I started blogging in 2010. The first blog longestdays.com is now defunct, but when I wrote it was a mixture of parenting, books I was reading, spirituality and whatever was on my mind. I abandoned that blog in 2016 when I decided to focus my blogging on helping build early literacy skills in pre-readers. I wrote many book reviews, had a few author interviews and while I still remain passionate about early literacy, it was clear that my blog couldn’t break through the noise of so many other well established blogs.
My career had also changed. I left a literacy non-profit and went back to work as a children’s librarian. My days were spent doing storytimes, recommending books to tweens and teens and ordering audiobooks, ebooks, video games, and films. In my personal life, I focused on writing romance and rom coms. Again, my blogging changed.
Now is time for another change. All my old Building Future Reader articles are available on this site. In fact, it is the same site. I have decided to rebrand and refocus on reviews of audiobooks for kids and YA. Audiobooks often get a bad rap as being cheating or not real reading.
I have to heartily disagree.
As you will see in upcoming posts, they are so much more than listening to a book. The most important reason I want to focus on audiobooks is to get rid of the stigma and help more kids connect with books and reading in ways that are accessible to them. I want to change the dialogue about reading and advocate the use of audiobooks in classrooms and at home.
Audiobooks aren’t cheating. They are reading. And I hope this blog sheds light to this ongoing debate.
Change is good. It helps us grow, learn, and live new experiences. I don’t see ending the Building Future Readers blog as the end, but rather a new chapter. Thank you for supporting me over the past four years and I hope to continue seeing you in my new blog, My Audiobook Librarian.