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>Armchair BEA: Blogging

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  1. Since today is the BBC in NYC the Armchair BEA topic is all about blogging.  Since I am feeling behind the eight ball this morning I am going to use the prompts left and hopefully a little bit more than that but we are going to have to see how it goes.  It is just that kind of rainy slow day here in Michigan




  • How do you utilize social networking in relation to your blog? What may be the pros and cons of doing so?

  • Well, I have a facebook page but I really don’t know what to do with it. So any advice would be welcome!  I really don’t get it which is sad.  I also have twitter and I have been trying to put myself out there are get to know people.  I have chatted with a few bloggers and luck for me a few authors.


    The biggest con for me is that I get sucked in and all my time goes to it.  Ahh!
    The biggest pro is getting to know people and getting my blog out there.

  • Share some of your favorite blogging technical tips.

  • Well, honestly, I wish I had some to share but I really don’t.  i have used Book Blogging 101 and others like it to get my questions answered.  I am pretty new to this!


  • What are your tips for balance life and blogging?

  • Isn’t this the question!  It is a really tough one.  Book Blogging takes time and lots of it.  I would be spending the time reading either way so that is not the investment for me.  Rather, for me it is the actual blogging and following all the blogs that I do.  I have to make sure that I focus on what is really important in my life first and that is my family.  My blog comes second but I try not to beat myself up if I have a bad reading week because I had family stuff to do.  I think it is just important to remember what the big picture is.

  • What genre do you blog about and why?

  • I read a little of everything and always have.  My blog is not genre specific rather about my love of books, all books!


    Now that I have gotten this far, I realized that there is something I would like to say.  There are some amazing bloggers out there that help those of us who are new or just are looking to figure stuff out.  THANK YOU!  I know that you all remember what it was like when you started and in part that is why you do it but you don’t have to and I know it takes a lot of time.  So thank you!


    What tips or comments do you have about this topic?

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    Armchair BEA: Blogging

    1. Since today is the BBC in NYC the Armchair BEA topic is all about blogging.  Since I am feeling behind the eight ball this morning I am going to use the prompts left and hopefully a little bit more than that but we are going to have to see how it goes.  It is just that kind of rainy slow day here in Michigan




  • How do you utilize social networking in relation to your blog? What may be the pros and cons of doing so?

  • Well, I have a facebook page but I really don’t know what to do with it. So any advice would be welcome!  I really don’t get it which is sad.  I also have twitter and I have been trying to put myself out there are get to know people.  I have chatted with a few bloggers and luck for me a few authors.


    The biggest con for me is that I get sucked in and all my time goes to it.  Ahh!
    The biggest pro is getting to know people and getting my blog out there.

  • Share some of your favorite blogging technical tips.

  • Well, honestly, I wish I had some to share but I really don’t.  i have used Book Blogging 101 and others like it to get my questions answered.  I am pretty new to this!


  • What are your tips for balance life and blogging?

  • Isn’t this the question!  It is a really tough one.  Book Blogging takes time and lots of it.  I would be spending the time reading either way so that is not the investment for me.  Rather, for me it is the actual blogging and following all the blogs that I do.  I have to make sure that I focus on what is really important in my life first and that is my family.  My blog comes second but I try not to beat myself up if I have a bad reading week because I had family stuff to do.  I think it is just important to remember what the big picture is.

  • What genre do you blog about and why?

  • I read a little of everything and always have.  My blog is not genre specific rather about my love of books, all books!


    Now that I have gotten this far, I realized that there is something I would like to say.  There are some amazing bloggers out there that help those of us who are new or just are looking to figure stuff out.  THANK YOU!  I know that you all remember what it was like when you started and in part that is why you do it but you don’t have to and I know it takes a lot of time.  So thank you!


    What tips or comments do you have about this topic?

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    >Armchair BEA: Relationships

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    So todays topic is relationship and well I am not one to give advice on this one.  I am a pretty new blogger and really intimidated by a lot of the bloggers out there.  I find it hard to put myself out there.  I have made some great blogger friends from BBP this year and chat with them as often as I can.  
    I try to leave lots of comment for other bloggers hoping to make some new friends.  It does seem that we are all very busy doing our own thing.  I have yet to figure twitter out.  Everyone swears by it but I just cannot figure the darn thing out.  
    My goal right now is to make some good solid blog friends outside of those I already have.

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    Armchair BEA: Relationships

    So todays topic is relationship and well I am not one to give advice on this one.  I am a pretty new blogger and really intimidated by a lot of the bloggers out there.  I find it hard to put myself out there.  I have made some great blogger friends from BBP this year and chat with them as often as I can.  
    I try to leave lots of comment for other bloggers hoping to make some new friends.  It does seem that we are all very busy doing our own thing.  I have yet to figure twitter out.  Everyone swears by it but I just cannot figure the darn thing out.  
    My goal right now is to make some good solid blog friends outside of those I already have.

