Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Weekly Review: Week Ending May 2

Hello everyone! Back to our scheduled weekly look at what's going on around the net. And let me tell you...there is a lot going on! And I've barely scratched the surface of my google reader!

First, I'd like to start by saying that I'm sorry I didn't post earlier about the trip Compassion International took to India. This is the third time that Compassion has brought bloggers on a trip to see their work firsthand and blog about it. As a blogger myself, I love this. So far as I know, Compassion doesn't censor what the bloggers write...they let their incredible work of saving children from poverty speak for itself. At first I was a bit miffed not to be invited along on the trip...mainly because I would have loved to meet the little boy I sponsor in India! But I'm getting over it... Thankfully, though, even without my fabulous readership ;) they broke all sorts of records this trip, in large part, I think due to the popularity of Beth Moore. And that my friends? Is good for the children.

Anyway, I always end up sobbing a bit when I read the posts and here are some of my favorites:
How Do You Like My House?
Child Survival Program
Our Boy

Please, please read them and consider sponsoring a child.

Over at the Bloggable Music Network, Kat has put together a list of Christian artists who tweet, so if you enjoy Christian music be sure to check it out!

Books and Bookish Topics

How many chances do you give an author before you give up on them? Jen at Devourer of Books would love to hear your thoughts.

And do you want to know about those books that bloggers don't finish? Beth Fish Reads requests your input!

Shelly has a review of a new Amish novel A Gift of Grace! I was supposed to do this tour as well but did not receive the book in time.

Are you interested in historical fiction? Carrie has a post of some of her favorite historical fiction!

Nicole (one of the best reviewers out there, if you're not reading her blog you should be) reviewed The Little Book on Meaning which looks kind of good to me!

According to an online poll, over 70% of Kindle users are over 40. This shocked me, to be honest. Do they just read more?

Caite is not a huge fan of Twitter. Or a huge fan of Amazon. But she didn't think the the whole #amazonfail thing was cool...meaning the mob mentality that took place as a result. I agree and actually wrote more than one post that never saw the light of day because I feared I wasn't striking the right tone of diplomacy. It's true that we need to be very careful about how we use Twitter and I saw other book businesses damage their reputation on Twitter this weekend....but that's another story for another time.

Other Stuff
Last year, I organized and hosted an event called Book Blogger Appreciation Week. It's basically a fun week to share the book love, recognize outstanding bloggers through awards, and be all bookish together. If you would like to help out with any part of that this year, particularly organizing giveaways, please email me at bookbloggerappreciationweekATgmailDOTcom. I'm going to be kicking into high gear working on it this month and need all the help I can get!


Ana S. said...

That is surprising about the Kindle! It's always said that younger people are the first to catch up with new technologies, but I guess this does have to do with the fact that there isn't that much of an interest in reading when compared to things like music, for example :/

About Amazonfail, I would have liked to see your posts even though I (respectfully, of course!) disagree. I think that even if they didn't mean to derank the books in questions, people had reasons to be upset at the idealogical structure their tagging methods revealed, you know? Also, I definitely agree that ruining reputations unfairly is far too easy these days. But Amazon seems too big to truly have been harmed, so in my view what happened showed big corporations that if they do something like that people WILL notice and react. And I think that's a good thing.

Lenore Appelhans said...

I want to help with BBAW :)

Alix said...

Thanks for all these great links!

That is strange about the Kindle. I'm one of the 30% of under 40's :) Lots of people come over and ask you about it if you read it in public. It's quite a conversation starter!

Molly said...

Now I know what BBAW stands for (saw all the tweets and was totally clueless).

Since I have never been a part of this, I am not sure what I can do to help - but I will gladly offer any services you may need.

BurtonReview said...

Goodness lots of stuff for me to read about from your post. Thanks for all the information!
AND.. I am sorry but I did it to you again:
I have left you an award on my post here, do with it what you will; but I hope you like it.
Take care,

bermudaonion said...

I do think the 40 and over crowd reads more, but most of the time your life has settle down some by the time you're that age.

caite said...

"other book businesses damage their reputation on Twitter this weekend" you have my interest! and since I was not hanging around Twitter, as you might suspect, you have to post about that!

and don't even get me started on Kindle. ;-)

Chrisbookarama said...

You know I love Twitter too but I can see the potential for lynch mobbing on there as well and false info. I'm afraid of all the people tweeting about swineflu. Dudes, don't get medical info from Twitter. It's like those 'Psychic Reading' infomercials: for entertainment purposes only. Don't sell your house based on what someone on a phone line tells you.

I must have missed the drama on Twitter this weekend.

Lorin said...

I read elsewhere a plausible reason for the Kindle's popularity for older readers - the large font options. It allows readers to make the text bigger without having to lug around a larger copy of the book. I'd also like to add my own reason: price. Maybe older readers have the extra money to put into buying a new gadget in this economy.

Debbietheothermother said...

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