The Sunday Post 3.24.2013

The Sunday Post MemeThis is a fun meme started by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. As she says:

~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Here’s the awesomeness that you read, ingested, missed, hated, loved {whatever} last week:

Let’s see how I fared…

What I Posted 

  1. Monday: I posted a review of The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding.
  2. The Top Ten Tuesday this week was fun (and shaming): we had to list the Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy…But Are Still Sitting on My Shelf Unread.
  3. I finally got to read my copy of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles trilogy, and if you have read Cinder, you most definitely will want to read this. If you haven’t read Cinder, then it looks like you have two more books on your TBR pile.
  4. On Wednesday, I posted the results of my book cover challenge that I did for the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Read-A-Thon. It was a lot of fun! I hope I get to do challenges for other read-a-thons as well.
  5. I read and reviewed The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar and posted the day it was released.
  6. Feature and Follow Friday‘s question this week was about guilty pleasures.
  7. On Saturday, I posted a review for Robin Palmer’s Geek Charming.
  8. I finished Biting Cold by Chloe Neill. I wrote a Quick and Dirty review on Goodreads.
  9. Started reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is what my daughter and I are currently reading together. (BTW – did you happen to catch John Green on Craig Ferguson this week?)

Promises, Promises

  1. I did not read and review three requested book reviews. BOOOO MEEEEEE. (In my defense, I had forgotten about the Release Day Review for The Art of Wishing that was due.)
  2. As promised, I did not check out anything new from the library.
  3. I did, however, get some new books from other “sources.” In a dark alley. From the inside of a trench coat. Not really.

Upcoming Challenges

A week from tomorrow starts Book Blogger Twitter Con 2013. Sponsored by Parajunkee, it is “seven days of great book topics and awesome Twitter discussions, a book blogger awards program and daily giveaways.” They will be covering many topics, from how to research content to writing negative reviews to increasing comments on your posts. This is the first year, so join in and have fun!

New Books

Sometimes when you see a book offered, you just have to take it. You may not get that chance again (substitute “you” for “I” in the last two sentences). So, yes, I did get some new books this week:

  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. This was in my shopping cart on Amazon, so the thoughtful bots sent it to me.
  • For those of you who loved the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins, she has a new series coming out. The first book (of which I received an ARC!) is called School Spirits. It is being released on May 13th. Thank you to Rachel Hawkins, Disney Hyperion and NetGalley for my copy.
  • I don’t review a lot of Middle Grades books, but I did receive a requested copy of Twerp by Mark Goldblatt that I am looking forward to reading. It will be published on May 28th. Thanks to Mark Goldblatt, Random House Books for Young Readers and NetGalley.
  • VERY excited and thankful for my copy of The After Girls by Leah Konen that I received from Merit Press.

A Comment About Social Media

I’ve discovered that some of you bloggers do not have a Twitter account. Whether it’s because it seems overwhelming or stupid or something extra you cannot add to your plate, none of those excuses count. Period. If you have a blog, you need Twitter. Period. Why? People need to be able to find you and connect with you. People are much more likely to follow you on Twitter than follow your blog. More people (the WORLD) will know when you’ve posted something. You can take photos of what you are reading and post them (Instagram! But that’s for another day). You can communicate with authors, publishers, bloggers, librarians, conferences, festivals, bookstores, etc. etc. and keep up with what all these people are talking about. YOU WILL NO LONGER BE IN THE DARK!

Here are some hints to remember:

  • Be sure the Twitter name you choose is the same/roughly the same as your blog name, as you need to make it as easy as possible for people to find you. Try to keep it as short as possible.
  • Reason #2 for Item #1: believe it or not, but once you started your blog and gave it a name, you became a brand. That means you need to have the same name everywhere. Protect your brand.
  • Put a link AT THE TOP OF YOUR BLOG. You want to make it super simple for people to be able to follow you. I don’t like it when I have to go to the “about me” or “contact me” pages of a blog (or, horror of horrors, to the bottom of the blog) to find a Twitter link. Or to spend time looking and not find a link at all.
  • Put a link in your Twitter profile to your blog. Also write a bio. People don’t like to follow anonymous accounts. And yes, a photo. Never leave that blank, as it looks like a spam account. Your actual photo is best unless you are a company or more than one person. Then, a logo is fine.
  • Be nice and reciprocate. The rule, when Twitter was first getting going, was that you would follow back everyone. Obviously, that’s not the best rule of thumb any more since you might get spam (always report spam), 5,000 people who claim to be social media or marketing experts and other random followers. Use your best judgment on who to follow back by reading some of their tweets. Err on the side of follow. You will get more followers this way.
  • Follow people who fall within your theme. For example, if you are a book blogger, follow publishers, authors, other bloggers (they are not competition!), book binders, grammarians, etc. etc.
  • Understand that not everyone will follow you back. Especially the famous/big guns. But, I will tell you, that the more you tweet about these people, the more likely they will be to follow you. I, personally, have had many awesome surprises in the follower department.
  • Retweet good content. This will get you more followers, too. Always make sure you read links, though, before you RT. You never what to accidentally send out something that you don’t agree with or spam.
  • Tweeting is FUN! You will actually make friends online! It’s true!
  • I could go on forever…but I shall stop now.

What’s on your docket for this week?

8 thoughts on “The Sunday Post 3.24.2013”

  1. I got my copy of Scarlet this week too! I can’t wait to read it, I just have to get through a few other books first. I completely agree with you about Twitter though…it’s almost necessary if you want to connect with your followers more. I didn’t like it at first but now I love it.
    I hope you have a good week and I hope you enjoy your new books!

    1. The next 2 weeks are pretty scheduled for me as well. I have a couple of things I really want to read, but can’t get to them for a couple or three weeks! Yikes!

      I love Twitter. I like it much more than Facebook, as I don’t think people follow much on Facebook unless you are a known entity.

      You have a great week, too!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *