Good Day My Bookworms,
I must admit, it feels like a Tuesday. The whole holiday weekend thing always throws me for a loop. At least it means that the weekend will come faster. That’s always a bonus, no? If you joined me yesterday, you’ll know that this week I’m participating in Armchair BEA (an online blogger convention, and all that jazz. Click HERE if you missed it.) First things first. I would like to show you my ARMCHAIR. I am very literal, and I actually have an armchair in a designated reading nook in my basement.
Today’s ABEA topic is all about blogger development. I don’t know if I’ve managed to fool any of you in the past nine months, but I have NO IDEA what I’m doing. I’m flying on a wing and a prayer here, hoping to amuse people and talk about books. That’s not to say I don’t have goals. I totally have goals. The loftiest among them is to assemble an unholy army of penguins and Katies to take over the universe! Muahahahahahaha!
Unfortunately, most Katies are uninterested in joining forces, and most penguins are uninterested in anything but fish, so it’s a work in progress. Blog wise, I would like to eventually get brave and go self hosted (but I am a chicken and technologically stunted so I have ALL THE FEARS!) Really, what I would like is to generate a little bit of income from this venture. I’m not looking for lottery style riches, but I’d like to be able to, say, fund a trip to the real BEA at some point using the revenues from this here bloggity blog. A girl can dream, right? The thing is that WordPress.com, lovely platform though it is, does not allow the sale of advertising on their free blogs (I can’t blame them, I mean, HELLO they’re a free platform.) I’m stuck in a bit of a catch 22, seeing as how self hosting costs money, but I can’t really make money until I self host. Psha. Stupid WORLD.
Since I already sound like the greediest Gus, I may as well mention that I started up a Zazzle store recently. Zazzle is cool because you can plaster whatever the heck you want on t-shirts and onesies and tote bags without having to order 8 zillion. My store has all of 5 items for sale. (I’m SUCH an entrepreneur…)Every one of them is emblazoned with my mascot, Le Kattoo (the adorable penguin holding a book has a name, you guys.) If you buy stuff from my Zazzle store, I’ll get a teeny tiny royalty fee. Seriously tiny, like, I might be able to buy a gumball with the proceeds. BUT. The stuff is really fun. I mostly started the store because I wanted to get my nephew a “future bookworm” onesie and I couldn’t find one I liked that was available to order. Thus, I made my own. Swag. I’ve got it. Click HERE for a really weird shopping experience!
I wish I had cool things to tell you on how I’ve developed my writing as a blogger, but my style can be summed up thusly: Bad puns. Run-ons and fragments abound. I show little regard for rules relating to the proper usage of parenthesis or their punctuation. I like to discuss books on my blog the way I would in person. If that includes me referring to characters as “dudes” and “douchebags” so be it. I am authentic. Like a really good burrito.
That’s not to say I’ve LEARNED nothing. When I first started blogging, I was so excited to tell everyone about what I’d read that I did a lot of mini reviews and smashed oodles of books into single posts. Nowadays, I like to talk about one book at a time, unless I’m compiling a list of some sort. I glossed over a lot of really excellent and meaty discussions trying to jam everything into a few paragraphs, which sucks, because some of those reviews could have been a lot better. C’est la vie. I’m like a Polaroid picture, just now beginning to come into focus. (This analogy depresses me because it’s terrible, but also because Polaroids are no longer a thing. I am OLD.)
I suppose it’s time to open up the floor to my dearest Bookworms and fellow Armchair BEA warriors. Have you any advice for my blog development? Is there a direction you’d like to see Words for Worms take? More of a particular genre, fewer lists, less discussion of my FILTHY GREED? I’m open to suggestion (just, you know. Be nice. Ugly crier, you know how it is.)