Over the last year, I've really let a lot of things slide with the book blog. I got so busy with my senior year of university that I wasn't able to devote much time to reading or searching the web for news, let alone organizing giveaways or implementing several ideas I've had brewing for some time. However, a few weeks ago I finished up my last semester at SJSU, and I hope to finally bring to fruition some of the plans I've been sitting on.
1. Do some major house cleaning on the blog
I don't think I've updated the link sidebar since 2009. I toyed with a new layout last year, I'm far from satisfied with it. Once I get caught up on reviews (I have several books waiting to be written up) then I plan to invest some serious time into fixing up the appearance of the blog.
2. Create a mirror blog on another service
Livejournal has been good to me for the past several years, but I've been noticing more and more problems with it. Comment spamming has become a serious problem, amongst other issues. While I don't think I'll ever leave the site completely, I do want to set up a Blogspot or Wordpress account as a sister site/backup to this one.
3. “How to” reviews
No, I'm not going to tell you “how to” do anything – because I don't feel nearly qualified enough to do so. But a category of books that I would like to do more with are art books and cookbooks, since those are two areas in my life that I always want to improve. So, when I use a book like The Watercolor Artist's Bible or Figure Drawing, I want to post not only my thoughts on the book itself, but the results of my attempts to complete projects or work with ideas from the book. Maybe they'll be great, maybe they'll be terrible...but I think it'll make the review much more interesting than merely “Yeah, that art book was pretty swell” or “I couldn't replicate any of the recipes ARRRGH!”
Look for this to hit the blog in the late spring or early summer.
4. More book giveaways
I actually really like to give stuff away, but when things get crazy at home it's hard to organize them. I hope to have at least one a month, starting in February or March.
5. More author interaction
When I first started this blog, I really wanted to do more with authors – guest entries, interviews, that sort of thing. But, like giveaways and challenges, they require a fair amount of organization, and I wasn't able to keep it up. It's going to take some time to get this going again, but it's my hope that by the end of the year author-related posts will be part of the regular update cycle.
So that's what I'm thinking about for Fashionista Piranha Book Blog in 2013. What do you think? Is there anything you'd like to see happen in the blog?