Each week a thoughtful CBCA member, usually a committee member or author, writes a blog. Topics range from reviews of books and favourite children’s books to opinions about the merits of reading books and associated media like film or how to use particular books in classrooms.
While it is obvious the latter types of blogs will be of interest and hopefully of use to teachers, I wonder who, other than teacher-librarians, actually read these blogs. I know there is a record of our ‘hits’ but I am only aware of a couple of comments posted as responses to this blog.
The membership list (not very big) shows a mixture of teachers, librarians and authors, all members for obvious reasons but is there a wider audience following this blog, albeit silently?
Any experienced writer will tell you that to write effectively one needs to clearly see and understand one’s audience. Without this fundamental knowledge, choosing topics, style and vocabulary for starters is like spitting in the wind and that, as we all know, is a futile exercise, let alone a waste of time.
It would be very informative and encouraging if CBCA bloggers could garner some feedback; some comments; some direction as to what our followers are looking for in this blog.
I also wonder how many of the paid up CBCA (Tas) members read the blog. Again feedback would be wonderful.
If there is anyone out there other than my fellow blog writers actually reading our blogs, could you give us a wave and perhaps some indication of how we can support your interest or assist you to encourage children in particular to engage with the abundant and wonderful array of young people’s literature available to us.
C A Fuller