This time of year is the most difficult for me when it comes to blogging. I want to be outside, and since I'm not about to sit in the pool with my netbook in order to blog on a daily basis, I find myself playing catchup on Fridays and Saturdays, which isn't the way I want to do things.
Some of you may be sitting there thinking dire thoughts after reading the post title. What good things are coming to an end? The weekly link round-ups? No! Lord, she's not talking about putting an end to the blog, is she? Absolutely not!
After almost four years of weekly Scene of the Blog posts, I've come to the decision that I'm retiring this feature. It wasn't easy arriving at this conclusion; it's a feature I've enjoyed doing. I love seeing where other folks in the book blogging community read and do their own blogging. I've made connections with people all around the world, and I've seen how very similar we are through our love of books.
What hasn't been fun for the past year is trying to find participants. I think I've said this before, but it bears repeating. I send out invitations every single week. Of those invitations, I may get replies to 30%. Although almost all the replies are to say that they'd like to participate, I'm very lucky if I actually get photos and write-ups from 30% of those saying yes. As you can see, the percentages are rather dismal, but I'm not here to lay blame on anyone. You cannot predict what's going to happen in your life, and when things begin to happen-- whether good or bad-- a Scene of the Blog invitation is going to fall further and further down the list of priorities-- and rightfully so.
What I am saying is that I've become tired of spending all this time sending out invitations with very little return. I'd really like to spend that time doing something new. So... I have two book bloggers scheduled, and once they've been featured, Scene of the Blog is going to ride off into the sunset. If anyone sends me anything after that, I may do a special, but I'm not even certain of that.
It's been a fantastic run-- one that I've had great fun with, and one that I'm very proud of-- but sometimes it's best to bid a fond farewell and go on to new ventures. That said, I'd best round up what few links I've found this past week!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- I know many of us need to thin out our bookshelves, but we're not quite sure of what to do with the books we're willing to say goodbye to. What better way to make room for new books than to donate books to needy libraries? There are several programs for you to check out to see which one is best for you.
- Want to find out which new words the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary recently added to its pages?
I ♥ Lists
- 5 women writers tougher than Hemingway
- 10 of the greatest underdogs in literature
- 10 great works of literature written in prison
Social Media Tips
- I wish I had this kind of mind: upcycling bookends into a floating bookshelf.
New to My Google Reader
That's it for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!