Advice for New Bloggers: Technical Tidbits

And Ryann’s Advice series continues! I hope some people are finding this series helpful; sometimes I feel like I’m still a little newbie blogger trying to give other newbie bloggers advice.

This week’s advice post is probably going to seem a little less exciting than the other two, because, as the title suggests, I’ll be talking about some technical, behind-the-scenes things today. These technical tidbits may not be the most glamorous, but they will hopefully help improve your blog overall.

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Advice for New Bloggers: Blog Posts

Happy Friday everybody!

I’m back with a bit more advice for anyone just starting their blog. This week’s advice  focuses on something that still makes me feel like a brand new blogger sometimes, and that is my blog posts! Sometimes it’s really hard to know when or what to post, or if a draft is ready to be posted, even if you’ve been blogging for years.

So, even though I still struggle with this sometimes, I’m gonna try to give some tips I’ve picked up along the way that may make blogging a little easier for any of you new bloggers out there.


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Advice for New Bloggers: Theme and Aesthetics

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all had a great time over the holidays!

It’s the season of new beginnings and New Year resolutions. This is the time of year I first decided to start my blog, and I think a lot of people start a blog around the new year. So, while I was planning my discussion posts for January, I decided I’d do my own blog advice series for new bloggers. If you’re new to the blogging community, or even if you aren’t, I hope you’ll find a few helpful tips this month!

This post is about the most basic beginning element of your blog: its theme and aesthetics. With seemingly unlimited options when it comes to themes and the ways you can customize them, building the actual appearance of your blog can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. So, here are a few tips that I learned along the way!


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Let’s Talk: Reading Challenges and Competitive Reading

Happy Friday everyone! So, we’re coming to that time of the year when everyone is setting New Year’s Resolutions, deciding their reading goals and getting ready for new reading challenges.

Which means it’s time for another session of RYANN MAKES A BAD BOOKWORM CONFESSION!! studio audience cheers I didn’t reach my 2017 Goodreads goal. I was close, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. And, given the year I’ve had, I’m definitely okay with that.

Over the summer, I tried to participate in a few reading challenges to try to help me meet my 2017 reading goal. And it made me realize, while I can definitely appreciate having a reading goal, I have some mixed feelings about reading challenges, and this sort of idea of competitive reading.


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Let’s Talk: Navigating YA Gender Geography

Just an FYI- for this post, I’m mostly talking about YA Fantasy. That’s the main genre I read, and it’s the one I think most of my non-reader friends could really get into.

The whole idea for this post came about a loooong time ago, when my little brother and I went to the movies, and (no exaggeration) every preview we saw except for one was a YA novel being turned into a film. After about the fourth one, I head my brother kind of mutter under his breath “Yay, another movie about a girl saving the world.”

And, at first, I wanted to fight him, because, hey, I did my time. I have read book after book, “classic” after “classic,” and seen movie after movie where I had to try to identify with a male protagonist and his male mentor and his male villain and his only-there-for-eye-candy love interest.

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At first, I was angry. I wanted to say, “Yeah, another girl-saves-the-world movie. And it’s about damn time!” But then it got me thinking.

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5 Books/Series for Which I am Incredibly Thankful!

Happy Friday, fellow readers! And for my US friends, I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving!

I know it’s a little cliche, but since it was Thanksgiving yesterday, I was thinking about all the things I was grateful for, and there are a lot of books that make that list. So, I wanted to give you guys just a small portion of that list!

So, without any further ado, here are 5 books or series that I’m thankful for!


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5 Tips for a Book Un-haul

A little while ago, my friend Tricia and I went to a used bookstore to sell some of our books, I donated the rest to a different one in my hometown. Altogether, I got rid of 32 books. I’ll be honest, it was a little sad parting ways with them, and it got me thinking…

Most avid readers can tell you that sometimes our books can feel a little like our pets: cute, comforting, and something we never, ever want to get rid of. But there simply isn’t enough space in my house to shelter all the books I’d ever want. So, I spent two days going through every book I own and deciding which ones to keep and which ones to get rid of. And it was tougher than I expected! So I here’s my advice for anyone who might be facing the same bookish dilemma.Read More »