another awesome sign
I forgot to share yesterday!
Monday After BEA16:
ideas to implement
First, I’d like to highlight that if you are a newbie at book blogging and mean to be serious at it, you should definitely invest in going next year to BEA, in New York, and especially take part in the BEA Bloggers Conference. Having been book blogging for almost 6 years, I probably didn’t receive as many ideas as younger bloggers, but still, plenty enough to work on now!
Some of the following may be too basic for you, this post is mostly intended for newbies and to myself as a reminder, just in case I lose the notebook where I wrote all these down!!
Before going into details, I have to say witnessing the passion of YA book bloggers and Booktubers was very refreshing. They really inspire me to be even more enthusiastic and active at sharing about good books I read.
The keynote in the morning was by Erin Loechner, author of Chasing Slow:
From How to Now: My 10-Year Blogging Journey Off the Beaten Path
There were some good ideas, but I think I would have benefited more if she had started as a book blogger. I think some ideas she mentioned didn’t apply really to me as a book blogger.
Alas, the notes I took from her conference were on the back on my precious paper I lost on day 2: in front was my personal schedule (things I absolutely wanted to do and see — I managed to fix that), but of course could not recover my notes of the conference.
Then there were two morning sessions, with 2 topics to choose from for each session.
Growing Your Social Media Presence
Marketing & Engagement Track
10:00 AM- 10:50 AM
For book bloggers – a strong and steady social media presence is an important must!! Social media is one of your best tools to engage with author, publishers and other bloggers. Join the discussion with other book bloggers and gain insight into strategies for building a strong presence. Learn what other bloggers are doing – and determine how to best use social media to engage with others.
Moderator: Liza Weimer, YA Author of HELLO?
Speaker: Hannah McBride – The Irish Banana Review
Speaker: Mishma Nixon, Chasing Faery Tales
Speaker: Andye Eppes, Reading Teen
Notes from this were also on this stupid paper!
But I remember the need to research online the information that was given on:
the optimal time to schedule a Facebook post
to schedule a tweet
keep using Hootsuite (a great tool, not much talked about, but awesome to schedule on several social media platforms at different times of a day (as long as a word or two are different each time), and use it maybe 3 times/day instead of 2
also, use more regularly Instagram (now that my app is finally fixed), especially as marketing tool for FBT
do photo challenges on Instagram
as well as Pinterest
not bother too much with Google +, which was not even mentioned I think. Not bother about Snapshot, I was actually surprised, I thought the emphasis had switched from Instagram to Snapshot, but apparently not, at least for book bloggers
invest more time on vlogs (more on that below)
Creative Content: From Ideas to Tools
Marketing & Engagement Track
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
A blogger’s content is their bread and butter, no doubt about it! It’s what sets you apart from the rest and is your unique voice in the bookish community. Join us in a discussion with bloggers from various platforms on their creative processes, from inspiration to creation. We’ll be talking about what inspires them, the tools they use to bring their ideas to life, how they promote their content to their audiences and more!
Moderator: Meg Morley (Cuddlebuggery.com)
Speaker: Samantha (Thoughts on Tomes)
Speaker: Gillian Berry (The Art of Young Adult and Writer of Wrongs)
Speaker: Ashley Evans (NoseGraze.com)
Speaker: Amanda (The Bookcraft)
And from now on, I have my notes, written on the BEA notebook last page! So here are ideas I heard and would lke to try:
apart from book reviews, do discussion posts or even discussion videos – an idea would be about judge the book by the cover posts
be more consistent at scheduling posts
don’t hesitate to change things around
comment not only on blog posts, but also on youtube videos
NB: publishers do also enjoy reviews on backlist titles
Then we had a lunch voucher coupon and we could bring back our food to the Bloggers Conference main room, to eat while chatting with each other.
The afternoon was really the best part for me, because we could ask very specific questions, so whether you were a newbie or an older blogger, you could get something valuable out of it. Apparently that was a new feature, a bit like the speed-dating feature (more on that below), but for blogging questions. So there were 16 tables, and three rounds of 30 mn each, so you could choose 3 topics.
Tools of the Trade: Plugins, Widgets, and the Like
So much to manage, so much to schedule, so much to track … how do we do it all? Let’s talk about the various tools of the trade available. What are the best plugins, widgets, and platforms to help us keep track our our book list, schedule our posts, manage our comment feeds, track our analytics, and more.
Leader #1: Kimberly Costa, CaffeinatedBookReviewer.com
I have been thinking for a long now to jump into self hosting, so this was good for more questions I had on that.
- importance of looking at ratings before choosing plugins
- always download the plugins first on the PC, then upload them on your dashboard, not directly
- close comments on posts older than 90 days, because they mostly get spam
- use the Tweetly plugin to repost older posts
- don’t use Jetpack, to heavy to load, slows down your site
- use Buffer plugin for scheduling
- use Better Click to Tweet plugin, to schedule tweets
- Vaultpress seems to be the best for daily automatic backup – which is absolutely necessary
- subscribe to Ashley’s site for more ideas on plugins and the like – DONE!
- jump and use PicMonkey and GIMP for pictures editing
- NB: when I use wordpress.org, I’ll be able to use Google analytics!
- NB: Giveaway Tools is NOT mobile friendly!! Thinking of going back to Rafflecopter
- Use WordPress optimizer to run the blog smoothly, automatically take care of metadata and the like
The Booktube Workshop
All about BookTube! Get tips on being comfortable in front of the camera, growing an audience, finding the right equipment, editing tools and techniques, and more. Whether already on video or thinking about starting, let’s talk about the Tube.
Leader #1: Sasha Alsberg, YouTube.com/abookutopia
get my act together and do more videos!
the best is to use natural day light for videos
stick to 5 t0 7 mn
I am looking for a tool to easily insert pictures in a video. They suggested Final Cut, but looks lie it $300, so I’ll pass. If you know of any good more affordable tool to do that, let me know
use google adsense for videos monetization
Monetization & Business
Want to turn book love into a business? Let’s talk about opportunities to monetize your online presence – through business planning, affiliate programs, advertising opportunities, and more.
Leader #1: Tirzah Price, TheCompulsiveReader.com
Leader #2: Brittany Berger, BookBumblings.com
create products for other bloggers: mugs, etc; spreadsheets, course, planners, tutorials
create services: help authors with social media; online assistant; digital book formatting
ads: Bookriot, Blogads, Litbreaker = where you can choose ads related to books, not just random ads
sponsorship: guarantee publicity, for instance in emails or mailchimp newsletters. And for pack for a book: post with review + post with questions related to the book + post with recap of answers the following week
review my affiliates. Do top book lists by themes, with links and excerpts of my reviews
propose reviews for local newspaper
NB: transforming blog to book also brings more readers to the blog
How did I miss that you were at BEA!? Wish I could have said hello. Regardless, glad to hear you had a good show (by the sounds of it)!
OMG! yes, I know I missed several bloggers. Some I even tried to connect and we never did! Can’t wait to read your posts about your experience
The Blogger Conference sounds wonderful. A lot of really good tips.
I am so happy you got to go to the Speed Dating…that is my favorite part of the week. 🙂
Thanks for sharing the information from the conference.
Have a great day!!
thanks. I hope it helps some who were not able to go
Some useful suggestions there.. I will check out the widgets and tools for social media. Thank you.
you are welcome, I hope all this helps those who could not attend
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Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing. I did not know about the Speed Dates, but would have enjoyed attending one.
OMG, I feel less ignorant if a pro like you had not known about it either. For sure not obvious on BEA website for newbies