Can I borrow a book cart?

On Monday, February 15 I’m packing up and moving 100 Scope Notes to a brand-new, self-hosted home.

Actually, it’s already up and running. Click here to take a look. Have a critique? Email me, or post in the comments.

If you read via RSS (Google Reader, Bloglines, etc.), click here to subscribe to the new feed. I’ll be posting at both sites until everything is ready.

Things will officially kick off the week of the 15th with a (possibly groundbreaking in format) illustrated interview with Trouble Gum author/illustrator Matthew Cordell and a look into the crystal ball at “Books in the Year 3001”. Should be an interesting week.

I have two main reasons for the move:

1. Freedom. I’ll have full control over how the blog looks and functions. When I began 100 Scope Notes all those two and a half years ago, I liked the fact that I didn’t have full control and couldn’t really make changes. It saved me a lot of hassle. Apparently, I’m a fan of hassle. Not to be confused with Hasselhof. Anyway, I’m excited about the new look.

2. Professionalism. While it’s difficult to call a blog which people often arrive at by googling “Zack Morris Cell Phone” professional, at least I can try. Self-hosting is a small step in that direction. Also, I will begin writing all my reviews wearing a suit and tie. Additionally, comments will be fitted with top hats.

Some changes you will see:

1. The *Recommended* category will be absorbed by *Best New Books*. Having the two categories didn’t make much sense. On the new blog, if I like a book and feel you should read it and/or buy it, it’s a *Best New Book*

2. A Covers category. While I fought it for as long as I could, there will be a category collecting all of the various cover posts I write.

3. Featured posts. If there is anything I think you might like, I can add it to featured posts, which will scroll at the top of the page. Also, all new posts will start off there.

4. Probably, Eventually, Ads. While I could write a whole post about my thoughts on this topic, it boils down to this: was free to set up and operate (minus the doughnut hole expense), costs money (hosting, theme, fancier doughnut holes), so I’ll eventually experiment with a few ads to cover costs. Let me know if things get annoying.

5. My identity fully revealed. Yes, my dream of Googling my name and getting zero hits will become just a quaint memory. On the new site, I’ll be operating mostly under my own name.

So take a look at the new site, subscribe if you’re so inclined, and feel free to comment or email me if you have any feedback.

Thanks for reading. See you there soon.