Thursday Thirteen: Things I’ve Learned From Book Blogging

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.

 Brianna’s List:

  1. Twitter is THE happening place. Twitter is where I get most of my book-related news. I find out about: upcoming releases, new-to-me books, new-to-me authors, author appearances, when ARCs are available, giveaways, book events, blogging events, and so much more. If it's happening, better believe it'll be on Twitter.
  2. I've really honed in on what I like, and don’t like, to read.
  3. It's okay to be selective with which books I read for review. When I started out, I accepted a lot of books for review, books I thought ‘I could like this, maybe’. Now I try to only accept books that speak to me or grab my attention right off the bat.
  4. It's okay to not finish reading book. I used to feel guilty about this but now, if the book is not holding my attention, I stop reading and move on to another book. There's a book for everyone but not everyone will like the same book.
  5. Sometimes things get overwhelming and you need to call in some reinforcement. J9 is my reinforcement.
  6. I shouldn’t compare myself (or my blog) to other people. What works for another blogger might not work for me.
  7. Make the best with what you have to work with. I would love to be on WordPress but financially speaking, that is not an option for me right now. Some bloggers are able to supplement the costs associated with being self-hosted on WP by offering ad space. For me, at this point in time, my blog is just a hobby and not a business venture. This could very well change at some point in the future but for right now, I'm fine with the way things are. I realize that I've hit the glass ceiling where I'm at, but I try to make the best of it.
  8. Comments make my day. It never gets old; every time I get a comment on one of my posts, I get completely giddy.
  9. Blogging takes up a lot of time. People say this but it doesn't hold any weight until you experience it for yourself. I spend countless hours tweaking and fiddling with my blog. Some of which benefits me more than our readers as it’s more of a 'behind the scenes' type thing. Then there's formatting and scheduling posts, arranging promotional posts, creating Rafflecopter widgets for giveaways, cross posting reviews, updating review indexes - the list just goes on and on. And let's not forget the most important time consuming task, the reason I started this blog in the first place, READING.
  10. Windows Live Writer is my best friend. Let me just say that if you're on Blogger and a PC machine (as opposed to a Mac), you should be using WLW to format and schedule your blog posts. No ifs, ands, or butts about it. I constantly hear about Blogger's wonky formatting and Blogger eating posts. I don't have those issues with WLW. I can go on and on about the benefits of WLW but that's another post for another day. (ETA: I did a tutorial on WLW for Bloggiesta.)
  11. You have to be careful with images you grab online. When I first started blogging, I found images to use via a search engine and without checking to see if I had permission to do so. Wrong! I just didn't know but in this case, ignorance isn't bliss. Once I found out about this, I went thru every single one of my posts and removed images I didn't have permission to use. And the same goes with fonts.
  12. When I first started book blogging I never thought I'd say this but I greatly prefer reading an ebook over a print copy. It's just more convenient for me to read a digital copy. I can highlight, take notes, and most importantly I can easily search within the book.
  13. I like book blogging more than I thought I would. As a true Gemini, I often start projects and stop before they're finished because I lose interest pretty quickly. The thing about books is that once you get bored with one book/author/trope/genre, there's always another (different) one to read. Yes, there have been times where I have seriously considered closing up shop but I never find myself actually being able to go through with it. Sometimes i just need a break but book blogging is something I still enjoy doing.

 

What are some things you’ve learned from book blogging?

About Brianna: Supermom by day, naughty reader by night. Addicted to chocolate, Twitter, her iPad, her Kindle, and 99¢ Kindle deals. You can follow Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.

23 comments:

  1. Nods my head to all the above :) yes I have learned all those things too. But I closing up shop soon, and I am Gemini :) Yes I think I hit the ceiling too. But I am happy with the COMMUNITY and adore twitter too.

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    1. You are?? I hope you stick around on Twitter :)

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    2. I will still be on twitter :) I can't that leave completely . Its my fave way to chat still

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  2. I think being honest about what you can afford financially can really help you in the long run. Make the most of what you have now. The rest will work itself out. And, speaking from experience, there are more/different issues with being self-hosted. (And I'm self-hosted because my business is self-hosted and I can use that space.)

    One of the best things I've learned? To embrace myself. The only "right" way to blog is to do it the way that works for me.

    Love this post.

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    1. I am trying to make the most of what I have, even if it means spending hours trying to figure out HTML/JS/CSS code. LOL

      I love that - embrace yourself. Very true, you got to do what works for you.

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    2. CSS is a bitch. I took a web design class and it still gives me fits. Do you use Firefox or Chrome? Both browsers have options that allow you to look at the CSS on every page. It's VERY helpful when you're trying to target a specific area of CSS. I can't remember if it works with Blogger blogs, though. Damnit.

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    3. I use Chrome. Are you referring to 'view page source'?

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    4. Oh! I will definitely check this out. Thx!

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  3. Awesome list! Even as reviewer I've learned 2-4 as well and you taught me it's ok to not finish a book once in awhile--thanks!

    I didn't realize how much time bloggers commit until I started hanging with you!

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    1. I'm DNFing a lot more books now than when I did when I first started blogging. I just have way too many books in my TBR pile to sit through a book I'm not enjoying.

      It's easy to obsess and get carried away with the blog. It's an addiction. LOL

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  4. Never heard of Windows Live Writer-will have to look into that! I agree with all else you said. I am still on Blogger because of 1-financial reasons and 2-I am so not tech savvy! I generally write my reviews on Microsoft Word then copy/past them over. It is hard to say no to authors but I do have to on occasion--especially if I know for sure I will not like the book or genre. I do prefer paperback books! I love to cuddle up in bed to read and have yet to win a Kindle--it is extrememly uncomfortable to read it sitting at my computer (yes I do have that Kindle installed!) The hardest part is actually getting comments!!

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    1. You should definitely check into WLW! It saves a copy of your post to your PC and there would be no more copying & pasting.

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  5. Great list! I am not on Twitter yet-it scares me. I also need to spend more time on getting my blog to look the way I want it to- amazing how much time everything takes!

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  6. This is a great reflection and learning tool for future bloggers. The time and financial constraints are something many don't think about before diving in...

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    1. It's not something I thought about when I started blogging either (time and financial constraints). I honestly didn't know how long I was going to keep up this hobby either.

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  7. totally agree with all your points, especially 7 and 8..
    I think i have tried to be careful with using images too on my blog.. but still I think I should go back and check:)
    mine is up too http://myrandrspace.blogspot.com/

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  8. Yep...dance around with giddy because I am commenting for you! LOL
    Everything you just said gets a nod.

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  9. Great list! hmm, I need to check out Windows Live Writer, although I do tend to do most my blogging stuff on my Mac rather than my PC. ALL my writing stuff takes place on my PC though so it wouldn't be hard to switch over to that exclusively for blogging. Thinking...

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    1. Try out WLW and see if you like it. I absolutely love it for the template plugin. I have a template for everything (reviews, memes, promo posts, giveaways, spoiler code, etc.).

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  10. I love comments-nothing perks up my day like getting one! Hope this perks up yours :)

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