Monday, July 12, 2010
The time has come for a break.
I'm a bit burnt out. Running a blog is quite draining! Especially one as involved as this. But I've been burnt out for months and it hasn't stopped me. So why break now?
The real reason is that I've had an idea in mind for an additional blog. For over a year I've wanted to start this other blog, and I just haven't been able to do it simultaneously. Finally I realized I'd have to pause this one briefly in order to get the other one up and running.
This other blog will still feature the Z-Kids. It will be creative. It will be fun. And in addition, it will be collaborative -- utilizing public contributions. It will be closed-ended -- it won't run indefinitely, but will have a start date and an end date. And most of all, I think it has the potential to be Important.
Still, I feel kind of sad announcing this Bookie Woogie break. In fact, my initial attempt to write this post felt a bit too moody to display here at the top. (I didn't delete it -- I've hidden it away here if anyone wants to read it later) So rather than being introspective, I thought instead today we'd celebrate. I'm proud of the accomplishments thus far! Since starting Bookie Woogie in October 2008, we've added content every single Monday without skipping once. That's 90 consecutive weeks! That's insane!
In fact, here are some Bookie Woogie Stats... (note that many of these numbers happen to be nice and round at the moment - hence the reason I decided on this particular week to start our break)
90 consecutive weeks
100 total posts
75 book reviews
8 author interviews
92 books highlighted
104 authors & illustrators highlighted
285 pieces of fan art created (wow!)
I'm pleased with that archive!
We've really enjoyed the kidlit community. We've loved getting to know many of our readers. We've even gotten to know some of the creators whose books we've highlighted.
We have a dozen or more regular commenters. (Hi, ElizT! Hi, Heidi Noel!) And there are also many, many folks who have chimed in once or twice. But even though we usually get 5-10 comments per post, we averaged 650 views a week. So either lots of people have kept quiet, or 640 of those weekly hits are from my mom.
So now it would be great to hear from you! We're not quitting. We'll be back after a bit. So help us make this blog even better when we return.
What have you found helpful or enjoyable about Bookie Woogie?
How long have you been following along?
Did we introduce you to a particular new favorite book?
Did we introduce you to any new favorite authors or illustrators?
What should we keep doing?
What should we stop doing?
What should we start doing?
Should we do chapter books more often or less often? How about audio snippets? How about author interviews?
Where are our glaring omissions? (Personally, I can't believe we've only featured one non-fiction title! That will have to change!)
What is YOUR favorite thing about Bookie Woogie?
Before the hiatus begins, I have one last entry that I'll post here on the 26th. And I'll be sure to make an announcement when this new third blog goes live. I say "third blog," because the Z-Kids already have another blog. Their first blog Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty will continue to be updated, so if you need a Z-Kids art fix while Bookie Woogie is on hiatus, check in over there from time to time to see what's new.
So in closing I'll ask: Has Bookie Woogie been valuable to you? How so? Drop us a comment and let us know...
Z-Dad + Isaac, Grace, and Lily