Blogiversary #5! giveaway and stats

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Today
Words And Peace celebrates
its 5th blogiversary!

Stats and giveaway

Thanks to you my readers, Words And Peace has been on for five years!!!!!

Thanks for reading, thanks for your comments.
It has been a wonderful experience for me so far, even though, I guess like most book bloggers, I’d love to have more time to review and even do more videos

Some stats

  • 467 books reviewed
  • 1,201 posts
  • 10,036 comments
  • 3,301 followers
  • 96,484 views/hits
  • 519 views on my busiest day: 12/11/2012 (during The 1st Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop!)
  • top 5 countries by visits: US, UK, Canada, France, Australia

My very first post, launching this book blog

My very first review on Claude and Camille, by S. Cowell

claude and camille

And a giveaway!

One of you will win these 2 books!
Click on the covers to know more about them

Death at the PrioryNonfiction, hardcover, 209 pages, published in 2001,
brand new condition

A Murder at Rosamund's GateHistorical fiction, paperback, 352 pages, published in 2013
ARC, unread condition

Click here to enter the giveaway

Open to US residents only,
until Oct 8, midnight CT

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Thanks again
to all of you
who read this blog!

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Armchair BEA 2015: Characters and Blogging Q&A

ArmchairBEA 2015

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Day 3 is about Characters and Blogging.

Characters

Sorry my dear readers, no time to come up with something decent on characters. I actually think I’m often more interested in how a book is written than the characters themselves. But my favorite literary character EVER, I believe, is Lee in Steinbeck’s East of Eden. I would need to really pinpoint why one day…

I also enjoy very much the characters in books by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. This name may not ring a bell, but you may actually have seen the movies made from his books (originally written in French): Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qu’ran and Oscar and The Lady in Pink. They are so deeply human, warm, simple, and the dialogs between them are so real. By the way, they are written in a very easy French.
Well, I guess I ended up talking a bit about characters!

Blogging Q&A

 Here is the prompt:

Blogging 101. All kinds of tips and tricks to get you started or keep you going. Talk about ARCs, reviewing in general, web design, etc.  What blogging platform do you use? How do you network? What are some of your favorite web designs?  Or maybe you want to talk about your own blogging journey, and how you got to where you are now. Either way, we want you to share your knowledge with the rest of the community!

This is going to be a Q without the A!!

  1. I use wordpress.com. I keep debating with myself for the possible switch to wordpress.org. I have read enough horror stories with security issues and hacking of wordpress.org sites that I don’t feel ready to jump into self -hosting.
    Have YOU made the jump? For how long? Any issue? Why do you find it better, if you do indeed?
    Am I wrong to assume that wordpress.com is indeed safer than wordpress.org as for security issues?
  2. I assume you can’t ask someone to do a special web design for you if you use wordpress.com. Or am I wrong? Do you know someone who could do that?
  3. I like a template with two right columns, but would love to use another one (wordpress.com so far). So far, I have not found one that really grabbed me. Do you know one? Or why do you use the template you use? Be sure to give the url of your blog if you comment.
    Be honest with me: is there too much stuff in my right sidebars? What would you get rid of?
  4. For France Book Tours, I launched a Newsletter some time ago, and then stopped sending it after a few editions, not too sure about the content to insert, apart form an exclusive giveaway reserved to the subscribers to my Newsletter. Have you decided on a Newsletter to complement your book blog? Why? What do you insert in there that is not already in your posts?
  5. Next week, I am going to review an awesome book about starting a book by starting a blog, or turning your blog into a book. Have you done either, as a book blogger? Why did you decide to do it? How did it go? Any special advice?
  6. Let me know if YOU have any question for me, I’ll answer you in the comment section here below.

 

Any idea on these questions?

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Blogiversary #4 today! stats

Today,
Words And Peace celebrates
its 4th blogiversary!

It has been 4 thrilling years, thanks to you, my readers!

It is so much fun interacting with you readers and co book bloggers, writers and publishers! A whole great bunch of people, with more fascinating interaction in recent comments, especially by some new comers. Welcome to all!

I have met even more of you since I launched France Book Tours in Spring 2013, a great experience.

Some recent new events here have been the launch of a monthly Newsletter, be sure to subscribe to get access to exclusive material and giveaway.
I have also left wordsads and tried to have my own ads, but sounds like I may switch to regular book retailers affiliates programs.

Now to some stats:

  • 365 books reviewed
  • 951 posts
  • 7,489 comments
  • 1,871 followers
  • 69,185 views/hits (in average 3 more per day than a year ago, of which I am happy)
  • 519 views on my busiest day: 12/11/2012 (during The 1st Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop!)
  • top 5 countries by visits: US, UK, Canada, France, Australia

My very first post, launching this book blog

My very first review on Claude and Camille, by S. Cowell

claude and camille

Come back later on today to discover the answers
to the hunt giveaway
and see if you have won!

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Thanks again
to all of you
who read this blog!