Library Moments: NaBloPoMo

Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Hello, I am Erin Kernohan-Berning from the Haliburton County Public Library, and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or services we offer at the library.

nablo_typer_300pxEarlier this month, we told you about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, November is also NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month. In 2006 blogger Eden Kennedy established the month long event to inspire bloggers to write a blog post every day. Like NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo’s central aim is to encourage the practice, discipline, joy and creativity of writing. Today, NaBloPoMo is now a year round program hosted at blogher.com, with a different theme every month, but November is left theme-less in honour of the original NaNoBloPo event.

On the subject of blogs, many authors are also prolific bloggers. Author blogs are an excellent way to get to know an author beyond the pages of their book – and often times you will find they are engaged in a wide variety of creative projects. Today, I have Bessie Sullivan and Amanda Wilk with me to talk about some of our favourite author blogs.

Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian:

A blog is loosely defined as a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions or anything they want on a regular basis.  The term itself is a shortened form of web log.

DFTBA-NerdfighteriaJohn Green, award winning young adult writer of The Fault in Our Stars, hosts the VlogBrothers, a blog style show on Youtube with his brother Hank.

The Greens state that their vlog, which stands for video log, has no consistent format: “Really, it’s not about anything in particular. Whether we’re talking about our lives, making each other laugh, or trying to get something more important across, people seem to enjoy it.”

The followers of VlogBrothers are known individually as Nerdfighters, and collectively as Nerdfighteria. The channel passed one million subscribers early in 2013.

They also have a more traditional blog, Nerdfighters.ning.com

It is described as a place where nerds gather and play.  The home page of the blog says, “We fight to increase awesome and decrease suck.  What more is there?

Amanda Wilk, Public Services Librarian: Many young adult authors are prolific bloggers. One of my favourite young adult writers is Laini Taylor, the author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.

Not for Robots

Laini Taylor is also an active blogger. Her blog, which can be found at www.lainitaylor.com contains an array of information on everything from book news, her travels, arts and crafts, and tips on how to become a better writer. She also developed another blog, devoted entirely to writing called Not for Robots, which can be found at notforrobots.blogspot.ca/. Not for Robots is not actually a traditional blog, which is periodically updated, but rather a series of essays that Taylor wrote on what she learned about writing while penning her first novel. It’s a great resource for any aspiring author.

I also wanted to mention that the reading and book sharing website Goodreads is one of my favourite tools for keeping up to date with author blogs. By creating an account with Goodreads, you are able to specify your favourite authors, and if these authors have a Goodreads profile, every time they write a new blog post, it will be shared with you on your personal Goodreads homepage. Just a few of the authors I follow on Goodreads include: John Green, Veronica Roth, Erin Morgenstern, and Rainbow Rowell.

Erin: Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust and Coraline among many other works for adults and youth, is both active on Coralinetwitter and his blog, Neil Gaiman’s Journal – journal.neilgaiman.com. In his blog he writes a great deal about what he is up to professionally – book tours, creative endeavors with his wife – singer Amanda Palmer, writing for the sci-fi television series Doctor Who, and other projects like his Blackberry sponsored “Calendar of Tales” project. He also writes about more personal things – thoughts and opinions, life at home with his dogs and bees, and the joy and frustrations throughout the writing process. In one of my favourite blog posts, Gaiman vividly details his adventure capturing and hiving a swarm of honeybees!

As well, the Haliburton County Public Library also has a blog! There you can check out transcripts of our Library Moments episodes, book promotions, articles written by library staff, and reading suggestions. Just go to our website at www.haliburtonlibrary.ca and click on the “W” icon – for wordpress.

Thank-you for tuning into Library Moments on 100.9 Canoe FM.

*originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from November 11th-18th 2013

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