Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Blogger Hop #9 / My Week In Review

October 1-4, 2010

Hosted by Jen at Crazy-For-Books

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read! (click the title)

This week's question is:

"How do you spread the word about your blog?
(e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories,
comments on other blogs...)"

Ummm. I've only been doing this for about 5 months and when I first started I had NO clue. I kinda just blogged and sent my hope out into the Universe that people would find me. I can't remember the how's or why's but I got onto Twitter and started tweeting whenever I added a new post on my blog. I visited people's blogs but still was kind of drifting. I then discovered Goodreads and joined some communities there and a whole bunch of people visited. A light bulb went off. Hmm maybe there's something to be said for socializing (ROFL who would've thought it huh?) I don't know where I was but it was the HOP that I saw on someones blog and I thought I'd try it. BAM!! I met you all and you met me and I was so excited. I joined in more and more memes (Teaser Tuesday, Waiting On Wednesday, In My Mailbox specifically) and I think that's been the BEST thing I've ever done. I'm a big believer that if you want people to visit, it starts with you putting on your own visiting shoes and going around the neighborhood.  I try REALLY hard to make it through every link (and most memes I do) and share a little bit about myself and the excitement I feel about the books I love. My hope is that people will then come visit me and like what they see enough to keep coming back. So that's my answer for this week :D

My Week In Review (this is really a chance for me to have one big giddy moment)

I started my own meme this week called "Waiting For Pay Day". My hope is for people to come and share the books they desperately want to read but don't have the money at moment to buy. The books can be either newly released or those books that have been out for a while. It's also an opportunity to look through our TBR piles and find those books that had us excited that we may just be able to afford now. It's held here every Thursday and I'd love to see you all :)

A while ago, I was approached to review for The Romance Reviews website and this week my first review for Play Dirty by Lorie O'Clare was posted. I was giddy for the whole day and I'm excited to be part of an amazing site.

I have two giveaways planned for October - HP Mallory giveaway (Oct 1-13) and "Bite Me, Change Me, Corrupt Me" (Oct 13-31) Each giveaway gives followers an opportunity to win books that I LOVE. For more details you can see the picture at the top or go to my Cool Giveaway page. I'll keep providing the links in each meme I participate in as well.

Ok here's some posts and book reviews I did this week you might be interested in:

Upcoming Reviews

The Willow by Stacey Kennedy
The Wicked by Stacey Kennedy
The Devil's Kiss by Stacey Kennedy
Lover Awakened by JR Ward


Inspired Kathy said...

Thanks for stopping by! I love your blog.

Alison said...

Hopping through. I love your Kiss Of Death Twilight post. Even though I'm a diehard fan, I know exactly what you mean.
My Hop

Jenny said...

I couldn't agree more, going out and taking the initiative is the best way to go about blogging when you're new. It's all about meeting new people and sharing opinions:) Love your blog, I'm an old follower!

Romy @ said...


Just stopping by from the hop, thanks for visiting my blog before.

How's Australia hey ... umm she's fine! At least the election is over (go Julia!) now it's just footy footy footy (AFL), I hate football. I don't know if you've heard but the grand final was a draw last weekend so there's going to be a second match tomorrow (I don't know why they didn't just go into overtime). I tried for like an hour on the internet to get a ticket for my Dad who is a die hard Saints fan but I couldn't the server was overloaded.

I live in Melbourne and we've been having some shitty weather even though we're in spring, it's been really gloomy and overcast but today it's so nice not a cloud in the sky I just want to get out and walk instead I'm stuck trying to finish off an assignment, whilst getting distracted by blog hopping around. My brother is in Coffs Harbour for a week and he says he's had really nice weather. What's it like where your living now?

Ohh, I've written a lot, whoops, so I probably should finish off.

Have a great weekend.

Romy :)

Ashlie Swainston said...

