How cool is this? I was nominated for my first Blogger award!
Takes a bow and blows kisses to ajoobacats, with many thanks. Hugs my friend.
This was a really great way to start my day! I logged in and her post was there about her receiving the award. Well, didn’t I get a surprise when I clicked and got the WP notification of a comment on my blog. It was ajoobacats notifying me that she had nominated me!
This award was started by Edge Of Night as a way of recognizing other bloggers whom the award nominator felt made the blogosphere a little better in some way.
The rules are:
Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
- Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
- Make sure to also attach the award itself!
- Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
- Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing! (It happens LOL).
How did my blog get started? I wanted some place to post my Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood stories where the ‘witch hunters’ (fanfiction dot net’s version of the Gestapo) couldn’t say boo about the content and where I would have more control over how and when posts happened. I also wanted an easier way to interact with my followers and commenters.
It grew from a site where I posted my stories to what it is now. I still have my stories here but I also have recipes, book reviews and product reviews. It’s my ‘safe’ place to vent and rant and have my happy feelings and let everyone know about it :D.
My piece of advice for other bloggers: It’s sometimes hard to come up with an idea or theme for a post. I had a hard time with that for the longest while. I solved it quite easily actually with blog challenges.
The two that finally got me started with regular blogging are Cee’s Share Your World Weekly Challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge, there’s a new UBC challenge starting October 1. They gave me a reason and some focus instead of wracking my brain trying to figure out what to say.
Unbroken from therealrene
Saga: Volume 1 from One Lazy Robot
Eighth Grave After Dark from Truebookiesreview
The Hated Ones from Be Like Water
I happen to agree, a LOT, with Lazy Robot!
I can’t remember the last time I paid full price for a book of any sort!
Hard backs…Uhhh, yeah, what are those again? Ohhhhhhhh, riiiiiiiiigggggggghhhhhhhhttttttttt, those heavy as shit door stops/book ends for paper backs and flower presses!
The last one I bought was a Christmas Present for my boyfriend.
Paperback? Uhhhh, looks around the room at ALL the bookshelves which are double and triple stacked with books, it’s been years since I bought a paper back. In fact I think the last ones I bought were The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire.
eBooks? Yeah, buy them all the time, several a week sometimes. I happen to be on the Kobo list which sends out a list of 15-20 FREE titles every day, including weekends. I’m also a member of eBub which quite frequently has free ebooks. I’m a frequent flier at the public library which is progressive and loans out ebooks.
I also am on the list for a couple of authors to preread which means I sometimes get to read a book before the general public! The Green Dagger and How To Kill Your Senator are examples of books I had the honour and privilege of reading before the general public.
I will, on the rare occasion, pay for a big author. Even then I will generally preorder so I can get the discount for that.
There is another way as well, it’s not used frequently and not all authors/publishers do it but you can sometimes find books which have had the DRM removed from them so you can share them around with your friends.
I would like to add my experience to gathering follows.
- I know it sounds corny but really, do some challenges. Ceesphotography does the Share Your World every Monday and I had fun doing it. I might even get back to it at some point.
The One I have the most fun doing, even thought I don’t always complete it for various reasons, is the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
- I cross post to Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and Facebook. Really, this does help to find the viewers and followers you’re looking for, especially if you use #3.
Tag your posts! You don’t need a lot of tags but you do need to add the relevant ones so others can find you more easily.
A little trick I learned from someone code named WordPress Whisperer: If you’re posting from your blog and not reblogging or pressing (you can save to draft from press then go to your posts page to do this) you can go to the little section titled Publicize. Click the little blue edit button and, if you have your shares enabled, you can #hashtag and @direct message trending topics, individual people and specific audiences. For example: When I write a book review or post one from someone else I’ll go to publicize and @message the one publisher and #hashtag book reviews and the blog name.
If you mention someone else’s post in one of yours, even without reblogging, ping them back by linking their name. They will then know you mentioned them and, since the ping appears in their comments section, you’ll possibly generate traffic for your site as well.
Honestly, other than my fanfiction followers number 4 is how I got the majority of my followers.
These four things take so little time , especially cross posting to other forums, once you get them set up the first time, that it’s not really an option to not do them. I don’t always get followers when I do these things but they do generate traffic, reblogs, likes and discussion.
I have read some truly amazing posts on a variety of topics just by visiting the blogs of people who have liked or commented on one of my posts without clicking the little follow button.
Just a footnote on the ping backs: that’s why there ARE so many links in a lot of my posts. I’m generating traffic for other blogs or sites when I do that and I’m more than happy to do it whether they acknowledge it or not. It’s my way of paying it forward from the times others have linked back to me.