Yes, it’s happened, Savidge Reads has gone and had a revamp and in some ways it is going to mark a new era (which probably sounds a bit grand but hey ho) for the blog. Being unwell in the last few months has given me lots and lots and lots of time to think about anything and everything. One of these things has been blogging. By the way this isn’t going to be a navel gazing post or ‘I’m quitting blogging’ post, it’s all very positive and I am rather excited.
I mentioned a while back that I really wanted a change with the blog I think I felt like it needed a new energy or something. I then tried various different themes and got you all to vote on them, went away and combined all the things that you wanted with what I wanted and ‘ta-dah’ we have an all new look site. It still has some tinkering and tweaking to go but I am much, much happier with it and so am hoping you all will be too. Do let me know though won’t you? I hope you all know that you who visit and are integral to the blog?
It’s obviously not just the aesthetics that make Savidge Reads and recently I have been mulling over all the ‘content’. I have become a little bit dissatisfied with my reviews, in fact I ranted a little bit about this the other day, and did a post on negative reviews too. I think some of my best reviews, in my humble opinion, are the longest or the more personal ones about books I have gone away and really, really thought about (rather than in a rush of ecstatic excitement that then fades) be they good or bad. Fortunately I have some reviews backed up and they are going to undergo some ‘testing’ to see what works. I also need to stop racing down books because I am so keen to talk to you all about them.
I am also going to ‘relax’ a lot more with the blog. It’s proven a real life line whilst I have been ill, the support and comments from you all has meant lots. It has also been a little bit of a pressure as I have been scheduling posts (and still am, as this is one) when I can in fear that there is nothing new on the site, through my own choice I am not moaning. So that stops too. I am going to post ahead of time if I like, and not if I don’t, every day if I want, or twice a week if the mood takes. It might mean random little bookish snippets or snapshots; it might mean some never ending rambles. There are no rules other than to enjoy it.
I love reading and want to read more. That might mean less time typing and more time sitting and reading. Especially with Discovering Daphne, a new Savidge Reads project coming and The Green Carnation Prize (whose site I also gave a revamp) submissions and two book groups in the real world. I need more time, don’t we all, and this might mean less blogging, it might not though, either way I am fine with it.
It does feel funny that after almost 4 years I am making all these changes and tweaks, but we are always learning and evolving aren’t we?
So even though you might think this post has just gone up and I have been working away at the website changes all morning, I haven’t… it’s scheduled. In fact this weekend as I can’t get any internet access (or phone) I have been inspired by Thomas of My Porch and so will have started my own little private weekend read-a-thon. Hope you all have a lovely one planned?