Sunday, January 9, 2011
Happy Sunday Morning! Today's post is a little different as I'll be sharing my thoughts on the thought process behind my Sunday Salon in general rather than a specific bookish topic. Cheater cheater pumpkin eater, I know.
On a quick side note, the Sunday Salon is a forum for bloggers to share their reading thoughts with one another. The Sunday Salon was originally set-up by a blogger, Debra, and there are over 500 documented participants but the interest has grown so much over the years that Debra has recently set up a Sunday Salon Facebook page for those not in the RSS Pipeline who would still like to participate. As far as I know you don't have to be a book blogger to participate--but books should be the main focus of your post. Sunday Salon posts are my favorites to write and my favorites to read. Hope you'll check it out as well!
Ok, back to my Sunday Salon. For some reason I put an extraordinary amount of pressure on myself for my Sunday Salon topics. All week long I sweat and stew over what I'll write about, which is a stress, but the truth is I love Sunday Salon posts. Look forward to them all week. Look forward to the discussions we'll have in the comments and the things you will make me think about regarding my own topic! And while I love reading the Sunday Salons where people talk about their weekly reading, I yearn for the discussion topics. But alas, how to keep the pressure down while still writing a topic that I'm interested in writing and you're interested in reading?
I feel like I've reached a juncture in my blogging where I'm really not terribly interested in reading other bloggers' book reviews anymore. This isn't entirely true but the reviews I'm more likely interested in reading are for books that I've a) read b) already plan to read c) seen so many stinkin' times in my Reader or on Twitter that I'm now curious. I don't want to buy any more books and I don't use the library (topic for another day perhaps--strange Trish logic used for that one). I certainly hope this post doesn't hurt anyone's feelings--I know there are lots and lots of people who do care about newly released books and even books that haven't been published anymore, and maybe one day I will be again, but today I'm not.
Crap--I hate when my topic evolves without me. I guess to steer myself back on topic rather than veering in a direction I know I shouldn't go, I should simply say my favorite posts are those that are more discussion based rather than focused around a single book. Book reviews and the such are not bad--and I'd be a hypocrite to say so as I don't plan to stop writing any here--but they don't always lend themselves towards discussion (though they can).
Sunday's Questions: What are your favorite blog posts to read? Do you read book blogs to find new books to read or do you like to look for discussion or general bookish ideas or random thoughts? I realize this is such a loose topic, but I'm interested in knowing what you're interested in!
I find myself gravitating towards the Top 10 posts (as an example) or the Sunday Salons; I love knowing about actual reading processes rather than the actual books themselves (unless a. b or c. above). Collections of books that spurred a specific emotion or a hot topic that produces varying opinions (though not necessarily controversial ones). What draws you into a book or why you love to read so much in the first place. Because for me reading is about so much more than the actual books and while I love to tell you why I love a book as much as you love to tell me why you loved a book, I love the actual discussion, whether in the post or in the comments, even more.
Or maybe I just like to babble about things. :) I just couldn't ignore the constant nagging voice I feel when thinking about Sunday Salon and what type of discussion it will produce so I thought it that nag deserved a little teasing out. In the end we all want to hear more than "wow, this book sounds great" right? And while I shouldn't pressure myself so much (I'm going to scream if one of you tells me "it should be fun, not stressful" in the comments!), I do love a good Sunday Salon post!
So what say you? Which kinds of posts do you gravitate towards? Are there topics you'd love to hear more about (from anyone, not me specifically) or those you'd rather never hear again?
What's on your agenda for the week? I'm proud that I've made a bit of progress on the Recipe Scrapbook project and purchased some material for Little Miss Baby Billy Sue's quilt. I'm reading and enjoying The Knife of Never Letting Go and I hope to start going through pictures of Europe for that post that will get written!
Hope you all have a lovely lovely Sunday!