The end of Good Readings (but not of this blog)

Regular visitors to this site may have noticed that I’ve recently dropped “Good Readings” from the title. When I started blogging in April 2008, I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into naming the site. I didn’t have a clear idea of what I would write about in this space, or any certainty that I’d keep at it for very long. As it turned out, blogging very quickly became an important part of my life—I’ve enjoyed doing it a great deal, and I plan to continue indefinitely.

Unfortunately, the name I chose in haste several months back has several significant drawbacks. The most basic problem is that I just don’t like it very much. It’s a bit bland, and not especially memorable. Also, the name “Good Readings” suggests a bit too strongly that this site is a book blog. I do write about books here more than any other topic—but I also write about music and movies regularly, and occasionally take on other topics, too. So, strike two is that “Good Readings” doesn’t really do a good job of expressing the range of this blog’s content.

Still worse, it came to my attention not long after I launched the blog that there’s a books-focused social networking site called “Good Reads.” That’s way too close to “Good Readings” for my comfort—I don’t want to create any confusion about any possible affiliation with Good Reads, nor do I want to come off as an unimaginative imitator. From what I understand, Good Reads is quite popular, and though social networking sites do tend to come and go, there’s no particular reason for me to imagine that this blog might outlast Good Reads.

In any case: goodbye, Good Readings. For now, I’m simply going to use my name as this blog’s title. I’ve been toying with various possibilities for renaming the site, and I’d be happy to take suggestions.

For the time being, I’m also going to keep the same URL ( No sense in changing that until I’ve arrived at something permanent. Also, changing the URL to something involving my name is a no-go, given that there are a distressing number of people named Ryan Williams (and even Ryan Michael Williams) out there. And for clarity’s sake: no, I am not the Ryan Michael Williams who does web design. I have never published a poem on (nor do I ever intend to do so). And though I do hold a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, I am all the same not the Ryan M. Williams, who, according to his website, manages a public library and writes science fiction. I do not live in Dallas / Ft. Worth, nor have I ever been arrested for making obscene graffiti in someplace called Parkersburg.


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