Banned Book Week Afterparty

Here’s that Pinterest board I promised you yesterday, and thanks to Hannah for hosting the Banned Book Week Blog Party at Things Matter. I hate I missed the early part of the week, but at least I made it 🙂 Eclectic Alli, who wrote and reblogged a ton of BBW-related posts, also has a banned books Pinterest board. Alli was pinning as she went all week, and her board is twice the size of mine, so you’ll find lots of stuff there that I missed in my frantic bloghopping yesterday.

If you’ve got a Pinterest Board, or you’ve cataloged BBW links in some other way, feel free to share them on the thread, or to discuss the Banned Book Week 2014 experience, share links to your favorite posts, etc.

It’s very early and I have most of the day to set up some blogs. I’m thinking of doing “Photo Week” here beginning tomorrow. If I do, I’ll have a photo a day tomorrow through Friday. Most will be “wordless” features. If you see a Muted Monday here tomorrow morning, you’ll know it’s on. If not, I’ll have an announcement.

Happy Sunday, and read banned books!

Banned Books Week Social Saturday


I’ve mentioned once or twice that Hannah hosted a week-long Banned Book Week Blog Party at Things Matter.

Rather than try and squeeze in one more banned book post of my own, I’m spending the next few hours visiting the blogs that have been featured at Things Matter this week, tweeting links to their posts from @Sourcererblog, and building a Pinterest board while I’m at it. That seems a better use of the time than writing and publishing a single post. I’m including Winter Bayne’s BBW posts, with thanks to Taylor Grace for sharing them 🙂

If you didn’t participate in Hannah’s blog party, but you DID write a banned books post, you can have your post included by dropping a link on this thread no later than 7 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time today. That gives you about 5 hours.

I’ll have this thing rolling in about 15 minutes.

About that Coffee Linkup . . .

It was awesome.

I read every single post on the thread closely enough to leave an intelligent human comment and be ok sharing them. I will tell you, those are some marvelous bloggers. This weekend I flitted about the blogosphere reading posts. I didn’t approach them as a blogger or as a critic. This weekend I was a reader and a friend. It felt soooo good.

If you go to that thread, to or this very convenient Pinterest board I created to commemorate the event, you will be surprised by the savvy and the honesty of the bloggers who chose to join in.

So much human experience on that thread, it is overwhelming. There’s joy and loss, loneliness and confusion. Pain. Happiness. Anxiety. Most of the posts come with well-conceived art. Seriously. Take a look at these blogs. They’re personal and they are smart. If you are a reader, you’ll love them. I am honored to have all those links shared on a blog that’s barely two weeks old.

Here are  a few things I got out of the linkup:

  • Learned some things about how to bring a group of bloggers together.
  • Realized how much I miss reading blogs. Once the rearrangement of my online life is complete, I’m going to get back to the reading part of blogging. It’s important, and I’ve neglected it this summer.
  • Lots and lots to think about. There are so many people having so many different experiences in those posts, it helped me re-discover a little perspective.

All good things, I say.selfportrait1

I’m working myself up to one good post per week on this blog and trying to integrate it as quickly as I can into my crazy patchwork social media. I’m not there yet, but I am connecting this  blog to @sourcererblog and the Just Gene’O fanpage before I publish this one. It’s time to re-enter the wider social media world.

An early heads-up:

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