Remembering Calico Reaction: 2005-2013

On May 24th of last year, I closed my book blog. It was both a sad and liberating day. Sad, because there was a part of me that really, really wanted to hit the ten-year mark, and liberating because I was so burdened by the responsibilities I’d placed on myself, my reading, and my blog that I just wasn’t happy doing it any more. I don’t regret that decision, and I even miss those book-blogging days. However, as book blogging and fandom evolves, I’m glad I’m out.

Last week, Nancy from Picking Up the Pen reached out and asked if I followed Tor.com’s Rocket Talk Podcast. I explained I did not, and she went on to tell me she was listening to the most recent episode on Gender Parity in the SFF Community and said that I was mentioned. Well, not me, but rather Calico Reaction.

I was flabbergasted, because it’s been a year since I’ve posted under that name, so I promptly downloaded the podcast to get the context and figure out why my blog–one that didn’t garner many nominations when the Hugos came around–was suddenly popping up on someone else’s radar.

The segment is about 45 minutes in, but I recommend listening to the whole podcast for the proper context. Gender parity in the SFF Community boils down to the annual Coverage of Women on SFF Blogs study that Renay @ Lady Business has been spearheading. It’s a great project, and it’s worth listening to the podcast and browsing through the studies to really get a sense of what’s being talked about and why, especially if you’re a blogger/reviewer in the SF/F community.

I won’t rehash the details, but I’ll say this: it’s nice to be remembered. More importantly, it’s nice to be remembered for something that I didn’t initially strive to do, which was feature mostly books written by women in my blog. But while I didn’t originally intend to become a showcase for women authors, it ended up happening anyway, because I wanted to have a firm grasp on the female voices writing in the genre I hope to one day debut in.

So here’s to Calico Reaction (the blog, not me) and whatever good it did for audiences it served. I was very lucky to have been able to blog for as long as I did, and I still consider myself incredibly lucky that it developed such an intelligent, engaging, and energetic following. I give many thanks to those who read it, those who helped me shape it, and to those who remember it even today.

6 thoughts on “Remembering Calico Reaction: 2005-2013

  1. I don’t think someone can easily forget your dear book blog easily =) I think I am one of those oldest readers of your blog; I really appreciate what you did there and I respect your decision about closing it. Oh, that’s a huge decision =) really, I know, but I still read your blog and need some information about something, or your thoughts about it. Also I should admit that I miss those days=) I wish all the best to you 😉

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. I hope to get this blog up and rolling into something pretty regular. It’s not the same as book reviews, but I miss blogging. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for the shout out 🙂

    I found it interesting that the podcast mentioned most blogs have a bias towards male authors. Maybe it was the LJ community, or the blogs I tended to visit, but most that I saw either featured a nice mix, or went out of their way to read female authors. Then again, I tended to follow female bloggers, so maybe that was it?

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    1. I thought the same thing. The blogs I followed were either well-mixed or skewed female, but we were also following female bloggers, and there was a certain sense of influence there, since we followed each other and inspired each other, you know?

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  3. Hi Shara! It’s Karin. Happy new year! Dropping a line to say I sent you an email, but not sure if it’s to an old email address…from 2012…if it’s still active. If it is old, feel free to email me at the one I’ll drop here in private so we can get in touch. Thank you for always being supportive!

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