It wasn’t long ago that I was talking about how my family had become a very bloggy family. First I started this lovely blog and not long after my brother joined in with his creative writing site Creative Bender. My dad is still working on the copy and paste function on computers (just teasing! sort of!), but who knows, there may be a blog in him yet.
However, if you want to talk about a bloggy family, then let me introduce you to the Lateiners. Their family of four started a blog together where they review books. That fun little project turned into quite the success… I’m talking profiled in the New York Times kind of success. I apologize for being a few days late with this, since the article came out on Monday, but it’s still an interesting story:
Like most parents, Mara and Dave Lateiner wanted their two children to love reading. The couple, from Millburn, N.J., did the usual library outings, as well as daily read-alouds, sometimes for as long as two hours. But the usual evolved into something more when last July the family went live with its own book-review blog, the Lateiner Gang Family Book Review Spot.
The book-review blog is a family affair. All four Lateiners — Dave, 33; Mara, 34; Lauryn, 11; and Sami, 9 — contribute.
Since Mr. Lateiner kicked it off with a 1,100-word post on James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” (“Lord of the Flies MOVE OVER!”), the Lateiners have reviewed 27 books and attracted nearly 600 followers.
“We figured it would motivate the kids to read more,” said Ms. Lateiner, a stay-at-home mother and a former preschool teacher. “Now the blog has turned into the family’s hobby.”
I think it’s very cute and such a great idea… though, man, does it prove how much times have changed. I’m not even that old and when I was a kid it was a nice family activity if we all sat in the same room and read or played Scrabble. Now the Lateiners are reading together, writing together, putting it all on the internet and reaching thousands of readers. Not bad.