Thursday, August 16, 2012

Feature and Follow (8)



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Question: What Blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn't have to be a book blog.

I want to say that each and every blogger that's been doing it for a year or more inspires me. The ones who've been doing it for 2 years or more, make my jaw drop in awe. Why? I've been doing it for less than 3 months, and I've already had to take a hiatus. Life stuff. It happens. But also, I'm just amazed at their longevity because none of us are professionals. And yet, to blog almost daily whether or not you feel like writing, feel inspired to write, etc. is amazing. So, to all of you bloggers that have been doing it for a long time:

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Also, if you can spare the time...Give the rest of us- especially me- some advice in the comments below. Maybe something that keeps you going on days you just don't feel like it. Tips to balance work, family, reading, and blogging. Or anything you wish you had been told as a new blogger. Please, please, please, tell me one of your secrets in the comments section. Something for new bloggers (like me) to help us make it a year or more. Thanks!



34 comments:

  1. I have been doing it going on 2 years and its not easy balancing this and my son but he is a teen so it does make it a bit easier.

    My FF

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    1. Well, I need to know your secret to raising teens because mine isn't easier than my 4 year old. Just different problems and issues. I feel like I'm reliving my middle school, and in a few weeks high school, years through my son. Quite a stroll down (bad) memory lane- breakups, first loves that go bad, etc. I'm too old and tired to deal with that kind of stuff, even second hand. Thanks for visiting. I visited your blog and all of your FF choices.

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  2. Like you, I've only been blogging a handful of months, so I know what you mean about being awed by longevity. I think the secret is to just keep going and take a hiatus every once in awhile to recharge your batteries! Great answer. New follower via GFC. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D P.S. What is your secret for attracting followers? You have WAY more than me! :D Just wondering!

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    1. I also left this on your blog, in case you don't make it back here. You have to actively network when you're a new blog. I actually didn't figure this stuff out myself, someone else told me. These are some of the places where you can get a follow for follow:
      1. http://bookblogs.ning.com/
      2. Search for book blogging groups in Goodreads. This is the one I mostly use: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/46870
      3. Be a good follower- comment on other people's blogs, even if they don't comment or even follow yours.

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  3. Yeah, everyone that blogs is pretty inspirational :) Totally agree! October is my one year mark - very excited!!!

    Who inspires you this week @ the Brunette Librarian :)

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    1. Congratulations! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  4. I agree! All the blogs I follow have inspired me in some way!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to visit your FF. Have a great weekend, too.

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  5. I try not to get caught up with the "competitive" side of blogging, it gets in the way of fun.

    new follower
    Talk Supe FF

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I'm following you through GFC. Great answer! I like to read (some) music and movie type blogs and I notice that the more popular ones get trolls. People making the rudest comments, attacking the blogger for their opinions, etc. I don't really see that on even the most popular book blogs- I think readers are generally nicer people!

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  6. I agree. I've been blogging for about 6 weeks and it is a lot of work (a lot of fun too). New Follower, My FF.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. Welcome to blogging. How are you managing to balance reading and blogging? I find that I'm reading less.

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  7. Followed!

    I love looking at other people's answers. That way, I can find new people to love too!(:

    http://simple-books.blogspot.com/2012/08/follow-friday-2.html

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  8. Thanks for the follow. You have a great site, happy new follower. :)

    Christine
    Rainy Day Reads
    www.rainydayreads.com

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  9. I know what you mean, I'm new to this as well, and some blogs look so amazing, and the reviews are extremely well thought out. I'm sure we'll get there too!

    I'm an old follower; here's my FF post

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  10. I had the same answer! I'm new to this, too. Err. Maybe 2 weeks old? Anyway, great minds think alike. *wink wink*

    My FF

    Would you consider clicking my link?

    -Kim

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  11. Great answer! so many people affect the blogging process and inspire us in different ways!

    Old follower hopping through.

