Yeah, Isn't Something Missing?

Guys, I had plans to incorporate book reviews into this blog - and still do. But. Yes, there's a but. But right now, I am reviewing for two different publications and stretched a little thin, review-wise. There are so many incredible kid lit blogs out there: too many to name. And I know how much work they take. So I can honestly say that at this point I can't really put the work into incorporating reviews into this blog necessary to maintain the level of quality with which I am comfortable. Although I don't get super uptight, I don't want to put out garbage just for the sake of doing something. That doesn't help anyone. It's not useful to any (hypothetical) readers, and it's not how I approach my work. I take my reviews seriously, and always do the best job I can possibly do.

But there's only so much time in the day, right? Right. There's another issue out there: "Internet nice," and how to deal with it. While I may not agree with everything in that article, I do feel weird at times with the ways in which Internet impacts critical voice. I have no interest in being a jerk for being a jerk's sake. But when I review for a professional organization or publication, it's my responsibility to mention strengths and weaknesses. I don't think twice about offering relevant constructive criticism. On the Internet, I have more complicated feelings. Could just be a "me" issue. That's fine. Let's put a pin in the whole discussion and revisit it in a couple months.

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