Armchair BEA page:
Has blogging opened up opportunities for you beyond getting free,
advance copies of new books? Has it helped you get offers to write or
review elsewhere (maybe even for pay)? Have you gotten invites to
special events or places you might not have been to otherwise?
I don't really have much to say on this entry. I've been blogging for just over a year and while my blog has and is growing and developing, I still have a long way to go before the blog is exactly what I want it to be. I'm hoping to make some positive changes over the summer to make my blog more attractive and user friendly. In the meantime here's where I'm at.
I have been receiving books from authors for review which I enjoy. I like helping authors promote their work as well as share good books with my readers. I've also enjoyed making more personal connections with some authors. I've also enjoyed participating in giveaways, I'd do more if my budget allowed it. There have definitely been some important connections that I have made that have helped me get more involved in the book blogging community. Special thanks to Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer and her giveaway hops for helping with this. I also want to thank some specific bloggers who've had a huge impact on my becoming a blogger. Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production does reviews unlike anyone else. Charlotte at Charlotte's Library was one of the first to welcome me to book blogging. And I continue to enjoy reading Amanda's quick and to the point reviews at A Patchwork of Books. And I thoroughly appreciate Jennifer's honest reviews at Jean Little Library.
I have not yet participated through writing guest reviews, but I am getting involved with a number of blog tours over the coming months, which I am really looking forward to (see the sidebar for more information on these).
I have not been invited to review for money, my blog isn't big enough for that and may never be. As much as I love book blogging, I do have a full time job, plus I'm an introvert and unlikely to aggressively pursue some kinds of opportunities. But overall I am happy with where I am headed and would like to offer a big thank you to the warm welcome I have received from the book blogging community. I do eventually want to attend blogging conferences and such, but until that is viable, I'll keep plugging along and enjoy the journey.