About Todd

ToddIt occurred to me that in all of my years running this blog, I never introduced myself. I’ve just been this rando writing about books. Let’s fix that.

I am Todd. In the picture to the left, I am with my son and best friend, Helo. He has my nose. In all seriousness, there’s no relation. Helo is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Helo was originally my ex’s dog. He was abandoned by my ex and left with me. It’s a long story, but we just kind of ended up together. I never saw myself as a Corgi-owner, but now that I have one, they are my favorite dogs.

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Todd Reads

This books blog is now located at ToddReads.com. This is a change I have been considering for a while for many different reasons: expanding my audience and access to visitors, cost, and more. Shadyside.blog will point here for one additional year, but please make sure to change your links!

My Goodreads has been cleaned up. I am going to make a vigilant effort to regularly use it. I will list, update my progress on, and rate books I read there, but all book reviews will be here. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads if you are not already.

I told you guys that I would update you when I got my non-book web content online, and I forgot to do that when I launched my other domain last July; whoops. My other websites can be found at The Farplane (at Farplane.org). The Farplane is mostly a collection of static tributes to various characters I love from video games. There is no limit to my nerdery.

Finally, not really an update to the blog, but an update nonetheless: I am finishing college this month! I will no longer be stretching myself between working full time and going to school full time, so I should have more time for hobbies like reading for fun and updating this blog, so you should see more updates. Theoretically.

Thanks for sticking with me!

Welcome to Shadyside!

In an effort to clean up my online presence, I have decided to make a blog specifically for book reviews. I had attempted to run a blog that tried to be everything, and several things happened:

  1.  The clutter and disorganization annoyed the crap out of me.
  2.  I found myself blogging primarily book reviews.
  3.  I missed the fan site work my blog replaced. I have something in the works to bring that element back. I’m going to have two main sites online: this and that, and I’ll let you guys know when I launch that other site. 

And so, I decided to do an official relaunch with a new name and a new look to emphasize the new focus. Welcome to Shadyside. 

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