Good morning all my lovely bookish readers! How ya doin?
The topics for today’s Armchair BEA post are Blogger Development, and Genre Fiction. I actually have quite a few thoughts on both of these topics. Let’s attack these bad boys one at a time, mmkay?
Blogger Development: Becoming a Better Blogger
So, I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now and I feel like I’ve come a long way, but maybe still have a long way to go. I’ve definitely become a lot better at interacting within the book blogosphere – I do memes (mostly Top Ten Tuesday, but the occassional other random one as well), and a LOVE readalongs and readathons. All of these things help me branch out and find new bloggers to chat with and get to know. I go through periods when I’m just too busy to get online much (including just checking in on Twitter on my phone), and that bums me out but usually just can’t be helped. I refuse to stress about it or burn myself out completely. No matter what, I want blogging to remain something that I love doing.
One thing I DO want to change a bit about my blog is make it more MINE by switching to self-hosting on wordpress.org (instead of what I do now, which is use the free wordpress.com). I’m going to do this probably next week, and I know it’s probably going to be confusing and rough, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to figure it out as I go. Lately I’ve been frustrated that I can’t use whatever plug-ins and whatnot that I want, and that I can’t monetize or become an Amazon or Book Depository affiliate because of the restrictions of wordpress.com. I plan on blogging for many, many years to come, so why not switch to self-hosting now?
(Has anyone else made the switch from wordpress.com to wordpress.org? Any tips you can give me?)
For those of you who already follow my blog – don’t worry, I’m not going to make my blog an annoying ad-packed mess. I just want to add some little things, because why not see if I can earn just the tiniest bit of money off of something I spend so much time on anyways? And I REALLY look forward to the day when I don’t have to work full-time anymore, and I can focus a bit more time and energy on reading and blogging. I have so many ideas, just no time to implement them. I also need to work on letting my own personality shine through just a little bit more. I still find it a little hard to convey that to the internet world sometimes. What about you guys? Do you have any blogging goals you’re working on? What are things that you still struggle with? What are things you’ve changed or accomplished?
You know, I used to be a big book snob when I was around 17 to 19. I would only read non-fiction, or literary fiction. I’ve slowly branched out over the years, and genre fiction is my JAM. Literary fiction has tended to disappoint me more often than not lately, which is kind of sad.
I’ll read pretty much any genre – romance, westerns, mystery, and so on, but sci-fi/fantasy is probably my favorite genre right now. There’s just a never-ending well of potential within it, and a whole lot of books that are actually shelved in regular fiction actually have sci-fi or fantasy elements (for example, Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, Deborah Harkness’s All Souls trilogy, Christopher Moore’s novels, etc.) And I think that sci-fi and fantasy still leave room for a whole lot of character development and exploration of deeper issues and topics.
If you want to try out some truly awesome sci-fi or fantasy, here’s my recommendations:
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Feed by Mira Grant
- Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
- The Postmortal by Drew Magary
Alright, I’m wrapping this up so I can come visit some other blogs! You know, before the day just gets away from me completely (still have to go to the gym, do laundry, celebrate my brother’s birthday, and more today. Phew.)