Armchair BEA: Blogger Development

Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads

Blogger Development

I’m still new to the book blogging community, but two places have especially helped me to develop as a blogger:

1. Bloggiesta. This is blogging marathon that focuses on improving your blog, checking items off your blogging to-do list, and learning new things from other bloggers. The main event occurs twice a year, with mini-events occurring quarterly and Twitter chats monthly in between. I’ve learned about writing review policies, SEO, using a spreadsheet to help organize my reading/reviewing (and oh boy, that  one has been a godsend!), and more. Friday, June 21 at 9:00 pm EST is the next Bloggiesta chat. Simply use the hashtag #bloggiesta and join in! (Using Tweetchat or Hootsuite makes these chats a bit easier to follow.)

2. Book Bloggers Do It Better. This discussion community on Google+ has pretty much brought me back to G+. You must be a book blogger to join, and you have to participate – you can’t simply post links. Moderators Becca of Lost in Books and Bryan of Still Unfinished do a wonderful job keeping the community spam-free, which in turn helps foster active discussion. This is the first place I go if I have a book blogging question or dilemma. There are always fun bookish threads going on, such as the one below.

These are two areas that have encouraged me to branch out as both a blogger and a reader, always while having plenty of fun!

  • Those are great suggestions. I am really interested in Blogeista. Nothing like a group of people to help you tick things off your to-do list.


  • LLM

    Great suggestions. I have found Bloggiesta to be very helpful. I have been avoiding G+ because it is just one more thing for me to keep track of and get sidetracked by. It is good that you have found such a great group though.

    LLM – ABookGeek

  • I’ve never seen these resources before will definitely check them out now!

  • I love this development post! Even after blogging for eons, I still dig Bloggiesta and it’s a great push to do some of the blog upkeep that I generally shuck off in favor of other things, or it helps give me new ideas.

    And Book Bloggers Do It Better has been such a joy! I was a member of a bunch of Yahoo! discussion groups back in the day (2001-2005) and it was kind of what started the blogging trend for many of us. I can see that Google+ can step in and help replace what time has faded a bit.

    Good stuff!

  • I’ve never heard of either of them but they look awesome! Thanks for the tip 🙂

    My day 2 post

  • Bloggiesta has looked fun in the past, I’ve just never heard it was going on until it was too late! I definitely want to participate one year, though. 🙂

    – Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  • I just recently found out about Bloggiesta, but I had no idea about the Google+ group. Looks like I should join up!

  • I haven’t been able to participate in a Bloggiesta yet, but the tutorials were very helpful when I recently redesigned and relaunched my blog, Bookish Comforts.

    I’m not a big Google + user since I don’t know a lot of people who use it, and don’t have a purpose for it… yet. But that is awesome that you’ve found a vibrant community to be part of on there!

    I also blogged about my development as a book blogger and genre fiction.

  • I hear about Bloggiesta all the time, but I’ve never really looked into it. A lot of people have mentioned it today, though, so I’ll definitely check it out!

  • I’ve done a few Bloggiestas and love them, but have never tried to do any of the mini-challenges. I don’t go on Google+ much either, so I was glad to hear about the book blogging group there.

  • Hello!! I have enjoyed bee-bopping around your blog!! I love Bloggiestas!!! I usually get a lot of work done. Google + is just eh to me. I need to use it more but just never do.

  • I did Bloggiesta this year and it was extremely helpful! That’s actually when I made my layout and blog buttons. I don’t really use Google + a lot but I might start using it more now that some people are wanting to it for book chats on occasion.

  • Bloggiesta rules. 😉

    I’m considering coming back to G+ because of that group. I had an account before and deleted it because I had NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING, lol.