The end of 2015 is quickly creeping up on us, so I thought I’d take the time to reflect over the past 12 months of blogging and do a quick round up of some of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and some of my favourite posts I’ve written (plus a few blogs I’ve loved reading this year!). I’ll be doing a New Year’s Resolution post on Thursday (New Year’s Eve) as well, but I thought it would be better to use an entire post to look back at the year that has gone (and absolutely flown by if you… Read more »
Well, it’s happening again: I’m attempting a blog schedule. It will run on a two weekly basis and will involve me publishing a post three times a week, the first week’s posts including a book review, a lifestyle post and a list post, and the second a writing post, a bookish/blogging discussion post and a new feature I’m starting called ‘Photos on Friday’ (basically me posting some of my photography). Whether or not I manage to stick to it is another story, discipline having never exactly been my strong suite (I was one of those kids who left their homework… Read more »
I absolutely love reading blogging tips posts. You know the sort: ‘how to get more blog traffic’, ‘how to take better blog photos’, ‘how to be an organised blogger’ etc. It’s almost as if I think the act of reading them will suddenly make me be able to take better blog photos or be a more organised blogger. Unfortunately though, this certainly isn’t the case. There types of posts always inspire me to make goals about how I’m going to post more often, or write more of a certain type of post, but I can’t think of a time when I’ve actually fulfilled… Read more »
Recently, I’ve been contemplating making a few changes to my blog, and I was hoping to get some readers’ thoughts. I kind of want this space to feel even more ‘me’ than it does already by incorporating more areas of my life into it, other than just the bookish and writing side. I was thinking of occasionally doing personal/lifestyle type posts, and I had considered adding the odd photography or arty post here and there. The literature part of this blog also seem to have fallen more by the wayside in recent months, so I’d quite like to revive that… Read more »
Well, I’ve gone and done it again! I’ve redesigned my blog for the fourth time in just over a year. I’ve been getting itchy blog design feet again for a while now, but when I saw this post showing all the beautiful things that can be done with the Tweak Me theme I decided to take the plunge. So far I like what I’ve done with it (particularly the new header – which is just an adaptation of the old header really!), although there are still some tweaks I need to make eg. fix the sizing of all the pictures… Read more »
Today just so happens to be a year from the day when I posted my first blog post and embarked on my great blogging adventure (cue party poppers!). I had been thinking of starting a blog for a long time before I actually did, and so to have a full year of blogging behind me seems like a pretty big achievement. In this past year I’ve read more books than ever and discovered some truly captivating stories, I’ve improved my writing skills and brushed up on my photography, I’ve guest posted and taken part in bookish discussion challenges and NaNoWriMo,… Read more »
Back when I started book blogging I had no idea what an ARC was. I soon came to know that it was an ‘advanced reader copy’, or a copy of an as yet unpublished book sent out by publishers to bloggers to review. Now this all sounds very exciting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest perks of book blogging, but personally, I find that they hold little interest for me. That’s right: free books that haven’t even been released yet hold little interest to me. Yes, I strongly suspect I’m crazy too!
In just under a month it will be my first blogoversary (hooray!), and whilst a year of blogging hardly makes me an expert, I feel like I’ve learnt a few things that could help out anyone who is thinking about taking the plunge and starting a book blog (or has already plunged and feels a little lost!). So here are a few tips I would give to those people who are where I was a year ago, and about to embark on a journey into the wonderful (yet totally confusing and crazy) world of book blogging: Choose your platform wisely…. Read more »
I’ll be the first person to admit that social media isn’t my natural forte. Prior to starting a blog, the only social media account I had was a personal Facebook account gathering dust somewhere in the recesses of the internet, and I had no real interest in changing that (which is kind of odd for a twenty-one-year-old, but whatever!). That was until I started blogging. As much as I wanted to avoid social media (not because I disliked it – just because I had no idea how to use it!) my abysmal blog stats soon made it clear that no… Read more »
So you’re an avid reader, and have been reading book blogs for a while now and have been thinking about starting your own… Well congrats, because you’re exactly where I was eight months ago! It took two years of extreme procrastination (my speciality!), extensive blogging research (basically more procrastination) and a lengthy internal debate about possible blog names before I finally took the plunge and started Boats Against The Current eight months ago, and I haven’t looked back since.