I started my book blog – The Book Hunter’s Journal – on 27 June 2009 with a post about a $3-bag book sale at the McAllen Public Library. My partners in crime were, of course, Monica and an excited Squid. With my 446th post, made on 17 June 2013, I said goodbye to the blog and remained focus on this one. And I’ve been here since.
This blog – started 16 February 2010 with a simple post entitled “We’ll Try This Again” – was my return to WordPress after a previous blog was blacklisted for being “too adult.” I don’t remember what I set out to do with this blog, but somewhere along the way I muddied the waters by allowing my emotions to take control of it. While I did discuss my writing process and – three years later – made attempts to merge it with my book blog, most of the writing chronicled my depression and the depths it took me.
I can promise you that wasn’t my intention. So, we’ll try this again. Again.
My depression is part of me, but it isn’t the whole of me. I’ll still discuss it, sure, but in a better handled sort of way. These are the topics and writing matters that I want to focus on:
- reviews (book, film, music, television)
- mental health (mine and general)
- library life (philosophy and work)
- my relationships (romantic – if any – and platonic)
- nerd nights (once Covid-19 fucking ends)
- podcasts (my own – if I ever get started – and those I listen to)
- politics (strictly my opinion)
- creative writing (my own and others – this includes posting my own writings, poetry and short prose)
- humanitarian issues
I do want to expand this blog and – much later – monetize it (maybe). I don’t expect that my blog will ever blow up – it hasn’t done so in over ten years – but I do want to take care of my garden.
So, here’s to the last 10 years. And here’s to 10 more! Cheers! And until next time, keep on huntin’.
- The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets by Ted Kooser
- The Reading Life: The Joy of Seeing New Worlds Through Others’ Eyes by C.S. Lewis
- Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley
- The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control–and Live to Tell the Tale by Alice Mattison