My Favorite Posts of October!

This post is couple days late, I know. I hope you’ll all forgive me. I just got a new job (which I am SUPER excited about!), and that last week has been full of meetings and last-minute interviews and paperwork, so I feel like I’m a little behind on everything.

But these awesome people definitely deserve a shout-out for their awesome work, so I figured, better late than never!

So, without any further ado, my favorite October posts!


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Tuesday Tidbit #13- Be genuine in the comments!

Happy Tuesday every one! I hope you’re all having the best day possible!

Today’s Tidbit came about because of a lot of advice posts I’ve seen this past week, and some blogging experiences over the past few weeks. So many people have mentioned that the best way to grow your blog is to engage with other bloggers: like posts, leave comments, etc. I’ve also seen a couple people say that blog comments should be returned; if someone comments on my post, I should leave a comment on theirs.

While none of this is necessarily bad advice, I think it can lead to some bad comments. People can tell if you’re leaving a comment as a way to be seen, or as part of some checklist. And, as much as I appreciate blog traffic, it feels crummy when it seems like the only reason someone visits your blog is to fulfill part of their checklist list.

So if you’re looking to comment on another blog, for whatever reason, make sure you stay genuine about it. There’s a person behind the blog who’s taking their time and energy to read and respond to your comments, so make it seem like it’s more than just a check in your to-do list.


Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday Tidbits #12- Categories vs Tags

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people!I hope you all had an awesome weekend!

For today’s Tidbit, I want to talk about something that confused me to no end when I was a new blogger: Categories and Tags. So if you’ve ever been confused about when to use a category vs a tag, then this is the Tidbit for you!

Basically, both Categories and Tags help your blog get noticed. Categories are meant for broad organization, and tags are supposed to get more specific. The idea is that Categories give people the general idea of your blog; so you might have a Category for Books, or Book Reviews.

That way, any one who’s interested in the broad topic of “books” finds your posts easily. But because those categories have thousands of posts a day, they cycle through pretty quickly. They may get your post immediate attention, but in the long run, categories are great for blog organization.

Tags should be more specific. For example, I use “Book Review” as a category, and then “poetry review,” “books of 2018,” and “netgalley review” as my tags. Tags give your blog more long-term exposure; there will be new posts under “book review” every day, but because “poetry review” is more specific, you can still see my poetry review from over a week ago.

At the end of the day, Categories should be used for things your blog is about (books, book reviews, etc) whereas Tags should be used for things that the post specifically is about (poetry review, NetGalley review, book advice, etc).


Thanks for reading! I hope that clears up any confusion between the two!

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Let’s Talk: Book bloggers and hiatuses// Where does blogging pressure come from, and how can we fix it?

Hi there everyone! Today’s discussion has been on my mind for about a week or so, but I wanted to take some time to organize my thoughts before I threw all the words at you.

In the past couple weeks, I’ve seen five bloggers I follow say they’re taking a hiatus, some of them indefinitely. They all had a few different reasons, but one of the things they all said was that blogging, combined with everything else in their lives, was stressing them out. The thing that got to me, though, was that, in the end, each of them apologized for leaving, saying they feel guilty for leaving their blogs.

Which begs the question: where does that pressure come from? How do bloggers get to the point where they feel guilty for taking care of themselves? And how do we try to minimize that?

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Let’s Talk: Blogging with Depression

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all have an amazing weekend ahead of you!

For those of you who may not be aware, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and Wednesday was Mental Health Day. There have been so many people sharing their experiences, tips for living with mental illness, and inspirational stories of overcoming it all over social media.

And I wanted to give my two cents on the mental health conversation by sharing how depression affects me and my life as a blogger. Because the truth is, a lot of us are affected by mental health issues, but as bloggers we sometimes feel the need to be perfect. So I think it’s important to be open about our mental health so we can take some of that pressure off each other, and off ourselves.

So without any further ado, here are some of the ways depression affects my blogging, and some ways I combat it.


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Tuesday Tidbit #10- Bring out your inner mad scientist and experiment!

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! I hope you’re coming off an incredible weekend and that you have an amazing week ahead of you!

I’m super excited, because it’s my tenth Tuesday Tidbit post! When I started writing these posts, it was just something I wanted to experiment with. I had all these little tips and tricks about writing, or blogging, or just good life advice, and I wanted to share them. I wasn’t sure if they’d stick, but they weren’t doing anyone much good sitting in my notebook.

And now, ten weeks later, it’s something that I really enjoy, and I look forward to putting on my blog regularly! And that’s kind of what this week’s Tidbit is all about.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your posts! I’ve seen a lot of people say, “Oh, I want to talk about ‘x’, but it’s not exactly bookish, so it doesn’t go with my blog.” Who cares? Go for it! If you run a book blog, but you want to write a post about how well your garden is doing, post that shiznit.

#1- It’s your blog, you can post whatever you like, whenever you’d like.

#2- I actually love when bloggers branch out a bit! It makes me feel like I’m getting a little sneak peak into their lives, like I’m getting to know them better!

#3- I can only speak for myself here, but a post about something that isn’t specifically related to your “theme” makes me more interested in that post! If you run a book blog, and once in a while you post about mountain climbing, it makes me think, “Hey, that person loves books, and so do I. If that person loves mountain-climbing, maybe I will, too!”

So maybe you’ve been thinking about starting a new weekly feature, or writing a new post about something that doesn’t exactly match your blog’s theme. That’s okay! Go ahead and experiment, you might find out that it fits your blog better than you thought!


Thanks for reading!

What sorts of posts have you experimented with? Have you ever been nervous to write a post that didn’t fit your theme? Let me know in the comments below!

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