I started using the Click to Tweet plug-in in some of my posts as well as Buffer and Co-Schedule to organize my social media posts and my traffic has definitely increased. It’s only been a couple of weeks; I’ve really got to give it at least six weeks to see if it really works. Plus, with summer my visits each day have gone down. At least that’s what I’m blaming it on, don’t want to think people are running away!
I also have been posting my reviews to KissinBlueKaren’s Read This! Round Up (fill out submissions by Sunday for Monday posting) and the Daily Mayo’s Lit Lover’s Link Up on Thursdays. I’ve seen more traffic on book reviews, but not many more comments.
I signed up for my first On the Same Page Secret Sister project which will run for six months. I got my Secret Sister’s name and blog and sent off a small gift. I’m excited for the surprises. Sign ups are closed for this round, but if you are interested in future swaps, read the description now so you can be prepared in January.
PIMPING OTHER BLOGS
Karen has started a weekly discussion meme called Beyond the Books, where she gives participants fun topics in advance and you can link your posts up on Thursdays. It’s a great way to let other bloggers get to know you and mix it up so everything isn’t constantly literary.
Do you use either version of the Tweak Me theme from Nose Graze as your WordPress design? Do you admire a blog that uses this theme? Ashley is looking for Who Wears Tweak Me Best, and the winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. You can nominate yourself or another blog and you can nominate as many as you like. Once she has the nominations there will be a voting period and you can only vote once.
Felicia from the Geeky Bloggers Book Blog is organizing posts for Love My Library Card Month in September. You can see everything they did last year on her Round-Up Post. She’s looking for guest posts, so if you are a library lover check it out.
Shannon from it Starts @ Midnight, Inge from Bookshelf Reflections and Kayla @ The Thousand Lives are planning a very important event in August. Shattering Stigmas will be focusing on mental illness in YA literature. They are planning reviews, author posts, games, giveaways, and some very personal posts. I worked with middle school students for 25 years and know that this is a huge issue, one more thing to make growing up even more difficult. Please visit them and fill out the anonymous survey to help them plan their activities. This is for everyone, even if you have no experience with YA literature or mental illness in yourself or others.
- My Favorite Words
- Pool or Beach?
- Bookish Decor
- Commenting: If You Feel Guilty You’re Probably Doing it Right!
- The REAL Me
FROM THE LIBRARY
These were all good, even if I didn’t review them. I’d go nutty if I did these as well as the ARCs!
- The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
- First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
- Dead Man’s Island by Carolyn G. Hart
- The Selection by Kiera Cass
- Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
- The Elite by Kiera Cass
ARCS READ/REVIEWS POSTED
- The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer (won from Goodreads)
- Luckiest Girl Alive by Lisa Knoll (won from Goodreads)
- Bodice of Evidence by Nancy J. Parra (won from Bookin’ with Bingo)
- Baker’s Blues by Judith Ryan Kendricks (August 27 blog tour)
- Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
- Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits’ Curse by Martin Davies
- The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman (August release)
- Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs (August release)
AUGUST MUST READS
- Don’t Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh (August release)
- Broken Homes & Gardens by Rebecca Kelly (August 24 blog tour)
- The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie (September 1 release)
READING CHALLENGE UPDATE
- Snagged @ the Library – 50/50 COMPLETE in April!
- New to Me Authors – 31/25 COMPLETE in May!
- Cloak & Dagger – 30 / 40 books. = 75% complete
- Historical Fiction – 25/25 books = COMPLETE in July!
- What’s In a Name – 6/6 COMPLETE in June!
- Women Authors – 20/20 COMPLETE in February!