Top Ten Tuesday: Making My Life Easier

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier

01. My Kindle – It’s much easier to carry around ten books on a Kindle than to carry around a backpack full of books because I don’t know what kind of book I might be in the mood for at any point in time.

02. Goodreads – I love it for keeping track of the books I’ve read. Since I started blogging, I’ve been using it to keep track of books I’ve read about but that aren’t out yet. If I had a smartphone I would be able to access it anywhere, through their app, so I could check my lists at a bookstore or used book sale. (That’s the only reason I would want a smartphone.)

03. NetGalley/Edelweiss – These sites are the best way for me to get advance books for review. Without them, I wouldn’t get to review books before publication because I’m not really interested in contacting publishers/authors directly and asking for ARCs. And I’m much more open to reading books outside of my comfort zone if I don’t have to buy them. Of course I’m not guaranteed to like every book in my comfort zone either, but I hate feeling like I might be wasting money on a book I won’t like.

04. Other blogs – There are so many that offer tips on anything from moving to WordPress to getting involved in the blogging community to writing reviews, and there are also some posts I read that are just discussions rather than tips but might inspire an idea.

05. Bloglovin – I’m not a fan of RSS and feed readers. I don’t know why, I’m just not. It’s so easy just to follow everybody with Bloglovin.

06. Google – I Google for images and gifs, for html/css, for author websites, for WordPress issues (“Why are all comments getting marked as spam?” I still don’t know, so if you’ve solved this problem on your blog, please leave a comment — that will get marked as spam — and help me out!), for book tours, and so many other blog-related things.

07. Memes and blog hops – They are where I’ve found most of the blogs I follow, and they’re a good way to get my own blog out there to find followers too.

08. WordPress and Blogger – I used to run a large fan site for a fairly popular TV show. I started it before WordPress even existed. I wrote all of my HTML by hand. I updated everything manually. It was a huge amount of work and I got burned out and quit before the show ended. (It was also expensive because I used a ton of bandwidth due to traffic and picture galleries, and because hosting and bandwidth were more costly in those days.) Book blogging is SO. MUCH. EASIER. in part thanks to WordPress and Blogger. I can even schedule posts if I want to!

09. TweetDeck – I’ve kind of lost interest in Twitter lately, but I have a personal account and a blog account. TweetDeck lets me see both of them, and to tweet and reply to tweets in both accounts, at the same time. I also like the ability to schedule tweets.

10. Giveaways – I haven’t used these too much yet, but they’re a good way for blogs to get new visitors (potential followers), for authors to get their names noticed by people who might not have committed to buying the book, and for readers/bloggers to get more books.

Whew! When I started I thought I wasn’t going to be able to come up with ten.


  1. Keep reading about Tweetdeck. Nice idea, I must admit.
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  2. Nice list – pretty cool that you know html – I think that would be seriously helpful.
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  3. Hi Jenna,
    People are mentioning NetGalley and Bloglovin a lot! I must check it out. 🙂
    Thank you for stopping by my blog!
    Pat @The Girl Who Keeps Reading recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make My Life As A Reader/Book Blogger EasierMy Profile

  4. Brilliant list. Tweet Deck sounds like a really useful tool. I totally agree with you about Goodreads – it is awesome. And other bloggers are definitely very helpful.

    • TweetDeck is great, especially if you have more than one Twitter account. You can also make columns for your searches, for example I have a permanent one for #stlcards that I follow during baseball games and right now during Bout of Books, I’m following #boutofbooks.
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