Soooo… the future of The Grown-Up YA. This is something I think about for a hot minute, get frustrated, and then eat ice cream. There are just so many things that I can do to “expand” my blog but none of it actually seems fruitful. I’ve considered Pintrest, Facebook, Tumblr, videos, Twitter chats, new features, new design, and on and on and on. I’ve made a decent go at some of these, but others… I don’t even enjoy them for personal use (hello, my very use of Pintrest is a Pintrest fail.. and don’t get me started on Facebook), so why would I want to use them for my blog?
Thinking about the future of my blog also makes me think about time frame. I never thought I’d last more than 2 months and here I am 2.5 years later. So is there an end date when I just stop blogging? Should I say by 2015 I will move on from blogging. Which then makes me think what in the world would I do if I stopped?
I will say that my blog has jump started (kickstarted?) a passion for social media and writing that I never really knew I had. Like I want to make a career of this. Maybe that’s what the future of this blog is… a complete career change.
My goal is to take my blog seriously but not take it seriously. Like it’s a fabulous hobby and I love that it’s opened my eyes to a whole new world but I don’t want to pour so much of my time into it that I don’t live. Maybe one day there will be some fantastic redesign. Maybe one day I’ll try my hand at vlogging. Maybe one day I’ll figure out Pintrest. But until then, I’m pretty satisfied taking my blog one day at a time.
Guys… GUYS. I love a good novella, especially if I love the series it’s attached to. They are great opportunities to expand certain characters or scenes, give us a little background information on a character, or just give us something to tide us over while we’re waiting for the next book. There are very few “trends” I seem to get behind when it comes to YA but this is one that I really do enjoy.
Here are some of the ones that I’ve read and reviewed – I have a fun little feature (that I need to utilize more often!) called Miniviews that’s created just for novellas:
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord – Throne of Glass Series by Sara J Maas
Starcrossed City – Starcrossed Series by Josephine Angelini
The First Star to Fall – Prequel to Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Destroy Me – Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
Double Crossed – Crossover novella from Gallagher Girls Series and Heist Society series by Ally Condie
Hope your week is going great!