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Monday, March 15, 2010

Few Site Announcements

Read these if you care, or if they affect you (though you won't know until you read it...mwahaha):

Some upcoming changes:
  1. I've decided to do my own thing for Teaser Tuesdays from now on.  Nothing against the meme by Should Be Reading, but I never followed the rules of the game anyway (random page, 2 lines); I always made it my own, so I figured why not completely make it my own?  From now on, I am going to do a TT vlog, and read you a part of a book whose review is upcoming.  This way, if you are sufficiently teased, you can find out in the review later in the week if you do in fact want to read the book, and you can hear the words (which is nice) and get a more extended snippet than a normal TT piece.
  2. I am going to start doing something called the Kid's Corner where I will review (and maybe read to you) a children's book.  There are so many great ones out there, and I know some of you have children, or at least access to children (she says in a non-creepy way), and would like great books to share with them.  When possible, I am going to read these books with my neighbors (ages 6 and 10), and get their opinions on them to include in the review.  All are welcome to hijack Kid's Corner and include it on their blogs.
  3. Be My Guest (if it continues) is going to have a perk (beyond that of getting your name out there and stretching a bit).  Because you are doing me a favor in giving me a post that is ready to go (for the most part), I decided to start having random drawings for the Guests.  They will be utterly random -- you never know when they'll happen or what you'll get, but if you've ever Been My Guest, so to speak, you are automatically entered.  This means if you are a guest in January, you may randomly win a prize in December -- you never know.  Just a little bonus.
  4. There may be a new review policy and contest policy coming.  Not sure yet, just debating.
  5. I've also been debating a new meme called Dinner and a Movie(adaptation). (Or something along these lines.  Maybe).  Basically, I would give you a review of a book that has been made into a movie, a review of the movie, and a recipe (with pictures!) of the dinner/treat I made to go along with it, all on a theme.  I have been lacking the impetus to do it as yet, but it should be coming sometime soon.  We'll see.  Does that sound like something you'd be interested in?
  6. I still intend to have a linking post at the beginning of each month for you to link up your best/favorite posts from the month before.  I really like the idea, and you seem to, too.  But I can't settle on a name.  1/2 of me would like to keep changing it with something silly (like cheesy song references), but I don't want it to be confusing.  Thoughts?

In other news:
  1. The Wild Things YA challenge is creeping up, and it looks to be a doozy.  It will be on here (potential tasks were posted a few days ago), and all are welcome to participate.  It will run from April through June.  There may be goodies, especially as I am going to ALA in June; just saying.
  2. Did you hear that ^?  I AM GOING TO ALA!!! Can I get a squee?
  3. I have over 400 followers (thank you) so there may be some sort of prize pack in someone's future.  Not right now, as I have 2 giveaways and a swag thing going at the moment, but we'll see.
  4. I'm affliated with Natalie of Mindful Musings,  but I've been a bad affliate and haven't done shit about it, so expect to see some occasional updates about the awesomeness that is Natalie in the future.  I'll also be randomly spotlighting some of my other favorite bloggers, just because they deserve it.
  5. Jane in June is coming, you already know that.  Just wanted to update you on a few things:
  • lots of cool people are signing on, including authors with funfun giveaways.  
  • I am looking for people to write "Dear Jane" letters for a fun showcasing idea I have.  They can be long and flowery or short and sweet; whatever you want to say to Jane (and the world).  If you're interested, fill out the form; all the cool kids are doing it.
 K.  That's it.  Discuss.


  1. Ooh, I've really got to get in writing my Be My Guest post then. :-P
    SO jealous that you are going to ALA! That is going to be awesome!
    Can I join this Wild Things group of good reads? That is where it is, right?
    And I look forward to seeing your first Teaser Tuesday vlog!

  2. You absolutely can join! It's a really great group of people who are very passionate about reading; I love it!
    And I can't wait to see your post, but Japan trumps little ole me. :)

  3. A vlog teaser? Coooool!

    Where's ALA?

    I LOVE the dinner and a movie idea! FAB!

  4. ALA's in DC this year, right at the end of June. I am super excited!

  5. I love your idea of doing vlog teasers and reading for us! You have so many great ideas, I wish I was so creative as to come up with some cool ideas for my own blog.

  6. Lots of exciting stuff! Congrats on going to ALA!

  7. Changes:

    1. Ooooh, vlogs! That'll be cool! I look forward to seeing your first TT vlog tomorrow! :)
    2. Kid's Corner is SUCH a good idea! I'm not really all that interested in kids' books myself, and I don't see kids young enough often enought to be benefitial for me, but others it'll be awesome!
    3. Oooh! How cool are you?! I may win a prize! You are far too generous with your prize giving/contests/giveaways. I think you should get a prize.
    4. Intrigued! :)
    5. Awesome idea! Seriously, that's just sooo cool! I like recipes, though I don't tend to eat the food, but they're cool anyway. And... the idea of you doing a review of The Lovely Bones book and movie is just too cool. Especially as I watched the movie today and have decided I simply can't read the book.
    6. My suggestion, purely for comic value - and probably not a very good idea because of it - is "Monthlies". Lol, it made me giggle. :)

    1. Hope the challenge goes well! I saw the potential tasks you posted, and I don't think I'll be taking part - simply because there is just SO much to do, and I don't like reading outside of my comfort zone, lol. But I hope lots of other people join up, and it's a success!
    2. Have an awesome time at ALA! :D
    3. Congrats on the 400 followers! Also, see point 3 in "Changes".
    4. I look forward to affiliate-y posty-ness :)
    5. Hope Jane in June is also a success, but yet another challenge I won't be taking part in. I'm sorry! Hope you enjoy it though! :)

  8. I can't wait to see your vlog teasers!

    I'll be excited to see all the tasks you came up with for Wild Things, hopefully I can fit them in with the giant Seasonal Challenge (the one that used to be hosted on TNBBC)

  9. Ooo...vlog teasers? I'm intrigued! :) And I've been loving your Be My Guest posts, so I'm glad you're continuing them! And don't worry about being a "bad" affiliate. Lol. Unless you disappear and stop blogging, I don't think that's possible. Though I'm always glad to hear of my own awesomeness, not that I'm biased or anything!

    Hmmm..Jane in June. I must have missed that post. Now I'm off to go stalk through your blog posts to find out what it is!

  10. Dinner and Movie - yes, count me interested.

    squeeee! for ALA. get some good schtuff, eh!

    Love your Dear Jane letter for Jane in June.


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