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.
- 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.
- I've really honed in on what I like, and don’t like, to read.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sometimes things get overwhelming and you need to call in some reinforcement. J9 is my reinforcement.
- I shouldn’t compare myself (or my blog) to other people. What works for another blogger might not work for me.
- 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.
- Comments make my day. It never gets old; every time I get a comment on one of my posts, I get completely giddy.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?