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October 1, 2010 / Leslie

Friday Finds / Book Blog Hop ~ October 1st – 4th

Book Blogger HopThe Book Blogger Hop, a weekly event hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books, is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!

Post about the Hop on your blog. Spread the word about the book party! The Hop lasts Friday through Monday. If you don’t have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun! Each week there is a new discussion question for your post. This week’s question is:

“How do you spread the word about your blog?”

I originally started this blog to have a place to put my book reviews. I had joined LibraryThing and goodreads but I also wanted my own site. I noticed other book lovers were doing the same thing. Somewhere along the way I learned about Book Blogs. After I joined that group I found out about the many forms of networking.

One of the best ways to network is to visit, read and comment on other blogs. I find that if I leave a comment or question on a post that I am genuinely interested in, most bloggers will return the visit. I don’t always comment because sometimes I don’t have anything relevant to say; but if I like the blog I’ll be back. Another way was to join Book Blogs and network with other bloggers and join in on blogger events. Book Blogs is also a place for me to obtain ARCs from publishers, sign up host to giveaways, and link up my reviews. I also promote my reviews and giveaways on twitter and I participate in a few weekly memes.

I read about one book a week and post several times a week. I try to post consistently so that readers will return for new content and eventually traffic to the blog will build.

 


What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share your FRIDAY FINDS! This weekly event is hosted by Should Be Reading.

A new novel by Fay Weldon caught my eye. If you’ve never read one of her books and you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, give her a try.

Chalcot Crescent by Fay Weldon
As a preface, Weldon writes: “Two years after I was born, my mother had a miscarriage. Had she not, I would have grown up with a younger sister. This is the sister’s story, set in an alternative universe which closely mirrors our own.” A sobering thought, since this is a darkly dystopian portrait of 2013 England, a country where the downhill slide began with “The Shock in 2008, and after that the Crunch, and the Crisis, and the phoney Recovery, like the phoney war–and then the Squeeze and Inflation and now the Bite….”

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9 Comments

  1. Coffee and a Book Chick / Oct 1 2010 12:16 pm

    Yes, I’m the same — I follow a lot of blogs, but I only comment when there is a post that I’ve found is particularly striking and I want to jump into the chat on it. The memes are a great way to spread the word as well!

    Here’s my Hop: Coffee and a Book Chick — Blog Hop…

  2. Kelly / Oct 1 2010 4:59 pm

    Just found your blog through the hop and really like it! I definitely agree with you about commenting. I love it when readers take the time to post a meaningful comment on my blog, and I always try when I have the time to post something interesting/ask a question on the blogs I follow. Happy weekend!

  3. Redhead / Oct 2 2010 11:11 am

    hopping through. . . I book blogs ning and wordpress tagsurfer, helps me find all my favorite stuff. And yup, comment on someone else’s post, and they’ll visit ya back.

  4. Teresa / Oct 2 2010 1:45 pm

    Hi. I saw your blog on the hop. I agree that meaningful comments are the way to get people to visit your blog and see what else you have to say. It looks like you have some great things coming up. I’ll be back!

  5. laurelrainsnow / Oct 2 2010 6:04 pm

    Just hopping by…I’ve been here before, so I’m sure I’ll be visiting again. I like the serene look of your site.

    I do a lot of the same things you mentioned….Facebook, Book Blogs, visiting other blogs.

    If you’d like to visit my blog, here’s my link:

    http://curlupandread.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/book-blogger-hop-oct-1-4/

  6. Kristina / Oct 2 2010 9:45 pm

    Just hoppin’ on by! <3

    I'm a new book blogger, so I have no idea what I'm doing. I try to tweet, but I feel like my attempts are so transparent that people KNOW I'm trying to network.

    So mostly I just visit other blogs and comment on their reviews or content, and I end up making friends that way. :D I'm also on Book Blogs Ning, so that helps too :)

    My hop :3
    Kristina

  7. Shellie / Oct 3 2010 10:13 am

    This book looks really good I just recently added it to my list… can’t wait to see what you think of it!

  8. Inspired Kathy / Oct 3 2010 5:12 pm

    Just stopping by!

  9. Elizabeth / Oct 3 2010 7:41 pm

    Hopping by for a return visit…hope you are having fun at the blog hop.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

    Stop by my blog to see how I advertise.

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