I’m doing the Sunday Salon pretty early today. I never do it this early, but if I don’t do it early then I usually don’t have the opportunity to participate. The day just gets so busy. This is the rare weekend in which I don’t have anything planned and it’s rainy out, so it is the perfect day to be inside, drinking tea and going back and forth between reading and working on my blog.
On Being A Monogamous Reader (or …I Decide I Am In Fact A Promiscuous Book Lover)
I am still reading several books at once. Wondering how long this phase will last, but I think I might just be back to the old me. That used to be my prime way of reading, and then last year I made it a goal of mine to only read one book at a time and to finish the book I started unless it turned out to be unbearable. I read each one all the way through before starting another. Supposedly that helps you to keep up with the plot and have a more thorough understanding of what you are reading; a richer & deeper experience. So my experiment was to try being faithful to just one book last year.
After having tried another way, I really do think how you should read books and whether you read more than one book at a time is a function of how your brain works. I think the only thing that changed for me was that I read less books. If I happened to get stuck on a book that I didn’t like or didn’t particularly enjoy, it disturbed my reading pace greatly. I would then only read one book a month or less until I could get back into my chosen book and finish it, and in those instance it made reading feel more like a chore or something I had to be determined to get through, and I didn’t like that. I don’t like to do anything that makes reading unpleasant. I don’t have problems keeping up with plots and character when I’m reading and nowadays I am more often taking notes and recording things in my blog, so it’s easy for me to keep track.
Whenever I have had the chance last week I had been tackling categories and tags. That is a project I will continue on this week. They were, and are still, a mess; and at this point I have quite a few posts to go through and fix up. I’ve gotten down to 7 main categories and now I have to go through the tags and see what makes sense to keep and to make sure that all the blog posts have the correct categories/tags attached. There are a suspicious number of posts marked “miscellaneous”.
I decided to use really broad groupings for the categories. As for the tags I’m adding in things like where the book was set, and what year it was published, because I know those are things I am curious about. I figured that would be a good thing for me to track here since I have an interest. How do you divide your categories and tags? Do you have any which are very particular to your blog? Or do they tend to be general? What do you like to see for categories and tags when you’re reading other blogs?
Talk to me people. I really want to know.