Blogger’s Paradise

by Ruby on February 22, 2010

I have stepped into the blogger’s dream. The site is set up and ready to go, there is already (plenty) of awesome content, there is even an extensive blog roll of lovely sites to peruse (see right). Heck, I even have some of those most elusive of creatures: readers. Of course, I have to keep attracting more (and keep the ones I have) but at least someone knows I’m here, according to the comments on my intro blog (p.s. Thanks for all the good wishes! I feel so welcome!).

Well, in order to fill the enormous shoes left behind by the wonderful Patrick (seriously, his feet are huge) and somehow live up to/simulate his years of blogging experience, I’ve been reading the Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging. I’m a few chapters in: I’ve reached the point where I realize exactly how lucky I am not to have to start from scratch, but I haven’t quite made it to the part that tells me what to do after I follow their very informative guide about which blogging platform to select, which is obviously not applicable to me. So I’m winging it; please be patient with me.

Either way, I figured that I would give you all a brief idea of where I plan to go with the blog in the future while I hurriedly fly through the rest of the HuffPost Guide:

  • As it is a bookstore blog, expect to hear about books! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with interesting publishing industry info as well, although that is something new to me so it might take me a little while to get caught up.
  • I’m also going to be hosting a lot of the author events at the store for the next month or two, so I wouldn’t be surprised if fun anecdotes from those crept in as well.
  • I’ve been a Pasadena/Vromans girl almost all my life, so be sure you’ll see some coverage of interesting in-store things, as well as the area’s landmarks and events (and probably food, because I like food.)
  • As I get into the swing of things, I hope to be able to provide you with interesting links, something I know Patrick did very well.

So sit back, relax, grab a banana, and let me know this: Is there something in particular that you would like to see me do with the blog? Also, please let me know if there is anything specific that Patrick did which you would like to see continue.

And last but not least… Good luck, Patrick!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa 02.22.10 at 7:03 pm

Ruby! You are fabulous.. and off to a great start!

Dale Zapata 02.22.10 at 7:42 pm


Cafe Pasadena 02.22.10 at 8:42 pm

I briefly met you once when I at the bookstore. This blog should continue to be in good hands.
Some Ideas:
Don’t think you have to limit this to books.
Continue food contests like the cupcake challenge. Food is good for bringing people out & about.
Interact with other Pasadena area blogs.

C.E. Downes 02.22.10 at 11:42 pm

Excellent start! I’ll be a fan.

Ruby 02.23.10 at 2:00 pm

Thanks for the ideas, Cafe Pasadena! I will certainly keep them in mind (and campaign heavily for more cupcakes.)

Ann Erdman 02.23.10 at 2:50 pm

Welcome to the Pasadena blogosphere, Ruby!

Fiona F. 02.23.10 at 10:24 pm

I’m so excited for you to take over! Can’t wait to hear what you have in store :)

Edan 02.23.10 at 10:41 pm

Personally, I liked when Patrick talked about his wife. I happen to be his wife…but, you know, that’s just a coincidence. Really, though, I’d love to get a little about your home life on this blog, and how that affects and influences your reading life and your work life.

Cindy 02.26.10 at 1:58 pm

I’ve been mulling over your question. It was mentioned that you read some SF/F? Don’t be afraid to talk about or mention genre fiction once in a while. I know it’s not Vroman’s speciality (and Patrick was self-admittedly not into genre stuff), but we’re out there!

Oh, and I love Edan’s idea of a personal approach!

Ruby 03.02.10 at 6:55 pm

Edan: I’ll try to bring Patrick’s wife (i.e. you) up when I can, although I feel like it will probably be more of a challenge for me than for him. We’ll see, I suppose. Home life, however, I can do! I’ll keep it in mind.

Cindy: I will! I’m glad there’s genre interest, and I’ll remember it.

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