State of the Blog: 2014

deliberatereader2014In case it’s not already obvious with my goals posts and related comments, I’m a planner. I like to know what I’m doing when, so in that sort of general overview plan I’m sharing today about some ideas for the blog over the next year. You know, in case any of you like knowing what to expect as much as I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

General Plans for 2014

I’m hoping to do a reader survey this fall (around the blog’s second birthday), but until then, if there is anything you’d like to see around here, let me know. More of a particular type of book? Any specific books you’d like to see me read? (I make no promises, but I’ll certainly consider almost anything.)

Looking way ahead, I’m beginning to think about a topic for October’s 31 Days again. I’ve done nonfiction books the past two years, and I know I could come up with another 31 nonfiction books I love, but are you all sick of nonfiction? Would you prefer something else instead – young adult books, children’s literature, historical fiction, fantasy…

Posting Routine

My goal has been and will continue to be to share three or four book-related posts a week, and in a perfect world it’ll be a balance of reviews of nonfiction, fiction, children’s, and young adult books, as well as general bookish posts on Monday such as tips for reading more, gifts for book lovers, and memorable books.

(Also, I feel like I’d made a list of topics to address that people have asked me about in various comments, but either I completely imagined making that list, or I’ve misplaced it. So if there’s something bookish you’re wondering about, or a topic you’ve asked me to write about, can you please refresh my memory? And if you’ve never asked but do have some subjects you’d like to see featured, consider this an open call for requests. And if that doesn’t make that list appear nothing will, and I’ll be forced to conclude that I really did imagine creating it.)

Fridays and Saturdays have been and will likely continue to be a mish-mash of topics. It’s where I run my library haul posts and monthly recaps, and homeschooling thoughts and life updates will go here.

The big ongoing feature this year will be the quarterly classic posts as I mentioned on Monday. I’m considering rolling a goals update into my monthly recap posts as well, if there is any interest in that.


Finally, some behind-the-scenes work: I’ve recently been cleaning up my categories, and have an overall “books” one that includes all types and genres, so if that’s all you want to read, you can simply subscribe to the RSS feed for the “books” category. My next blog chore is to do some tidying up of my tags – right now they’re an inconsistent mess and as a result are just about useless. I’m hoping to get them straightened out and into something usable soon.

I’m excited to see what 2014 brings, and next Monday I’ll be sharing about some of the books I’m most looking forward to reading this year. I’d love to hear about the books you’re looking forward to reading as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy New Year, and thank you so much for reading The Deliberate Reader!


  1. I enjoy your posts. Re: Oct 31: I love the nonfiction month.

  2. I enjoy the 31 Days of Nonfiction, but a series on historical fiction would be great too!

  3. I loved October’s posts and appreciate your library haul posts. I have really enjoyed your reviews, and have read many of the books you’ve posted about. Thanks for all your work!

  4. I am excited about another year of the Deliberate Reader! I really enjoy reading your thoughtful posts.

  5. Alison S. says:

    I very much enjoy reading all of your posts so please don’t change! ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially enjoyed your non-fiction series.

  6. I do have a book to share, but fair warning….it is self-serving. I am the author of the novel The Gomorrah Principle. Can I send you a copy…with the understanding you may or may not care to read it?

  7. ooohhhh! This looks exciting! Looking forward to reading along and getting lots of ideas!

  8. I’ve been thinking about a 31 Days theme as well. I think kids’ books would be great if you feel like you want to mix it up a bit. But non-fiction is great in October because I think those books make really good gifts, especially for those hard to buy for guys in everyone’s life.

    • I hadn’t ever thought about the gift possibilities of the nonfiction series (maybe because all the adult guys in my life aren’t readers) ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m still considering what I’m going to do. And I’m excited to hear what you end up doing. ๐Ÿ™‚


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