When I first started the blog up, I was in such a rush to finally get going that I didn’t really set myself up to succeed or feel good about my blog. I went with my usual online moniker and sort of haphazardly came up with a blog title and look. It didn’t make me want to have the blog up and running because it wasn’t something I really felt I could ever be proud of or get behind.
While reading through a lot of new blog memes, a question that kept coming up was ‘what makes your blog different?’ ‘What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?’ ‘what’s your brand?’ and honestly, I couldn’t come up with anything. I knew from the get go that I wanted to have a platform on which I could highlight and celebrate diverse books but there are many MANY blogs out there who already do that (and do a wonderful job!). For that matter, almost all of my interests seem pretty well-covered already and while I do feel I can add my own voice to the matter, I still had nothing that would make me feel like I’m giving a truly unique and very me experience to anyone who stumbled across my blog.
It wasn’t until I got home today to dejectedly throw a mailer for an academic conference onto the floor before scouring job postings, trying to find one that really spoke to me and my interests that I realized I had overlooked a huge part of myself in my whole blog soul-searching: my overly fervent love of microbes. I have a degree in microbiology but my interest in microorganisms spans far past my studies and is very much part of my personal life to a point of
almost okay, I’ll admit it – obsessive.
While I hate reducing everything encompassed in the vast world of microbes down into the word ‘bugs’ I’m a sucker for alliteration and so, without further ado, I’m pleased to present
Books and Bugs where I’ll be sharing all my bookish thoughts and maybe even dropping small bits of microbe knowledge here and there.