SundayMorningReads

Just about every blog I read will eventually take the time for a public session on introspection and now, I guess it’s my turn.

My banner photo came from a quilt shop in Salvador de Bahia that shares my name

This comes after just a few more slights that make me wonder why I keep doing this. I began this blog on 4 June 2006, have had over 50,000 hits and am not sure how many followers I have, but I’m pretty sure it’s fewer than 80. My most popular posts are the ones listing summer Internships for students and the one about Drama High. So few people click links in my posts that there is little reason to take the time to create them. I love Feedjit and the capability it gives me to see that I’ve been read by someone in Markle IN, San Luis Potosi, Beverton OR and Islamabad.

I know I’m not a major player in the book blog world, I don’t try to be. I blog because I like promoting books for teens of color and the authors that write the books. I got so tired of hearing people say they couldn’t find books with Black teens or Latino teens that I decided to do something about it. I eventually learned that blogging is about being part of a community so I began visiting other blogs, leaving comments and making connections which sometimes led readers back here, sometimes didn’t. I looked for YA bloggers all over the place, finding some I liked more than others and adding them to my GoogleReader. In addition to the blogs over there in my list I follow blogs like Chicken Spaghetti, GreenBeenTeenQueen (where I won my first book!), Books and Wine, Stephen’s Lighthouse and Librarian by Day to name a few. I don’t do a lot of behind the scene emailing nor had I been participating in blogger activities. Yet, I find that these are crucial for connecting with other bloggers and becoming part of a larger community.

Recently, I’ve become more involved on my listservs. When librarians ask for middle school romance books for boys, I chime in with POC titles and if I hadn’t given her POC titles, she wouldn’t have gotten them because she didn’t ask for them. This got me wondering how often people of color marginalize ourselves by only connecting with people of color? I think we have the responsibility to make our presence known as much as educators, publishers and librarians (leaders) have the responsibility to acquire information that allows them to represent all they serve. I hate that I missed the sign up for Book Blogger Appreciation week! I didn’t see it when it was announced back in August, but managed to see mention of it now that it’s about to begin. I do know that I’m done with challenges, they’re too much for me! Read-Ins? I’m there!! Not only do I get a chance to read, but I’m connecting and promoting POC titles.

Of course listservs haven’t brought me any new followers or gotten any of my followers to take the time to leave a comment or two but then I don’t blog to promote ME. Nonetheless, dear reader it would be good to know you’re there sometimes. There are times I can’t even GIVE away books because no one will respond. I’ve decided not to do author interviews anymore because the lack of comments the author gets is just embarrassing. I think if you’re going to read a blog with any regularity that every once in a while, you should find something to say that translates to ‘I’m here and I’m liking what you do’. Heck, it could even say ‘have you considered trying… or how could you!’.

My current read is set near my hometown, Toledo
What do I want to fix/repair/change? I wish I were better at proofreading. I used to like just giving information, but I’d like to work on posting in a way that invites readers to share with me, too. That, however will be like pulling teeth! I know I have the focus I want, the question for me at this point is whether I want to grow and if so, how I want to do that. I’ve enjoyed this way more than I thought I would way back in 2004. I do believe I’ve gotten a few more people buying books for teens of color and found ways to support those who also promote literacy for teens of color yet, I think I”m missing too many opportunities. It’s difficult to realize effectiveness in this forum when met with continual silence. Regardless, I’m going to look for ways to be more effective at what I do.
Now I’m going to get dressed and go to ChinaFest.

What are you going to do this week?

10 thoughts on “SundayMorningReads

  1. I read you regularly, and I wouldn’t change a thing about your blog…keep going, Edi! Don’t be deterred by the silence. And even if an author interview gets no comments, it’s *archived* and will be there when some student has to read the book a year from now and needs some background info…

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  2. Edi, I read you every Sunday – I always check out your posts when they arrive in my emailbox. I think that many times people read and nod in acknowledgement and/or agreement and don’t make the next move to state that nod as a blog comment. My blog is quiet too. I don’t get many comments, but I just keep going, because like Zetta said, the information is archived, and it builds into an important published artifact – a reference resource. What you provide for us is very valuable and I thank you for the work that you do. Also – you are on my blogroll, so those who follow me, are aware of your blog too. P.S. Thank you for the tip about Feedjit. I’ve added it to my blog.

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  3. I’m also a regular reader. I found the booklists and coming of age list incredibly helpful when I first came on board, so thank you for those. I follow many blogs, but I do have a bad habit of not commenting all that much on many of them. Sometimes it’s as Vanessa says, nodding my head in agreement, but maybe feeling like a “yes” or “I agree” doesn’t add much to the conversation. Other times, I may not have time to comment immediately, intend to later, and then forget, or else new posts come and so I focus on the most active ones. And I do appreciate the link posts, and again it’s sometimes a matter of I intend to go back and click on the links but other stuff gets in the way. But I can imagine how frustrating or discouraging it must be to put stuff out there and not get feedback, so thanks for the reminder to engage more.

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  4. Edi, I read your blog regularly, too, and I agree with Zetta: I wouldn’t change a thing, either. I always find something interesting to read here at Crazy Quilts! Don’t worry about comments; not every blog (especially those that don’t give away stuff) gets alot. Sometimes people are reading everything on Google Reader and not on the blog itself.

    My perception is that Book Blogger Appreciation Week is hard to crack; I saw some terrific blogs get passed over earlier this year.

    Keep doing what you’re doing!

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  5. I can totally relate to that sense of working on a blog and only hearing crickets in response. It’s hard to know if anyone is listening. In your case, I suspect you are reaching way more people than you think you are.

    On a different note, I just finished Varian Johnson’s SAVING MADDIE and was blown away by the vulnerability of the protagonist and, at the same time, at the author’s fearlessness in addressing the pull of religion and the religious community. Excellent read! I only discovered the book because I recently met Varian at a book festival.

    My point is this: although I’m a fairly new follower and missed your earlier review of SAVING MADDIE, I know that eventually, you would have introduced books like Varian’s to me–books that I would otherwise not know about. I had not seen his books on bookshelves. But now I know about him and can make requests. I enjoy your blog because I know I’m going to be introduced to authors and works that I wouldn’t normally stumble upon. I consider that a gift!

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  6. I love your blog Edi, and read it regularly. I tend to “drive by” and don’t leave comments as I should, but believe me, your blog has led me to great information and resources… and I plain just love your voice that comes through!

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  7. I love coming here. Like others said, even if people don’t respond right away, this is a good resource site for people to research authors and books. When I use search engines, plenty of times I’m led to older blog posts that enrich my knowledge.

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