There are so many things on my "terribly important to post about" list.
Let's see, off the top of my head:
KIRKUS closing, what types of reviews it did, whether blogs can "replace" this, and what it means to have a reduced number of professional review journals.
INTERNET LIBRARIAN 2009. My attending, what I loved, and what was noticeably absent.
ALAN 2009. Loved it, despite it blowing my budget which means unless I get some sort of unexpected windfall, I won't be going to 2010.
SHOULD-ing on blogs and bloggers. A bit tied to KIRKUS talks, but frequently I see/read (via Twitter, listservs, hodge podge of places) people (sometimes bloggers, sometimes not) telling blogs what they "should" be doing. As if somehow, they are on the Board of Directors of the blog or the blog is being written just for them so they can dictate content, post length, etc.
TIME. tied into the SHOULDing, but it seems that some people really forget that blogging is just part of ones life, not the whole of ones life. so the "should" comes from the expectation that one blog run by one person can somehow deliver the content of, say, TIME magazine or VANITY FAIR.
CLIQUES and what is and is not a clique. I've grown a newfound dislike for the poem, "we drew a circle that took him in" and am always jumpy about us/them/we/"everyone knows" "the rules are" talk. But because clique is such a strong word, and not every grouping is a clique, I want to really explore it further in a post.
LIBRARIANS AND BOOKS, or how readers advisory and collection development get ignored by so many librarian folk (see Library 101, or American Libraries Blog saying patron reviews of currently owned library material is a replacement for KIRKUS). And why this is sad and troubling.
MONEY. Needed. Ethical ways to make it on blogs.
BNFs, and NOT REALLY BEING IMPORTANT. Thought Justine Larbalestier did a really similar post last month. With a side helping of entitlement, especially of what others "should" do (i.e., send an ARC, give an interview, link, comment, twitter). Also how book blogs are and are not representative of readers in general, or local readers.
REVIEWS. the many different types of things written that get the label "review". while its been blogged about before, with closing of KIRKUS I want to revisit it.
ANTI INTELLECTUALISM. usually combined with a "jus' folks" type of thing. and found in some surprising quarters. Why is being smart viewed as such a negative? Why is the "just reacting from my heart" privileged above "analyzing based on knowledge"?
VALUING EXPERTISE. though noting there are many ways to be an expert. Tied in to anti-intellectualism sometimes, but not others. Along with how there are different types of experts, so what that does and doesn't mean about what they say.
WINDOW/MIRROR BOOKS. and what a disservice we do to children/teens/adults when we insist on only mirrors -- doesn't it seem, sometimes, that this is behind a lot of what gets banned/ censored? Especially with children and teens, its about MAGIC MIRROR books, showing the reader a world/self that they ought to be. So the "but this book has swearing! sex! gay characters! we cannot have children reading this!" reaction because people don't want books to be windows. But it's also about diversity, isn't it? Because once one insists on mirror books exclusively, the diverse books get shut out. And the people in those diverse books (whether its color, religion, gender, sex, ethics, ethnicity, country, economic status, etc) become more firmly the "other," sometimes the exotic other, or the feared other, or the "why can't they be more like us" other.
DOUBLE STANDARDS. aka, if we want authors to put up with reviews saying we didn't like x about the book, we cannot complain if someone says they don't like x about our review.
Hmm. What else? I know there are other things floating around in my head. But there you have it. The things I want to post about; and maybe, someday, will have the time to do so. As well as the books I have to read, then the reviews to write, blog maintenance, reading other blogs, Twitter. Oh, of course, the time for my job, my family, my friends, my home, my non-blog writing. And all the other things that make up a life. So, you may or may not see any of those topics get its own shiny post!
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