#BookBlogWriMo Day 12: Advice for Newbie Bloggers

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Day 12! Almost late, but I made it. For this twelfth day of #BookBlogWriMo, hosted by Book Bumblings, I am supposed to give newbie bloggers advice…

I’m probably the worst person to give advice if I’m being honest.

Considering my newbie status and my horrible organizational skills the only advice I can give anyone is look at what I do and do the total opposite.
Plan posts, take notes, don’t do reviews by memory, and stick to a posting schedule.

One piece of advice I’ll give that I actually DO do is be yourself, have fun, be honest, and don’t be afraid to let the world know how passionate you are about a book or a character. Those are the things that are going to get people to come back and read what you write.

And yeah, that’s my quick heartfelt (slightly self deprecating) advice for newer newbies than me!

Until next time
*insert salute gif here*

#BookBlogWriMo Day 11: #Top10Tuesday – Most Popular Posts

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Finally on the post that is actually right for today! Day 11 of #BookBlogWriMo (hosted by Book Bumblings) is your top ten most popular posts! I’ve never actually looked at this stat, so it may be interesting (or sad, depending on the numbers I see…).

Here we go:

1) Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy 

Well there you go. I think this one really buckles down to good timing. I wrote this giant review just before the movie was released to people were looking at getting the low-down on the book and the trilogy. If you are interesting in my thoughts on all three books in the trilogy then give it a read!

2) Let’s get crawling: The Independent Bookshop Week Bookshop Crawl

I was lucky enough to be living in the UK when it was Independent Bookshop Week so I made sure to participate in the Bookshop Crawl while I could. This is the introduction post if you are interested about it for next year maybe!

3) I came, I crawled, I conquered: IBW Bookshop Crawl & Haul

Naturally the next most popular would be my participation in the Bookshop Crawl. I wrote about my experience and what I got over the course of that day.

4) I think I can, I think I can…I can’t: five books left unfinished

Well the title is self explanatory – these are five books I hadn’t (at the time) finished. The only one that can be taken off that list now is City of Bones (which I reviewed here). Give it a look if you want to see what books I haven’t finished and why!

5) Most Anticipated Hunger Games Scenes!

Well this is a blast to the past. I started this blog back when The Hunger Games was about to be released in theatres so I came up with this post and it has definitely held strong in views! I guess I’m going to have to do a post on the most anticipated scenes for Mockingjay!

6) Review: Gone Girl

Once again, I think this review came out at the perfect time as it was right before the movie so everyone was looking into finding more about the story. I actually wrote my Adaptation Report of the movie here so you can check that out.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 10: Memes you Meme

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It’s all about memes for Day 10 of #BookBlogWriMo hosted by Book Bumblings.

I don’t think I’ve ever done a meme thing for my blog, but I do occasionally partake in ‘meme-ing’ over on instagram. The two most used memes being #ManCrushMonday and #ThrowbackThursday

For example, a couple of weeks ago Chris Messina (aka Danny Castellano on The Mindy Project) was my #MCM:

Binge watching #TheMindyProject has highly influenced my #mcm choice.

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And of course a #MCM dedicated to Benedict Cumberbatch because no #MCM is complete without an homage to the Batch:

#mancrushmonday? #mancrushalways

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My last #TBT was actually from J.K. Rowling’s birthday so I thought it would be fitting to throwback to this particular photo:

A #tbt dedicated to J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's birthday @morgainecraven

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But most of the time I just throw back to pictures of myself as a wee child:

#tbt cooler than you

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I think I should also step up my memes game; I’ll add that to the ever growing list of things I should be doing…

Next up, Day 11!

#BookBlogWriMo Day 9: Your Blogging Workflow

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How fitting that day nine of Book Bumblings‘ #BookBlogWriMo is about blogging workflow as I write this blog three days late.

I honestly don’t think I have a workflow when it comes to blogging…which is horrible.

Here is what generally happens when I write a post:

1) Open wordpress

2) Get document set up

3) Start writing

4) Procrastinate for an hour on either YouTube, Tumblr or both

5) Realise an hour has gone by, watch one more video

6) Write

7) Edit

8) Post

So there is it, my much sought after blogging workflow.

Day 10 and 11 will be up pretty quickly following this, so stay tuned for more!

 

#BookBlogWriMo Day 7 & 8: #FlashbackFriday Blog’s First Design & Your Blogging Toolkit

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I missed a day again…oops. I really am trying to have a strict posting schedule, but it was Friday…so..

Any who I will be doing day 7 and 8 of Book Bumblings BookBlogWriMo: blog’s first design and my blogging toolkit.

Blog’s First Design:

So, funny story…the WayBackMachine website doesn’t work for this website. YAY.

The good news though: my blog looks almost exactly the same – the only difference is the header photo. That used to be this photo:

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Maybe it is time for me to look for a new layout…

Blogging Toolkit:

I’m sorry to say this isn’t going to be the most interesting post either…I don’t think I have much of a ‘toolkit’ when it comes to blogging – I just do the thing.

All I really need is my laptop, Goodreads, and a cup of tea or coffee…..and YouTube for ample procrastination.

Wow that sounds boring. Reading all the posts from today is really going to help me out when it comes to upping my blogging game.

Until tomorrow!

#BookBlogWriMo Day 6: #TBT Favorite Childhood Books

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The prompt for day six in BookBlogWriMo – hosted by Book Bumblings – was one that I had been looking forward to since the beginning; favourite childhood books.

When I think of my childhood there are two books and one series hat come to mind: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

 

When I was younger I had two copies of Love You Forever, an original copy that is old and tattered and the special hardback edition you see above. It is one of those kids books that will stay on your bookshelf forever and will be passed on through the generations. The message of the book is so simple, but so powerful that it is tough to forget the infamous line: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” If I’m being honest with you, I’ve read the book so many times that I pretty much have it memorised.

Most of my early reading memories come from C.S. Lewis. Even before I could read my dad would read me The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe before bed every night…over and over again. It was the perfect adventure before to finish a day off and I would stay up – probably later than I should have – wanting to hear what happened next. I think it is safe to say that this illustrated copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the gateway into my love and passion for books.

Last, but certainly not least, we have Harry PotterWhat sort of childhood list of books would this be if I didn’t include good ol’ J.K. This book series shaped my life; it made me the person I am today. I’ve made friends through Potter; learned through Potter; experienced loss, love, courage, respect, power, revenge, and so much more through Potter. There is a reason these books are as popular as they are (sticking with present tense here). The number of times I reread this series throughout my childhood is insane, but I wouldn’t change it in a heartbeat. I was a Potterhead way back in the day, I’m a proud Potterhead today, and I will continue to be a Potterhead for many, many years to come.

#BookBlogWriMo Day 5: Where I Blog

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Another day, another prompt. Day 4 of BookBlogWriMo hosted by Book Bumblings is all about where I blog.

I really wish I could have some cool answer for this with an equally cool picture like so:

Alas, my life is not nearly cool enough (or organised) for that. The truth of the matter is that I am generally writing in most of the places I read; on the couch or in my bed…and sometimes at the dining room table. This is where I am currently writing this blog post:

Boring, I know. Maybe knowing that Jon Stewart is on in the background will make this writing space a little less boring though!

Until tomorrow *salutes*