So at the beginning of the year, I said that one of the things I was going to work on was getting organized. Having this new laptop is definitely helping a lot in this because I can now write where the mood strikes me while staying active.
We are only 10 days into 2019 and you will may have noticed, or maybe not, that there are changes happening at Book Admirer. For one things, I have finally started getting the site in order. This is noticeable right on the main page, if someone is really looking, as the menus look a little different. Previously, the main menu bar included About, Contact, Reviews, Features and Musings. I moved Reading Lists – which was under Features – now to the main menu.
In addition, I began to organize each individual menu so people can find what they are looking for starting with the Review section.
Oy, what a mess! How did I allow this?
When I was trying to create my yearly roundups and going back to see what I had posted, I couldn’t find anything. My reviews were scattered and I was forced to scroll through every post to find the review I wanted. Ugh. If it was that painful for me, I can imagine what my viewers thought. SO SORRY!!
My first order of business was a Review Index. I don’t know why I hesitated doing this from the beginning, but OMG what a difference this has made. If I categorize a review wrong, I can just go to my index and click on the appropriate link to read it. Now, the trick is to keep the index updated.
Second, I made sub menus for each category I usually focus on, including Classics, Book Club Picks and Audiobooks. I may add a fiction and nonfiction menu because I found a few books that didn’t fit in the other categories but until then, they can catch it in the main review section or in the index. 😉
Moving along the main menu, you next come to Reading Lists, which was supposed to show the lists I am trying to cross off. I will be adding pages of various lists. So far I posted the Goodreads 100 Books to read in a lifetime. I also have the Modern Library Classics lists, Oprah Book Club picks and the Amazon 100 Books to Read as well as my Personal TBR list. Any posts that have to do with updates will go under the general Reading List Category in general or in the wrap-up section
Then we have musings, which is my general book discussions or other general ramblings.
Finally we have the Features which include all my ongoing weekly, monthly posts such as Top Tuesday (I participate in Top 10 Tuesday by That Artsy Reader and Top 5 Tuesday by Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm), Fun Fact Friday, TBR’s and Wrap-ups and Classic Club.
I have also gone through all my posts and have tried to categorize them accordingly so there is some semblance of organization. However, I know I still need to make a few tweaks.
In addition to the website, I have officially made a Twitter account for the blog. Yay!!! You can thank my job for that one, since I am required to be on Twitter daily and finally learned how functional it actually can be aside from Facebook. I now follow all my literary and bookish websites and blogs. I am following some of you already, but I haven’t had time to go through all my blog followers to find out who has Twitter. If you do, feel free to find me at @BookAdmirerBlog.
These are just some of the changes that are in the works. Stay tuned for more.