Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Best of 2008--Blogging

It feels a little strange to compile a best of list for my own blog, but why not? This is after all what I do!

And this has been a very busy blogging year. In fact, looking back, for me I'd call 2008 the year of the blog.

First an overview: This year I joined together with my mom and sister to form The Friendly Book Nook. Originally, I was going to move the bulk of my book blogging there, but it didn't happen. There was a lot for me to learn...self hosting wordpress, coordinating posts for all of us, trying to build yet another readership.... One of my favorite features of that blog is Saturdays in the Nook where we have authors share pivotal early reading moments and stories. There have been some really good ones. If you're an author and reading this or a book blogger and would like to share such a story, shoot me an email! We've been quiet there lately as we try to figure out what focus we'll take in 2009.

I also continued to work on Inspired to Action. We're still trying to carve out a niche over there. But if you are interested in social justice issues from a Christian perspective, feel free to pop on over. We coordinated the 40 Day Fast (each blogger fasts for a day and blogs about an issue or cause) again, which had a huge turnout. It's exciting to see that people care.

And then of course I continued to write on this blog, whatever popped into my head, made friends with more bloggers, kept the old friendships, hosted my first challenges (to dismal results) and worked on and hosted Book Blogger Appreciation Week. In fact, while some bloggers are posting their best traffic fetching posts, I won't, b/c I know without looking it's the intro post to BBAW. And then the next few would be the voting post and the giveaway post for BBAW. That was an incredible experience for me as I met so many awesome people, truly, and also very humbling when I faced criticism. I also started Faith 'n Fiction Saturdays as a way to help the Christian lit blogosphere connect on a little deeper level. The rest of the blogging year has felt like a blur of trying to keep up with reviews, etc.

Anyway, I thought I'd link to a few of my favorite posts from throughout the year, some that caused controversy, and others that I just enjoyed writing.

Family 8108 --about an episode of Cold Case that made me think

Loving the Unloveable --about the work of Compassion International

My Day at American Idol Yesterday
--about a dress rehearsal I went to. :)

Defending TV as a storytelling medium

The Burning of Uncertainty --where I talk about how the economic problems are affecting me.

The Question of Gone Baby Gone

5 Tips for Being a Friendly Blogger

In which I defend my favorite movie

The Tension in Book Blogging

The Right to Not Vote --This post taught me that people are timid about disagreeing with you on your own blog....I guess in the long run, I'm thankful that people would rather be polite and refrain from saying anything than be rude. ;)

That's it for today. It's kind of shocking to see I have at least 60 posts in each month. I comfort myself with knowing there are bloggers far more prolific than me. :)

Happy New Year everyone! For the rest of the week, I'll be posting resolutions, reviews, and revisions to my review policy and methodology. I also finished watching season one of Mad Men and I'm working on a lengthy review. In short, I thought it was absolutely incredible. I look forward to another wonderful year of blogging, sharing our love of the arts and storytelling, and whatever else grabs our attention!

Be safe



Lezlie said...

Happy New Year, Amy! And congratulations on all your accomplishments! Loved BBAW, looking forward to it again this year, if you do it again, that is. :-)


Luanne said...

Happy New Year Amy - I think you have accomplishe much this year! BBAW was fantastic. Your posts are always thoughtful and thought provoking.

Melissa said...

Amy, I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog this year. Happy 2009!

Florinda said...

Since I didn't find your blog until the advance word about BBAW was getting out, I'm really glad you posted those links so I could catch up on earlier posts from this year. I'm in complete agreement with your defense of TV, by the way :-).

Participating in BBAW was one of the highlights of my year - thanks so much for hosting it! I think a lot of great connections and community came out of it. Happy New Year, and I'm glad to consider you a friend, Amy :-); also, there HAS to be a meet-up among SoCal book bloggers in 2009!

Unknown said...

I really think this was a great idea to put your favorite posts together. Being still a newcomer to the blogging community I am glad I got the chance to read your older posts (especially '5tips for bring a friendly blogger and 'The tension in book blogging). Thanks.

Chaotic Hammer said...

Happy New Year, Amy!

Hope you have a fabulous 2009.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Amy! I really like this wrap-up post ... I'm finding things I haven't read before (Idol rehearsal!)

I've enjoyed reading your blogs this year; You're involved in so many agendas, and seem to give them your all -- when do you sleep?!?

I started *She is Too Fond of Books* in May ... it has been quite a ride

Lenore Appelhans said...

Great idea to have a list of your favorite posts. I am going to hop on over and read a few I missed. Keep up the great work!

Amy said...

Lezlie...will definitely do it again this year...with more help, I hope! :p

Luanne...thank you so much!

Betty and Boo's Mommy...thank you!

Florinda..for sure! I'm glad to have "met" you this year, too!

Lilly...I hope you enjoyed them!

Chaotic Hammer..Hello stranger! Happy New Year!

Dawn...well truthfully sometimes I don't. Another New Year's Resolution!

Thanks Lenore!

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