. I've started reading picture books as they arrive. Not always. But on good days I do. So I may read it a time or two and review it within those first few days. So that's encouraging. But not always possible. I would LOVE to be able to sit down with a stack of picture books one day a week, read them all, and start writing reviews. Perhaps writing reviews and scheduling them to post ahead of time. Doing a week or two at a time so that I don't have to worry with doing it day by day.
How is my blog roll doing? I haven't maintained it. I think I probably spent some time in January or February getting it going. But I haven't added anything to it recently. So it might could use some help.
Baby Reviewers. I love Snugglebug. And he has been reviewing for the blog twice a month (approximately). Of course, my having reviews depends on his mama's schedule. And I definitely understand when she's not able to have reviews to send my way.
Formulating new goals:
- to choose one day per week to sit and review picture books
- to schedule posts for Young Readers in advance
- to continue trying to be consistent in posting twenty-or-so posts per month
- to continue having guest posts by baby reviewers
- to perhaps refine my blog roll or create a special blog roll for bloggers specializing in children's books versus young adult books
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