Admittedly, I haven’t been the most active blogger these
past two years. Unfortunately, It’s hard to juggle a job, graduate school,
working on my own creative writing, internships and a job. But in a few weeks
I’ll be graduating and I’m hoping the spirit of change and opportunity will
give me the push I need to make Stay on the Page more active and a blogging
space where I get to talk about the things that I love.
I’ll be revamping and redesigning my blog at the end of May. I’ll also be launching Mental Health Reads soon, a community resource for MG and YA mental health representation. What you can look forward to is more reviews, but also more posts about writing, theater and mental health rep in books. I hope you’ll all stick around for the journey because I’m excited to get back into the habit of sharing content with all of you.
This means Stay on the Page will be INACTIVE May 21-31 as I re-design the layout and prepare for 30 Days of Pride.
I love to review books! It’s so much fun to gush about what I love about books and try to get people to read them and love them as much as I do. However, I hate having to put a rating on a book. Putting a quantitative value on a review, from one to five, is stressful.
Sometimes I love a book, and agonize over whether to give it a 4.5 or a 5. If I’m on the fence about a book, I know that giving the book a 3 versus a 4 might turn away some people away from reading it. And in terms of giving a book a 1 or a 2 star rating, what I’m really saying is that I probably wouldn’t recommend it and I want to make that clear to y’all that means I probably wouldn’t recommend this book.
Recently on Twitter, I saw @artfromafriend, who I look up to, say that she was changing her rating system to the following:
- Highly Recommend
- Do Not Recommend
When I first read this, I thought it was brilliant and simple. I will be adopting this new system on my blog as well, in the hopes that it will make it more clear how I feel about the books I am reviewing on my blog and what I would like y’all to take away from them! I will be editing my past reviews to reflect this change in the coming weeks and all new reviews will use this system.
I have an exciting announcement! I will be helping host Shattering Stigmas, an annual two-week blog event that features guest posts written by bloggers, readers and writers about mental illness and particularly mental health in YA. I participated last year by writing a post for host Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway, which you can find here. It was such a great experience, so I am thrilled to be able to be involved in a larger capacity this year.
Shattering Stigmas will run October 2-15, 2017. Each day, I want to feature a guest post on my blog. That means I need volunteers! I am actively seeking writers, bloggers and readers to write posts (personal essays, top ten lists, letters, etc.) about mental illness, stigma and mental health awareness. You may write about any topic connected to mental health, at any length, in any format as long as I can figure out how to put it on my blog. To see some of the posts from last year, click here and here.
Please note that I am particularly interested in posts about the intersection of mental health & illness with other marginalized identities (POC, LGBTQUIA+ peeps, non-binary and trans individuals, Jewish people, Muslims, people with disabilities and other types of neurodivergency).
If you would like to write a post, please comment with the following:
- That yes, you would like to participate!!! (I really hope you’ll want to!)
- The best way for me to contact you be that via email, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I just don’t have a Facebook.
- You can also contact me directly with this information via my E-MAIL or Twitter (my DMs are open!)
I look forward to working with you and continuing to use the power of words to fight the stigma against mental illness. ♥