I am not a morning person by nature, so I need to allow plenty of time to wake up before I officially start my day. My typical routine is to start with a cup of coffee (that was pre-assembled the night before and put on a timer), read my emails, and catch up on book blogs. Just recently I have added checking the tweet deck to the schedule. Weekends are the best (for a variety of reasons) but some of my favorite posts happen over the weekend: Weekly Link Round Ups (most notably Beth Fish and Kittling: Books), Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon, and The Sunday Salon. I can spend hours following all the links to all the book-related posts and enjoy every single minute!
This morning I felt as though I were playing the children's game Operator. (You know, all kids stand in a line and the child at the head of a line whispers a message to the child next to them. The secret is then whispered down the line until the last person has to reveal it. And of course, the message has been so garbled along the way that it is never accurate.) The difference between the adult "internet" version that I play and this childhood version is that the secret is ALWAYS accurate because we have hyperlinks to lead us to the direct source.
Here is the example: This morning I read Nymeth's tweet that she had uploaded her Sunday Salon post. I followed the hyperlink and read her amazing post of all the books she currently wants to read (added at least 4 books to my ever growing TBR pile). Nymeth credited Debi with the idea of using one TSS posting in May to create a Coveted Books List in honor of Dewey. Well, of course I had to visit Debi's blog, my first time ever, and spent quite a bit of time looking over her entries (found an amazing idea to use my classroom next year, but that will be the subject of another post). I then followed the link to Dewey's Sunday Book Covet posts and read through them to discover the history behind this great idea (I am so sorry that joined the book blogosphere too late to enjoy this great woman's dedication to the love of reading).
So there you have it: from one tweet message I found 4 books to read, one new blog to follow, a great teaching idea, and an opportunity to learn more about a beloved book lover. Have you had a similar "operator" experience in the blogosphere? Isn't it wonderful?!