Armchair BEA: Blogger Development

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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!