Bloggiesta Finish Line

Posted in Event at 10:43 pm by Amber

The Bloggiesta Finish Line!

The Bloggiesta Finish Line!

I didn’t get to stop by all of the mini-challenges but this was a great Bloggiesta.

Here are some of the mini-challenges I was able to complete:

  1. On a Book Bender’s mini-challenge on Organization and Scheduling Posts. I came up with a new posting schedule. And I printed off some calendar and weekly pages to get me through the rest of the year. They are now in one of my binders which I can look at weekly to know what I have ahead of me. Lastly, I learned about a handy dandy new plug-in called Duplicate Post which should cut down on my review posting time.
  2. GirlOXO’s mini-challenge on 20+ Discussion Post Ideas. Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of comment love on the site. I got some ideas for my “tally” category using lists. Hopefully they will generate some discussion and can be revisited again in later years.
  3. Smash Attack Reads Grade Your Website. It’s been years since I graded my site. I dropped way down to 67% due to mostly social media. Imagine me speaking in my best shaky old lady voice, “Back then the grades were all about SEO, not about social media!” Yes, I’m resistant to Klout. Probably because I see a stream of messages in a row on Twitter where people gave or received Klout from someone. It feels like spam to me.
  4. Jessica of The Blue Stockings on Revitalizing Old Content. I’m sure a plug-in might help to highlight old reviews but what I’m walking away with is a plan to highlight old author events. For example, I’m a big fan of the Thurber House so each time I post about one of their events I can include links to some of my past posts.

Did you participate in Bloggiesta?


Bloggiesta Time!

Posted in Event at 7:45 am by Amber

BloggiestaHave you ever participated in Bloggiesta? It’s a weekend dedicated to getting bloggy things done. Over the years I’ve made a gravatar, placed copyright notices on the site, and tagged my old blog entries among other things. (Yes, that was something like two years of posts!)

This time Bloggiesta is being run by Danielle Smith of There’s a Book and Suey of It’s All About Books. Even if you aren’t a book blogger, you’ll find the mini-challenges relevant.



Mailbox Monday – September 24th

Posted in Event at 9:34 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. September’s host is BookNAround.

My husband made his annual Toronto trip earlier this month and brought me a duo of goodies. The clerk at the bookstore felt these were great reads and liked his choices.

The first is Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee. The stories don’t seem to be set in one place. This wasn’t on my radar but seems like it will be good.

The second is The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Once you’ve seen this cover it’s difficult to forget it. I didn’t know it was a Western and am looking forward to reading it.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


Under Appreciated Authors

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:21 am by Amber

Last weekend, Ayelet Waldman started a Twitter conversation about under appreciated authors. She listed three authors:

  1. Kelly Link
  2. Shirley Jackson
  3. Edward St. Aubyn

Kelly Link is one of my favorites and I was hoping to meet her at the 2010 World Fantasy Convention.

It’s not often my reading material crosses with those of other people so I was surprised she was on Waldman’s list. I’d have to put some thought into my own list. Do you have any under appreciated authors on your list of favorites?


Witches in October!

Posted in Event at 7:13 pm by Amber

I noticed Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf is looking for authors to participate in her Witches Are in the Air event this October. Here’s the list of currently participating authors. It sounds like it will be a fun event!


Niteblade Blog Train – Final Stop

Posted in Event, Giveaway at 8:20 am by Amber

The Niteblade Blog Train made a final stop at Niteblade. Rhonda is offering visitors to the Niteblade Blog Train the opportunity to win their own Niteblade collection. If you don’t like fantasy or horror you can give it to someone else as a gift!