Tell us about things you’ve done to expand your blogging horizons, and the things you’d like to do but haven’t managed (or figured out) yet. Come back here to link up your post, and then go see what other participants have to say. Let’s foster our development as bloggers and learn from each other!
Today’s Armchair BEA is about Fostering Blogger Development. And the questions de jour are:
Have you branched out into your community? Do you partner with other bloggers? Have you gone “pro” or tried generating some income through your blog? If you’re a long-term blogger, how has your online personality developed over the years?
For now I’m the lone ranger blogging alone and as I like to feel in control, I think I plan to keep Between the Lines as ‘my place’. I’m still new at blogging so I’m still finding my voice, developing my technique and exploring what I can do here. I’m working on my blog design and hope to have a new header and button over the next few months (thanks to The Emma @ The Graphicness)
I love book reviews but another feature that I do that makes me happy is my discussion topic every Saturday where I spill the beans about whatever book topic is on my mind. And thanks to my fantastic followers, I get a ton of comments as they all chip in enthusiastically in with their views. I also do a Green Giants feature which is my spotlight on Irish Authors as I have loads whose books have brought me hours of happiness and I want to share the love. And I love quirky bookish things (like the telephone box that is a library) and get so excited when I find them that I have to share them here.
The main way I have reached out to other bloggers is through memes; I participate in both Top Ten Tuesday and The Sunday Post. I find these a great way to make new connections and find new blogs to read. And speaking of reading blogs, I think I might have a problem there! When I have some spare time there is nothing I enjoy more than blog-trekking across the blogosphere, always going forward coz I can’t find reverse! I come in peace though! I love commenting and getting involved and continue to be amazed at the high quality content I find over and over again on my blog-trekking adventures.
I haven’t gone pro and right now have no intention to. I’m happy to just be a small fish in a big pond spilling out my heart about books and bookish things. I have no problem with bloggers who have affiliate links on their sites, if they can generate income to cover hosting fees and giveaways; I just think fair play to them.
I’m really excited about blogging and am always thinking up new ways to improve my blog. If you want to follow along and see my progress, I’d love that J