I began My Cozy Book Nook in 2009. I joined the book blogging community with gusto – thrilled to find others as excited about literature as I am.
While a bibliophile at heart, my interests expanded over time. I wanted to blog (connect) about writing and journaling and photography. But this created a blog-identity crisis. Am I book review blog – a lifestyle blog – do I even have a niche?! Consequently, my blog posts were sporadic at best.
But I need to be mindful how I spend my time. I can’t allow blogging to overtake my life – like it did at one time. If I wasn’t visiting and commenting on other sites (to the tune of two hours a day), I was crafting a book review to include quotes and insights. My focus on the blog diminished my joy of reading – which defeated the purpose.
So, in an effort to increase connection and still maintain an active, fun vibrant reading/writing life … I have started a YouTube channel where I plan to upload videos on a variety of topics:
- Book Hauls (Library Loot)
- Book reviews
- Books I want to read
- Lesson plans I used in the classroom to teach the classics
- Lesson plans …. to teach academic writing
- Lesson plans … to teach creative writing (how to write a novel in a year)
- My writing process
- My writing life
- Move more
- No Sweat (loved this premise: just move!)
- Body Kindness (intuitive eating and exercise works)
- Yoga for Healthy Aging (not as helpful as Yoga with Adrienne)
- Pray more
- A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23 (enjoyed the pastoral insights)
- A Praying Life (pragmatic and encouraging – no shameful emotions)
- Praying the Bible (a useful prayer strategy that is working well for me)
- Improve Overall Health
- Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (I have great plans to try this recipe – someday)
- Journaling for Discovery and Delight (a new online friend whom I adore)
- Overcome Impostor Syndrome
- The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women (an easy book to skim)
- The Empress Has No Clothes (not exactly what I had hoped – but decent info)
- Develop writing skills and habits
- Five Strategies for Social Media Engagement (good tips from writing coach)
- Fantastic Frame (MG series) (similar to my series but not the same. Gives me hope!)
- Read more FICTION
- The Secret Life of Violet Grant (I liked the premise and the structure, but the story did not quite deliver for me)
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (a re-read for me as research for a new book idea. I liked it better the second time around)
- The Woman in the Window (loved this! I’m learning Thrillers are my escape genre. Anyone have any recommendations?!