If I ever change the name of this blog, it'll be to something like non compos mentis, Latin for "I'm outta my friggin' mind." I tend to take on more than I can actually accomplish, which leaves me feeling frazzled and chronically behind.
Take poor Book Buds, my much-neglected other blog. The hubby was bringing home stacks of children's books -- some adorable, some numbing -- and I thought I'd be doing the world a huge service by reviewing them.
The world hasn't noticed.
The site gets a meager 15-20 hits a day, mostly lost googlers. I got dispirited and sidetracked, first by the holidays and then by the BoB contest and all that thrill of victory, agony of defeat thing. Recap: this blog was a finalist, I threw myself into it, I, uh, came in last, my hits dropped to pre-BoB levels and life goes on.
Meanwhile, more than 70 brand, spanking new children's books have taken over the Minitaur's changing table and floor, my desk, bookshelves and nightstand. They proliferate like rabbits: I turn my back and the Scholastics have cozied up to the HarperCollins to produce a litter of Doubledays.
I had the bright idea back in December to write to publicists and request yet more freebies. Last week, I got a belated Chanukah present from Random House -- two cartons with another dozen or so titles. And Farrar, Strauss & Giroux awaits my catalog selections. The postman and I are evidently fated to become better acquainted.
Then there's my overworked and under-thanked co-conspirator, Dawn, who's been cheerfully slogging away at Christmas books and a few others that catch her eye. If it weren't for her infectious enthusiasm, I might've let Book Buds continue its swift slide into oblivion.
But it hasn't, and I won't. I'm awaiting a review from an 11-year-old wannabe and his Mom, also a journalist, to see if they'll be a good fit for the site too. And I've got several posts ready to go. Expect about 3 new reviews a week for now, plus any that Dawn sends my way.
Anybody have any bright ideas for publicizing Book Buds? I'm at a loss, since it's such a different site than this one. I've listed it in several directories, of course, and do get hits from Globe of Blogs, Blog Search Engine and the like. Any other low- or no-cost ideas?
Don't let a good site languish! I could use the help. After all, book-buying parents everywhere are depending on me (and Dawn). They just don't know it yet.