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,...
 

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...
 

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...