I’m having a field day with my widget board. Making the Crow Worthy Award has fairly glued me to this chair trying all kinds of different ways to enhance my blog. I may be wrong, but I think people are more attracted to images than words… at least I am. And I realize now that all my menu options can be placed as widgets; represented as images; and linked to pages. I doubt that anyone ever noticed that my header menu even had a “Books” button, yet alone clicked on it. Having said that, I get at least one click a day on my post about Unbroken. This is almost always a result of a Google search.
Because I read so many books, yet I am not good at writing book reviews, I thought I would just add each new book to a Recommended Books list, with a few lines about why I liked the book, or even why I didn’t. There will be no spoilers, and because I read a lot of contemporary lit you will probably recognize many of my selections. But I am also going to try to go back to some of my favorites, at least the ones I remember enough to write something about, and put them on the list as well. One of my beloved books is Ahab’s Wife, and it will shortly appear on this list.
This new widget will serve several purposes. It will remind me to add my recent reads to the list, and in doing so I will have something written to jolt my memory that I even read the book. I read so many books I often forget from year to year which ones I’ve already read. Further, it will be easier for you to find my recommendations, and hopefully be encouraged to share the read. Like other posts, each will have a comment section so that we can have a dialog about these books. Everyone can make suggestions, recommendations and caveats about their own reading lists.
Once again this exercise has taught me new things about widgets, Photoshop, my blog, and how I want to use this new venue and share with others. I hope you’ll visit often.