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You may have noticed that it’s been silent around here for quite some time, and if you know me from the Baby-Sitters Club Boards, I haven’t been around much there, either.

Which brings me to the central question of this post. I am now almost 30, closer to the age that Kristy thinks women should stop wearing bikinis that I am to middle school, closer in age to the clients’ parents than the sitters themselves. When I started reading the series, I was younger than many of the clients.

I still actively read the books when I can. But after around 15+ years in this fandom, I’m not sure that I have all that much left to discuss. I’ve had this site for so long that even when I feel like I have something to say, I can look in my archives and see that I covered that topic already. And snarking the books isn’t really my thing either; a lot of things that others take issue with just don’t bug me, and a lot of the time, it ends up feeling kind of mean-spirited and shouty rather than funny.

So I’m not sure where that leaves this site at the moment. I have been dedicating my time to other projects. I do think I will review Ann’s Mrs Piggle-Wiggle and whatever other new books she comes out with. I actually started writing a post about that with other properties she could retool, but I never finished it. I will also maybe write more about non-BSC children’s books. So I think at this point, it will either be an intermittenly updated BSC/Ann blog, or a more frequently updated blog about the kidlit of my youth in general.

Thanks to all of you who still read this, despite my lack of updates :)

Taking a little break until after the New Year. In the meantime, what’s your favorite holiday BSC book? Thinking about it, most of them are pretty strange. One of the most interesting is Mallory’s Christmas Wish, since it foretells the dawn of the Age of Reality Television. I think I might like Baby-Sitters’ Christmas Chiller the best.

Since I started this incarnation of Stoneybrookite seven years ago, there are a lot of times that I forget about things I wrote about. That was one of the reasons I had only one post in 2013–a lot of times I’d start something, and see that I had written a post on it five years ago. Anyway, today I decided to look at the first post on this blog, and saw this:

Stoneybrookite has a new focus as well. Since Stoneybrookite last was truly online, the fandom has exploded exponentially. I hope that stoneybrookite will serve as a fandom resource, keeping those interested abreast of new happenings with Ann’s career, alerting readers to media attention of the BSC and new, interesting fanfiction and fansites. Of course, I will still be writing about my thoughts on the BSC and writing essays, but the blog format will assist me in eliciting discussion and making this process easier.

While I think the fandom may have contracted somewhat (or perhaps it just feels that way due to Livejournal becoming less and less popular), Ann has been busier than ever, and there are a lot of releases and interviews to discuss. Plus, sometimes I just come across things that I want to share, and I don’t want to write a whole entry about it. So with that in mind, I’ve decided that I will post a roundup of all of the interesting BSC-related links I come across that week on Fridays. This will also replace the little News section I have on the front page of the Wiki, since I always forget to update that little box anyway. I will also continue to post once a week besides that.

The second thing I want to discuss is the July project I hinted at in my last post. I started a MA+Cary/BSC-in-High-School story years ago at Babysitters100, and I’ve decided to finish it for Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ll be posting the story in Babysitters100, so check it out. And if you want to do BSC fanfiction for Camp NaNoWriMo as well, you have three days to join my cabin. I’m cassandraclue there.

*hangs up a banner from the 70s to be an individual*

I know, I know, I’m late. Kristy’s giving me a look right now. One of my problems with this blog is that I am always thinking of “new” things I’d like to write about, but then I look through my archives and realize I’ve already done it. This blog’s second incarnation was created in April 2002. That is nearly twelve years ago. Someone born then would already be a seasoned junior member of the BSC. I had another version even earlier, but I don’t remember when that was; probably some time in 2001. (You can read the earliest article still on the internet here.)

Am I saying that I have run out of BSC subjects to discuss? No. I think there are lots of nuances still left to uncover and discuss to death, and the active discussions on the BSC Boards are proof positive of this. What I am saying is that I need to make more of an effort and be more creative, and also redesign the blog so it looks like it is 2014 and not whatever year it was the last time I redesigned it, which I think was, uh, when I moved to wordpress and when the archives of this incarnation of the blog start. (I added a header image though; doesn’t that count for something?) I also need to use social media tools more–I set up a facebook page thing but never used it–and I hope to re-open the wiki for editing soon, once I get some technical backend stuff working.

What I’d like to know is, what kinds of articles would you like to see from me? Is there anything under the hot, steamy Stoneybrook sun that I haven’t covered yet? Let me know in the comments, and also tell me if you prank-called the Bart Man at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s.

Is anyone else having problems with the RSS feed for this blog? I’ve heard it from a couple of people, so if it’s affected you, please let me know what happens when you try to do RSS stuff with the site so I can fix it. Thanks!

After the Challenge, instead of kicking my posting butt into gear, I’ve sort of moved into a phase where I’m less interested in BSC stuff: no motivation to post here or work in the wiki, less time spent on the various BSC communities I belong to… This happens from time to time, I suppose.

I’m not a big “fandom” person, so it’s not like I lose interest in the BSC and start, say, blogging about Community. I think it’s only natural that after nineteen years, sometimes I want to do nothing more than to read and think about the BSC, and other times I’m more interested in living my life outside of Stoneybrook. I mean, I started reading the series when I was the same age as Karen Brewer and now I’m old enough to teach at Stoneybrook Middle School or have a BSC client of my own. I’m older than Wesley Ellenburg!

I tend to retreat into BSCland when I’m feeling uneasy or a bit sad about my own life and want something comforting. But now I’m busy trying to start a career and balancing that with a social life and dipping my toes into the world of adult responsibility. I do hope to post more, and to add to the wiki (which you can all do too). But for now, I’d like to ask a few questions:

1) How long have you been reading the BSC?
2) Do you find that your interest in the series waxes and wanes with the seasons/life events/whatever?

It’s been twelve years since the series ended, eleven since I started Stoneybrookite, and since then the fandom has only grown and become more awesome. Happy 2012 everyone!

Hi guys! As you may know, I run the BSC Wiki along with cpennylane and pigeonrat. It is, as you can imagine, a pretty big job, so we’re looking for another admin to help us run the wiki.

We’d like someone with PHP experience, who can help us when things go haywire or can figure out a way to make spam bots less of a problem. None of us know PHP, so when something goes wrong, we have to rely on outside sources to fix it.

Other duties include:
-going through recent changes and deleting spam pages and blocking IPs that spam.
-through the recent changes and also checking the new entires that aren’t spam for consistency and overall accuracy. Encyclopedic/obsessive knowledge of the BSC is a big plus.

The PHP thing, though, is the most important. We all have a pretty good grasp of the BSC canon, but computer programming, not so much. So if you’d like to fill the Janine role of Computer Genius for the BSC Wiki, please comment below or email greer @

x-posted to bsc@lj

My computer was broken for a week or so. It wouldn’t hold a charge. But I got it back now, which means I can start my planned revamp of Stoneybrookite for 2011. New layout, more updates, lots of work on the wiki

Also, in case you haven’t heard about it yet, the series now has an official facebook page. Scholastic is keeping it updated with news and links, so like it and interact with your fellows fans on facebook! Unlike other places Scholastic has created for the BSC, this page is intended for us–those of us who grew up with the series and are reading it for a second (third, fourth, fortieth..) time.

I hope everyone had happy holidays! Looking forward to the New Year–what do you want to see on Stoneybrookite? I definitely want to blog more, and I had the wiki fixed, uploaded the fonts, etc. I really want to change to layout, but what sorts of things do you want to read about more?

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