Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blogoversey + Birthday Giveaway!

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
Bonne chance!

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  1. Hmmmm.... I think I would pick prize pack #3. Hard decision! Whew!

    Congratulationson you and your blog turning a year older :)


  2. I would sooooo love the Dystopian Pack #1! All the packs look great, but I am a huge fan of dystopian books and haven't read a one of the ones in this prize pack! You are awesome! Thanks and HAPPY BLOGOVERSEY!!! Best wishes!
    GFC - Wendy

  3. Happy Birthday! Happy Blogversary! I would like either the dystopian or the paranormal pack. Thanks.

    GFC: Melissa

  4. I want prize pack 1! Thanks for the giveaway :D

  5. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for celebrating with us. :)

    I would love to win Prize Pack #3

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

  6. I would love to have prize pack #1. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Happy Blogversary! I'm in love with prize pack #3, so that's my pick. Good luck everyone. xD

  8. I'd like to win pack #3. Thanks for the chance!

  9. I'd LOOOOVEEE to win the Dystopian Prize Pack.
    Thanks so much for the chance! :)

  10. Happy Birthday and Happy Blogoversary!! I would love any of the prize packs! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Happy Blogiversary AND Birthday! I'm an '88 baby too :D

    I'd love to get my hands on the Fantasy Prize Pack. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I love the advice you gave. I wanted to start up my blog this year (I even got the basics done and started experimenting with posting styles) but decided to wait until after this semester is over - I'm taking way too many credits.

    Happy Blogiversary and belated Birthday (yay for October babies - I was the 13th).

    I'd love to win the fantasy prize pack - it looks amazing.

    Thank you for having the giveaway!

  13. Congrats on both milestones! I agree about not biting off more than you can chew. I think that can go to all review requests as well. Because you also want to make time to read books that other people are reviewing. I learned that the hard way.

  14. Congrats and Happy Blogoversary/Birthday!!
    I think I'd choose either Prize Pack #1 or #3. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  15. Happy Blogoversary and Happy Birthday! I would choose prize pack #2. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  16. Ideally I would combine them, but if I had to pick on I would pick Dystopian Prize Pack. I hope you have/had a wonderful birthday!

  17. Prize pack 2 :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  18. Prize package #2! :)
    Hope your birthday/blogoversary was awesome!!

  19. Prize pack #1 would be great to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I would love to win the Fantasy Prize Pack #3.

  21. Prize Pack #3! Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. I would choose Prize Pack 1! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  23. i would choose the fantasy prize pack ^^


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