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Introducing KidLitosphere Central

KidLitosphere CentralThis isn’t a press release.

It may sound like one, as I announce KidLitosphere Central — with the content and collaboration support of Elizabeth Burns, Kelly Herold, Jen Robinson, and Anne Levy — or as I introduce it with excerpts from the website:
What started as individuals blogging independently about children’s and young adult books became a collective of like-minded people. While maintaining our own sites and unique perspectives, shared activities made us a thriving community. Now — with weekly celebrations of poetry and nonfiction, an online literary journal, a shared database of book reviews, discussion groups, contests, social networks, an annual conference, and our own book awards — we’ve become a society.

KidLitosphere Central strives to provide an avenue to good books and useful literary resources; to support authors and publishers by connecting them with readers and book reviewers; and to continue the growth of the society of bloggers in children’s and young adult literature.

Welcome to KidLitosphere Central: The Society of Bloggers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature at www.kidlitosphere.org.
But I can’t call it a press release. That phrase implies that the website is ready to be proudly trotted out before an audience. Instead, I feel more like K Central is trotting out as I run behind yelling, “Your pages aren’t done! There are blogs to add! And the links! We have to check the links!”

But it’s all right, because this isn’t a press release. It’s a community release, in that KidLitosphere Central is being released to the community for your feedback, suggestions, and ideas.

While the website remains a work in progress, I ask for patience. I may not be able to get to things quickly, and sometimes I’m going to be climbing the learning curve. (I’m not as technologically savvy as I’d have you believe.)

As you offer your feedback, I ask for understanding. I can’t take every suggestion or make every change. Sometimes I will have to chose between two conflicting ideas. Sometimes there will be limitations to my skills, the web template’s flexibility, or the available time.

Most of all, I ask for collaboration. By offering ideas and initiatives, by informing me of events and opportunities, together we’ll make KidLitosphere Central a resource that is invaluable, polished, and dynamic.

And then I’ll say, “This is a press release.”

27 comments:

susanwrites said...

Woohoo!!!! Thanks for making it public. And thank you again for all your very hard work on making it happen!

Teacherninja said...

Niiiice. I am honored to be linked on the extended list. Thanks for doing this!

TadMack said...

Pssst!
I caught up with KLC last week as it was running amok, and said, "whooa." It is really very cool looking -- what a great thing you'll have in place by the time of the next Kidlit Conference! So organized!!

Tina's Blog said...

I am so jealous! What do I need to do to be on the kidlitosphere blog list?
booksaremything.blogspot.com

Kelly Fineman said...

Congratulations, all of you, on a job well-done! Not that you're done, of course, since you're just starting, but what you have done thus far is marvy!

Melissa said...

Bah. It's beautiful. And wonderful. And amazing. You (as well as the rest of the board) do so much for this community. I am in awe.

Oh. And thanks for the button!

Nan Hoekstra said...

I would like to apply to be a member. What do I do? I've been around for about a year, maybe you've visited me or responded to one of my comments. Please tell me how to join the society. Thanks.

Lisa said...

Thanks again for all the work that went (and is still going) into this!

Shelli said...

you have done a great job! we exist - we really exist!

david elzey said...

Three words: made of awesome. The world is on notice now - The KidLitoshere is here to stay!

Karen said...

This was an amazing undertaking -- I so appreciate the effort of all involved!

Sherry said...

Really, really nice. I'm impressed. I'm sure a LOT of work went into this project. Thanks for all your time and effort.

-Kaz said...

WAY cool! I'm so happy this has grown like it has for you. Congrats... and I'll be waiting for that press release!

Camille said...

Fantastic, fantastic!

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The Book Chook said...

Accolades from Australia!
Bouquets from the Book Chook!

Stella said...

This is a lot of work! WOW! It is fantastic! Congrats to a job well done!

taralazar said...

What a fabulous resource! Thanks for putting all this together.

Annette Gulati said...

It looks fabulous! Thanks for all the hard work!

carolyn said...

Wow! It's beautiful, Pam. You are super.

Vivian said...

This is incredible! I am so impressed with the site! Thanks so much for all your hard work!

Stacy Dillon said...

Very nice. Thanks for all the hard work, MR.

Liz in Ink said...

You are awesomeness personified...

Cloudscome said...

This is really wonderful. I've proudly added the button to my blog sidebar. Great job!!

Tasses said...

Thank you for adding me to the list :-) The site looks fantastic. I'm adding the button to my site now...

Beth Kephart said...

I just visited the new site, sent there via Jen Robinson's post.

Fantastic! Congratulations.

Carol said...

This is such a terrific resource! Thanks so much for pulling it together!
Carol