Day 2: Development
Day 1 was a total blast for me with Introductions.
“Day 2 we talk about how we develop ourselves as bloggers. Have you branched out into your community? Do you partner with other bloggers? Have you gone “pro” or begun supplementing your income through your blog?”
* Little by little, I started being part of Reading Challenges and memes. And then I launched my own reading challenge [click on the banner here]:
It has had 30 readers signed up, for its first year, so I’m very happy. I wished more people were taking part in my weekly meme:
where you can post about anything French, books or not. But I’m not posting faithfully on it every week…
* Since my book blog was born, outside the blogosphere I launched a book club for my block. We have been meeting monthly for a year and a half. We trade titles, that is, instead of all reading the same book, we share about the book we read since our last meeting. We are about 10, men and women, we love it!
* My dream is to meet face to face with local book bloggers, we are several in the same Chicagoland. Hopefully I will soon meet with Under the Apple Tree, a great book blogger and birder – books and birds are my 2 passions. Have you ever seen her gorgeous bird pictures? Please go visit.
Income and “pro”:
* I signed up with WordAds, but as you may know, that’s pretty slow. Hopefully I will finally get something out of it in 2014. It should cover the cost of shipping books for giveaways.
* Much more importantly, I just recently launched
France Book Tours: virtual book tours for books having some type of connection with France, which has little by little become a kind of niche for my book blog. I am very happy, as 10 books are already signed up!
The fees are very affordable for authors, and there are great perks for book bloggers. Do you mind going having a look if that would be something good for you? And if you could even subscribe through email to it, that would be awesome! Thanks!
* If you go and visit, do you mind giving me some feedback, and advice on how to improve? Thanks again for your visit today!
As for the genre, sorry I do not have too much time to write a separate post, I can say that book blogging has definitely opened my reading horizon: I am reading lots of historical fiction now, and some YA from time to time, both genres that I was not reading too much before book blogging.
Why historical fiction? I enjoy the way an author builds a story on an important background job of serious and accurate information. So in that sense, I enjoy the mix of reality and fiction.
Now I can hardly resist any new HF, and my problem is that there are too many good ones coming out every month.
There are the famous ones, by Hilary Mantel of course and others, but there are lots of original ones, more obscure. I would like to highlight 2 I read recently, less known, but very good in their writing and original. Click on the covers to access my reviews: