The world of books is never boring. Every week (well, most weeks) I’ll discuss a different topic related to books, often inspired by or in response to what’s going on in the online book community (or something I’ve seen another blogger talk about). I call this Book Thoughts on Thursday. Feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments, or even write your own post on the topic and share the link with me!
I’ve got something to talk about this week that isn’t exactly to do with books – it’s to do with my blog. More specifically, it’s to do with the name of my blog. Let me start at the beginning.
When I first started this blog, it was because I had been reviewing books for an arts and entertainment website. I loved the review process – taking notes as I read, engaging with the text on a deeper level and sharing my thoughts with other readers. I loved it so much, in fact, that I wanted to do it for all the books I was reading, not just the new releases I was officially reading for the site.
I started this blog as a place to share all my bookish thoughts, primarily those about older, or “backlist,” books. Hence the naming of my blog – Backlist Books. At the time, it was perfect.
But it’s now been six years of on-and-off blogging, and two years of regular, consistent blogging. Over that time, my focus has shifted. I still review backlist books, but more and more I’m wanting to review new releases, the books everyone is talking about, so that I can join in the discussion with other bloggers. I also don’t feel the need to create features based on backlist books, though I feel like I should, just to justify the name. I also feel like it might lead to some inaccurate perceptions of the blog – and even discourage readers who are more interested in new releases.
After a lot of thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time for a change. I want a blog name that represents more accurately what I do here, and who I am. I want to acknowledge the community I live in and I want to open up the focus of the blog.
I’m not quite ready to announce the new name yet, but I’m hoping to do so sometime in the next couple of weeks, and I have to admit, I’m very nervous! As much as I’m sure of my decision to make a change, I’m still attached to Backlist Books, and it’s not going to be easy to make such a drastic change!
In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you guys on this topic – whether you’ve got ideas or thoughts to share about my current name, or tips on changing the name of an established blog, please share!