Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA: Blogger Development

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Today's Armchair BEA topic is about Blogger Development and how we have developed as a blogger. After actively blogging for about a year I still have no idea what I'm doing and I try to take it one day at a time. Blogging is something I absolutely love to do but unfortunately it is very time consuming and more times then not I don't have the time I would like to put into my blog. Still, I feel my blog as progressed and that I have learned a lot. 

When I first started blogging, I'll admit I just kind of went with the flow. I didn't have a clue how to actually be a blogger but I knew it was something I wanted to try. I saw a ton of people did Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday and they both sounded straightforward so I did those. I posted a review as I read a book and slowly but surely I began to get in the swing of things. Now, I have a feature I started here on Wholly Books but I still participate in those memes every so often. I also bought a domain and paid someone to do a custom design. I still struggle with the HTML part of blogging but I have picked up on some things. I have co-hosted a giveaway hop and participated in reading challenges. I have two part-time reviewers, Danielle and Ashley Z. that recently started helping me out since it's so time consuming. 

Also, I recently decided to become an affliate with The Book Depository but it's not something I'll ever make a ton of money from (or any for that matter)! For me, blogging isn't for money but rather a way of sharing my thoughts with others. I love getting comments and hearing from people that read my blog. I'm self absorbed that way! ;) 

Still, there is a ton of stuff I still want to do. I have a couple of events in mind that I hope to do soon and I also would love to host a reading challenge at some point. I'm terrible at commenting on people's blogs and that's something I'm actively working on. (Forgive me if it takes a while for me to comment back!) 

So that's pretty much how my blog has developed! Sorry for such a short post but it's coming up on 1 am here and I have to work in the morning! :)


  1. It is so time consuming and now that I do publicist work I am working 12 hour days and never get weekends off! IT IS FUN though and its weeks like this that make it worth it! Welcome to my blogging circle today!

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  2. Love your attitude. Taking it one day at a time. So long as you're loving it, there's no rush. Enjoy the process. That's what i'm trying to do... :0)

  3. You blogging is time consuming. I try to plan ahead to take some of the pressure off, and so far that's working :-)

    Tanya Patrice

  4. Blogging is definitely time consuming, but I agree that taking it one day at a time is the way to do it in a way that doesn't inspire burn-out!

  5. Completely understand about not being able to have the time always. I tend to only comment on blogs now that I have read many times the last year and belong to my belongings friends because of the time issue.
    Nice post!

  6. I really wish I could learn more HTML and CSS. I suppose I could, but time is so limited right now. I'm also not very visually artistic at all, so I prefer to explain my vision to an expert artist/designer, and have them execute! Lol I do wish I could do more for myself, though.

  7. I like your "just going with the flow". I think that's the easiest way to get into blogging. Whenever I managed to do one thing, there was something else I wanted to try or teach myself :)

  8. I agree that blogging takes time, and as a hobby, you want to enjoy it. When I started out, I thought I needed to post something every day and I was so overwhelmed. Now I post when I want, and do what I want. Over time, I've learned a little html and hope to keep learning more.

    My Blogger Development

  9. I like the "go with the flow" approach. :)

  10. I completely agree...blogging is definitely more time consuming than I ever realized it would be. And what about time to read? :) I can't decide if the idea of an associate reviewer sounds like a good thing to me or something that scares the pants off of me. I do have a few bookish friends in real life that have done a couple of guest reviews for me. That wasn't so bad. I guess it's not too much different from that. Great post!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  11. Great post. I love that you started your own feature, i would like to do that in the next year. Hope you have a great ABEA Week! New follower here. Here's my Blogger development and favorite books by genre post if you'd like to stop by.

  12. I got started blogging by doing community events too. It's nice to get ideas for posts and have a way to find other bloggers who are participating.

  13. I always feel like I still don't know what I'm doing either. lol I'm thinking about the domain thing. It seems like the next reasonable step for me. Also was thinking about becoming affiliated with The Book Depository and Amazon too. Still unsure though. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books


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