I know what you’re thinking: “Where did everything go?! What happened to Lit’s Not Dead, and what is Married with Bookshelves?!”
Well, friends, what happened is that I, your dear Nikkie, had been feeling for quite some time that this blog has not been living up my expectations for it. Browsing through the first few years of this blog, it was easy to see that there was no real direction, no rhyme or reason, to the way I was posting. And that’s not the impression I want to leave behind.
When I started this blog several years ago, it was because I wanted a space to talk about books. The idea really came to me when I was sitting through an American Fiction class during my undergrad and getting frustrated by the perpetuation of the “literary canon.” If you don’t know what that is, it simply means that in order to be taken seriously as a reader, there is an unofficially official list of novels that you have to have under your belt. This list is primarily made up of “literary” books that are centuries old, and while there is nothing wrong with liking literature and old books, I could not support the idea that the kind of books I enjoy reading are somehow “lesser than” the books of the canon. I like what I like, other people can like what they like; let’s just all try to get along!
So that was the catalyst of starting the blog, and I adopted the name “Lit’s Not Dead” because I wanted people to understand that great books didn’t die with all the old writers.
However, as I became more acquainted with other blogs and the joys of theorizing, I realized that I wanted to talk about more than just books. (The fact that Game of Thrones exists is just one example of my need to branch out in my blogging material.) But with the blog named as it was, and the previous posts looking the way they did, I felt so uncomfortable adding to what felt like a pre-established sloppiness that I didn’t do anything about my new desires.
But I’ve had enough. I want this blog to really represent me (and Lawrence, when he occasionally shows up), so it was time for a change. And not one of the old changes, where I just write a little post letting you know the new way of things. No. This level of change required a gut job. And that is what you see before you; fresh, clean, and ready to move forward.
I couldn’t leave it all behind, though. There were some posts that were fairly popular, and I didn’t want to leave those people hanging in the dust. So with them in mind, I created the From Before page. Within its drop-down menu, you will find the posts that I considered to be the most important/most sought after. If there is a post you miss that isn’t up there, please leave a comment and I’ll put it up there for you (they’re all sitting safely in my trash folder right now, so I can still access them).
All that being said, I vow to try my hardest to make this blog a place you’ll want to visit with frequency. I’m still working on finding my voice as a blogger, but hopefully now I will have a strong foundation that will only be slightly embarrassing when I look back in a few years.
And now, here is Super Hubs to say a few words!
I’m the husband guy. I procrastinate a lot and don’t post nearly as much as I intend to. Men, am I right?
I love books just as much as el Capitan does but I love video games equally. Maybe more. Depends on the day really. You’ll be getting a lot of non-book posts from me (see: Undertale posts when they get reposted). I like to write about games, and movies, and comics, and anime, and pretty much everything besides what this blog was originally made for. I also have problems with authority. I’ll let you decide if those two things are related.
My favorite genre is horror, so you’ll be getting a lot of that from me. I also draw things, so who knows, maybe you’ll see some of that on here. And I’m writing a book which I’ll finish…one day. And I’m currently developing a YouTube show with my best friend so expect me to pimp the hell outta that once it launches.
Okay, I love you, bye-bye.
So, everyone. This is our new and improved blog. Let us turn to a fresh page (unlicked fingers only; I don’t want your germs all over my new blog), and see what new adventures lie ahead. (And please don’t fault me for the fact that the first blog posts you’ll be seeing are technically old, as they will be the aforementioned Undertale posts!)
May your TBR piles tower but never topple,