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...
 

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: 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...
 

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...
 

The Weekly Update: 7/10/16

Guess what, everyone... My blog is a year old! Yay, happy blogiversary to me :-) But I'll talk a bit more about that below. I do have a few real life things to mention. First of all, I've still been drinking kombucha since it's good for me, even if it's not giving me the energy boost I originally thought it was, and I have a word of advice: Never---I mean NEVER---try blue-green algae kombucha....
 

The Weekly Update: 6/19/16

Did you all know that Facebook has safety checks now?! There was a shooting in Orlando, and I know a few people who live there, so I went to FB to try and make sure they were all ok, and FB made that really easy. Right in my notifications, there was a "safety check." Basically, it was a page created specifically for the shooting event, and there was a list of all my FB in the area who had marked...
 

The Weekly Update: 5/29/16

This is going to be a sad commentary on my dependency on technology, but my internet and cable went down for a few hours the other night, and I had nothing to do because even the book I was reading was borrowed online, and all I could think about was how I couldn't even post a status update to tell everyone that my internet was down. And then I thought about how I was going to have to start a...