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    Armchair BEA Interview of Donna at Bites

    Hey Everyone!  I hope that you are enjoying Armchair BEA!  I took the chance to interview a fellow blogger and learn a little bit about here.  So without wasting any more time let’s get to know Donna from Bites a little better!


    Bites




    How long have you been book blogging?


    About two and a half years now.


    Why did you start blogging?


    I used to write reviews on my writing blog for the hell of it. Then I stumbled upon one of the publishers’ ARC programs and when I tried to sign up, I was denied because my blog wasn’t a pure review blog. So I farted around a little bit, came upon The Story Siren, among others, and got the inspiration to dive into the book blogging world. I transferred what reviews I already had, started posting and finding my footing in my own blogging world and the rest is history.

    How did you pick your blog name?


    In an early description of my review style I considered myself a Doberman Pinscher ripping into books. I chomped on books and spit out reviews. Bites was a natural formation from that whole mantra.

    What is your favorite book from the last year and why?


    That’s a hard one. Probably Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick. Just her writing, what she wrote about, and how she pulled you right into the story and wouldn’t let go. I couldn’t get enough of it. I promoted it every chance that I got and I turned quite a few people onto that title that probably wouldn’t have heard of it otherwise.

    If you could meet any author who would it be and why?


    Probably Cinda Williams Chima. I adore her worldbuilding in her Seven Realms novels and I’d just want to pick her brain about writing and whatnot.

    If you had pick just 3 books to take with you to a deserted island what would they be?


    Why We Suck by Denis Leary, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling and Song of the Vampire by Carmen Adams

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are from.


    I’m 28 with a bachelor’s in English and a minor in creative writing. I currently underwrite insurance (it requires very little of my degree, to my chagrin) during the day and I try as I might to write at night. Like many of my fellow book bloggers, I’d like to be published some day. I’m the owner of a psychotic Miniature Pinscher named Malfoy (yes that Malfoy, do you know another?) and the keeper of a fine soldier boy. I’m currently looking to relocate from Connecticut to a place that doesn’t know the meaning of snow and where I won’t suffer a small death every spring. 

    Thanks Donna for sharing a bit about yourself!  I can’t wait to check out all of these interviews!  I am sure most will be more fun than mine.

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    >Armchair BEA Interview of Donna at Bites

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    Hey Everyone!  I hope that you are enjoying Armchair BEA!  I took the chance to interview a fellow blogger and learn a little bit about here.  So without wasting any more time let’s get to know Donna from Bites a little better!


    Bites




    How long have you been book blogging?


    About two and a half years now.


    Why did you start blogging?


    I used to write reviews on my writing blog for the hell of it. Then I stumbled upon one of the publishers’ ARC programs and when I tried to sign up, I was denied because my blog wasn’t a pure review blog. So I farted around a little bit, came upon The Story Siren, among others, and got the inspiration to dive into the book blogging world. I transferred what reviews I already had, started posting and finding my footing in my own blogging world and the rest is history.

    How did you pick your blog name?


    In an early description of my review style I considered myself a Doberman Pinscher ripping into books. I chomped on books and spit out reviews. Bites was a natural formation from that whole mantra.

    What is your favorite book from the last year and why?


    That’s a hard one. Probably Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick. Just her writing, what she wrote about, and how she pulled you right into the story and wouldn’t let go. I couldn’t get enough of it. I promoted it every chance that I got and I turned quite a few people onto that title that probably wouldn’t have heard of it otherwise.

    If you could meet any author who would it be and why?


    Probably Cinda Williams Chima. I adore her worldbuilding in her Seven Realms novels and I’d just want to pick her brain about writing and whatnot.

    If you had pick just 3 books to take with you to a deserted island what would they be?


    Why We Suck by Denis Leary, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling and Song of the Vampire by Carmen Adams

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you are from.


    I’m 28 with a bachelor’s in English and a minor in creative writing. I currently underwrite insurance (it requires very little of my degree, to my chagrin) during the day and I try as I might to write at night. Like many of my fellow book bloggers, I’d like to be published some day. I’m the owner of a psychotic Miniature Pinscher named Malfoy (yes that Malfoy, do you know another?) and the keeper of a fine soldier boy. I’m currently looking to relocate from Connecticut to a place that doesn’t know the meaning of snow and where I won’t suffer a small death every spring. 

    Thanks Donna for sharing a bit about yourself!  I can’t wait to check out all of these interviews!  I am sure most will be more fun than mine.

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    >Armchair BEA: Best of 2011!

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    Sorry, my post is so late today everyone!  I had a very busy day and am just getting around to it.  So todays challenge was about the Best of 2011!  I have not read too many 2011 release books this year as sad as that is but here are some books I am looking forward too!

    Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13)The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles)Divergent (Divergent Trilogy)DeliriumSkipping a Beat: A Novel

    I have only read Delirium and Skipping A Beat but I really enjoyed them.

    What about you?

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