Monday, May 30, 2011

Welcome, New Readers!

Hello and welcome to new readers visiting The Betty and Boo Chronicles for the first time! Perhaps we met at the Book Blogger Convention on Friday, or maybe you saw one of my Armchair BEA posts, or my post about Baby Gia that appeared last week on BlogHer. Regardless of how you've arrived, I'm delighted you're here.

(I'm keeping this up as a"sticky post," meaning that it will stay up as the first post for a couple days or so. My most current ramblings will be the next post after this one - all you need to do is scroll down to see them.  That is, if you're inclined to do so.  Which I hope you are.)

So without further ado:

Betty and Boo are my 9 year old girl/boy twins.
Sometimes they go by other less-fictitious names too.

I've been blogging for 2.5 years.
Since August 14, 2008, if you want to get technical.  There are approximately 275 people subscribed to this blog, which never ceases to boggle my mind ... even though I'm related to a few of them. 

I'm what I call a "potluck-dinner" kind of blogger.
As one of my best blogging friends says, I blog primarily - but not exclusively - about books. You never really know what you're going to get on any given day around here, in this space. Most likely, I'm talking about books.  I tend to read the following genres. 

(contemporary and literary)

Short Stories
(I'm currently in love with the novel-within-short-stories format.)

Memoirs and Biographies

(main nonfiction interests are cultural issues, media (new and old)/journalism/politics, 
women and girls issues, LGBT, nonprofits, and special needs/disabilities)

I also blog often about our family's experiences with autism (specifically, Asperger's Syndrome), which our son has.

Or, I might blog my thoughts/opinions about something in the news, especially if it's of a local nature and hasn't yet gone national or that I think should go national. Or, I may offer up some political commentary or a dinner recipe that, miraculously, all four of us actually liked. Or, sometimes you'll get a few paragraphs of some of my writing - be it a short story, a poem, novel excerpt, whatever. 

All of the photographs on my blog are my own (unless I say so). 

If you're so inclined, click on the My Best Posts tab above for examples of ... well, my best posts (in my opinion).  Peruse the Most Popular Posts in the Past 30 Days sidebar to see which of my posts are striking a chord (or a nerve) here. Or, you can take a look through the sidebar column "What I Tend to Write About Here" and click on the labels within.

In addition, my Book Review Index page lists the majority of reviews I've written here since August 2008. If you're a publicist/publisher, my post on 7 Things to Know Before I Review Your Book outlines my book review policy. 

Where am I?
I'm an East Coast girl. A Philadelphia native with a strong enough City of Brotherly Love accent that the OnStar navigation people (we're on a first name basis) immediately know where I was raised. I'm currently living in a teeny tiny state where everybody knows your name. We're relocating to Pittsburgh the very nanosecond that someone buys our house. 

And when I'm not blogging ...
I'm a consultant launching a new firm partnering with nonprofits on their fundraising/communications strategies (particularly through blogging and social media) as well as businesses, foundations, and individuals who want to enhance their philanthropic presence in their communities. 

Thank you so much for stopping by for what I hope will be the beginning of many more visits together.  (And if you're new - or just want to say hi - I'd love for you to leave a comment so I can visit your blog, too.)

copyright 2011, Melissa, The Betty and Boo Chronicles If you are reading this on a blog or website other than The Betty and Boo Chronicles or via a feedreader, this content has been stolen and used without permission.


christina said...

I (a) love that you call yourself a potluck blogger and (b) love even more that you drop the f-bomb. :)


Paula Krapf said...


I'm glad you've got some time to do Armchair BEA as well as the BookBloggerCon. Sounds like a great week! I always enjoy your blog, whether you're writing about books, politics or life in general :)

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I loved reading about you! Wish I had a tiny bit more time this week to do Armchair BEA. I will offer my giveaway tomorrow!

Cindy said...

Melissa I just noticed I think we have roughly been blogging the same amount of time and I think cround the same dates.

I wish I was able to go this year as I would have loved to have met you. Perhaps next year.

Have fun :)

Alison said...

Welcome to Armchair BEA! Bad words that start with Fluffy? I used to use that word :0

Eminence Grise said...

I also read "We Have Always Lived Here In the Castle" just recently. Interesting, but strange. Of course, that is Shirley Jackson. So nice to "meet" you via Armchair BEA!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This is an awesome post! I am glad I had a chance to meet you at BEA!