Now that I have caught-up, registered, and introduced myself, I'm moving on to today's topics: Blogger Development and Genre Fiction!
As far a development goes, sometimes I wonder if I am falling short in the development area. I've been pretty stagnant as far as what I post (3-4 reviews per month, Top Ten Tuesday and Feature and Follow Friday memes). I try to network and be social, but sometimes I don't think I know what the boundaries are for the blogosphere. Should I be e-mailing/messaging fellow bloggers to get to know them? Should I be visiting and commenting a lot more than I already do?
What can I add to my blog to make it more reader friendly? What can I do to "extend the reach of my blog"? I've never tried to generate any income from my blogging. I just don't see that I'm at a point where that would be feasible. If my following was much more substantial, maybe I could try it, but at this point, that's not why I am blogging. I am blogging simply for the enjoyment.
One thing I haven't quite figured out (or wasn't sure I wanted to even participate in) was giveaways and blog tours/interviews. Oh and guest posting. I guess it would be pretty cool to guest post on someone else's blog, or have them guest post on mine. But that means giving up control in both aspects, so can anyone give some advice on how to ease into that, and how blog tours and giveaways work in general? I don't think either one are things I would be doing right now anyway, but its always good to know for when I do want to expand my horizons some more.
For me, this Blogger Development link-up is more along the lines of me having questions and asking for advice. As such a new blogger, I'm not sure I know enough to give advice or input to bloggers who have been at this so much longer. So with that, gimme what ya got! What can I do to better my blogging-self?
And now for FICTION! I basically read fiction only. Okay, sometimes I read the occasional non-fiction book, but its 99% fiction! For those of you who follow this blog or have taken a look around, a lot of what I read is young adult dystopian/fantasy/sci-fi. Not to say I haven't enjoyed my fair share of Nora Roberts romance, Stephen King mystery/horror, Lois Lowry sci-fi, Jodi Picoult contemporary, etc. But lately I am a young adult girl through and through, with some other sub-genres thrown in here and there.
It probably wont come as a surprise for most of you but, my absolute favorite author on the planet is J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books for "children." Call me a kid then, I guess, cause I'm truly obsessed. :) I think a lot of more modern fiction doesn't get the recognition it deserves like the classics do. Probably because modern works are less complex, easier to read and decipher and don't always have such deep literary messages. Or so they think. I have found that many modern works have resonated with me much more than some classics because of the messages they have that hit home with a modern girl such as myself. Not to say that I haven't been affected by the likes of To Kill a Mockingbird and any wonderful reads such as that.
Anyway, I've recently realized what a huge sci-fi fan I am, so I guess that answers that question. YES TO FICTION! I would like to expand my horizons on this front too, though. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what a modern-loving girl like myself might like that will still provide for some variation in my reading selections?
Well, I'm having a great time on this second (my first) day of Armchair BEA here! Hope to get to know many of you and get some great feedback!