Regardless, as I type this, I think I finally get what all the fuss is about. Or at least a portion of it. I think. Whatever. Disregard my entire rant, and let’s get down to business
to defeat the Huns.
It’s January 17, 2016!!!
Which means it’s been exactly one month since I first started That Bookshelf Bitch. (Segue: Coincidentally, it also means that tomorrow is my first day of classes in college. Wonderful.) Allow me to repeat myself: I now have four weeks worth of blogging experience! I know, it’s pretty insignificant statistics-wise, but fuck it, I’m deliriously happy! Let’s all take a brief moment to join our hands together, share some virtual cookies and revel in the ridiculous bliss I’m feeling right now.
Now, for that one crucial question: What now?
I know, I know. There’s more to blogging than blog statistics. I agree. My entire blogging experience so far transcends words and numbers. However, as an engineering student, it’s been drilled into my nature to quantify plenty of things, including the progress of this blog since Day 1. And as a self-proclaimed neat freak, I am susceptible to making lists and organizing things.
December 17, 2015 – Start of blogging
December 31, 2015 – First two weeks of blogging
January 02, 2016 – 1,000 site visits and views
January 05, 2016 – 100 followers
January 07, 2016 – Hey, I finally got Kindle!
January 09, 2016 – Posted 10th review (Defects by Sarah Noffke)
January 17, 2016 – First month of blogging
Overall statistics since December 17, 2015:
Posts: 17 (including this one)
Highest number of views in a day: 211
Review requests received: 13
I’ve been toying around with a few ideas for weeks now. Obviously, there are a lot – seriously, a lot – of blogs that are extremely similar to mine, blogs that are also dedicated to book reviews and discussions. As such, I felt the need to come up with something that will effectively set me apart. Something I can call as my own. Something else I can offer to readers and authors and everyone else who gives this blog the time of day. With all that said, I’ve decided to introduce two new features to my blog.
To be honest, I haven’t quite figured everything out yet. And these are nowhere near finalized. But I am currently working on them and genuinely hope that they eventually come into fruition. For now, let me give you a few ideas regarding what I’ve been working on.
Sixty-Nine Sunday: Sixty-Nine Sunday is a monthly blogging prompt. Specifically, it aims to cultivate and to celebrate the creativity and individuality of bloggers and aspiring writers. The mechanics of this challenge is as follows:
1. Once a month, a theme will be released on a Sunday (or in some cases, Saturday). Themes will range from simple details (e.g. a book with a title that starts with a letter S) to more creative prompts that are open to any interpretation (e.g. a book you’d want to sleep with).
2. Pick out a book that suits the given theme. You are not obligated to explain how your chosen book falls under the theme, but you are free to do so.
3. Proceed to either page 69 of the book or 69% of the book’s total number of pages. Pick out a line, a dialogue or an excerpt from that particular page.
4. Whatever line/dialogue/excerpt chosen is to serve as your writing prompt. From there, write anything related to your prompt. This may be, but is not limited to, an essay, a short story, poetry, or song lyrics. You may also write your opinion of the book that contains the prompt, and you may also use the prompt as a means to reflect on yourself. Basically, you are free to write pretty much anything, provided that what you write is still somehow related to the prompt (although the reference need not be blatantly obvious). The goal is to allow the prompt to inspire you to write and to write as creatively and as liberally as possible.
5. To officially participate in this challenge, share your chosen prompt and include the product of your writing in a blog post. Make sure that you include “Sixty-Nine Sunday” in the title of your post and that you link back to Shealea’s post (the one containing the theme) so that others can join in as well. Afterwards, leave the link of your submission via comment for all of us to read!
6. After each challenge, Shealea will pick out three incredibly written submissions at random, and the authors will be featured in the next Sixty-Nine Sunday.
Project IDEA: Project IDEA (Independent Deserving Emerging Authors) is a small program which aims to provide underappreciated authors a moment to bask in the spotlight they so rightfully deserve. I believe that there are numerous types of underappreciated authors. The term itself is quite vague, you see. I mean, on what specific grounds can an author be classified as underappreciated? After a lot of contemplation, I’ve decided that Project IDEA will accommodate the following: self-published authors (independent), published authors with promising talent but are hardly recognized (deserving), and debut authors (emerging).
Specifically, authors will be given a variety of opportunities – features, interviews, the privilege of writing a guest post in my blog, the opportunity to conduct a giveaway, promotional posts, and several others.
Truthfully, I’m aware that this is a rather ambitious endeavor, especially given that I’ve only started blogging recently. However, I am already working on this in the hopes that I’d eventually become well-established enough in the community to pull this off and to be able to extend the assistance these authors need.
So there you have it! Everything is basically pretty rough around the edges. A definite work in progress, if you will. Let me know your thoughts! And do let me know if you’re interested in participating. That’d be awesome! Also, and most importantly, thank you for everything so far! I am absolutely overwhelmed and humbled.
P.S. Keep your eyes open for my upcoming reviews for the following books: Forgetting August by J.L. Berg, The Light of Day by Kristen Kehoe, and Gambit by C.L. Denault.