Tuesday, December 21, 2010

An Introspective and Call for Contributors

2010 is almost over. For me as a blogger, this year has been hugely successful. Is there such a thing as too successful? It has certainly felt that way sometimes.

You see, I've been trying to whistle a symphony with The Book Chook blog. No matter how I puckered and blew, I just wasn't making it. Symphonies are meant for orchestras. So I've made the decision to invite other instruments to join me. In 2011 some reviews at The Book Chook will be done by guests, and there will be more guest posts. I'm hoping  some people might even be brave enough to take on a permanent role. Lawks, we might end up with Book Chooks! (Even more feathers and fun.)

What I need is to find guest reviewers and article writers who know the blog. They should understand my emphasis on great children's literature, literacy and learning. They should share my philosophy of encouraging kids to learn in a natural way, by playing and having fun where possible. And they should write clearly and concisely because I can't afford to spend time on lots on editing.

If you're interested in writing a guest post or review of a book or educational product for The Book Chook, you can contact me with your proposal via the Contact Me tab.  All I can promise you is exposure to a growing global audience, plus a link to your own blog and/or website in your bio.

I'm hoping there will be other changes at The Book Chook in 2011. One thing I would very much like is to reach a wider audience. If you know someone, or a group of people you think might be interested in reading The Book Chook, please help me spread the literacy and learning love by inviting them to subscribe via RSS, become a blog follower and/or visit occasionally and leave a comment. If you're a fellow blogger, and you appreciate my posts about the 3 Ls - children's literature, literacy and learning - I'd love you to link to my blog, and/or grab the badge at left.

THANK YOU: To those of you who are followers, I love seeing your smiling faces in my sidebar widget! To those of you who read via RSS, or in email, please let me know if there's something you'd like to see on The Book Chook next year. To the people who take time to leave comments, and write emails, I appreciate that so much and love getting your feedback. YOU are what keeps me researching and writing - the fact that I have so much fun doing it is just the red nose on my reindeer!

Tomorrow I'll have some fun activities for the young and young at heart. The Book Chook will then be taking a break until December 30.


  1. A Farmer's Wife21 December, 2010

    As a parent of young children I really like your blog. I just wish I had found it earlier in the year and really look forward to visiting again in 2011.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. The Book Chook21 December, 2010

    How lovely, A Farmer's Wife! Thanks for the feedback, it's much appreciated.

  3. It's been a delight to read such thoughtful reviews on The Book Chook this year, both from a reader and an author's perspective. Thankyou

  4. Terry Doherty21 December, 2010

    Count me in as a guest ... if you'll have me ;) Would you like to fly this way and guest at the Tub, too?

    PS - I have an ice lantern "brewing" on the back deck. The 9YO was skeptical it will work. Oh, that trait will come in handy some day ... I guess I should look at me as her practice squad!

  5. I could contribute a post here and there. I don't know if I have the time to be a regular contributor but if there is something you'd like me to write, just let me know.

  6. Take a well deserved Christmas break and from Belgium: wishing you a great 2011.

  7. Congratulations on a wonderful year Book Chook. Thank you for your support on my own blog, for being my friend and for staying true to your passion. Your commitment to children, and the quest for learning shines through and touches so many around you. I look forward to continuing our friendship through 2011 and seeing The Book Chook grow. Merry Christmas!

  8. The Book Chook22 December, 2010

    Oh absolutely, Terry - although if any flying is to be done, I'm thinking those new Emirates sleeping capsules look good!

    Ice lanterns would likely melt here right now. But I hope they won't in your winter chill. Still, nine-year-old skepticism is indeed a wondrous thing!

  9. The Book Chook22 December, 2010

    That's wonderful, Chase! Thank you and best wishes for a great holiday before you return to the fray!

  10. The Book Chook22 December, 2010

    Thank you so much, Paula! One of these days I will get around to putting a map up on the blog so we can see where readers come from. It's wonderful to me that our world has shrunk because of easier communications.

  11. The Book Chook22 December, 2010

    Kelly, that is so kind of you! I love to think that what I do helps kids to become lifelong, creative learners who enjoy reading, writing, art, music - whatever their passion dictates. That's why I'd like to reach an even wider audience in 2011. And I think opening the blog up to more writers and reviewers will help with that.

    Best wishes to you and your family!

  12. Friends of ours flew to England to watch the cricket in those capsule thingies...as you do.

  13. The Book Chook22 December, 2010

    It's likely the only way I will get to Europe these days - airborne sardine cans are implements of torture in my mind!

  14. I'm so glad you're taking a break, Susan! It amazes me how hard you work. You always put the utmost effort into everything you do. It's been an honor and a privilege getting to "know" you over the past year or two.

    I hope 2011 brings you everything you hope for!

  15. The Book Chook23 December, 2010

    Dawn, thank you so much! (I'm now basking in the glow of your words and trying to ignore the niggling voice that's sniping,"Utmost effort? She hasn't seen your streaky windows!")

    2011 will be a wonderful year for all of us - I predict it!

  16. Janeen Brian27 December, 2010

    Dear BookChook,
    Roosters crow! Sometimes it's simply because they are cocky and showy with little else to say. But you glow, you're proud and passionate, you resonate with colour and you care deeply for all the others in the global henhouse.
    What a bird!!

    Thank you for everything and my warmest wishes for 2011.


  17. The Book Chook27 December, 2010

    Janeen, how lovely! I very much like the thought of a global henhouse resplendent with feathered friends. Thanks for being one of them!

  18. I am so excited to see what The Book Chook has to offer in 2011!! It is one of my favorite blogs and though I may be a bit behind in reading most of the time, it is one that I never mark all as read!

  19. The Book Chook03 January, 2011

    That's great to know, Tiff, thanks!


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