A New Project

For some time now I've been thinking about blogging for the local Patch.

Patch.com is a local news website in 22 states and the District of Columbia.  About 25 cities in Minnesota have sites.  It's a fantastic resource for local news -- and when I say local, I don't mean the Twin Cities Metro, I mean my little town.  Last fall, for example, when I received a recorded phone call that all the schools in the district were in lock-down, I didn't go to the major new sources for information, I went to the Patch for answers (after I completely freaked out).  I have to admit, I'm a bit of news junkie, and I hit up the Patch several times a day.

The Patch also welcomes "Local Voices" to blog about topics important to them.  My friend and photographer Maris has been blogging for a few months; my friend Melissa posts occasionally as a marketing professional.  Other contributors include a couple of pastors, a fitness expert, medical professionals, real estate agents, and many more.

I knew that I wanted to write something - I just didn't know what.  I thought about writing about writing, sort of a continuation of this blog, but that didn't seem to fit the particular audience.  I considered going back to a Mama-Blog, but that felt tired (although I'm sure my kids could provide enough fresh material - read one of my favorite posts at More-Coffee-Mama about the Adventures of Butt Boy).

Over the weekend, when Toad expressed his excitement about the Summer Reading Program at the local library, and how we needed to go on Monday, the first day, it hit me.

I can write about kids' books.

I'm not a librarian.  I'm not a bookseller.  I'm not a teacher.  (At various times in my adulthood, I've wished to be all three of these).  But I know what I'm talking about.  I read children's books, sometimes the same one three or four times in one sitting.  I read about children's books.  I write for and about children.

The possibilities are endless.  I've already made a list of about ten topics, and you know what?  I'm really excited about this.

Will it take time away from my writing?  Of course, but not more than a couple of hours each month.  And if I can help parents get their kids excited about reading, it's well worth it.

Here's a link to my first post: Kids & Summer Reading

Birdy and Little Bear


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