November 29th, 2012

5th Blogoversary and Giveaway!

Today is The Cozy Reader’s 5 Year Blogoversary!

WordPress

I switched to WordPress a couple of years ago. I LOVE it. The widgets, plug-ins and the customization far outdo what I had when I was using Blogger.

My favorite plug-in is a template loader, Easy Content Templates. If you run WordPress you NEED this.

Here’s a snippet from my WordPress Dashboard showing my totals for posts, comments, pages, tags, and categories. The most staggering stat from this is the spam comments! Thank goodness for Akismet!

Followers

I want to thank you, my dedicated followers!

Since June 2012 I have had an average increase of followers by 25%. That’s a growth of about 5% each month.

 Linky is new to me but I’m all about making it easier for followers to follow. What’s your preferred method of following? I have noticed a decrease in Feedburner followers over the year. I lose at least one follower per month, depending on how often I post. I know how annoying it can be to get email alerts of new posts. I just hope you are also following in another way instead of leaving altogether!

Blog Goals

I hate setting goals because I hate failure. Honestly, I just hope to continue blogging as often as time permits.

A goal that I have been striving to stick to is writing my reviews before I start my next book. I am happy to announce that I have been successful in doing this recently. I have a few blog tours coming up and I wanted to be sure I had the books read and reviewed in plenty of time. I have one more book I need to read and review for December but overall I am very pleased with my progress.

I would like to increase the amount of reviews I do post so hopefully with my new method of writing the review before starting the next book will help me with this goal.

Personal Goals

Ten weeks ago I re-enrolled in online college courses to finish my Associates in Business Administration. I just finished my first ten week semester and will start my second semester next week. I will be taking three courses instead of two like I did last semester and I am prepared to invest more time into my studies for those ten weeks. It is extremely important to me that I finish this degree. Therefore, if I am not as active over the next ten weeks you’ll know why. My final semester will be two courses.

Thank you for reading The Cozy Reader!

Giveaway

A blogoversary wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway!

One winner will receive a book of their choice up to a max value of $15.00. I have a Prime membership at Amazon and will order the book from there.

This will be open to US Shipping ONLY. Sorry! Tis the holidays and funds are tight!

Please fill out the below Rafflecopter widget to enter. I appreciate followers but it is NOT required, extra points are given if you are already following or wish to become a new follower.

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