For the past month or so I’ve been focused almost exclusively on pursuing PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. When I wasn’t living and breathing the PMBOK and its associated formulas*, I gave some continued thought to my reading and blogging life. While I’ve thought about this for some time, this post is the result of some of that “I can’t possibly study anymore tonight” thinking.
When I first started this blog the idea was to keep track of each book I read throughout 2007 to keep me honest in my pursuit of reading 52 books. I did this by numbering each review. When I realized that my blog was going to have a life outside of that New Year’s Resolution, I kept the numbering alive. I can’t remember why I did that now; although it has been kind of fun to know when I hit milestone review numbers. It’s also a nuisance. The less often I write reviews, the harder it is to remember where I am in the count. Also, when my feed is automatically posted to Twitter, the post name always has a meaningless hashtag by default because I use a number sign before each number. Blah!
Since my job change earlier this year, my blogging hasn’t been what it has once been. While I haven’t been posting as much, I’ve been giving the whats, whys, hows, whens, and even whos of Literate Housewife a great deal of thought. I’ve piled up a pretty decent number of “to review” books that can stress me out when I think about it too much. The more I looked at the list, the more I thought that I really don’t have all that much to say about every one of those books. That’s where the Meh Mashup came from in my last post. Those books were sitting on that list making it feel all that much heavier because they didn’t excite me or even piss me off enough to want to write about them. What I found, when I freed myself to write just a little blurb, was that I did more justice to myself as the reader of each of those books and even to the books themselves than I ever would have done had I forced myself into writing them up in my typical review format. It made me excited about blogging again within the haze of PMP preparation of the last month or so. Why not discuss books like that more often?
So what does this have to do with numbering each review? Part of the point of numbering each review was reviewing each book I read. For a while I even reviewed them in the order in which I read them. When that stopped happening I could have dropped the number scheme as well, but it didn’t occur to me to do so at the time. Still, if I read it, I reviewed it by itself. I suppose I could have created five separate posts and numbered each, but why? That post was as much about what makes a “meh” or uncategorized reaction to a book as it was about the individual books themselves. Regardless, there were no numbers there and I’ve found that liberating in the way that can only be achieved by releasing oneself from self-imposed constraints.
I’m packing away this little tradition with care like I have done with the lovies my kids have outgrown over the years. I’ve been around the book blogging block a time or two and I know it’s time to move on. It feels good and right and, as far as I know, I’m the only person who ever paid attention to them in the first place.**
* I took the test on Monday and passed. Woot!
** When I told my sister about this plan, she didn’t like it. At least one other person has feelings about them. I wonder if she would have noticed had I not said anything?