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New Blogging Goals

Posted: January 21, 2013 in blogging, Discussion Post

I’m back blogging after a couple month vacation.  To keep it fun for me I’ve decided to come up with some goals for myself.  Do you have goals for your blog?  What are some of your goals?  What do you do to prevent blogger burnout?

My Goals:

  • Get my reviews for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets written and posted.
  • Only post when I have a review or something to post about – to prevent blogger burnout.
  • Try to visit and comment on at LEAST 10 blogs a week.
  • Re-build my readership.
  • Clean up my google reader…it’s VERY scary right now

This morning while I was trying to figure out what to do with the excess books I have on my bookcases and through out my house I had a small “brain child.”  I just realized that we are heading into the season of giving and then I started thinking about how I could give.  Then that thought turned into wouldn’t it be cool if I (if anyone else likes the idea and wants to team up I’m game) could come up with an event that Book Bloggers could participate in? The it came down to what hasn’t been done (at least as far as I know anyway) in the book blogging community?  There are TONS of Giveaway Hops and Giveaways so those kind of got pushed to the side.  Then the more I started thinking about it the more I thought that it could still be a Giveaway but in addition to a cool prize you get to help someone else out too. Like a charitable auction maybe?  An unconventional giveaway 🙂  Bid on a prize and the winner’s winning bid goes to their choice of charity or library?!

Then that turned into IF I were to do something like this how exactly would it work?  Would it be strictly bookish related things or could the items be anything?  How would I “advertise” the event (since I’m starting over and I’m a small fish in a great big pond)?  Would anyone out there even want to donate items?  Is it even a good idea to being with?  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  I’ll spare you the full length novel diatribe of questions I came up with.

So what are your thoughts bloggers?  Is this something that you would participate in?  Is this something you would consider donating too?  Let me hear it peeps! 🙂

Have a great day!

Feature Idea’s

Posted: October 4, 2012 in blogging, Discussion Post

So after viewing several WOW’s this week that hosted sequels to books that I have sitting on my TBR bookcase.  I’ve been kicking around the idea of hosting a feature where you the readers/followers of the blog will get to choose my next read and help me unclutter my shelves.  I haven’t thought of a catchy name for it yet and I haven’t decided when I’m going to start it yet but it is most definately in the works.  I’m even throwing around the idea of giving away some of the chosen books after I read them.

Another feature I’ve been kicking around is “Laci Recommends.”  For this feature I’m getting a little bit personal and letting my furbaby take over the blog for a day.  I used to do a similar feature on my old blog and I really enjoyed doing it so I’ll be bringing it back.  I think until I get some more content up on the blog it will be a once every 2 weeks feature but after that it will be a weekly feature.  The first Laci Recommends goes live next Tuesday.

I’m also kicking around an idea for a once a week (maybe) personal feature. Where y’all can learn a little bit more about me and my other hobbies outside of reading.  I guess the idea for this feature came to me while reading a Bloggiesta mini-challenge, where someone commented about losing the “personal side” to her blog.  I don’t want my blog to turn into book blog “robot” and I definately don’t want it to feel impersonal either.

I’m looking forward to feedback/discussion on these idea’s.  Please feel free to share your thoughts on these idea’s in the comment section below.

This discussion post is one of my personal favorites from my old Book Blog.  I wrote it at a time when yet again, shit had hit the fan in Book Blogging Land. This was originally post on April 8, 2010 but I think that the content is still relevant.  Like I state in the State of the Blog Address, I triple dog dare you!

The State of the Blog Address ~ April 8, 2010

I’ve been going through some of the back log that is my google reader and I’ve come across several posts about the current “condition” of the book blogging community. I’ve noticed it while I’ve been out and about visiting people as well and it saddens me that something that is supposed to be fun has turned into something, that in some cases, that is nasty and very un-fun. So in advance I would like to thank Becky from The Bookette for her Honesty post, McKenzie from The Book Owl for her Blogger Relations post, Staysi at Lost in Ink for her observations post, and In Which A Girl Reads for her posts here, and here.

So here it is….The State of the Blog Address:

I started book blogging way back in September of 2009 (which really isn’t all that long ago) so I’m not really a new blogger but I’m not really an “old” blogger either. The thing that I LOVED about joining this community was that I was expressing my love for a hobby with other book bloggers out there all over the world. I wanted to read, review and post as many books as I possibly could. I wanted to gather followers as fast as I possibly could. I wanted everyone to like me.

