It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier (maybe it’s Goodreads or your library or different resourcers etc. etc.)
MY BLOGGING LIFE IS A LITTLE EASIER WITH…
1. GOODREADS. Hands down Goodreads is my best blogging tool. I’m constantly keeping my lists updated with read/TBR/currently reading as well as ALLLL the genres a book applies to AND if it’s swoony, I got it from a pub/author or am reading it for SC.
I also update my reading progress CONSTANTLY so I can always go back and reference my notes if I forget something for a review, need a quote, or want to see what someone else thought of the same part.
I also link all my reviews back to Goodreads and use their synopses for the book summary in my review. I tried writing my own but that was SO exhausting because I already say so much in my reviews! Goodreads is the ULTIMATE blogging assist!
2. GOOGLE CALENDAR. I would be lost without Google Calendar. Okay, not lost. I used to just schedule my posts and I would go back and look at all my posts to see what went where. But when I started scheduling so many in advance, it started to get confusing between what was scheduled and what I had just saved as a draft. Google Calendar lets me COLOR CODE OOOOH. I obsessed about it so much that it even made an appearance on My Latest Bookish Addiction.
3. MY BLOGGING BESTIES. They constantly keep me in the know of new books, books I need to read, books I can pass on, and we’ve also started doing informal read alongs (in addition to our actual official read alongs that we’re already a part of) — They keep me on track and on my toes!
4. TWEETDECK. Thank goodness for Tweetdeck for when Alyssa and I do our #LitLush chats! I can easily switch from one account to another, see multiple panes at once, and easily follow things like mentions, hashtags, and my own tweets. It’s HEAVEN for Twitter chats.
5. INSTAGRAM. Instagram isn’t a necessary blogging thing, but I love following other bloggers & friends to see their blogging/book photos as well as keeping in touch with their daily lives too. I think Instagram makes it easy to keep your friends up-to-date quickly with all things under the sun, not just blogging, and it brings us happy bloggers together on a whole different level.
6. TWITTER. Well duh, I mentioned Tweedeck, but I did not mention Twitter. Nowadays I kind of feel like Twitter is almost a “must-have” for book bloggers. It’s such a great way to keep yourself in the know about books, participate in chats, catch up on posts, and interact with authors & publishers. I didn’t have Twitter for the first couple months I was blogging and then I quickly realized how much it helps promote your blog and keep you in touch with EVERYONE!
7. STATCOUNTER. I’m one of those people who is obsessed with their stats. How many views, where referrals came from, where people went, and what kind of things people were searching for when they landed on my blog. I’m kind of obsessed with checking the Statcounter stats (they’re also more accurate than Jetpack as far as page hits go).
8. GOOGLE DOCS. I use Google docs for TONS of things. Quick notes so I don’t have to carry a piece of paper, forms & spreadsheets for things like Literary Lushes or events that people sign up for, and even snippets of writing ideas that I can save to the internet and access anywhere versus just my laptop. It’s an awesome and easy way to share with other people too. It’s not as nice as Office, but the convenience of accessing it anywhere is well worth the use!
9. FREE TIME. Okay, this is stretching it but I can NEVER get enough free time. I tend to spread myself a little thin as far as blogging goes because I LOVE being a part of so many things, but that usually means I’m strapped for time. I try to finish one thing and immediately schedule a post so I don’t have to worry about finishing at the last minute and frequently I’ll have short bursts of time at work where I can quickly edit a post here and there, but free time for READING is always in need. Now that we’ve moved, I’m constantly running around, organizing the house, buying things for the house, and my drive to and from work is longer. Any time I can read, it is ALWAYS helpful.
10. PHOTOSHOP. I just have Photoshop Elements but it’s SUPER helpful for creating my own graphics. Sometimes I’m super proud of them and other times they’re really crappy, but it’s SO much better than using MS Paint like I used to do! It’s a little complicated at times and I don’t know all the tricks yet, but just having it at my fingertips really has helped turn my blog into something a lot nicer than it used to be!