Monday, June 11, 2007

2nd Blogiversary!

Today is my two year Blogiversary! I totally missed my first blogiversary, so I was determined I wasn't going to miss it this time. I made my first post on June 11, 2005. I never introduced myself or anything, I just jumped right in and posted a wrapup of BEA 2005 as my first post.

I really didn't get the whole blog thing at first, and when I started this blog, I had comments turned off. Why would I want anyone commenting on my posts, I wondered. After all, what if someone criticized me? Eventually, from reading other blogs, I began to understand that blogging is really about community (at least here in the Kidlitosphere) and commenting is an integral part of the blog experience. So eventually I turned comments on, and Michele was the first person to comment on one of my posts. (And in 2 years, not one person has ever said anything negative!)

Wands and Worlds was actually around for a while before I started the blog. My son and I started it together as a book review and directory site, since we both love fantasy and science fiction. But after a while, I realized that while the original site worked well as a directory for finding books, there wasn't really any way for people to find out about new reviews that we posted. We tried doing a newsletter for a while, but it was a lot of work and never really worked out the way we wanted it to. So I started blogging as a way to post more news-related items.

Eventually, the blog grew into something more: a personal expression, a place to post my special reviews, and a part of a community. I've since started another blog, whose sole purpose is news announcements: new books, forthcoming books, and new reviews on the main site. Most of those posts are automatically generated from the programs we use to administer the main site. So this blog is a place for me to express myself and be part of the community, and that one is strictly for updates.
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