Bloggy Musings: 5 Ways I’ve Changed as a Reader Because of Blogging

My 4-year blogoversary is this week! And each year I like to do some sort of post to commemorate the event. (The word 'commemorate' makes it sound like a big deal when it's really not lol.) Anyway, this year I decided to talk about some of the ways my reading has changed since I've started book blogging. Are all of these changes because of blogging? Are some of them just correlation but not...
 

Blogging Tips: How to Find Upcoming Book Releases

I used to wonder how people were able to find out about upcoming books months in advance. Backlist books are great, but hyping up and getting excited about upcoming books is fun too, and I wanted to join in! So I started figuring it out, and I thought I'd share my methods of finding upcoming releases. There are, of course, many different ways to find out about books, but, well, these are mine,...
 

Bloggy Musings: Do You Talk About Sex Scenes in Your Book Reviews?

I know this is a discussion that not everyone will be able to participate in since not everyone reads books with sex scenes, but it seemed interesting, so I couldn't help myself. The way I review has evolved since I first started blogging, but so has what I'm comfortable talking about in my reviews. And when it comes to sex scenes in books, I've seen all different ways of handling that,...
 

Blogging Tips: How to Use Feedly (+ Why It’s My Favorite Feed Reader!)

When I first started blogging, I used live bookmarks instead of a feed reader, but eventually I was following too many blogs to keep up with, and it was too much work to check for new posts. I then switched to Bloglovin', but it seemed like they weren't showing me all the posts from blogs I was following, it was difficult to organize the blogs, and I couldn't figure out a way to remove posts...
 

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...