When I moved my blog to WordPress, my overarching goal was to better engage and connect with my audience, and create a place people enjoy visiting. This was on my mind when I made my Blog Improvement To Do List, and has rattled around in my head for several weeks. I know there’s no silver bullet, no single way to create community, but a light bulb went off when Florinda at The 3R’s Blog wrote in her State of the Blog post:
I’d really like to see bloggers express more of themselves on their blogs. … It’s also disappointing to me to see content primarily driven by the Meme of the Day. I don’t necessarily mean that the blogger needs to share a lot of personal information; I know that quite a few book bloggers, in particular, choose to be more reserved with that, and that’s fine. But one of the most important reasons I’ll decide to follow a blog is the voice of its writer; if I don’t get a good feel that the writer has a voice of her or his own, I probably won’t hang around for long.
I’m launching “Midweek @ Musings” as a way to share more of myself. Similar to Claire’s Corner at Paperback Reader, and Weekend Review at The 3R’s Blog, I’ll use this space to comment on a broader spectrum of interests: books, language, family, pets, gardening, vegetarianism, wildlife, technology, etc. Some will be serious, and some silly. Much of this will be determined by what “grabs” you and ignites discussion.
This inaugural post is a fairly random selection …
The 2010 Orange Prize Longlist was announced on Tuesday, March 16. I’ve only read one of the 20 nominees (Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, which won the 2009 Booker Prize), but I’ve heard great things about several others. I’m looking forward to following the prize as the shortlist is unveiled (April 20), and the prize awarded (June 9).
I love data, statistics, and graphs, but I’m exceedingly bad at creating visual representations of them. Enter infographics. Here are two really cool ones I came across this week:
- If you live in the United States, you probably received your census form this week. Look at what the census said about us in 1870.
- I’m fascinated by the rise of social media and its cultural implications. Here’s a collection of social media infographics for you. I love the evolution of email (#s 1-5), and am still digesting the evolution of the blogosphere (#8). I don’t quite get the Periodic Table of Social Media Elements (#17). I know what the periodic table is … but if anyone can interpret this and enlighten me, I’d appreciate it! Which one of these is your favorite? UPDATE: Thanks to Jill at The Magic Lasso, who found an explanation for the Periodic Table of Social Media Elements. Scroll down for explanations of each “element.”
I really hate McDonald’s. I haven’t eaten there since turning veg two years ago, but I still humor my carnivorous daughter. Recently we ordered a 6-piece McNuggets meal via the drive-through. They gave us a children’s meal. Now, back in the days when my kids were young enough to eat Happy Meals, the McNuggets meal was only 4 pieces. Since then McDonald’s has introduced the Mighty Kids Meal, allegedly for older children who “need” the 100+ calories in 2 more McNuggets. Of course, the adult menu has also gone super-sized, with the 1/3-lb Angus Burger. No wonder our country has an obesity problem.
OK, that was almost a rant. Let’s end on a cute note. This week my 17-year-old daughter became obsessed with “teacup pigs.” They’re adorable, but with 2 dogs and 3 cats, we really don’t need one:
Tell me what you think: what would you like to know about me, or my literary and non-literary interests? Leave a comment please …