Lazy Sunday Thoughts On a Monday Because It’s My Blog

Hello! Welcome to a new week! Hope you’ll have a good one. It’s a rainy ole day here, but I don’t mind, I have a bunch of stuff to do inside anyway.

Bloggiesta is coming this Thursday September 17-20. I’m hoping that it will motivate me. The thing is I have lots of ideas, but there are times I think to myself if I should even bother. Blogging is not what it used to be. Is anybody reading blogs anymore? This is not a woe is me post, just a thinking out loud one. It seems as though, if you’re not writing something controversial on a big blog then nobody cares. Then you get the hits and comments, but do you want to deal with the drama?

Related to all that is this post from Emily’s Reading Room, You Won’t Be Blogging in Five Years. That’s a bit of a bummer title, but she has some thoughts on why that is.

Trish over at Love, Laughter, and A Touch of Insanity put together a list of fun fall blogging events. If that’s not enough, there’s also the Monkalong hosted by Alice of Reading Rambo. What is a Monkalong? No, you do not have to live a life of silence and chastity for a month (or you can, I don’t know your life), you just read Matthew Lewis’s The Monk with a bunch of other people and talk about it. Here’s a bit from Librivox narrator James K White:
Matthew Gregory Lewis's The Monk: A Romance is a story of frustrated and unrequited desire between mentor and pupil mixed with elements of the supernatural. It includes several subplots: rape, torture and incest. It is the old story of the forces of good versus the forces of evil, except that in this one evil comes out ahead.
And the best bit:
The version I will read for you is the unexpurgated version including all of the “scandal and immorality” of the original.
Scandal and immorality? You know you wanna.

If you’re going to listen to The Monk as an audiobook, like I am, maybe do a little colouring as well. I bought this cute postcard book “Under the Sea.” It is adorable.

under the sea

Did you see my library tour post over on Book Bloggers International? Go check that out!

I had fun writing about the Dime Novel, Countess Vera or The Oath of Vengeance over on Project Gutenberg Project.

With RIPX upon us, you may find this list of scary short stories useful. I did. I read Green Tea because it was on this list.

I think that's all I have to say for now! Byyyye!

18 comments:

  1. Even if I'm not commenting...I'm reading or at least skimming posts. I hate the idea that people aren't reading blogs anymore or that we won't be blogging in 5 years. Need to read her post. I am doing Bloggiesta this time around and have a decent size list of things I'd like to do, but I also have those moments of "what is the point." Meh. Off to go find some excuses to use exclamation points now that I'm all Debbie Downed Out. :P

    Oh! I didn't even think to listen to The Monk on librivox! Great idea.

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  2. Ooh, I want that little postcard book!

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  3. I've been having lots of thoughts about blogging too. Whether to continue. Whether to jump ship to a couple of other platforms and just live there. Hmmm.

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    1. I don't really have anywhere else, and everyone seems to be somewhere else. I just miss the days when we were all a tight community. :(

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  4. I read Emily's post and it's definitely food for thought. I still love blogging and it really fulfills me personally, so I'm not going anywhere at this point, but I'm always interested in what the future landscape will look like. And think through whether I should make some changes.

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    1. Yeah, the future is such an unknown. Once the future WAS blogging, and now who knows?

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  5. I read posts. I comment. Perhaps I am an anomaly. I have no idea. I suppose I should go read Emily's post.

    Have a great week!

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  6. I loved The Monk. I think the version I read had all of the scandal intact. I hope it did; it had lots of scandal. Now I'm off to see what I'll be doing in five years.

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  7. Yes, people are still reading blogs. I actually have a post floating around in my head about this. Blogging is quiet and thoughtful and deep. One can get to know another person, and can have a conversation instead of just 'liking' a post.

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    1. I feel like there aren't as many of those conversations now. At one time we had the energy to post long comments, but now with Twitter and other places, we do that in 140 characters, and then I forget to comment on the actual blog.

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  8. I still read blogs. Don't you?

    That monk story sounds kiiiiiiiiiind of irresistible.

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    1. Yes, I do! But sometimes I wonder if anyone new is reading blogs or is it all snapchat, tweet-tweet. I sound like such an old! Join us for The Monk. It will be FUN!

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  9. I've been blogging for almost 8 years and I am tired!! I still love blogging but it definitely has it's ups and downs and lately, work has been draining all my creativity out of me. I am sad that so many bloggers that started with me are now no longer blogging.

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  10. MONKALONG MONKALONG MONKALONG MONKALONG aaaaaaaaaaaaa I am so excited for it!!

    I do still read blogs because I need a constant stream of book recommendations and that is my life. But also I freely admit that in blogging years I am an old old lady. :p

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