    Here's mine: Ensconced in YA FF

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  12. I normally schedule posts ahead of time, and if I am in a rut, I would post a meme. Sorry if I gave lame advice! New Follower.

    http://starrystorm.blogspot.com/2012/08/feature-follow-2.html

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    1. I wish I had more surplus reviews I could schedule ahead of time. But, thanks for the advice because I normally just post them as I write them. Even if I write 2 reviews in a day. I have a few reviews scheduled way in advance- Netgalley ARC's I'm scheduling closer to the release date. So, if I forced myself to write reviews on those days and just didn't post them, I could start "stockpiling" some. Great advice- I can't believe I didn't think of that.

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  13. Good answer, happy Friday.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/08/feature_17.html

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  14. found you from being an inspiration to Uncorked Thoughts :D
    My FF

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  15. Just stopping by to say that I'm even more mind blown by the fact that you've being blogging less than three months :). Gives me hope as I have been for just over 2 months! :)

    Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts

    x

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    1. Thanks for choosing me as your inspiration. We really should start some kind of networking thing for new bloggers- to give each other some support and inspiration and advice.

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    2. That sounds like a brilliant idea :). I know that when I started I really could have done with having a helping hand and am sure a lot will be the same.

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  16. I've been blogging for a year and a half. I don't push myself to post every single day, that might burn me out. I think it's just my passion for books that keeps me going.

    New follower :) Have a good Friday!
    http://paranormalopinion.blogspot.com/

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    1. In the beginning I tried to post every day. Maybe that's why I got burned out feeling so fast. I hope it gets better over time, but I have a hard time writing a post unless I feel inspired.

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  17. I have been on this blog for 3 years and reviewing for 5, this September. I took a hiatus once and I regret it. I lost hundreds of followers and basically had to start over. Oh well, though! I'm a new follower.

    Here is my answer: http://booksaremylove.blogspot.com/2012/08/book-blogger-hop.html

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  18. I know what you mean - it's amazing the content that gets cranked out. And can I just say: Star Trek: The Next Generation...best show EVER!!

    I'm now folliwng you via email, Linky, and GFC. Hope you can visit us and reciprocate. We just connected on Twitter.

    Cheers!

    Renee @ http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com

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  19. Hi!
    I just came across your site and it is really lovely! I happily followed you and will enjoy reading your updates. You can find me over at Rainy Day Reads, www.rainydayreads.com It would be great if you could stop by and I would love to have a fellow book lover as a new follower.
    Christine x
    Rainy Day Reads
    www.rainydayreads.com

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  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier - returning the visit now as a past follower :)

    I have been blogging for over two years... and my advice? Write posts way in advance. I find it helps so, so much to know that you don't have to write a post everyday when you spend some of your free time making a bunch that can be posted over the next few weeks or months. It totally takes the pressure off of blogging :)

    Ms. C
    http://coffeetalereviews.blogspot.ca/2012/08/feature-follow.html

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  21. Aww definitely! I totally bow down to long term bloggers! They are an inspiration! It's truly amazing!

    I remember as I first started I was still grasping what to write and post out for my followers to read, but after a while I got the flow. I think you just need to know that being on hiatus and things are natural! It doesn't matter if you post everyday of the week or only once, I think it's pretty amazing.

    I balance my posts as stretching them over time just so I can have time to read, think what to post next, or just to let it sit there so more people can read the post. It helps to know that you don't need to post all the time because that can be stressful! But enjoy blogging! Have fun with it all! :)

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  22. I think you're doing wonderful! And your theme is great. You don't need something fancy to get your point across. Following you back from Compelled By Words! :D

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  23. Hi! I have only been blogging for about two months and agree that those of you who have been doing it for a while are amazing. At the moment I have only been posting once a week but am starting to increase that now as I slowly get the hang of things.
    Thanks for following and I am now following you back on GFC.

    Marilyn
    http://www.marilynphillips.blogspot.com.au/

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  24. Followed! Love your blog!
    http://nightmarchersseries.blogspot.com/

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