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An Unconventional Tour

So Kelly Jensen from Stacked and I were chatting one day, and “what if” turned into a “let’s” about organizing a group of books bloggers to write about what we love best.

OK, second best. Since first best is books.

Second best is blogging.

We brainstormed what bloggers would be interested, and then Kelly did the heavy lifting of emailing, scheduling, and organizing.

In Kelly’s words, over in the introductory post at Stacked about On Blogging, An Unconventional Blog Tour: “One of the best parts about blogging is getting to know other bloggers and not only getting to know them, but actually learning from them. Every blogger brings something different to what they do, be it by the way they approach writing or reviewing or by virtue of having a background or experience outside of blogging that influences them. It’s from that thought where Liz and myself starting thinking: wouldn’t it be neat if a bunch of bloggers tackled a topic about blogging — ethics, politics, practices, etc. — that allowed them to really share the knowledge or background they have on those topics? Welcome to an unconventional week of bloggers talking about blogging! Over the next five days, ten bloggers will be tackling a host of different topics through the lenses of their own expertise. We’re hoping this is not only helpful for new bloggers, but also seasoned veterans and anyone who interacts with bloggers or wants to be better about interacting with them. . . . . We hope this is an opportunity for an open and honest discourse on blogging, but we also hope it’s educational and enlightening. Feel free to jump into discussions this week. We’re all eager to talk about these issues and share our knowledge as best we can.”

The tour schedule:

Monday, May 28

Pam Coughlin (MotherReader) on Playing Nicely

Colleen Mondor (Chasing Ray) on Author-Blogger relationships

Tuesday, May 29

Ana and Thea (The Book Smugglers) on Maintaining Independence and Integrity

UPDATED: Liz Burns (A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy) on Audience and Writing for Readers

Wednesday, May 30

Sarah Moon (Clear Eyes, Full Shelves) on Finding Your Voice

Kelly Jensen (STACKED) on Leveraging Your Blog as Professional Experience 

Thursday, May 31

Sarah Bean Thompson (Green Bean Teen Queen) on Conference Professionalism

Kim Ukura (Sophisticated Dorkiness) on Objectivity vs. Transparency 

Friday, June 1

Sarah Andersen (YA Love Blog) on Community and Accountability

UPDATED: Kate Hart (Kate Hart) on Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due: Citing Your Sources

As you can see, a real mix of people, so it will be a mix of perspectives and opinions; of information; of life experience; of knowledge. I’m quite looking forward to it!

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About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is lizzy.burns@gmail.com.

Comments

  1. Kelly says:

    The “we were chatting one day” is the best line I’ve read in a while ;)

  2. Angela Carstensen Liz B says:

    well, “plotting” gives the wrong impression

  3. Gregory K. says:

    Looking forward to the tour. Great topics which I hope spark convo galore. However, I’m also going to say something I rarely if ever get to say: it’s a great mix of people all of whom I want to hear from, but I wish there was some representation from men.

  4. Angela Carstensen Liz B says:

    Greg, it’s something to keep in mind the next time. Thanks for the reminder!

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