2009 BIP: Week 2

bip It’s week two of the Blog Improvement Project and I am still as excited to do it as when I first signed up. This week is about brainstorming and inspiration.

Here’s the thing: I never really have had any trouble coming up with something to write about. I do reviews and memes, and then I do my eBook Wednesdays posts. eWednesdays are my new feature for my blog; I’ve only done two of them so far, but it’s one of my favorite things to do and I’m definitely going to keep at it!

I don’t remember exactly how I came up with eBook Wednesdays. I think it was a mixture of wanting to have a new feature, plus my extreme interest in ebooks and the future of electronic publishing and reading. I wanted to write more about it, and thus: eBook Wednesdays!

I have about a bazillion topics I want to write about for eWednesdays, and actually I have a tougher time picking one thing. What I do is keep a list of all the subjects I think of that relate to electronic publishing, and then when I need something to write about I pick from that. It’s pretty easy for me to keep adding items onto that list, mainly because I try and keep up with what’s happening in the ebook world. There’s nearly always something new happening, be it free ebook giveaways or some new reader or what have you. The writing topics just seem to keep popping up, really.

(I do this same list-keeping with books I’m reviewing, too. I keep track of different feelings and thoughts and interesting things that pop up while I’m reading, and then use that list to help me write my review. They’ve come in quite handy, especially if i get stuck somewhere.)

The main thing I’m worried about now is being sure to encourage conversation and input from anyone who reads eWednesdays posts. I’m trying to maintain a balance of my own opinion and allowing room for other people’s, but, er, I don’t know how well I’m succeeding. Still, I’ve made Improvement my middle name and I aim to live up to it! I’m sure by the end of this year I’ll be the queen at writing about, uh. My own opinions. Ha!

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  1. Anastasia, your e-book posts will a niche — and it’s an area that is growing quickly. More and more publishers are turning to ebooks to generate buzz and build an audience. Meanwhile, readers are moving to the Kindle and other devices. I look forward to your posts on these topics.

  2. I am not much into e-books, but just recently, in connection to work, I have been “forced” to look into it, and I was amazed how many books I suddenly had access to. Now I just have to get used to reading them on the screen. So keep up the good work!

  3. Agree that the e-book post will be a nice added niche to book blogging community. I haven’t gotten into e-books, but I like audios! I know that my library offers e-books for loan — I’ve been tempted to borrow them (digital downloads!) but I don’t yet have a e-book reader (except for the computer of course).

  4. Dave: Thanks for the kind words!

    Louise: There are a TON of nifty ebooks out there, even if you just stick to the free ones. I would say that if you really wanted to get into reading ebooks– spring for an ebook reader. It’s so much easier to read books on something like a Sony reader or even an iPod Touch, as opposed to reading on a computer screen. It can be done (I’ve done it), but it’s uncomfortable because we’re used to reading small snippets of text, like blog posts, and switching between texts rapidly. Books are different– long chunks of text– and so it’s tougher. Anyway. (Actually, I’ll probably write more about that for next week’s eWed.)

    Beth F: Audiobooks are so awesome. 😀 I love them just as much as ebooks and paper books, though I do think that sometimes it takes me longer to listen to an audiobook than it’d take me to read the paper book. Unfortunately, I use a Mac/iPod, and though Overdrive (one of the companies libraries use for ebooks/audiobooks) recently made some audiobooks Mac-compatible, there’s such a small selection it’s not really worth it. Sad. 🙁

  5. The e-book info idea is great. My son was trying to talk me into buying a small notebook computer. I need something I can curl up on the couch with. I don’t last long reading at a desk.

  6. Doing the eBook thing is exactly the sort of feature I was thinking of when I posted the project for week two — bloggers finding a topic to write about that is unique to them and then making it a regular for people to get a flavor of their blog. So, that’s awesome! I’ve read the features you’ve posted since this one, but haven’t left comments because I find them so informative and am not sure what else to add. I think a future BIP topic is going to be encouraging conversation, so that’ll be at least one way to think about it. I’m not sure when that will be, but it’s going to be one!

    Sorry it took me so long to get over here — school started and suddenly I was swamped. Ick 🙂


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