May 06

Book Blogger Hop (4): Why I Started Blogging

Book Blogger Hop

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 

I didn’t want the hop to come to end, and with Jennifer’s permission, I’ll relaunch the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
 This week’s question:  Why did you start your blog?
I had had blogs before, mostly just rambling, ranting, ranging personal ones.  They were never purposeful and never had much focus.  But this one.  Oh, this one had a purpose and a goal in mind!  I started blogging about books for a very simple reason:  I loved books.  And my friends didn’t.
I know, I know.  How could I possibly be friends with people who weren’t as obsessed about books as I was?  It just seemed wrong.  But alas, everyone around me was completely sick of hearing about what I was reading.  So Just Another Rabid Reader was born.
But I had no idea when I dove in head first into this book blogging thing that there were whole communities surrounding it!  And that there were all of these people that were just as neurotically obsessed with books as I was, that would obsessively leaf through pages day in and day out with reckless abandon the same way I do.  I had finally found my clan, my people.
Is your story similar?  Did you feel like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, a traveller without a home, until you found book blogging?  Let me know in the comments below!
Apr 21

Feature and Follow Friday: (6) #FF : What Defines a Misbehaving Author or Reviewer

Feature and Follow Friday is a Blog Meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee’s View.  The basic concept is that each week, there is a post prompt, and we each post on that topic. And each week, a blogger is featured  on the host’s blogs.  The point of this whole thing is to help grow followers and to generally create a sense of community and we all get to know each other and follow each other, et cetera.  There is a more elaborate list of rules on the hosts’ sites if you want to read more specifics!

Apr 01

Book Blogger Hop (2): Comfort Zones

Book Blogger Hop

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 

I didn’t want the hop to come to end, and with Jennifer’s permission, I’ll relaunch the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
 This week’s Question:  Have you ever ventured out of your comfort zone in terms of reading a genre you have never read? If so, did you get hooked on that new genre?
This is a tough one.  The short answer is yes and no.  It’s hard for me to answer because I don’t know if I really have a comfort zone?
I guess I have in a way because I swore for a long time that I didn’t like romance, but now I can do romantic suspense without wanting to gag.  But I have to be in the mood for it.
Beyond that, though, I am really not sure that I have much of a comfort zone.  There really is not a lot that I won’t read.  But I am a mood reader and I tend to go in…shifts, I guess.  I tend to get into a genre and then stay with that for a long time.  Then I will pick something up in another genre, and I will stay with that for a while.  Like, I read a dystopian novel, and then everything I read for a while was dystopian.  Then I read the first of the Sue Grafton novels, and then it was nothing but mysteries for a while.  You get the idea?
So it’s not so much a comfort zone thing, but I get into reading moods.  If I am in a certain mood, and I try to read anything else before my “mood” changes, I won’t be able to get into the book.
What about you?  How have your forays out of your comfort zone worked out for you?  Successes?  Failures?  Tell me in the comments!  I would love to hear your thoughts.
Mar 29

Task it Tuesday (1) Let’s Get My Life in Order!

Task it TuesdayWelcome to Task It Tuesday! created by the Awesome The Geeky Blogger

Hosted by Michelle at Because Reading is better than real life!

What is Task It Tuesday? It is where every week I list a task or tasks that I would like to accomplish on my blog or in Real Life before next Tuesday. It can be big or small but the goal is to get something done that will make my blog/reading life/challenges run smoother, faster, or more efficient and/or get those simple or complex tasks done in my real life. I will also be sharing organizing tips and linking with posts from bloggers that have some great tips and tricks for keeping you and your blog/real life organized.

Mar 28

And the Spring #Bloggiesta 2016 Comes to a Close! :(

You may remember I posted back here about my participating in my first official Bloggiesta and committing fully to it.  And I had posted this big old ambitious list of goals:

  • Finish up and schedule all of these drafted posts.
  • Participate in Twitter chats
  • Participate in Mini challenges
  • Do some serious blogger networking and commune with my fellow book lovers.
  • Clean up my blog roll
  • Clean up my sidebars
  • Add missing tags and categories to posts

I had decided to break tasks down to daily things I needed to accomplish, so it ended up looking something like this:

Mar 26

Bloggiesta Saturday Goals/Updates

You may remember I posted back here about my participating in my first official Bloggiesta and committing fully to it.  And I had posted this big old ambitious list of goals:

  • Finish up and schedule all of these drafted posts.
  • Participate in Twitter chats
  • Participate in Mini challenges
  • Do some serious blogger networking and commune with my fellow book lovers.
  • Clean up my blog roll
  • Clean up my sidebars
  • Add missing tags and categories to posts

I decided I needed to break it out a bit. and do it day by day.  So this is what I did for

Mar 25

Spring #Bloggiesta Friday Goals/Updates

You may remember I posted back here about my participating in my first official Bloggiesta and committing fully to it.  And I had posted this big old ambitious list of goals:

  • Finish up and schedule all of these drafted posts.
  • Participate in Twitter chats
  • Participate in Mini challenges
  • Do some serious blogger networking and commune with my fellow book lovers.
  • Clean up my blog roll
  • Clean up my sidebars
  • Add missing tags and categories to posts

I decided I needed to break it out a bit. and do it day by day.  So this is what I did for

Mar 24

Spring #Bloggiesta Thursday Goals/Updates

You may remember I posted back here about my participating in my first official Bloggiesta and committing fully to it.  And I had posted this big old ambitious list of goals:

  • Finish up and schedule all of these drafted posts.
  • Participate in Twitter chats
  • Participate in Mini challenges
  • Do some serious blogger networking and commune with my fellow book lovers.
  • Clean up my blog roll
  • Clean up my sidebars
  • Add missing tags and categories to posts

I decided I needed to break it out a bit. and do it day by day.  So this is what I did for

Mar 23

#Bloggiesta I Need Help Hop

Guiltless Reading

Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing.

Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!

 

Mar 23

Spring #Bloggiesta 2016 Wednesday Goals/Update

You may remember I posted back here about my participating in my first official Bloggiesta and committing fully to it.  And I had posted this big old ambitious list of goals:

  • Finish up and schedule all of these drafted posts.
  • Participate in Twitter chats
  • Participate in Mini challenges
  • Do some serious blogger networking and commune with my fellow book lovers.
  • Clean up my blog roll
  • Clean up my sidebars
  • Add missing tags and categories to posts

I decided I needed to break it out a little bit. and do it day by day.  So this is what I did for