Becoming a Better Blogger
I have been blogging for almost a year – actually my blogoversary will be on Sunday – the last day of Armchair BEA. During that time, I have changed quite a few things. First, I started out on Blogger, but I didn’t like to feel so enclosed, there were a lot of cool widgets and layouts it was just not possible to have there. So, after just three months under my belt, I moved to a self-hosted wordpress blog. And I’m so happy about that! I can choose different plugins for so many different things. I mean, really, if I think of something I want on my blog, I do a plugin search, and chances are someone with programming skills have already thought about it!
Apart from that move, I’m not really thinking very much about bettering myself as a blogger. I know I have changed the way I review a little bit – but that’s just experience and not a conscious decision. And I really want to continue to have blogging as a hobby. I do not have adds, I earn no income from having my blog – and that’s OK! I have signed up with Amazon Associates program, because I figured if people want to buy a book based on my review, and they click a link from here anyway, it would be nice if I got a few cents for it. That way, the next time I decide to host a giveaway, I may at least have some monetary ‘help’ from the associates program, instead of paying it all myself.
I sure have branched out a lot, though! I have ‘met’ so many nice bloggers, and I’ve found so many excellent books thanks to them. There are some blogs I check out every single day, and I know that some of them return the favor, because we are chatting back and forth across the boundaries of our own blogs. This is one of the things I love the most about blogging, the fact that I actually have someone I can chat about books with! Whom I can share my excitement or my frustrations with.
Just as yesterday, when I was asked to talk about a few bloggers I really respect and love, talking about genres I love more than others is like you’re asking me to choose favorites among my children! I just can’t do that! If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I read more or less anything as long as it is, indeed, fiction! I love reading YA (even if I don’t really agree that YA is a genre per se) because it’s refreshing to read about teens who are evolving into adulthood. I love reading paranormal mystery, paranormal romance, paranormal erotica… yeah, if it has something paranormal in it, I will probably want to read it 🙂
I can enjoy the classics, historical fiction, historical romance, so called ‘chick-lit’, contemporary romance, New Adult. I can’t really think of a genre I would not read! I think the main thing I can say that I look for in a book is that I want to be swept into the world the author has created there. I want to feel connected with the characters, and get to know who they are, read about how they grow, and try to understand why they make the choices they make.
So, yes, Fiction is my favorite genre hands-down 🙂 But please don’t ask me to be more precise than that 🙂
Thanks for stopping by today for some more Armchair BEA fun! I got to add some new blogs to the RSS reader I use, yesterday, and I hope I’ll find more today.