May 27th, 2011

Armchair BEA: Day 5 Blogging about Blogging

What a great topic! Armchair BEA had a great list of questions to address in today’s blog post. I’ll be answering them and hope that it helps my readers understand what and why I do things the way I do and maybe help some new bloggers out there.

How do you utilize social networking in relation to your blog? What may be the pros and cons of doing so?

On the right sidebar of my blog you’ll see my “Connect with Me” section. That’s about all I do for Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads). I don’t use the Facebook page very often (I do on my personal page though), and I use Twitter just slightly more because it’s easier to access (Google Chrome add-on) and I’m a Goodreads junky (I use it to track my reading progress and stalk the books I plan to read).

All Social Networking have the ability to be good and bad, if used incorrectly. I’d just stress caution on how you present yourself.

Share some of your favorite blogging technical tips.

About a year ago I reimaged my blog by creating a new blog name and then I hired a graphic designer to create my blog header and theme. Before I didn’t have a personalized or creative blog name or theme and felt lost in all the other bloggers. I’d stress this to any new blogger: be creative and original.

When it comes to blogging I can’t stand writing my posts on internet based sites (Blogger or WordPress) so I use Windows Live Writer and save my drafts often. I just love the layout and think everyone should try it. :)

Create a “rule list” of things you should and shouldn’t be doing on a book blog.

This is a tricky topic. Generally I’d say your blog is yours and you are entitled to do whatever you want. I’d just stress that you should always be polite or at least be accepting of any feedback you receive. My general rule is to not post anything I wouldn’t want my young daughter to read.

What are your tips for balance life and blogging?

I don’t do a very good job of this really. I put life before blogging all the time now. I’d probably recommend lots of preplanning on the blog front. Write and schedule reviews in advance. I usually wait to write reviews until I have a few books done and ready to review then I schedule them a few weeks apart. I don’t usually do memes so my content isn’t as much as some other blogs.

How do you keep your blog fresh and interesting to your readers & yourself?

I try to read and review the ARCs I receive just slightly before they are set to release that way my readers are kept up to date one what’s about to be published. Again, I said try because I really do suck at getting books read recently (new baby and all).

There are quite a few book blogging events out there. Which are your favorites and why? How do they affect your blog directly?

I’m not exactly sure what this is asking…. Do you mean BBC (Book Blogger Con)?

I usually attend BEA but I haven’t been to at BBC. I usually only go to BEA for one day so I probably won’t attend a BBC unless I plan to stay in NYC for more than one day and budget wise that just doesn’t work for me.

I hope everyone had a blast at BEA and that all the Armchair BEA participants had a good time too. I sure did, even though I didn’t participate much on Days 3 and 4.


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