Sep 16, 2011

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Blogging

Today's topic is blogging! Tried and true practices that work for bloggers and new trends that I'd love to see happen and/or work for bloggers. It's all basically the same advice from earlier in the week, but it bears repeating. They're good ideas for new bloggers. Let's get to it!

Best Practices:
  1. Participating in memes. This really helps to connect you with other bloggers. That always helps to gain new followers, find new reads, and make new connections.
  2. Using social media. Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/etc help to get your message out there. They help spread the word, especially with RTs and others sharing your message.
  3. Giveaways. They gain visitors and followers if you participate in the big blog hops. If you have the means to share, it's good to do so. (Side note: authors and publishers help bloggers with giveaways, so you don't always have to come up with any money for them!)
New things I've tried recently:
  1. Rafflecopter. Man, it's such an easy tool to use! And it takes all the hard stuff out of picking winners and tallying entries!
  2. Guest posts. I don't always feel like these get the attention they deserve. Authors write posts for bloggers to put up, and I feel like they get the least amount of comments. We'll see how it goes in the future, I guess!
  3. Audio book giveaways. I absolutely love audio books. They make up a lot of my reading. I was contacted recently by Macmillan Audio and held a giveaway for an audio book. It went over fairly well! I think if I stick to YA audio books I'll have more entries, but I look forward to more audio book giveaways!
So that's it from me for BBAW. It's been real, folks. I love you all! Thanks for visiting! And if you try something I've mentioned, come back and let me know how it went! Also, I'm not as experienced as some other bloggers, but I'm always available to help. Feel free to contact me through the blog with a comment or on Twitter any time! Thanks! :o)


  1. I'm not sold on Rafflecopter yet, but I haven't actually tried it for myself, so we'll see! I'm hoping to try out guest posting maybe, too, though I tend to be a little shy in that respect. Audiobook giveaways are a great idea!

  2. Be yourself and remember why you do this.

  3. Rafflecopter saved my life! I was going nuts counting entries DX

  4. I hadn't heard of Rafflecopter until today...

  5. I haven't heard of Rafflecopter. I'll have to check it out - probably easier to use than


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