On Hiatus – Indefinitely.

This blog will be on hiatus indefinitely. So will the social networks attached to this venture. I am unsure when I will be back, it could be a week, or some months. This was a project I started when I moved back to America. A hobby, it is a hobby that has turned quite serious for me and it has been detrimental for several reasons. I have the workload of a job without any benefits of being out in the working world. I have built a tiny empire in the world of publishing and I am so proud of all of my achievements. I am able to boast a whopping 1,500 a day unique hit count. A follower count on Twitter of 2,500. I have been innovative, I have marketed successfully. I have started programs in my local area for young readers, I donate my time, books and money to organizations here to make a difference in literacy in my local community. I spend my time at brick and mortars teaching social media, hanging out and hand selling. I am a very involved reader.

In the end that is all I am a very successful involved reader. When applying for a job at a local publisher, I was told I had fantastic skills, ones they are in desperate need of, but that with my YA fascination it was improbable that they would hire me. So apparently even though I could bring brand awareness, savvy social marketing, and a variety of technical skills to their company they would be too embarrassed to take on a lowly blogger.

I am taking time to work on my professional skill set. To find a place that is in need of my specific skill set, because there are many people who boast being social media savvy without any stats to prove that they are in fact social media savvy. There should be some grunt work for me somewhere and I need to focus on that at the moment.

If I owe you a review, it will be posted. I am not at all abandoning commitments I have made. I am abandoning blogging for the sake of blogging when it is apparent that I have hit my ceiling and I need to find a new ceiling to reach for.

If you have an open position while I am job searching you can see my online resume here pamsresume.com I hope to find a balance with job searching and blogging and to be back here soon.

<3 wish me luck on my search!

Pam

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Cover Spy

This morning the cover for Myra McEntire’s Hourglass was debuted on the author website. It is a lovely cover and I really think this thing is going to pop off the shelves.

However an annoying trait of the YA Blogger is to immediately right click, save, and post it on their own blog with minimal text about the cover and a shoddy link back to the author. This reminds me of the internet trolls comment ‘FIRST’ on something that was posted that is going to be popular.

The need to be ‘first’ is apparently strong. These are no cover reviews, they are just posts that say “look at this cover I found it on the author’s website” with a link. This is probably great SEO, a real hit counter for blogs. I see it as mere cannibalism of hits that the author would get if you just say I love this cover, click here to go see it.

Instead of putting the image on my site of this lovely cover, I sent it out all over my social media and within two hours I sent 105 people to the AUTHOR’s site, I don’t feel the need to be a third party, to send hits to myself and then maybe some to the author because really, what is the point of clicking through when the blogger has already cannibalized the image?

I think this is a sad practice, at least let the author have a day or two to bask in their own cover on their own site. Not to mention I delete all you guys who post cover reveals from my feed reader because I see the same post 50 times in one day.

Now go ahead in the comments and tell me I took your joy, but at least think before you link next time. The author’s site could use some love before your own. Essentially we are all marketers of books not ourselves.

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New Years Blogging Resolutions:

It is that time of year where I think about my blogging, work and personal life and the resolutions that I want to break, urm I mean make for the coming year. So i thought I would share with you guys my resolutions for my blogging and social networking for the coming year.

In no particular order:

  • Comment back on every comment from a fellow blogger on my site and theirs
  • Spend less time messing around on Twitter and more time cultivating new relationships on new networks.
  • Catalog books that come in as they come in.
  • Keep up with my review books, however only worrying about the solicited, I want to read my books that I have bought this year too.
  • Converge from YA only into a crossover blog. Trying to find lit that is enjoyable for a wide range of ages.
  • Post at least one review a week.
  • Do a blogger series video per bi week at least.
  • Do better with my Ask Pam feature.
  • Give back to my fellow bloggers by highlighting them on my site.
  • Be a better mentor to new bloggers.
  • Redesign my blog to show the change in reading material and niche.

So there you have it these are the things I want to work on this year! What about you?

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Ask Pam (1)

So that was week one of Ask Pam. Please put your questions for next week in the comments or email pam@eurobands.us and put Ask Pam in the subject field

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Censorship: My take

cen·sor·ship
–noun
1. the act or practice of censoring.
2. the office or power of a censor.
3. the time during which a censor holds office.
4. the inhibiting and distorting activity of the Freudian censor.

Censorship has lots of different definitions. To me it boils down to something pretty simple. The act of censoring materials, beliefs or media is a tyrant activity. To actively seek to destroy, remove or eradicate anything just because it doesn’t bode well with you and your beliefs is a selfish and cowardly way to handle things that you do not agree with.

I don’t like a lot of things. White chocolate for instance. I hate that stuff, and it’s not really chocolate anyway. Do I start a campaign to rid America or the world of this dastardly imposer? Absolutely not. Some people actually eat that garbage and enjoy it.

Now you may say what does chocolate have to do with books, books that have sex, drugs, and (gasp) gay protagonists? Nothing. However taking these materials out of libraries, out of the hands of people who are in no way connected to your life or beliefs weighs at the same ridiculousness as a proposed ban on white chocolate to me.

To take books such as, Twilight, Wintergirls, Crank, and Luv Ya Bunches out of the hands of teens because you don’t think any teen should read them is ridiculous. Are you the parent or guardian of every teen on the planet? Absolutely not.

Just because you do not agree with materials doesn’t inherently make the materials wrong. It makes it wrong to you and your family, not mine. You see I have a plan, my plan involves my children being able to read any material that they want. I want it ready and available for them anywhere they look. I want this because I trust my children.

I talk to them. We discuss things, we are a team. I trust them to make the right decisions, to be humanitarians, to tell me things that they read that made them think or that they need clarification on. I will encourage them to read outside of their comfort zones, to push the limits of their beliefs and have an open mind to any culture.

Through learning only are we free. If you want to live in a box that you have created for yourself that only includes x and y that is fine. Leave me and mine out of it.

What do you think reader? Do you have a plan for censorship in home?

I would like to thank Amy, Danielle, Gail, Susan, & Tasha for weighing in. Their pieces were fantastic. Go read them already.

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