August 24, 2011 I signed up for blogger and my FIRST ever review went live!
October 10, 1988 I was born, and thus that first review was possible!
I want to celebrate both days with you in one handy dandy giveaway!
Blogging has been such an awesome part of my life, albeit I don't always have time for it in my busy schedule, but it's something that I don't think I would ever consider giving up! Actually, back in May I considered giving it up because I was so distracted by other things that I hadn't even opened blogger in months. I was still reading but I wasn't reviewing and I wasn't talking about books. One faithful day, I logged back onto blogger and realized how much I missed this community. I missed reading reviews and getting excited for new releases. I missed interacting with authors and meeting new friends. So I dusted off my dashboard and got right back to it,
and I'm still trying to catch up on reviewing all my reads during that time.
As for advice for new bloggers?
Always interact! It's how you make friends! It's how you find new blogs! It's the most important part of book bloggers! So do you want more followers? Do you want more comments on your posts? Interact with other bloggers! Plain and simple.
Don't bite off more than you can handle. Netgalley is the devil. Seriously. It's so easy to just click a button and add another arc to your ereader. I'm so ashamed of the amount of books I have requested versus the amount of reviews that have gone live. So yeah, if you can't review it in a timely manner, don't request it. I know I know, self control is hard when you have pretties looking at you, but it's for your own good! I promise!
Be consistent. You will lose your entire readership (or most of) if you aren't consistent. That's what I learned when I went MIA last summer. You don't have to blog everyday if it doesn't fit into your schedule, but aim for at least a post a week. There are so many great blogs out there, you don't want yours to get lost in the sea.
That's all I can think of for now. Should I give you some words of wisdom from the my 24 years of living? Naw, don't think so. You'll have to figure it out for yourself! :p
Now on wards to the giveaway!
There will be two winners, the first winner will be able to choose what prize pack he/she wants and then the second will be able to choose from the remaining.
Prize Pack #1
Breathe by Sara Crossan
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Prize Pack #2
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Prize Pack #3
Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
International (as long as Book Depository ships to you)
Must be 13+
Ends November 18, 2012 at MIDNIGHT
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