I found you on the book blog hop, and I LOVE your blog design! The banner pic reminds me of Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games haha. You have a lot of books on your blog that I haven't heard about yet and I am excited to read their reviews! I'll be sure to comment them when I've gotten through them!

mel u said...

Hi-returning your very welcome blog hop visit-I really like your bold use of colors in your blog design

Jessica said...

Hopping along, stopped by to say Hi!

here's mine:

Angela said...

Happy Hop! I hope you have a great weekend :)

I have an award for you - you can pick it up here! Congrats!

Sarah said...

yeah I agree.. the memes are definitely the quickest way to get traffic.. and I think they are a lot of fun. My favorites are Waiting on Wednesday & In My Mailbox!

Deepali said...

Hey! You are 100% right, the memes are what increased my presence in the blogosphere! Not sure why I forgot to mention that :)
Dee from e-Volving Books

Alissa said...

I love that you stick to your structure and take the time to leave thoughtful comments when you visit fellow bloggers. I know every blogger enjoys seeing a comment every once in a while that doesn't resemble spam.

Thank you for visiting my blog. :]

Also, I'd never heard about that Waiting for Pay Day meme - thanks for linking to it!

Have an awesome weekend.

Kt said...

Just stopped by for the hop. I love your week in review. I was the same way when I first started blogging, just crossed my fingers and hoped. Now, however, I've learned that you need to work at it and spend lots of time on other people's blogs. What goes around comes around, and I find the whole experience more satisfying now. I hope you have a great weekend!!
A Book Obsession..

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

Being social really is the key, that's how I find most of the blogs I follow.

I'm now a new follower, didn't realize I wasn't one yet!

-Shera (Book Whispers)

Laura Ashlee said...

Thanks for stopping by and following! I'm a new follower here. Have a great weekend.

Laura Ashlee @ Ramblings of a (Future) Librarian

brandileigh2003 said...

I do memes as well, and try to comment on people's reviews. I know that I love comments, so I try to give them too.

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Straylights said...

Happy Friday! Have I mentioned how much I love your blog? I do! I do!
I love doing WoW and this is my first time doing the bloggity hop, it's a lot of fun! I should really do more memes in the future :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Paperback Writer said...

Thanks for hopping by my blog. I do stop by your each week. You have lots of great stuff. I will try more meme's besides the Friday Hop. Thanks for the tip! Happy Reading!

Lauren M (365 Days of Reading) said...

Thanks for hopping by my blog! Loving your layout! (And blog title!)

Lauren @ 365 Days of Reading

ifmary said...

Thanks for your comment :)
I'm your new follower !

Tiffany said...

thanks for visiting! I'm happy to find your blog! I look forward to reading about what you've read!

Tiffany (following)

LMW said...

Great blog hop girl! You are the rockinest blogginest!! haha Are either of those words? LOL
The Delusional Diaries

Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies said...

I'm stopping by your blog on the Blog Hop and for Follow Friday. I hope you have a beautiful weekend and get lots of reading done. :)

I'm a old follower.

pussreboots said...

I think I've been a subscriber to your blog for almost as long as you've had it.

Happy weekend. Come see how I use the social networks.

Ree said...

Thanks for stopping by Literary Obsession! I've been following you via GFC and Twitter for a while, and I must say I love reading your reviews.

I hope your weekend is fantastic and filled with beautiful stories.


Kristina Barnes♥ said...

Just hoppin' on by! <3 Thank you for stopping by my blog!

I really love the in-depth answer you gave! I've found that stepping around the neighborhood works really well too (not that I'm any better at it, still). I've made a couple of awesome friends by regularly stopping by their blogs. It's fun. <3

My hop :3

Kimberly said...

I am a new follower! I use the social networks to spread the word about my blog

Elizabeth said...

Back for a visit....just hopping by.

Stop by my blog if you like:

Candace said...

Wow, you try to go through the WHOLE linky? Man, I can barely get through all the visitors to my blog! lol. I try to visit everyone who visits me, especially if they leave a quality comment, and then I try to pick a few out of the linkys, but sometimes I don't get that far. I do spend a good 3 hours + a day doing blog stuff. But I feel like I'm never satisfied. Never blog enough, never visit enough blogs... yeah, it's a full time job!
Your new meme sounds very interesting! If I'm ever able to add another one to my schedule I'll keep it in mind. And I'll have to check out your HP Mallory post. I'll have mine go up on Monday, I think.

Tiger Holland said...

Hopping by to return the visit! I love that you're doing a giveaway with H.P. Mallory. I really liked Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, and now I'm reading and enjoying To kill a Warlock. :-)

Bookangel said...

Very thorough. For only five months, I think you're very ahead of the game. I like to the blog hop, but sometimes I just don't have the time for all the other memes. In time I will become more diligent in visiting blogs. But sometimes, if there isn't a quality comment I'm not compelled to go to other blogs. Thanks for stopping by my blog

Midnyte Reader said...

Hi, stopping by from the Hop. You had me at "Arizona", my favorite state. Okay, I also really liked your Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble review and I loved your "What Can you Expect..." review policy. I tend to get too analytical in my opinions, but ultimately, I think it *is* how a book makes you feel that is important.


thanks for stopping by my blog ima anew follower :)

Kah Woei said...

Hopping on by. I liked your post Twilight - The Kiss Of Death For Authors. While I'm not a Twilight fan, I do tend to avoid books I feel are similar to the story. Perhaps because I'm not a fan .... :-)

Jen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I agree, it is important to go visit other blogs and comment to get visitors for one's own. Congratulations on posting your first review on The Romance Reviews website. :)

Megan said...

Thanks for stopping by! I love romance books as well, and I'm definitely book passionate! Love your blog!

Seduced By Books said...

new to blogging and getting our review site up - come check us out - selfpromotion seems to be the only way.

thanks for letting us hop

Maidenveil said...

Hi! Just hopping by. Memes work and they are fun to do!

Have a nice weekend!

Musings of a Reader Happy

The Norwegian BookGirl said...

I think it is so great when the bloggers sum up the past and upcoming week's posts like you have done. Great blog by the way :)

Angela Carlie said...

Good morning. Thank you for coming by my blog. I now know where to go when I'm feeling cold. Your blog sure is bright and warm! ;) Have a great weekend.

Stephany said...

Heyy! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your blog is sooo cute!!! I love it! I agree with you, if you visit others, they will hopefully visit you back! That's how I see it too! I was joining the Hop almost every week for a few weeks, but have been super busy with work so haven't had a chance until just recently. I also participate in another blog called The Broke and the Bookish, where we do a weekly meme/feature called Top Ten Tuesday if you'd like to check it out sometime! I know you said you like to do the meme/features!! I am now following you!

Stephany @

anjohnston said...

I'm hopping back. Thanks so much for stopping by my hop. I really appreciate it!

I've got my query letter and since you said you liked Greek mythology, I was wondering if you'd look at it. Have an awesome weekend!

Loni said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Mandy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an old follower. I use twitter too!

Mary Brebner said...

Hi & thanks for stopping by! Love the "Waiting for Pay Day" meme you're starting--so true. I have so many book earmarked to purchase...when there's money in the account!

SusanKMann said...

Hello, Hopping over to say hi and hope your having a great weekend. Happy and hot Vance dreams x

Missie said...

Well, you are definitely doing something right!

Howdy from the hop! I'm an old follower! Hope you had a great weekend. :D

Lu said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :D

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Danielle said...

Thanks for stopping by! I have not read Divine Beginnings yet but I want to, can't wait to see what you thought of it!

AngelGoneMad said...


Thanks for stopping by! Visiting via the hop!

Hope you are having a great weekend and I hope you are feeling better!

Naomi aka Supernatural Bookworm

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