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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Being a Blogger/Reader 2/18/14


Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are talking about why it is so great to be a book blogger!

1. I have greater access to Advanced Reader Copies. My blog is tiny and insignificant compared to many and I just don’t have the following to warrant showering me with ARCs, but every now and then I find a treat in my mail. I also get to shop around in NetGalley. Who doesn’t like to be first?

2. Readathons. I ♥ readathons.

3. Blogging is a way for me to be a writer without actually being a writer. I don’t have a novel in me, but I still enjoying putting some thoughts out there!

4. Blogging satisfies my need to make lists. Seriously. I love to make lists.

5. Discovering new blogs and memes inevitably leads to discovering new books and authors.

6. Comments on my blog make me happy. I truly appreciate when someone takes the time to read my words and respond to what I have written.

That’s all I have for today!

Oh, wait! I didn’t list any reasons for why I love being a reader. Do I really need to list the reasons? We all know a book can fight boredom, broaden horizons, bring people together, expand vocabularies and minds, help understand your world, yourself, and others, teach new things, teach old things. I can find myself in a book just as easily as I can lose myself in a book. Books have been a constant companion since the day I was born and hope to have a book in my hand until the day I die. I think that is enough nerding out for the day…

Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tueday-Things that Make Blogging Easier

toptentuesdayThis week the Broke and the Bookish have asked about the things that make our blogging lives easier. I am not sure I can come up with ten things. Let’s give it a whirl! I have a feeling the lists today are going to be very similar.

1. Goodreads.com. My virtual bookshelf and task master. I am not very tech savvy, so I was super excited to learn how to link my reading shelf to the blog.

2. NetGalley.com. I am always to excited when I am approved for a digital galley! I have been slacking this summer, but normally reading these ARCs motivates me to blog reviews.

3. Librarything.com. I use this site for all of my cover images. They seem to be the perfect size to insert into a post.

4. Weekly memes. Right now I am guaranteed to get two posts a week in because I participate in two memes. Sometimes that is all I have time for. On Mondays I participate in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. And of course Tuesdays is all about the Top Ten lists!

5. Read-a-thons. I am so thankful for other book bloggers for hosting awesome read-a-thons. Currently my favorites are Bout of Books and Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon. Read-a-thons are a great way to get to know other bloggers and make a dent in that giant TBR list.

6. My job. I love being a Teen Librarian. I get to do a lot of fun things with my teen patrons and this blog is the perfect format for showing off all that fun.

7. The Reading Room. Ok, so this is a shameless plug, but I really do love The Reading Room and I am proud of all the hard work my colleagues and I put into maintaining this database. I always check here when I am writing reviews and want to add a list of Readalikes.

I think that’s it. I am off to check out what others are using. I am sure I’ll find some great new tips.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Tips For New Bloggers

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday list. Thanks to the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this weekly bit of list-making joy. This week I am actually more interested in reading the lists than writing one. Weird, but true. You see, this week is all about blogging tips for new book bloggers, and while I am not exactly new to blogging, I am always looking for ways to improve. But, if you were to ask me for advice, this is what I would say:

1. Do it because you want to, not for the fame and glory. Fame and glory are exhausting….or so I’m told. Also, I really have no idea how to achieve F&G as a blogger. Thank goodness I have my illustrious library career to fall back on.

2. Post titles are important. I learned this one by accident. A while back I needed a filler post. I had been slacking and I was planning on going on vaca, so I whipped up a little post about how a bunch of new mermaid books were coming out. I titled it Move Over Vampires, the Mermaids Are Coming. That thing gets hits like crazy. Still. The moral of the story is, good titles get good hits. Also people are obsessed with mermaids. Who knew?

3. Read other blogs. Get an idea of what other bloggers are doing, but don’t steal their ideas!

4. And once you find some blogs that you like, start leaving comments. Bloggers love getting comments and will usually pop over the commenter’s blog and leave a comment and just like that you’ll have new blog friends.

5. Find a fun meme or two to join. The are great for a couple of reasons. First, they can help you plan your posts, which is very helpful and they direct traffic to your blog. Win-win.

6. Be patient. This one is the hardest part. Book blogs are a dime a dozen. They are everywhere! You are a small fish in a big sea and it’s going to take time to set yourself apart from the rest. Good luck with that. In the meantime, just keep plugging along…

7. Do it because you love it and don’t worry about how many followers you have. That kind of goes along with #6.

8. Don’t be afraid to try new things. When I first started I rated all my books, but after a while I decided to stop that and simplify. It seems to be working out fine. On the other hand, I have joined memes that didn’t bring any new traffic to my blog, so I stopped doing them.

9. Decide what kind of reviews you want to write and stick with. i.e. spoilery, long and detailed, short and sweet, only positive….I try to keep mine spoiler free and short and sweet. I like to read tons of blogs and I usually skim over the very long reviews and look for a rating at the bottom. And yet, I don’t rate my own. Hmm. May need to rethink that idea!

10. Add pictures. I like pictures, but stealing them is wrong….says the thief. So, so as I say, not as I just did. I tell ya, this blogging business can sure me tricky.

Now, I am off in search of some good advice! Good luck to you.

Happy Reading!