Thursday, June 7, 2012

Armchair BEA: Day 4 - Beyond the Blog

Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads.
Today on Armchair BEA it's time to talk about "Beyond the Blog". 

You can find the Linky list to everybody's posts here at Armchair BEA's Beyond Your Blog.

Here's the prompt that the lovely folks at aBEA gave us and some additional info on what's going on today:

So, you enjoy writing do you? Would you like to be involved elsewhere on the interwebs or possibly start writing for your local paper? Perhaps you'd simply like to start drawing an income from your blog? Today we will be sharing tips that will help you move your blog forward or perhaps your own personal goals of writing and making an income from what you love to do. Today we'd love you to share your top tips for getting beyond your blog! Have you done any freelance writing? Are you monetizing your blog and how so? How do you make connections outside the book blog community on the internet? If none of these apply we'd love for you to share a fun aspect about your blog or life that may be completely separate from books! We'll have another link-up this day as well. You can also look forward to this as well:
  • Twitter Party number three!
  • Guest post on freelance writing and how to find it from Florinda at The 3 R's Blog.
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 I don't really have any advice for monetizing your blog. I tried the one that Google has right in blogger, and it just wasn't for me. The ads were so random and so it just wasn't really worth it. Mostly because I wasn't a big fan of what was being advertized and neither were my readers. I've been emailed about advertizing on my blog, but I'm not sure I really want to do it. I already feel like my sidebar can get cluttered, and that's with things I actually want to have on there. Although I'm sure someone could probably convince me to advertize...who knows maybe after reading some people's posts today I'll change my mind. :P

The only other real connections I make outside of the book blog community pertain to fanfiction (edit: in case you're curious here's my profile on Fanfiction.net). I've been into fanfiction since before I started blogging, and I've made a few really good friends on there, so I definitely connect with that. I'm not much of a writer. Mostly because I just never really sit down and write, but I have written a few fanfics, and I like to think they're not totally terrible. :P lol

I've never really tried to make goals for my blog beyond the whole catch up on reviews that are saved as drafts. :P lol But, I would love to use my blog to connect in even more ways. I have considered doing stuff for my University newspaper, so perhaps I should actually try it one day. :) Today for me is about learning. I don't really have any tips of my own to share, but I would love to learn some, and hopefully I'll have some tips for you all once I try some stuff out on my own. :)

What about you? 
Do you do anything beyond your blog, like writing or even in relation to your blog with monetizing? 
Have any tips that you'd like to share?

14 comments:

  1. I think that's awesome that someone has emailed YOU about advertising! I'd consider it!

    Fanfic with no link?? how can we creep?? :)

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    1. :) Thanks for the encouragement, I might just have to! :D

      haha I'll add a link to the post, and here it is, too. ;)
      My Fanfiction.net Profile

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  2. Oh my goodness, for a while there I was getting some wild emails from people who wanted to advertise on my site, or have me become an affilite... and given the nature of their products, I wondered if they had actually even SEEN my blog. So, no. I'd like to keep things book related and so I'm only affiliates of Amazon and the like. I'm not in it to make money - I'm in it for reading, sharing books I've read and the community!

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    1. Yeah, exactly! Sometimes you get people who seriously seem to just want to cash in on your traffic. I've even had people offer to do guest posts when they write about things that have nothing to do with my blog at all...it makes no sense. I'm an Amazon affiliate, but I never actually use it...I should probably look into ways to use it more actively, that way I could even use any proceeds for giveaways, which would be nice. :) Yeah, same here, which is why I've never really felt the NEED to put advertizing on my blog I guess. :)

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  3. Working with your University newspaper would be cool! I love small local stuff like that. I'm with you on the advertising, though I'm still using Adsense. They do have random ads and I make nothing off of them, but it's fun sometimes. :)

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    1. I think it would too. :) I'm not sure if they have any reviews or book sections, but I could totally look into it. It's definitely something for me to think about next semester when I go back. :) Yeah, so random, but I agree, there is the odd awesome one thrown in. :)

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  4. the last two days of ABEA have been about learning. So I know what you mean. I will be spending months reading all of the post trying to get a good handle on where I want to go. Good luck to you.

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    1. haha same here! ;D Thank you, and good luck to you too! :D

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    1. Thanks. :) Hopefully they'll have a place for me there. :)

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  6. I am definitely considering advertising, but I'm not sure it's worth it. I mean, I'm not in this to make money, it would just be a benefit. If the right opportunity came along I would think about it, but it's not a huge priority for me.

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    1. Yeah, I'm not sure either. I have seen some blogs that use any proceeds they make for giveaways, so that would be nice. :) I always like to have international giveaways every once in a while because most sponsored ones aren't for everybody, so ad money might help with that. :) That's a great way to look at it, Ashley. :) Thanks for your thoughts! :D

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  7. Fanfiction is a great way to meet people! I have been reading fanfiction (twilight) for the past few years and have made lots of friends, friends I can't see not being apart of my life now. I don't read too much of it anymore, but it is great to have that community still. :)

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    1. It is a great way to meet people. :) Yay! I love twilight fanfics! :D So true, the community is fantastic, even if you don't read it anymore. :)

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