Tavi Gevinson is hardly what you’d call a rookie now: she’s been blogging on fashion since she was eleven (a whole five years ago), she’s editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine, a website for teen girls, and Lady Gaga called her “the future of fashion journalism”. Library fashionistas kind of like her too.
Not to be outdone by herself (since there aren’t that many other fashion publishing whirlwinds out there), she’s recently published Rookie Yearbook One, celebrating one year of Rookie magazine: ”A 352 page collection of articles, interviews, photo editorials, and illustrations from Rookie’s first year – now in print. Included: stickers created by Rookie illustrators, a paper crown designed by Meadham Kirchoff, and a flexidisc with songs by Supercute! and Dum Dum Girls” (rookiemag.com).
You can reserve a copy now!
Hey so you thought, “I should keep a blog. I have a lot to say/pictures to upload about life/fashion/people/cute animals/politics?/interests/poetry/etc“. What are your blogging options? Here are some that I can recommend! They are free also!
¶ Tumblr.com – this is pretty great; you can very easily upload files, write posts, follow other Tumblr users, and like and reblog (you don’t need to write anything ever!) their content. You can change the appearance of your site with mimimum fuss. I can also recommend the Tumblr app for your iPod or whatever.
¶ Blogger.com - this has been around for a long time, and is now owned by Google. So you can log in with your Google account if you have one and in no. time. flat. you can have your own blog.
¶ Wordpress.com - similar to the last one, insofar as the mechanics go; you register and pretty soon have your own blog, freely hosted online. We use Wordpress to update this blog, and I can tell you it’s very easy to use and manage, especially if you have multiple people posting. “It’s very easy to use”, I said, officiously. “And manage,” I added.
¶ LiveJournal.com - This has been around for a long long time now, and has devoted users. It is also now very popular in Russia, where it is called Живой Журнал.
So! If you have a blog or a Живой Журнал, or start one, send us an email and we might link to it. You can blog here as well, if you like. Electronically mail us.
Borders (the bookshop) has a Facebook page for teens and teen-books called Borders Ink. It’s has lots of updates and links about all things YA-book-related. You will (of course) need to be a member of Facebook to read it.
Borders also has a blog devoted to science fiction, and it’s really rather good. Read it here, sci-fi fans! They also have some YA booklists; even one called Banned Books You’ve Gotta Read, many of which we have at the library (I’ll add it to our fantastic booklists at some stage).
Meg’s Diary. Meg Cabot’s blog (after crashing my IE, for which she is basically forgiven) is updated regularly. She sticks incidental-life photos up, plus she includes some YouTube clips she’s done that are amusing and enlightening.
This is My Secret (Kristin Cashore). The author of Graceling and the soon-to-be-published Fire keeps her readers up to date about her life as a writer. She’s also included some advice on writing and publishing recently. Her blog’s got a Margaret Mahy quote, which is a good start.
Cassandra Clare’s Blog. Oh my. Being a fan fiction person it’s hardly surprising that Cassandra Clare is so Web 2.0 savvy. Her blog’s a cornucopia of information, competitions, prizes, chapters of upcoming books, clips of upcoming books, photos of people who are in love with Jace wearing tshirts and much more. She is now promoting her new trilogy (Infernal Devices) rather heavily, so if you want to know about that then visit her blog.
Do you Tweet? If you’re a Twitter user then you could follow some of these (from Mashable plus a couple of extras):
@stephenfry. Ever since he got stuck in a lift (but probably before then) Stephen Fry’s been one of the most popular people on Twitter.
@megcabot. Meg Cabot, who is rather attached to her cat, tweets very regularly, so you’ll get a very good idea about what she’s up to.
@sarahdessen. Sarah Dessen keeps people up to date when she’s out and about. Makes you feel like she’s your friend.
@sockington. Sockington isn’t an author but a cat, but his tweets are an excellent example of good writing in 140 characters or less.
Plus there’s heaps more. But note the following from Stephenie Meyer’s website (dated 4 June 2009): “I do not have a facebook page, and I have never had one. I don’t do twitter. So if you’re communicating with someone online that you think is me, it’s not.” So there you go.
If you read loads of websites and blogs that update regularly (like this one), and you think, “gosh, if only all these sites’ contents could be stuck onto one handy page,” then consider using an RSS reader. Rather than opening many websites at once, an RSS reader grabs the newest content from them for you. So handy!
Anyway, the Teen Blog’s RSS feed is here.
We’ve got a blog running for New Zealand Music Month here. Check out the reviews, the music news, and get info on the events we’ve got happening. Take a look!
ps: If you’re interested in music don’t forget the NZMM events at the Central Library – there’s ‘Dr’ Lee Prebble on the 26th of May and The Phoenix Foundation on the 28th (find out more).
5.06 – and the winners were… Team AXD! Well done! (Sorry, we’ve been too busy trying to tally scores!) We’ll be sticking up some more photos next week. Second place went to The Bananaramas. We’re going to check out now and go clean up.
3:37 - If you’ll notice this next video only took 20 minutes to edit and upload. I like technology again. This is from the compulsory stop.
Last year I did a post about authors who blog (regularly). I’ve dredged up some more, which are rather enlightening (to varying degrees).
Megan McCafferty of Sloppy Firsts fame, has an interesting take on blogging. She’s called hers a (retro)blog, and she includes writing assignments and essays she produced in school (going back to the 1980s). You’ll also find articles she’s written on the Twilight saga, containing a hint that Marcus Flutie (from Sloppy Firsts, not Twilight) is based on a real person (or persons).
Susan Beth Pfeffer, author of the horribly harrowing (really, really) stories about what happens to the earth when the moon is knocked out of orbit by an asteroid (The Dead and the Gone, and Life As We Knew It).
Brent Hartinger updates his regularly (the key to keeping a good blog, that).
Robin McKinley, author of Beauty and Sunshine (for those vampire fans). I love what she’s called her blog.
And for those Bear Grylls fans, keep up with what the Bear is up to: http://beargrylls.blogspot.com/
If you’re a blogger and an aspiring author then this article might interest you. Lim May Zhee is a Malaysian teenager whose popular blog has been instrumental in her publishing two novels (her blog is here - warning: it’s rather pink). Not bad for a 17 year old.
We were thinking if she can do it, then so can you! All you need is some talent, perserverance and a willingness to spend a large amount of time at your computer (remembering ergonomics and the importance of micropauses (and other things like NCEA we suppose)).
If you’re a blogger leave a comment about your blog so we can check it out.