Blogs: Love vs. Hate

I recently asked my followers what they LOVE and what they HATE about blogs they have visited.  Here is the consensus based on their feedback:

LOVE

HATE

Whitespace

“Click to read more” links

Readable font

Difficult to read or navigate

Not too many advertisements

Too many advertisements

Updated regularly

No “about” page

What do YOU love or hate about the blogs you have seen?
Leave your feedback in the comments below.

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Networking on Pinterest

Yesterday I discussed pinning books in a similar genre to yours in order to begin networking with people who are interested in that genre.  Here are three more ways to network with Pinterest users:

1. Seek out people that might be interested in your genre.  For example, if your book is about gardening, look for Pinners with gardening Boards and follow them.  As you see pins from them that you like and that fit with your own interests, repin them. The more you interact with others, the more they will notice you and begin to reciprocate by following you back and repinning your pins.

2. Add a “Pin It” button to your website or blog to encourage others to pin what you share.  Pinterest provides the button here: http://business.pinterest.com/widget-builder/#do_pin_it_button

3. Share great pins across other platforms — i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Google+.  This will help you gain followers from the other locations if they like what you share.

The best way to learn is to start pinning and watching what, how and when others are pinning.  The more present you are, the more you will begin to connect with other Pinners.  And whatever you do, don’t forget to have fun!

Happy pinning!

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Awesome Author Blog — Seth’s Blog

Seth Godin is the author of 12 bestsellers.  Yes, 12.

He’s amazing.  And he’s amazingly inspirational.

I own several of his books (with plans to read them all), but the only one I have read so far is Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?  I usually review every book I read, but I think I just didn’t even know where to start with that one.  I absolutely recommend it (in fact, I bought a copy for all of the managers I supervise at Outskirts Press). Maybe someday I will re-read it and post a review at that time.

Godin’s blog (or “Seth’s blog”) is unique.  The design is simple and he posts almost daily. Many of his posts are very short, but every one of them is thought-provoking and/or inspirational.  In addition, Godin makes it easy for readers to share his posts, with links to Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook at the bottom of every post, and/or follow his posts in whichever manner readers prefer – email, RSS, Facebook or Twitter.

By providing excellent (and free) content for a wide audience, Godin ropes in the followers who then want to share his wisdom with their own communities.  And, as new folks visit his blog, they receive subtle plugs for his book that they now want to buy so they can read more.  Genius.

Have you come across any “Awesome Author Blogs?” If so, please share in the comments below!

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5 Ways to Creatively Promote Your Book on Pinterest

This week we have discussed the basics of your Pinterest profile and the items every author should pin to promote their book. Today we will talk about more creative ways to market your book on Pinterest.

Pinterest is a visual place. We have already discussed pinning the obvious visual elements of your book — cover, author photo, illustrations, promotional videos. Once you have those basics in place, you can begin getting more creative with your pins to generate interest in your book. Your goal is to get people to notice your pins and share/pin them. This may take some creativity, but here are some ideas:

1. Depending on the genre of your book, you may have quotes that inspire people in some way. Take those quotes and create beautiful graphics that can be pinned and repinned.

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2. If your book is fiction, you can pin images that are related to the location or time period of your story.

3. Take your book on a Virtual Book Tour and pin the sites where your book “stops” along the tour.

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4. Create a Board just for your book reviews and pin new reviews to that Board as you receive them.

5. Pin books within a similar genre in order to begin networking with others (authors/readers) who are interested in the same.

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These are just a few of the ways that you can get creative on Pinterest.  So what are you waiting for?  Happy pinning!

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Awesome Author Blog — The Bloggess

I  have been following The Bloggess on Twitter for a long time.  I have not yet read her book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir), but I have it on my Audible list — yes, she even has an audio version! — and I am hoping to read it before the end of the year.  When I do, I will post the review on my book review blog: Read & Tell Reviews.

As I was thinking about authors with blogs that I can share as good examples, The Bloggess came to mind.  A quick glance at her blog reminded me why I love her.  Let me count the ways:

1) First of all, her blog “pops.”  It’s bright, it’s easy to maneuver and it’s FULL of her…personality.

2) The headline reads “The Bloggess — Like Mother Teresa, Only Better”  next to a photo of Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess herself, in hair rollers holding a blow dryer.  How can you not laugh at that?

3) On the left side she has quick, easy links to her blog RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Flickr, so readers can check her out and follower her wherever they prefer.

4) Below those quick links is an image of her book with a link to get more information about it.

Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is a perfect example on how to use social media to connect with your audience.

Have you come across any “Awesome Author Blogs?” If so, please share in the comments below!

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