Thursday, April 3, 2008

Take A Tour of BlogJoy: Repost for new subscribers

I love to travel. When my family and I are getting ready for a trip, the first thing we do is go to the local bookstore and buy a travel guide. We want to be sure not to miss a thing, since who knows when we'll be back that way again.

Unfortunately, there are no travel guides for the Internet super highway -- a vast interconnection of networked computers that can leave you wondering which way to go. That's why the book The Joy of Children's Literature includes lots of websites with information about children's literature and this post will familiarize you with the where, what, and why of BlogJoy. So let the tour begin!

The first link to your right under the title will let you subscribe to a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed to this blog. RSS is a popular technology for notifying users of updates to blog content in a reader. Click here for more information about using Google Reader.

The second link is to the website for The Joy of Children's Literature. The website has a link for instructors and students, both with additional resources for learning about children's literature.

Under the link to the website is a picture of me--my first professional picture since high school (yes, that long ago). All of the books in the picture are in The Joy of Children's Literature. You wouldn't believe how many trips it took to get all of those books in the studio!

The next section is titled Powerful Words... I love words and the craft of writing--I'm always looking for examples of beautiful, elegant, poignant, insightful ways authors use words when I'm reading--and when I find them, I'll post them. I also like to know what other people are reading, so underneath the Powerful Words section, I'll post what I'm currently reading (or the audiobook I'm listening to).

The last section on the left is a list of books in my library. The books rotate, so you'll see a different selection each time you visit BlogJoy. Pretty cool, huh? I wish I could take credit, but it is a feature of LibraryThing. LibraryThing is an online service that allows you to easily catalog your books so you, your friends, children, parents, or anyone can access your library from anywhere.

At the bottom is a feed from Reading Today, a service of the International Reading Association, that broadcasts the latest headlines involving literacy around the world. A great way to stay abreast of what's going on in the world of reading.

Well, that's the end of the tour. Let me know if you have ideas for things you would like to see on BlogJoy.

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