 But now that I’ve been blogging for a while now I have come to realize some things, some of them good, some of them bad and some them are just plain UGLY:

1. You don’t gather followers faster than the speed of light. If you are a new blogger who is reading this…It’s true. In the beginning I started to follow blogs just hoping that maybe they would follow me back…In some cases yes that did happen, but in MANY that was NOT the case. It takes time and a little elbow grease to develop a committed readership. In all honesty, recently I have taken to COMPLETELY IGNORING the number of followers I have. I really don’t blog to gather followers…I blog because it is and should be a fun HOBBY.

2. Keeping it REAL can lead to GREAT discussion. I came across a comment while I was reading one of the posts on the subject at hand, where the blogger was afraid to post an honest opinion of the books they were reading because they didn’t want someone to disagree with them and start a “conflict.” In the beginning I was like this too, but I quickly said “nuts to this” and started keeping it REAL. If I don’t like a book I say “hey I didn’t like the book” but I give reasons why I didn’t like the book. If I LOVE/LIKED a book I say “hey I really liked this book” and I give reasons why. By keeping it real you can start some really interesting discussions about all sorts of different types of books.

3. Don’t post just to post. I did this in the beginning and I think in the long run it hurt me. I was reading, reviewing and posting reviews just to get them posted and I can honestly say that I have learned from that mistake. If your going to blog about books, then blog about books YOU feel are blog worthy. If your going to participate in meme’s do them because you enjoy them and just as a reason to get another post out there. If you’ve got nothing, it’s ok NOT to post. In the long run posting just to post WILL burn you out.
 
4. Don’t follow blogs just to follow blogs. This is one that I can say I am VERY guilty of. I am currently following close to 300 blogs. I bet you can only imagine what my google reader looks like?!…Trust me it’s a very scary place right now. JUST DON’T DO IT!

5. Since when are new bloggers NOT worth the effort and why is it assumed that they are just in it for the “FREE BOOKS and ARC’s”? This would be one of those “just plain ugly” things I’ve observed recently. We all were new bloggers at some point! I bet there are a bunch of new bloggers out there who don’t even know that there are such things as “free books and ARC’s” and are just blogging because they enjoy it and want to share what they like and don’t like with the rest of us. New bloggers are MOST definately worth the effort. I’ve just recently found a couple of blogs that I am now following who are new bloggers and I LOVE what they have to say. We ALL love encouragement so why aren’t we encouraging new bloggers? Why are we assuming the worst about them?

Ok, so I don’t turn this into a big ole “we suck and must be punished” post I am going to stop right there with my observations and tell you what I am going to do about it here on my blog and THEN I am going to go and issue a challenge…Just cause it’s my blog and I can do that sort of thing on my blog.
 Recently, I have found that posting has turned into a second “job” for me. I’ve already got one of those and really don’t need another one thank you very much. So from now on I’m only going to post when I have something to say or a really awesome photo that I took and I want to share with you. So yes, there will be LESS posting in the future but it should be about quality and NOT quantity right?

Because I’m following close to 300 blogs I will be going through and unfriending some. I NEED to get myself down to a manageable number…It sucks logging into my google reader and finding I have over 1000 unread posts (trust me it has happened). If I do unfriend you it’s not because I don’t enjoy your blog…I just need to get things under better control around here. If you feel the need to unfriend me that is unfortunate but I won’t hold it against you either…We’ve all got to do what we’ve got to do sometimes.
 I’m only going to participate in meme’s that interest me. I’m not going to post just to have a post up. I hope this one is pretty self explanatory.
 Now that I will be following less blogs I am hoping that this will give me more time to get out there and comment. I’m sure that some of you have noticed that I don’t comment very often. There is a reason for this….I’m feeling overwhelmed.
 I am here to encourage new bloggers. If your a new blogger, drop me an e-mail  if you want…I check it religiously and I promise to get back to you….it doesn’t even have to be book related. Making new friends is ALWAYS fun. If you have questions about blogging feel free to approach me…I’m no expert but I can share what has worked for me with you.
 If your an older blogger, drop me an e-mail if you want. Again making new friends is always fun. Who doesn’t like getting an e-mail that just says “hey have a great day!”? I an open to constructive critisim when it comes to my blog but please know that if you are rude, malicious or nasty I will respond in the same fashion. My blog is my space to say what I want and on MY blog turn about is fair play. (Not trying to be rude, nasty or mean. Just honest.)
I’m on Twitter, Goodreads, Bookmooch and many different Ning groups too. I really don’t think that there is anyone that I haven’t friended.

So my challenge to you is this: Go out and drop some random blogger an e-mail. Go out and leave a new blogger an encouraging comment. I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU!