Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make My Blogging Life Easier

August 20, 2013 On blogging, Top Ten Tuesday 21

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and weeks topic is:

 Top Ten: Things That Make My Blogging Life Easier

Blogging ain’t easy!  When I started this little adventure almost seven months ago, I had no idea of the amount of time and work I would put into my blog.  I’m not complaining, though, because I love it!  There are some things, however, that make it easier.

Blogging buddiesI think the best thing that has come out of this little hobby is the blogger friends I’ve made.  Your blogger friends will tell you which books are great and which to skip, they’ll wildly enthuse over their favorite authors with you, and they’ll help you to remember why this is all so much fun, despite the fact that we don’t get paid for any of it.

My libraryI’m fortunate to live in a city with a fantastic library system.  You will never hear me complain about taxes when it comes to the library.  I never knew how good I had it until people began commenting on the library books I included in my Stacking the Shelves posts.  It’s very rare to find that the library doesn’t have a book that I’m interested in reading.  Since I don’t have unlimited funds, the library is a lifesaver for me.

Amazon PrimeI buy so many things, aside from books, on Amazon.  I have an Amazon prime membership which gives free 2 day shipping.  Many times, delivery times are less than that.  I frequently order books in the evening, and they are on my doorstep the next morning, less than 24 hours later.

The nerve to contact publishers to request books: I’m still working on this.  Am I good enough?  Is my blog big enough?  I’ve only contacted publishers three times for books, and I was successful one of those times.  That doesn’t give me a lot of confidence to persist.

Edelweiss and NetgalleyBecause I’m not great at requesting books directly…NG and EW to the rescue!  I didn’t even know that these existed before I started my blog.  This is such a great (and free!) tool for bloggers.

Julie Kagawa, one of my favorite authors, at BEA

Book Expo America and other conferencesI attended BEA for the first time this year.  (You can see my BEA diary  here.)  It was such an incredible experience – all of those authors and bloggers and BOOKS in one place.  Now that I’ve had a taste, I hope I can go every year.

Epic Reads Tea TimeI look forward to Epic Reads Tea Time chat every week.  Margot and Aubrey are great champions for Harper’s books, and Harper Teen is one of my favorite publishers.  

Media Mail: Another thing that I didn’t know existed until I started blogging.  If you live in the U.S. and mail books via the USPS, request that it be sent via Media Mail!  This is a substantially cheaper (around 50%) shipping option than normal prices.  It can also be used when shipping CD’s and DVD’s.

A comfy sofa: Whenever you read one of my blog posts, there’s an excellent chance it was composed on this sofa.  It’s almost 8 years old, but so very comfortable, and I’m not getting rid of it anytime soon.

Bookshelves: In a short time of blogging, I’ve already had to buy several new bookshelves.  One of my favorites is this “invisible” book tower.  I also love the floating bookshelves shown in the sofa pic.  I’m tempted to cover my walls in books!

Your turn!  What are your blogging essentials?

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21 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make My Blogging Life Easier”

  1. justcaffeinated

    I don’t think I’ve actually gotten around to taking that initiative and asking publishers for review copies. They’ve asked me, which is really cool and there’s a directory list that I’ve been included in, but yeah, I hope to get around to doing something like that one of these days.

    Great list! Would love to go to BEA one day 🙂

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  2. chrissireads

    Your bookshelf is amazing I love that it floats! I’m not great at directly approaching publishers either. So yay for NetGalley/Edelweiss!

  3. Tabitha S

    The library! Like you, and probably a lot of people – I don’t have unlimited funds to purchase books, so that’s where the library comes in. And then, if I do decide to purchase a book – I’ve read it beforehand, and know that it’s something I may like to reread in the future.

    And then media mail! I remember when I did my first “big giveaway” on my blog, and had to mail out the books. I didn’t know about media mail at the time, and ended up spending a ridiculous amount of money on shipping. NEVER AGAIN. ha.

    Love your list!!
    – Tabitha @ Tabitha’s Book Blog

  4. Kristen Williams

    I can’t agree more with your list 🙂 I didn’t know about media mail either but man, it sure does help out. Blogging buddies are the best and honestly most unexpected aspect that helps me blog. I knew I’d interact with others but I didn’t realize how much I’d really get to know other bloggers and how much they would help to inspire me *hugs*


    Nice list! I admire you for having the nerve to contact publishers for ARCs! It’s a hard thing to do, and I’m just feeling my way there as well. And — jealous now that you attended BEA! One of these years…


  6. Sandy J

    BEA and conferences like that make me cryy. I want to go to them so much but I’m too stupid to find out if there is something like that somewhere around the place I live.

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  7. quinnsbooknook

    I’ve been thinking about investing in Amazon Prime, but I just can’t decide if I want to spend the money. I mean, it sounds great, as long as I use Amazon enough. Plus, you get extras with it, too, right? Like watching stuff online?

    I should really look into it. I’ve never been to BEA, but man I would love to go. Seriously, love. Maybe next year.

    • Stephanie K

      I order so much stuff from Amazon that Prime is well worth it. You do get the ability to stream SOME movies online for free, but if you already have Netflix, you’re in better shape there, b/c Amazon’s selection is not as good.

      Prime also gives you the ability to “rent” one free book per month from a limited selection. This is not a great deal, IMO, b/c the selection is rather poor. For the most part, they’re self-pubbed, and after reading a few of the free offerings, I don’t even bother anymore.

      Bottom line – it’s great for the free 2 day shipping, but the extra frills don’t add much.

  8. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    This is a great list and we overlapped a little bit. I went to bea for the first time this year and it was such a huge experience for me because it was a HUGE trip and my first time to NYC. Such a great time to meet the bloggers I interact with all the time, though. Hope I get to go back next year. I made my list from the perspective of a reader as well as a blogger, so I included some other fun things on there like earbuds for my audiobooks and my glasses and things like that because I’d be lost without them. (:

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