Category: Blogging Tips

Mar 14
The Challenge of Running a Successful Meme (or Challenge!)

The Challenge of Running a Successful Meme (or Challenge!)

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This post actually first appeared as a guest post over at 125 Pages a few years ago, but I thought I’ve probably learned a few lessons since then, and it might be a good idea to update it and post it here. In case you’re not aware, I run the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up and the Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Both of these have been very rewarding – especially the discussion challenge, which is definitely my proudest accomplishment as a blogger. It’s been a huge success, and better yet, I’ve made so many great connections with bloggers via the challenge! But what does it take to make a meme or challenge really work? How do you get it started? How do you get people interested in it? And then how do you keep people excited about it so it doesn’t fizzle out?  Well, I don’t claim to be an expert… Read more »


May 20
What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account

What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account

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NetGalley is an incredible way to start receiving review copies of books. In general, getting approved for a book via NetGalley is much more likely than getting a physical ARC of that same book. Which makes sense—publishers can afford to give out digital ARCs a lot more freely than physical ARCs. Sometimes bloggers are scared to jump into NetGalley, but if you follow a few simple guidelines, you’ll see that there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. Opening a NetGalley account is incredibly easy, but I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I’ve seen bloggers who talk about all the mistakes they made when they first joined (including me!). Most of us joined without really knowing what to expect and without understanding the “rules” (both written and unwritten) that apply to NetGalley. I haven’t written a post like this before because most of my readers aren’t just… Read more »


Apr 19
BEA is Coming Soon! What You Need to Know. (BEA Tips)

BEA is Coming Soon! What You Need to Know. (BEA Tips)

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So, this will be my second trip to BEA (I headed to NY in 2014), and I thought it would be good to share some of the wisdom I gained from going last time. I realized that there will be a lot of newbies headed to BEA this year, since some people who haven’t been able to make it to NY will be able to make it to Chicago. BE PREPARED TO WAIT (AND CHAT WITH PEOPLE) BEA is mostly waiting in lines. I just want to set this expectation for all you newbies. You will be waiting in lines for autographing, waiting for galley drops, waiting to get tickets for autographing sessions … 99% of what you will be doing at BEA is waiting. For really popular authors or signings, lines start forming an hour and a half ahead of the autographing time. Even for galley drops, lines often start an… Read more »


Dec 17
Giving Goodreads Recommendations

Giving Goodreads Recommendations

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Just the other day, I got a book recommendation via Goodreads from Joycedale, one of my longtime blog readers (she doesn’t have a blog or I’d link you up!). The book looked great, so I immediately added it to my TBR and requested it from the library. (Which reminds me, I have to go pick it up!) It made me realize that the recommendation feature on Goodreads can be such a great tool when it’s used well – but it’s usually not. 99.9% of the time, I ignore my Goodreads recs from other users. Why? They’re completely random and don’t seem to be aimed at me at all. I’m pretty sure people just use it as a marketing tool, which is kind of annoying, since I don’t think that’s the spirit of the feature. SO, I’m proposing that we all start using the recommendations feature, but we use it the way… Read more »


Nov 19
How to Keep Yourself Motivated and Organized for Reading Challenges

How to Keep Yourself Motivated and Organized for Reading Challenges

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It might seem strange for me to write an organization post – after all, I’ve confessed on multiple occasions that I’m NOT an organized person. But that just means that I need to be extra careful about organizing when it counts! The only way that reading and blogging challenges really work is if you’ve got them organized. Now that the end of the year is coming up (hard to believe, right?), it’s time to start thinking challenges again. And this time I want to be ready! Two years ago, I signed up for about a bajillion reading challenges – I was easily reading over 200 books a year at that point (this year I’ll be down closer to 150), and I figured why not apply all those books to challenges? Well, it didn’t take me long to realize that reading the books for the challenges and actually keeping track of… Read more »


Aug 22
How to Create Folders in Bloglovin’

How to Create Folders in Bloglovin’

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  Last week, I talked about my quest to organize my Bloglovin’ feed, which is quite a feat, considering I was following 1900 blogs. I talked about my first step – deleting blogs – last week (I got my total number down to 824!). I also mentioned that I was going to create folders for the remaining blogs, and I was surprised to see in the comments that lots of people didn’t know that you even could create folders or know how. Since Bloglovin’ doesn’t make it exactly obvious or easy, I thought I’d create a simple little tutorial. First though, here are the folders that I ended up creating:   Active Followers – This is a list of bloggers who actively follow and comment on my blog. I figure if I only have a short amount of time to be on Bloglovin’, this is a great place to start, right?   Follow by… Read more »


May 29
Let’s Discuss – What do you use for your comments?

Let’s Discuss – What do you use for your comments?

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Okay, so I have a question for all you more experienced bloggers out there – Do you use a third party tool (like Disqus) for your comments?  If so, what do you use and how well has it been working out for you? I’ve been very disappointed to discover that people don’t get notified if I reply to their comments.  I always just assumed that if someone left me a comment on my blog and I replied to it, that person would get an email or some type of notification to let them know that I replied.  But, apparently with Blogger’s standard comments box, that isn’t the case.  This is a big problem as far as I’m concerned!  I mean, let’s face it, people aren’t so excited about commenting on my posts that they’re checking back constantly to see if I’ve replied.  That’s just not realistic.  But, what’s the point… Read more »