Bloggy Musings: My Blogging History (aka A List of My Failed Blogs)

I've seen a lot of fellow book bloggers mention that they had some failed blogs before their current one, and, well, I too had some failed blogs before this one. And since it was this blog's two year anniversary on Sunday, this just seemed like the perfect time to look back on all those other blogs that didn't make it anywhere near two years and tell you all about them...
 

Blogging Tips: Tips for Writing Book Reviews When You Don’t Have Much to Say

I love writing book reviews, for the most part. I enjoy getting to share my thoughts and opinions and feelings about books and to know that other people actually read them and even sometimes find them helpful. But I know that some people struggle. And even I sometimes come across a book for which I just... don't know what to say. I also remember how much I struggled to figure out how to write...
 

Blogging Tips: How I Use Goodreads

I feel like I've seen a lot of people say that they don't really know how to use Goodreads, that they don't use it for anything other than posting reviews, that they don't understand the point of certain things, etc. Goodreads is one of the few social media sites I legitimately use and somewhat click with, and while I am by no means an expert or wildly popular on there, I was inspired to make a...
 

Bloggy Musings: Is Blogging a Creative Outlet?

I was actually inspired to write this post by Karen's discussion (and the ensuing comments from other bloggers) @ Kissin Blue Karen about whether or not you'd keep blogging if no one read your blog. It was interesting because it seems whether or not someone would continue their blog depends on why they blog, what they gain from it, etc. I for one would not keep blogging if no one read my blog,...
 

Blogging Tips: Using Gmail Filters for Author Newsletters

So this isn't strictly a blogging tip, but I don't have a "reading tips" or "email tips" category on my blog, so I'm makin' do with what I got. See, I'm actually not a big fan of author newsletters because they clutter up my inbox. It's why, until recently, I was signed up for very few, just those of my favorite authors. But it's difficult to keep up with new books in series when you don't sign...
 

Blogging Tips: How to Request Review Copies from Authors

There are A LOT of posts out there about how to request ARCs from publishers, but I've yet to see a single one that covers the topic of requesting books from authors. And you know why that's a problem? Because not every author has a publisher. I don't have to be an author to understand that it's hard to find reviewers. Many self-published authors can't afford putting their books on sites like...
 

Blogging Tips: Scheduling and Keeping Track of Blog Posts with a Spreadsheet

As some of you may already know, I can be quite the organization fiend when I want to be one. And when it comes to my blog, I do want to be one. It makes everything so much simpler and less stressful when I don't have to remember or keep track of things in my head, don't have to search through the list of drafts I have in Wordpress just to figure out what posts I have, etc. And that is why...
 

Bookish Musings: Reviewing Books in Ongoing Series vs. Finished Series

Sometimes we read each book in a series as they come out. Other times the books are all released, but we read them all spread out anyway. Other times we binge read all the books in a row. So that means sometimes we write reviews before we've read the rest of the books in a series, whereas other times we write reviews after we finished them all. What I want to know with this post is, do you write...
 

Blogging Tips: Keeping Track of Review Copies with a Spreadsheet

I will be the first to admit that, in many ways, I am a completely unorganized person. However, when it comes to blogging, I'm like an organization fiend. About a few months after I started this book blog, I discovered the beauty that is spreadsheets, and they have helped me IMMENSELY. So today I'm going to share with you all how I keep track of the review copies I receive, and I'm including a...
 

Bloggy Musings: 5 Ways I’ve Changed as a Blogger After One Year of Blogging

Last weekend was my anniversary of one year blogging, and while I don't have any real celebratory stuff planned, I do always find it fun to look back and see how much things have changed in life. Some of these I think about quite often just because they're so funny or absurd to me, but I'm sure we all committed some faux pas or had some weird thoughts regarding book blogging when we started, so I...