So here’s something that’s been bouncing around my noggin for a little while now. Diversifying what I write about. Specifically: Books! What I think of the stuff I read. Possibly joining in group read-along events again. That kind of thing.

Back in the day, I would have absolutely done so on a separate blog entirely. But back in the day, I also never managed to last a full year of uninterrupted posting on my projects. So perhaps that isn’t the best of yardsticks to be considering. Better, more successful examples include the likes of Bhagpuss and Belghast with their musical diversions right on the main blog.

Bhagpuss and Belghast both hold some part in providing the inspiration, but in terms of actually making the shift from bouncy-thought to something resembling action really came about with the return of Jaedia / Hannah to active blogging status again after some time away.

Why?

Well; some of my best blogging-memories come from a time when Jae and I worked together on her Once Upon a Time blog. True- the joy of this was less about the fact we were writing about books and more about the collaboration and co-operative effort.

Still, it seems enough to have tipped the scales from just thinking about it all to actually doing something about it. This weekend I think I’ll go through the process of setting up a ‘Currently reading’ section and see what integrations Goodreads has available these days. Finding the right balance of things so as not to overpower the gaming side of things (which will still be my primary focus!) is going to be an interesting thing to hit.

In the meantime, if you’re curious about what I read and therefore might cover? Well, let me just borrow what I wrote for the ol’ about page. :)

“If I’m reading, more often than not it is something belonging to the Fantasy genre. Occasionally it might be something Sci-Fi. Less often again, something else! Contemporary day Spy Thrillers, or even Horror sometimes tickles my fancy.”

Right now, I’m making a return to Raymond E. Feist. An author I was introduced to with ‘Magician‘ and the world of Midkemia as a teen. Some 30-odd books later, Feist is done with Midkemia and all the characters within. I thought he might’ve retired at that point, but no! There is a new series in a new world.

King of Ashes set in the world of Garn kicks off The Firemane Saga. The first book actually published back in 2018 but I’ve apparently been a bit out of the loop. This one I didn’t warm to immediately but have since become more engrossed. Only about 50% of the way through though, so we’ll see how it goes when I’m done. At least if this one does end on a cliffhanger, I won’t have to wait for the second book. It came out last year. It looks like I will have to wait for the third though. D’oh.

Still- between Patrick Rothfuss, George R. R. Martin and Scott Lynch, waiting for books is something I’m well versed in.


Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

11 Comments

Tessa - Narratess · June 23, 2021 at 2:03 am

Please, please, please check out Storygraph. You can import your Goodreads data, but it’s awesome with data visualisation and recommending new books :) (Also it’s not owned by Amazon, created by a Black woman, so yay). If you need more recent fantasy recs, you know where to find me.

    Naithin · June 23, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Thanks Tessa. :) I’ve signed up to Storygraph and will take more of a dig around it later. Looking forward to investigating this side of the blogosphere again too!

    Not that I can adequately keep up with just the gaming side right now, but hey. ;)

    Hannah · June 23, 2021 at 3:52 am

    Ooh yes! What are both of your usernames? I’ll follow you. I’m jaedia! 😱

      Tessa - Narratess · June 23, 2021 at 4:26 am

      I’m endalia 😄 pretty easy when all of us use our regular nicknames haha. I’ll give you a follow too 😊

        Hannah · June 23, 2021 at 5:49 am

        Truth :D

      Naithin · June 23, 2021 at 11:05 am

      I’m naithin over there too — https://app.thestorygraph.com/profile/naithin — I still need to take a better look, but will be honest and say that so far I think I might end up sticking with Goodreads if for no other reason than it integrates with my Kindle automatically.

      Although if it isn’t too big of a deal to replicate reviews and ratings and the like over there I still might just to offer support to a developing platform, but we’ll see. I ended up deleting all of my custom shelves on Goodreads simply because the admin overhead sapped a lot of the fun out of it.

Hannah · June 23, 2021 at 3:44 am

It was a fun time! I do get some of the same joy being a part of a community as well, which is what brought me back.

I look forward to the bookish posts! You’re the one who got me into Hobb and Sanderson so let’s go. :D

bhagpuss · June 23, 2021 at 7:30 am

I think lots of erstwhile gaming and mmo bloggers have diversified a lot in recent times. Music, movies, books, TV, sports, crafts… I seem to be reading about all of them in my blog roll these days. As a reader I definitely prefer it if people stuff all their interests into one blog although I can also see the attraction of creating differentiated, dedicated spaces for each. Looking forward to seeing what you’re reading.

    Naithin · June 23, 2021 at 11:09 am

    I quite like seeing everything everyone is wishing to post in the same space too. Which is one of the realisations that helped me come to the conclusion to do the same.

    The old wisdom was though that thou shalt not annoy thine readers by suddenly shifting up the content mix. If they came for gaming, then by George you better give them gaming!

    But even back then I don’t think this really held up to any kind of close scrutiny. The overlap in readership between game/mmo blog and other blog was surprisingly close to 1:1 from a community perspective at least.

Belghast · June 23, 2021 at 7:39 am

I fully support the notion about a blog being about the person writing it more than a specific topic that they happen to be writing about. I think ultimately a blog needs to stretch and grow as the blogger does and I guess in my case it is more to do with connecting to my roots. I have a few other features kicking around in my head that I have thought about including, but absolutely looking forward to reading your “book” adventures.

    Naithin · June 23, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Thanks, Bel. And agree on the need to grow. I felt that in some respects had already started to stagnate a little by keeping to just the singular topic of gaming. So I do hope that opening the door will bring in a breath of fresh air along side it for me, too.

    Looking forward to any additional features you might end up pursuing too! :)

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