The Sunday Salon: My First Blogiversary

I thought that my blogiversary was sometime in October; I may or may not have confused it with my brother’s anniversary. On Wednesday, I went back to double-check what day my blogiversary was actually on–I have a handful of posts backdated before the blog was established, so it’s a little iffy. Imagine my surprise when I realized that Wednesday was my blogiversary! Yes, The Literary Omnivore turned one year old this week, and I almost missed it! But, luckily, I caught it in time, and this morning I’d thought I’d share how my blog and the book blogging community has enriched my life over the past year, as well as get some ideas on how to improve it.

During the last months of my senior year of high school, I had a sudden and paralyzing realization; if I went into entertainment law, as had been my plan since I was eleven, I was going to suffocate. After some soul-searching, I discovered what was right in front of my eyes–books. When I decided that editing and publishing was what I wanted to do with my life, I started writing book reviews. That was when I started my reading list–I’d go in early to my high school library, sit down with Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust, and write them all down in the book you see below, which I still do with every book I add to my digital reading list (which gets bigger every time I turn around).

But those book reviews were posted in a fannish outlet I’ve maintained since I was a wee lass. Last year, around this time, I was taking a biology class well above my level. My school was also encouraging its students to create electronic portfolios. In that biology class, I doodled ideas for a blog until, one day, I decided to actually do something about it and started The Literary Omnivore. (I already knew WordPress was the way to go; I’d run blogs for organizations before.) And since then?

Well, I’ve become addicted to Post-It notes, so I can put down passages in my commonplace book. I’ve got a stack of notecards I’ve used for bookmarks covered in notes and words I need to look up. I read a greater variety of books than ever before, and I got through more books in the past year then I think I ever did in all of high school. My critical eye is sharpening and it’s definitely helped my writing. And this isn’t just because I run a book blog; it’s because of the book blogging community. Reading other people’s reviews, discussing books and their issues, protesting and protecting books, thinking critically about what we consume, and generally hoisting the standard of books high into the air… I can’t really imagine my life without it now. Not only are books so important, but readers who think about what they read are so important. Not to get mushy, but thanks, guys–I love all of you.

So, what next? Well, I have spruced up the blog a little bit–I now have a shiny Review Directory to help anyone looking for a specific review, and The Literary Omnivore now has a delicious account! Margaret Atwood and Scott Westerfeld are coming to Atlanta this month, so I’m going to do my best to try and go to those events. But for the most part, I think I’ve settled into a good rhythm for my reading life. (I’ve finished three books in the above picture this week, if you’re keeping score.)

HarperCollins is giving away a copy of the 60th Anniversary Edition of The Chronicles of Narnia until January 1st. Swapna at S. Krishna’s Books is giving a way a copy of The Man Who Read Too Much until Friday. TJ at Dreams and Speculation is giving away an audiobook of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms until Saturday. Alli at Hist-Fic Chick is giving away a copy of The Jewel of St. Petersburg, which will end tomorrow, a copy of Come Again No More (I can’t find an end date for this one), two copies of The Mistaken Wife, which will end on October 7th, and two copies of Dark Moon of Avalon until tomorrow. Night Shade Books is offering Butcher Bird and Grey as free downloads at the moment. Vertigo Comics is offering free downloads of the first issue of several series, including Fables, The Unwritten, and Y: The Last Man. (And you will go download The Unwritten.) If I’ve missed your giveaway or freebie, drop me a line!

My question for you this Sunday is a technical question–should I, when reviewing movies for Page to Screen, consider films that are loosely based on a book or adapted from a book, such as The Social Network or Tangled? Plainly, should I include films you wouldn’t at first glance realize was based on a book? I’m leaning towards yes, but I’d like to see what you guys think.

29 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: My First Blogiversary

  1. Happy anniversary! So much about this post made me smile, how warm and inspiring the book blogging community is, recognizing myself in your post-it note overload. Here’s to many more years sharing the book love! 🙂

  2. Congratulations on your Blogiversary! I did not know you only started this blog a year ago!

    That book in which you write your TBR/wishlist, I have one just like that. It is not incredibly easy to keep track of which books are in there (I noticed just the other day that I have books listed in there 3 times) but I do like having a handwritten wishlist.

  3. Congratulations on your one year! I love hearing about how people got into blogging. I’m happy you’re part of the blogging community and that I came across The Literary Omnivore 🙂

    I’ve just moved to a Google spreadsheet for my own TBR list, so it was especially fun to peek at yours. I tried handwritten lists but, like Iris, it got so confusing. I stopped keeping track for a while — which I didn’t like at all! — and am now using Google. It’s nice that I can access it anywhere without having to carry a book around with me.

    As for your Page to Screen question, I think yes, absolutely include the ones that aren’t so obviously based on books! I like hearing about those types of movies. I say go for it!

    • Aw, thanks!

      Yeah, it’s wonderful to have, but I’m always thwarted by my local library; the catalog libraries won’t let me access Google to double-check a title I want!

      I think I’m going to go for it. (This might even give me a chance to talk about my problems with Beauty and the Beast!)

      • My husband and I finally got smartphones, so I have my Books to Read spreadsheet bookmarked on my phone. Google is perfect for me in that way — I almost always have access to my list. So frustrating not to have access to the list when you need it!

        Ooh! I’d love to hear them. I think it’s almost even more interesting to hear about a movie you don’t think about as being based on a book (like Beauty and the Beast)!

  4. Happy bloggy anniversary! Well-done you for creating a review directory, I keep meaning to do that and not getting around to it because I am lazy. I definitely think you should include films like Tangled and The Social Network – I like reading about lots of different films, and I think including films like those would give you more scope for discussions.

    • I like having it, but it’s a bit of a pain to maintain, I confess!

      I love reading about films too, but I don’t want the blog to stray into book and film reviews; but I think broadening the Page to Screen requirements would be beneficial.

      Aw, thanks!

  5. Happy blogiversary! And I *loved* this elegant post. Meanwhile: three of those books in a week? You are keeping up an amazing pace!

    I wish I still kept a commonplace book. I think I’ll have to start again….

    • (I love your internet alias. It is fantastic.)

      Aw, thanks! To be totally fair, one was young adult and all three were just a little over two hundred pages long. 🙂

      You should! They are wonderful–mine is digital.

  6. I really enjoy reading your blog: congratulations on reaching one year of (very prolific!) posting. I look forward to many more reviews!

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