Another Armchair BEA 2012 is ending. This week has just flown by. I had the best of intentions with posts in various stages of completion hanging out in my drafts folder. The before I know it, its Friday.
It’s interesting that the week ends with the question of what does the future hold for my blog and blogging in general as well as some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way. This week has really gotten me thinking about the blog. I know why I started it as I explained my Introduction post on Monday. I continue to do it because I enjoy it, but where do I want it to go? Wednesday’s prompt about networking and Thursday’s prompt about Beyond the Blog really brought this question to the front of my mind. I’m going to be spending some time really thinking about this and setting some quantifiable goals.
I know I will continue to read books that I enjoy and tell you about them, but beyond that, who knows…
I thought that Pam had some interesting observations in this morning’s post with her predictions of the future of book blogging. I completely agree with some of her points.
I am by no means an expert as I’m still relatively new to book blogging, but I do feel like there are a few things that are important and sometimes get lost in the day to day.
Comments: This week has been great because it’s encouraged us to step outside of our usual circles and visit some new blogs. I happened upon so many that I had no idea were out there. What if we did something like that on a regular basis? Many blogs have their favorite blogs listed somewhere on their blog. What if we each visited and commented on a new blog on a regular basis. Think of all of the new people we could meet and talk books with! We all love comments, once we visit that new blog and leave a comment then perhaps that blogger will return the visit.
I know many of us read posts via our reader. Did you know about the feature in Google Reader that allows you to visit the full sites of those you subscribe to in your reader? I love it!
Link love: Emailing your links to publishers/publicists is important, and something that I often forget to do. Have you remembered to submit review links for books that you have borrowed or purchased, not just your ARC’s? If I haven’t been able to find an appropriate email address I’ll send them the link via twitter or facebook. It’s a great way to establish contact and I’ve always gotten positive feedback when I’ve done this.
Questions: If you’ve got a question, feel free to ask it. So many bloggers are always willing to share their knowledge. I’ve done this a time or two with bloggers that I admire. Everything from basic blog “how to’s” to more in depth “how would you handle this” has been answered with kindness.
So there are my words of wisdom. What are your thoughts? Do you have any questions or suggestions?
Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again.
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