Keeping Up With the Blogosphere was a weekly feature on Radiant Shadows, where I shared links from around the blogosphere that had resonated with me in some way. While it was a feature I loved doing, it was definitely time-consuming. So when I created PLR, I thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to revive it. After much internal deliberation, I decided I had enjoyed it too much to let it fade into the nothing. Instead, I’ve decided to re-vamp it a little!
Now a monthly feature, Keeping Up With the Blogosphere will still feature links from around the blogosphere that I loved, but the links will be fewer. Instead of sharing every single post that I discovered that I found interesting in some way, I’ll only be sharing the best of the best! The ones that gave me chills, that made me return several times to follow up on the discussion that was happening, and the ones that maybe I’ve already shared in some way but that I think deserve even more attention! I also might use this feature to recap some of my posts from the month, that I really enjoyed or that seemed to be popular with my readers!
So, without further ado, I give you Keeping Up With the Blogosphere for February!
How the Blogging World Has Changed
In State of the Blog Union: How the Blogging World Has Changed, Grace of Design Sponge takes a look at how blogging has evolved over the last year.
It started as a little whisper last year. Are people commenting on your posts anymore?
And then those whispers found other whispers from trusted blogging friends to join. Oh they’re not? Yeah, mine either. It’s like people just stopped talking.
Last year seemed like the year that comments died (RIP, comments). From the newest to the oldest blog, comment sections started to wither and disappear. But for a lot of people, traffic and readership weren’t disappearing as dramatically as comments. So what explained the change?
She goes on to talk about how blogs are no long the only outlet for readers to participate and engage on a certain topic. Social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest offer not only new options, but completely customized options that make it easy for readers to pick and choose the content they liked in order to take it into their own (online) backyards to comment and curate as they see fit. I absolutely love her analogy:
Instead of coming to hang out at our houses, they were dropping by quickly, taking a few key pieces with them and leaving to comment and discuss those things in their own living rooms.
True Love and the Ron/Hermoine Bombshell
I’m not going to lie. JK Rowling’s admission that Hermoine should have ended up with Harry destroyed a tiny piece of my soul. I spent days reading every article I could fine, by like-minded folk who agreed with me that, despite her reservations, she did get it right the first time around. Alyssa of Think Progress wrote What J.K. Rowling’s Ron And Hermione Bombshell Tells Us About True Love And ‘Harry Potter’ which is the one post that truly captures everything I have to say about the matter.
While I think the entire article is worth a read, it’s this piece that sums it up in a nutshell:
Love isn’t always immediate, and it doesn’t always come from a place of strength. Sometimes love is strongest between people who have seen each other at their ugliest and most damaged. Lily Evans knew who James Potter was before he decided that he wanted to be a better person, knew him during the time when his callousness and carelessness did real damage. Fleur Delacour knew that her husband’s greatest beauty wasn’t in his unmarked face, but in his person, just as hers wasn’t her physical perfection, but her persistence. Ron knew Hermione when she was a priggish scold and a coward. Hermione knew Ron when his privilege was exposed and his will broke. That they love each other anyway, and that they help each other become heroes, is a truer illustration of the power of love than the idea that it’s magic.
Blog the Way You Want To
It’s a simple message, but one that bears repeating: blog the way you want to. Charlotte from Gypsy Reviews wrote A Little Reminder to Us Bloggers, where she highlights the reasons that blogging the way you want to is important.
Be the blogger that YOU want to be. Stop letting yourself be influenced by other blogs, they do what is best and works for them. Now do what works for you as well! Not every blogger is going to be the same and some bloggers just have crazy awesome skills to post daily or comment promptly at times but never let yourself think that you’re not good enough because YOU ARE.
While short and sweet, Charlotte’s post is a powerful reminder of the most basic of truths, and something that I have bookmarked for when I’m feeling like my skills are a little less than crazy awesome.
I Read that Book, Before It Was a Movie
With the numerous YA book-to-film adaptations happening recently (Twilight, The Hunger Games, Beautiful Creatures, Mortal Instruments, Ender’s Game, Vampire Academy, to name just a few), Tony from Insatiable Booksluts has created a foolproof list of Tips for Enjoying the Movie Version of a Book You Loved. While some of them are pretty obvious (know that the film will be different from the book), others are just so obvious, they’re genius.
Lego My Cover
I can not get enough of Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction’s lego book covers. With each new cover, she surpasses the previous’ in terms of detail and pure awesomeness.
These are three of my favourites, but make a point to check out the whole series here!
Tooting My Own Horn
Based purely on pageviews, here are some of my more popular posts in February:
- Pretty Little Discussion: Book Riot’s Four Bookish Phrases: This was such a fun post for me to write, because I got so passionate it about it! What was even more fun, though, was how passionate some of YOU got in your comments! Seems like I wasn’t the only one who disagreed
- Letter to Yourself: As part of the wonderfully amazing Love-a-Thon, I wrote this letter to my past self. To everyone who left a comment, thank you for your kind words! I think it’s easy to lose yourself in this kind of crowd, so I wanted this reminder to blog the way I wanted to. I must have been channelling Charlotte!
- Pretty Little Tips: Custom Menus & Categories: I know this one baffled me for quite some time, so I’m happy to see so many people (hopefully) finding it useful!
- Book Valentines: Another Love-a-Thon post, this one is one of my personal favourites. I wrote a love letter to the Darkling, using quotes from the series.