On May 31, 2011, I posted my very first “how-to” episode of Be a Better Booktalker, in which I introduced the concept of booktalking. Since then, I’ve been keeping up with creating new “how-to” episodes once a month. Granted, several times I thought the well was running dry, but new topics have continued to bubble up from the recesses of my brain and have also been sparked by questions from my listeners. I’ve also been able to maintain a steady supply of weekly episodes consisting of one booktalk each. So far, I’ve had a mix of old and new booktalks, using many that I’ve written and archived over the years. That archive has grown considerably smaller over the last year, but I still have a good stash of booktalks left in reserve.
So now it’s time for me to look forward to next year, think about the future of this blog and podcast, and think about some changes that you and I can make together.
I had taken several of my booktalks out of contention for Be a Better Booktalker because I’d previously presented them on another podcast. Well, I’ve decided that I’m going to put those titles back in my master archive list because that way my listeners will be able to access all of them in one place, and I’ll have the opportunity to explore and explain the booktalking techniques and history of each one. I don’t guarantee that they’re all going to become future episodes; I’m just letting you know that I’m putting those titles back in the mix.
And now here’s the part where you come in. If you have ideas for books that you’d like me to booktalk or topics you’d like me to cover in future “how-to” episodes, please let me know. You can help me shape the future of this podcast with your suggestions! You can leave me comments here or write to me at beabetterbooktalker at gmail dot com. Also, you can help Be a Better Booktalker grow by spreading the word to your friends and colleagues. If you know librarians, teachers, parents, or anyone else who might be able to benefit from this podcast, please send them the link to this website or tell them to check out the podcast on iTunes.
Let’s take the dying art of booktalking and pull it out of the ashes!
Anyway, thanks so much to everyone who’s been listening since day one, to my new listeners who are just starting to explore the archived episodes, and to everyone who’s been helping to spread the word about this podcast. It’s been a great year, and I look forward to sharing booktalks with you for years to come!